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Old 11-22-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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Discrete way of weighing down bed?

I tried searching but no luck. Has anyone seen or tried a more discrete way of weighing down bed. Maybe sandbags in behind the bumper. Looking for a way to drop the rear a little with weight because it's slightly higher than front. But don't want sand bags just laying in bed. Any info is appreciated.
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Wouldn't it be easier to raise the front to a level height?
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Wouldn't it be easier to raise the front to a level height?
Yes but no. I've already got tc spindles and 5100s at 2.5 up front and a add a leaf and 3" block in rear. Eventually plan on allpro leaf pack but in till then looking for cheap way to drop it a half inch or so.
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Just tired of the un level rear high look it has.
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let some air out of the rear tires.
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let some air out of the rear tires.
That can't be good for even wear on tires though right?
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Plate steel under the rubber bed mat. My dad does this every winter, he uses long pieces of flat stock that are cut to fit the truck's bed front to back. Just slide them under the rubber bed mat and done. Another option would be flat tractor weights. They can be found in 1" plate steel so a nice low profile. You'd need a rubber bed mat so they don't slide or would need to secure them other way. You'd have to put them against the front of the truck bed.

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That can't be good for even wear on tires though right?
No, it's not and also not good for MPG's. I run about 3 - 4 lbs less in the rear tires since the back is so light anyways. If you're adding weight though, you'll want to keep the pressures even.
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take the block out and leave the aal in
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That can't be good for even wear on tires though right?
well loading down the rear end with weight to level it out is gonna be rough and unnecessary wear on your shocks and rear suspension. either way these are both ridiculous ways of leveling a truck.

get a one inch spacer and install it in the front end to level the truck.
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well loading down the rear end with weight to level it out is gonna be rough and unnecessary wear on your shocks and rear suspension. either way these are both ridiculous ways of leveling a truck.

get a one inch spacer and install it in the front end to level the truck.
Don't think that's doable. My fronts maxed out right now. Understandable how both could be bad but some trucks use sandbags alot during winter and some beds are loaded down year round. So suspension wear isn't a top worry of mine. Deflating tires would definitely cause uneven wear though. I've currently got 3 cinder blocks back there and am going to purchase tube sand at lowes just curious if anyone has found better place to put it other than in the bed.
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take the block out and leave the aal in
Plan on getting leaf pack. I know there's a million ways I could fix this by adjusting suspension. But I only want to do it once. So I plan on doing when I buy leaf pack. Intill then I'm looking for inexpensive ways and seeing of someone has discrete way of hiding sand bags. Thanks though everyone.
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Sorry man, you're asking a question that represents an opinion shared by a lot of guys. Nothing personal, but I just need to get a good rant off my chest.

I do NOT get this fascination folks have with "level."

A truck with an empty bed is functionally sprung and ready to work.

It's ready to carry its load rating - for a Tacoma, say roughly half-a-ton-give-or-take.

You want your truck looking like it's carrying something, without looking like its carrying something.

I even hear guys call the unloaded look the "stink bug" look. Well, to me, the "ass down" look reminds me of nothing so much as a dog wiping its butt on the grass. Or the "overloaded" look of the gardener hauling 2000lbs of sand in a truck designed to haul 1000lbs. At least he's using his truck for the job for which it was intended.

End rant. Nothing personal. You just asked the wrong question at the wrong time. I feel better for getting that off my chest. Now go do what you want with your truck.
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This is the most practical and helpful suggestion. I'd recommend doing this to achieve the result you're looking for.
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Plan on getting leaf pack. I know there's a million ways I could fix this by adjusting suspension. But I only want to do it once. So I plan on doing when I buy leaf pack. Intill then I'm looking for inexpensive ways and seeing of someone has discrete way of hiding sand bags. Thanks though everyone.
oh, from my perspective i was thinking maybe take an hour and do it on your own. but thats me goodluck
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Don't think that's doable. My fronts maxed out right now. Understandable how both could be bad but some trucks use sandbags alot during winter and some beds are loaded down year round. So suspension wear isn't a top worry of mine. Deflating tires would definitely cause uneven wear though. I've currently got 3 cinder blocks back there and am going to purchase tube sand at lowes just curious if anyone has found better place to put it other than in the bed.
well if unnecessary wear on your suspension is not an issue for you than obviously this is just for the look of being level and not the functionality of your truck. then by all means load it down. you can stuff weight on top of your spare tire or zip tie it to your frame rails under the bed.
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well if unnecessary wear on your suspension is not an issue for you than obviously this is just for the look of being level and not the functionality of your truck. then by all means load it down. you can stuff weight on top of your spare tire or zip tie it to your frame rails under the bed.
Spare tires a good idea. Your the first person to answer actual question I had. Is there a discrete way to keep bed empty. Thank you
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Sorry man, you're asking a question that represents an opinion shared by a lot of guys. Nothing personal, but I just need to get a good rant off my chest.

I do NOT get this fascination folks have with "level."

A truck with an empty bed is functionally sprung and ready to work.

It's ready to carry its load rating - for a Tacoma, say roughly half-a-ton-give-or-take.

You want your truck looking like it's carrying something, without looking like its carrying something.

I even hear guys call the unloaded look the "stink bug" look. Well, to me, the "ass down" look reminds me of nothing so much as a dog wiping its butt on the grass. Or the "overloaded" look of the gardener hauling 2000lbs of sand in a truck designed to haul 1000lbs. At least he's using his truck for the job for which it was intended.

End rant. Nothing personal. You just asked the wrong question at the wrong time. I feel better for getting that off my chest. Now go do what you want with your truck.
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To each his own. That why you own your truck and I own mine. We like different looks than one another. Was a "rant" necessary? Because you disagree with the look of a truck?
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This is the most practical and helpful suggestion. I'd recommend doing this to achieve the result you're looking for.
Sure most practical. But then I'd be Cali bulldogging. Not looking for that just level.
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Plate steel under the rubber bed mat. My dad does this every winter, he uses long pieces of flat stock that are cut to fit the truck's bed front to back. Just slide them under the rubber bed mat and done. Another option would be flat tractor weights. They can be found in 1" plate steel so a nice low profile. You'd need a rubber bed mat so they don't slide or would need to secure them other way. You'd have to put them against the front of the truck bed.

Best option, rear plate bumper.
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