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My New Satoshi

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by moondeath, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Nov 19, 2011 at 6:35 AM
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    moondeath

    moondeath [OP] Winter is Coming

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    I just finished my grill last weekend. I used a colored matched grill off a pre 2011 tacoma. I used many of the write ups on tacoma world to do this, so thanks to all those people.

    Here is my original grill.
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    Then my purchased color matched grill.
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    Taping the grill up.
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    Cutting out the center pieces.
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    All pieces cut out. I used a dremel and hack saw blade.
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    I used a fiberglass kit for the 2 ends, then bondoed everything. This is after 2 or 3 coats of bondo. Sanding and reapplying.
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    Where I epoxied the screws.
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    Epoxied screws to the emblem.
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    This is where I relocated my horns to. Just used an existing screw that holds a bracket that is in front of the radiator.
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    Mounting points for the grill I put on.
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    After I painted the radiator with engine high temperature paint.
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    Finished product on truck.
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  2. Nov 19, 2011 at 6:39 AM
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    LostRebel

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    Looks real good. Nice job!
     
  3. Nov 19, 2011 at 6:41 AM
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    redge_drz

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    I used the same grill. Really nice job !
     
  4. Nov 19, 2011 at 6:43 AM
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    Capita

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    Great job!
     
  5. Nov 19, 2011 at 6:45 AM
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    upthemaiden

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    glad to see someone doing this with the hood guard. I prefer the satoshis that are mounted on the outside of the grill instead of the inside, but I don't ever see anyone who's doing it with a hood guard so it's hard to get an idea if it'll still look good or not with mine.
     
  6. Nov 19, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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    AlphaEcho2k5

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    Looks good, people tend to forget to paint the rad.
     
  7. Nov 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM
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    JRob33

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    Looks great! Are you able to see the horns through the lower valence opening?
     
  8. Nov 19, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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    If you know what your looking for you can. But its not really noticeable.
     
  9. Nov 20, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    2chains

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    Nice work on the grill, hard to tell but were you able to relocate both horns in that spot?
     
  10. Nov 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    chaddawkins

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    it's not a satoshi unless it's on the inside... on the outside, it's just a "bolt-on"
     
  11. Nov 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    looks good BTW
     
  12. Nov 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM
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    nice work
     
  13. Nov 21, 2011 at 3:02 PM
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    Yes, both horns do fit there. Barely, but they do. Beside where I put the horns, there is predrilled and threaded holes that I could have used. But I would have needed to go to the store and buy some bolts. I may still do that. If I remember correctly, they were the same size as the windshield washer reservoir bolts.
     
  14. Nov 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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    Looks awesome man!!! Did you tape anything off before painting the radiator?
     
  15. Nov 27, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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    Yes. I newspapered the bumper and some surrounding areas that I didn't want to accidentally overspray on. I also taped the ac line caps.
     
  16. Nov 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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  17. Nov 27, 2011 at 9:04 AM
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    WOW! Looks really nice dude.
     
  18. Nov 27, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    kimo

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    Nice job. I need to get up the courage to hack up my grill. That looks a lot better than stock.
     
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