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Early 1st Gen (2000-2003) Tundra Frame Replacement FAQ

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by lsaami, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. Nov 30, 2022 at 10:41 PM
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    empty_lord

    empty_lord They see me rollin'

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    I have a new reg cab tundra frame sitting in the barn… I have issues. (If anyone finds a reg cab v6 in need of a frame…. I’ve got one waiting lol)
     
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  2. Nov 30, 2022 at 10:44 PM
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    these are all so great to hear!!! so glad they are all getting the chance at a second life.
     
  3. Nov 30, 2022 at 10:49 PM
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    Excellent. Same as what I have, but ours has been a west coast vehicle all of its life, so nothing beyond a little surface rust.

    It's amazing to me that the cost of frame itself plus the considerable associated time/labor involved for vehicle that's almost 23 years old is anywhere near cost effective, even with Toyota backing the dealer. Seems like some kind of insurance policy would cover them totaling it and handing over a check.

    We've had Toyotas and Lexus for decades. Although all manufacturers have their issues, these kinds of stories keep me from switching.

    It does look like you've taken great care of your truck. Good on 'ya! Ours is pushing a quarter-million miles and is still running strong. Yours ought to be around for a good long time too.

    Thanks for the info, all of the photos and the encouragement for those that follow. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Nov 30, 2022 at 10:50 PM
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    Toyota did the buy backs for 95-00 Tacomas. 150% kbb excellent value. Based off the truck market currently, a frame swap still likely is cheaper than a buyout on a lot of these trucks



    plus it helps boast longevity numbers.. you don’t see the big three with new frames this old.
     
  5. Nov 30, 2022 at 10:56 PM
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    I cant believe that they pay 10,000 worth either! Mine has about 213,000 and I knew it was either going to the Junker or getting parted if not repaired, so glad everything turned out the way it did. I am 19 about to turn 20 and hope to keep it in my family as long as possible.
     
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  6. Nov 30, 2022 at 11:04 PM
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    That's great! I keep reading story after story about how a lot of folks would rather have a first gen Tundra than a newer Tacoma. I think they're all awesome, but the first gens are pretty special. Take good care of her and she'll do the same for you. :D Enjoy!

    Oh, just be sure to change that timing belt every 100K or so!
     
  7. Nov 30, 2022 at 11:21 PM
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    I totally agree, the first gens have a special place in my heart. Funny you mention the timing belt, mine is about 10k past due. planning on changing it in about a month or so.
     
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  8. Nov 30, 2022 at 11:39 PM
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    @MetalicSkyTund thanks for sharing. I had mine done about a year and a half ago. Glad to see it's still going on for sure. Has been a decent bit of time since someone has had one done to confirm it was still active. Love to see these trucks getting a new lease on life. This would be the best time for you to do undercoating or fluid film or similar. Itll never be this clean again.
     
  9. Dec 1, 2022 at 1:23 AM
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    Im going to look into Krown undercoating. if anyone has any recommendations please share your preference or experiences.
     
  10. Dec 1, 2022 at 2:09 AM
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    NickB_01TRD You don't need less cars, just more driveway.

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    I just used fluid film but I haven't driven my truck in the salt since the frame replacement. Trying to keep from driving it this year too
     
  11. Dec 1, 2022 at 6:05 AM
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    Krown products are just another Lanolin-based product like Fluid Film and Woolwax, IIRC.

    My recommendation is not to take the topic away from 'frame replacement', and instead ask your question over here in a dedicated thread on the subject.
     
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  12. Dec 2, 2022 at 7:29 AM
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    Greetings, fellow Tundra fans. I offer you up a case study by way of Craigslist, Battle Creek. 2003 TRD Off-road stepside with only 88k on the clock. I emailed for the story and it sounds familiar. He went in for brakes, found out the frame was gone. Dealer confirmed the open recall and offered to schedule the "free" frame replacement plus $8k out of pocket for extraneous expenses. Owner said no way and now has it listed for sale. I have no dog in this fight but if you're in or near Michigan, it might be worth a look. Tell him Rob sent you. My hunt continues for a creampuff 1st gen.
     
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  13. Dec 2, 2022 at 11:29 AM
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    I might be wrong, but if he refused the offer of service, does that mean the recall is closed on that truck?
     
  14. Dec 2, 2022 at 12:55 PM
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    I'm not sure if the 8k you are talking about was what the dealership quoted him for additional repairs but if so it sounds like they were trying to rip him off. when my frame came in my dealership sent me a parts list of parts that would likely brake and that were "recommended" to be replaced, I questioned if they were mandatory and they said absolutely not. I eliminated most of the list they send me and only had them replace things that broke and that was only about 350$ worth. I replaced other parts that they recommended that didn't necessarily have to be but even that was only about 2k. don't know how in the world they got to 8k unless there was major damage to other components.
     
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    The way he explained it, it sounded to me like the dealer was trying to jack him. It apparently angered him enough to try to practically give it away on CL. The listing has already been taken down so that was only a matter of hours. He either reconsidered or somebody jumped on it.
     
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    I ended up going to a dealership about an hour and a half away from me because of similar reasons. passed about 3 dealers on the way there and all of them had absolutely terrible service and just all overall reviews.
     
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  17. Dec 4, 2022 at 7:07 PM
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    lsaami [OP] Let ‘er buck

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    honestly, big three trucks from this era are rusting out just as bad as the Tundras are, especially the ford f150s. Dana corp made these frames, I’m sure they had contracts with the big three as well.
     
  18. Dec 4, 2022 at 7:19 PM
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    Dana Corp was bought at least partially by Metalsa (or metalsa bought some of their plants I'm not entirely sure) and they still make F-150 frames and the replacement tundra frames as well.
     
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    If they are making the replacement frames do you think they will rust the same as the old ones? I would hope that they fixed the problem the original frames had if the same company is giving out the new ones.
     
  20. Dec 4, 2022 at 8:51 PM
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    One would like to think they've got it together now but I can't say for sure. If F-150s aren't rotting to the ground from the last 10 years all seems well. Does seem weird to me how the same company that definitely made F-150 frames for the last 20 years got those right but not the tundras. By got those right I mean there isn't a recall on them anyway.
     
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    The replacement frame on my 04 is 7 years old now and doesn't show any significant signs of rust so I'd say whatever they did differently is working.
     
  22. Dec 6, 2022 at 2:07 PM
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    did they replace the whole frame or just a crossmember? I didn't know they replaced anything after 03.
     
  23. Dec 6, 2022 at 2:27 PM
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    Whole frame under the Service Campaign.

    Recall included 00-03, LSC included 00-06 but expired in 2018.
     
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  24. Dec 6, 2022 at 3:54 PM
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    https://youtu.be/nrEz4-5eFrA

    nuff said
     
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    Yeah I watched that the other day. Didn't cross my mind when I wrote my post though. Guess my point was just that other big companies never had a recall for their frames so one would think they had less issues.
     
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    "...for sale. Runs, drives, some exterior damage."
     
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    The real test would be jumping the truck at 50 mph off a ramp and seeing the back bed bend in two!
     
  28. Jan 28, 2023 at 4:33 PM
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    Removed lots of rust.
    I just wanted to add the frame replacement program for the 2005-2007 Sequoia.
    I purchased a Sequoia which had the frame already replaced under this warranty.
    They dealer did not do a great job and the frame is rusty already.
     

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  29. Jan 28, 2023 at 4:34 PM
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    what about it?
     

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