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Bed light bar with toolbox?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Forster46, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Jan 3, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    Interested in either buying or making a bed light bar to go right behind my cab. For a couple rear facing lights and antenna mount. Trying to figure out how to make it work with a toolbox though.. I would like the bar between the toolbox and cab, but want my toolbox to be able to open fully. I have a low profile toolbox.

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    Best picture I have of the box..

    Any ideas or how I can make this work? I thought about mounting lights straight to the top of the toolbox but don't really want to..
     
  2. Jan 3, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    If you mounted lights right behind the cab, they wouldn't really do much to light the bed...the box would block the light - unless you're just trying to light what's behind you beyond the bed. Maybe mount to the back side of the box to light the bed. Or go crazy and cut some holes in the box and flush mount them in the back side of the box?
     
  3. Jan 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    I designed a headache rack that would go in front of the box and was able to hold a couple reverse lights, that way the bed is lit up as well. But I wasn't sure if i wanted a full headache rack, and just thought a bedbar may work. Let me see if I still have the drawing I made..
     
  4. Jan 3, 2012 at 6:53 PM
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  5. Jan 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM
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    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    Yeah I wouldn't be doing the lights on top, I just threw that in. But the two hanging down would probably just be some cheapo fog lights from autozone. And the mesh would be pretty thin mesh, where you can see through it easily.

    I would also add in a couple antenna mounts, and I will have two amber rear-facing LED strobes mounted somewhere.
     
  6. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM
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    subbed!
     
  7. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    I'll probably start building this next week. Not a big project but I'll make a thread on my progress.
     
  8. Jan 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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    I made this Rear Bed bar mount for my friend who uses his rear bed a lot. It slides in the stock rails of the 05-2011 model truck. You can position it and tighten it down anywhere along the railing system. It works well, Just throwing it out there if your interested. I have an extra one at my shop and it might possibly do what you need if you can't figure any other way. just let me know if you got any questions, ill give you a good deal on it

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  9. Jan 4, 2012 at 3:28 AM
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    What if you had that bar on the side of the box closest to the tailgate?
     
  10. Jan 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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    That would work fine, I was just worried of it getting in the way.
     
  11. Jan 4, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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    That was my wonder too
     
  12. Jan 4, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    I think I will go the route with the headache rack, so I can have my aux lights mounted higher, and have somewhere to mount some LED strobes
     
  13. Jan 5, 2012 at 7:29 AM
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    I plan on doing the same thing here in the near future. I have a design started just need to get the final dimension of it. I am also planning on making it so my tool box can be easy removed to be able to use the whole bed.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM
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    This is how mine is designed as well. I don't have the actual design on my computer, just the rough drawing I made.

    Mind uploading yours if you have it? Wouldn't mind seeing a few others.
     
  15. Jan 9, 2012 at 5:38 AM
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    Yeah I will get pictures of it up I'm not done yet. Lost some of it when the computer crashed. But will finish it soon.
     
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    Here are a couple pictures of it. I will be finishing the design soon. I want to start building it soon. I will post the finished design when I'm done. Should be in the next few days.

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  17. Jan 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    What did you use to design that?
     
  18. Jan 11, 2012 at 6:31 AM
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    Solidworks we have it were I work. I'm going to try and get the last of my dimensions today at lunch to finish the design up and figure out a material list. And figure out my quick release for my tool box.
     
  19. Jan 11, 2012 at 6:39 AM
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    I took some 3" angle and mounted it just in front of the toolbox. One side has the antenna/light on it, the other just a light.

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    That looks damn good!
     
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