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Question about bed bolts/d-ring install>

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Moutard12, May 19, 2011.

  1. May 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    Moutard12

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    I just installed 4 of of the metal D rings. Is it ok to remove the washers and just tighten the bolts down on top of the d-rings? They don't cover all of the hole that the bolts go into (obviously the old washers did). Is this ok? If water leaks through there, its not the end of the world right?

    Maybe its a stupid question, but I'm paranoid. Picture of said problem below.

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  2. May 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM
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    t-frax

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    i would say NO. just by your photo alone there is a clear gap to where i can see the hole in the bed. therefore since no washer is there to distribute the weight, there could be some trouble in the future. I recommend you put the washer back.
     
  3. May 22, 2011 at 4:57 PM
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    Put the washer back on. Your risking more than just a water leak.
     
  4. May 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM
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    As stated in the previous post, the washer will distribute the tension around the entire opening. On a composite bed, this might lead to cracking around the bolt. Just put the washer down under the D-Ring. That's what I did and it worked out fine.
     
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