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Reg. Cab Tacoma with bed bobbed to 5.1' + tonneau cover - possible?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by will1, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Oct 26, 2010 at 12:32 PM
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    will1

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    I can get a very good deal on a 2010 reg. cab Tacoma 4x4 manual... The only thing is that I would have to cut at least 8" off its 6.1' bed in order to have it fit in the free space in my garage.
    I was wondering if it is feasible to bob the bed down a full 12" to 5.1' so as to make it possible to fit an Undercover tonneau cover on it, the one meant for double cab Tacomas with the short 5.1' beds. Does it make sense?
    Has anyone done this? I have no idea if this is technically possible and am also concerned that even if it was, it would be maiming the truck too much by cutting off too large a chunk that would make it look ugly. But hopefully not...
    So, can you give me some feedback on this, suggestions, etc. and if available can someone here please post some pictures of a reg. cab Tacoma with the bed bobbed in a similar way?

    Will
     
  2. Oct 26, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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    PkTaco

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    Just free up more space in your garage, or build a new garage.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    travelingman

    travelingman What would Scooby do?

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    Leave the ass end of the truck hang out of the garage
     
  4. Oct 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    I think it would be easier to extend your garage...or park outside.

    I thought I had a small garage since my Double cab short bed fits with inches to spare. Your's must be super small.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    Actually, it's a good sized garage, only the space available for parking the truck is limited.... I live in section of town where it is difficult/expensive to park outside during the day plus on top of that there is no parking allowed for five hours every night. And nope, building a new garage or extending it or cutting a hole in it and letting the truck stick out is not an option... :(
    I don't really need the long bed. The truck, if I can solve this, will be used by my youngest brother as a daily driver for a couple of years until he finishes school. He doesn't need the long bed, however he does need a tonneau cover. After that, my plan is to modify the truck for offroading, which will probably include cutting the long bed somehow anyway....
     
  6. Oct 27, 2010 at 9:18 AM
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  7. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:21 AM
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    Put some shit in storage to make room!
     
  8. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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    screw that..just throw it away or give it away

    I'm not much of a packrat..I hate clutter so my vote is throw some stuff away. If you haven't used it in 5 years and you have no idea where it is...you probably don't need it anymore.
     
  9. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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    Wow.. buy a new truck to totally ruin the backend by cutting it up?
    Get a Ford Ranger, they seem smaller... lol
     
  10. Oct 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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  11. Oct 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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    id be looking for a short bed to swap out and chop some of the frame and drive shaft

    i dont think you can bob a bed on a second gen but idk :confused:
     
  12. Oct 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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    Something to consider is that the bed is plastic, not metal. You cant cut a section of the bed out and weld the remaining parts together. You can take the bed, and bed sides off and sell them to someone that had an accident for $1000+ dollars. That will make the truck even 'cheaper' to buy. Once you ditch the stock rear, you can put the shorter fiberglass bedsides on.
     
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    Sounds like you have the wrong vehicle for where you live... Anything is possible with enough time and money but you're going to dump a good percentage of the truck's overall value into this modification.
     
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    +1 Anything's possible, but get under your truck and find the rear leaf spring mount perch. That, plus an inch or two, is your new rear bumper mount point.

    Now, I haven't measured, but my gut is that's still longer than the short-bed would be. So to get the short bed mounted, you'd need to shorten the driveshaft and brake lines, reposition the gas tank, and then move the spring mount points or whack a section out of the middle.

    If you're not doing it yourself, this is going to run to many thousands of dollars.

    My two cents: save yourself some grief and just pick a shorter vehicle. Or, if you REALLY want to do it just because it sounds like a fun fabrication project, start with a much older truck.
     
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    post some pics of the garage first. I can create storage solutions for anyone!
     
  16. Oct 28, 2010 at 5:15 AM
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    wtf u can't fit a regular cab inside your garage? they're the length of a corolla lol what the hell was your garage made for, golf carts?
     
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    By the time/money you have spent to try to mod that truck(if it's even possible), be cheaper to buy another truck to fit your needs.
     
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