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Additional Bed Rail Tie Downs on a Budget

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by wvtac0, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. wvtac0

    wvtac0 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I needed an inexpensive way to have more tie down options with the bed rail system on the Tacos. The dealer selections were not in my budget. Here is what I came up with:

    Parts List:

    J bolt – 3/8” x 3-3/4” with nut

    Flat Nylon Washer – 1-1/4”x 1/2” x 1/16”

    Steel Washer – 1-1/4” x 1/2”

    Spring Nut – 3/8”


    Through trial and error, I cut the J bolts down so that I had about 1-1/8” of thread. (At this length, the thread was not touching the back of the bed rail. I probably could go another 1/8” to 1/4" longer with the thread without hitting the back of the rail.)

    After I cut the J bolt down, I put the nut back as far as it would go. Next was the steel and then the nylon washer. I found 3/8” spring nuts at Lowes in the electrical department. The spring was just pressed on and will pull right off.

    Next step is to install the assembly into the bed rail system. I have a total of 5 hooks installed on my Taco. One on the front rail and two on each side.

    Besides my time, I probably have about $2 in each hook assembly.

    I recently used some of the hooks on a 3K trip with no problems.

    Rail Attachment Hook Parts.jpg
    Hook Length.jpg
    Spring Nut Package.jpg
    Spring Nut.jpg
    Hook Assembly.jpg
    Hook Assembly Showing Washers.jpg
    Hook Assembly Installed.jpg
     
  2. fortyniner

    fortyniner Active Member

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    Nice work, those factory ones a $45.00 a pop are a bit pricey.
     
  3. VanCity4x

    VanCity4x Out fer a Rip eh Bud

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    You didnt hear it from me, you could go to a toyota dealership at night, tiedowns are usually ripe for the picking. :spy:
     
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    Nice write up man.
     
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    Krazie Sj Resident Jackass

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    I don't condone this at all, but the wording had me in stitches.
     
  6. teamfast

    teamfast Get busy living, or get busy dying.

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    what are these spring nuts used for? Electrical dept? Thanks.
     
  7. wileyC

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    great idea!
     
  8. ouyin2000

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    Check the BST section, and even the Free section. Some guys I'm sure would be willing to part with their factory tie downs
     
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    HAA! I always thought that.
     
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    more than one's a class B misdemeanor... :)
     
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    The spring nuts are used in unistrut applications.
    The tie downs when I bought my truck were in a bag in the back seat. I haven't seen any installed on the trucks at the dealer. Probably because they are too quickly removed by cheap thieving idiots.
     
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    don't do that maan. how would you like if somebody took yours off. i had some low life MF who stole mine. and besides if you went to a dealership, they probably have cameras looking right at u.
     
  14. rubberduckytaco

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    ^ ninja outfit fixes that cameras dont see ninjas
     
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    J hooks are a great idea, but I plan to use eye-bolts with your design.:rolleyes:
     
  16. wvtac0

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    Let me know how it works out. I thought of eye bolts but felt the j bolts would be more useful.
     
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    I used the J hook design details, but used eye bolts. OK, I also did a couple of J hooks too. Both work very good. Thanks to wvtac0 for sharing this great idea. :rolleyes:
     
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    I like the low profile of the design too!
     
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    DEEVON911 Semi-pro

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    Great idea OP, think I might do this. +1
     
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