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DIY: Bed Tie-Down Ring Addition

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by csuviper, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Sep 1, 2014 at 8:42 PM
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    The bed of most Tundras lack tie-down rings. This mod adds the much needed tie-downs for things like dirt bikes and camping gear. I did not create this mod, actually found in on Tacomaworld and installed these when i had my Tacoma.

    Parts you will need:
    Tools you will need:
    • Step drill bit with a Drill
    • Cut off wheel with an Angle Grinder
    • Vice or Vice Grips
    • T-55 Torx with a ratchet
    Directions
    1. Place the tie-down rings in a vice or clamp them tight in vice grips. It is much easier if they are placed in a vice. If you purchased tie-down rings with a 1/2" diameter hole already, you can skip step 1 and 2.
    2. Use the step drill to open up the holes in all of the tie-down rings to 1/2" diameter. If you purchased tie-down rings with a 1/2" diameter hole already, you can skip step 1 and 2.
    3. Add some black paint of your choosing to the holes that you opened up to avoid rust.
    4. Remove the truck bed retaining bolts. You only need to remove the ones that you plan to add tie-down rings to.
    5. There are two options for this step.
      1. Option 1: Clamp down the washer on the bolt in the vice. Use the grinder with cut off wheel to cut or notch a part of the washer off to the bolt head.
      2. Option 2: Grind down the bolt retention ridges or use a hammer to remove the washer from the bolt.
    6. Place the bolt into the tie-down rings and install them back into the bed of the truck.
    Simple as that you now have additional locations to tie down what you want.

    Removal of the bed retaining bolts
    IMG_2895.jpg

    T-55 Torx socket
    IMG_2897.jpg

    Step drill bit used to open up the holes to 1/2" diameter
    IMG_2902.jpg

    Washer too big for the tie-down
    IMG_2898.jpg

    Another view of the washer being too big for the tie-down
    IMG_2899.jpg

    Paint added to the holes
    IMG_2906.jpg

    Notched washer
    IMG_2905.jpg

    Bolt with notched washer installed in the tie-down
    IMG_2904.jpg

    Installed
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  2. Sep 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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    Next DIY mod you need to do...spray in bed liner
     
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  3. Sep 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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    Lol. It probably wont be a DIY. I will most likely get it done by a professional with warranty. The good stuff.
     
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  4. Sep 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM
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  5. May 18, 2015 at 7:13 PM
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    I can't believe I didn't see this til now, great DIY.
     
  6. May 18, 2015 at 7:39 PM
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  7. May 18, 2015 at 7:43 PM
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    I think I still have some
    d-rings left over...but I plan on doing line-x so I'm not sure i care to install them...
     
  8. May 18, 2015 at 7:46 PM
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    :smash:@csuviper - your abused bed paint scratches make my OCD go crazy
     
  9. May 18, 2015 at 7:53 PM
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    Csviper knows how to make sean go stir crazy now. Sean you should have seen my bed on my tundra with that plastic bedliner before it went to bedrug. all I can say is alot of sanding and alot of primer/epoxy down to seal it.
     
  10. May 18, 2015 at 7:55 PM
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    It's because I know how to use the bed for what it's meant for rather than just looking at it :)
     
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  11. May 18, 2015 at 8:05 PM
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    :spy: Brian knows my OCD has limits...haha I had him help me find a small squeak the other week....ended up finding his instead lol.
     
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    Yep. Stupid hood latch squeak
     
  13. May 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM
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    doing this soon.
     
  14. May 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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    Saw you completed your install. Post up your pic up here as an example.
     
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    I forgot about your mod. I went thru it once a few months back before I officially signed on. I need to go back and re-view your mods again.
     
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    here is mineimage.jpg
     
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    How much should I expect to fork over to the dealer for a pack of D rings?
     
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    Checked the site. Should be good to go. Getting major hail now. Hope truck doesn't get thrashed. Major hail.
     
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    Poured here on the way back from the gym for about 5 mins...not raining now...last few days (during the day) have been beautiful. I've been driving around with some windows down at 730AM, and in the evening.
     
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    Whew!! No apparent dings. Shooter marble size. Truck was parked under a big tree. Now covered with a bazzilion leaves.
     
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    got off an army surplus site thats listed in the diy thread its $6 or something
     
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    Is either $20 for two of the OEM Toyota ones or $6.50 for five of the ones i used from the Army Surplus site.
     
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  25. Jul 26, 2015 at 9:14 PM
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    Great idea for the tiedowns mod!!
     
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    Ditto on that. Need to do this ASAP. I keep forgetting about this mod.
     
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    So, the bed of my truck came with what seems like a good quality spray in bed liner and don't feel it is a good idea to attempt to remove any of the bolts. Has anyone used these cargo control rail systems?

    3467-truck-anchor-point-tie-down-kit-6-piece_1_640.jpg
    I'm just wondering if there might be issues with installing them in the ruts of the bed, i.e. do they sit up too high? Do I have to pre-drill? Do they handle enough weight to be worth the install?
     
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