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Lights behind Grillcraft- Help needed!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by headhunter247, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Jan 11, 2009 at 6:15 AM
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    headhunter247

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    So spent the afternoon yesterday installing Hella 500FFs behind the Grillcraft MX. It looks great, but after all of the work the lights shake badly while driving. I pretty much installed just like others on here.
    While driving my lights bounce very bad. I can see it, and can imagine that the oncoming traffic can notice as well.
    Does anyone have any thoughts? They hang from the top of the old grill housing, just like I have seen everyone else do.
    I need to stop this bouncing, as it is very bad.
     
  2. Jan 11, 2009 at 7:00 AM
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    Pictures of your setup will help. Maybe there's something that might have been missed.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2009 at 7:03 AM
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    You can get some flat sheet metal brackets at Home Depot. Use them to add some stability to the lights. I had to come up with some creative mounts when I installed lights in the bumper of my 2000 Tacoma, and these brackets helped.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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    Here are some pics. I thought about the flat bar. I know that if I reinforce the grill shroud between the bolts, that could make it stronger, but the big thing is them shaking back and forth... Thoughts?

    light on grill install close.jpg
    grill install 1.jpg
     
  5. Jan 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM
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    Looks like you mounted them directly to the plastic schroud. You will need to beef it up with aluminum (strong enough but light enough). I just did the grill yesterday and ordered Hella Rallye 1000 Black Magic lights today. I have time to find what I need to strengthen it up. A few guys have pics of their set up. I noticed someone even made a brace for the sides.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    what i did to help with the bouncing was i mounted the lights on the two top grille support.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    ok...I had saw that as well..thats what Im thinking that I will do...because I cant sleep until its perfect...and it looks awesome!
     
  8. Jan 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM
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    Any luck with the fix? I am getting ready to do the same thing.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2009 at 1:06 PM
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    I havent had the chance to fix it yet, but have come up with a few solutions.
    1. Reinforce the grill shroud with 1/2" steel plate. On the top and the bottom of the shroud, between the fogs, and the top of the plastic shroud, then on top of it as well. Then if that doesnt make it sturdy enough, run the 1/2" plates from the subframe down to the top of the fog bolts as well (I did mount from the top vs. bottom).
    2. or plan B, if the first doesnt work, mount the fogs through the supports that hold on the grill (the parts that you have to take the bolts out of to get the grill off.

    Let me know as well if you have any other ideas, or use of of these. It really bothers me to not have this fixed yet.
     
  10. Jan 25, 2009 at 1:31 PM
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    i used aluminum from lowes to mount them on and they barely shake
     
  11. Jan 25, 2009 at 1:51 PM
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    can you provide further info? if there is an easy way, i would love to know it...
     
  12. Jan 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM
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  13. Jan 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM
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    your going to need .25/.50 inch mending plates(they are pre-drilled) across the top as well as some lateral support, I don't know how they have not already cracked or broken that thin plastic you mounted them direcly to- I would not wait to fix this
     
  14. Jan 26, 2009 at 2:52 PM
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    I am curious, what are "mending plates" that are predrilled?
     
  15. Jan 26, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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    yea, ive heard of these before as well, but didnt know what they look like...is this something that you can get at lowes?
     
  16. Jan 27, 2009 at 6:45 AM
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    Don't have your type of grill but here is the set up I did, less than $20 for the alum, no movement at all.
    [​IMG]
     
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    ^^
    That looks like sex... :thumbsup:
     
  18. Jan 27, 2009 at 6:50 AM
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    Here is another shot with out the lights on, I also relocated the horns. Still need to paint the back area black.
    [​IMG]
    Horn relocate, if your interested.
    [​IMG]
     
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    LB, I almost did that HR mod with my Satoshi, but just relocated them down further behind the valance...

    But if I didn't have the hardware available, I would have done what you did... :D
     
  20. Jan 27, 2009 at 7:06 AM
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    Matter of fact the screws are off the Tundra I had. For some reason I have a bunch of screws of all sizes that are "stock" ???
     
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