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So you push your 1st gen offroad - what cracks next?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Squeaky Penguin, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    So myself and others who are pretty hard on our rigs are running into more and more issues with things cracking.

    As I have chased these issues down, I figured I would compile a list of what I've seen and fixes for them where applicable.

    Things I've cracked, or other things to look at:
    Core support
    Rear axle housing
    Coil bucket
    Front Frame Crossmember
    Bed and bed mounts and tailgate pivot
    Motor mount perches
    LCAs
    Steering rack mounts


    Will try to keep this updated as I find and fix other issues.
     
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  2. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

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    Core support:

    Look for cracks above the headlights, and by the body mounts. All over really.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    You can try to weld them up, but it will keep cracking.

    Permanent solution: cut off a fab a new core support.

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

    Squeaky Penguin [OP] Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    Rear axle housing:

    Mine cracked and leaked by the spring perches.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Welded it up.

    [​IMG]

    Still leaking...
     
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  4. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

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    Coil Bucket:

    Mine cracked by the outer bolt hole.

    [​IMG]

    Welded it and added a steel plate on top.

    [​IMG]

    Still cracking.

    [​IMG]

    Working on a more permanent solution. Keep an eye on this one or you'll end up with a catastrophic failure like @Digiratus

    [​IMG]

    Edit - Welded new crack 9/28/19 - keeping an eye on it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:30 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

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    Front frame crossmember.

    Cracked on factory welds. Haven't seen this one, might be just my truck. :rolleyes:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Welded up and it's been fine for several years.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:31 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

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    Bed Mounts:

    [​IMG]

    Haven't done anything yet.

    Even worse if you have a body lift like @Reh5108

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Sep 27, 2019 at 6:31 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin

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    Motor mount perches:

    One of the few things I got to before they cracked. Pretty common failure point for 1st gens.

    The frame also is know to push in/break.

    @TMFF 's frame

    [​IMG]

    Mine was only bowed in slightly

    [​IMG]


    Replaced with perches from Next Venture motorsports. DMZ makes some too.

    [​IMG]

    Also added some plate around the area to help prevent it pushing in further.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Messing up my nice post. :luvya:
     
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    Driver's side steering rack mount.

    Starting to crack. Stealing @Reh5108 's picture.

    [​IMG]

    Haven't done anything yet.
     
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    yikes! You've been twisting the frame hard.
     
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