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Rear-ended on the freeway

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SubFrozen, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM
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    SubFrozen

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    Traffic slowed on the freeway and a lady didn't pay attention behind me, swerved and slammed into the towing hitch on my truck. Hole in her front bumper, and my bumper pushed downward a few inches.

    Since she didn't directly hit my bumper, just the hitch, what's the chance the frame is bent? Here are a few photos.

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  2. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:23 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    tow hitch is bolted directly onto your frame IIRC so if u wanna fuck up the frame, hit the tow hitch. I'd be better if she hit your bedsides or even bumper probably
     
  3. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    The factory Toyota Tacoma Hitch is exceptionally strong. And it's solidly mounted to the frame. Not to scare you, but my gut feeling is you've bent the frame. You should be able to easily tell by looking underneath the truck. Take it to the dealer and put it on the lift. They should be able to take some basic measurements and compare a known good truck with yours and make a determination right quickly.

    RZ Rob
     
  4. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    I hope you got her insurance information. Doesn't matter how bad it is ....file a claim (because you don't know for sure exactly what is wrong).

    How fast was she going? Chances are...it wasn't fast enough to bend the frame (but stranger things have happened). My truck was rear-ended also and the bumper got pushed into the bedside. Replaced two bumper brackets, replaced the entire bumper and had the whole passenger side bedside resprayed.

    Whats the spacing on the other side (at the cab) look like? Perhaps the bed got shifted on the bolts a bit (or bent the bolts)?? Just a guess...
     
  5. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:27 PM
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    The1youluv2hate

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    Yep time for new truck
     
  6. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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  7. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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    Filed a claim and a police report, she also contacted her insurance and let them know. I'm waiting to find out when to take it into the shop on her insurances dime.

    We were going 70, I braked to an almost stop, noticed she wasn't slowing down so I let off the brakes in the limited time I had... she barely braked, swerved, and slammed into my hitch sideways. I'll go take a few more photos.
     
  8. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM
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    cactuscorn

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    do i see scrape marks where the bed hit the cab? that big of a impact would worry me. hope yer ok and the truck gets some proper love very soon so ya can put this behind ya.... so to speak.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM
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    Make sure you check the bed because its made of composite. I had a similar hit, but mine was parked. The estimate totaled about 9k with a new bed.
     
  10. Dec 6, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    Uploaded new photos, tried to measure items. A little difficult. Would take photos under it, but it's a bit wet and snowy here in Utah. ;-)
     
  11. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:05 PM
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    My last truck was rear-ended, but not totaled, and the bed hit the cab with all 4 corners. Body shop guy said this was very common. Something to do with absorbing impact. He also told me I was lucky I didn't have a receiver hitch because they are notorious for tweaking frames upon impact.
     
  12. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM
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    Just what I wanted to hear about the hitch, exactly what she hit ;)
     
  13. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM
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    if you fix it get an aftermarket offroad bumper like cbi or armor tech. they will cost about the same as going back to stock, and are alot stronger.
     
  14. Dec 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    That sucks. frame rack will tell the tale if is rated as totaled.

    Seen a 12 car bumper banger the other day,,accordion action. screeching tires and crunching metal, hands flying off steering wheels by airbag deflection, fog banks of bag tacum rolling out of the opening doors,, pissed off people stumbiling around shaking fingers at others.

    it's not a pretty scene.
     
  15. Dec 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    Ah shit that sucks. It might be your frame!
     
  16. Dec 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    Wile It's a truck not a luxury sedan.

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    From the pics it looks like the frame is bent. The tell tale sign is the gap between the bed and the cab.
     
  17. Dec 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM
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    That sux man!!!
     
  18. Dec 6, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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    yep looks bent
     
  19. Dec 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    You can do a quick plumb-bob check (if you're bored).

    Have the truck on a completely flat surface.
    Take some string and something heavy (lead weight/fishing weight, etc). Tie a piece of string to the frame at each corner of the truck in the exact same place at each corner. Tie the weights to the string so they dangle just above the pavement/ground. Measure from opposite corners where the weights dangle. Both measurements should be about the same. If you're inches off....chances are, the frame is bent.
     
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