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Tacoma Grill Guard, Was supposed to be for a 1996 but doesn't fit.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by buick455, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. Jun 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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    buick455

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    Hi All,
    Hey I bought a grill guard that was supposed to be for a 1996 tacoma. It doesn't fit, the thing will not mount (see pics). The attachment bolts would need to have 3"+- spacers in order to bolt to the frame. Something is seriously off. The width between the vertical bars seem to be right on. Perhaps its for a later Tacoma? Any body know what year this thing will fit?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Clint

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  2. Jun 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    tan4x4

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    Maybe it was designed for a Tacoma with a 3" body lift?
     
  3. Jun 25, 2012 at 5:09 AM
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    Possible but I don't think the chick I bought it from had any lift at all. Its possible it was a different year. Anyone have pics of the side profile of a 1996 grill guard? Pics of one on a 1999? All I can find are generic pics that might not be an actual 1996. I bought this thing 3 years ago, I thought it would fit at the time and "thought" I confirmed that some where along the line. Low and behold, three years latter after sand blasting it and coating it the friggin thing don't fit. Would be good to know what it does fit so I can post it and sell it!

    Thanks for the help.

    Clint
     
  4. Jun 25, 2012 at 5:17 AM
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    98tacoma27

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  5. Jun 25, 2012 at 5:29 AM
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    Those are great pics!!! So is the top one a 1998 Tacoma? What year is the bottom one? My grill guard doesn't seem to look like either.

    Thanks,
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  6. Jun 25, 2012 at 5:32 AM
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    Both are 96's.
     
  7. Jun 25, 2012 at 5:36 AM
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    Thanks, we are making progress, that proves I for sure do not have a 1996 grill guard and I am not just lining something up wrong. I seen how both of those step up about 3". Any ideas about the correct year out there?

    Thanks Again,

    Clint
     
  8. Jun 25, 2012 at 5:58 AM
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    There was a front end change in 98, so the 95.5-97 frames may be different. The other evidence to support this is the rear springs are different also (95.5-97 have the old PU springs). So, you may actually have a grill guard for a 98-04 tacoma.

    That's my guess.. :notsure:
     
  9. Jun 25, 2012 at 6:22 AM
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    That's a good guess and what I was thinkin. Any one got a pic of a 98-04?

    Thanks,
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  10. Jun 25, 2012 at 7:49 AM
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    There are two bars that go from the middle of the guard thru the bumper to the frame.

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  11. Jun 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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    98-00's have a 3" longer frame horn than 95.5-97's and 01-04's.
     
  12. Jun 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM
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    This is what they look like after they're cut off. And no you don't cut them to put on a grill gaurd.

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  13. Jun 25, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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    Jonathan, I'm probably being obtuse, but I think what you are saying is that mine is not for a 98+ either? It doesn't look like your 99, although I am not sure where the frame starts and ends.

    Thanks,
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  14. Jun 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM
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    Correct. The frames are different between a 96 and 99. They are not interchangeable and you would need to have the appropriate guard for it to line up.

    Here is another shot of one of the frame horns cut off for reference. As you can see, the frame ends (horns) on the 98-00's stick out further.

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  15. Jun 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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    Thanks for your help. At this point I don't know where to turn as there is not a single part number of id of any kind. Nuts.
     
  16. Jun 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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    Good God my truck has changed A LOT lol
     
  17. Jun 26, 2012 at 4:15 AM
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    That it is my friend. Its partly flattened and mostly in pieces :crapstorm:

    Jokes!! :D
     
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