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Bed storage solution - DCLB or AccessCab

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Osteology, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Dec 4, 2019 at 7:27 AM
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    Osteology

    Osteology [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Given that I often camp with my three boys, I wanted some form of bed storage that was secure, but does not interfere with the bed rail system needed to mount my Yakima rack (Could not use a typical crossover truck box). Thought I would post this solution, as I haven’t seen it in other threads discussing bed storage.

    My goals:
    1. Low enough that the front bed-rail could be added later
    2. Maintain a usable amount of bed space.
    3. The box can be locked
    4. When locked, the box cannot be removed from the bed.
    5. When needed, the box can be removed easily
    I found this box online from Northern Tool and have not seen another truck box like it. It is built by BetterBuilt but only sold through Northern Tool. It fits in the space just in front of the wheel wells on a DCLB or Access Cab Tacoma.

    Northern Tool
    Model #36217131 (or, #36017130 in silver)
    48.5 wide x 13 deep x 11.5 tall
    $279.99
    https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200665781_200665781

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    “Feet” were made with a piece of 3” x 4” x 29” rectangular aluminum tube (0.125 wall) cut in half at an angle to produce 2 pieces, each 15” on top and 14” on the bottom. The feet were bolted to the bottom of the box to line up with the bed ribs and leave enough room on the ends for the attachment of the box to the bed bolts.

    The 15” length provides two inches of needed clearance when the lid opens (actually only requires about 1.5 inches of clearance, but 2” was a round number and allows muck boots to be stored upside down easily).

    The 3” height allows limited long items to fit under the toolbox and space for the hold-down bolts which anchor the box to the truck bed bolts.

    The 4” width allows each foot to span two ribs of the bed for a solid base.

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    Tie-down points were added under the front bed bolts (T-55 torx socket needed) which is located below the toolbox but just outside of the “feet.” Since I was picking up sliders at CaliRaised LED, I grabbed some of their tie-down brackets – they do not fold, but for this application, they work great. D-rings would also work fine and may be cheaper.

    Threaded hooks run from the tie-downs into the base of the toolbox at a slight rearward angle, pulling the box down as well as forward against the front bed wall. Angled washers and some scrap steel plate distribute the force and align the nut inside of the toolbox. Removing the box requires taking off the two nuts and lifting the box/leg out – I took it out yesterday to move some large items and it took about 5 minutes.

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  2. Dec 4, 2019 at 7:31 AM
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    mrretep

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    This is great! I've been looking for something like this for a while now. Now I know what tool box to buy.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2019 at 7:38 AM
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    Osteology

    Osteology [OP] Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, I got the 3x4 aluminum tube from Metal Supermarkets - they have a local store ordered and picked up locally, no shipping. Paid about $42 for both pieces with the angled cut.

    I think they are franchised and appear to be widespread
    https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/store-finder/
     
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  4. Dec 4, 2019 at 7:39 AM
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    dmurph1996

    dmurph1996 Terrible time to give up beer for lent...

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    at 25lbs that's not bad at all
     
  5. Dec 4, 2019 at 8:58 AM
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    AstoriaTRD

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    Good move on the Alum. rust and weight wise......
     
  6. Dec 24, 2019 at 1:51 PM
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    Steve60

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  7. Dec 24, 2019 at 3:34 PM
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    MidWestTRDPro

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    As much as $ will allow
    So, will this not fit in a DCSB?
     
  8. Dec 24, 2019 at 4:35 PM
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    Steve60

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    That Northern Tool box that @Osteology posted will not fit between the wheel wells of a short bed. The small UWS box I posted will, but it’s quite a bit smaller.
     
  9. Dec 27, 2019 at 5:51 AM
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    Osteology

    Osteology [OP] Well-Known Member

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    That is correct, at 48 inches it's wider than the wheel wells, just barely fits in front of them on the 6ft bed.
     
  10. Dec 27, 2019 at 7:58 AM
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    DaveEEE

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    2" lift, Gibson exhaust, Pro grill, pro wheels, pop & lock tail gate lock
     
  11. Dec 27, 2019 at 8:01 AM
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    That's a slick looking setup.
     
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