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Truck bed misaligned / how to adjust?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jammer, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Jul 21, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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    jammer

    jammer [OP] 2003 Toyota PreRunner 3.4L

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    The truck bed on my '03 Dbl Cab sits closer to the passenger side than the drivers side by about an inch.
    I've read that you can loosen the bolts that secure the bed to the frame and move to adjust. I can't locate a diagram of which bolts to loosen and was hoping someone could help in that department.
    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM
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    Greensystemsgo

    Greensystemsgo 1 owner with clean car fox.

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    You cannot find the bolts that attach the bed to the frame of the truck? Have you gotten under and looked? Reason I ask is because it is very obvious once you get under and look. Loosen the couple of bolts and shift your bed. I would be a little worried though, an inch is quite a bit. Has the truck been hit?
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:46 AM
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    jammer [OP] 2003 Toyota PreRunner 3.4L

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    Good enough. Good to know it's that easy. Thank you for the response
     
  4. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:51 AM
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    jammer [OP] 2003 Toyota PreRunner 3.4L

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    ...and no, truck has never been involved in an accident. I purchased new. Seems like over time, the bed has shifted closer to the passenger side cab.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:52 AM
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    The nuts welded onto the frame to bolt down the be on mine were stripped. I had to add my own nut and longer bolt. Might be worth checking when you attack this problem. Good luck.
     
  6. Jul 21, 2017 at 9:57 AM
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    Maybe your bed is fine and your cab has shifted. Look at the body mounts and see if any on that side are worn/falling apart. If you shift your bed to compensate, then you are only fixing a symptom, not the problem. Like fixing 'taco lean' with a spacer on the coil spring. I haven't experience it myself, but from what I've read, it's usually body mounts that cause it...
     
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  7. Jul 21, 2017 at 10:03 AM
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    Will do. Appreciate the input
     
  8. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:11 AM
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    I apologize for using an older post, but I'd rather do this than start a new one of the same exact topic.

    I'm dealing with this on my 2017 Sport DCSB, the bed was shifted to the driver side and very noticeable. At my 20k maintenance appointment, I had the dealership fix this. They gave be a loaner car overnight. I opted for them to fix it since the truck is still under warranty but of course it's still not perfect after they had my truck for over 24 hours (should've expected this). The bed is still about 1/2" to the driver side; meanwhile I went to look at other trucks on the lot, most of them perfectly centered, some of them also shifted a little bit. Did some research with my service guy and all of the Tacomas they've done this bed adjustment for have come from the Baja, CA factory.

    Anyway, the main reason I am posting on here is because I want to now try this myself because I don't feel like having the dealership try again is going to do any good. Is it just the 6 bolts in the bed itself that need to be loosened and then the bed can freely shift? Or are there other bolts that must be loosened underneath? Also would you guys say this is a 1-man or 2-man job? Thank you.
     
  9. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:14 AM
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    Don't know about newer trucks but on the first gens its 3 bolts per side, loosen them and you should be able to shift it around with a bit of elbow grease. If you wanna take the bed off however, that's at least a 2 person job.
     
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  10. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:16 AM
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    Thanks @goldentaco03 it appears to be the same 6 bolts, just like my 2nd gen was, assuming also just like yours.
     
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    I think the only difference is on the newer tacos the bolts go through the floor of the bed into weld nuts on the frame. First gens you have to crawl around underneath to unbolt it.
     
  12. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:39 AM
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    I cut mine in half. Fixed it.

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  14. Aug 10, 2018 at 10:38 AM
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    Tyler, I did this by loosening the six bolts, but you aren't able to move the bed that much. For me, it did not make the noticeable difference I was looking for.
    At this point, I have to agree with what member MagicMexican said in his post above..."Maybe your bed is fine and your cab has shifted. Look at the body mounts and see if any on that side are worn/falling apart. If you shift your bed to compensate, then you are only fixing a symptom, not the problem. Like fixing 'taco lean' with a spacer on the coil spring. I haven't experience it myself, but from what I've read, it's usually body mounts that cause it..."
    Replacing the cab mounts are on my short list (Tacoma Honey Do list). I'm just waiting for cooler weather.
     
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  16. Aug 10, 2018 at 11:40 AM
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    That's an odd looking first gen :boink:
     
  17. Aug 10, 2018 at 11:43 AM
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    its not a 1st gen...
     
  18. Aug 10, 2018 at 11:45 AM
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    Haha yeah I mentioned above this is my 2017 DCSB.
     
  19. Aug 10, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    One side does look aligned, not sure why the other isn't.
     

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