This Tacoma just received a brand new frame from Toyota and work was completed on September 19, 2018. In addition to the frame replacement, many other components were replaced including brake lines, fuel lines, tank straps, leaf springs with u-bolts, rear shocks, spare tire mechanism, control arms and sway bar links. As of now, the underside of this truck has not seen a winter since all the above was replaced.
The exterior Black Mica finish still shines nicely and cleans up well. There are some light scratches, a small dent on the driver door and tailgate as well as segments of touch-up paint. Overall, the finish is in very good condition of the age of the truck. All lights work as they should and both the front and rear bumpers are flawless.
The interior condition mirrors that of the exterior. The only imperfection is a worn driver’s seat bolster, which has not ripped all the way through, but has definitely degraded over time and use. The remainder of the cab is in excellent condition with no staining, rips, tears or smells. All factory electronics work as they should including the windows, locks, climate controls. Gauges, aftermarket Bluetooth Stereo and sliding rear window.
Mechanically, this Tacoma runs beautifully. The 3.4L V6 engine starts, idles and drives smoothly with recent timing belt and water pump service complete. The automatic transmission shifts perfectly and the Hi/Lo transfer case engages with ease. The rear differential lock functions as intended. New brakes have been installed all around including rotors, pads, calipers and drum components. The emergency brake also functions properly.
The chassis is brand new; there isn’t a single imperfection regarding the frame or floor pans of this Tacoma. From underneath, the truck looks as though it is brand new. 85 Series BF Goodrich AT KO2 Tires were just installed less than 50 miles ago and the truck received a full alignment. These 235/85R16 BFG Tires were chosen specifically for this truck as the are a taller, skinnier tread, which I feel belongs on these Tacomas. The tires are just over 9” wide and about .4” taller than the 265/75R16 they replaced.