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Quick Bed Mat Mod (Pics)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Neubs, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. Aug 28, 2011 at 7:57 AM
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    piercedtiger

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    You probably could, but why? What happens when you need to take the mat out to clean dirt from under, or want to slide something heavy into the bed without the mat? I take mine out a lot since heavy things don't slide on it. Or to wash dirt, mulch, etc out.
     
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  2. Aug 28, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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    Clean underneath? :facepalm: You is craaaazzyyy, man! :crazy: LOL

    I did think about that and it would be a PITA to keep crap from building up under there. Maybe I will use the two bolts up in the front corners so I can still keep the drain hole open and be able to flip it up to wash underneath.
     
  3. Aug 28, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    Yeah, I'm just thinking is it really worth dealing with an impact wrench to take the bed bolts out whenever you want to move the bed mat?

    Hell, there are times I flip it up into the front of the bed because I have a 100+ lb box or something that I can't lift/slide over the mat by myself. It's just so much easier to slide a heavy box over the polymer bed than the rubber mat.
     
  4. Aug 29, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    Technically it would work but I'd advise against it. It's completely unnecessary when one bolt will do (as this mod provides). We're just looking to stop the opportunistic thief, not a demolition specialist.
     
  5. Aug 29, 2011 at 8:35 AM
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    Or in really wet or foggy areas during Fall all the slime that would form under there. Imagine the loogy build up all in between the little rubber nubs. I'd want to power wash under there. Eww.
     
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  6. Sep 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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    Great idea, I used two bolts and drilled new holes, I didn't want to plug up the weep holes...
     
  7. Sep 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    i just did this. thanks for the write up
     
  8. Sep 7, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    Same here. I took the sage advice of you folks and did it just like the OP. I used a lock washer under the wing nut. I hope it holds up to the vibrations and flexing, etc and stays put.
     
  9. Jul 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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    Where did you get the bed mat?
     
  10. Jul 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM
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    Bed mat came with truck as an accessory. It's a nice piece I really like mine.
     
  11. Aug 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM
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    Got my bed mat this week. Did your bolt down "mod", was really easy. I painted the bolt black so it blends in a little. Thanks for the tip on this. Living in a big city, I guarantee someone would grab this thing out of my bed if it wasn't bolted down.

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  12. Dec 9, 2015 at 1:49 PM
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    I'm thankful I live in a part of the country where someone stealing my bed mat or stealing my spare tire from out under my truck are the least of my worries.
     
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    I didn't know people were stealing bed mats.... stupid people out there I guess.
     
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    Old thread is old yo! I took my bed mat bolt out when I got a truck shell. Makes cleaning under the mat a lot easier! :thumbsup:
     
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  15. Dec 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM
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    I did this mod. For the most part my Taco is safely garaged, but I do travel frequently for business and often leave my Taco in the airport parking garage for long periods of time. The mod gives me piece of mind that my bed mat will still be there after a long trip.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2016 at 3:25 PM
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    I found mine locally on Craigslist. It was for a longbed but I just trimmed the top and yippy a bedmat for $30
     
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  17. Aug 1, 2016 at 7:27 AM
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    Picking my mat up tomorrow and came back to this post specifically to read how you did it. I live in Austin, and while not generally worried about crime, you never know.
     
  18. Aug 3, 2016 at 5:57 AM
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    Living in Austin, TX, you have to check for scorpions before you just go pulling it out. Maybe even a Copper Head. They like curling up in those dry shade spaces.
     
  19. Feb 26, 2017 at 4:04 PM
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    Going to latch it on both sides to the factory tie downs.

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  20. Jun 3, 2017 at 9:18 PM
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