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    How To Install Your Toyota Tacoma Door Emblem Replacement Decals

    These door emblem replacement decals are meant to complete replace the factory badges on your truck. To learn how to debadge your truck, you can read this resource. Before you debadge your truck you should place masking tape along the bottom, top, right and left edges of each badge so that the decals can be properly aligned in the exact location of the removed badges.

    If the emblems of your truck have already been removed, you should use masking tape as a guide to the desired horizontal and vertical placement on your truck. If you have a laser level, you might use that to ensure that everything is level. 

    Before applying your decals, you should clean the area thoroughly to ensure they stick to your truck. Use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to clean the area allow the area to completely dry.

    These decals use transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the backing paper. Before trying to remove the decal from its backing, rub your finger or a credit card over the transfer tape to ensure that it is completely adhered to the decal. Slowly peel the transfer tape from the backing paper, ensuring that each vinyl letter separates from the paper with the transfer tape. If not, press down again until it takes.

    Align the decal with the vertical edge of the tape and slowly lay it down on the surface of the truck from right to left, aligning it with the top strip of masking tape. Apply pressure with your fingers or run the edge of a credit card or other plastic edge across the surface of the transfer tape to make sure it sticks to the truck. 

    Once the decal is applied, slowly peel the transfer tape away, making sure that the decal does not lift up with the transfer tape. Once on your truck, use your fingers to press down on all of the letters and mountain to ensure they have adhered properly. 

    PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to remove the mountain graphic from the decal simply cut them off prior to the installation instructions below.

    3rd Gen TSS Ready (2018+) Grille Installation Instructions

    BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR GRILLE, PLEASE MAKE NOTE THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO OVER TIGHTEN ANY OF THE BOLTS, ESPECIALLY THE RADAR BOLTS.

    IF YOU OVER TIGHTEN THE BOLTS THAT SECURE THE GRILLE TO THE TRUCK, YOU WILL SCRAPE THE POWDER COATING AND INCREASE THE CHANCES THAT YOUR GRILLE WILL RUST.

    IF YOU OVER TIGHTEN THE BOLTS THAT SECURE THE RADAR PLATE, YOU WILL PULL THE PEMS THROUGH AND POSSIBLY BEND THE GRILLE.

    Here are the instructions for installing your new grille insert.

    Tools Needed

    • Flat head screw driver
    • Phillips screw driver (or drill bit)
    • Rachet
    • 1/4 inch socket
    • Drill
    • 1/4 inch drill bit
    • Small pair of pliers
    • Dirty rag
    • Soft blanket

    Step 1

    Remove the entire grille and outer surround from the truck by removing the two bolts (top two arrows) with a phillips tip screw driver or drill bit and the two push pins (bottom two arrows) with a flat head screw driver. With the two push pins, just pry up the little round tab and pull it out.

    Step 2

    Grab the top of the grille and start gently wiggling. Once it starts to break free, grab the front and pull straight out.

    Step 3

    Once the grille has been removed from the truck, lay down a soft blanket (or cardboard if you’re me) and remove these eight screws.

    Step 4

    Once the screws are out, you need to start popping out the insert and bezel. To do this, you must apply light pressure to the clips while you pull on the outer bezel piece and grille from the front. These tabs will snap off very easily, so be careful. Make sure to get them all!

    Step 5

    You will have to drill out 8 of the holes with a quarter inch drill bit. Don't worry, this doesn't affect the ability to remount your stock grille if you choose. Drill out the marked holes below and the final two screws go into two of the horizontal slats in the bottom of the grille.

    Step 6

    Attach the brushed stainless steel back plate to the grille using four of the included locking nuts. You may need to pull the laser paper if yours came with it. That will be the side you want facing out.

    Step 7

    Attach the acrylic plate to the bottom of the grille by sliding over the two pems. You will need to pull the laser paper off of each side and place the textured side outward.

    Step 8

    Attach the TSS sensor to the grille, right behind the acrylic plate and step and screw on the two locking nuts.

