: Removing grill on 2001 Tacoma


MuddButt
11-30-2005, 10:58 AM
I've got the grill almost all the way off ....i've got the passenger side light out ...but the drivers side won't budge...I dont want to yank on it because I dont want to break the chrome peice surrounding it. The entire grill is out except the corner by the driver side....what clip am I missing???


Anyone have any ideas on how to get this thing loose?!! Its driving me crazy ...and its cold outside *sniff* :p


*** GOT IT !!!! ***

Opie011
11-30-2005, 02:46 PM
I've got the grill almost all the way off ....i've got the passenger side light out ...but the drivers side won't budge...I dont want to yank on it because I dont want to break the chrome peice surrounding it. The entire grill is out except the corner by the driver side....what clip am I missing???


Anyone have any ideas on how to get this thing loose?!! Its driving me crazy ...and its cold outside *sniff* :p


*** GOT IT !!!! ***
Why are you taking the lights out? Are you talking corner lights? Anyway, just be patient and use a flat head screwdriver and play dactor on the truck! I changed my grill from chrome(I hate chrome) to a gun metal gray! I just used a flathead and poped clips(nothing ever broke too). For the corner light, you unscrew the screws on each side on top of the grill and they just pop out. Hope that helps!!

Eric

crappled
11-30-2005, 02:50 PM
are you popping both the top and bottom of the clip???

Opie011
11-30-2005, 02:57 PM
It's been over a year and I cant remember!! You might need some pliars and squeeze them through. If you break your grill...I'll sell you mine :D
Oh crap I just realized that you have a runner so I might be wrong about your clips....they might be the same though.
Eric

MuddButt
11-30-2005, 03:00 PM
Did either of you see the ***EDIT*** in my post that says " Got it !!! " ? :D

And yes I was talking about the corners ...the headlights are still there:kewl:

The corner light on the driver side was being weird ...just wouldn't unclip ...I finally got my hand wedged down behind it and unclipped it ....pop....easy.

Just took me rolling up my sleeves and wiggling my arm in like three different directions ...nothing broke ..all set.

I've got the Corners taped off for painting ....I'm just painting the Chrome trim that surrounds the lights ....well ...they're not so Chrome after "sanding/scuffing" down the finish a bit.

The Chrome trim around the grill has also been "sanded" as well...

I'm going to prime it tomorrow probably ...and spend most of the day sanding and re-priming....and sanding...and priming ...etc..

Then for the tack cloth ....and then Gloss Black. Last some Clear Coat ...

We'll see if this works..

crappled
11-30-2005, 03:01 PM
no, i have a runner... he has a tacoma. they use the same clips up to 2005.
again, make sure you push in the top AND bottom. if you need help, i can do that as i'm going to parker tonight probably.

crappled
11-30-2005, 03:01 PM
FU slow ass... no i didn't see that... and we have a nack for posting at the exact same time lol

MuddButt
11-30-2005, 03:06 PM
Fed ex guy just dropped of my New Powder Coated Billet Grill ....you know for the middle ...

1 Day early ...psyched ...its perfect...I will post pics in a minute when i finish unwrapping it.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/P1010020.jpg

crappled
11-30-2005, 03:14 PM
pics, now.

MuddButt
11-30-2005, 03:19 PM
Now the existing center grill will be removed ....the Outer Chrome will be Gloss Black ...

I'll post pictures when Its all painted and installed...

Just wait ...it's gonna look sick.

crappled
11-30-2005, 03:25 PM
or like crap, then we can all laugh ;)

spindleshanks
11-30-2005, 03:35 PM
or like crap, then we can all laugh ;)

or both, like a sickly crap...

MuddButt
11-30-2005, 04:22 PM
Just ran to home depot for some different dremel bits .....

This sucks ...gonna take forever doing it with a dremel .....any suggestions would be appreciated.

crappled
11-30-2005, 04:24 PM
your teeth work.

blown4runner
11-30-2005, 04:55 PM
Just ran to home depot for some different dremel bits .....

This sucks ...gonna take forever doing it with a dremel .....any suggestions would be appreciated.

hee, hee... if its anything like the one I did that job kind of sucks. We installed a billet grille on my brother 02 Tacoma... oh well good luck, don't cut or drill anything you don't mean to. And I am sure it'll look fine, maybe a little different but fine :D

MuddButt
11-30-2005, 05:05 PM
You haven't been to hell .....until you've tried to install your own Billet Grill.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/P1010022.jpg

And with the New Grill in ...
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/P1010023.jpg

MuddButt
12-01-2005, 12:05 PM
***edited previous post***

Next step is to Take the grill out ....sand the "bumps" where I took the "Bars" out ...and prime and paint it black ...

Then RE-install grill ....and then back on the truck bitches ...

It's gonna look sweet.

P.S. you'll see a Mini Stanley Hacksaw on the ground ....worked perfect....home depot for $7.

blown4runner
12-01-2005, 12:34 PM
hee, hee... air tools and a cut off wheel :p

MuddButt
12-01-2005, 12:39 PM
Clear coat on ....gonna over use the clear coat though ..maybe a few more passes..

I'll have the powder coated grill on tonight ...

Pics coming ...

MuddButt
12-01-2005, 08:00 PM
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/P1010020.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/P1010022.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/P1010023.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/80fc28d1.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/GROINPULL/Grill33.jpg

tacotoy
12-01-2005, 08:02 PM
lol show pictures of it on the truck....... that will show that you got it done lol

MuddButt
12-01-2005, 08:03 PM
I'm working on it ...LOL ....I might not keep that Chrome Toyota Badge though ....Whaddya think?

tacotoy
12-01-2005, 08:05 PM
looks ghey with it on........ id lose it

MuddButt
12-01-2005, 08:12 PM
Yeah...i agree...thx

Breathegood
12-02-2005, 10:37 AM
What part of CR do you live in, and what does your truck look like...other than the new grill? I'll have to keep an eye out. I've been thinking about de-chroming my '02 as well. Ever drive by the fairgrounds, safeway, or True Value? I live in Plum Creek, so that's where our paths would most likely cross.

MuddButt
12-02-2005, 11:29 AM
I just put it on ....looks like shit ....its gloss black and clean ...my truck is like a Black/charcoal and is filty ....so it sticks out ...

I'll get some pics up after the lift goes on today....

Yeah if you ever want to go wheeling or something ...I'm Greg ....720-233-7102 ...gotta run right now ...wont read your response 'till tonight...

cya!