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Tacoma Raptor Style Grille

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TREDFOOT, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Apr 29, 2017 at 11:05 AM
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    TREDFOOT

    TREDFOOT [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Well I just finished my own raptor style grille and got some requests to do a write up.

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    Rivet mesh insert is sold here https://www.ebay.com/itm/291187474126 This requires destruction of the factory grille and very precise cutting

    There is an alternative option to this which is buying the shell with the insert I got mine from URAUTOPARTS on eBay. If you want chrome try 24HOURAUTOPARTS. I would recommend messaging both asking when they would get them back in stock. Usually he will order another batch. It should be posted in a few weeks.

    Next you want to order the letters from https://www.customcargrills.com/Grill-Lettering.asp

    I recommend lining the letters out on a level to ensure that they are straight. Then take a couple of pieces of duct tape and cover the letters. Finally attach the duct tape to the grille where you want it.
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    I attached the letters using J-B weld that can be purchased here: J-B Weld 8270 KwikWeld Industrial Professional Size - 10 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005UYVIXO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_WCS5GKEnFqdtv

    I recommend doing one letter at a time because the grille mesh is a bit "arched" which makes it hard to do it all at once

    Finally let dry for 30 min and peel off the duct tape!

    All and all this costs about $200-$250 if you go the premade grille route

    $120-$170 if you do the insert
     
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  2. Apr 29, 2017 at 11:10 AM
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    azzwethinkweiz

    azzwethinkweiz Well-Known Member

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    It looks really good! I think the chrome fasteners make it a bit flashy for me personally but painting them black would make it perfect IMO.

    Really good work though. Any pictures installed? Cost? I want the trd pro grill but at 400$ this might be a good alternative.
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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    TREDFOOT

    TREDFOOT [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The cost is at the bottom of the post and I will add pictures installed when I get back to my truck on Wednesday! :)
     
  4. Apr 29, 2017 at 11:34 AM
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    AKHawkeye

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    Just take note: you have a 2013, he has a 2005. Different grills means you can't order exactly off his materials list.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2017 at 11:35 AM
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    SoCal_Erik

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    amazing work. can't wait to see it on the truck! please post pix when complete.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2017 at 2:22 PM
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    BenE_3

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    That looks awesome! Looking forward to pics on the truck
     
  7. May 1, 2017 at 7:02 PM
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    TREDFOOT

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    IMG_4622.jpgIMG_4621.jpgIMG_4626.jpg
     
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  8. May 1, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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    3coma

    3coma my kid says my truck is "Boss"

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    I can appreciate the amount of work put into it. Just a little too bedazzled for my taste. Black bolts would look good.
     
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  9. May 1, 2017 at 7:55 PM
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    azzwethinkweiz

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    Looks good man, I like the lettering. I think black fasteners would be a nice touch instead of chrome. It reminds me too much of the XD wheels I see at discount tire lol. But again I can see how this would appeal to certain people.
     
  10. May 1, 2017 at 8:09 PM
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    TREDFOOT

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    Yeah if you went this route over the trd pro grille you can pop out the chrome and paint them! Super easy!
     
  11. Oct 16, 2019 at 6:40 PM
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    Danny72

    Danny72 :D

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    Bump, hows this holding up??
     
  12. Oct 16, 2019 at 6:59 PM
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    Nice work. I miss my raptor grille. May have to think about giving this a try.
     

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