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How to: Extra D-Rings in Bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ilovetacos, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. Aug 30, 2009 at 9:09 PM
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    ilovetacos

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    Here's another "How to:" on my extra D-Rings.

    I decided to mount them in the front corners so I had to drill new holes...I put them here because I thought this was the best location point when I had loads to strap down.


    First I drilled holes with a 7/32" bit (sorry no pics)

    I then used a Dremel with a sanding drum attached to grind down the "fins" on the bottom of the bed so the backing plates would sit flush against the underside of the bed.

    Looking at the right side of the bed.
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    I would have liked to get the grinding a little cleaner but it was kinda hard getting my chubby hands under there.
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    * Installed the D Rings along with the supplied backing plates.


    I then cut 3" half circles in the bed mat..

    Right Side
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    Left Side
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    ...and the finished result.
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  2. Aug 30, 2009 at 9:31 PM
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  3. Aug 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    Which rings did you use?
     
  4. Aug 31, 2009 at 8:16 PM
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    They're the OEM D Rings from Toyota.
     
  5. Aug 31, 2009 at 8:20 PM
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    Great job......Thats exactly what i have been wanting to do also......youve inspired me to do this now......you would think they would be like that from the factory.....
     
  6. Aug 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM
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    did you put a backing plate on the bottom? I did this with my rings initially b/c I didn't want to have to take out the bed bolts, but I was afraid the washers weren't going to be big enough to hold down a ratcheting strap. I looked at the rings in the back that are stock and noticed they go through a piece of metal that I guess is part of the frame. I ended up taking them out and just putting the rings in the bed bolts.
     
  7. Aug 31, 2009 at 8:33 PM
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    Nice little DIY. Thanks!

    No kidding, I was wondering why it didn't come with the pair in the rear to begin with.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2009 at 8:53 PM
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    Yeah, I used the the backing plates that came with the D Rings. I haven't had any problems with them. I hauled a Honda 650 Dual Sport using the new D rings with no issues.
     
  9. Aug 31, 2009 at 8:58 PM
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    i guess that is why the OEM ones cost $45/pair - they swivel and come with backing plates and hardware. I got the cheap ones that were 5 for $15 shipped and went to Lowes for hardware that I ended up not using. Can you add a pic of what it looks like underneath after finished with the backing plate?
     
  10. Sep 1, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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    $45? I got quoted $25 from my local dealer and I am sure you can find them cheaper online. I'll try and get some pics this week for you.
     
  11. Sep 1, 2009 at 9:35 AM
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    Great job, now add 2 or maybe 3 extra pairs spaced along the bed and you'll be set.

    I'll be installing the 4th extra pair very soon..............3 extra pairs isn't enough for me :D
     
  12. Sep 1, 2009 at 9:57 AM
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    I paid $28 shipped from TRDparts4U.com.
    I also got the 5 for $12 from the Army Supply Warehouse.

    I have anchors in the front and read bed bolts and am using the backing plates to add points on top of the wheel wells. That will be a more useful spot for when I haul 2 dirt bikes and need to spread out the straps.

    I don't trust the cleats.


    Nice write-up...thanks.
     
  13. Sep 1, 2009 at 10:06 AM
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    Ive been thinking and wondering if anybody has done this before. When i load my yfz450 in my truck, the front wheels just barely squeeze in between the trucks wheel wells so it covers the d rings underneath. When i've had to strap my quad upright, the cleats start to bend and seem like they're going to break off. I've thought about putting extra D-rings on top of the wheel wells but don't know if they'll hold up.

    Has anybody put D-rings on top of the wheel wells? (If so, include pictures please)
     
  14. Sep 1, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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    ^ I think you'll be better off not using the top of the wheel wells and using the vertical part of the bed above the wheel wells and if it feels soft, add bigger backing to the D Rings..........
     
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    I'm probably missing something here. On my '09 DC shortbed, there's plenty of room on the passenger's side to slip in a nut and backing plate. No problem there.

    But how were you able to secure the bolt on the driver's side? There's this big ol' fuel tank in the way under my bed, no clearance to hold a nut in a wrench to secure the bolt. Did Toyota change the layout in that area below the bed after the '06 model?
     
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    I read a post a while back where a guy had a welding shop look at the bed and determined there is a section of the wheel well that appeared to be very strong (something about the welds, thickness of meal and position). I have not gotten under there to look but I plan to very soon.

    If it's the only other option, it will still be stronger than those damn cleats. I too felt they were going snap and I would loose 2 dirt bikes at highway speeds.
     
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    Cool. Thanks Veccster! That's exactly what i've been thinking about doing but just havent heard anybody else do it and didn't want to take the plunge and have a hole in my wheel well and my quad on the interstate.

    I'm going to order the D-rings and do this sometime. Thanks again.
     
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    Well done! Nice DIY.
    :)
     
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    When you tightened down the bolt, did your backing plate stop spinning? I've got the bolt tightened so that it is going to take a lot of effort to keep tightening, but the backing plate will still spin around some if I rotate the D-ring.
     
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