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Re: OT Toyota frame recall.

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Rick Kr

09-26-2013 19:41:13

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Hmmm. Someone just posted yesterday how they would buy a Toyota because it has a C-channel frame, vs. a Ford/Chevy boxed frame. They were afraid a boxed frame would trap moisture and corrode.

Based on Toyotas current track record with frames they might want to re-think that statement. This recall has been out there for a while now.

When they do your frame swap, they will likely try to charge you for all the ancillary parts you mentioned. They will tell you that the shocks were completely worn out anyway, multiple fasteners etc. Make sure you hold them responsible.

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09-27-2013 04:57:23

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 Re: OT Toyota frame recall. in reply to Rick Kr, 09-26-2013 19:41:13  
I haven't checked my '11 Silverado, but on my '05 and '07 Dodge Rams the frame was full of foam and the slots where it was installed were sealed. Maybe that's why.

Other reason for a boxed frame vs a C channel which most used to have is weight. Less weight more MPG. People knock plastic, but plastic is a lot lighter than steel so OEMs seem to use it every chance they get.


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09-27-2013 08:53:02

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 Re: OT Toyota frame recall. in reply to Texasmark1, 09-27-2013 04:57:23  
Yup, always a trade-off between weight and fuel economy.

Dodge just announced a 30,000lb towing capacity for its 2013 3500. Of course this is in a 2wd regular cab combo only. I haven't had a chance to look at the frame underneath but I imagine its beefy.


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