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Adding new tie downs? (D-rings)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by mirage2009, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Sep 18, 2011 at 11:01 PM
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    mirage2009

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    I'm sure whatever I'm about to asked has been asked a million times, but please bear with me.

    So I have a short bed tacoma and it has two D-rings at the rear end of the bed. A bit of a weird spot to put em if you ask me. But anyways. If you check the pic below there are also this bolts on the bed.

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    Basically what I wanna do is unscrew those bolts (like on the right of the above pic) and add additional D-rings like. I have about 4 of these bolts.

    Now I have two questions.

    1) How do I unscrew these guys? I got a torx bit wrench of mine and I couldn't get em to budge with all my fuckin strength. They are really tight! I'm guessing I'll need power or air tools? Is that that the only way?

    2) Where can I get D-rings that will fit on those spots?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Sep 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM
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  4. Sep 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM
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    I just installed a bed buddy - better solution IMHO.

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    For around $100, you get bed reinforcement plus three more eye bolts.

    dp
     
  5. Sep 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    ^^^^ That's cool.
     
  6. Sep 20, 2011 at 12:54 PM
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    How do you get behind the bed at the cab to secure bolts/nuts?

    In other words, tell me how you mount the bed buddy. And are those two cylinders/plates mounted above the bed buddy for bicycle forks?
     
  7. Sep 20, 2011 at 1:06 PM
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    I bought OEM D-rings, drilled out 2 of the water drain holes in the front of the bed and bolted them down to that. I used a backer plate on the bottom side of the bed, so far so good!
     
  8. Sep 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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    i was thinking about doing that, but the drain holes seem too far forward to be useful.
     
  9. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    I wanted them as far forward as I could get them. Perfect for securing a motorcycle in the bed where you want the straps to hold the front tire tight against the front of the bed.
     
  10. Sep 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    I have a toolbox mounted immediately behind the cab, so I'm planning to drill a couple holes for two additional D-rings in my bed just in front of the wheel well bumps on either side.
     
  11. Sep 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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    That's exactly what I wanna do. I guess it's time to dust off some old tools. Also.. where to get those D-rings? Did you order them from toyota, or is it a commonly available part.
     
  12. Sep 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    looks pretty good :D.
     
  13. Sep 20, 2011 at 11:16 PM
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    where can i get one of those?

    edit: n/m just found it on google =P
     
  14. Sep 21, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    Incredibly simple really - took me all of 20 minutes to install.
    Mark and drill three holes.
    Remove the channel across the top (five bolts) so the composite bed will flex a bit more.
    Bolt the "Bed Buddy" in place - Starting with the middle bolt. There's enough room to get your fingers and a wrench back there.
    Re-install the rail.

    Easy, cheesie, japaneasy! (as my grandpa would say)

    And yes, those are skewer mounts for my bicycles. You can buy the expensive Toyota ones, but i just bolted in a set that I already had using a couple of big, thick washers to grab the inside of the rail.

    Here's a review of the Bed-Buddy (Not Toyota Specific)
    http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/394/184/Motorcycle-Article/Bed-Buddy-Review.aspx

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    Appreciate the info. I've been debating about adding rings to the front of the box (already have them added to the bed) and just using a baxley to haul the bike. The baxley's more secure but takes up more room then a bed buddy.

    Couldn't figure out how to bolt stuff up front...But it does look like I'd have to forget about getting a tonneau cover with the bed buddy.

    Another option I'm looking into is using the single e-track mountings for the front of the bed wall. With good backing plates and low enough, they'd be a lot stronger than a ring mounted on the front wall.

    http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/m...-truck/cargo-load-binders/snap-loc-black-pack

    As far as I can tell, you can use the various e-track mounts in the single plates e.g. clip in d-rings, straps w/d-rings, that sort of thing.
     
  16. Sep 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM
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    I did this mod. All of my bed bolts were loose ! I mean like hand tight.
     
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    I did mine but i didnt order the toyota ones and made it closer to the corner of the bed. I use mine all the time. Got mine from King bolt for 3 buck for both anchors.
     
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  19. Sep 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM
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    Baxleys are fantastic, but I doubt the Bed-Buddy would foul the tonneau cover. It sits below the Toyota factory channel used for the tie-down rings.

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  20. Sep 23, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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    I see from your pic that the BB would sit below a tonneau, the problem I was imagining is that the part of the tonneau that attaches to the front of the cab would overhang too far and not let the wheel get into the BB's slots/wheel grooves.

    But I've not looked at a cover like one of the Access rollups to see how much it overhangs into the bed.
     
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