TRD Pro Style Grille
One of the most common modifications for Tacoma’s is the TRD Pro Style Grille. I hope I’m avoiding some copyright law by using quotes for ‘pro style’ as we go on here, hopefully the lawyers don’t realize I missed one above. Toyota’s aftermarket and racing division TRD even encouraged the grille replacement process at one point. They created a vlog series on YouTube on how to make your non-Pro Tacoma like a Pro by adding the TRD Pro Style Grille parts through the TRD parts division. Was it stopped because Pro owners complained or Toyota realized it cheapened their top trim brand or were they simply making too much money is unknown. Read on to see the details of this addition to our Tacoma Project.
For a while those who were crafty with part numbers could buy the factory pro grille at a decent price after Toyota ended the grille program through TRD. Eventually parts managers got greedy, artificially inflating the prices of the Toyota badge that was necessary to complete the upgrade. Even further down Tacoma nerdom for those that simply must have a factory grille; it can be ordered from the Trail Edition trim if you can live with your TOYOTA letters in bronze. This sub-culture goes deep and we’re going a few steps further with our ‘Pro style’ (now the lawyers are happy) grille from R4T.