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opinion on bobbing the bed on lexi..

After looking at the small amount of pics i found of marlins longbed thats bobbed i had a friend pshop it on my truck. What do you think?


The pros
Less to smash.

i always clip it on stuff right before the tail light and this would fix that.

Would make rust removal easier.


The cons.
With my can back going on soon i will loose the foot of sleep space i like with having the 7 foot bed.

Storage area becomes smaller.

I dont know if im able to still load stuff in it like before.

Shackles will hang out once i do the longer rear leafs.

more grinding and filler.-pro is its behind armor and will look good even if the armor takes abuse.

have to notch the bumper for the shackles.



IDK what to do...Looks freakin sweet tho.

what would you do if this was your daily/winter beater that sees the trail a bunch. Its going to be painted in the next few weeks so i need to get going if im going to do it.


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Forgot to add that im cutting off the bottom as high as the tailgate will allow and the bumper will be up higher either way with the tire rack

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Dooo it.

No problem with sleeping in the shorter bed...just bunk down diagonal and date petite girls.

Looks-wise, I think it's a winner...performance wise I'd do it on my own truck if I weren't stubbornly clinging to the custom rear bumper. So much less to hang up on the trail.

Hey, in a few weeks I'll have no garage and no truck projects if you want a hand.

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Sounds good im going to start on rust repair and prepping the new pannels to make it easier also gotta do Troys stuff. My stupid truck broke the night i went up to get the shop ready...Ubolt so i left it and fixed it the next day....On the way home radiator blew apart so i have it all out chasing sounds and im in need of timing stuff....Lexi is going to be down for a few weeks.

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Dood, that is one reason why i wont bob my 4runner, but if i had a truck, I would bob it. But do it after your springs are on so you know how much to chomp off then add your bumper and order your can-back

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if done properly they are awsome. I would say do it, but take your time.



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Sleep with the tailgate down ... TONS of room then.

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i like it a lot. and seems smart for you considering the damage you normally see.

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+1 for bobbing it. I'm glad I did mine, I just wish I had more time to finish it and a garage to finish it in. If that's the bobbed picture, you'll have plenty of room. My tool box and spare take up 90% of my space.

Do you have a "before" picture to compare it to?
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Do it. It's a shame because I've always thought the long bed yota pre-tacos were sexy looking...but, proportionately, it's looks very tough with the shorter bed.
Do it dude, but do it right.

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Looks much better bobbed. I would definately do it!
You could link the rear while your at it and that would solve most of your issues. The bumper wouldn't have to be notched and the shackles wouldn't stick out anymore.
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hell i just bought my 00 taco and its one of the first things planned along with armor.

bob it... clearance it, and dont look back
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Lol, this post def doesn't fall under the category "cheap tricks".

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It can be done cheap, but to do it properly it definately costs some money



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I like the bob look and functionality. Just do it.

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It can be done cheap, but to do it properly it definately costs some money
what else do i need to do to make sure its done properly?

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what else do i need to do to make sure its done properly?
there have been multiple ways from what ive seen.

People say some of that black/chrome universal vehicle trim molding along the lower edges will help from the bedsides 'flapping' in the wind. Some people get a 1/8th steel rod and heat it/fit it, then weld it. Then weld it all back together, grind it down, feather out the paint, a little bit of mud to make sure its good and straight (mud shouldnt be more then 1/16th of an inch thick IMO) then prime it, block it, and its ready for paint.

It wont cost you more then $100 realistically, unless you're planning to repaint the whole bedside and what not, even then, you can paint yourself so it wouldnt be much more of a deal.

Only thing that concerns me about doing mine at the moment... i dont have money for a decent rear bumper, and my beds already line-x'd so id have to go get that touched up.
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I have already thought out the trim idea My bumper will take up most of it down low and Stock my truck had brackets that hold the mudflaps...Mine have been removed but i found them the other day and set them aside. I have been fixing my stupif f'n truck the past 3 days and i thought id have it done lastnight. Tonight my buddys coming down and were going to bust out the PS pump, Ubolts and the radiator and make a trip up to the shop. I only have one day of work next week(time to find a new job) so i will have time to get the paint and body stuff out of my system.

