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those 2 little threaded holes in the front of your bed...

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by stan23, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Mar 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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    All,

    Is there anyway I can add a tie down point there? Do you think those threaded holes will be strong enough?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 2, 2016 at 12:41 PM
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    You talking about the holes just below the rear windshield on the bed? If that's what you're talking about it's where the piece sits that supports the OEM tonneau cover.
     
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    Yeah, I know it's for the factory tonneau. I just want to know if those threaded holes are strong enough for a tie down loop of I make one.
     
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  5. Mar 2, 2016 at 12:58 PM
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    If your not going to trust a bed cleat mounted to a rail then why trust the tonneau mount?
     
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    I put a couple stainless steel bolts to put in those holes. Have no clue what they are for.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2016 at 2:31 PM
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    Huh? The bed cleats are on the rail. The 2 bolt holes are on the bed itself.
     
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    if you do that make sure you use a backing plate to distribute the load
     
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    I know that, probably only 2 or 3 small bolts that hold the rail. If you have the cleats tight they aren't going to move. I don't know exactly what the threads look like you want to tie to but it sounds less stable than using the cleats
     
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    There are 5 bolts holding the front rail in place. The plastic bed cleats are only rated 200 or so lbs (and not laterally) If you tie down 2 bikes on the bike using a cleat in the middle, you've already gone beyond the holding weight limit.

    There just so happens that there are 2 threaded bolt holes in front of the bed (for the OEM Tonneau cover) I want to fab a u bolt and use those threaded holes as a tie down point.
     
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    Here is a great picture I found on this forum of what i'm talking about.

    I want to use those 2 holes and install a D-ring to use as a tie down point for motorcycles.

    Sure I can buy the front bed rail and install (see 5 bolts underneath) and use a bed cleat, but the cleats are not strong enough.

    20151211_082916.jpg
     
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    I've never had issues tieing two bikes down on one cleat

    If you wanna do it, then do it. There's only one way to find out if it'd be strong enough.
     
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    I would buy the rail and find better cleats that work with the rail or make your own. Or custom make some d-rings that will mount to the bed bolts in the front. Unless that's too low for you. Guessing your already using the 2 front corner bracket mounts?
     
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    Dirt bikes maybe OK, but my ducati sport bikes? I don't want to risk it.
     
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    Now I find it hard to believe that you can fit two sport bikes in the bed of your truck o_O
     
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    Exactly what I want to do.. Add a d ring right in the middle and front of the bed using the 2 threaded holes. Just wondering if it is strong enough.

    Yes, the 2 front grey mounts are used too. Some bikes, I don't like to criss/cross tie downs. Thus, I want a tie down point in the middle.
     
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    What about the BAMF corner brackets?

    images_96800aff11c28dc88ae77ccc028be7e41811f83a.jpg
     
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    Can't tell if you're serious.. I used to take 2 sport bikes on my 2nd gen tacoma to the track all the time (same bed size as 3rd gen). I did the criss/cross tie down thing, but with my new truck I wanted to make life easier by adding a 3rd D-ring in the middle.

    Here's a pic I found. (not mine, I had an xrunner)

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    Thanks, I got the corners covered -- gonna use the tie down points on the front side of the bed.

    I just want a tie down point between the 2 bikes in front of the bed.

    A bed buddy would be obvious, but I can't use that because I have a tri fold cover and the bed buddy has a tie down that points straight up in the middle.
     

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