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Bed rails attachments.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by EricGagne, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. May 23, 2017 at 9:23 AM
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    j.d.mason

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    I'm looking for some t-nuts that will fit the bed rails and are threaded for 1/2" bolts to be used with my Back Rack (headache rack). All the nuts I can see are threaded for smaller - do we know of any 1/2" threaded that still fit in our rails?
     
  2. May 23, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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    Maybe just a 1/2" nut? I can check later for you
     
  3. May 23, 2017 at 11:02 AM
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    You will need to verify dimensions but this may work.
    https://www.amazon.com/INCH-2-13-T-SLOT-NUT-3900-1204/dp/B00DVTPN7W
     
  4. Jun 22, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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    Just as an FYI to everybody, I bought these t-slot nuts off of Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B072LTS12Z/ref=pe_3034960_236394800_TE_3p_dp_1) and it was a total disaster! The nuts took a while to ship, which was fine, but when they arrived they were of terrible quality. I thought I could still make due, however once I mounted them and started threading my bolts, the soft metal that they were made of began to deform. Very quickly my bolts became stuck in the nuts, and removing them was a total PITA! Not only that, but they were so stuck onto the bolts (which were made in USA good quality bolts) that the t-slot nuts ended up completely deforming my bed rails - something that I hope I can bend back into shape but am concerned it may not work as well down the line.

    Anyway, just wanted to tell everybody to avoid these products - not sure if they devolved in quality or if they were always bad, but I don't want any of you guys & gals to go through the same headache that I am going through!
     
  5. Jul 30, 2017 at 11:28 AM
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    Trying to understand why these work better than the t-nuts. and what the spring actually does. Keeps tension on bolt to keep it from backing out?
     
  6. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:24 PM
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    Has anyone tried simply removing the bed rails completely mounting unistrut directly using the existing holes? Seems like it would easy and allow for multiple racking options. I work for an electrical distributor and have access to the full line of unistrut which seems like the way to go. Before I take the rails off, curious if anyone else has tried this?
     
  7. Aug 22, 2017 at 1:26 PM
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    sounds like a great idea...
     
  8. Aug 22, 2017 at 4:04 PM
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    It's been done. A better option would be logistics track. Would have a more finished look, more hardware options, and its fairly inexpensive. IMO that's how Toyota should have done it in the first place.
     
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  9. Aug 22, 2017 at 4:31 PM
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    It may not be pretty but here's my cheaper approach using unistrut hardware.

    Used some 3x1 aluminum channel and uni strut hardware to make some bedside mounts. I cut some longer ones for the back of bed to mount my max traxs and a few 2x12 boards. I used some shorter ones for the sides and mounted quick fist for a few other items. All material purchased locally, nothing fancey.

     
  10. Sep 8, 2017 at 8:33 PM
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    I bought these tapped T nuts off Amazon and they won't fit in the bed rail tracks beyond the bolts holding the track in place.

    Can you remove the bolts without a nut on the backside falling off or do these bolts thread into a tapped hole in the body of the bed?

    Edit: These do in fact fit in the track moving past the bolt heads. :facepalm:When you have to re-edit your first edit maybe it's a sign I should give up on posting here. The issue I had with fitment was due to the Snugtop hardware. I inserted these on the other end of the track (cab end instead of tailgate) and they fit well.



     
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  11. Mar 28, 2018 at 7:11 PM
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    I thought it better to revive this thread vs start a new one based on the similarity of the project.

    Has anyone tried mounting anything like this to a bed rail using the T nuts? I'd like to drop them down a few inches so my tri-fold cover can close when not in use. My only concern is the bottom flopping around. Is there some way to securely drill into my plastic bed to firm up the bottom?


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Taco-ROD-R...620271?hash=item3b0406ba6f:g:R4gAAOSw~gRV397y
     
  12. Mar 31, 2018 at 8:34 AM
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    There is a thread somewhere. The OP used a Rotopax Tacoma bed mount. Hard to find and not cheep. Should be easy to do with some flat aluminum/steel and the t-slot setup.

    Found it!
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/diy-fishing-rod-holder-using-rotopax-mount.272155/
     
  13. Mar 31, 2018 at 12:49 PM
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    I was thinking along the lines as that guys thread. He has the same bed cover I do. I think I could skip the rotoplex and get a small sheet of 1/4" aluminum or starboard and do something similar. My concern is that there will be movement on the lower half of the plate that is not secured.

    Is there anyway to insert threads, along the lines of a drywall anchor, into our plastic beds?
     
  14. Mar 31, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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    I would think you would be fine if you had two mounting points in the rail. If the placement is right, you could always tie it into the bolts for the cubby/110v oultlet.
     
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  15. Apr 1, 2018 at 12:32 AM
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    I like the ideas. I was eyeballing the outlet corner of the bed to mount it too. I don't use the outlet or that tiny cubby. I'll see if what I'm thinking lines up with the existing nuts, or I'll try something like the riv nuts. This may be something that I'm over thinking...

    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  16. Apr 1, 2018 at 1:33 AM
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    Bolt through with a backing plate. Don't use rivnuts.
     
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    Hot damn I knew i bought those things for a reason...I must have been drunk. I swear I opened the package and was like...what in the hell is this?
    I threw them out...whooops!!!
     
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  20. Feb 12, 2020 at 10:38 AM
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    I like this approach. What is the best source for unistrut compatible hardware? Looks like I can get really creative with this stuff. Is there a unistrut section at home depot?
     
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