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Any body flex with the access cabs?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kn38ms, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Jul 17, 2010 at 6:50 AM
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    kn38ms

    kn38ms [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Due to the lack of a pillar between the doors unlike the four door double cabs,
    do guys notice any flex in the cab?
     
  2. Jul 17, 2010 at 7:01 AM
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    Not me. I'm to old to flex.:(
     
  3. Jul 17, 2010 at 7:06 AM
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    Ummm...you do know the Tacoma isn't unibody??
     
  4. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    Are you implying that the frame made with inferior steel and the most useless paint job imaginable servers a purpose ?:confused:
     
  5. Jul 17, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    I have had my rear tire up in the air from flexing and I didnt notice any.
     
  6. Jul 17, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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    Doesn't it hold the brake lines in place?
     
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    I'd think poly body mounts to make any problems worse since they have less give than rubber ones.

    I could see the back having problems (because of the C channel frame) but I'd have figure the front to be more solid. Even so: short of the doors binding what difference does it make? In a uni-body car body flex is pretty serious but that's just not a concern here is it?
     
  8. Jul 17, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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    You are correct sir ! They hold my LED light strips so they do serve some purpose. :D
     
  9. Jul 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    Yes there is a lot of flex on my access cab. My rear bumper will flix 1'2" up or down depending on how I am articulating. If you open your doors when you are flexed, you will notice your cab door does not inteferes when you try to close it. The whole truck does flex a lot.
     
  10. Jul 18, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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    Is anyone doing something like this:

    http://www.demello-offroad.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=27_60&products_id=108

    to the 2nd gen frames?
     
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    I don't think it's nitpicky at all...I also am having some difficulty seeing what the issue is. I mean door binding and bed interfering with the cab may be an annoyance but in general flexing is much better than breaking (bending), and a structure that completely resists flexing without breaking under load will carry a huge weight penalty.

    Airframe structures are a prime example: wings of a 777 can move up and down 20 feet or more at the wingtip in flight using metals more prone to crack growth and fatigue than steel. They are designed for it.
     
  13. Jul 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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    I agree, while I do see body flex in my frame, I do not find it to be a problem...heck, consider it an extra 1/2" of travel in my susp..haha
     
  14. Jun 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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    Anyone noticed any significant flex between the front of the bed and the cab?
    I'm thinking of putting my popup camper on the '09 TRD AC.
    I had it on my S-10, but the Taco is higher from the bottom of the bed to the top of the cab. I'm guessing I'm going to have to put some lumber under the camper to clear the cab top/fin due to camper's cabover/overhang.

    I keep the camper on HappyJacks under a carport when not in use and the clearances are pretty close as is, I'm just wondering how much extra I may need to shim it up to clear the cab and still fit under the carport.

    Thanks
     
  15. Jun 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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    If a frame is too rigid it will snap under load.
     
  16. Jun 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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    I thought the rear doors flaked paint in the corners on the Double cab because of flexing?
     
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    I don't know about that, but I do know a couple guys with 05+ DC's that have stress cracks in that area from metal fatigue. No good way to fix it either. Sucks big time.
     
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    I think the infamous james did. And In2nite had his fram start cracking around his shock towers.

    both are extreme examples tho
     
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    whats that red light blinking bro?


    :laugh:

    James had some epic threads :bananadead:
     
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