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Replacing the little side boxes in the bed...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by claw, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Oct 8, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    claw

    claw [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all,
    I finally pulled out one of the side boxes in the bed of my '10 access cab I4 Tacoma. I'm going to try and make a replacement box that drops down 4 inches or so. For having all the room below it, it seems like it is wasting useful space. I know that you can buy the heavy duty locking replacement boxes, but $180 a side seems ridiculous. Anyway, I'll keep everyone posted but I wanted to double check that no one has done this before.

    Thanks
     
  2. Oct 8, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    great idea, looking forward a DIY :)
     
  3. Oct 8, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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    Little side boxes???

    I assume you are talking about the small ones over the wheel well and not the ones at the tailgate ?

    If so, how did you get them out. Just this morn I was checking them out for a way.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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    Its the screws that are on the rim of the box. Use a small torx bit, take out screws, pop out box.

    BTW OP: Those boxes (stock ones) cost several hundred to replace. So those metal ones actual are a bad deal compared to buying new stock ones.
    Good Luck with your idea.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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    pics might help explain whats going on
     
  6. Oct 8, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    Sorry everyone, I'm still at work so pics are hard to do until tonight at the earliest. I'm talking about the boxes that have a closing door (but not locking) towards the rear of the bed. This thread, http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/58359-tuffy-locking-bed-box-installed.html, talks about the replacement, locking boxes that are very nice but very expensive. Toyota wanting a small fortune for replacement plastic boxes is ridiculous and not surprising.

    Just so no one gets too excited, I'm shooting for a non-locking replacement that is just a touch bigger. Sort of a hybrid between the stock box and the tuffy box. I may even harvest the front of the stock box to keep a stock look. I just want something deeper for my ropes/tarps/tie downs/bungees.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    the small ones abve the wheel well just pop out
     
  8. Oct 8, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    Thanks; just in case anyone else is interested I picked this up from the DIY bed light thread:

    "I then took the side pockets out of the truck. They disconnect very easily without tools. Just grab the inside of the pocket and push upward, then pull in a downward-out motion. They snap right out. Play with them for a second, it’ll make sense."
     
  9. Oct 19, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    This is on hold until funds for sheet metal come around. I have the plasma cutter and spot welder already but need the material first. Will keep everyone up to date though.
     
  10. Oct 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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    go by the local HVAC supply shop they have really cheap sheet metal. its not car grade or anything but it will work for what you want.
     
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