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Tow point/frame damage

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 45acp, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Oct 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM
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    45acp

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    I've had the truck for about a month now but I didn't notice this until today. Judging by the rather large rocks and mud/clay lodged in the skid plate, I'd say the previous owner got stuck and someone tried to pull them out and ripped off the tow point in the process.
    Is there any way to fix this? Will the frame damage still permit mounting an ARB bumper?

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  2. Oct 13, 2009 at 1:06 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    Shoot a PM to SecretSquirrel. He just installed his arb last week IIRC.
     
  3. Oct 13, 2009 at 6:57 PM
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    I found a similar problem on my 02, when I had it. It made mounting a brushgaurd difficult and getting it straight was virtually impossible.
     
  4. Oct 13, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    take it to a frame shop. thry should be able to beat that back out to straight for pretty cheap! i have the whole fornt end of a honda pulled and straightened for about 200 bucks a year or so ago.
     
  5. Oct 13, 2009 at 9:59 PM
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    fireturk41

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    it shouldnt affect arb mounting, they mount via crush cans that are provided, not tow hooks
     
  6. Oct 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM
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    yes but those bolt holes are reused iirc...ill have to look at mine tomorrow
     
  7. Oct 14, 2009 at 5:41 AM
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    :eek:

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  8. Oct 14, 2009 at 5:46 AM
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    Did you buy the truck from a dealer lot or private sale? Was an inspection performed on the truck prior to you purchasing it?

    Disappointing I'm sure, but a frame shop should make short work of the problem.
     
  9. Oct 14, 2009 at 6:04 AM
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    I believe that it will impede an ARB installation, since the ARB mounts use those tow hook mounts for the bottom bolt. they have to be squared for the bolts.
     
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  11. Oct 14, 2009 at 8:00 AM
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    It was a private sale. I had a buddy of mine, a local foreign auto shop, and a Toyota dealer inspect it. Nobody noticed it I suppose. Hell, it took me a month before I noticed it.
    I guess I'll look for a frame shop! Thanks for the help.
     
  12. Oct 14, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    Check out my site, it's mostly up to date and there's too much to list here.
    Have an ARB, have had it on and off multiple times. Have done the endcap mod on numerous rigs for winch bumpers.

    Yep. That is going to be a problem. However, it might not be a deal-breaker. The ARB can kind of surrounds that area partially on three sides. If you can get it close, enough to accept the bolts, it likely won't effect the alignment of the bumper much, if at all.

    However, with that area compromised, just do the endcap mod on general principles, to sturdy it up and take the load off that part of the frame.

    http://www.nwtoys.com/tech/frame-endcap
     
  13. Oct 14, 2009 at 10:24 AM
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    good post right here

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  14. Oct 14, 2009 at 11:16 AM
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    Can I get a frame shop to do that? I have neither the tools nor experience.
     
  15. Oct 14, 2009 at 1:03 PM
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    Check out my site, it's mostly up to date and there's too much to list here.
    Sure. That would be the "right" way to do it. Another would be a buddy with a sledgehammer.

    Which approach you take is going to depend a lot on your approach to truck ownership. ;)
     
  16. Oct 14, 2009 at 1:05 PM
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    :anonymous:

    my approach would be to leave it...or attempt to make it work...or use a hammer...in mass quantities
     
  17. Oct 14, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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    Check out my site, it's mostly up to date and there's too much to list here.
    Sorry, I think I misunderstood your question. You were talking about the mod, not the repair right? The mod is a maybe on a frame shop, it's going to depend, since it's custom work. Some places will do it gladly, others will complain about it not being something they normally do.

    You might do better to have the frame fixed by a frame shop, then have a fabricator or local welder do the mod. It's going to depend on who you are dealing with in any case.

    Even better, use it as an excuse to hook up with some local enthusiasts from around your area and do it yourselves :)
     
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