Do you have to take out the grill to replace the head lights on a 1997 Toyota Tacoma or is there an easier way?

Remove the grill

yes you have to remove the grill to change the headlights. Remove the 2 turn sig. screws on each side, and realease (6) plastic clips on the top of the grill and (5) clips on the bottom of the grill just above the bumper.