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removal of the grill insert

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Motor71, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. Jan 22, 2017 at 7:04 AM
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    anyone has a picture of the grill insert removed? mainly the 13 little tabs or how to get them out? I been trying to pop off the 13 tabs but none of them would budge and i don't feel like breaking any of them. Any advice would help; such as, which way to push the tabs or pic of the inserts already popped off would help, tia!
     
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  2. Jan 22, 2017 at 7:34 AM
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    Thanks dude, maybe I'll wait til spring then...20170122_103206.jpg 20170122_103214.jpg
     
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  3. Jan 22, 2017 at 7:49 AM
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  4. Jan 22, 2017 at 7:50 AM
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    The above picture will be your insert out.
     
  5. Jan 22, 2017 at 7:51 AM
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    It just seems the center clip barely fits back in the slit, since the slit seems so tight. I'll try the cloth method too. Btw why did you take off your insert? I'm thinking about either painting it black or plasti dipped it
     
  6. Jan 22, 2017 at 7:55 AM
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    Thanks, but I need a pic of the back if anyone has it
     
  7. Jan 22, 2017 at 8:22 AM
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    If it's cold where you are at, apply a little heat to it with a blow dryer. It should help a lot. Like everyone has said, once you get it started it will go by quick.
     
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  8. Jan 22, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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    Thanks, maybe I'll just bring it inside and find a good excuse as to why the grill is on the dining room table...
     
  9. Jan 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM
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    Those are are a make or break deal I'm sure. I tried the same thing then just cut the center out and mounted my new grill insert. Easy peasy.
     
  10. Jan 22, 2017 at 10:05 AM
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    Make sure you remove the screws first. And just be really patient and loosen each one little by little until it pops off. If you break a couple of tabs, it's not that big a deal, just don't go breaking all of them. The screws will get it back on tight.
     
  11. Jan 22, 2017 at 10:10 AM
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    thanks! This patience thing everyone is talking about is what I lack in....
     
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    Yeah, me too. I ran out of it and just yanked it and broke a couple. The bad thing is, the tabs break on the surround, not on the grille.
     
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    I wonder if you can shove in a flat piece of something in each one. Maybe like a paper clip or something even thinner. Then pull. That would probably help.
     
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    Never send a marine to do anything that requires patience...here's the first two victim20170122_131831.jpg
     
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    I found getting the first one out was always the hardest (which I broke) ... work from one side to the other, not from the middle out and just like Joon said ... make sure you remove the screws first.
     
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    Those things were a real pain in the ass when I did mine for sure
     
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    Lol, after the first 2 I just said f*** it, I already got the pro grille on and I was just looking to paint this one, but now maybe I'll put an after market insert in where they break off all the tabs anyway
     
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    Yea they don't send the Marines in unless they want something killed or destroyed
     
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    They are definitely only made to go one direction. When you are removing the center section something is going to break: either the tab on the surround or the small plastic knob on the grill insert. I think the latter is something most people miss/don't realize when messing with these things.

    I just spent an hour trying to preserve both pieces, meticulously working through it and the above was my result. The knowledge I gained was:

    Start at the far sides, using a screw driver as a wedge for the two side tabs and then pull. It requires much more force than I had anticipated, so prepare yourself for a good tug (even pressure, slowly adding force. Don't just yank).

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    Once those are out, work towards the center using the same method. The four tabs in the dead center are much more robust than the others, so you can just wank those.

    When all is said and done, as mentioned before, something will be broken at each tab location. It will be the tab itself or the little plastic knob below. If the grill insert is more important, sacrifice the tabs. If the surround is more important, sacrifice the little knobs by pushing them off with a screw driver slid in behind the tab.

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    Did you use heat (hair dryer) to get 'er done?
     
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