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Bed Bar/Bike Rack/Work Light Build

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by goldentaco03, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Apr 1, 2016 at 10:06 AM
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    goldentaco03

    goldentaco03 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I purchased a bed bar off of a member here a while ago and finally got around to putting it to use. My intentions were to mount two LED cubes for work lights/bed lights and build a bike rack that bolts on to it and can fit up to 3 mountain bikes.

    Here is a picture of how it stands as of 4/1/16:
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    Lights:
    I purchased two cubes off Amazon for about $20.00, they had good reviews so I wasn't concerned. http://www.amazon.com/Nilight-1260l...&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

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    As for the wiring I ran the positive down behind the bed and across the left frame member. And I grounded them to what I believe was a bolt holding brake lines to the frame.

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    Then I fished them up into the engine bay to the left of the steering column and along the emergency brake cable. I mounted the relay ran the rest of the wires through the firewall and called it a day. Next thing I want to do is cover the power wire to the lights with automotive wire loom.

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    The interior was a pain to get to but I was able to secure all the wires under the dash and run them over to the center console. I ran a fuse tap to the accessory slot and used a switch from Otrattw and it looks great.

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    Bed Bar:
    Like I said I purchased it off a TW member a while ago, stripped all the paint off, primed, and repainted. Then I cut out some pieces of my bed liner so that the bed bar would fit towards the back of the bed. After some careful cutting I got the pieces cut out with little to no damage to the paint. Then I proceeded to drill holes, which was not easy. I believe I used a total of 5 different bit sizes and a lot of energy to drill through. Towards the back of the bed it seems like the bed rail was triple thickness because there were some supports welded in there, which made it much harder. All in all it mounted up well!

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    Bike Rack:
    I made a simple bike rack out of a 2x4 and some wheel mounts I bought off amazon, and mounted it to the bolts for a Hi-Lift. I will post pictures soon, I loaded it up yesterday and took a trip and it worked great. You remove the front wheels and bam, the forks mount right up on the rack. The skewers on them are pretty cheap and I might replace them with some nicer ones. http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Rac... bike mount&qid=1459536602&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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  2. Apr 1, 2016 at 10:12 AM
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    TACO in SC

    TACO in SC TuRD

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    I like it, but want to see a few photos of the bike rack you came up with.
     
  3. Apr 1, 2016 at 11:53 AM
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    goldentaco03

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    Here you go, look now. I forgot to take a pic yesterday loaded up but I hope you can get the idea from the picture.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2016 at 1:29 PM
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    boostedka

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  5. Apr 1, 2016 at 8:05 PM
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    gman2530

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    Looks Great!!!!!!! Nice clean job on wiring and switch
    Nice Skills!!!!!

    I like the bar, custom Fab??? Looks right!unnamed copy 3.jpg
     
  6. Apr 2, 2016 at 4:08 AM
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    goldentaco03

    goldentaco03 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    3in lift (Bilstein 5100, AAL), Bull Bar with halogen Hella Fogs and High Beams
    It's from relentless fabrication
     
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