Trail Standard Off-road (TSO) Blank Grille Installation Overview
Step by Step Install – Trail Standard Off-Road TRD Pro Style Grille
Trail Standard Off-Road (TSO) is a company that specializes in a front-end TRD Pro style grille for the 5th Gen 4Runner. If you are looking for a more affordable, and customizable alternative to the OEM TRD PRO version supplied by Toyota, Trail Standard Off-Road is a good choice.
TSO also makes the letters for the grille. If you are looking to customize the layout of the letters T.O.Y.O.T.A, you can buy those as a separate pack directly from TSO.
I believe they can get pretty custom here so if you have a special request for letters or a custom logo, just reach out to them and see how they can help.
Trail Standard Off-Road offers a few different options on their website to make ordering easier.
You can buy the following:
- TSO Grille Cover – check all prices on their website.
- TSO Grille Cover with Letters
- TSO Grille Cover and upper Grille – what we bought
- TSO Grille Cover, upper Grille, and Letters
Trail Standard Off-Road Benefits
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Thermoformed Matte Black Plastic (no painting required)
- Optional Toyota branding
- About $200 less than TRD Pro Garnish with letters
OE Part Numbers
- TRD PRO 4Runner Front Radiator Grill Mesh PZ327-35053
- 4Runner Front Grill Garnish (TOYOTA) PZ323-35056
Why the TSO Grille?
The grille is about $200 less than the OE TRD Pro is the main reason.
I purchased the TSO grille because our T logo and the grille garnish had a few scratches on it. My girl parked the 4Runner a little too close to the garage one night and closed the garage on the Grille. The next day, I called Trail Standard Off-Road.
I did not want to buy the TOYOTA grille with the TOYOTA lettering on the front. The cool thing about TSO is you can just customize any grille garnish you want.
Give them a call. Great company, quality products.
TSO Grille Video Install
TSO Grille Install
These are the parts that I purchased from TSO. The TSO grille (basically, a TRD Pro grille garnish) without the lettering and the upper grille insert.
This is a very straightforward installation. Basic shop tools will be fine for this project, nothing special.
This installation can be done with one person in about 30 min from start to finish.
This is a very chill “crack a beer and start a mod project”.
Step 1: Remove radiator support cover
Open the hood and remove all of the push clips in 13 positions as indicated by the red dots in the photo and then remove the radiator support cover.
Step 2: Remove Upper Radiator Grille Mesh and Parts
Remove the second set of vehicle clips and one center position bolt as indicated in the photo. These clips are the same clips that hold your rear bumper in place. This is how I like to remove those tabs. You will have a tough time trying to it with your fingers alone.
Step 3: Tape to prevent scratches
To avoid damage on the 4Runner, attach masking tape at the positions indicated.
Step 4: Pull Grille straight out to Remove
There are four clips that are inserted into this portion of the grille. It was nerve-racking at first but just pull straight out on each clip and the radiator grille mesh along with the top portion of the bumper will come straight out.
Step 5: Detach the radiator grille mesh
Remove all the screws attached to the grill bracket and then remove the bracket from the top portion of the bumper as well. Do not discard the screws as you will be reusing them for the Trail Standard Off-road garnish.
Step 6: Clean the factory garnish
If you have not heard of Hot Sauce by Boat Bling, it’s pretty badass stuff. It’s a hard water spot remover and works as a quick detail spray as well. I use it whenever I need to clean the exterior. Also, sometimes I go months without cleaning the 4Runner, this stuff is the only spray that seems to knock hard-water spots off with a breeze.
Step 7: Mark center on Bumper and Garnish
Mark center on both the bumper and the garnish. This way, you will get an exact center to the garnish applied to the front-end of your 4Runner.
Step 8: Preparing the Garnish
Start by making a center cut with a razor blade down the center of the top-most double-sided tape. You do not need to slice through the tape, just the top layer to peel back. Peal back both sides, curl them up and over the TSO garnish and hold in place using masking tape.
We do this so the top double-sided 3m tape will not catch or stick to the factory garnish area when pressing on the TSO garnish.
Remove the double-sided adhesive tape from all other portions of the trail standard Offroad garnish.
Step 9: Press on Grille Garnish
Apply pressure to the TSO garnish and then peel back the adhesive tape from the top portion of the garnish.
Step 10: Install new Radiator Grill Mesh
Install upper bumper portion to the new radiator grille mesh and secure the upper end of the grill with vehicle clips and one bolt in the center position. Peel off any masking tape used in previous steps. Place the radiator support cover on and then press down the 13 vehicle clips removed in step one.
Factory Trail Edition 4Runner Front-End: Before
Upgraded Trail Standard Off-Road Garnish: After
So what is the difference between the TSO Grille and the TRD Pro Grille from Toyota? Price and customization.
- Price: TSO is about $200 less.
- Customization: You can buy the grille with or without lettering. You can also call TSO and talk to them about getting even more custom with custom letters or a logo.
Thoughts on the TSO Grille?
Questions and Comments below!