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composite beds

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by taco man31, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Apr 4, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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    taco man31

    taco man31 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    has anyone cracked or damaged there composite bed yet? I for one have not but sometimes i question the integrity of it. ANy pics and stories would be nice.
     
  2. Apr 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM
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    Wolfman

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    I have not. I'm not worried about it, as composite beds are not a new idea. GM had it in their Silverado and Sierra trucks until the bean counters forced them back to metal.
     
  3. Apr 4, 2010 at 7:57 AM
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    taco man31

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    you see, i bought the d-rings from toyota. They say to mount them in the lower side of the bed towards the front of the bed. I did this. Just seems kind of thin there and makes me wonder if i will get a stress crack or something.
     
  4. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:25 AM
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    BBBsti LTD

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    I prefer old school metal.
     
  5. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    ColtsTRD

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    Mines not messed up at all :woot:
     
  6. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    Pull the bed bolts, grind the flanges so that you can get the washers off them, drill out the D ring bracket holes to accommodate the bed bolts, reassemble with the D ring bracket on top of the washer, retorque the bed bolt.

    I doubt you will have to worry about the bed's strength given that course of action.

    ETA: It seems foolish to use the toyota kit as intended. Why trust a thin section of composite when you can put the stress on those T55 bolts and frame mounts? YMMV
     
  7. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    rhodehard09

    rhodehard09 sometimes nonsense is the only sense someone has

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    i rolled my 07 and the bed sustained no damage i would say its pretty strong.
     
  8. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    carmellocafe

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    Nope. :) Mine hasn't shown any sign of cracking either. That material seems to be pretty tough. I'm more concerned with how much it will fade over the years from the sunlight and other elements. :confused:
     
  9. Apr 4, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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  10. Apr 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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    The top cap on the tailgate of my 09 is cracked. Other than that no problems
     
  11. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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    ClemsonTacoma

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    I noticed yesterday, there are alot of chips in it, but I've helped my friends move and Ive moved 2x with the truck, and i've moved probably 10 weight sets, so it's prob from 45lb weights bouncing around
     
  12. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM
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    coffeesnob

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    My salesman told me you can take a cinder block and throw it as hard as you can on the bed in sub zero temps and it will not hurt it at all.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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    Sorry but salesmen are full of :crapstorm: I know the bed is strong but I won't do that.
     
  14. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    Kyouto42

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    The only thing that's happened to mine is I cracked the surface a bit... not all the way through. I had a heavy ass 700r4 transmission in the back and I burned tires through a left turn (forgot I still had it back there lol). Slammed against it pretty hard... honestly I'm surprised it didn't do more I doubt any of my old metal's would have held up as well.
     
  15. Apr 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    Okkine

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    I have some scratches from a bed frame sliding around, but that's about it.
     
  16. Apr 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    I was working at a toyota stealership when the 2ng generations came out. We let people take a sledgehammer to the bed of our parts delivery truck. You may mark it, but it doesn't break.
     
  17. Apr 4, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    I had to remove mine to put the flatbed on. There was some damage to it such as cracks and breaks. I did have on heck of a time cutting it up. I used a sawzall to cut it in pieces because I could not break it up at all. It is tough, more than I expected.
     
  18. Apr 4, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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    DrRabbitFurHead

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    I've beat the snot out of mine. Hauled tons and tons of rock, mulch, top soil, abused it with shovels and rakes and its showing signs of scratching but it's holding up well. I just wish that Toyota would have used countersunk screws near the tail gate so that my shovel wouldn't keep hitting the damn button head screws. My screws are white from my shovel hitting them so many times.

    Funny thing... I'm more concerned with my crummy leaf springs than I am with my composite bed.
     
  19. Apr 5, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    taco man31

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    what about the side walls?
     
  20. Apr 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    It scratches kind of easy, but so does paint on a metal bed. I put a rubber mat in the back to protect it and keep things from sliding around. I'm also curious about fading over the years. I guess we'll see.
     
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