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    2nd Gen (2005-2011) Grille Installation Instructions


    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. 


    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.



    3rd Gen Grille Install Pictures

    We’re always excited and grateful for customers who share install pics with us so others can see how awesome these grilles look. Here are a few of the pics we’ve received.

    Please note that any colored backplates are painted by the customer after they receive their grille. We do not do any color matching before shipping.

    Magnetic Gray Metallic

    Silver Sky Metallic



    Super White

    Blazing Blue Pearl


    Barcelona Red


    What To Do If Your Grille Chips?

    As we initially mentioned on the grille installation page, if you’re hit with a flying object while driving or off roading your powder coating will chip just like paint chips. So, the question is, what should you do if you start to see chips on your grille insert?

    The Touch Up Process

    1. The very first thing you should do is clean the grille thoroughly with warm soapy water.
    2. Next, if you spot any rusting, use a cotton swab dipped in CLR or equivalent to dissolve and remove the rust. Repeat the process until the swab is completely clean. Once clean, wipe with rubbing alcohol.
    3. Apply touch up material. Make sure to use enough to fully fill the divot.

    Touch Up Material Options

    Depending on the type of grille you purchased from us (Wrinkle Black or Smooth Black) there are several different types of material you can use to touch up your Tacoma grille.

    1. Touch up paint – You can stop by Walmart and buy regular black touch up paint. Or you can buy a touch up pen from Automotive Touchup.
    2. Plastidip – You can stop any hardware store, or Walmart and pick up a can of plastidip and use it to touch up your grille. What we’ve found to be the easiest is to spray it on a piece of paper and dip a cotton swab in it and cover the chip.
    3. Bed liner (for the textured grilles) – You can stop by any automotive store, or Walmart and pick up a can of spray on bed liner. Same process as above, spray it on a piece of paper and dip a cotton swab in it and cover the chip.

    Painting Your Grille Backplate

    One of the most common questions we’ve been receiving as as of late is if we sell our grille with a color matched backplate. Unfortunately, we don’t. Our mission was to produce a grille that we could sell to budget conscious Tacoma owners for under $300. Color matching backplates would cause our prices to increase by more than just a few bucks, thus increasing the price for you… which again, doesn’t align with our mission.

    This doesn’t mean you’re SOL and can’t get a color matched backplate, you’re just going to have to put in a little sweat equity to get it that way. Color match painting your backplate is easy as long as you do it before the initial install. If you wait to do it at a later point in time, you’ll have to pull the entire grille piece from your truck again and pull it off.

    Color Matching Your Grille Backplate

    We’ve heard from a few people who’ve purchased grilles that they just went down to the local Home Depot, got some spray paint that was a “close enough” match and painted them that way. We guess this works if you don’t have a cool color like quicksand, inferno, or blazing blue. If you’re looking for a true color match, you should check out Automotive Touchup. You can buy spray paint from them that is color matched to the exact paint code of your truck. We buy all of my touch up paint pens from them and they are awesome!

    Here’s a really awesome shot of one of our Tacoma grilles with a quicksand backplate.