Some FAQs:

Why do the pillars cost so much?

Do you take PayPal?

Do I have to use PayPal?

Are these full replacement pillars or merely gauge pods?

Do they look good?

Do they come with any gauges?

Are you making them yourself?

What if I want one and you don't have any left?

If you don't have any more pillars available, and I want one from the next run, do I need to put up a deposit?

How do they attach to the actual A-pillar? Do they use the stock mounting points?

Are they a good fit?

What colors will they come in?

Will they fit both pickups and 4Runners for the years listed?

Do the gauges obstruct the view to the left?

I'm interested, but my Toyota was made in a year other than 1984-1988 or 1989-1995. Will it fit?

How do I remove my old pillar? Is it difficult?

How much is shipping to Canada?

Can I return my pillar if I don't like it?



Why do the pillars cost so much?

The pillars are expensive because the production runs are small, and they need to be trimmed by hand after they leave the mold. This is a special order item, made in small lots. Unfortunately, that raises the per unit cost.




Do you take PayPal?

Yes, I take PayPal.


Do I have to use PayPal?

No. If you'd rather pay by money order, that can be arranged; please email me.

No personal checks, please.



Are these full replacement pillars or merely gauge pods?

All PIL-A pillars are full replacement pillars, not merely surface mounted pods -- you remove your existing trim pillar and replace it with my pillar, which has built in, molded pods for 2-1/16" gauges. Yes it costs more than a simple pod, but it looks a whole lot better, too.

For the PIL-B pillars, the truck pillars are direct replacement, as above. The second generation 4Runner pillars fit over the stock pillars (the stock pillars curve over the door and meet up with the B pillar trim, and this curve would have been too expensive to reproduce). Look at the photo for these pillars and decide if you like the look.




Do they look good?

Hell yes they look good! (Or at least I think they look good.) They look about as good as one of these is going to look in this location, which is to say they are clean and functional. The fit and finish is excellent: all gauge faces are clearly visible, and you shouldn't need to take your eyes off the road (or trail) to see them at a glance.




Do they come with any gauges?

NO, you need to provide your own gauges :-) Hey, someone actually asked me this once, so I want to be clear. These pillars come precut to accept 2-1/16 gauges, which is a standard gauge size. 2" and 52mm gauges fit fine as well. (2-1/16" Auto Meter gauges are shown in the photos on this site.) They will NOT accept 2-5/8" gauges. Gauges with electrical sending units are easiest to mount, but some people have squeezed mechanical gauges into these spaces. I recommend electrical gauges for the easiest fit/installation.

Most gauges come with 2" long mounting studs. These will need to be trimmed to allow the gauge to sit flush with the front of the pillar.




Are you making them yourself?

No, I'm contracting with a company that specializes in making gauge pillars and pods. The quality is excellent.




What if I want one and you don't have any left?

If I'm out, more are on the way! I am rarely out of stock for more than a week.




If you don't have any more pillars available, and I want one from the next run, do I need to put up a deposit?

No. I don't accept deposits, because I don't want to be holding anyone's money waiting for a shipment to arrive from the manufacturer. But I do need an accurate head count, so let me know if you want one and intend to order one. You're on the honor system...




How do they attach to the actual A-pillar? Do they use the stock mounting points?

No. These pillars attach via two or three countersunk sheet metal screws, which are included. The screws are fairly inconspicuous, but you will need to drill a couple of small holes in the stock metal pillar to mount the new gauge pillar.




Are they a good fit?

Yes, they are a good fit. The dimensions of these replacement pillars are virtually identical to stock. They are about 3/4" shorter than stock, but this difference is hidden by the dash. I'm very pleased with the way these turned out.




What colors do they come in?

They are black, which means that you will have to paint yours to match your interior. I've found that they paint up very nicely, and you can get good coverage with two light coats of spray paint. An acrylic paint seems to offer the best coverage and protection.

I would recommend using the SEM acrylic sprays, as they have colors that appear to closely match the Toyota interiors. As far as I know, there is no "master color sheet" of Toyota interior colors, so you will need to match your stock pillar to the color on the cap of the spray paint can. If you can't find something from SEM that you like, Plasti-Kote also makes some goods acrylic spray paints in a variety of interior colors. Like any painting project, the more surface prep you do, the better your results will be.




Will they fit both pickups and 4Runners for the years listed?

Yes.




Do the gauges obstruct the view to the left?

Maybe a little, but certainly not a lot, as you can see in the photos. The two gauge pillars are less intrusive than the three gauge pillars.




I'm interested, but my Toyota was made in a year other than 1984-1988 or 1989-1995. Will it fit?

No, these pillars will only fit the years listed -- trust me.




How do I remove my old pillar? Is it difficult?

The stock pillar is held in place with two push-in style clips and a small hook. Removal is usually very easy -- gently pry out the two clips and lift the pillar upwards towards the headliner to separate the bottom hook from the metal A-pillar. Sometimes, window sealant can adhere to the plastic pillar, making it pretty tough to get out in one piece. The key is to work slowly and gently, and apply even pressure. In extreme cases, use a utility knife to cut through the excess sealant.

This rough drawing illustrates how the stock pillar attaches to the metal behind it. (Link will open PDF file in a new window.)




How much is shipping to Canada?

All orders shipped to Canada cost US$20.00 more, due to higher shipping costs. International orders to other countries will probably be somewhat higher still. All payments must be made in US funds.

The pillars are mailed in triangular tubes that are approx. 25" X 6" and weigh ~14 ounces. Due to recent changes in international postal regulations regarding package size, I am now required to ship these via International Priority Mail. Sorry for this, but at least you will get your pillars quicker.

For comparison purposes, typical US domestic shipping charges are approx. $8/pillar. Typical Canadian shipping charges are $32/pillar. Ouch.




Can I return my pillar if I don't like it?

As a matter of policy, all sales are final. I am an individual, and this is a very small business, with a very small market. You should buy one of these if you want one, but please don't buy one if you aren't sure, as I'm not really setup to handle returns.

I may make exceptions to this policy on a case by case basis, but do not assume you can return this once you buy it.

All returns must be approved by me in advance, before you mail it back to me! If I accept your pillar for return it may be subject to a 20% re-stocking fee to cover postage and PayPal fees. I'm not Amazon, so please take this into account before you purchase, and only buy one if you want one!



If you have any additional questions, or if you're interested in adding your name to the list, please send me an email. Any remaining pillars are available on a first come, first served basis, based upon when I receive your funds. Again, please contact me for more information if you are interested.

Thanks!

Jeff Moskovitz