OE Toyota Grille Replacement Mod – Step by Step Installation of the TRD Pro Grill for the 5th Gen 4Runner
Well, this was an event that I did not have the opportunity to attend, however, I will enjoy writing the post for it. The guys did a TRD Pro Grill Swap on a 2016 4Runner.
All in all, the instructions were easy on this accessory. I was done in approximately 30 minutes. This is one of the most common TRD Pro add-ons that can be installed with little to no automotive experience.
OE Part Numbers:
- PZ323-35056 – GARNISH, FR BUMPER
- PZ327-35053 – GRILLE, RADIATOR, UPPER
Replica Pro Grill
The process is so easy, that you can do it with a small flat head screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, and a 10mm socket/wrench.
For installation, you can do this with one person but it helps to have two. The kit comes with a 5-page detailed step-by-step instruction sheet and utilizes the existing hardware and OEM parts. This upgrade gives your 4Runner the TRD Pro look which is quite clean and rather classy in my opinion.
The TRD Pro Grill Swap Kit
- Ratchet Wrench 10 mm
- Screwdriver Phillips
- Clip Remover (or, tiny flathead screwdriver)
- Blue Masking Tape
- Lint Free Cloth’s
- 3m GPACK or 3m Prep Solvent
- Instruction Manual
Just keep in mind when installing this kit that you don’t damage any of the parts during the process because you will be using the OEM parts to put the grill back together and back on.
Step 1: Open Hood and Remove Clips
Open the hood and remove the 13 radiator cover clips as indicated in the image and then the radiator support cover.
To remove the push tabs, just press down and then pull them out. Once all the clips are removed you can extract the radiator support cover. Do not misplace the clips/ push tabs, you will be reusing them.
Step 2: Remove Parts and The Grill
To avoid damage on the 4Runner, attach the blue masking tape around grill section that you will be removing, as well as the opposite side. This will aid in preventing scratches or rub marks during the removal process. Remove the two clips that attach the grill to the body and one 10mm bolt that is located in the center as indicated in the image. Then pull the grill to remove it. This was by far the hardest part of the install. We didn’t want to break the grill and it was quite tough to remove! Do not misplace the parts you’ve removed because you’ll be reusing them.
Step 3: Remove Grill Parts out of the bracket
Remove the four screws from the bracket with a phillips screwdriver as indicated in the image and then remove the bracket from the grill. Remove the six remaining screws as indicated in the image and then the grill housing from the grill. Do not misplace the parts again that you removed from the grill because we will be reusing them.
Step 4: Assembly of the New Grill Parts
Secure the grill bracket to the new grill with the four screws. Secure the new grill onto the grill housing by lining up the snaps on the outer edges. Once aligned probably secure with the six remaining screws. Place a towel or something soft below the grill housing to prevent scratches.
Step 5: Prep for Installation – Grill Garnish
To avoid damage on the 4Runner when installing the garnish, attach the blue masking tape at the positions indicated. Degrease the area that the new garnish will be attaching to. After degreasing the areas do not touch them.
Step 6: Preparation of Attaching the Garnish
There are six adhesive strips on the garnish, four on the front and two on the top. Completely remove the four on the front of the garnish. The two on the top are partially removed. by pulling the adhesive back a few inches and pulling them up and over the top past the ribs and adhere to the top with blue masking tape.
We found it best to find the center of the garnish and the opening where the garnish will be placed. We marked those with a center line on a piece of blue tape. This gave us an easier target to get the garnish centered.
Step 7: Applying the Garnish
Line up the two center marks by eye the best you can and slide the garnish on. Apply minimum pressure to attach keeping pressure on the blue tape as you don’t want to lose it. Peel off the liner of the two-sided adhesive tape. Be careful when you pull the liners off as we broke one and had to use needle nose pliers to grab the broken end. We found it best to slightly lift the garnish to relieve some pressure when removing the liners from the tape. Then, crimp the garnish to the front bumper.
Step 8: Installation of the TRD Pro Grill
The grill clicks together with the front bumper in all eight positions. Secure the upper end of the grill with the clips and screw in bolt as indicated in the image. Peel off all the masking tape.
Step 9: Place the radiator cap support cover
Place the radiator support cover on, then clip it down with the 13 clips.