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Mounting lights behind grill

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by toy02ota, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Feb 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    toy02ota

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    I'm putting the grillcraft mesh grill in my 02 Tacoma and I want to mount a couple of Hella Black Magics behind it. How should I do this? Like what to mount to and get them in the center of the grill. Need I make a new bracket? I'll post pics when I get it in and as the small build is going :D
     
  2. Feb 22, 2010 at 9:47 PM
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    1998tacoma4x4

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    Bump, im curious about this too..:cool:
     
  3. Feb 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM
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    subscribing as I am looking for ideas on this.

    I know some people have welded together a bracket to mount them on.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:12 AM
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    smallcandle

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  5. Feb 23, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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    Your truck looks really clean, i like the mesh grill look with the lights really nice job. i hated how my grill looks but i painted it black so its a lot better now
     
  6. Feb 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM
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    Thanks, man. I was pretty happy with the results also. The Grillcraft is a really nice unit and putting the Hella's behind it ended up working perfectly. Sure looks a lot better than the "buck tooth" grill that our trucks came with.:D
     
  7. Feb 23, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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    does anyone knowhow much the lights will obstruct the airflow? any possible overheating because of this?
     
  8. Feb 23, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    smallcandle...your truck looks great man!
     
  9. Feb 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM
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    i did this to my 99. they fit behind the billet.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Feb 23, 2010 at 1:14 PM
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    Obstructing airflow is MY biggest concern too when I see these pictures. The best heat exchange is occurring right in the middle and towards the end of that radiator and especially the condenser coil for your A/C, and obstructing airflow is going to make it a little less efficient.

    There isn't going to be overheating, but it wouldn't surprise me if the a/c works significantly less efficiently with the coil blocked, whether you can tell the difference or not. HOWEVER, the mesh grille allows more airflow- could just be counteracting eachother! :D
     
  11. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:55 PM
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    hmm good point :cheers:
     
  12. Feb 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    anyone else have ideas? got the lights and the grille just need the idea!
     
  13. Feb 23, 2010 at 8:42 PM
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  14. Feb 23, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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  15. Feb 26, 2010 at 9:54 AM
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    Well I was hoping to get some bracket ideas - but I guess not much here LMAO. I cant access the pics in smalltacos link so no help there. I am looking to get my lights more centered top to bottom thus why i am thinking I will need some sort of bracket.
     
  16. Sep 8, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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    Check out the link at my sig for whoever else is still interested
     
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