02 Double Cab 4x4 project - frame compatibility question (1 Viewer)

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Hey all, long time all things Toyota owner (Taco's and lots of Land Cruisers) but first time in a Gen1 DC 4x4. I bought this truck off a friend for a song as I love the DC 4x4's and remember wanting one when they were new. This one is perfect for me (scratched and slightly dented already as I use it for wheeling and general house duties) but has a thrashed (rusty) and cracked frame. I have done two frame swaps on Land Cruisers so that's my plan.

Questions:

1. What is the frame compatibility for the 01-04 DC 4x4 Tacoma? I need accurate information here. I assume it's specific to the DC Gen 1, but thought I'd check. Also, is a Pre-Runner same?
2. Any leads on clean frames? I would be interested in complete with diffs, springs and wheels as well to ease in transport or just bare frame.

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Nice! I dig the pinstripes. :cool: The 1G doublecabs are awesome trucks.

The Prerunner frame is identical to and interchangeable with the 4x4 frame. Note, however, that the 3.4L V6 used different frameside motor mounts vs the 2.7L 4cyl. (Judging by your wheels, I'd guess yours is the 4banger....?) So if you don't want to cut/grind/weld the frameside motor mounts, you'll want one that matches whatever your motor is you're swapping. FWIW, the 4x4 ExtCab frame length and dimensions are the same as well, but the rear cab and front bed mounts are different. Again, could be cut/grind/welded to match as needed if you have the skills. EDIT: Just remember too -- Look for a 98+ ExtCab though. The earlier ones had some rear spring hanger differences. (Or if you're down to move those as well, they can also be relocated on the frame -- front spring hangers 2″ forward and the rear shackle hangers 1" rearward).

I don't have any leads on a frame for ya, but if I were looking, some places I would start looking would be: local craigslist, local facebook marketplace (though fb marketplace is super sucky now with all the ads and retail sellers :-/ ), local fb tacoma groups, and the tacomaworld forum. Could also check car-part.com and see if there is something decent close to you from a wrecker. If you want to go crazy, they should still be available new from Toyota as well. I just did a quick check on the 3.4L V6 frame (part 51001-04340) and the 2.7L 4cyl frame (part 51001-04330) and it shows available in different parts of the US. Priced at ~$4000 USD though. :oops: Dunno about Canada though--but worth a shot if you're looking to make it perfect underneath.
 
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Hey, thanks for the reply appreciate the insight. It's a bit of a weird truck as it has no power windows or locks and base wheels but it's a V6 and 4x4 which I actually like. Interesting that the frame is same on the extra cab, if only the only difference are the mounts. I am pretty handy with the welder and grinder and an extra cab is way easier to find. I'm looking on craigslist and fb now because all the other copart or iaai are cross border (I'm in BC, Canada).
 
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Cool. Gotta love those base trucks. It just needs manual hubs up front and a manual transmission.... ;):)

I too think you'll have a much easier time tracking down an extcab frame as well. They seem to be far more plentiful here in the States too. Then just need to relocate/add a couple frameside mounts and you'll be good to go. Keep us posted in here. I'll keep a look out for ya as well. :beer:
 
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Oh just remembered! -- Look for a 98+ ExtCab though. The earlier ones had some rear spring hanger differences. (Or if you're down to move those as well, they can also be relocated on the frame -- front spring hangers 2″ forward and the rear shackle hangers 1" rearward.)
 
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Oh just remembered! -- Look for a 98+ ExtCab though. The earlier ones had some rear spring hanger differences. (Or if you're down to move those as well, they can also be relocated on the frame -- front spring hangers 2″ forward and the rear shackle hangers 1" rearward.)

If you're down to move leaf mounting points then there are several other options besides the stockers or aftermarket replacements out there. How much of a wheeler do you want?
 
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I don't wheel as much as I used to and usually take my 40-series, but do tell! I was initially thinking of just doing a like for like frame swap with stock springs and set up for light towing, but you know how it goes....while I'm here. I like the idea of buying a rolled extra cab with a 5 speed and doing the conversion while I have the body off. I tend to hang on to manual Toyota's based on the last 20 years and grow tired of the autos quickly.

I will probably use this truck as a permanent cabin run around and highway truck to haul supplies, kayaks etc.
 
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I don't wheel as much as I used to and usually take my 40-series, but do tell! I was initially thinking of just doing a like for like frame swap with stock springs and set up for light towing, but you know how it goes....while I'm here. I like the idea of buying a rolled extra cab with a 5 speed and doing the conversion while I have the body off. I tend to hang on to manual Toyota's based on the last 20 years and grow tired of the autos quickly.

I will probably use this truck as a permanent cabin run around and highway truck to haul supplies, kayaks etc.

I can't remember off the top of my head but I do recall it being Chevy leaf springs for more load capacity and also more flexing. If you get a wrecked one I would stay stock leaves then. What I did was use two sets of leaf springs to make one set. Split both leaf packs and then assemble one set from two. I forgot to order longer U bolts when the day came so I just left out the overload leaf. Went from a 4 pack to a 6 pack. I cut the eyes off of one set and ran them inside and basically made them fit right. Luckily the friction pads lined up right otherwise I would have had to drill holes for the pads to mount in. Fairly simple process and I honestly don't know why it isn't as popular. You'll need longer U bolts and a pair of the fine thread 3/8" leaf bolts.

Tundra struts are the same just beefier, BTW. Plenty of OME springs to fit your needs. Swapping the cab shouldn't be hard either. I remember seeing a DC cab on a regular cab chassis. So they shortened the bed to just a couple of feet depth and gave it a little bit of a dovetail. LOL. Looked capable.
 

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