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Extended to Double Cab swap

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TMFF, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. Oct 12, 2016 at 7:27 AM
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    TMFF

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    Stuff and junk and things...
    Anyone swap the extended cab for a double cab and bed?

    Is it just the rear cab and front bed mounts that need to be changed?

    I bought a complete Dcab, will pick it up next week so I don't have both trucks in front of me to compare.
     
  2. Oct 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    2004TacomaSR5

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    Sounds like a lot of work, if the other one's complete, why not drive both?
     
  3. Oct 12, 2016 at 12:47 PM
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    Stuff and junk and things...
    Dcab is wrecked, and It would be just as much work to swap SC, injectors, Sliders, F&R shocks, beef the motor mounts, AEM FIC, F&R axles, swap 5 speed in.

    I haven't seen the truck in person yet but the whole front end needs to be replaced anyway, and most likely the front frame is trashed too.
     
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  4. Oct 12, 2016 at 2:06 PM
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    ...it's been done

    tho' the Dcab n Xcab frames are not the same...
    and the body mounts may not align the same
    Thought I remember reading something about it
    requiring a BM relocation or position change.

    I thought I read an "how to" D-cab swap over on TTORA
    But I don't remember much about it.

    But I do remember it being an extra cab originally
    and a double cab body was installed.

    So I might presume the Dcab body was fitted to the xcab's frame.

    Think it was DesertTaco on TTORA whom did it first.
    But Dicker Foster will likely know...
    and is still an active user on TTORA (PM there)

    http://www.ttora.com/forum/2-early-...p-vs-drivetrain-swap-xcab-dcab-questions.html
     
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  5. Oct 12, 2016 at 6:56 PM
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    the couple swaps i've seen online they replaced the rear cab and front bed mounts with the double cab ones. should be able to salvage it off your donor truck. One of the guys had a srunner and bought a front damaged double cab so he had used his srunner front clip and grafted from the top of the a pillar and floor so he could keep his srunner vin and title. Always wanted to build one on a mini frame to have a lowered double cab
     
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  6. Nov 24, 2018 at 8:52 PM
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  7. Nov 24, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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    Wd40, zipties, duck tape, and my hopes and dreams
    I got a EXT cab frame for sale just saying lol
     
  8. Nov 24, 2018 at 9:17 PM
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    OME and worth every penny.
    Well, that's custom.:thumbsup:
     
  9. Nov 24, 2018 at 9:17 PM
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    OME and worth every penny.
    We should have been able to get those all along....a real, eco box with 4 doors.

    I was always jealous of the Rangers from down south like that.
     
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  11. Nov 24, 2018 at 9:25 PM
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    Too late.
    TacomaWorld_TMFF.jpg
     
  12. Nov 24, 2018 at 9:49 PM
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    That's so awesome!!
     
  13. Nov 24, 2018 at 10:35 PM
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    The gas tank and filler neck is different but you will have that with the new one.

    The front bed mounts and rear cab mounts will be different but you can order them from Toyota. It will be easier to weld the new ones on. It was a real ^%&%&^%& to grind the old ones off and I could not imagine reusing them.

    20181027_131859.jpg
    The reason I know this. I cut the rusted reared of my 99 extended cab off and welded on one from a 2003(?) Double Cab. Excluding the support for the filler neck, front bed mounts and rear cab mounts they where identical. Even the cross members where perfect. I had already used safe-t-caps from that point all the way to the front and made custom pieces from that point to the very front.
    I cut out my old frame sides and used them to box the new frame and they fit perfectly.

    I tried to order new bed frame mounts from my local dealer but they said it was not possible. I got online and found the part number then the part and had them shipped here in a few days. I wish I had taken more pictures.20181104_221053.jpg
     
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  14. Nov 24, 2018 at 10:36 PM
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    I love this!
     
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  15. Nov 24, 2018 at 10:39 PM
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    I was hoping that you ended up with an Xtracab short bed.
     
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  16. Nov 24, 2018 at 10:45 PM
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    When I go on a trip I barely have enough room with the 6 foot. water, food, spare parts, tools, gas, tires and camera gear. I never know how long I will be gone.
    I learned a lot by doing this one. I want to get a beater and just play with ideas and try some custom stuff out.
     
  17. Nov 25, 2018 at 8:05 AM
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    Stuff and junk and things...
    It's an odd combo, I doubt anyone will ever want to do it.

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  18. Nov 25, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    That made me smile and laugh lol
     
  19. Nov 25, 2018 at 8:17 AM
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    What about a short short bed? I would shorten my bed like this before I would ever get a Jeep.

     
  20. Nov 25, 2018 at 2:58 PM
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    How did the final product turn out? I absolutely love everything about my truck except the lack of rear doors. 5 speed manual, a turbo charged engine and the frame is pristine to boot. I need more room though so I will eventually have to get a 4 door but getting it to the point my truck is at now will be a lot of work and I often contemplate if a body swap is a better solution.

    Would you recommend the swap? I’m fairly capable the only thing I really wonder is the cost. No one wants to buy a turbod taco so I’d lose my ass on the sale. This is 2000 Tacoma btw, the model before they even started making 4 doors.
     

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