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Stuck In A Frame Predicament?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by the408taco, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Jun 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    the408taco

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    I have a 97 sr5 4x4 xtracab taco and I'm trying to purchase a new frame due to a recent 4x4 accident. I found one, but its a 1999 frame everything else is the same it had a Automatic tranny and same size engine the 2.7, does anybody know it this frame is compatible?

    Thank's a lot
     
  2. Jun 30, 2010 at 3:10 PM
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    There are bound to be differences. Toyota has a penchant for changing up things.

    For example, you'll likely see a diff on the location of the rear spring purch. The 97 rear leafs are shorter than the 98+. Maybe others can chime in on other notable differences.
     
  3. Jun 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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    It is a good frame? Have you read about the 15 year internal frame rust warrantee & issues?

    Make sure you get a good frame before spending all that time & effort putting another one in.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2010 at 10:57 PM
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    not any other issues just the year difference?? I know about the rear leaf difference digiratus, but how hard can would it be to make it work??
     
  5. Jul 1, 2010 at 11:08 PM
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    Hey, go for it. I think you are doing the right thing.

    I really do have a lot of respect for guys like yourself that are willing to tackle projects like this. All I'm saying is, you have to go into something like this with your eyes wide open. You gotta take note of every little thing. The fact that the 97's springs are shorter might easily be overcome. But I suspect that you will run into many other things like that. There are so many mounting locations involved.
     
  6. Jul 2, 2010 at 4:25 AM
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    Besides the different spring lengths I believe there is no structural difference. You could just swap frames and put the longer "Tacoma" springs on and you should be fine.
     
  7. Jul 2, 2010 at 1:45 PM
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    Awesome I appriciate all the input
     
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