Grill Swap/Grill Shell change?

Discussion in '2005 - 2015 Toyota Tacoma' started by TacoShel, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. TacoShel

    TacoShel Member

    Hey all I am not exactly sure what I am trying to say here, but I will do the best I can with a description and pictures. So two things.
    1st: So I have a 2014 Tacoma. I have a chrome(yuck!) grill shell(See first picture of my truck), like the portion around my actual grill. Now I am no fan of chrome, or fake chrome that is. So what is the best way to change that part with out with the exact color match to my truck?
    2nd: I would like to also put in a black mesh grill (See second picture, not my truck) So my question is how do I go about doing both these things that make it look clean and color matches while also ballin on a budget?
    Anyone have experience with this?
    I can be pretty handy at times if some one can explain kinda step by step how to do it if anyone has done it before or has experience.
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  3. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Buy a color matched grill off eBay
    Buy grillcraft mesh kit

    Cut the middle horizontal bars out, follow included step by step directions with pictures on the grillcraft website.

    Step back, admire
     
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    Bojangles Well-Known Member

  5. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    It's not hard
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    TacoShel

    TacoShel Member

  7. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    U could scuff up the chrome on yours, use self etching primer, spray it with duplicolor brand spray paint (look up your paint code), and then use a clear coat over the paint. I did that once, and one second in front of the pressure washer it blew the paint off and I had a spot of bare primer :(

    You're welcome :cool:
     
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  8. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    ^^^^yup.. 20180523_165011.jpeg
     
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  9. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

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  10. TacoBOB77

    TacoBOB77 Well-Known Member

    That's hilarious now im sure not when it happened
     
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  11. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    It did suck... But meh.
    I just went online and bought a sport grill in silver streak mica. When it came in I swapped all my grillcraft crap over, chopped up some plastic and threw the old grill away.
    Been awhile now.

    Hell this one even took an impact from a low flying hawk crossing 6 or 7 lanes of traffic while I was doing 70-75
     
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  12. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    There was a guy here on local Craigslist had a 2011 sport grill in silver streak for $50.. I was gonna buy it just for the hell of it but it was already sold
     
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  13. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Damn good price.
     
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  14. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    Yea it was.
     
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  15. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    :eek:
     
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