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I have the unfortunate task of doing a frame swap on my truck. I am looking for frames right now but don’t know which year models etc. are compatible with mine?

Does anyone know, or know where I can find out, what frames are the EXACT match for mine? (96 X-cab 4x4 3.4 5 speed) or at least which (if any) of those features changes anything? I just REALLY don't want to have to Fab or mod ANYTHING. I'm not great at that stuff and don't have a lot of experience with it, I'm REALLY wanting a straight forward apples to apples swap.

So where can I find out what years & configurations will fit mine EXACTLY? I.E. does auto vs. 5 speed a diff? What about 4x4 vs. 4x2 or are they the same frame? How do I find this info. out and where?

I did find one locally for $750 but it's for a 1995 Tacoma x-cab. It says 4x4 but I don't know if it was V6 or not? Auot or not? And it’s a 95, not a 96. Does any of that matter or is a 95 x-cab 4x4 Taco the EXACT same as a 96 X-cab 4x4 Taco frame?

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Hello,
I have the unfortunate task of doing a frame swap on my truck. I am looking for frames right now but don’t know which year models etc. are compatible with mine?

Does anyone know, or know where I can find out, what frames are the EXACT match for mine? (96 X-cab 4x4 3.4 5 speed) or at least which (if any) of those features changes anything? I just REALLY don't want to have to Fab or mod ANYTHING. I'm not great at that stuff and don't have a lot of experience with it, I'm REALLY wanting a straight forward apples to apples swap.

So where can I find out what years & configurations will fit mine EXACTLY? I.E. does auto vs. 5 speed a diff? What about 4x4 vs. 4x2 or are they the same frame? How do I find this info. out and where?

I did find one locally for $750 but it's for a 1995 Tacoma x-cab. It says 4x4 but I don't know if it was V6 or not? Auot or not? And it’s a 95, not a 96. Does any of that matter or is a 95 x-cab 4x4 Taco the EXACT same as a 96 X-cab 4x4 Taco frame?

Thanks,
'95.5-'97 are exactly the same. the motor mounts are different for the 2.7 and the 3.4. tranny doesn't matter, xmember location is the same.
must be 4x4 to match exactly. '95-'95.5 is NOT a Tacoma so make sure about that with the frame you are looking at.

so, to be sure, you can pick up a frame from any '95.5-97 3.4, 5sp excab 4x4 and be golden ;)

you can also go with the later models, '98-04 that have the longer (and much better) rear springs. everything will bolt right up.
 

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Awesome, thanks again for your help Hytenor, you the man! I am considering the 98 – 04 option if I can’t find my year model, that had been suggested to me. But since I just bought a set of custom Alcans springs for the 95.5 – 97, I’ll go for that as my first option. Unless anyone wants a brand new set of Alcans for their 95.5 – 97 taco built to 2” of lift over stock.

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Actually dude, if you are extremely serious about this---I recently bought parts from a guy with a tacoma that was slid sideways into a tree. I dont know about the frame condition- but it is a 99 V6 ex-cab that, as it sits, is a rolling frame with a e-locker rear-end. Has all the suspensiona and tires. I would expect it would bolt up, the body would, with no problems.

This guy is on Pirate. His friend has the truck, they are good to deal with. His name is '42s on u'.

It is in Grass Valley, 50 miles north of Sac. If the frame is fine, that is a rare find.
 

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Unless anyone wants a brand new set of Alcans for their 95.5 – 97 taco built to 2” of lift over stock.

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I would be interested in the Alcan springs.

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Actually dude, if you are extremely serious about this---I recently bought parts from a guy with a Tacoma that was slid sideways into a tree. I don’t know about the frame condition- but it is a 99 V6 ex-cab that, as it sits, is a rolling frame with a e-locker rear-end. Has all the suspension and tires. I would expect it would bolt up, the body would, with no problems.

This guy is on Pirate. His friend has the truck, they are good to deal with. His name is '42s on u'.

It is in Grass Valley, 50 miles north of Sac. If the frame is fine, that is a rare find.
I’m a little confused by your inquiry?
“Actually dude, if you are extremely serious about this”​
Not sure what the "if I am extremely serrious" is all about, but thanks for the heads up nonetheless. I’m guessing that if it slid sideways into a tree and therefore was totaled, his frame is probably FUBAR too? I’m in a holding pattern right now however… it’s still at my buddies body shop, he is going to try and yank on it and pull on it just to see if he can help it any? As he says, nothing to lose cuz it’s FUBAR already, so he can’t hurt it anymore… I’m going to have to replace it anyway but if he can get fix it or even get it closer, then I may be ok? Anyway, if he can’t fix it or improve it any, I am 100% serious about it, I have no choice… So as soon as I know for sure one way or the other, I will start the hunt for a frame…

CJJimmy, I will let you know too as soon as I do what I am going to end up doing and or if I need to get rid of the springs or not.

