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

  1. Jun 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    evh5150

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    Just did the fog light mod, it took 10 minutes tops. Thanks
     
  2. Jun 13, 2012 at 7:46 AM
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    Rupp1 "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

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    Saw a set of these bed rail tie downs on eBay for $29. Built my own set (of 4) for just under 14 dollars.

    All that is needed:
    4- 3/8" unistrut spring nuts
    4- 3/8" short eye bolts
    12- 3/8" fender washers

    They fit great. Slide when loose. And you can unscrew them and they will pop in anywhere on the bedrail.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Jun 13, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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    MaineYota

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    I like your ingenuity, but those pics scare me a bit.

    It looks like the nut that's actually IN the rail doesn't sit behind the rolled steel edges of the rail, but wedges between them. Not a huge deal under light tightening/light loads, but too much torsion on those puppies while they're under load and you'll pinch/crease a section of your rail.

    Worst-case could find them bending the rail enough to let them slip out.

    Is there a way to put a couple washers in that rail between the nut and the rail? That might solve the problem right nicely (sorry about the grammar - I'm from Maine, after all.)

     
  4. Jun 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
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    This is usually used in construction - usually electrical. The 4- 3/8" unistrut spring nuts fit in the unistrut - that is what they are made for. 3/8 bolt threads into the spring nut just as it is supposed to do. Nice job.
     
  5. Jun 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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    piercedtiger

    piercedtiger [OP] Devout Atheist

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    There're probably channel nuts. I've seen them at Fastenal. They have grooves near the ends to lock into the bed rail channel.
     
  6. Jun 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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    Rich91710

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    Unistrut fail

    The spring goes on the opposite side from the bolt. The spring holds the nut in position until the bolt is tightened.

    Reversed as shown....
    The grooves are on the wrong side.
     
  7. Jun 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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    When I did mine, I used half inch unistrut nuts and ground them a little on the bench grinder. I eliminated the spring though. Didn't need it. I did use washers on the inside of the rail to lock it into the notches in the rail. Keeps it from migrating down the rail. Nice clean look to the op though.
     
  8. Jun 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM
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    [​IMG]here is another option. Used one of the cheap stake pocket bed tie downs found for about 4 bucks at auto part stores. Ground down the nut and removed the rubber block. Looks and works great
     
  9. Jun 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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  10. Jun 19, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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    There is a black connector in the one fuse block under the dash that's leads to the dome light I recommend splicing from there. I have to do a write up on it I've just been busy as hell
     
  11. Jun 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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    Write up on what exactly?
     
  12. Jun 20, 2012 at 5:09 AM
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    Sorry that post can be deleted I posted it in the wrong forum
     
  13. Jun 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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    Delete it yourself.

    Edit > Delete Post > Confirm (don't put in a reason for deletion).
     
  14. Jun 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM
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    Great idea!!!
     
  15. Jul 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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    replica9000

    replica9000 Just your average meatbag.

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    So I'm not really a fan of the stock bottle jack or the breaker bar. Went out and bought some better replacements.

    4 Ton Hydraulic Bottle Jack - Under $20
    1/2" Drive 18" Ratcheting Breaker Bar - Under $25
    19mm x 1/2" Drive Deep Wall Socket - About $5

    The bottle jack I bought extends about 3" shorter than the factory jack, but most of us lifted Tacos are probably shoving a block of wood or brick under the jack anyways. It's all tucked in where the factory jack goes, even using the rubber things to prevent rattling.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Jul 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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    Great idea for those who want or need replacements. Will you list the sources for the stuff that you bought?
     
  17. Jul 12, 2012 at 8:14 AM
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    replica9000

    replica9000 Just your average meatbag.

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    Updated my post with links to the products.
     
  18. Jul 19, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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    Just a FYI, for someone who may not know, but for some models of Tacoma's the wheel lugs are 21mm. So, of course, some may require a 21mm x 1/2" Drive Deep Wall Socket. Hate to see anyone swap out the factory and have the wrong size for their application. Because when you really need it, it'll be in a 107°F blizzard amidst a wildfire on the side of the road at 3:00 in the morning.

    I always carry both sizes at minimum. Some lower end trailers use 19mm. My Tacoma just happens to also have a 17mm >thin wall< socket, because I needed it once (hot chick in Audi) and didn't have it. Won't let that happen again! LoL
     
  19. Jul 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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    replica9000 Just your average meatbag.

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    Definitely a good idea for anyone to check their rim/lugs to buy the appropriate socket to make sure it can fit on the lugs, and inside the rim. Also make sure it fits on the key for locking lug nuts, if they are used. I only still have that pouch in my truck to I can drop the spare if necessary.
     
  20. Jul 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM
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