    Step 10

    Attach the grille following these steps:

    • Start with the top center hole
    • Insert the bolt
    • Grab the bolt head with a rag and a pair of pliers (to keep the powder coating from chipping off)
    • Use the ratchet and 1/4 socket to tighten the bolt from the back of the grille (don’t tighten all the way)
    • Go around the remaining 9 holes following these same steps
    • Once all bolts are in and lightly tightened, finish tightening all of the locking nuts

    Please note, powder coat will chip like paint. This grille is made out of steel and will rust if the powder coating is chipped or scratched. If you notice any chips or scratches, please make sure to touch it up with touch up paint as soon as possible.

    Debadging - How To Remove Your Tacoma Emblems Fast & Easy

    Debadging - How To Remove Your Tacoma Emblems Fast & Easy

    One of the first things that Tacoma owners love to do is remove the emblems from their trucks. This is also referred to as debadging.

    I personally debadged my truck and replaced the emblems with Tacoma vinyl decals. This gave my truck a more sleek looks, especially since i went with a matte black decal.

    If you're reading this, you likely want to debadge your Tacoma and don't exactly know where to start. Obviously there are more than one ways to remove emblems, here's the process I've gone through each time I've gone down this path.

    Softening The Adhesive

    Use A Hair Dryer or Heat Gun To Warm Up The Adhesive

    The most popular method of softening the glue holding your emblem to the vehicle is by using a hair dryer or heat gun. If you have a 2016+ Tacoma, you can plug it right into the bed of your truck and go to work :), if not, an extension cord is in your future!

    Put the hair dryer on the hottest setting and wave it back and forth over the badge for a few minutes, taking care not to leave it in one spot for too long. Once it's warmed up, you can work on the removal process.

    Use Hot Water To Soften The Adhesive

    Another method that has worked for others is to microwave a bowl of water and pour it diretly onto the body of the car right above the emblem. Take care not to make the water hot enough to burn yourself. If you do this a few times, it should soften things up enough to start the removal process.

      Removing The Emblems

      Cut The Adhesive With Dental Floss or Fishing Line

      Cut a length of floss that is about 8-10 inches long. Wrap each end around your index fingers and push the line behind the first letter of the emblem. Once behind, pull the line to the left and right in a sawing motion until you've reached the end of the emblem.

      Use A Plastic Wedge To Pry The Emblem Off

      Take a thin plastic wedge and place it agains the body of the vehicle to the side of the emblem. Slide it beneath the badge ensuring that you don't scratch the paint. Slowly push the wedge further into the emblem so you can loosen it enough to pull on it and pop it off. Note that if you pry too hard, the emblem may break. This isn't an issue if you plan on throwing them away. If not, you should consider another method.

      Use a Credit Card To Remove The Emblem

      Very similar to a plastic wedge, you can use a credit card to remove your emblems. If you choose to go this route, make sure to face the credit card outwards so the numbers don't scratch the paint.

      Removing Left Over Adhesive

      Once your badges are removed, use an adhesive remover like Desolvit to remove the left over adhesive. Make sure not to leave it on the paint for too long or it could hurt your clear coat. Leave it on for 30-60 seconds and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Repeat as many times as you need to complete the job.

      Wash & Wax The Area

      Once all of the adhesive is off the truck, you'll want to wash it up with soap and water and once dry, give it a small coat of wax. This will make your truck look like it never had emblems to begin with.

        Pro Tips

        If you're thinking about pulling your Tacoma emblems off and replacing them with vinyl decals, one of the easiest ways to ensure you put the vinyl in the same place is to take some masking tape and carefully place it around the emblem before you remove it.

        Once the emblem is off you'll be able to see exactly where to lay the decal down.

        You should note that you don't want to wax the area as mentioned in the above step as the decals won't stick to a waxed surface.

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        When using the floss method, it is possible to cut into your clear coat. If you go this route, make sure to take it extremely slow and continue to pull toward yourself so it doesn't touch the clear coat. It's much easier to remove left over residue than fix your clear coat.

        2nd Gen (2005-2011) Grille Installation Instructions

        BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR GRILLE, PLEASE MAKE NOTE THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO OVER TIGHTEN ANY OF THE BOLTS. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL SCRAPE THE POWDER COATING AND INCREASE THE CHANCES THAT YOUR GRILLE WILL RUST.

        Here are the instructions for installing your new grille insert.

