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2019 TRD Pro grille garnish kit alternative to Ares Fabrication

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by jones83, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. Oct 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM
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    jones83

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    Since ARES Fab. has said that he is no longer producing a garnish kit for the hole in the 2019 TRD Pro grille, does anyone know of an alternative piece to insert into the grille? The OEM piece is pretty expensive for what it is. I know one person used black plexiglass, but I was looking for something a little nicer.

    Maybe a forum vendor will step up and create an insert?
     
  2. Oct 30, 2018 at 11:16 AM
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    I'm looking for something as well, had mine on order from Ares two weeks ago and got refunded suddenly from paypal.
     
  3. Oct 30, 2018 at 12:19 PM
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    So I guess noone will make something for the 2019 grille? I'll just get the 2017 if that is the case. I'm not leaving a hole in my grille.
     
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    Unfortunately, your options are limited. If you have a 2018/19 with the TSS sensor then your best bet is to stick with one of the stock grilles (Limited or honeycomb style) or pay up for the OEM garnish. The sensors on our trucks are very finicky and calibrated to work in stock configuration.
    The guy that used plexiglass fitted a 19 Pro Grille on his 17 and didn’t have the sensor to worry about. If you want to go the route of fitting a 17 Pro Grille you’ll still need a way to relocate the sensor. I’ve seen a few options for this including the Ares bracket, a 3D printed bracket, and another aftermarket company producing one. A quick search on the forum should produce what you’re looking for.
     
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  5. Oct 30, 2018 at 12:34 PM
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    I’ve got a 2017 pro grille in my garage I’ve yet to install on my 2018 because of my TSS relocation fear
     
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    I have a 2016 so no sensor on mine. One more reason why it is hard for me to digest paying almost $400 for a plastic cover.
     
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  8. Oct 30, 2018 at 4:36 PM
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    They are “sold out”, thinking you might not see anymore of them. You are so screwed if you cause a front end collision with anyone’s modded tss crap.
     
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    One word..... liability.
     
  10. Oct 30, 2018 at 5:02 PM
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    I’m going to try and help you, don’t care if you can respect that or not. Because it can, and someone will use it on an 18+, you are screwed.
     
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  11. Oct 30, 2018 at 5:47 PM
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    It’s not worth it, just being honest. It’s a garnish for a 2019 Pro grill, won’t stop someone from using whoever’s bracket is left floating around from the 15-17 Pro gill. It’s the world we live in. You need to look inside and understand what you have out there running around currently, think the members should know.
     
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  12. Oct 30, 2018 at 5:56 PM
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    There are things I mess with on Toyota’s, and there are some that just aren’t worth it.
     
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    And just so everyone understands, it logs and keeps every event in the system, if you get the brake warning, camera is capturing images, and those are permanently saved from every event as well. I can’t verify for sure, but myself, and 4 others in my research still get the brake warning with it off, its recording. Toyota is not gonna hang for it, they are well prepared and already litigated it. Its called gross negligence if you change the system, that includes putting a 19 Pro grill on a non Pro, even if done completely perfectly.
     
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    Is your ebay store back open?
     
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    Got in contact with “Ares”

    Any reason why he’s not in here anymore? He said he’s still producing a 2019 cover for the pro grill.
     
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    Damn what a PITA. I got a 2018 and I guess I'll never get to install an aftermarket grille. Didn't realized the damn truck had a freaking black box too.
     
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    Haven't decided here which, might do the plexi as I'm installing a front cam
     
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    So if you change out the honeycomb grill with a stock limited grill on an 18+ it will be ok? No doom and gloom?
     
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    Following, as I am currently doing a build on a 2018 SR5. I purchased a Quicksand surround, bulge etc to replace the chrome/honeycomb that this truck came stock with. The dealer WILL NOT replace the honeycomb as it messes with the TSS. The truck came with the TSS sensor stock and I wanted to put the TRD center in to replace the honeycomb. . So, according to this thread, the relocater bracket for the TSS sensor is a bad idea if you want to run the TOYOTA TRD grill, or any aftermarket grill for that matter ? I am definitely concerned about liability , etc for the TSS. Am I shit out of luck and HAVE to run the honeycomb? ....or am I just taken to many hard knocks to the head and not fully understanding this?front end1.jpg front end.jpg
     
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    You have to run the honeycomb (or limited/1794 bars). Anything else is at your own risk.
     
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    You should be able to switch back and forth between the honeycomb and limited grille without issues. Many people here have done it without issue. The sensor, bracket and mounting points are all identical.
    The issues arise when trying to replace one of the above options with an older model or current model pro grille.
     
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    Can you please tell me how I can order one from you. I have a 2015 SR5 With a 2019 TRD Pro grill.

    He is no longer selling on this site.

    Check eBay
     
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    His own request, then has tried making duplicate accounts to get back on.

    He still sells on eBay.

    I agree with @Vizsla, start messing with the TSS system...no bueno.
     
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    Are you saying that you couldn't use the 2019 TRD Pro grille with TRD Pro Garnish on your SR5?
     
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    Can you confirm that 2019 TRD Pro grilles cannot be installed on a non-TRD Pro truck (e.g. SR5) even if you buy the radar/garnish?
     
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    It’s not that they cannot be installed. It’s just not recommended as it’s tampering with a safety system and obviously a major liability issue should you ever get in a accident. I am assuming it will likely affect the warranty as well.
    That being said, quite a few have done it, some have issues and others don’t. Keep in mind though that just because it’s not throwing codes doesn’t mean it’s working properly.
    One of the members here @Vizsla did a great write up on it including the purchase of a new grille, sensor, garnish, recalibration etc. He does a much better job explaining it so I’ll let you read it but after all that he stuck with the stock configuration. Hope that helps...
     
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    Please send or post a link to that. I cannot find his content specific to this topic.
     
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    One thing to consider is what constitutes TSS failure. IF it's throwing error codes everywhere and disabling things, definitely that's undesirable. If it's just an occasional false positive, consider whether that's a huge deal on a supplemental system or not.

    I haven't relocated my TSS but have had things like false positives in extremely rare cases like torrential rain and steep hills/bridges. I don't consider either of those a "failure". The non-defective hardware failures in my view are way overblown. My job has a lot to do with software and sensored equipment so I get the fact that sometimes the designed "conditions" are met to set off alerts in unintended situations.
     
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