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Replacement Bed and Repair Options?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mrdrz, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:20 AM
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    mrdrz

    mrdrz [OP] New Member

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    I recently purchased a 2004 Tacoma 2WD Regular cab, standard bed length pick up and the bed is pretty shot on the outer skins. I'm wondering if anyone knows the best options for replacement.

    Aftermarket skins if available or full used bed replacement if one can be sourced.

    I've been calling around junk yards and I have not had much luck. There's no rush on this and I wanted to see if anyone had better ideas.

    I'm considering building a steel framed bed with rough sawn oak sides and a diamond plated floor, but it's a plain jane truck with only a 4-cyl, w/ no a/c and lucky to have come with a radio. The added weight of a custom bed defeats the gasmizer eco green thing I'm after.

    It does have some cool factor though with an aftermarket CD stereo, backup alarm, blue LED's under the dash, a white LED behind the grill and in the interior dome light.

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. Feb 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    Di Trut

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    I'd say there are only 3 options, and you already know what they are.

    Aftermarket skins are probably not too expensive.
    A used bed in good shape will be hard to find. Especially in the right color.
    I don't think a flat deck will weigh as much as you're thinking.

    I would price some new skins and go that route.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    TheTourist

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    This flat deck I put on last week isn't a whole lot heavier than the original deck - maybe 50 - 100 lbs more. It's treated spruce, I'm sure oak would weigh more. This cost me $900 to put together. Not bad. Anyone want to buy a box and bumper?

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  4. Apr 19, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    ^ Damn that's pretty awesome. That's looks like a good work truck if I've ever seen one. Nice job! ;)
     
  5. Apr 19, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    TheTourist

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    Thanks! It should be pretty awesome for work. It's amazing how much more space there is now. Those stock boxes are surprisingly small. Now I've got 6'x7' of room. Need to make some sides for it sometime, though...
     
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