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Frame reinforcement; plate vs. box

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by wicked4x4, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. wicked4x4

    wicked4x4 [OP] New Member

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    obviously the frame plates are less work and easier access than boxing the frame (considerably less work if planning to remove the bed). and to me, boxing seems like a stronger option, but maybe that is just opinion.

    can anyone answer if it is worth it to do the frame plates, or should i skip that and box it instead.

    truck sees a lot of trails, spends time pulling out jeeps, and tows a bit (sometimes small light trailer, sometimes heavy car haulers).

    thanks
     
  2. Box Rocket

    Box Rocket Neighborhood Know-it-all

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    frame plates are a nice improvement. Those will probably be enough for most of what you describe except for the heavy car haulers. If you are doing that very often or over long distances you would be better off to box the frame.

    I did the plates on my truck and do all the other stuff you describe and the plates have been plenty.
     
  3. wicked4x4

    wicked4x4 [OP] New Member

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    thanks for the response. makes sense.
     
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