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Pro grille vs knockoff

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by EastVanTaco, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Dec 22, 2018 at 9:07 AM
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    EastVanTaco

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    Can anyone tell me any kind of identifying stamp or anything to tell a Toyota pro grille vs a chinese knock off.
     
  2. Dec 22, 2018 at 9:18 AM
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    Timetraveler66

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    Toyota logo and part number with be molded into the backside of the real one
     
  3. Dec 22, 2018 at 9:20 AM
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    DTaco18

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    Inside the grill
    grill part #.jpg grill toy emblem.jpg
     
  4. Dec 22, 2018 at 9:20 AM
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    EastVanTaco

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    That is exactly what i suspected.
    Thanks.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2018 at 9:57 AM
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    mds08

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    The quality, double sided taped on Toyota letters vs molded on letters, color also. Fit I have been told is the same.
     
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  6. Dec 22, 2018 at 10:09 AM
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    2016Tacoman

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    My aftermarket is molded on letters exactly just like oem. Looks great. Can't tell the difference. Color is spot on etc. There are multiple vendors selling different types/quality.
     
  7. Dec 22, 2018 at 10:13 AM
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    See two knockoffs and they both had stick on letters. Agree, some are different. OEM here sitting under the tree, waiting.
     
  8. Dec 22, 2018 at 10:19 AM
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    Not accurate. I had an aftermarket Pro grille on my previous Tacoma that had molded letters.
     
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  9. Dec 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    ColsonIRL

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    I got my aftermarket one at Mad Hornets a few weeks ago and it has molded letters as well.
     
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  10. Dec 22, 2018 at 10:47 AM
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    TT005

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    How fast was shipping by Mad Hornets?
     
  11. Dec 22, 2018 at 12:38 PM
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    mds08

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    Neighbor got one and the letters are held on with 3m double sided tape and the paint didn't match. Looks like crap, some are good and some are great. Hard to beat OEM because you know it will be right. Got mine for $270 with the garnish and longer wiring harness.
     
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  12. Dec 22, 2018 at 3:46 PM
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    rtzx9r

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    Faker here. Mine was $110 and has stick on letters. Totally happy with it!
     
  13. Dec 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM
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    Sch0227

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    I've had a fake and a real one and there wasn't a noticeable difference
     
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  14. Dec 22, 2018 at 4:06 PM
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    Lt. Dangle

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    You can always tell who has an OEM one by their posts lol.

    Aftermarket owner here. I saved almost $300 by going the Amazon route. Would do it again 10/10 times.
     
  15. Dec 22, 2018 at 4:20 PM
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    cowsquatch67

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    Yep, I bought a knockoff and used the hundreds I saved on other mods. Really glad I did since I may be putting my stock grill back on due to so many Pro grills out there. May even sell the damn truck now as so many Cements out there too........:facepalm:
     
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  16. Dec 22, 2018 at 7:38 PM
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    Mickeyman

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    BEED4F63-1502-4AA1-B1A8-51705B1911A7.jpg China or Toyota grille? Only I know for sure!
     
  17. Dec 22, 2018 at 8:22 PM
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    lynlan1819

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    They are all cheap plastic,so does it really matter.
     
  18. Dec 22, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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    samwoo2go

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    That’s China. I’ve had a chance to compare the 2 side by side and China is more matte than real, which I actually preferred
     
  19. Dec 23, 2018 at 4:51 AM
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    I can’t tell. If it’s an aftermarket grille, please tell me where you ordered!
     
  20. Dec 23, 2018 at 7:45 AM
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    It's China, look at the color, letters and texture.
     

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