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2nd gen bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by norcal4banger, May 24, 2011.

  1. May 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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    norcal4banger

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    Are the beds just plastic? Or is there metal between the plastic? I'm designing a bed rack so I can haul more than just my dog's kennel in the back. I want to put 4-8 bolts in the bottom of the bed to hold this thing up. What problems am I going to run into with this if any?
     
  2. May 24, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Anyone really quick before I take off to go to the fab shop?
     
  3. May 24, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    I've got d-rings that I added in the rain water drain holes in the front of the bed. I drilled them larger and put in some d-rings. They've held up great supporting the motorcycle.

    To directly answer your question, it's a composite. I'm not 100% sure what it is but it is magnetic (at least the back posts inside the rear tail lights are because you can get a good electrical ground there).

    Depending on the stress you think this thing will see, put a plate washer on the bottom side and you'll be good to go.
     
  4. May 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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    But how would I get to there from the bed?
     
  5. May 24, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    It might help if we knew what you were attempting and where you intend to mount it. The bed is fairly strong and you can drill it and use thru-bolts. Use a backer plate or a washer if you can, it'll only make it less likely to fail. You can crawl under the truck and stick a washer and nut on whatever you're bolting to the bottom of the bed.
     
  6. May 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    When I added extra d-rings I backed them with 4" x 4" x 1/8" stainless from beneath to spread out the stress points.

    Drill a pilot hole and then go larger.
     
  7. May 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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    Its just a composite bed, no metal.
     
  8. May 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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    but to answer your question Yes it is some kind of High strength composite plastic
     
  9. May 24, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    I don't really know how to explain it well, but its a basket rack that will have for legs. The four legs will be bolted to the bed through flat pieces that welded to the bottom of each leg. I'll either do 1 to 2 bolts for flat piece that holds the legs. I don't know if that makes sense or not but the guy said in about a week or so it'll be done. I'm not sure which size bolts I will use but I know there is going to be a big washer and lock washer underneath the bed. Sorry if this doesn't make a lot of sense. But hopefully you get the idea
     
  10. May 25, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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    I'd put flat plates (same size as the ones welded to the legs or even a little larger) also under the bed and sandwich the bed between those plates. I'd assume one thru bolt in each plate would be plenty. Depending how big these 'plates' are I wouldn't want holes in the composite too close to each other.
     
  11. May 25, 2011 at 7:01 AM
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    Sorry to thread jack .. Where did you get the D-rings from? I would love to add 2 more to the front of the bed.
     
  12. May 25, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    I did this as well.
     
  13. May 25, 2011 at 7:16 AM
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    I bought a set from Toyota. The same ones that are mounted in the rear of the bed. There are other other aftermarket options that work well, I belive military surplus is a popular choice and strong as hell!
     
  14. May 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM
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    Someone has a thread on this forum that they have a source for the D rings and they are much cheaper than Toyota D rings.
     
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