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Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by piercedtiger, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. May 10, 2017 at 8:31 PM
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    Cmurder

    Cmurder 2011 TX TRD Offroad

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    nothing cool
    I posted this a in a few other threads. But it's my free bed light mod. If you have a Harbor Freight store. If not, probably any light with a magnet will work.

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  2. May 10, 2017 at 8:40 PM
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    Dhannah

    Dhannah 2017 Tacoma OR DCSB

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    We have these at Walmart! Good idea are they water proof and they just snap on right?
     
  3. May 11, 2017 at 7:32 AM
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    Cmurder

    Cmurder 2011 TX TRD Offroad

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    nothing cool
    I'm almost positive they aren't "water proof". But I park in a garage at home and work so they don't see a whole lot of moisture. I've washed my truck plenty of times the last few years and I've never had a problem.

    They have a magnet on the back so they stick right on that area of our trucks.

    I should also mention these are free at Harbor Freight with a coupon. I've probably went through 7 or more the last five years of owning my truck. Not because they've died but because I have two baby girls that play in my truck bed and have taken them. If I paid $5 or so for them I'd probably care more about them. But can't beat free.
     
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  4. May 11, 2017 at 7:31 PM
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    Dhannah

    Dhannah 2017 Tacoma OR DCSB

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    Anyone know where to find to link your mirror back up camera onto touch screen? Stock touch screen.
     
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  5. May 19, 2017 at 6:55 AM
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    TartanEagle

    TartanEagle Well-Known Member

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    Making use of a pocket on my new Softopper. I wanted an additional, but loose, air hose to use with my OBA. Originally I was going to carry the coiled one I already owned because it matched the color of my truck (lucky coincidence). Then I noticed a slotted pocket at the front of my Softopper and had the idea that I could use that pocket for storage AND let it help hold the front panel in place. (The hose won't allow highway-speed-airflow to pull the panel up & out of the bed-cab gap. Yes, I did use the supplied Velcro at the front inside bed rail. The hose weight is just a secondary anchor.) The coiled hose wouldn't fit, but another I had would - just not so lucky w/ the color match.
    I took extra measures to prevent vibration or movement from letting the metal QD ends of the hose, cut/wear/abrade the Softopper fabric. Half of those measures also prevent dirt & debris from getting into the hose or contaminating the QD; = rubber caps. The other half was solved by applying "Sugru". A moldable putty like product during application, which then cures to rubber. Once the ends were covered, I slipped the hose into the slot and there it sits.
    I may install something to keep the pocket ends closed, but as yet I'm not seeing any sign of the hose migrating out of place. Note: Most all QDs are the same size. -Most- But if you try to make use of a larger one, be sure you can get it into the gap between the bed and cab. The forth photo shows the hose protruding a bit - that's for the photo. It is tucked up when driving.
    https://www.amazon.com/Sugru-Moldab...495202065&sr=8-4&keywords=sugru+moldable+glue
     
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  6. May 19, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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    Sprocket1505

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    So I've done a few things in the past week. Here's what
    dose this work on the 3rd gen?
     
  7. May 19, 2017 at 3:36 PM
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    duncnasty

    duncnasty #FNGFTMFL

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    Bed rail mounted to bottom of truck bed


    Got antsy about a project i've been thinking about doing for a while, so i did it lol.
    Took the bed rail off the bed (the rail below the rear window since i never had a use for it anyways)


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    cut it in half




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    figured out where i wanted them (each side of the bed in line with the edge of the wheel wells so they were "out of the way" but easy to get to and use) and drilled through the existing holes in the rails



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    and then mounted them with some hardware i had laying around (those are bolts, not screws. they just have screw heads on them lol)




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    now i just need to drill an additional hole at the far end of each one so i can secure that end down also. Probably going to use eye bolts and get some extra T slot nuts to throw in them to use as tie downs.

    i know i could have went and bought a rail tie down system but why not just use the rail i already have thats not being used
     
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  8. May 23, 2017 at 9:25 AM
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    Subbing for some weekend ideas
     
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  9. Jun 5, 2017 at 5:45 PM
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  10. Jun 5, 2017 at 8:50 PM
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    Kens04Taco

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    Led cup holders and bottom/top compartments in center console. Bought the led strip at a surplus place and cut each section out for each place. Completely disassembled center console and hid wires.
    Total cost 9$ for leds
    Everything else I had
    Solder
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    5 minute appoxy

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  11. Jun 11, 2017 at 2:07 PM
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    I'm not sure if this belongs here, but here goes..

    I've gotten into the tendency to keep the toolbox on my truck unlocked. Late night fire calls, grab the gear and go.. it happens sometimes. It's a bad habit, and has recently bit me in the rear when someone 'acquired' my small tool kit I had in there while I was at work.

    When I replaced my tool set, I decided to make it a little harder for someone to walk off with my hard earned equipment. I bought a length of steel braided cable from Lowes, ran a loop through a part of the toolbox and crimped it, then made another loop, and fed it through the handles on my tool kits. Its not theft proof.. but it will prevent someone from just walking off with your stuff effortlessly.

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  12. Jun 11, 2017 at 7:10 PM
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    No pics
     
  13. Jun 11, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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    JayDub Well-Known Member

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    They're showing up fine on my end, but I'll reupload them when i get back to my PC.
     
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  14. Jun 12, 2017 at 1:48 PM
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    DrFunker

    DrFunker is Funkified!

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    +1
     
  15. Jun 12, 2017 at 4:36 PM
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    Apologies y'all.. something didn't like my pic hosting site. Changed it, should be working now :thumbsup:
     
  16. Jun 21, 2017 at 2:47 PM
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    TacoMT

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    Excellent post super easy about 20 mins and great mod! Now I can use my fogs instead of my headlights!
    Thanks a ton


     
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  17. Jun 22, 2017 at 8:41 AM
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    That spring nut idea is a pretty good one - might have to use that to mount my headache rack - I bought some cheap channel T-nuts off of Amazon and they completely F***'d up my bolts and my bed rails unfortunately!
     
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  18. Jun 22, 2017 at 9:30 PM
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    steveo27 Ask me about my weiner

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    The same shit everyone else has.
    I use spring nuts for all my bed rail attachments. Cant beat em.
     
  19. Jun 27, 2017 at 9:45 PM
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    ANDROOO

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    Woah that's sick, but are they super bright!? I feel like they would be too bright :spy:
     
  20. Jun 27, 2017 at 10:55 PM
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    Kens04Taco

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    The center console (upper and lower) is the perfect amount of light. The cup holders are a bit bright at the moment. When I put the clear lenses over the holes it will defuse the light and then the cup holders will tame down bit.
     

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