This is an appearance mod that is popular on Yotatech. I've been working on this for a while now - bigger grill = more plastic to cut and sand but here we are
So after just over a year from starting, a move to another city 75 miles away, countless days of staring at the parts trying to figure how to work it out, and finally getting some time to work again (supposed to be studying for a final so naturally I'm working on a mod :ignore: ) here are some pictures. Almost done but couldn't wait to post
The part as it originally came to me:
Inspecting the amount of work to do:
Cutting the grill out:
Endless hours of sanding and dremeling and more sanding:
Primering my items:
Pattern of my new grill:
Getting to the final coats of paint:
Man, isn't that a pretty color?
Hammerite Hammered gray/silver/black
Looks a lot like the non-chromed Tacoma grills
Okay so I'm mostly done now. Here are the pictures:
Getting ready to swap:
My naked front:
Out with the old and in with the new:
And here we are!
I'm not quite done with it yet as you can see I still have to cover up the side vents. I have some used corner lights coming my way which I'll modify to be turn signals and I'll also paint the trim from chrome to the hammered gray/black. Then I'll be able to say I'm done but I'm liking the look so far
I have to say that I would NOT suggest anyone do this mod unless they have extra time and a spare grill to work on. I also have to note that if you do this you'll need to cut out an area for the hood release. I didn't realize the problem until after I had put the grill on and shut the hood. I had to release the hood from below and then go to work with some wire clippers
I think it's more impressive with side to side images.
BEFORE and AFTER