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Rear bumper alignment

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by OR18TRD, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:28 AM.

  1. Dec 7, 2018 at 12:28 AM
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    OR18TRD

    OR18TRD [OP] Pândâ Crëw

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    I searched multiple times over the last couple days for this post. I found a few for the front and some talk about the back being off after the recall bracket was replaced.

    I found a guy on YouTube talking about the distance between the tailgate and the bumper. Mine looks ok there. Maybe 1/4” low on the drivers side. “Normal” for these Tundras.
    8E412F8F-3B39-4740-9048-9616B3F25F75.jpg

    I’ve got a big discrepancy on the sides between the body and the bumper. 85AABF24-63D9-4508-8E6D-AC5DEB3E02B0.jpg My thumb is tight in there.
    12D9D539-6E88-439A-BD99-2322702C0442.jpgBumper is not past the line

    2A0A4D90-C46F-4FB6-9686-C0BCBF309A98.jpg Two fingers spread in drivers side

    555C11FB-0A90-497F-9D4B-2DF382E02A27.jpg The bumper comes out into the line.

    Does anyone else have this much gap between the body and bumper? Should I see if Toyota will fix it? Live and leave it?
    Bothers me enough to ask but not enough to fix it myself.
    :sadviolin:
     
  2. Dec 7, 2018 at 12:51 AM
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    I did. Took it to The Dealer and they got it close but not perfect. They said if I want it perfect the whole bed has to be removed? Lol I sad F that and took the bumper apart my self and it’s pretty Much spot on now.
     
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    I’m not even gonna look. The last thing I need is to have something like that driving me nuts.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2018 at 2:20 AM
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    I know. :sorry:
     
  5. Dec 7, 2018 at 4:07 AM
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    I never noticed mine till I showed my truck off to a family member when I first bought it. And It was the first thing out of his mouth. “your bumper is crooked”.
     
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  6. Dec 7, 2018 at 5:07 AM
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    I loosened my whole bed and moved it where I wanted it first, then loosened my bumper and got it about where I wanted. I had to leave the bolts in the bumper slightly snug so it would stay put, when I got it to the right spot. It’s almost as if the bumper is slightly torqued from the factory. I had to stand on one side and then push up on the other as I tightened. It was a dance!
     
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  7. Dec 7, 2018 at 5:27 AM
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    Ya I got that gap too to me know big deal I'll be replacing in the spring with smittybuilt m1a numbers frt an rear an 12000lbs winch
     
  8. Dec 7, 2018 at 8:26 AM
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    Guys, I had to pull off my drivers side rear bumper end and knock a dent out of it (wife backed into it!!!!’ :eek:) and the construction is such that you can adjust the alignment of the ends with some precision. You do have to lift the plastic bumper cap to get to the top bolts, but it is an easy afternoon job. Once you loosen the 8-9 bolts, you can articulate the bumper end to get the gaps uniform side to side.

    Should you have to? No- you’d think QC would catch it at assembly. But it can be done without ending up in a Yaris for 2 days while the dealership has your truck.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2018 at 5:42 PM
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    My recall replacement experience was the same. I knew it was off. Pouring rain. I drove next to a new tundra in the lot and said F—-! Level and aligned but both end caps away from the body and back. I was pissed but figured I would do it myself at some point. Same tech would probably done the work and I would have wasted another 4 hours. Now I have to remember to notice it. It’s easier to wash.
    I don’t even trust those guys to change my oil.
    Too many attempts by dealerships over the years-at least locally- to talk me out of my wallet, have made me skeptical. Whenever I bring my truck to a dealer, i feel like I am taking my favorite lady out to an expensive dinner at a 7/11. Weirdly unrelated, but somehow pertinent. Want to find the good surgeon. Ask the O.R. nurses.
     

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