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Plastic bedliner 'slots'

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by petersharp, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Jan 11, 2008 at 4:30 PM
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    My 2007 longbed Prerunner has 4 'slots' in the ridge that runs the length of the bed walls (see attached pics, the slot is above the inverter). I was thinking of making up 2 planks (either wood or aluminum) that would sit in these slots to go across the width of the bed for carrying 8' x 4' sheets of drywall/lumber etc. The width between the wheelarches is less than 4' so an 8' x 4' wouldn't sit on the bed floor properly.

    I wanted to make the top surface of the planks the same height as the ridge and wheelarches for maximum support of the material; if I use a standard 2" x 6" it will be too high :( unless is sand it down a bit.

    Has anyone done this? If so, what material did you use? And how much load did you put on there?

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  2. Jan 11, 2008 at 5:15 PM
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    Most people just use standard lumber because anything you put in that is 4 feet wide won't rest on the ledge on the side of the bed anyway.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2008 at 5:22 PM
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    Thanks for your reply. I thought that it might be good to use the wheelarches as support as well.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2008 at 8:10 PM
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    I dont know the lenght of that particular area but would a 1x6 or 1x8 #2 pine work?
     
  5. Jan 12, 2008 at 6:47 AM
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    I can't say that I have tried those exact boards but when I visitted my local Home Depot I couldn't find anything of standard thickness that would go straight in without modification.

    I was also planning to an extra support for the 4' x 8' sheet on the lowered tailgate but reading the thread about how weak the tailgates are makes me a bit nervous about doing that.
     
  6. Jan 12, 2008 at 10:52 AM
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    If your tailgate brace covers the whole tailgate to spread the weight evenly you should be fine. The tailgate can support a lot if weight IF it's evenly distributed. The problem comes when a lot of weight is only support by a small area like the center, or 2 wheels of an ATV on the edge.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM
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    Or, if you have a hitch, you could get a brace that slides into the hitch so none of the wood, drywall, etc sits on the tailgate.
     
  8. Jan 12, 2008 at 11:33 AM
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    ^Thanks. I can never remember what they're called... :laugh:
     
  9. Jan 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM
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    Very nice!...If I could get away with it I would drive around with that on all the time! (damn So Cal drivers!)...Where did you find that?
     
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    I 4got to add...........non/never have been/never will be....insured driving californians!
     
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    A 2X8 works with just a little shaving on one edge. Here is what I did with my slots. (I do not carry most of my offroad gear with me all of the time, just the "important" stuff and the rest, which you see here, when I am 'wheeling).

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    PICT0047 (Large).JPG
     
  12. Jan 12, 2008 at 6:04 PM
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    ^ looks good! So what's in the black box?

    You know you can't post the pic of an ambiguous black box and not list it's contents! :D
     
  13. Jan 12, 2008 at 8:49 PM
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    It is a Pelican case. At first I bought it because it is water- (and air-) tight. I found it very useful to hide the first wife's body until I could dispose of it properly. Now, it holds my power-puller, tow straps, duct tape, gloves, plastice tarp and such for off-roading (I can take some pic's tomorrow of the inside, when I am up in the hills).
     
  14. Jan 13, 2008 at 7:02 AM
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    Nice! I was wondering if you could fit a body in it.... :D I need something like that for my extra off road gear. I just leave my hi-lift in 24x7 now, and my tow strap behind the rear seats. Once I get any more crap I'll need a box in the bed for it.
     
  15. Jan 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM
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    I used some 1x8 composite deck material and it seems to line up pretty good. It's not Trex brand, but I did find it at Home Depot.
     
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    Here is what it is used for now, wink wink, nod nod.

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  18. Jan 14, 2008 at 7:33 AM
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    looks good. So was it hard to get the blood off?
     
  19. Jan 14, 2008 at 8:47 AM
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    I did this last month the same time I got that hitch-based tailgate extender phantom posted. There's a thread on here about it. Search for "hauling plywood" to find it.

    You need a 2x8 if you want to fit the width of the slots. The slots are deeper than 1-by lumber would be. I notched the bottom of the lumber so the top would be flush. I nibbled it away with a miter saw set to the right depth.

    Also, that tailgate extender needs some mods before it's completely useful. It needs to be cut so it extends less if you want support for 8-foot lumber. I also have to add carpeted 2-by blocks on top of it (with hose clamps) so that in the top position it's level with those cross beams. It also needs a new lowest position hole if you want it level with the tailgate to support narrow lumber.

    I put in more effort than I really wanted to, but since I like make furniture, sometimes I'm hauling high-dollar hardwood veneered plywood.
     
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