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Composite Bed Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TACODACKS, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Jul 8, 2010 at 12:56 AM
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    TACODACKS

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    The dealer sent me pictures of my truck (I'm Iraq and haven't seen it in real life yet:() but it made me think..Tacoma's have a composite bed, but is there metal underneath it? Or is it the composite material all the way through? Thanks.
     
  2. Jul 8, 2010 at 12:59 AM
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    No metal just composite material all the way through, but its pretty strong. BTW Thank you for your sevice.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2010 at 12:59 AM
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    no metal. except the sub frame in the back.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2010 at 1:01 AM
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    Awesome. Thanks for the answers. I'll be home in two weeks for good, so it will be nice to finally get my truck after lurking on this site for over a year.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2010 at 1:07 AM
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    The Dacks are awesome. I live about 20 minutes from them (Fort Drum) and go there all the time. You could go every weekend and never do the same thing twice. Lake Placid is a real nice area to go to for a weekend.
     
  6. Jul 8, 2010 at 4:40 AM
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    if you have any worries about the composite bed, don't worry. theyre great. ive chipped mine (if it was metal there would be a massive dent in it) scratched it and it does fine, easier to clean then metal, and lighter. when i first bought the truck i was very skeptical of the composite bed, but i love it now.
     
  7. Jul 8, 2010 at 4:46 AM
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    Did you buy your truck at Waite Toyota? They had over 40 in stock when I purchased mine in May. Their service is excellent by the way!
     
  8. Jul 8, 2010 at 4:47 AM
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    A friend with a first gen (they have metal beds) used to give me crap about my "plastic" bed, but the manual says i can carry the same load as him, so I don't care what its made out of. I'd come back with the fact that its lighter and I don't need to spend money rhino lining it.

    Besides, plastics are strong...case in point: kevlar!
     
  9. Jul 8, 2010 at 4:51 AM
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    Kevlar is less about the material and more about the weave. The ancient Chinese used tightly woken silk as protection against arrows...

    And yeah- I wouldn't worry about the bed. Throw a bed mat in the back to control items from slipping around, maybe a bed extender or cargo divider, and you'll be all set.
     
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    Ok, ok, you got me. Way to kill my point.:D
     
  11. Jul 8, 2010 at 5:03 AM
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    I'm glad I read this. I really thought it was a liner. Man the stuff you learn on TW.
     
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    get home safely brother! enjoy the Taco!
     
  13. Jul 9, 2010 at 6:56 AM
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    Yeah. I am working with Jessica. I'm picking it up in two weeks. I would agree, they have been awesome to deal with, beating out Nye and Burdick Toyotas as well.
     
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    I have absolutely no doubt the SMC bed is superior to a metal bed when the overall tally is taken. A bed mat is a really good idea though (reminds me I need to buy one).
     
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    Well I feel a lot more confident in the truck bed now. I don't think I'll be abusing it too much, but it's surprising what bikes can do.
     
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    I keep recommending them to people...but I still haven't gotten one for this truck yet....:eek:
     
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    The bed has alot of linear strength but is like paper if you want to drill into it. I did for my CB FireStik.

    It does fade but hey its a pick up bed. And I like the fact that it doesnt rust when you scratch/ gouge it.

    It is very light though, which is why the truck is so light for its size.
     
  18. Jul 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM
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    If you are put a bike in the bed you will need to buy D-ring.
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    you may want buy four D-ring and use the bed bolt and d-ring to tie down your bike?

    what type of bike?
     
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    The D rings and tie downs are coming with the truck. And by bike, I mean Trek Madone and Kona Stinky. I actually am going to build a removable bike rack with two Yakima Blockheads and some wood.
     
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    The plastic bed is stronger than most of us think, the tail gate , however is very weak. Someone said it is only rated for 200 lbs. Lots of posts about them bending under load. I would not jump on the tailgate . I removed the plastic face piece and reinforced the underlying grid with metal bars, but I still don't trust it.
     
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