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'95.5-'97 are exactly the same. the motor mounts are different for the 2.7 and the 3.4. tranny doesn't matter, xmember location is the same.
must be 4x4 to match exactly. '95-'95.5 is NOT a Tacoma so make sure about that with the frame you are looking at.

so, to be sure, you can pick up a frame from any '95.5-97 3.4, 5sp excab 4x4 and be golden ;)

you can also go with the later models, '98-04 that have the longer (and much better) rear springs. everything will bolt right up.
Hey Hytenor,
do you know if the 98 - 04 x-cab, 3.4L, 4x4 will match up EXACTLY with everything except the rear spring hangers? I am considering going to the longer (better) springs and am having trouble finding a good 95.5 - 97 frame. So i think i might go for the 98 - 04 and exchange or sell my springs for the newer longer ones. Of course I could move the hangers too... but will everything else line up?

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the 98-2000 frames have an extention to the front frame horns right behind the bumper. I think it's where the bumper sticks out farther than the other year models. I think those could just be cut off though...
 

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Hey Hytenor,
do you know if the 98 - 04 x-cab, 3.4L, 4x4 will match up EXACTLY with everything except the rear spring hangers? I am considering going to the longer (better) springs and am having trouble finding a good 95.5 - 97 frame. So i think i might go for the 98 - 04 and exchange or sell my springs for the newer longer ones. Of course I could move the hangers too... but will everything else line up?

thanks again,
There are three groups of frames. 95.5-97, 98-00, 01-04. The 01-04 frames will be most similar to the 95.5-97. the front crossmember is removeable and you will have an easier time bolting up your bumper. but realistically any of them will be a pretty straight forward swap with minor fab work.

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There are three groups of frames. 95.5-97, 98-00, 01-04. The 01-04 frames will be most similar to the 95.5-97. the front crossmember is removeable and you will have an easier time bolting up your bumper. but realistically any of them will be a pretty straight forward swap with minor fab work.

Steve
Hey thanks for the replies guys... so "minnor fab work" would be? cutting off front frame horn extensions & moving spring hangers? i can cut & weld but NOT well... i'm no fabber... but can "bodge some parts together" so I should be ok with "minnor fab"... thanks.

I also plan on boxing the rear of the new frame while I have it out. I "think" I can just cut out the sides of the rear of the frame I have now (the bent one) and weld those peices into the new frame... should be a perfect fit! (I hope?)

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Thanks for the link. Do you really think "BETTER"? From what I got out of reading all of those articles and links to other articles etc. was that the fish plating is a good, EASY "alternative" to boxing... Because you have to remove so much stuff to box the frame, the fish plates weld right on the outside, quick & easy... But since I will have the whole frame off, I will have easy access to boxing it and from what I gather, that is a better way to go...

thoughts?
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Thanks for the link. Do you really think "BETTER"? From what I got out of reading all of those articles and links to other articles etc. was that the fish plating is a good, EASY "alternative" to boxing... Because you have to remove so much stuff to box the frame, the fish plates weld right on the outside, quick & easy... But since I will have the whole frame off, I will have easy access to boxing it and from what I gather, that is a better way to go...

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you are correct.
 

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Yeah, If you are gonna have it all apart anyways, boxing may be the way for you to go. I was just looking at "easy".
 

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ok thanks for replying... I just wanted to make sure, that's how I interpreted all of the info. I read.

Now, if y'all don't mind my asking, am I also right minded in thinking that I can cannibalize the sides of the rear frame rails on the bent frame (cut them out) and then weld them into the new frame to box it in... instead of making plates out of new material... they should already be the same size, shape, pattern etc., right? sounds like an easy, quick fit to me?

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ok thanks for replying... I just wanted to make sure, that's how I interpreted all of the info. I read.

Now, if y'all don't mind my asking, am I also right minded in thinking that I can cannibalize the sides of the rear frame rails on the bent frame (cut them out) and then weld them into the new frame to box it in... instead of making plates out of new material... they should already be the same size, shape, pattern etc., right? sounds like an easy, quick fit to me?

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from the box threads that I've seen so far, no. have you checked out T-bob's thread on this? His pics should give you a good idea.
 

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I don't think that i have seen that one..? T-bob's? is that his user name? I can search it if so. I saw rebuilt 98's thread on his. If I can't cut and use the spare frame then I'm sure I can fab up some kind of plate. Maybe Demello's fishplates, but on the inside to box it? I'll come up with something once I have the new frame in hand and can figure on it...
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I don't think that i have seen that one..? T-bob's? is that his user name? I can search it if so. I saw rebuilt 98's thread on his. If I can't cut and use the spare frame then I'm sure I can fab up some kind of plate. Maybe Demello's fishplates, but on the inside to box it? I'll come up with something once I have the new frame in hand and can figure on it...
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TBob
couldn't find the thread that had his box stuff...mixed in with some other project, I think...just PM him.
 
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