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Looking for good "clamp" style tie down

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Stoic, May 5, 2012.

  1. Stoic

    Stoic [OP] Browncoat

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    I just put a "under rail" bed liner and am looking for a good "clamp" style tie down that involves no drilling. There are these...

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    and I like the under mount for the rails but it looks like a tire iron could pop them right off quickly with enough force. I want to lock down my bikes safely, albeit not overnight. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
     
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    i wouldn't clamp anything to that thin part of the bed rail. Would just bend when you tried tying anything down.
     
  3. Stoic

    Stoic [OP] Browncoat

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    I'm looking more to have something to lock my bicycles to as opposed to holding down any weight. Just so long as they're mostly secure and I don't have to drill holes into the rails. I wouldn't be locking them overnight, just mostly if I go into a restaurant or store with the bikes in the back.
     
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    Why not use the existing tie-down on the corners? They are sturdy enough to lock something down, and although they just screw in, for what you need it I am sure it will be secure enough.
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    I have to add that I am also looking for tie-downs to add along the rail. I always use bungy cords to tie lightweight items down and I just hook it underneath the rail, but it only works if I go directly accross, anything diagonal slides. I don't have a need to lock anything down though.
     
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    True about the flimsy rail. I have been thinking about using a piece of angle iron the length of the bed, and weld chain links or u-bolts every foot or so to it. Then attach the angle iron to the rail, with the one side vertical against the rail, and the horizontal part under the rail to the outside so it does not interfere with the bed width. That will reinforce the rail and provide a hook every foot to hook a bungy cord, strap etc. to.
    Maybe this will work for your needs, OP.
     
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