        Tools Needed

        • Dremel Tool with cutoff wheel  (or some other form of cutting instrument)
        • Flat head screw driver
        • Short phillips screw driver
        • Ratchet
        • 7/16 inch socket
        • Needle nose pliers
        • Small pair of pliers or 7/16 crescent wrench
        • Soft blanket

        Step 1

        Remove the entire grille and outer surround from the truck by removing the two bolts with a phillips tip screw driver, the two push pins with a flat head screw driver and two clips about half way down on each side of the grille with needle nose pliers. With the two push pins, just pry up the little round tab and pull it out.

        Grab the top of the grille and start gently wiggling. Once it starts to break free, grab the front and pull straight out.

        Step 2 (Optional)

        Remove the surround (front piece) from the grille. The insert was designed to slide right into place with the surround on, but if you don't want to risk scratching off some paint, you can remove it.

        Step 3

        Cut out the center piece in each of the market areas with some form of a cutting tool. I used a Dremel Tool with a cutoff wheel.

        Step 4

        Bolt mounting hardware to the insert using a 7/16 socket wrench and a pair of pliers or crescent wrench. If you knick any of the powder coating, you'll want to touch that up before you mount to the grille.

        Please note that you won't want to tighten them all the way down. You need them to have the freedom to swivel and move up and down so you can get them in the right position when mounting to the grille.

        Step 5

        Lay the insert on the cut out grille area, make sure that everything lines up and flip it over. 

        Making sure that the grille didn't move, put your hand underneath, push up and mark the middle top and bottom holes with a sharpie.

        Drill out the two holes and use the screws to mount the grille with a short phillips tip screw driver.

        Step 6

        Once screwed in, go from corner to corner, putting your hand underneath and pushing the corners into place. While holding each corner in place, mark the corner bracket and surrounding brackets with a sharpie marker.

        Remove the two screws, drill the rest of the holes and screw in all of the brackets.

        Step 7

        Attach the brushed stainless steel back plate to the grille using four of the included locking nuts. You may need to pull the laser paper if yours came with it. That will be the side you want facing out.

        Step 8

        Reinstall grille and surround to truck.

        Please note, powder coat will chip like paint. This grille is made out of steel and will rust if the powder coating is chipped or scratched. If you notice any chips or scratches, please make sure to touch it up with touch up paint as soon as possible.

        How To Install Your 2016 - 2019 Toyota Tacoma Vinyl Decal Inserts

        Installing your Tacoma decals isn't extremely difficult, you just need to have a bit of time and some patience.

        Here's a video and a write up below to walk you through installing your decals.

         

        For this write up, I'm showing the door sills, but the same principle applies for all applications.

        Plan on spending between 20-30 minutes for the door sills, 10-15 minutes for the tailgate, and 10-15 minutes for the glovebox and follow the steps below:

        Clean Area

        Take a second and make sure that the area where you will be installing the decals is clean. I like to use rubbing alcohol, a paper towel, and a Q-tip to make sure that there is no dirt, dust or other particles where I will be working. Make sure to let the area dry before installing the decals.

        Create A Soapy Water Solution

        In a small bowl, squirt a pump of hand or dish soap and mix with water. This will be used to apply the decals and make positioning easier.

        Apply Soapy Water Solution To Area

        Take your fingers and dip them in the soapy solution and rub all over the area where you will be installing the decals. Make sure it is good and wet.

        Remove Decals From Backing

        Take some tape, any type will work, but masking tape works the best and touch the corner of the decal and lift up. 

        *** YOU DO NOT WANT TO TRY AND PEEL WITH YOUR FINGERS OR TWEEZERS. IT WILL PEEL THE BACKING AND RUIN THE DECAL ***

        Dip Decals In Soapy Water Solution

        Once the decal is removed, dip the entire thing in the soapy solution. Make sure you know which side is the sticky side.

        Position Decals

        Now that everything is super wet, you can put the decal in its place and position it exactly where you want it. Do not press firmly or the soapy solution will push out and it will stick.

        Push Out Soapy Water Solution

        Once positioned exactly where you want it, hold one area with your finger and take a paper towel and start wiping the area opposite of your finger. This will push the solution out and begin the curing process. Switch sides with your finger and push the solution out of the other side.

        Let Cure For 24-48 Hours

        Please note that you'll want to wait 24-48 hours before trying to touch them again. Yes, they will be sticky and probably won't move, but it's best to wait until they are completely dry.

        If you have any questions about the installation process, please contact us.