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Rear frame reinforcement, what are the options?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by xtremewlr, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Feb 1, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    xtremewlr

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    Looking at reinforcing the rear frame. I've only found 2 options so far, Trail Gear and FROR. Any other options out there? I know BAMF used to make some but they don't any longer.

    Trail Gear's plates are 3/16" thick and don't appear to cover as much of the frame as the FROR ones.

    FROR look the best for coverage but are only 1/8" thick. Maybe combine them with boxing the frame?

    Trail Gear plates

    Trail Gear frame box plate kit

    Front Range Off Road plates
     
  2. Feb 1, 2019 at 7:45 AM
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    I'll want to reinforce mine soon. I think I've already bent it :oops:
     
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  3. Feb 1, 2019 at 7:47 AM
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    I'm trying not to. Adding a plate rear bumper with tire carrier soon and with the RTT, bed rack and gear in the bed, it's a concern.
     
  4. Feb 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM
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    Yeah I think when I bent mine I wasn't even doing anything stupid (like jumping it) but I was driving up a muddy trail and didn't see a hidden stump under the mud... Bounced the truck 30 degrees sideways and tossed me into the center and passenger seat area.
     
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    CBI made them as well, I bought a set in July, but cannot seem to find them on their site now
     
  6. Feb 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM
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    Yup, they aren't showing them either. Pickings are slim.
     
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  8. Feb 1, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    My CBI frame plate reinforcements as I was installing them. The FROR do cover more.
    20181229_150505.jpg 20181229_124059.jpg
     
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    Dunno if this will actually work or not, but CBI apparently has some sort of affiliate/supplier program for their stuff and so there are 3rd party resellers still listing their plates. Here's one:

    https://tacomabeast.com/products/1st-gen-tacoma-frame-plates

    I put the CBI ones on my truck and they seem pretty good. 3/16" thick and I'm not worried that they aren't as long as LROR. The "critical" part is the bend, and they've got that covered.

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  10. Feb 1, 2019 at 10:38 AM
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    That would be awesome, IF I had a plasma cutter. I'll keep this in mind for a backup plan. Thanks!

    Thanks @turbodb, going to give ordering them from tacomabeast a try. Cheaper than either of the other options as well.

    Any thoughts on boxing the frame along with plating? Overkill and not needed with the plate?​
     
  11. Feb 1, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    Probably depends on what you're doing and how hard. I wanted to get the plates on because of the weight on the rear bumper (bumper, tire, jerry's), but I'm not out jumping the truck so I didn't feel like boxing was necessary.

    Boxing would have also been a lot more work (at least I felt like it) to do properly - there's the shock mounts to contend with (I suppose you can box around them, but if you're eventually going to relocate them, it could be a good time to "do it all") as well as all the rear brake stuff (BPV, brake line that runs in the frame, etc.) I'm sure I could have dealt with all of that, but I just didn't feel it was necessary for they way I use the truck.

    If I were catching air and long travel...well, then I'd probably feel differently.
     
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  12. Feb 1, 2019 at 3:08 PM
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    Yeah, I might go long travel but only in the front (unless SAS :anonymous:) and I'm not big on jumping my truck since that tends to break things fairly quickly. I ordered the plates from tacomabeast.
     
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    I've had the CBI frame plates for years and they've help the frame hold up to quite a bit of weight, a lot of beating, and the occasional jump. Easy afternoon project as well.

    Went ahead and boxed the frame with a trail gear kit as I was relocating the shocks. It's quite a bit of work to get those in properly, but figured they couldn't hurt.
     
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    I cut mine out with an angle grinder and 3/16 plate. made them as long as possible. Better than any option i found online
     
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    Frame plates from tacomabeast/CBI came in today.

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    Burned the passenger side on today. I'll do the driver side tomorrow.

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  17. Feb 13, 2019 at 3:38 PM
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    And finished the driver's side today.

    Bare steel, cleaned and ready for primer.

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    Krylon red primer, dries fast, within 30 minutes.

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    And the Krylon bedliner for a top coat. Also dries fairly fast, you can touch it within an hour or 2.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Oct 4, 2020 at 12:02 AM
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    I know this is an old thread, but is this just a good "insurance" policy to beef up the frame for off road and would it help
    protect the frame in a rear end collision.
     
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    Coupled with a beefier cross member or cross bracing - the sheet metal cross members for the gas tank and spare tire are weak.
     
  20. Oct 4, 2020 at 12:31 AM
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    can you buy bolt on replacements for these, or do they have to be made.
     

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