(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Joe from Extreme Terrain and today we're gonna be working with the Westin HDX grille guard in black fitting all '16 and newer Tacoma. Now, something like this is going to be perfect for any Tacoma out there looking for some full width protection for the front end of their truck with a high quality grille guard. This grille guard, it's manufactured out of fully welded, one-piece, 2-inch diameter steel tubing featuring wraparound headlight guards. Now, most other grille guards out there would have you bolt those headlight guards on, but not with the Westin. Its one-piece design not only makes the install just a little bit easier, but it also adds to the durability as well. Now, the name of the game with the HDX is going to be protection. One-piece feel is going to be great from that but this also has some other features going for it as well. First off, this punch plate grille right in the middle is designed to stop a branch or brush from potentially going through the grille and getting to the radiator doing damage to your truck, something to think about if you plan on doing any off-roading.This grille guard also features a durable black powder coating, which is not just there for looks. It serves as a layer of protection against the elements as well. We also have these rubberized uprights here. That's going to be perfect if you need to push something with this grille guard, you won't be scratching up that black powder coating underneath. This isn't the only grille guard that Westin offers. If you're looking for a little bit more utility, they also offer their sportsman option. It features a winch mount right up front but it will cost you a little bit more money. Speaking about pricing, pricing for this grille guard is going to come in right around that $600 mark. Now that is going to be expensive for a grille guard on a Tacoma like this one, but what you're getting here is a high quality product. One-piece steel is durable in its design. We also have this punch plate grille, again, for just a little bit added protection and these rubberized uprights just add to the utility a little bit. Also included in that price is going to be a three-year limited manufacturer's warranty from Westin. Install is going to be pretty easy. Just a heads up, there is a little bit of modification required. We're going to be cutting about a two-inch area out of the lower plastic splash guard to make room for our brackets.Also, we're going to be completely removing that lower air dam so keep that in mind. But with that being said, it is not that difficult. We're gonna give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should only take you an hour or two to get this hooked up to your truck. So without any further ado, let me show you how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to be an impact, U-joint, ratchet, trim panel removal tool, a couple extensions, 14, 10, 15 and 16-millimeter sockets, 16-millimeter wrench. Also included in the kit will be the 6-millimeter Allen key. So to start our install, we're gonna focus on the lower brackets. In order to get those installed, we have to remove this air dam here. It's held on by thirteen 10-millimeter bolts. Two behind here, nine up front and two behind on the other side. We're gonna get those out of the way and pull this plastic air dam off the truck. As you can see I have my truck in the air. You don't need a lift to do this. You could just as easily do it on the ground. And same goes for the other side but for these two here, you can use the 10-millimeter socket or a Phillips head screwdriver and also an extension helps.Now, while the truck is up in the air, I did just want to touch on one thing. We will need to cut just a little bit of this plastic splash guard away so our bracket can make it to the crash structure where it mounts up. And now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. With these plastic portions out of the way, we can now lower the truck. That hardware is a little bit tough to get at from the bottom, so we're gonna approach from the top and to make it even easier, we're gonna be disassembling the grille. The grille is extremely easy to get off. It's held on with two pushpins and for that, we're gonna need the trim panel removal tool. Also is held on by two 10-millimeter bolts. We're gonna get those out of the way and then pull the grille straight off. The first one is gonna be right at the leading edge of the headlight and same thing for the other side. The two 10-millimeter bolts are right in the middle and just like the ones on the bottom, you can use a Phillips head for these as well. And with that small bit of hardware out of the way, we can now pull straight out on the grille and it should come right off the truck. Now we have to focus on this black plastic air dam. It's held in by one push pin right there. Once we get that out of the way, you can pull it straight out and sort of twist to get it right off the truck.It's gonna be the same exact process for the other side. So with the grille and the air dams out, you can get a better look at the three 14-millimeter nuts that we were looking for. There's one right here. There's also one right here and one just a bit lower than that hidden behind this crash structure here, right about there. We're gonna remove those, slide our bracket on those studs and resecure those nuts, then do the same thing for the other side. There's one more mounting point for the lower brackets here and that is right through the crossmember. We're gonna use this large 16-millimeter bolt as well as the larger zinc washer and feed that through the crossmember like so. Now the smaller zinc washer here