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Pro grille vs knockoff

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

  1. Dec 30, 2018 at 6:37 PM
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    r1200gs4ok

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    thank you
     
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  2. Dec 30, 2018 at 7:50 PM
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    I wanted to update this thread with my experience. Initially I've ordered one from eBay by the recommendation of one of the members. The initial quality was vey good, unfortunately it did not accept sensor garnish without modifications, so I returned it. I then ordered one from MadHornets (big mistake). Their quality was much worse. There were numerous defects and bumps on the front of the grille. I contacted them on the same day I received it, no response. Two days later I send another email and finally a day later got a response asking for the photos. Sent them the photos and asked them to provide me with RMI, day later got another response adding insult to injury by offering me a 10% discount, said NO, would like to return the product. Another day passed, got another response asking if I would take 40% off and get it repaired locally. Said NO, just want my money back and if they don't take it back I'll have to dispute the charges. Never heard back from them. Ended up disputing the charge trough my AMEX. Word of caution, for those of you who are thinking of ordering one from Madhornets, DON"T DO IT! unless you're willing to tolerate piss poor quality. Better off getting one from Amazon or Ebay, at least you can return it without problems if you don't like it.

    PS. Madhornets grille ships from China. They claim that they have an office in USA but I don't think they do. Probably just a POBox to make it look like they're based in US.
     
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  3. Jan 2, 2019 at 6:05 AM
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    I'm sorry to hear this. I have been extremely happy with my grille from them, but based on this, it sounds like they are sourcing the parts from different vendors or at least have poor QC. Based on this, I'll rescind my recommendation for Mad Hornets, but I will say that I am still very happy with mine. Sorry your experience was so bad!
     
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  4. Jan 2, 2019 at 6:06 AM
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    Black64

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    Just installed my fake one over the weekend, $73 shipped off ebay and looks great.
     
  5. Jan 2, 2019 at 9:27 AM
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    I had the same problem with mine... i sold it on craigslist and ordered one from @FreshMexicanTaco at thetacogarage.com
     
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  6. Jan 2, 2019 at 9:53 AM
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    Anyone order a faux Pro grille from ToyotaProShop.com?
     
  7. Jan 2, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    Can't say I had the problems you guys are experiencing with your faux Pro Grille... mine looks great (even with the glass garnish)...
    but with that being said... IM TIRED OF SEEING IT ON EVERY DAMN TACOMA OUT THERE!!! so after 300 miles with it on.. I've decided
    I'm selling my faux Pro Grille w glass garnish for $120 local pickup preferred in So Cali.. if you want it shipped.. shipping will be on your dime..
    I already ordered a replacement grille... going with a 16g Steel grille.. more rugged, more durable.. when my new grille comes in, I will put up an
    official FOR SALE post with pics... 1st come 1st serve... if interested DM me here
     
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  8. Jan 2, 2019 at 11:43 AM
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    Must be a Southern California thing. I’ve only seen the Pro grille on approximately 5-6 non-Pro Tacomas throughout my travel in North Carolina over the last 1-2 years.
     
  9. Jan 2, 2019 at 11:47 AM
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    agreed..have not seen any (in the 3 months I been looking) in Local Pa.
     
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  10. Jan 2, 2019 at 5:41 PM
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    Not your fault bud. Not sure where and how they source their merchandise but at the end it's the customer service that matters the most, they have none. After I filed a dispute they've contacted me, again asking me to take now 60% refund and repair the grill locally (still not offering a return/refund), lol. I am not sure if these people have a clue how much it'll cost to "repair" this grill in US, and even if I could repair it for $60.00, why would I want a repaired "new" merchandise? Totally uncool. On a positive side I was able to score an OEM one for a very very decent price!
     
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  11. Jan 2, 2019 at 11:35 PM
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    I wouldn't be surprised if they came from the same Chinese factory. $100 made in China out the front door, $400 branded Toyota out the backdoor. Pay um enough money and they'll stamp whatever you want on it and keep quiet too. Hahaha
     
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  12. Jan 4, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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    The China made aftermarket Pro Grille made it easy for every 3rd Gen Tacoma to have one.. especially here in So Cali.. at $100 who can beat it..
     
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  13. Jan 4, 2019 at 7:31 AM
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    20% tint 6500k led headlights. 3000k led fogs. Debadged. 3inch front and 2 inch rear level. TRD pro grill.
    $60.00 Ebay can’t tell the difference.

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    Yeah, the price is bargain.

    Vendors and aftermarket parts are readily available in California, unlike here on the east coast. For those living in California, the convenience of local pickup, cheaper shipping costs/faster delivery must be nice!
     
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  15. Jan 4, 2019 at 7:59 AM
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    I uhh...peeled the stickers off. Does that count?
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  16. Jan 4, 2019 at 8:33 AM
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    Got mine off Amazon. Seven Sparta (SEV) Tacoma TRD Front Grill. Was a little more pricey than eBay at $100ish, but there was an extra 10% off at checkout and I had some Amazon credit. Came quickly with Prime, great quality, very happy with it.

    I figured if anything was wrong with it, it would be easier to deal with Amazon than eBay. But in the end, no need!
     
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  17. Jan 4, 2019 at 9:20 AM
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    That was my original plan until they disappeared and then reappeared without prime.
     
  18. Jan 4, 2019 at 9:27 AM
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    I've tried multiple times to get in touch with FreshMexicanTaco.

    No real response so I'm not sure if he has them now. ?
     
  19. Jan 4, 2019 at 9:32 AM
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    He keeps his website updated as to in stock or not.
     
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  20. Jan 4, 2019 at 10:49 AM
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    They are now in stock on his website. Ordered mine this morning!
     

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