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How to fit a long track snowmobile in a short bed Tacoma

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by mackay, Jan 30, 2020.

  1. Jan 30, 2020 at 5:36 PM
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    mackay

    mackay [OP] i love cheap beer!

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    Cheers.

    Thought id share this for anyone who finds themselves owning a sled after buying a tacoma and not wanting to trade in for a half ton.

    I will mention that this RMK 163" is setup with the skis on the narrow setting and that they clear the wheel wells. The sled fits with the stock tailgate however the track sits at a downward angle and puts lots of pressure on the lip of the tailgate. My solution was to remove the tailgate and have a hitch platform fabricated by a local custom trailer manufacture. The platform sits 4" above the bed deck allowing the track to sit level and put more weight forward onto the skis and off the rack. It is legal in the US and Canada with a flag however I plug in an LED running brake light for additional visibility. Not much room for my ramp however I usually just back it into a snowbank and drive it off. I strap it with two large ratchet tie downs from the front corner D rings back to the running boards and strap the track down to the platform on highway trips.

    The rack weighs 30 lbs. more than the stock tailgate. Sled weighs 420 lbs. dry plus 15 gal. petrol is an additional 90 lbs. Factor in roof rack, skis, beer and snow at another 200 lbs. and CBI skid plate another 100 lbs and its about 850-900 lbs. without occupants.

    I will note that truck has the lighter Dakar springs, Bilstein 6112 @ 3rd clip and Bilstein 5112. Bottoms occasionally on bad highway whoops but that's about it. I would not recommend the heavier duty Dakar springs as the ride is already somewhat rough when unloaded. Im running passenger rated Falken wildpeak 265/70R16 at 36/41 PSI and getting around 17-18 mpg at 68 mph.

    Have about 1000 miles driving with the sled on and it tracks great, feels a little heavier than two dirt bikes and camping gear. I will be buying a two sled enclosed this summer however this works great for short trips and hauling your sled over to your buddies house to load onto his one ton with sled deck (maybe one day).

    Happy sledding!

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    Skidog1, Atl-atl and GillyLink like this.
  2. Jan 30, 2020 at 5:38 PM
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    crazysccrmd

    crazysccrmd Well-Known Member

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  3. Jan 30, 2020 at 5:47 PM
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    mackay

    mackay [OP] i love cheap beer!

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    Yes, I looked into these but was not wild about the bad departure angle but definitely a good option! The rack cost me $300 to build plus another $25 in rattle cans and another $12 for the light and $20 for 5' of super glide.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2020 at 5:51 PM
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    gator2764

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    Good job! A whole lot better than trusting that tailgate and cheaper than having to replace it.
     

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