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Core Support is Tearing Itself Apart

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by desertjunkie760, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:37 AM
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    desertjunkie760

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    While doing a service on the truck today, I noticed some very concerning stress cracks on the core support. One of which has torn clean through!

    At this point, I am trying to look into my options to correct the issue. My initial thought was to stitch weld the support together. This is the easiest and likely the cheapest option, but also the most redneck way you could do it. If it was just cracks, I would probably consider it, but being the support is cracked fully through, I am leaning more towards wanting to replace the entire unit.

    After further investigation, it looks like one of the radiator support bushings is GONE! I feel like the support bushing came loose, fell out, and put additional stress on the radiator support itself. This is why the crack is so pronounced on one side, and not the other.

    Has anyone had experience with replacing a core support? It looks like there are some spot welds holding everything together but they do sell replacement support assemblies which makes me believe it can be done. Any advice is appreciated.

    Passenger side bushing is gone.
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    Driver's side
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    Crack through the support.
    IMG_3823.jpg IMG_3824.jpg
     
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  2. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:46 AM
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    What's up with the zip tye?
     
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  3. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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    That's what you noticed?

    Thats where the grill and headlight meet. There are four holes. Two are for bolts and the other two look to be those plastic snaps that always break so I replaced with some zip ties.
     
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  4. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:55 AM
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    Dude, my whole grill is held on with zip-ties... Ain't nothin wrong with zip-ties....
     
  6. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    :rofl:

    So is mine. At least the none important parts.
     
  7. Aug 19, 2018 at 11:58 AM
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    I had the Energy Bushings already in there. Looks like one just came loose. Did you replace the entire radiator support for the final fix?
     
  8. Aug 19, 2018 at 12:04 PM
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    Nope. Just cut the ends of the replacement off and used about a foot of each end of it so I wouldn't have to get involved with the spot welds across the top of the radiator. The hood prop hole was a bit of a pain, but other than that it lines up pretty well and nests on top of the broken one just fine.
     
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  9. Aug 19, 2018 at 12:08 PM
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    My bad, thought you may have missed a bolt thus creating that mess....
     
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    Of course, we all know that this is the correct way to fix this problem. I aspire to having this done one day:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Don't give me ideas!! :rofl:
     
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    My buddies looks worse than this.

    He just runs it as is lol
     
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    Yeah, I’m not planning on running it this way. Going to get a new support bushing coming today and probably order an aftermarket core support.
     
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  14. Aug 20, 2018 at 7:06 AM
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    Good plan. I did the support bushings too.
     
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    OE is $412!?! :puke:
     
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    Weld it up (not spot weld) and then weld on a a steel support brace.
     
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    The metal on our trucks is so thin that welding can be extremely difficult. You burn through way to easy. I’d have to weld to piece of filler plate. This will probably be the temporary fix until I have the time/fun’s to do it the right way.
     
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    Done it hundreds of times on same thickness metal using a Mig Welder, easy
     
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