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RIP Bambi - Thanks!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tekoma, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Jul 27, 2010 at 7:27 PM
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    tekoma

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    Well on the way to the airport 3 weeks ago at 4am, Bambi decided to step out in front of the truck. Not what I needed on the way to my honeymoon. It was amazing when i hit the deer it got airborn and landed sideways on its feet about 25 feet in front of the truck then proceeded to stumble away. I was probably travelling about 35 mph as i was braking from 55. Anyways, damage included headlight brackets on both headlights cracked, small crack in front bumper, grille cracked, hood release support dented, a/c line dented, trim popped out.

    I took advantage of this situation and upgraded to the color match grille from the 2009/2010 sport model (with the anachrite center) and smoked headlights. I went with the newer grille because the unpainted plastic grille has a tendency to fade. I may eventually Satoshi the new grille as well. I was actually pretty pumped about this because my headlights were faded and I hate chrome, so thanks Bambi! I've only owned my truck for a month too!

    hood release bracket:
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    broken headlight tabs:
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    Cracked grille:
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    Can you believe this is $1600 in damage?
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    The facelift! (OEM Smoked headlights, color match grille with anachrite center, new bumper cover)
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    BEFORE:
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    AFTER!!
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    The smoked headlights were a much needed improvement. I was already considering buying the aftermarket black headlights, but I'm much happier with these!
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  2. Jul 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

    SlurpeeBlueMetallic FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

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    Nice choices on your truck, looks good!

    Deer suck out here (I'm in Fuquay-Varina). I have to dodge those damn things at least 3x a month!
     
  3. Jul 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM
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    jandrews

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    Well done. Welcome to the color-matched, scoopless club. Looks a helluva lot better than the chrome doesn't it?
     
  4. Jul 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    Sure does! I'm thinking about having my rear bumper color matched too at some point.
     
  5. Jul 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    jandrews

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    I got price quotes on that and it's something like $500 give or take just for the part.

    For that money, might as well go straight to an offroad plate-steel bumper. That's my plan.
     
  6. Jul 27, 2010 at 8:07 PM
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    hawkeye12

    hawkeye12 Go Pack Go!

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    Same here in Raleigh. Fuckers are everywhere.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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    hawkeye12 Go Pack Go!

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    Btw. Love the new look. Big improvement. Did your insurance pay for all of this? If so, I'm goin deer huntin tonight.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    :thumbsup:lookin good!!
     
  9. Jul 27, 2010 at 8:14 PM
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    SlurpeeBlueMetallic

    SlurpeeBlueMetallic FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

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    :rolleyes: Come out along Sunset Lake Rd between Holly Springs and Fuquay... at dawn/dusk you'll only have to circle once or twice to hit one.
     
  10. Jul 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    hawkeye12 Go Pack Go!

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    Ill be there.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2010 at 2:05 AM
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    if you don't mind me asking. how much were those smoked oem headlights? i too hate the chrome headlights.
     
  12. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:49 AM
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    Insurance covered the cost of the parts that belonged on the truck, i had to pay the retail difference which ended up being $100.

    If anyone is looking for good prices are OEM parts though, Mark Jacobsen Toyota of Durham has a wholesale parts website. The smoked headlights are $210 each vs. $296 each and the color macthed grill is $159 vs $224. I also picked up a TRD quick shifter from them (not found on website) for $275 which is about $50 less than anywhere else that I could find.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:50 AM
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    I got a quote of $200 from the shop that did the work on my truck to spray my chrome bumper.
     
  14. Jul 28, 2010 at 4:24 AM
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    Highly doubt it would look the same, and not taking the chance.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2010 at 4:33 AM
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    you will love the quick shifter. i have one on my 01'. but your truck looks great. i love color matching bumpers and grills
     
  16. Jul 28, 2010 at 5:10 AM
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    rhodehard09 sometimes nonsense is the only sense someone has

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    bambi is only bambi in movies. otherwise bambi is food that tastes really good.
    truck looks great man!!!!
     
  17. Jul 28, 2010 at 5:12 AM
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    Thanks everyone!
     
  18. Jul 28, 2010 at 5:12 AM
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    BusyB

    BusyB Hiker with boots or tires

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    We found Bamby too coming back from Big Bend and this is how I took advantage of this situation and upgraded.
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    Just in case I have to hit another. :D
     
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