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DIY Bed "bar"

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 06rubi, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Apr 15, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    06rubi

    06rubi [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I started making a bed "bar" For the Tacoma today. My plans for it is to support the rear tire carrier I am making. But it can work as a simple DIY bed bar for bed lights, CB antennae and D-rings. I used 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" x1/8" angle, 4.5" angle grinder, T30 torx socket, Tape measure and a drill with bits.

    First remove the bed rail with a T30 torx socket.
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    Measure and cut the angle to the desired length. Measure the holes remembering that the inner diameter is not the same as the outside of the angle. I used a piece that I cut to mark and measure. Then i used the bed rail as I guide to mark the holes.
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    Once you are sure the angle is marked correctly drill your holes with a 9/32 bit then you can use a step bit to make each hole fit better if your measurements were a bit off.
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    Next install using the same bolts that the bed bar uses. I fabed up a simple bracket for a bed light or a CB antennae (note the CB antennae need to be grounded properly this is just an example of what you can do). You can also use some D-rings for extra tie downs. Then of course paint! I am welding my light mounts, CB antennae and tire carrier mounts still so I havent painted it yet.
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  2. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:14 PM
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    MJonaGS32

    MJonaGS32 MJ on a GS

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    nice! DIY always kick ass
     
  3. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:21 PM
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    Sigi

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    i like!!!
     
  4. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM
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    can i ask why you would want to cover up your track that can hold the cletes and stuff.... :? I have my bed light and my cb mounted into the rail and i can still put the cletes on there.. as tie downs...
     
  5. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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    06rubi

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    I removed the bed bar completey and going to replace It with this. I'm building a tire/hi-lift in bed rack and that is part of my base. Just figured I'd give people an idea of different options to mount stuff.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM
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    jackrules

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    i'm all for different!!! I just really love my bed rails haha...

    this seems like a much more sturdy way of mounting... the bed rails don't seem too strong when i put a lot of torq on them
     
  7. Apr 17, 2011 at 4:27 PM
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    JLink

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    looks good!
     
  8. Apr 17, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    Foihdzas

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    I like it!
     
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