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Short bed or long bed?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by zerocool120, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. Apr 6, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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    zerocool120

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    All,
    Per my previous threads, I am looking to build an overland/expedition Tacoma soonest. I received a ton of great advice about a multitude of things...but one thing not mentioned was the short versus long bed question. I assumed that if you expect to do any off-roading, the shorter wheel base the better, but after actually looking at a 2010 Tacoma Double-Cab with short bed, I wonder what the exact different really is. The short bed seems really small. For storage and utility in overlanding, shouldn't I go with the foot longer long bed instead? Actual vehicle length increases by only 13.2 inches. I do not know the measurements in wheelbase difference, but it can't be much...then again is it? With a 3" lift on this truck, will I notice a difference off-roading between the two? What do you suggest and why?
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  2. Apr 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM
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    joerussell610

    joerussell610 When all else fails read the directions

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    Short Bed my fellow warrior. Hooah!
     
  3. Apr 6, 2011 at 9:46 AM
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    The shortbed is really small , but for your stated usage , is probably the correct choice .

    Shorter wheelbase is better offroad .
     
  4. Apr 6, 2011 at 10:07 AM
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  5. Apr 6, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    High five brother
     
  6. Apr 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    I have to agree
     
  7. Apr 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    took my dclb thru a LIGHT trail 3 months after i got it bone stock and only once really had a clearance issue. If you're gonna be planning on rougher trails, i would go with the short bed unless you don't mind doing a 6 in lift down the road. Also you can't get the off road package on the long bed. just 2 cents from a lond bed owner.
     
  8. Apr 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    The OP stated he wanted a DC .

    Therefore the correct choice is DCSB .
     
  9. Apr 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM
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    Wow! Lot's of comments! The reason I need a Double-Cab is due to having two children that have to accompany me everywhere:D. I was planning an Icon stage 4 3" lift, but nothing more (suspension wise). The bed, whatever size it is, will have a custom bed rack (hopefully built by Relentless!) to take on the RTT. I will try to fit all of the other stuff (onboard air, Engel fridge, water, fuel, etc.) into that bed rack system somehow. Being a novice, I was just wondering if there is really a difference between the two bed sizes on light off-road applications. I will not be doing any rock-crawling (unless I put myself in a really bad situation, in which case I will just use exploseves to solve the problem:eek:!). Thanks for the advice.
    Mike
     
  10. Apr 6, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    Light offroad with that lift , you will be fine with the DCLB .

    If you intend to get the TRD Offroad edition , it only comes in a shortbed though .

    You can get the longbed as an SR5 or TRD Sport .
     
  11. Apr 6, 2011 at 9:57 PM
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    Just give it some time
    I've got the double cab short bed, and this thing has a great turning radius.
     
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