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Tie Down Cleats - to Trust, or NOT to Trust

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by sandie, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Mar 12, 2007 at 3:42 PM
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    sandie

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    whattya think? Will the cleats that come with the factory bedrails hold a 350+ lb moto in place?
     
  2. Mar 12, 2007 at 5:01 PM
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    I'm wondering the same thing, as I need to haul my Ducati
    too the shop IN THE MORNING. Any experience ? ?

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  3. Mar 12, 2007 at 5:37 PM
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    I believe the cleats are not rated for that much. That being said, if you tie it down right, the load on any one cleat should be dramatically less than that.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:13 AM
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    GAH! there is really not much to tie down to besides the cleats in the front of the bed...holy cow batman, i'm stumped!
     
  5. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:52 AM
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    Use multiple cleats to distribute the weight better that way each one only holds about 100 pounds. I believe they are rated for 200 but I would double check that.
     
  6. Mar 13, 2007 at 9:04 AM
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    Don't you have 4 tie downs in your bed itself?
     
  7. Mar 13, 2007 at 9:12 AM
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    mine only came with 3 (one in each rail)

    the problem is, i'm transporting 2 bikes...i was going to use the cleat in the rail behind the cab to hold both bikes, and a cleat on each side to hold the other side of each bike...

    hmmmm, now i'm getting nervous
     
  8. Mar 13, 2007 at 9:41 AM
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    will you be able to use the hooks on the bed in the back? Those attached to frame and are rated for 450 lbs.
     
  9. Mar 13, 2007 at 11:11 AM
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    Here's an excerpt from http://www.caranddriver.com/roadtests/8517/toyota-tacoma-double-cab-sr5-4x4-v-6.html

    ...Four tie-down cleats rated for 220 pounds each slide on rails, and D-rings bolted through... the box will take 440 pounds each...

    I fully compress the front suspension when I transport my bike. I would probably load it up "tail-end" first, and make use of the 'D' rings. That's if my wife lets me buy the e-racings race fairing set!!!
     
  10. Mar 13, 2007 at 12:36 PM
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    yeah, i bought it used, and it only had 3 cleats...i have 4 more cleats from the yellow x-runner we built at work for sema 2 years ago, but they're not complete (missing the bolts and springs)...i'm trying to figure a way to rig those in permanently in addition to the ones that slide

    in the meantime, i think i will use the d-rings in back and load back first...good idea topdec and TRDeity! thanks!
     
  11. Mar 13, 2007 at 2:00 PM
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    Toyota sells D-rings for the front of bed. I put them in and they seem sturdy enough as long as you follow the instructions. Everyones Tacoma should have came with 4 factory tiedowns and 2 rear D-rings.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2007 at 4:02 PM
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    Each rail is rated for more than the weight of the bike, but you don't want a situation where slamming on the brakes will cause the g-forces of the bike to increase beyond the load limit of the individual tie down or the rail itself. Do as much as you can with the D-rings and distribution of the weight among the tie downs - you'll be fine.

    It is good to know D-rings are available up front. I was disapointed when I saw there were none. My '89 had them in the corners high and low.
     
  13. Mar 13, 2007 at 4:25 PM
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    except for the tacomas that are bought used and the previous owner lost/kept/destroyed one of them :D :p ;)


    hmmmm, just called my toyota parts source and they don't know of any drings for the front of the bed...hmmm, guess i'll have to figure something out myself

    thanks for all the responses! i'll take pics of the bikes in the bed and the solution i come up with!
     
  14. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:06 PM
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    Here's what we did to load 2 bikes (SV & R6) on a truck with D-rings on the side...

    1. drilled 2 hooks on a piece of 2x4
    2. placed the 2x4 in the front side of the bed
    3. rolled the front tires of the bikes on the 2x4, to keep it still
    4. hooked the inside of both bikes onto the hooks on the 2x4
    5. hooked the outside of the bikes onto the d-rings

    Travelled 2.5 hours each way with no problems. Oh, we were also pulling an RC-51 loaded on a trailer.
     
  15. Mar 13, 2007 at 8:51 PM
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    Just be careful not to overtighten the cleats.
     
  16. Mar 14, 2007 at 7:41 AM
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    Not a very good parts source then. Just look on the Toyota website under Tacoma Accessories and you will see them. Go to any Toyota parts counter and they will know what you are talking about. Mine had them in stock.
     
  17. Mar 15, 2007 at 8:32 AM
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    could you link me to what you're referring to on the toyota website...i'm still not finding drings for the front of the bed...thanks!
     
  18. Mar 15, 2007 at 8:46 AM
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    At the bottom of page it says these also available. They nare for the front of the bed since all come with rear D-rings.
    http://www.toyota.com/tacoma/accessories.html
    Just GO to your local dealers parts counter. There are 4 within minutes of you. They are not expensive. Can't remember what I paid but just pocket change compared to your bike.
     
  19. Mar 15, 2007 at 9:04 AM
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    yeah, i'm eyeballing those mini cleats too :D
     
  20. Mar 15, 2007 at 1:22 PM
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    Mini cleates are great and cleaner looking than the standard ones.
    Also if you really tighten them down, they are much harder to steal.
     
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