is actually not a washer at all. It's a spacer. That's gonna go in between the bracket and the crossmember itself. So I'm gonna pull that bolt back out a little bit, turn that spacer in place and push through. Once we have that set, we can use the rest of the zinc hardware which is also 16-millimeters and tighten that down. And obviously, that's going to go flat washer, lock washer and 16-millimeter nut and then we're gonna use the 16-millimeter wrench and socket to tighten that down.And now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. And as you guys could probably see, the U-joint makes getting to that bolthead a little bit easier. So, at this point, our bottom mounting brackets are fully installed on the truck. Before we get started with the upper mounting brackets though, we do have to reinstall these air dams. If you don't do this now, it will be impossible to get these back in. And just like how we got these off, we're gonna put them in sideways, rotate and snap into place and secure with a pushpin on both sides. So now we can get started on the upper mounting brackets and in order to secure these, we're gonna fish this bolt plate through a support that goes across the radiator and it's just gonna sit in the bracket just like so. So this bolt plate right here is going to land in this support brace right about there, right behind this radiator hose. Now that can be a tough spot to reach behind and get that in place. If you have small hands I'm sure you could do it. If you do have bigger hands, Westin gives you one of these. It's a guitar string with a little coil on the end of it. What we're gonna do with this is actually feed the coil end through that hole and then it's going to sit and thread onto the bolt plate like so, and then it will allow you to pull on this wire and get that right in place.And just to start it off here, I'm gonna give that a tiny bend in the direction we want it to go. I'm just gonna feed that up and through. Right, like that. Now I'm gonna thread on our bolt plate and pull on the wire. Before we release that, we're gonna use this plastic washer that's included in the kit to make sure it stays in place. I'm gonna feed it around the wire. And while we're here, we're just gonna get the other side caught up. So now we can take our upper mounting bracket. This one is the driver's side. They are marked on the back with either a D or a P. We're gonna feed that through this lower slat in the lower grille right here. And once it's on that bolt plate, we can use the rest of that zinc hardware to secure it. Now I'm gonna take a long extension and a 16-millimeter socket and feed it through the upper slat in the grille and tighten down that nut. And I'm sure you could get this with a ratchet as well if you just wanted to go in behind the grille. Now we're gonna do the same exact thing for the other side. That's gonna be it for the hard part. All we're going to do now is rebuild our grille by clipping it into place, securing it with those two 10-millimeter bolts and the two push pins that we uninstalled earlier and then we're actually going to hang our grille guard.Now when you're reinstalling these, do not overtighten. These are only threaded in plastic and you don't wanna blow that clip out. Now if there's one thing that I like, it's an easy install and with this one, you won't even have to bribe your buddies with a case of beer to help you lift it up and get it in place. What we're gonna do here is line this up, rock it forward and secure the bottom bracket using the button head bolt and 15-millimeter flange nut included in the kit. Then we're gonna fold the whole thing up and get the upper mounting brackets as well. Lift with your knees, not your back and have a button head bolt ready to run through that upper bracket. Now we're just gonna get the rest of our hardware started, align this grille guard so it's sitting properly and then run through and tighten down all the hardware. The button head bolts require a 6-millimeter Allen key but there is this one which comes included in the kit and the flange nut is a 15-millimeter.But that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Westin HDX grille guard in black fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this and all things Tacoma.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Stylish Grille Guard. Make everyone turn your way when they see your Tacoma sporting this HDX Grille Guard. Featuring a punch plate design and full wrap-around headlight guards, no one can resist looking at your stylish and functional grille guard.
Made of Heavy-Duty Steel Tubes. Aside from its stylish looks, this Black HDX Grille Guard offers full front protection, thanks to its heavy-duty steel tube construction. With its durable construction, it protects your truck from damaging road debris.
Direct Installation. This grille guard can be directly installed to your truck using the mounting hardware that are included in this kit. Some cutting to the Air Dam/Bumper Valance will be required. It can generally take you around 2 hours to finish the installation process.
Includes a 3-Year Warranty. For your assurance, this grille guard comes with a 3-year warranty. The manufacturer will cover any manufacturer defects. For additional information regarding the warranty, please check the manufacturer's website.
Application. This HDX Grille Guard fits 2016-2022 Toyota Tacoma models.
Technical Note. This Grille Guard can't re-use TRD Skid Plate and Tow Hooks. Also, the Grille Guard will interfere with the function of the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) System.
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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