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DIY: TOYOTA “Raptor” Lettering Install for 2nd Gen Tundra Mesh Grills

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by csuviper, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Feb 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM
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    I recently asked Jerry at Bay Area Metal Fab for some “Raptor” style lettering that was sized correctly for the Tundra grill. He probably already had the idea just needed the jump to fabricate them. I actually wanted TUNDRA instead but the letter designs were already made for TOYOTA. I jumped on this after I recently installed my Grillcraft grill. Below is the procedure I went through to install the lettering.

    Link to Grillcraft Grill
    Link to Raptor Letters

    Link to Grillcraft Grill install


    First step was to clean and paint the letters. I used a self-etching primer and then a flat black paint to cap it off.
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    Next I had to figure out how to get the letters on straight and level. I decided to use some blue painters tape that I had laying around to make the bottom line for all the letters. Then I determined the best spacing of the letters and used that total length to mark the beginning and ending with tape.

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    I used string to identify the centers between each letter. This made it easy for each letter to be centered within the space between strings.
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    Next was installation. 3M super strength molding tape was used. This was the best stuff the auto store had. Strips of the tape were cut and applied to the metal. Since it is cold outside the metal was cold and the adhesion was not as strong as desired. I decided to use a heat gun to warm up the metal and the tape for better adhesion. The heat gun idea worked very well and the tape seemed to be stuck on good.

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    I started applying the letters one by one to the grill starting with the outside letters and moved toward the center. The heat gun came in handy here as well. The grill mesh and the tape were heated to a warm temp before pushing them on. I used the lower blue tape as the guide for the bottom of the letter and just eyeballed the center between strings. As I was applying I used a level on the top of the letters as I wanted to get them placed as best as I could the first time. Once leveled and placed, I pushed them on hard to ensure adhesion. Tape was then removed to complete the project.

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  2. Feb 27, 2014 at 9:52 PM
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    That looks awesome man! Nice install
     
  3. Feb 28, 2014 at 5:01 AM
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    That turned out awesome man
     
  4. Feb 28, 2014 at 6:39 AM
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    Looks damn good!
     
  5. Feb 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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  6. Mar 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM
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  7. Mar 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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    Looks great man - I saw this on tacoma worl and was thinking of doing the exact same thing you did. Awesome work and job
     
  8. Mar 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM
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    Where is this?

    Edit: is that Bella I spy in there?
     
  9. Mar 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM
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    Thank you. I really like the look.
     
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  10. Mar 29, 2014 at 7:37 PM
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    That empty lot off 120th opposite your gym. By the storage place.
    Yep, Bella in the front seat.
     
  11. Mar 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM
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    I don't train there anymore...I'm at Armburst now.
     
  12. Mar 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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  13. Apr 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM
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    Letters are still firmly attached :)
     
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    I really like this where did you get the letters?
     
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    Just updated mine with smoke LED head lights by SPYDER would really look good on your truck
     
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    Tired of grill yet buddy ;)
     
  18. Sep 22, 2014 at 8:01 PM
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    Nope. Still love it
     
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    Did you final do the grill lights? Is that what the three orange reflectors are?
     
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    Lol. No i haven't done the lights yet. The image above is just a photoshop of an idea. Not sure when i will get to it.
     
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    Recent picture. Still holding strong. The paint on the letters does have chips in it. Expected in Colorado.

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    So you would recommend that tape still?
     
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    Absolutely
     
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    I shall search for it soon then!
     
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    I have used the 3M super strength molding tape with good results. Not in the same application, mine was for a "SVT" badge on my 94 Mustang Cobra. As you know... clean both surfaces properly and apply at ideal temps.
     
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    BRIAN, is your grill curved at all or is it flat? Should I be worried about attaching flat letters to a curved grill?
     
  27. Nov 8, 2015 at 1:48 PM
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    Mine is curved. Worked fine. To help you could leave tape off the middle of the letter so it tuck in.
     
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    Good point... but I want as much tape as possible.... don't want them coming off
     
  29. Nov 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM
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    We have this 3m double sided tape at work. Says it's for trim and moulding and emblems. Looks like it's maybe the bulk version of the tape u posted? Should work eh?

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    Not sure. I specifically got the one that said "super strength"
    I think there are different levels of adhesion. I'm sure that one is close though or the same as it is for trim and emblems.
     
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