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Old 11-23-2006, 09:52 AM   #1
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flat bed build

alright i searched on how to do this but couldn't really find anything on making a custom flat bed for a 2001 tacoma. i have found alot of stuff on older taco's with flat beds but not on the newer ones. what i wanted to do was make a custom flat bed that could be removed and place the orig. bed back on if i wanted to. i guess i will have to tech write my progress when i start building if i still cant find anything. if any of you guys know of someone who has done this on a new taco that would be great. oh well customization is half the battle right?
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Check with Jeff @ Badland Bumpers North of you.
http://www.badlandbumpers.com/index_files/page0001.htm

I have seen his flat beds in person, and they look nice.

He works on a variety of Toyotas, and may have a kit for a Tacoma.

If you do your own, it would be great to submit a write-up to me for the Tech Section.

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Also I bet Mike (Crash) is into making them.
I have to hunt for his site, be back later...
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He has not been on here for a month, and his website in his sig no longer works.
But I found his info on Rob's site.
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thanks man. i will probably fabricate something similar to the picture and make sure i do a write up on it. that really does help just seeing a picture of it though
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My flat bed is old school and made out of square tubing, and I don't have a Tacoma, but the basics are all the same.

Mine bolts on using the factory body mounts, so a regular bed could be put back on if I ever wanted to.



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Here one that I put on my 85, kinda like allpro's kit. I didn't get it completely finished before I sold it, but they might give you some ideas. Also has room for 2!

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Here is a picture of the flatbed I used to have on my truck. It liked it, was very functional, and I LOVED the extra storage box I built into the rear. I ended up selling it for way less than what it was worth, I tubed the rear of my truck to lose some weight.
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I love the bottle opener! That is sweet!
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Thanks.......here's a link.

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alright i decided i'm going to so some fabrication and build my own. i dont know how long it might take but with winter here i should have more time to do it. i will track my process and hopefully be able to make a tech write up on this project. hope to get started on it in a couple weeks. thanks for all the support and ideas. i'll keep the post up to date to or at least try to haha
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Some of these beds are GREAT looking!!

Good luck on building yours, and be sure to keep us updated!!
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Here are some pics of the bed I put on my '85. I went a little wider and longer to cover the 35's and to give me more room, since it was used as a farm truck. The tires tucked under and never touched the bed during flex. It worked great for me. I miss it now, since I have sold the truck. I used some 1 1/2" square tube for the basic frame.
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Here one that I put on my 85, kinda like allpro's kit. I didn't get it completely finished before I sold it, but they might give you some ideas. Also has room for 2!

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SWEET!!

I thought I was the only one with the ultimate bitch seat idea!!
It could help drive down the prices of 4Runners too!
Have to give it a long soft top so they dont complain TOO much . . . or they could make good use of the bottle opener and forget about it . . .
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