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Bed Stiffeners - What do they do? Do I need them?

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by TOTAL CHAOS, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:06 AM
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    Jim LE 1301

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  2. Mar 17, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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    Jim LE 1301

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  3. Mar 29, 2020 at 12:52 PM
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    @TOTAL CHAOS

    Do you guys by chance have a rear facing video of the besides before and after stiffeners installed?
     
  4. Mar 30, 2020 at 7:05 AM
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    TOTAL CHAOS

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    Negative but that's something we can look into doing.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    Maybe I'll just have to finally pull the trigger and make some videos ;)
     
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  6. Mar 30, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    Do you have pics of that rack or any opinion on it
     
  7. Mar 30, 2020 at 11:03 PM
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    Sorry brother, I didn't realize that was for me. Let me take some photos for you tomorrow if you need more.

    My thoughts so far:

    Well made - great welds and excellent powder coating.

    Lightweight - most of it appears to be aluminum, but feels incredibly sturdy. I have a ruggedized three person tent on top with an awning. That's about 200-220lbs I would guess with the pillows, sheets, and Denver memory foam mattress.

    Capacity- And then on top of that I have six rotopax mounts with two tool quick-fists on the bottom. I feel pretty confident it'll hold up. The side also serves as a convenient place to mount my dual band HAM antenna. (The one in the photo is the whip I use temporarily due to the stupid assigned carports.)

    Customer Support - I have never been more pleased. The same guy (Max) always answers the phone and email, they will make you bespoke parts if required should their standards parts not fit. One of the best experiences ever.

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  8. May 6, 2020 at 2:05 PM
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    Now I need to sack up and just drill the damn holes.

    FWIW I'll try to snag some before and after go-pro of the bed. Not really sure that will help show, prove anything but someone, somewhere, someday might want to see a before and after.

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  9. May 6, 2020 at 2:13 PM
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    Mine should be here this week
     
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  10. May 6, 2020 at 2:33 PM
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    I'm still not sure I need these. I May just wait and see.
     
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  11. May 8, 2020 at 10:10 AM
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    TOTAL CHAOS

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    Have any questions for us?

    These are certainly a great addition if you're running a camper shell, bed rack, or just putting the truck through serious off-road use.
     
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  12. May 8, 2020 at 10:11 AM
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    TOTAL CHAOS

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    :cool: Send some pics once you install them
     
  13. May 8, 2020 at 10:11 AM
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    Heading into work for a 2 day rotation Monday and Tuesday, hopefully ill be able to grab some before footage driving on some crap dirt roads.
     
  14. May 8, 2020 at 11:06 AM
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    TOTAL CHAOS

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    Sweet!

    Definitely post any pics or videos you have
     
  15. May 8, 2020 at 12:55 PM
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    Thanks for asking. It's great you are here and making great products for us. I guess I am just not sure if I need to do this mod. I just don't know if it's necessary and also they are not cheap for what they are.

    I definitely think they are necessary on the Tacoma but the bed on my 2020 Tundra feels rock solid. I wonder if something was changed from previous years cuz I don't get a lot of bed shake or movement.

    I will be putting a bed rack on it and a 180 pound roof top tent on the rack. Part of me says just wait and see if anything happens. Another says be proactive and prevent damage. But what if that damage never comes and I wasted the money. I have only seen one damaged tundra bed and no real details how it happened. So again, just don't know what to do here about this mod.
    Thanks.
     
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  16. May 8, 2020 at 2:47 PM
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    I have slight cracking from a bed rack and RTT, I'm too late to the party to help prevent that lol
     
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  17. May 8, 2020 at 2:58 PM
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    mountainpete

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    Any recommendations for rust prevention with the holes being drilled?

    @TOTAL CHAOS any words of wisdom?
     
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  18. May 8, 2020 at 3:30 PM
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    I just used rustoleum spray paint, drilled the holes, sprayed the area let it dry ,and assembled the bracket, also I sprayed both side.
     
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  19. May 11, 2020 at 11:50 AM
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    Just as user @Ely010606 mentioned, a spritz of paint or other non rusting agent will do the trick
     
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  20. May 11, 2020 at 12:03 PM
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    It's going to be up to each individual to make that choice. Obviously as you said it's almost a necessity at this point with the Tacoma but clearly the Tundra doesn't have the same issue. With the kind of weight you could be adding and the amount of money it costs for the additions you are putting in your truck, does the piece of mind out weigh the cost of the braces? It would be a one and done cost however as these braces don't require maintenance and will outlast the life of your vehicle. A lot of people just like having the extra mounting points as well as the piece of mind of having the extra support. Ultimately it's your build and we want you to be happy with it whatever route you decide to go with the braces!
     
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  21. May 11, 2020 at 2:03 PM
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    Again, greatly appreciate your input and you are right about the peace of mind. I guess it's a good time to ask, any sales coming up? Thanks.
     
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  22. May 11, 2020 at 2:59 PM
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    That’s good you asked, I ordered mine from SDHQ, and a couple weeks ago and Total Chaos had a 20% sale . Hopefully its still going on for you.
    Peace of mind is worth the price IMHO.
     
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    Thanks. Well i checked the website and no sign of a sale. Hopefully TC will chime in soon and let me know.
     
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    I could be wrong also, there were having so many sale on this forum.
     
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  25. May 12, 2020 at 7:51 AM
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    No sales going on right now and none that I know of coming up. They have been selling like hot cakes for months so I wouldn't expect a sale anytime soon.
     
  26. Jun 2, 2020 at 7:18 AM
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    :boink:
     
  27. Jun 2, 2020 at 7:31 AM
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  28. Jun 27, 2020 at 8:17 PM
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    Install failed of my @TOTAL CHAOS stiffeners. Sigh. Was only able to get one side done.

    When I bought the truck I had the dealership do a bedliner. A while later I noticed the one bed bolt was loose. Not thinking much about it, I asked the dealer to tighten it. Didn’t give it a second thought.

    Turn out the bed nut was stripped and the just put a second bolt on under it to tighten it up. Without it, the bed bolt just spins and never tightens. With the stiffener in place, the bed bolt isn’t long enough for the second nut to hold it down. I either need a longer bed bolt or I have to cut off the factory bed nut and replace it somehow.

    Anyone else ever had this issue? Any create ideas?

    I’m have the truck going in for unrelated service at the dealer. I’m going to see if they are willing to properly fix the initial problem.

    In the meantime, the one side I did looks pretty.

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  29. Jun 27, 2020 at 9:11 PM
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    I haven't had this issue, but when I took my truck to the LineX dealer to have the bed sprayed he told me he could remove the bolts or spray over the bolts for the same price. He recommended spraying over the bolts because he said every now and then on the Tundra bed bolts they get stripped going back in. I wasn't sure if that was a pitch to do it quicker and be lazy, but I opted to spray over the bolts. Good luck with your fix.
     
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  30. Jun 27, 2020 at 10:01 PM
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    Thanks. Hopefully the dealer can just tap the nut and replace bolt.
     
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