Reviewed by Daniel K (Hudson Oaks, TX) Reviewed for a 2007 Toyota Tundra — 2007-10-08 20:30:08
I bought the black Carriage Works Grille for my 2007 Tundra.
The shipping packaging was lacking a lot. All they did was wrap it in cellophane and dump it in a box. The grille was bent a little from the cellophane wrap and had to be straightened by hand. The edges were also rubbed a little since cellophane is NOT a packing material cushion.
Instructions were OK, but they failed to really show how far back to mount the grille. If you mount it too far forward (like the picture shows), then the screws and bolts don't fit due to a lower support bar. I had to disassemble the grille farther than the instructions showed, grind down the screws to make room so that it could be put back together. I also had to cut my own allen wrench to use on the screws since they did not provide one and a standard allen wrench would not fit. I now have an allen wrench that is almost too short to use anywhere else.
I have seen the polished Carriage Works grilles and this one looks totally different. It says "Billet", but it's not billet. Billet means it was machined from a single block of aluminum. This one is welded aluminum. Also, the polished aluminum grilles have a lot more slats and are closer together. This one has far fewer slats, meaning they are farther apart and allow more bugs and rocks to hit the condenser. I made it work, but it's not the same quality as a real billet grille, even though it costs the same amount.
In the end I think it looks pretty good. I had to alter the install a little to get it to fit. If I didn't have my angle grinder to make it work, I would have been really pissed about this product. It gets 2 stars only because it looks good in the end and it's the only black grille available for the Tundra right now.