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Who makes the best rear frame strenthening plates?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by xcmtb83, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Jul 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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    xcmtb83

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    I am wanting to beef up the back of the frame while I have the box off so first of all who all makes these reinforcement plates?

    Who makes the best rear frame strengthening plates?

    Can they be added without additional fabrication e.g. shock mount relocation, etc.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Jul 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM
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    The best ones are the homemade ones, because you did it yourself! :D

    However, they are all pretty much the same, just some plate that has cut outs in it. Yes they can be installed with no modifications at all. Just slap em one their and weld. (Well obviously grind the frame down clean! :D)
     
  3. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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    45acp and I got my plate from a scrap yard. Paid like $8 or something for enough metal for both sides

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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    How do the side plates like the ones pictured compare to the boxed frame kits I have seen around?

    BTW that plate looks nice!
     
  5. Jul 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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    I'd imagine quite well.

    A lot of guys who carry a lot of weight in the rear (armor, RTT, etc) use the outer plate method (or whatever it's called)
     
  6. Jul 3, 2013 at 4:12 AM
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    Check the TTORA Garage Section....
    If you box your frame - - it will be stronger than just thickening one wall section.
    But that all depends on the thickness of the material you use and how well is your welding skills.
    If I had the time, I would had boxed my frame.
     
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    a guy in the NJ BS Thread is about to install this "Trail Gear" BOX kit http://www.trail-gear.com/tacoma-rear-frame-box-kit
    Not sure if its the Best though… its 3/16'' so i assume if you find a thicker one that would be consider "better" also, i know nothing about welding, but i assume that proper welding its just as important as the plates…

    good luck!
     
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  8. Jul 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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    3/16" plate is plenty for frame plating or boxing. It's thicker than the stock frame. Boxing the frame will be stronger than outer frame plates, but either will work and help to keep your frame from bending after the addition of weight over the rear of the truck.

    As for which ones are best? Not a whole lot of difference in the plates themselves. It will come down more to the quality of your welds.

    One suggestion I'll make with outer plates. If you don't fully weld around the perimeter (like the ones Madjik_man posted) I think it's a good idea to use some seam sealer in the areas around the edge where there isn't a weld. That will help to keep moisture out from between the plates and the frame. Otherwise you can develop rust between the plate and frame which will eat through the frame quicker than if you didn't have plates at all.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing looking at that picture.
     
  10. Jul 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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    Already ran a bead of silicone adhesive around the non-welded areas. Should hold up fine IMO :notsure:
     
  11. Jul 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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    Silicone will be fine but it attracts dirt and the dirt sticks to it. It washes off fine, but just looks dirty most of the time. Seam sealer is stronger and doesn't attract dirt.
     
  12. Jul 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM
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    Why don't I confer with you before I do anything? :(

    I suppose I can dig this sealant off and get seam sealer, I suppose. Do they make it in black? :eek:
     
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