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Old 11-21-2012, 10:28 AM   #16 (permalink)
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With out the truck being on perfectly level ground, suspension sag near or at 0 and tire pressure optimal.... your bubble level didn't tell you anything.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:34 AM   #17 (permalink)
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With out the truck being on perfectly level ground, suspension sag near or at 0 and tire pressure optimal.... your bubble level didn't tell you anything.
I realized that argument would come up, that's why I took bed rail slopes. No the bed rails may not be level depending on how level the truck sits, but there's no reason they should be at different angles (unless of course the frame is twisting it that way).

And the truck is sitting in a garage on, yes, perfectly level pavement. Checked tire pressure and they are all perfectly at 35psi. And there is absolutely nothing in the truck that would cause the suspension to sag that much on one side. Take this into account that you can obviously see the tailgate at a ridiculous angle compared to the rest if the truck, I'd say the bubbles say quite a bit for themselves.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Since i'm off work today I went out to the garage and put a level on my bed rails and they were both the same but not perfectly level. Probably due to the factory rake. If you want I can post some pictures for you. But, I don't think that would help you much.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:58 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Since i'm off work today I went out to the garage and put a level on my bed rails and they were both the same but not perfectly level. Probably due to the factory rake. If you want I can post some pictures for you. But, I don't think that would help you much.
Yeah I mean it shouldn't matter what front to rear angle the bed rails are at, unless there is something like frame twist, they should be at the same angle, whatever that angle may be.


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I don't think the levels are even necessary. The frame is obviously twisted from the first pic.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:01 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I don't think the levels are even necessary. The frame is obviously twisted from the first pic.
That's what I say too!


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Old 11-21-2012, 12:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I don't think the levels are even necessary. The frame is obviously twisted from the first pic.
True.... add all the other pics and it's pretty damning evidence.... the frame certainly appears to be tweaked. The body shop should have caught it.

That said, I don't know for a fact whether it can (or should) be properly repaired. I do know that at least in the past, bent frames were routinely straightened. No doubt a lot of factors come into play. While it is noticeable, it doesn't look severe, and it's possible that it could be easily repaired -- I wouldn't rule it out without further investigation.
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True.... add all the other pics and it's pretty damning evidence.... the frame certainly appears to be tweaked. The body shop should have caught it.

That said, I don't know for a fact whether it can (or should) be properly repaired. I do know that at least in the past, bent frames were routinely straightened. No doubt a lot of factors come into play. While it is noticeable, it doesn't look severe, and it's possible that it could be easily repaired -- I wouldn't rule it out without further investigation.
Well if I have the option to have it totaled (maybe with a little pressure on insurance of course) or to have it repaired, I'd rather have it totaled. The truck was (and still is) for sale before the wreck. So I don't want to be stuck selling a truck that is potentially half the value of what it as originally. I mean would you buy a truck at full retail, or anywhere close to it if you say it had had frame damage in the past, regardless of whether it not it was "fixed" or not?


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^^ Perfectly understandable. I hope it works out for you.
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Is this a body shop your insurance company sent you too? Or is it a shop from the insurer of the person who hit you? Also, as I have been sitting here thinking about it, make sure they just don't shim the bed...tell you its fixed and let you walk.
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Is this a body shop your insurance company sent you too? Or is it a shop from the insurer of the person who hit you? Also, as I have been sitting here thinking about it, make sure they just don't shim the bed...tell you its fixed and let you walk.
It's a shop my insurance sent me to. His insurance didn't have any "approved" shops within an hour away so they just told me to choose the body shop of my or my insurance's choosing. Happened to be that it was the same body shop.


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Old 11-21-2012, 01:46 PM   #27 (permalink)
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That's a good thing and hopefully only works in your favor.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #28 (permalink)
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bent frame

Definitely feel for you, best of luck man. The frames on these trucks are nothing like the 250.
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The level is meaningless without the truck on a frame machine and perfectly level.

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Well I'm taking it back to the shop on Monday but I talked to a friend of mine that's an attorney and he said that if they determine the frame is warped then you can require that they total it. Because realigning a frame is never 100%.
Your friend is talking out of his ass. He's obviously a real collision repair expert.

Aligning a frame is no different than repairing anything else on a vehicle. For some reason people attach "Holy Grail" status to this particular piece of metal. The picture you posted doesn't indicate a "mangled frame". It simply needs to be looked at and corrected.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #30 (permalink)
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The level is meaningless without the truck on a frame machine and perfectly level.


Your friend is talking out of his ass. He's obviously a real collision repair expert.

Aligning a frame is no different than repairing anything else on a vehicle. For some reason people attach "Holy Grail" status to this particular piece of metal. The picture you posted doesn't indicate a "mangled frame". It simply needs to be looked at and corrected.
No it simply needs to be TOTALED! I'm not gonna be stuck trying to sell a truck with that big of a hit on the carfax.
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For some reason people attach "Holy Grail" status to this particular piece of metal.
Which I think proves my point and contradicts yours...those people are referring to my potential buyers.
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Your friend is talking out of his ass. He's obviously a real collision repair expert.
This usually happens earlier in the thread...the 2nd know it all comes in and claims that the first guy is a know it all and is completely wrong. I must have missed you supplying your credentials that explained to us why you were any more of an expert than he is? And to be honest I don't think he was speaking from a mechanic's standpoint, but rather from an attorney's standpoint representing someone who is going to be stuck with a worthless vehicle because of some other jackass' negligence. And I realize it can happen to anyone including myself, but you can't expect the innocent party to eat the costs.
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