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My base FJ got rear ended, and the entire frame needs to be replaced. Besides asking the shop to use only genuine OEM Toyota parts, what else should I ask them to do, and what should I look for when picking up the truck after its repaired? To replace the frame, I know that the truck will have to be torn down, so putting it together properly is crucial. How do I test to make sure the A-TRAC, DIFF LOCK, LIMITED SLIP, TRACTION CONTROL and other drivetrain options are working properly when the repair is finished? When test driving after the repair, what should I look for?
 

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Hey there!

I also just got rear ended recently also and the shop recommended a frame replacement. Look at “FJ Achilles Heel” thread. I needed a lot of mechanical work as well. The shop was going to do OEM parts but that ended up totaling my FJ.

I was battling to save my FJ, but in the end didn’t really trust a shop to do a 30K repair with 80hrs of labor. Even though it would be guaranteed and I’d have a lot of new parts, I figured I’d be better off with getting another FJ that did not have an accident.

I sent a lot of receipts to the insurance and ended up getting a settlement I was happy with. I was not in the FJ, so no injury claims, just damage to the FJ.

I’m kind of second guessing myself now, but only because I’m not in another FJ yet and miss it!

I literally just spent the last 2 months battling this with the kind insurance folks, not fun at all, so I know how you feel!

Best of luck
 

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before installing a new frame have it painted because the first place the OEM frames begin rusting is at the welds, and the factory coating didn't coat well over welds

A new layer of paint added, over that factory coating would go a LOOOOOONG way to preventing it rusting, better than the original would have.
 

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before installing a new frame have it painted because the first place the OEM frames begin rusting is at the welds, and the factory coating didn't coat well over welds

A new layer of paint added, over that factory coating would go a LOOOOOONG way to preventing it rusting, better than the original would have.
Yes by all means you better do something. I have only 30,000 miles on my 2007 and the frame and everything underneath is rusted badly. I wish Toyota would have warned me that this thing was going to rust to the point of the vehicle not even being safe to drive on the road. This is ridiculous!!!
 

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Concur with painting recommendations, but would also use a collision shop affiliated with a Toyota dealership. Chances are, the shop would have done several Tacoma frame swaps, which would give them a good experience base, and access to some of the misc parts they might need (clips, etc).

I also have a replacement frame in my 2014 (dealership did the work) and it only took them a day and a half. When the frame came in, they allowed me to come in with some paint the day before the swap was scheduled. Glad I did, because the frame was just strapped to a pallet, and quite scratched up on top, where other things had been stacked on top.

good luck,
Shawn
 
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