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Bed Weight Suggestions

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Anchovy, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. Mar 30, 2018 at 12:19 PM
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    I've been looking for some weight to add in my bed but I don't want it to be sandbags or cynderblocks or things like that. I seen the shurtrax stuff but have wildly varying reviews. Any suggestions?
     
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    Why don't you want sandbags? Thats the cheap solution. If I were you i'd build a cheap wooden box to throw over the wheel wells and drop a few sandbags in there.
     
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    Bed mat and a metal rear bumper.
     
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    Have a local shop plasma out a sheet of 3/8'' steel to fit the bed. :spending:
     
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    Sandbags almost always rip open and just cause a huge mess. I also don't really want to deal with constructing anything since that's what I do for a living
     
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    I just have to go to my shop with a 3/8" sheet of metal, they'll use the plasma cutter lol
     
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  7. Mar 30, 2018 at 2:47 PM
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    What about tractor weights?
     
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    -high clearance rear swing out bumper
    -35" spare to match the other 4
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    done.
     
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    Why do you want to add weight? Aside from snow traction, it will just add wear and tear as well as decrease MPG.
     
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    I thought that might happen, but the two that I used this winter were great until I dumped them out. I did rope them to the D rings so they didn't slide around.
     
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    The ride quality on any truck is much better if you have weight in the bed. My truck hydroplanes like a madman in the rain. Mpg isn't going to be changed much and wear and tear on the tires isn't going to be much because the tires get rotated regularly. Also the tires I have are an LT tire that are recommended at 80 psi
     
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    The shurtrax things add 300-400 lbs in the bed and can handle 500 on top of them. They just have very mixed reviews, some say they only last one or two freeze cycles other say they've lasted for years
     
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    As was suggested, just build a nice container for the sandbags and some other things. That if the sandbag split open you don't end up with a mess. It also allows you to build something easily removable and not valuable.
     
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    Water expands when it freezes. I don't know that I'd trust a bag full of it to last very long in winter. Steel doesn't have that problem. You can get alot of weight back there for not much real estate lost. If you have access to a decent plasma cutter, I'd just have some plates cut. We have some kicking about the shop right now, 3 1/2'' 24x24''. They weight like 200 lbs apiece. Or tractor weights, 4 one hundred pound weights in back would do it.
     
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    What kind of tire are you running I have never run anything close to 80 psi. Especially in a mid sized truck with no weight in the back or pulling a trailer.

    Just because it says max psi 80 on the tire doesn’t mean that’s what your supposed to run it at
     
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    They're Cooper discoverers, I'm not running them at 80 psi but that's what they're rated for, says on the side of the tire.
     
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    Ok. I got you. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    This is the best answer. Buy 1/4” 4x8 (320lb) and you could zip cut to fit. Takes up the least amount of space.
    Edit- never mind you have acess to plasma, easy.
     

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