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Personal opinion here;^^^^^^^^^^^ this.
Toyotas have a good amount of give here and there. One of the reasons why the frame is a C channel is for additional flex when crawling. Looks like crap compared to Ford, Chevy, and Dodge on that full size truck test track, but on the trail it's a different story.
And if you build for LT, you're going to cut off the the entire rear frame, cage it up, 3 Link, and replace the axle.... soooo. It's fine.
I think a lot of people are nitpicking because it's their first truck and they haven't been on a lot of trails so they don't know that they have to deal with things moving, bending, breaking, much less getting pinstripes on their paint.
In 10 years when your truck hasn't completely fallen apart through year after year of trails will y'all really appreciate the build quality of everything.
The Tacoma chassis is a real noodle. If you have a single pivot rear swing away and you open it the chassis will move 2-3". It was a real problem when we were working with FlipPacs as you couldn't latch the lid with the swing away out.
Combine that with a very weak stock rear suspension that can not cope with much of a load and you have a limited use vehicle. Unless of course you upgrade the suspension or add air bags.
These were all considerations when we developed the Habitat as we wanted a camper shell that would work with a stock Tacoma as well as a modified Tacoma. So while I agree the chassis flex on the Tacoma may be good for crawling it's not ideal for " Overlanding" or "Outdoor" use.