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Reclaim the bed storage compartment in your 2019 Taco for $35

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by bobcat68, Jun 12, 2019 at 5:49 PM.

  1. Jun 12, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    bobcat68

    bobcat68 [OP] Active Member

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    Most of you are aware they removed the driver's side storage cubby hole in the 2019 Taco bed.
    03-Bed_org-r.jpg

    I, for one, miss it. It was a great place to stash tie-downs and bungie cords etc. When you look under the bed side, you see there's plenty of open space to mount something. And it would be a damn shame to let all that space go to waste. And you can never have too much storage. Right?
    04-Bed_well-r.jpg 05-Bed_well_dist-r.jpg

    Luckily, I found an alternative. It's listed as a replacement glove box for boats. But the size is also perfect for mounting into the driver's side of the bed. It's not flush with the side like the original (sticks out about an inch), but it is lockable. The inside measures 12"x4"x6.5". This one costs $30 on Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00144D6B...colid=MIYJ57HCAO07&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    01-Box-r.jpg 02-Box_open-r.jpg

    Another one seems exactly the same except the door has more rounded corners.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VTX3QSK/?
    coliid=I3OFUTK29EPBP0&colid=MIYJ57HCAO07&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

    Both of these can be found on eBay too.

    Installation was pretty straight forward. Layout the cut
    06-Bed_layout-r.jpg

    Cut the hole (I used a 24 tooth hacksaw blade)
    07-Bed_cut-r.jpg

    Gather up your fasteners. I used 8-32 3/4" bolts. 4 with lock nuts and lock washers at the corners and 2 for the holes in the top center.
    08_Fasteners-r.jpg

    Position the box and drill the 4 corner holes (11/64?). Optionally, put a small bead of silicone caulk around the box flange. Mount the box with the 4 corner bolts and lock nuts/washers (you'll need help here). Finally, insert 2 bolts in the top center holes. I drilled/tapped/Loctited them into the liner. Maybe you can think of a better way.
    09-Installed-r.jpg 10-Installed_open-r.jpg 11-Installed_view-r.jpg

    I realize there's many ways to skin a cat (I prefer pliers). So there's probably easier/better ways to mount this bugger. One thing I would change, instead of centering the box, I would probably mount the box so the door rests on the bed floor when you open it. Hanging in mid air like that is just begging to get busted. And keep in mind that the door is just plastic. So if you haul a lot of heavy loads, like firewood or scrap metal, you'll want to protect the door somehow. Or, depending on your needs, you may want to remove the door altogether.
     
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    eccracer104

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    Nice, with more cupholders too...
     
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    AY_ARONTRD

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    Nice find!
     
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    Split|Circuit

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    That's a cool install! Good job!

    Well, the cubby box on my 2017 doesn't have a lock on it, so I don't put anything in there. Plus, being in the desert southwest, it would get too dusty and too hot in there for most anything, IMO. I just keep all my bungees, tie straps, and rail clips underneath the backseat.
     
  6. Jun 12, 2019 at 5:55 PM
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    bobcat68

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    Ya, to go along with the 7 in the front and 6 in the back I already have, lol.
     
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    I keep ratchet straps, paracord and softeners in one side and jumper cables in the other. Tools and tow straps under the back seats and spare clothes, first aid, and some camping necessities behind the seats.
     
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    I've never even opened the one up on my 2018 there could be a rubber ding dong that one of the porters left in there or a kilo of coke
     
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    Nice, I wonder if it would fit above the wheel well.
     
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    Toyota says this is normal.
     
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    Looks good. Once you get some snow and ice in the bed, you might be happy that you didn’t mount it lower.
     
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  17. Jun 13, 2019 at 6:48 AM
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    Good point! Also seems like running weather strip around the door would go a long way to making less dusty inside.
     
  18. Jun 13, 2019 at 8:03 AM
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    Great job op! If the cubby part is plastic looks like you could cut off whatever is needed from the back part, plastic weld it back on so that it is less deep and then it would fit flush.
     
  20. Jun 13, 2019 at 8:16 AM
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    Like, so many.
    I don't understand why they did away with this. I use mine constantly.
     

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