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A non-enthusiast's Tacoma build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by ardrummer292, May 21, 2020.

  1. Oct 15, 2020 at 4:43 PM
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    ACEkraut

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    I understand the purpose of the u shaped clamp, to hold the strap in place, but I was curious if you used the protruding metal clamp(painted black) for anything else?

    Edit: I removed the rest of your pictures in the post and only left the one I was referencing.
     
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  2. Oct 16, 2020 at 1:49 AM
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    ardrummer292 [OP] Aggregating anecdotal evidence

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    I see what you're saying. It kinda looks like the u-bolt is rigged as a mounting point for something. Unfortunately, it has to stick that far out to allow passage for the strap buckle, allowing me to fully remove the trash bag from the truck for cleaning. The u-bolt doesn't serve any other purpose.
     
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  3. Oct 16, 2020 at 2:34 AM
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    Are there nuts inside the cover that hold the u-bolt in place? I have some scrap aluminum flat bar (1/8th inch thick by 1.5 inches wide) that I could counter sink a couple holes into and use a couple other small pieces of flat bar as spacers to allow the strap to move underneath. The spacers would mount to the center console and the top bar would screw into the spacers using countersunk holes. You would need to remove the top flat bar by loosening a couples screws to remove the strap, but that would only take a minute. Color matching paint would make it almost invisible and get rid of the u-bolt. Does that make sense?
     
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  4. Oct 16, 2020 at 3:15 AM
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    Makes perfect sense, and would look a helluva lot cleaner than my solution made of spare parts.
     
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  5. Oct 16, 2020 at 5:37 AM
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    Send me the measurement of the distance from center to center between the two holes and I will see what I can come up with.
     
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  7. Oct 17, 2020 at 2:25 AM
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    ardrummer292 [OP] Aggregating anecdotal evidence

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    I never thought I would spend more on headlights than on my lift*, but here I am. What have I become?

    *not actually true when you factor in ECGS bushing, SPC UCAs, high angle CV boots, and labor
     
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  8. Oct 17, 2020 at 1:50 PM
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    Haha, yea it’s an investment, but think of how happy you’re going to be being able to see better, more, and the safety aspect. And here I am fretting over dropping the 300 for the Diode Dynamic fogs, lol two different worlds man haha! I can’t wait to see the pics you’ll post. I’ve been looking at aftermarket headlights too, that’s a whole other realm of confusing with so many different opinions on the subject. Anyway, glad you’re getting what you need and want dude, it’s gonna be sick!
     
  9. Oct 17, 2020 at 6:13 PM
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    The performance is gonna be nice, but I’m primarily interested in the extended service life of HID bulbs. It’s a helluva premium to pay for reduced maintenance, but that is one of the primary driving metrics for my build. It’s the very same reason that I went for poorer-performing dual tube shocks over superior rebuildable coilovers, or chose the more expensive and less visually appealing Sonax Polymer Net Shield over less expensive quality carnauba wax. I’ll be sure to write up an obnoxiously detailed post explaining my decision making process when I get the new headlights installed.
     
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    tinfoil lined cab runflat headlights pee-thru seats
    argh...



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  11. Oct 17, 2020 at 8:20 PM
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    Looks like a great solution. The only challenge will be seeing if the width matches up with the holes that were already drilled.
     
  12. Oct 17, 2020 at 8:22 PM
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    tinfoil lined cab runflat headlights pee-thru seats
    true, theY come in all sorts of widths, or...

    thick washer(s) (as thick as the strap), flat bar, done.
     
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  13. Oct 18, 2020 at 4:45 AM
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    That, and spacing it out far enough to fit the strap buckle through. I don't want a permanently-attached trash bag, since I'm gonna want to hose the thing out eventually.

    That is the exact solution @ACEkraut came up with, manufactured, and sent me free of charge. Does this mean I'm sponsored now? :D
     
  14. Oct 18, 2020 at 6:39 AM
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    tinfoil lined cab runflat headlights pee-thru seats
    ‘course a couple chunks of good, 2” wide, 3M, sticky Velcro could have eliminated this whole scenario...
     
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  15. Oct 18, 2020 at 7:09 AM
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    I’ve got that as well. Two is one, one is none.
     
  16. Oct 18, 2020 at 7:29 AM
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    tinfoil lined cab runflat headlights pee-thru seats
    Yeah, wouldn’t want your poopy bag bringing the whole mission down...
     
  17. Oct 18, 2020 at 8:48 AM
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    ardrummer292 [OP] Aggregating anecdotal evidence

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    I’ve got poop-thru seats, no worries there.
     
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