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Stronger bed rail drop plates?

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by Danimal86, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Aug 21, 2019 at 10:07 AM
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    Danimal86

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    When I got my backflip bed cover, it came with some cheap aluminum drop plates so the bed rail wouldn't hit the cover. I'm afraid if I ever actually put some pull on them, it'll just bend those plates.
    Has anyone made a more robust drop plate?
     
  2. Aug 21, 2019 at 10:08 AM
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    Seems like something a local fab shop could make with some thicker steel fairly easily..
     
  3. Aug 21, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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    Might end up having to go this route.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    I would think it would be easy to fab some up with some flat stock from Home Depot, maybe something like a quarter inch thick.
     
  5. Aug 21, 2019 at 11:46 AM
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    I was originally thinking of a flat plate with a perpendicular plate welded to the back, but not sure how it would work.
     
  6. Aug 21, 2019 at 11:51 AM
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    I was just thinking copy the aluminum with something thicker and stronger. But anything you do to lower it will create a leverage point. A long flat plate the length of the rail will be strongest.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    I bought this dropdown kit for my rails. I even snapped one of the bolts putting it in. I don't know why they made it from aluminum. When I received mine, it looked like it was made be a 3 year old. Scratches and burrs all over.
    https://www.amazon.com/BAK-Industries-410TB-Tonneau-Cover/dp/B0055AJ9O8
     
  8. Aug 21, 2019 at 3:47 PM
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    Yes it is. I'm going to check with local shops about making steel for mine.
     
  10. Aug 21, 2019 at 6:55 PM
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    I used a metal bracket from Home Depot but it’s not thick enough. They start to bend when ratcheting the straps
     
  11. Aug 21, 2019 at 8:29 PM
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    I thought the same thing, but I've discovered that they are actually pretty damn strong once they are installed.
     

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