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Rear ended: frame damage

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by raventaco, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Dec 30, 2018 at 10:31 AM
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    raventaco

    raventaco [OP] Be Prepared

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    On my way back from visiting my family for Christmas I was rear ended by a Chevy 3500 dually tow truck. (About 30mph, traffic came to a halt thanks to a semi slamming his brakes. Truck behind me braked but had so much weight [towing another car] and still rolled into me). Tailgate smashed, bumper smashed, tow hitch bent down which resulted in frame damage.
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    First repair estimate says they can replace “rear rails.” Should I go through with that? Is that a viable repair to get me back to pre collision state? Or have them replace the frame which will most likely total the truck.

    I’m a mechanic but I don’t have any body or frame damage experience. Also don’t get in accidents that often.

    I love my truck but if it’s weakened in the rear I don’t wanna take a chance with a bad frame in another accident.
     
  2. Dec 30, 2018 at 10:33 AM
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    Skrain

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  3. Dec 30, 2018 at 10:40 AM
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    I would have the frame checked for straightness. If all is good and it's just the rear horns that are messed up where the bumper and hitch bolt up you can easily hack them off and make new rails and have them stringer than the stock ones. My scout troop's bus the frame tore from the janky ass way the bus manufacturer put a hitch on without any reinforcing. Now it is all fixed and the rear 2 ft of the frame is stronger than the stock rails.
     
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  4. Dec 30, 2018 at 10:50 AM
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  5. Jan 1, 2019 at 3:43 AM
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    That a new frame from the warranty?
    If not, what a difference regarding the surface rust on mine ('08).
     
  6. Jan 1, 2019 at 6:18 AM
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    I’ve looked at service history for it. Still the stock frame. It’s been in Arizona it’s whole life (193000 miles). Bummed it’s bent now.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2019 at 6:45 AM
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    Did your box make contact with the cab? Mine did hard enough to dent the cab corner and break the fiberglass cap. It returned to its original position (that I can eyeball at the joints) but I wonder how that affected the frame. :-(
     
  9. Jan 1, 2019 at 10:58 AM
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    There’s paint chipping but no visible dents
     
  10. Jan 1, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    At the body shop I work at the only proper repair for that much frame damage is a full frame replacement. That's the only kind of repair I would accept on my truck if the frame was that badly kinked/buckled. Even if it can be cold straightened it will never have the same strength as pre-accident.
     
  11. Jan 1, 2019 at 9:01 PM
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  12. Jan 1, 2019 at 9:41 PM
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    That type of damage required a new frame for my truck. Had to fight tooth and nail with the at fault party's insurance to keep it from getting totaled. Good luck OP.
     
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