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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by elevin, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Sep 13, 2009 at 12:36 AM
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    elevin

    elevin [OP] Habitual line-stepper

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    Well, I need a truck box to free up room inside the cab & also want to get a tonneau. I at first looked to see if they made tri fold covers that had the cab side that folded up, and none in my price range do. Truxedo makes a cool box that works with the track rail system, and slides anywhere you want fore and aft in the bed! So I could use a regular cheap trifold cover like an Extang or Torzatop and get what I want! Small problem....TonneauMate box isnt made for our trucks and is 500 bucks! So... I know I can mod a suitable sized box that is gasketted and weathertight to fit using the same setup as I did for my bike mounts...SS carriage bolts, fender washers and wing nuts. For 500 bucks I could probably buy a nice welder and some aluminum or SS stock ....Hmm...will have to learn to weld...anyone have leads on a box that is inexpensive and slightly slimmer than our truck beds?? Otherwise I am crazy enough to make one!!
     
  2. Sep 13, 2009 at 6:35 AM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Do you want a toolbox that sits above the rails ? Or do you want the toolbox to sit below the rails and the tonneau covers it ?

    Call your local truck accessories shop for some info. I know there are lots of trucks that have toolboxes above the rails and custom cut tonneau covers to fit the 'shortened' bed space. I think a lot of the aftermarket tonneau covers can be shortened simply by cutting the frame work.

    I knew a guy who built his own sliding drawler. He built an additional 'floor' (so to speak) of the bed about 8" above the original floor. Underneath it, he put rails & a sliding 'drawer' that slid out the back. The drawer was probably half the size of the bed. The other half (underneath the floor he built) were secret compartments with doors & stuff. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen. The whole thing took up some depth in his bed, but he built it strong enough to still be able to haul stuff onto the floor part that he built.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2009 at 6:18 PM
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    elevin [OP] Habitual line-stepper

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    Thanks for replying Janster! I would like a box (steel, aluminum or plastic) that sits below the rail system or maybe that can be attached to the rail system, and locks- I have seen some nice work boxes here that are 2/3 the width of the bed and maybe 18" deep. I am pretty good with fabricating stuff, but would rather buy something premade used if possible. Will keep the forum updated on progress as usual! :)
     
  4. Sep 14, 2009 at 6:29 PM
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    And assumption is the mother of all fuc...

    Sorry, I had to.
     
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