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Rear Ended - Frame Bent

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mbigpops, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Jun 11, 2010 at 6:08 PM
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    mbigpops

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    I have an 06 double cab 4 x 4 and was rear-ended two days ago. I am fine. I went under the truck tonight and noticed that the frame is bent on the drivers side near where the class III hitch bracket mounts.

    Is this frame repairable ? If so how ?
     
  2. Jun 11, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    I had a 2006 that was rear ended and the frame was bent, my insurance company totaled it. I did not have my ball mount in either. They were going to put the body on a new frame, which was going to cost like $15k. Go through your insurance company, not the other drivers. It's called subregation. See my thread over at Toyota Nation.. http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=290996&highlight=minor+accident

    They can repair the frame, but they can also put your body on a new frame.

    Pics???
     
  3. Jun 11, 2010 at 6:31 PM
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    Photos would be awesome. Bent frames have gremlins in my limited experience- They aren't every "right" again.

    So I'd want to totaled or the frame replaced unless it is the most minor of bends.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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    I'm sure you got a police report, and called the insurance company right?
     
  5. Jun 11, 2010 at 6:46 PM
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    I had an 08 DC 4x4 and got hit on the passenger front side on the freeway which put me into the median at about 45mph. My frame was bent so my insuarance company (allstate) replaced the frame ( it cost 4k). But you have to push the repair shop ( toyota of poway did mine) to replace the frame and not straighten it.
     
  6. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:20 PM
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    Yea, frame bent should be a totaled truck or replacement frame. Pulling/cut n weld is never the same. Sucks, but glad you're alright.
     
  7. Jun 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    this is why i miss my 2500hd. i got rearended my some ahole in a snow storm he had a little access cab first gen base model 5 lug. He totaled his truck and scratched a little chrome off my ball and broke my 7 pin trailer bracket that was 60% rusted through anyway. Miss that truck...
     
  8. Jun 12, 2010 at 4:08 AM
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    You may also want to check the frame 'skew'. If you think the frame is bent, then its probably totally skewed also (not good).

    Grab a couple strong magnets, some string, and fishing weights (so to speak).
    The whole idea is to make two plumb-bobs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plumb-bob

    Attach magnets to a corner of the truck somewhere and the other one at the opposite corner of the truck. Measure the distance. Repeat doing the opposite corners - making sure the plumb bobs are placed in the exact locations. Measure....

    The measurements should be equal.... if they're not, the frame is twisted/skewed. Depending on your insurance company.... but usually, if the cost of a frame replacement PLUS all other costs is approx. 70% of the value of the vehicle = TOTALLED.
     
  9. Jun 12, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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    Everything was done by the book (police, ambulance, insurance).

    Thanks for the insurance tip.

    My son is a mechanical engineer and he says no way they can bend the frame back.

    Here is a picture.

    Bent Frame.jpg
     
  10. Jun 12, 2010 at 9:27 AM
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    Yeah...Concur with Janster. That frame is toast cause it's most likely out of square now.
     
  11. Dec 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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    there are different ways a frame can be damaged, a diamond or body gaps being off is just some time on the frame machine and you'll be fine, kinked frame rail= replaced frame rail, minor bends can be repaired.

    It sounds like the frame is bent at the mounting bolts for the hitch, which could be just a simple repair. Check the bed gaps first. Without pics it is impossible to say if in needs a frame rail, frame time or simply some hammering out.
     
  12. Dec 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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    also there are places in the frame designed to be sectioned, you don't need a full frame replacement unless the damge is a kink beyond a sectionable area (too close to center of vehicle)
     
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