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Issues after bed cap installed

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Z&T's Taco, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. Mar 28, 2021 at 12:11 PM
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    So I recently installed a bed cap on my 19 SR5. Maybe a week later it sounds like the weight is putting tension on the front CV axles... You guys might think I'm crazy but it's creaking and popping when I turn left or right with even some of that tension noticeable in the gas pedal. Has anyone had this problem or familiar with it?
     
  2. Mar 28, 2021 at 12:14 PM
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    did you put bed stiffeners in? I heard that these beds are very flexible and can be an issue without stiffeners
     
  3. Mar 28, 2021 at 12:15 PM
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    A buddy mentioned it but I didn't think something that weights less then 200 pounds would make that much of a difference.
     
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    The symptoms you mention don't make sense to me, so hopefully someone who has had that exact problem can chime in. Bed stiffeners are so cheap, why not try though, but that's just my way of thinking.
     
  5. Mar 28, 2021 at 12:19 PM
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    I saw these the other day on Amazon. Good deal for 89 bucks
    Hooke Road Tacoma Rear Bed Stiffener Brackets Compatible with Toyota Tacoma 05-20 2nd & 3rd Gen Pickup Truck (Pairs) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087CVZ7CS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_QDE8RME4S3NXPA8JJA7B?_encoding=UTF8
    I’ve been running a shell on my truck since day one with the All-pro bed stiffeners and I think they’ve made a big difference. My dad didn’t install stiffeners on his truck and has been running his shell for 4 years and his composite bed has started to tow inward

    I got these all pro ones because they go all the way up to the top of the bed like the total choas but cost way less.
    https://www.polyperformance.com/all-pro-2005-tacoma-bed-stiffener-kit
     
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    Oh for sure thanks for the advice.
     
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    Thanks I'll look in to these!
     
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    No problem! I know a lot of people run the total choas ones but I REALLY like my All-pro ones
     
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    Bed stiffeners are to prevent the bed walls from collapsing. Entire bed is designed to slightly flex from cab. This doesn't make sense.

    OP, are you sure the creaking is from the front CV joints? When you write increased gas pedal tension, are you saying increased engine workload?
     
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    Cap shouldn’t have much impact on your cv angles, although the weight of the cap might cause your rear to sag a bit. With my cap and a box with stuff I carry (tools et ) I decided to install bed stiffeners (Cali raised) and sumo springs 612-40. I’m happy with this combination. Also recently installed a cab and topper rack from Martin Off-road and very happy with the setup. Bottom line, cap shouldn’t cause any issues up front but the added weight on the rear might make some new creaking in the leaf springs.
     
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    If I come to a stop and start going again turning left or right the creaking and popping starts as soon as I accelerate.
     
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    I'm almost positive it is the cv's I use to drive a honda prelude that would blow out a cv every 6 months or so.
     
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    The noise is almost undoubtedly in the front. It sounds crazy but I don't know....
     
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    This could be a completely isolated issue from the bed/cap. Maybe its just a coincidence that it started at that time.
     
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    Yeah I go in for r my 20k service this week definitely gonna have them look at it.
     
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    Did you accidentally put it in 4WD?
     
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    Honestly I checked because I thought it sounded like 4WD.
     
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    You’re not on a hill are you when you start and stop? I had this happen to me when I had hill assist kick in. Scared me to death honestly lol. It will disarm your throttle to protect your transmission
     
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    Automatic tranny..... I'm honestly considering trading for a manual.
     
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    Yeah I have an auto as well. It’s a safety feature in the tacos. Look up “hill assist issues” on here and see if it sounds like your problem
     

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