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So my in-laws got me a Hi-lift for Xmas, and I finally got around to machining some mounts. I think they turned out alright. I decided to use the existing t-rail instead of buying the bent sheet metal mounts that require drilling holes in the plastic bed side. I plan on replacing the wing nuts with a plastic (phenolic) knob. Here are a few pics.




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very cool, how much to build me a set? lol
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Awesome! What kind of equipment do you have access to? I would love to have a little Bridgeport in the garage...

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looks nice! clean, strong, and ease of access all in one!
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Awesome! What kind of equipment do you have access to? I would love to have a little Bridgeport in the garage...
At work, we have 3 CNC machines, a small 3-axis, a 3-axis Haas router with a 7' x 12' bed, and my pride and joy, a 5-axis Zimmerman FZ-30 mill, 16' x 9' x 5' travel, linear scales on all the axis, will hold .001" over 16'.

Someday I would love to have a small 3-axis CNC mill in the garage.

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very cool, how much to build me a set? lol
Actually, I have been thinking about making a few more sets. If I can find enough interest, I will run a dozen pairs or so. The only problem is, they cost me more to make than the jack is worth. Surprise, surprise.

So far, I have about $75 invested. $60 in aluminum, $15 in hardware, but i still owe the boss a 12 pack for letting me use the mill this weekend. If I made a few more, I would have to buy time on the mill.

Does the 95-04 tacoma have a bedrail system similar to the late models? If so, I could probably tweak the model/program and make a few for the older tacos.

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nope. we just have a metal box. ill work with you for a weekend if you want to come up with a design though!
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Yea - that might be a bit cost prohibitive. I accomplished the same thing for about $5. I do wish I had access to that equipment though...


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Actually, I have been thinking about making a few more sets. If I can find enough interest, I will run a dozen pairs or so. The only problem is, they cost me more to make than the jack is worth. Surprise, surprise.

So far, I have about $75 invested. $60 in aluminum, $15 in hardware, but i still owe the boss a 12 pack for letting me use the mill this weekend. If I made a few more, I would have to buy time on the mill.

Does the 95-04 tacoma have a bedrail system similar to the late models? If so, I could probably tweak the model/program and make a few for the older tacos.

Would the cost go down if more people bought in?
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Nice work!! I've got access to a Bridgeport (Grandfather and uncle are machinists). I've used it several times but not for anything like you've done

I've been talking to him about making affordable high steer arms for FJ80s. I think he could make some $$$ on a project like that.
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Those are awesome mounts you made. Unfortunately with that much cost into the materials they become a hard sale. You would be looking at about $100.00 a set with labor and that would be on the cheap side.

I mounted mine straight on the rail with a carriage bolt. About $12 in materials. But mine sit above the bed too. I don't have a bed cover to contend with.

I really like the design. You do great work!

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Nice!

Those look Great!

Although, I would have probably put more holes in it

Ive been reading a little on machining, you're inspiring me. What else have you made for your truck?

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Those look Great!

Although, I would have probably put more holes in it

Ive been reading a little on machining, you're inspiring me. What else have you made for your truck?
Yeah, I didn't want to put the holes in it, but I didn't want to build dedicated fixtures for what could have been a one off set of parts. I used the holes to bolt it down to a plate and profile the shape.

Haven't made much else. I need a mount for my GPS next. I would also like to get a C02 setup and make some sort of mounting bracket that utilizes the same rail.

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I would also like to get a C02 setup and make some sort of mounting bracket that utilizes the same rail.
Now that would definately be something I would be interested in as well. Need to secure that thing well. You might have a decent market for that with other late model owners.

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Yeah, I didn't want to put the holes in it, but I didn't want to build dedicated fixtures for what could have been a one off set of parts. I used the holes to bolt it down to a plate and profile the shape.
No, I mean, I REALLY would have put more holes in it.

I'm all about holes. You could taper the opening too! But it all costs time.

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keep us updated on anything you make for the rail system i know i would like to put mine to better use
I really like the jack mounts but as said before a little to much $$$ for mounts

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