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Old 06-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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Bedside shovel mounts

This has to have been asked, but apparently I am bad at Google because most of what I find has to do with fiberglass bedsides. Apologies in advance..

I picked up some quick fists with the intention of mounting a shovel to the side of the bed. I've seen plenty of trucks in this space, but am curious as to how you guys go about attaching them. If I pull the splash guards out, will I be able to reach up under the side and get at the back of a screw to put a nut on it? Or is a sheet metal screw my best option?

My bed is beat to hell so I'm not against drilling into it, just looking for suggestions on the right way to get these suckers on there. Thanks!
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For clarity (and to show off my mad photoshop skills), I'm looking to mount it lower on the bed, above the wheel well so that the top half of the spade doesn't poke out as much.

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IMO having a thru bolt/nut & backing plate will be your most solid option, but idk if you can gain easy access to the back by simply pulling off the splash guard (you probably can but I've never tried)

heres mine and I'm very happy w/ the placement. (but I have a cap fwiw)
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this thread has good ideas too: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ol-mounts.html

This guy (below) mounted his where you want yours, I know its a 2nd gen but I think you could pull this off easily using your bed rails as an anchor point and fabbing up a support bar that sits on the wheel well.

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Thanks for the Thread!

Just added more info to my build thread, But here is a pic of all three of my new mounts; I used lifting eyes and T-nuts to mount to the bed rails.

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I have a single quick fist holding a folding shovel to my bedside on the passenger side... looking for a pic.
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this thread has good ideas too: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...ol-mounts.html

This guy (below) mounted his where you want yours, I know its a 2nd gen but I think you could pull this off easily using your bed rails as an anchor point and fabbing up a support bar that sits on the wheel well.
That looks like exactly what I need to do. Thanks!
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Keeping in mind that my truck is a 10-footer (it looks way better in pictures than it does up close, haha) and that my bed is beat to hell, this worked out great. I actually had to order a straight spade because the one I had curved in too far, so in the meantime this edger will have to do.

I grabbed some framing T-braces from the local hardware store, and mounted up the QFs to it, with a splash of paint.



I intended to go behind the lip, but I figured every little bit of clearance counts (between the shovel and the bedside) and the curve of the bedside is actually quite a bit lower than my brackets are. So opting for lazy + who cares, I put them on the outside. Works great and the shovel doesn't move around at all.





It doesn't move at all, doesn't hit the bed and doesn't poke up over the edge, which is exactly what I was looking for. Plus, since I have an edger and not a spade, if I get stuck I can redecorate the area around my truck with some laurels and shrubberies while waiting to get pulled out.
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Looks good!
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I think the intention is to only have it in when you go wheeling.
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Nice work! Looks perfect there. I think you just inspired me to re-vamp mine so that I can add an axe .. hmm

is security a concern? someone could walk off with that in a second
I live in the 'burbs, and the only time I really use the truck is for wheeling. If someone really wants a $15 Home Depot shovel I suppose they would certainly be able to grab it easily, but I'm not too worried about it. I've had my fire extinguisher on the light bar for about 6 months and nobody's walked off with it yet. Hell, I don't even lock my doors most of the time, haha.

(Here's hoping that I didn't just jinx myself...)
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