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Drilling in bed ?? Not sure

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by HappyHour, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Oct 4, 2019 at 9:47 AM
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    HappyHour

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    Hey Taco Lovers. LOL it's taco day.

    If you look at the pic, I had my antenna mounted on the rail, but I need to move it. Do you see the center holes that came with the truck? I want to drill holes in this plate too for the antenna mount. Also in yellow, are little screws. Can I simply unscrew these and this whole plate come off? Has anyone drilled into this plate before?

    Thanks.

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  2. Oct 4, 2019 at 9:50 AM
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    I would personally suggest getting a corner mount instead of drilling through that piece.

    If you unscrew all 5 screws along the bottom where your yellow arrows point, the whole thing will lift off.
     
  3. Oct 4, 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    I agree with this. I use this bed rail for a rear facing pods and cargo net
     
  5. Oct 4, 2019 at 10:32 AM
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    It can be had for a little over $30 if you shop around. Tacomaworld provided a link to it on Amazon.com. The price there used to be about $35 but seems to have increased. Shop wisely.

    That's the track that is missing from the front of 3rd gen Tacomas. Then as suggested, buy some corner brackets. No drilling is needed.
     
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    @CrispyTacoLover I saw that quick fix move, lol.

    @HappyHour Definitely get the rail and a corner brackets, or some antenna bracket if anything. This way no permanent damage happens to that metal piece. If anything does happen you can always remove it and bring it back to stock.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM
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    Also note that drilling there is not a good idea since there are nut clips on the bed wall that the header and accessory rails bolt into. Beyond that if you do drill, use a drill stop so that you don't knick the cab or worse.

    :cheers:
     
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  8. Oct 4, 2019 at 12:01 PM
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    That metal piece actually reinforces the bed and is super thin. Drilling holes in the box section will only weaken it, but if you must do it, do it from the front (like the 2 OEM holes for the tonneau) and not the top. It’s to strength the bed from flexing into the cab, so drilling in the front won’t hurt, but drilling in the top will.
    As others said, there are better alternatives. And BTW, that’s a $200 piece from Toyota Incase you wan to go back to stock after drilling.
     

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