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Pro grille vs knockoff

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

  1. Jan 4, 2019 at 3:21 PM
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    Boricua

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    I have a buddy that bought the "china pro grille" and it cracked after 4 month, he inspected the grille and found absolutely nothing that could of caused the crack. The only thing he figured, was due to road vibration, stress etc. He gave the benefit of the doubt and bought another one from ebay and the same situation happened on a different spot on the grille. He end up buying the TRD Pro OEM and no problems at all to this day (over a year now.) After all, he end up paying allot more instead of buying the OEM from the very get-go. Perhaps some people buying the ebay grille have had some luck but i would inspected at least once a month to make sure the grille is still holding up and free from cracks etc.
     
  2. Jan 4, 2019 at 3:42 PM
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    Your buddy must have bad luck because Nothings gone wrong with mine I’m getting Rid of mine for other reasons I’m going with the steel galvanized Raptor grill... The fake China knock off Grill caused the Tacoma market to be flooded with them
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2019 at 3:57 PM
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    I see more Pro Tacomas than pro grills on non pro Tacomas.
     
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  4. Jan 4, 2019 at 4:52 PM
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    What’s the size of the cracks?
     
  5. Jan 4, 2019 at 8:18 PM
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    I little wider than a hair. He noticed them while washing the truck. He also broke three clips when he decided to get the OEM.
     
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  6. Jan 6, 2019 at 11:51 AM
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    20% tint 6500k led headlights. 3000k led fogs. Debadged. 3inch front and 2 inch rear level. TRD pro grill.
    Thanks for the input. I’ve had no problems yet. Who knows. But what I do know is I’ll be able to buy 6 or 7 more and still be ahead of the oem price.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2019 at 12:01 PM
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    5% Tint, ARE V-Series w/ Yack Rack, Ebay Grill, Emblem Black Out Kit, Bumpershellz, Predator Tube Steps, Radioknobs by Tacowiede, Kicker Speaker Upgrade
    Go knock off. Mine looks great. You really can't tell the difference.
     
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  8. Jan 6, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    5% Tint, ARE V-Series w/ Yack Rack, Ebay Grill, Emblem Black Out Kit, Bumpershellz, Predator Tube Steps, Radioknobs by Tacowiede, Kicker Speaker Upgrade
    Agreed.
     
  9. Jan 6, 2019 at 1:07 PM
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    I hear ya! But who wants to keep swapping grilles like that?!? Sure not me!
     
  10. Jan 9, 2019 at 10:29 PM
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    Yes! I would like to pick this up off you if if it has the TSS slot. I got burned by madhornets.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2019 at 10:44 PM
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    1 day of hard rain and this is what mad hornets got me, not to mention the Y letter fell off within days, along with the defects and bumps all over the plastic - stay away from them.

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  12. Jan 9, 2019 at 10:50 PM
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    Stuff, things, this, an ADS
    Which one do I have 7F701715-1DD9-4539-82BB-4079145F38BA.jpg
     
  13. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:14 AM
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    Fake, one hundred percent.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:20 AM
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    Yes fake
     
  15. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:47 AM
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    I got lucky with my $73 eBay grill. No taping letters on or attaching a random letter. Only 4 screws to attach the TOYOTA to the main grill. No garnish either and TSS works normal after getting the clean sensor error for 100 miles. Sensor had to adapt to the new obstruction in a slightly different place than stock grill.

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  16. Jan 10, 2019 at 5:29 AM
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    After much debate, I ordered a $73.99 Pro grille via Ebay. It arrived as a two piece set. The fit and finish is far better than an Ebay grille I ordered and installed on my previous ‘17 Tacoma.

    The “TOYOTA” insert needed to be screwed to the rest of the grille. Four screws were included in the shipment, but two were too small. I picked up larger screws at Lowes and used them to hold the insert firmly in place.

    The next issue I encountered was the OEM garnish did not line up flush. I tried to maneuver the garnish to get it more flush with the rest of the grille, but ended up breaking the two lower tabs of the garnish. I also broke off the studs at the top of the granish which were held in place by lock nut washes. I’ll probably try to use epoxy to hold the garnish in place. Overall, I’m extremely frustrated.

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  17. Jan 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    And?
     
  18. Jan 10, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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    El Duderino Who the hell cares about MPGs, its a truck

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    Stuff, things, this, an ADS
    That one is.....real. I now have a fake one on due to me breaking the real one and not wanting to spend the cash on a real one again lol.
     
  19. Jan 10, 2019 at 12:43 PM
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    That is........Blasphemy!
     
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  20. Jan 10, 2019 at 12:47 PM
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    El Duderino

    El Duderino Who the hell cares about MPGs, its a truck

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    Stuff, things, this, an ADS
    No for real I whacked my first one with my long board really good and it cracked lol.
     

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