Originally Posted by twfsa
Why not just go to Toyota dealer and ask the parts guy for some help, looks like the actual frame horn to me, in the last photo.
Good plan I was there yesterday morning and ordered the auxiliary cross member Coolidge mentioned and the parts guy seemed to know exactly what i was talking about. He said it is actually the part I circled, so it comes with the two frame ends that are connected with a thin cross member. Should be in Wednesday so ill let you guys know if it is the right part. The reinforcement bar is very expensive from Toyota ill prob just get a cheap replacement online to pass inspection.
Coolidge, my thinking was to buy the new part and see if it lines up to determine if the frame is substantially out of spec. Obviously i don't have much experience with this type of work but it seemed logical at the time lol. When I was taking the bent piece off i noticed that the back of the frame extension on the side with the most damage was split exposing some of the bolt. So being the dumb ass i am said screw it and finagled the reinforcement bar/extension until the metal on the back split enough to expose the bolt.
So now the bolt in the frame end will not unscrew it just spins... I am not sure if this is from the accident or my bending the metal until the extension popped off... Either way i get the punishment of hack sawing (or hopefully dremeling!!) the bolt to get it off. From the look of the frame ends i will probably have to have new plates welded on anyway.
Ywen, I thought of going this route also but i am not sure if an ARB bumper would pass inspection. They offer much more protection from stock but I have had bad experiences getting cars to pass Maryland Inspection because of aftermarket parts. Maryland inspection is such a racket how can a shop who offers repair be the ones who determine if cars pass or fail, seems like a conflict of interest to me....back to the truck this could easily turn into a rant.....
I am going to try and get away with just replacing this steel portion of the bumper and make the damaged one work its not bent just really dinged up.
Now to a new problem.....
So Saturday while I was out messing with the truck I installed a new battery and started it up (was told it hasn't been run in 3 or 4 months due to a dead battery and no tags). Needless to say I was quite relieved it started and it sounded awesome. After sitting in the car just listening to it run and testing the ac I got out to gather my tools and leave for the day. Well I glanced under the truck and there was a big spot of oil that I could see dripping from the truck....@$#%. So I hop back in the truck to shut it off and the check engine light is on. I climbed under the truck to see where it was leaking. It is coming from the back of the engine somewhere above the cross member. I did not have a flashlight or jackstands to raise the truck up safely so I am not exactly sure where it is. I think the rear main seal but am not positive. It only leaked while it was running and I did not see any signs of oil looking down on the engine from above, Ill be checking it out tomorrow to find out. I do not have a code reader but i am assuming it is from the leaking oil. Could this leak be from sitting so long? Any other seals it could be? It looked like motor oil and only happened while the truck was running. Thanks again guys this truck is turning out to be more exciting than expected lol