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how much weight can safely fit in my bed

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by brg88tx, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. Mar 6, 2010 at 6:55 AM
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    brg88tx

    brg88tx [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i have a 03 tacoma prerunner 4 door v6 truck with the 5 foot bed. i need to pick up some dirt for a project. the dirt place said a yard is 3000 lbs. i was thinking about getting a half yard. can you safely put 1,500 lbs of dirt in the bed? thanks.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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    standard payload for the 4 door is 1674 lbs.
     
  3. Mar 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    Material weight is dependent on moisture percentage & volume. Thier machines bucket is about 1/2 cu yd usually. One bucket should be ok. Too much can affect braking, steering & suspension ability.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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    i have put 2200lb in the bed with stock springs. Plus myself and stuff in the cab. I have a access cab so I have slightly less cab weight too. I was just catious while driving. Make sure your tires have their full capactity of air. Or at least 50psi if they're rated for it. If you have P metric tires then you tires will give before your suspension does. Just be carefull when turning, hitting bumps, and give yourslef extra braking time
     
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  5. Mar 6, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    Will Prerunner

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    I Had a cubic yard of sand (about 2700lbs) in my 01 dblcab and it wasnt a good experience. The truck felt like it was going to roll on turns and the breaks couldn't stop the truck.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    DO NOT OVERLOAD...

    It would be smarter and safer to make 2 rounds than try to carry a full yard in anything smaller than a 3/4 ton.....neither my old Ranger or any of my Tacomas have seen more than 1/2 yard of anything;mulch,sand or rock.....
    Will Prerunner NAILED IT.....BUT once you get that "Oh $hit" ,no brakes; it can be TOO LATE......

    Sorry for the large YELL BUT I "Play" in the "Dirt" for a living and have seen "deadly" results from "Oh $hit" never mind broken parts;both vehicle and body.....

    S
     
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  7. Mar 8, 2010 at 7:12 AM
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    thanks for the replies. i just went with a half yard (approx 1500 lbs) and that was plenty. ass was saggin.
     
  8. Jun 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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    What's the weight for an xtra cab v6? just curious
     
  9. Jun 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM
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    For a 2002 4X4 XtraCab V6 auto, the spec max payload (people, equipment, cargo combined) is 1560 lbs.
     
  10. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:19 PM
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  11. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:49 PM
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    hmmm im surprised the double cab can haul more than the xtd cab, since it's the same engine but the truck is less weight overall.
     
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    It's only a surprise until you realize those figures are for different engines and drivetrains ...

    The circa 1670 lb. payload limit cited earlier applies to a 2002 4-cylinder PreRunner Double Cab.

    The spec max payload for a 2002 V6 4X4 Double Cab is 1395 lbs.
     
  13. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM
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    actually thats kinda more surprising. So the 4 cyl dbl-cab actually has a higher payload rating than the v6 xtd cab? that's interesting. not that it really matters, 1560 is enough for me. still curious though.
     
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    Not really surprising ... A 2002 4WD V6 XtraCab outweighs a 2WD 4-cylinder Double Cab by about 270 lbs.
     
  15. Jun 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    i once put six squares of shingles and six squares of roofing paper as well some hardware, although I only carried it for five miles never going over 35 mph. I wouldn't do it again however, the load limits that are set by people much smarter than me and trying to find a way arounfd it could spell problems for my truck . I found that for most of my projects that require heavy loads most suppliers/vendors delivery options are worth the extra costs.
     
  16. Jun 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    Is it safe to assume this would be the same payload for my 5-speed 1998 TRD Ext cab?

    (sorry to hijack, I was just curious as I have to start hauling mulch soon)
     
  17. Mar 1, 2018 at 8:31 AM
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    OK I have a third-generation Tacoma 2017 V6 4x4 With the XSP a package and NItto tires. I just carried 3056 pounds of rock edging 20 miles west suspension on the axles and all was good. I just drove extra careful
     
  18. Mar 1, 2018 at 9:45 AM
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    There are several threads on this already, but suffice to say the answer is:

    Not much.

    Tacomas never were designed to be heavy payload vehicles. "Technically", depending on the type of truck you have (double cab, regular cab, etc...) as long as you don't exceed the GVWR which is about 5100 pounds for the 1st gen Tacomas, you "should" be fine. Good luck getting 1400 pounds of anything in the bed of a tacoma, though...

    However, when I put 4 or 5 bags of concrete in the bed, it sags quite a bit. Some of that is likely worn out springs, sure, but even a new truck can't take all that much in the bed (safely).

    Some say you can put airbags on the rear to increase the capacity, and that just isn't true. NOTHING will increase the capacity of these trucks. Airbags will help the truck sag less under a given load, but you can't increase the weight capacity. The GVWR does not change no matter what you do to it.

    So, if you want to carry heavy things, you have 2 choices: get a bigger truck, or a trailer, but again, the MAX total weight of truck+trailer (GCWR) is like 9000# for some models (xtracab 4x4 v6). So if you have a 5000# trailer, even though the truck has a GVWR of 5100#, with a trailer the truck can't weigh more than 4000.
     
  19. Mar 1, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    I still would not overload. Doing so already damaged the rear suspension on my pops truck. Bad idea.
     
  20. Mar 1, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    yep, it's a fast way to turn your leaf springs inside-out
    Are you saying you fit 3000# in the BED of your truck?

    I'm sure your frame is fine, and your leafs aren't bent at all...

    :rofl:
     
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