Should i add anything to make the tail section stronger? Im sure i will have to move a mount and shorten the tail light wires.

Its final Im doing it.

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it is more time than money, but if you make a mistake getting it to look right afterwards is where the money is involved.



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I have already thought out the trim idea My bumper will take up most of it down low and Stock my truck had brackets that hold the mudflaps...Mine have been removed but i found them the other day and set them aside. I have been fixing my stupif f'n truck the past 3 days and i thought id have it done lastnight. Tonight my buddys coming down and were going to bust out the PS pump, Ubolts and the radiator and make a trip up to the shop. I only have one day of work next week(time to find a new job) so i will have time to get the paint and body stuff out of my system.

Should i add anything to make the tail section stronger? Im sure i will have to move a mount and shorten the tail light wires.

Its final Im doing it.
as far as tail light wires, just fold them up, and zip tie them so they're the right length... cutting them means it has a better chance of shorting out.

If youre interested, the body shop i work at is looking for a few body guys, it seems you know bodywork quite well?
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I know body work i just hate doing it. I rather paint stuff. Its not something i really wanna do full time again.

I thought about just coiling up the wires but my truck already has electrical issues from being folded up 6 times in the front. If i shorten them i will be doing it right by soldering and shrink wrapping everything. I want to put all the wiring in one loom that runs neatly to the rear rather then the electrical tape mess toyota made. I got the chains done tonight and have an oil pump bolt just dripping a tiny bit for some odd reason. Im going to tighten them again and time the truck,do the u bolts and its done. What a mess that motor was. 180 out on the cam the oilpump was off timing guieds broken chain stretched,folded headgasket...Im just glad its over and worked out ok.

Body work and paint time starts this week. My truck,Troys stuff.....its going to be fun.

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quicky chop of how mine will be done,

i think im going to do it without doing the clearance cut to it just yet, and making the original bumper work again. Until i can afford to get a nice wrap around bumper made.
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that thing is going to look goofy when you eventually put an extra cab on it



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that thing is going to look goofy when you eventually put an extra cab on it
i think it'll look pimp.

I was going to chop an ext. cab onto it, but i dont have a dead on passenger side pic of one to work into mine.

I just read that i can cut 13" out of the bed, and that'll put the face of the tailgate flush with where i cut the frame rails after i weld a new 2x3 cross member in.

So thats the plan.

Then i can build 2 wrap around supports out of square tube and overall ill have a nice rear bumper/cross member, plus bob/clearence/line-x spray in re-touched for less then $500. I just need to find someone good enough at welding to help me do it without warpage.
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Well after i get mine done i can help you do yours i have a welder thats good for sheetmetal saws,grinders,and will have one under my belt.

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Well after i get mine done i can help you do yours i have a welder thats good for sheetmetal saws,grinders,and will have one under my belt.
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Welding now.........

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I made a mess.



The spray paint is a temp thing. I have a feeling about all i will get finished today is the floor then im moving it up to the shop for grinding and mud. The section that i cut out was so smashed that an hour with hammer and dollie couldnt get it straight enough to look perfect so im going to have a good amount of body work to do. Armor back in that section will be a must.



She has a cute little JDM but now.

Im not looking forward to rust repair cause The sheetmetal on toyotas seems to be paper thin! I found the rust that wasnt showing through as i welded cause it burned like the p funk im about to smoke.

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oh i forgot to add....I cut out 12inches to make it the same size bed as a normal bed truck. This way if i make a huge mess of the canback idea i can buy one or a nice fiberglass topper. Cut the frame back to the support for the stock spare tire mount so about 2inches before the shackle.

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