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Best bed modifications to make hauling dirt bikes, surf boards, groceries and ski equipment?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BakingEggs, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. Jun 21, 2018 at 4:04 AM
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    BakingEggs

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    Hi guys, so I have been researching everything under the sun and every time I think I found what I need I come across something else that would suit me better!

    My original plan was to get a tonneau soft cover and put the Hi rise roof racks by KBVoodoo on them.

    Then I came across a $300 softopper on craigslist...

    Then I started looking into the camper shell..

    Then I started looking at the Avid 3 bar or 2 bar with cargo carrier...

    Lastly, I've decided I need input from you all to make my final decision.

    So here's my question:

    1. Does one really need a tonneau cover? Most things I put in the bed wouldn't be covered by the tonneau anyhow. Does the tonneau protect the bed or anything? I already have a bed mat.

    2. What's the easiest to remove/install 2 bar or 3 bar setup, and will it work with a tonneau cover?

    3. Would you get more use out of a 3 bar or 2 bar with cargo carrier?

    4. For hauling motorcycles, what's the best way to put them in a short bed Tacoma? I have a KTM 300EXC (231 lbs dry) and a Yamaha R6 (366 lbs dry)... I didn't want to put too much stress on the bed.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. I need to buy something so I can get back to work and not drooling over Tacoma set ups lol
     
  2. Jun 21, 2018 at 4:10 AM
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    Bone stock like Chicken in the Crock Pot .Dakkars,305/70/16 MT's, Extended length Fox Coilovers, Fox RR rear Shocks, Total Chaos UCA's, Dakar Leaf packs, LED Map and Dome, Breather relocate, Slimer from Ghost-busters starut up screen, Vent Visors, LED Pod's on Ditch Brackets soon, Level 8 Strike 6 Wheels, New MT Tars - Fierce Attitude, SOS front bumper -steel, SOS bed rack, LED white marker lights, LED reverse, TRD exhaust, Wheelers Super Bumps up front, SOS sliders bolt on with fill plates, Csjummper2003 White/Amber DTRL and white parking led bulbs, RTT rack basket Sold 2013, sold 2014 Tacoma. All listed stuff was on the '14 Bed Mat, WeatherTech Rain Guards, Ultra Gauge, TW Sticker amongst others, Useless Free OEM Bug Deflector, Flyzeye, OME Kit with 885's and Dakar and Nitro Shocks front and Rear . Tailgate mod, SOS Concepts 1/4" Skid Plate, White LED's interior Dome and Maps, Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar 275/70/17, Wet Okole Seat Covers - full piping in Charcoal Grey, Lamin-X Green Fog light film, 17"x8 -10 offset Level 8 MK6 wheels in Gun Metal Finish, SOS Concepts Sliders W/ Kickout 12/21/14, Stubby antenna, LED reverse lights, lift removed 2/20/15 - making changes and trying to make up my mind
    didn't read through it all :anonymous:

    But for Hauling/Tie Down I'd get a set of Bed Stiffeners - gives some additional points of attachment while adding some strength to the bedsides
     
  3. Jun 21, 2018 at 4:12 AM
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    Haha
    Haha I don't blame you, appreciate it man.
     
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  4. Jun 21, 2018 at 4:15 AM
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    scottalot

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    Bone stock like Chicken in the Crock Pot .Dakkars,305/70/16 MT's, Extended length Fox Coilovers, Fox RR rear Shocks, Total Chaos UCA's, Dakar Leaf packs, LED Map and Dome, Breather relocate, Slimer from Ghost-busters starut up screen, Vent Visors, LED Pod's on Ditch Brackets soon, Level 8 Strike 6 Wheels, New MT Tars - Fierce Attitude, SOS front bumper -steel, SOS bed rack, LED white marker lights, LED reverse, TRD exhaust, Wheelers Super Bumps up front, SOS sliders bolt on with fill plates, Csjummper2003 White/Amber DTRL and white parking led bulbs, RTT rack basket Sold 2013, sold 2014 Tacoma. All listed stuff was on the '14 Bed Mat, WeatherTech Rain Guards, Ultra Gauge, TW Sticker amongst others, Useless Free OEM Bug Deflector, Flyzeye, OME Kit with 885's and Dakar and Nitro Shocks front and Rear . Tailgate mod, SOS Concepts 1/4" Skid Plate, White LED's interior Dome and Maps, Goodyear Wrangler MTR Kevlar 275/70/17, Wet Okole Seat Covers - full piping in Charcoal Grey, Lamin-X Green Fog light film, 17"x8 -10 offset Level 8 MK6 wheels in Gun Metal Finish, SOS Concepts Sliders W/ Kickout 12/21/14, Stubby antenna, LED reverse lights, lift removed 2/20/15 - making changes and trying to make up my mind
    :thumbsup:

    had to mention them as I was just admiring the Total Chaos ones yesterday.. Flat mount on the bed floor and more attachment points.. Win win.
    Another thing to look at is T-Slot nuts that slide into the bed rails - can thread I-bolts into those
     

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