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TRD pro grille insert

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by mech_engineer09, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Feb 16, 2021 at 10:15 AM
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    mech_engineer09

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    anyone have any experience buying this trd pro grille insert?

    https://mcautoparts.com/products/18-20-tundra-grill?variant=32438012444734

    Looks fairly easy to install and seems like the best option for me as my grille surround is ppf wrapped and ceramic coated and don't really want to have that done again because even small areas aren't cheap to do. Just curious about quality vs oem because this is a 3rd party part.
     
  2. Feb 16, 2021 at 11:15 AM
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    PomDad

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    I know @CorsoTundra and a few others have. The only negative complaint I've heard is some people have a slight 'splatter' in the sensor insert that is visually unappealing but doesn't affect fit, form, or function.
     
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  3. Feb 16, 2021 at 11:23 AM
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    shaggysanchez

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    I have this insert and have no complaints. I didn't have the issue that a couple had with the sensor garnish and after about 2K miles with it on I have had no issues with the sensor. PXL_20201126_182554139.jpg
     
  4. Feb 16, 2021 at 11:26 AM
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    java230

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    This is just an insert for the factory surround correct? Any install threads?
     
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  5. Feb 16, 2021 at 11:28 AM
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    Correct it was just the insert, they sell a version with the surround as well.
    I would imagine there is one somewhere but it was pretty straightforward.
     
  6. Feb 16, 2021 at 11:30 AM
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    Cool thanks, I just need the insert so I can relocate my TSS sensor.... May be the perfect solution. not wanting to sped a boat load to get rid of the chrome surround.

    I just didn't see any install pics etc so wasn't quite sure how it all went together.
     
  7. Feb 16, 2021 at 12:17 PM
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    Jim LE 1301

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    No issues here.

    20201126_135229.jpg
     
  8. Feb 16, 2021 at 1:33 PM
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    I_Am_Thee_Walrus

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    The only issue is getting the original grill out without breaking tabs :annoyed:
     
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  9. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM
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    hillbillytoyo

    hillbillytoyo Just a country boy

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    Wonder if this is the same grill? Screenshot_20210215-132311_Facebook.jpg
     
  10. Feb 17, 2021 at 6:41 AM
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    looks awesome man! whered you get the colored letters?
     
  11. Feb 17, 2021 at 6:41 AM
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    mech_engineer09

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    I found a video on youtube for the install. guy does it in about 5 minutes. I'll find the video later and post it here.
     
  12. Feb 17, 2021 at 6:53 AM
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTDwVSsAG_w

    Check this video out; very detailed.

    Make sure when you pop out your OE grille, don't break the clips that hold the grille onto the trim piece under the headlight. Push down and pull out.

    I heard that the MC Auto Parts one is good, but the garnish may be slightly scratched (there was another member that posted the MC auto parts grille review).

    I ended up buying the OEM grille and acrylic plate through a local dealership (don't forget the push washers for the acrylic plate). Total was roughly $550.

    One thing to note is that if you have the TSS, buying the OE version, there's a slot to clip the wire harness behind the first "T" in Toyota. Not sure about the 3P options.
     
  13. Feb 17, 2021 at 7:23 AM
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    Thanks, I will take a look. I bought a full one from Empyre off-road as it was cheaper and in stock. I only need the insert, but whatever. I have taken my OW grill in and out a few times, so I think this should be not bad.
     
  14. Feb 17, 2021 at 8:14 AM
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    Were you able to buy the OEM grille without the surround (just the insert) from your dealer? If so I'd probably just go that route if possible from my dealer
     
  15. Feb 17, 2021 at 8:33 AM
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    Unfortunately, I don't think you can. You'd have to buy the whole assembly. Here's your part number: 531010c070b0
     
  16. Feb 17, 2021 at 6:48 PM
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    Tundra14Platinum

    Tundra14Platinum Drink More Water

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    C'mon man...

    Will this fit a 2014 tundra

    Unfortunately, it will only fit all Tundra models in the years 2015-2021.
     
  17. Feb 17, 2021 at 7:08 PM
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  18. Feb 17, 2021 at 8:29 PM
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    I found that if you push down and gently pull out on thease two tabs (eachside)with a long screwdriver it will make pulling the grill easier. Then as i remember its just four button clips at the base of the grill.
    20180815_122632.jpg 20180815_122512.jpg
     
  19. Feb 17, 2021 at 8:32 PM
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    Definitely great tip!
     
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    I do not have that one but I think plenty of folks do on the forum and mounting is the same from 14 to at least 19. The only thing is that’s aftermarket so fit might not be perfect like factory although people seem to be happy with them.
     
  22. Feb 19, 2021 at 7:56 AM
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    BravoDeltaRomeo

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    This. Makes it less scary and doesn't sound like you are snapping anyting.

    I believe you can reach down with a skinny enough arm too. I have done mine a few times and don't recall having to use a tool, but I have Grade 6 boy arms. :(
     
  23. Feb 19, 2021 at 9:35 AM
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    Anyone have a pic with the chrome surround?
     
  24. Feb 19, 2021 at 10:33 AM
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    @Fotnot
     
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  25. Feb 19, 2021 at 10:36 AM
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    here's a couple i have....
    20210215_143816.jpg 20210215_143823.jpg 20210208_165542.jpg
     
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  26. Feb 19, 2021 at 10:46 AM
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    I found this install to be extremely easy (sorry @Swfltoyomafia :D) and took me under 30 mins start to finish to do on my 2017. i was expecting worse since i had talked to 3 others that told me it took them from a lil under 2 hours to split up over 2 days. i took my time using a small flat head screwdriver to pry the clips. i also dont' have all the sensors to worry about since i have a 2017:yes:
     
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  27. Feb 19, 2021 at 10:50 AM
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    Show off!
     
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  28. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:00 AM
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    Well that looks great. Guess I'll pull the trigger on that asap. Thanks!
     
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  29. Feb 23, 2021 at 8:25 AM
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    Here is mine from Empyre offroad. Garnish trim is ugly, but it fit fine. Quality isnt quite OE, but its not where near the cost either.

    [​IMG]
     
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