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Bed Liner?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Finsterino, May 9, 2008.

  1. May 9, 2008 at 6:26 AM
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    Finsterino

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    Holy Cow - I just realized that is not a bedliner back there - that's the friggin bed! No sheet metal under it at all! And no double wall metal in the bed either. :(

    With all that weight savings, its hard to believe it is only 900 or so lbs less than a fullsize chevy 4x4.

    Any suggestions for attaching things to the bed? Sheet metal screws thru the plastic? PVC Cement?

    Does spray-on rubber bedliner stick to this stuff - awfully slippery!

    Dave
     
  2. May 9, 2008 at 6:28 AM
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    dtacow

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    Too atttach something to the bed, I'd just put a bolt with a backing plate on the other side to spread the load across more area. I wouldn't worry about bed liners, I'd just get a bed mat and be done with it.
     
  3. May 9, 2008 at 6:44 AM
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    stevedidj

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    Yeah I agree with dtacow - I put in extra D-rings from Toyota the other day and the instructions indicated to just drill the hole and use the backing plates that come with the D-rings. In the case of the D-rings, the holes are 7/16" with about a 2"x3" backing plate. Since the bed has reinforcing ribs molded into its underside, be real sure where you're drilling first so you don't run into a rib.
     
  4. May 9, 2008 at 7:56 AM
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    mjp2

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    Like everyone said, get a bed mat to stop things from sliding, use a backing plate when bolting through the bed, and you should be all set.

    I've got a hell of a lot of weight attached through the floor of the bed. If anything breaks loose you'll probably hear my screams from where-ever you are. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  5. May 9, 2008 at 10:04 AM
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    Janster

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    They should've kept the tacoma the same width & length as previous years, and did all the 'weight saving' ideas. Just think of what the gas mileage would've been if you got it LIGHTER than the previous year tacomas...??

    Get a bed mat for the bed... Nice add-on.
     
  6. May 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM
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    Khaos

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    Previous gen was to small inside IMO.
     
  7. May 9, 2008 at 10:13 AM
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    Janster-is that composite bed heavier stuff you think than regular Toyota sheetmetal? I wonder if that's one of the factors
     
  8. May 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM
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    HardCase

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    As others have said, get a bed mat. I got the Toyota one and it's real nice, although less expensive options are available. Mine says "Tacoma" on it and fits the bed perfectly, sweet, and really helps to keep stuff from sliding around.
     
  9. May 9, 2008 at 3:04 PM
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    Janster

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    I honestly don't know.... Figuring it was probably for weight reduction or cheaper to build (more profits).
     
  10. May 9, 2008 at 3:56 PM
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    Roland

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    The composite bed probably doesn't save much weight and composites are not cheap to produce. The advantages to it is that it's just as strong (if not stronger based on other sheet metal on the truck) Since all the beds are the same it doesn't have to be painted. It won't get scratched up and dented. It won't rust. It's resistant to almost anything you might spill on it.

    I'd avoid using sheet metal screws on the bed. For maximum strength where ever possible drill and bolt through backing it with a large washer. I haven't tried it but you may be able to attach things to the bed using products designed for fiberglass or epoxy items.
     
  11. May 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM
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    Ridgerunner

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    Yeah Janster I know what ya mean. Hey according to Roland's great info it sounds like you guys have a really good bed in that truck...and really good advice Roland on the screw deal-major strippage no doubt:eek:
     
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