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Plastic bed pros/coms

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by badger, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Mar 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM
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    badger

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    I hear lots of people complain about the POS plastic beds being, well, plastic. I'm wondering how many have had any real trouble with theirs? I've used my truck pretty hard, and so far I like the bed. I especially like the lack of rust. It's warmer if you sleep back there. I've hauled gear, firewood, concrete, all sorts of things

    I'm just trying to figure out if the complaints have anything real behind them.
     
  2. Mar 20, 2012 at 12:50 AM
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    JKD

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    Pros:
    Very strong
    Very light
    Doesn't rust


    Cons:
    People without any supporting evidence claim that your bed is inferior.
     
  3. Mar 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM
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    greenmonstah

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    Ill take plastic over anything els all day long. No rust light and well as for the slipping they make rubber matts. SO whats to not like ?
     
  4. Mar 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM
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    con:
    the fact that it isnt metal immediately means it's "plastic", and that makes it inferior.

    I bag on them all the time, but theyre great beds.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM
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    Only heard of 1 case on here about someone making a hole in the composite.

    Either way, I'd take composite any day. It's tough stuff and it will hold up unless you haul something you really shouldn't be hauling.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2012 at 1:23 AM
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    makikid808

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    i like the 2nd gen plastic liners. those work perfect. The 1st gen one really is a POS. driving over speed bumps i could hear it rattling on the metal bed and its just to much noise driving on the road. i wanna linex mine
     
  7. Mar 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM
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    makikid808

    makikid808 They call me unko

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    ohhh not my section i see now :D
     
  8. Mar 20, 2012 at 1:42 AM
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    the.sight.picture

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    ive never seen plastic rust OP. Its GRRRRREAT!!!
     
  9. Mar 20, 2012 at 2:11 AM
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    no, i believe it's the fact that you think the 2nd gens have a liner...
     
  10. Mar 20, 2012 at 3:13 AM
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    Link to the liner please?

    The only problem I've had was slipping of cargo. Bed mat solved that problem. Now I can't get ANYTHING to slip even if I wanted to. *sigh*
     
  11. Mar 20, 2012 at 3:19 AM
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    OP - it's a baseless argument that you shouldn't waste a moment on or worry over. Let the ignorant be ignorant and enjoy.
     
  12. Mar 20, 2012 at 3:22 AM
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    Last time I checked, composite and plastic were two different things. Maybe people give our composite beds a bad rep because they keep claiming that they are plastic when in fact they are not. Idk, maybe I'm just potato :notsure:
     
  13. Mar 20, 2012 at 4:24 AM
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    All I know is that my 3-time Trunda owning friend is envious of my "plastic" bed ... :cool:
     
  14. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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    This, these composite beds are the way to go, they probably cut down on production costs immensely, wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing other trucks get them in the future. I would rather have composite over metal any day, no dents, no scratches.
     
  15. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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    holds bed shape under stress/bounces back
    materials slide in/out nice

    cons:
    no stake pockets(con for contractors)
    bed rail(could be a bit stronger)
    materials/gear slide around if not tied down

    overall i really like it
    if it was an option over standard metal bed i would take it
    they just need to figure out the pockets
     
  16. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM
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    I think JKD summed it up quite nicely, thanks for the replies. I think my bed is a big improvement over all the steel beds I've had in the past. I just couldn't understand why I see so many posts knocking it. I wanted to find out if I was missing something,.......apparently not. For all the complaining I have yet to see a post with a broken bed, or any other issue. I use my truck for a truck. I don't abuse it, but it gets a good deal of hard use. My bed is a joy to own and I sure wouldn't trade it for steel!

    I used the word "plastic" because that is what all the complainers use, but the bed is closer to a fiberglass material. I've drilled through it a few times to mount things and it is anything but flimsy. It is some sort of similar fiber reinforced resin composite.

    Steel beds rust. Everything you put in them slides and rattles, the mount points can fatigue and crack, and the rear of the bed can spread with heavy loads and bugger up the tailgate fit. The whole bedliner industry was born to try and fight problems with steel beds.

    For those who don't get it yet, the composite is not a liner. The entire bed box is a solid molded composite structure with sheet metal fender sides.
     
  17. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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    No issues with mine, i like it. Stuff does slide and it scratches pretty easy, but thats what the bed mat is for.

    As mentioned all the people that complain havent actually broken theirs. They just theoretically think they suck and act like no one else uses their bed hard.
     
  18. Mar 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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    Interesting. Shit does happen, but even that could be fixed in 10 minutes with some epoxy paste. I once punched a hole right through the bottom of the cab of a 1973 Ford F250! I got hung up on a bent steel road marker,........long story :rolleyes: That little problem took a good bit of work to fix.

    Nobody is trying to make the argument that the composite bed is indestructable, just that it's better than steel.
     
  19. Mar 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    silverados had them in 2001 for a $800 option.
     
  20. Mar 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    very, very stock.
    there was one more a while back of a member who had a topper on the bed with a lot of weight in it was wheeling and a guess torqued the bed a little and it cracked the front of the bed behind the cab all the way down. but again that was abuse that woulda stressed the hell out of even a steel bed.



    someone should do a carbon fiber bed... just saying! haha it'd be expensive as hell but unique
     
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