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truck bed misaligned

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by 907taco, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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    907taco

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    not sure how this happend, but i noticed my bed is misaligned on the drivers side. here is a shot of drivers side, bottom of gap is misaligned

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    passenger side


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    i have not jumped my truck in anyway since i have had it. i have flexed the shit out of this truck but would've never thought it would misalign or make the bed whacked! :confused:

    does anyone have any idea's how to fix this. i am sure the dealer will deny any warranty due to lift/tires etc.... i am at 46,000 plus miles.
     
  2. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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    I don't mean to cause alarm, but this looks a lot like the issue that group of Raptors had. Hopefully it's not.

    What rear springs are you running?
     
  3. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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    yea but i don't jump my truck. i am running dakar leaf pack
     
  4. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM
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    i have pulled a few vehicles out of the ditch, a couple of pulls/yanks but never anything that jarred or could cause this (i think) i have looked underneath, checked bed bolts, (tight) no visible damage from underneath etc....
     
  5. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM
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    Just loosen the bed mounts and re align it. the yanking and flexing probably moved something.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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    thanks, that is what i was wanting to hear, I mean there is no body damage at all, hell my sliders have not made contact with the earth (yet) when i get a chance this week i will give that a shot.
     
  7. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM
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    Bingo! Trucks flex in the middle, which is why the bed isnt connected to the cab. Over time, or use, the bad can need adjustment. Its no biggie.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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    right on! thats what i was hoping for. :D
     
  9. Jan 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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    that and alot of these trucks come with the bed not perfectly aligned on the frame
     
  10. Jul 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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    I had to revive this thread, just noticed this morning, on the passenger side, I can't even fit my pinky finger between the bed and the cab. On the drivers side, I can fit my whole thumb between the bed and cab. Dropping it off at the dealership tomorrow, still under warranty!
     
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  11. Jul 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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    i have this problem too! my tire "sticks out" on the passenger side and Toyota told me its the bed that isnt centered. they told me theyd charge me $320 to fix it. they tryin to rip me off?
     
  12. Jul 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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    Sounds like it man, if my truck wasn't under warranty, I'd just loosen the bolts and align it myself. Don't waste your money at the dealership!
     
  13. Jul 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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    Just get a 285 for the driver's side and a 265 for the passenger side

    Easy
     
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    genius! :bowdown: or three wheel spacers!
     
  15. Jul 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Update; got my truck back from the dealership today. They loosened the bolts and re-aligned it back into factory specs. Hopefully it stays put now, time will tell.
     
  16. Feb 6, 2016 at 11:58 PM
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    Same problem im having right now!
     
  17. Feb 8, 2016 at 9:40 AM
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    There are two kinds of misalignment that are known to happen;

    1) side-to-side misalignment: This is benign, and can be fixed by loosening the bed bolts and pushing it around.
    2) top-to-bottom misalignment (i.e., the front edge of the box is not parallel to the cab): This kind of misalignment indicates a possibly rear-end collision against the trailer hitch. What happens is the collision forces the hitch forward *and down*, causing the rear-most segment of the frame to buckle slightly, which pulls the rear of the bed down. Because its a composite bed, it is able to conform to the new frame shape without twisting the bed sides. It *looks* like the truck is bent upward in the middle, but it is actually bent at the rear. The good news is that the damage is restricted to the rear-most segment, even behind the rear spring mount.
     
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