Sinjin, Really well done build out of the bed.
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Did you get your truck yet? I built this a couple of weekends ago. Total weight (canopy, deck box, and stuff in box) I'm guestimating that it's in the neighborhood of 350 lbs -ish. It caused the truck to squat down level with the front, but the TSB brought it back up 1" or so. Waiting to see what happens when the springs settle. The side bins keep the deck from moving side to side or fore and aft, and can also hold stuff.
This picture is with one of the deck drawers pulled out.
And this is of the top of the deck that pulls out to get stuff that is in the front of the bed without having to crawl in the back. It's long enough for me to sleep on.
300lbs is nothing, won't start to sag until you start to get into the tons. My truck sags sometimes if I put concrete debris that weighs over 1000lbs.Planning on buying a Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off Road 4x4 in the next few weeks. One of the first priorities will be to put on a shell (probably ARE) and bulid a sleeping platform in the back. Total weight will be +/- 300 lbs. Based on all the suspension issues that the Tacoma's seem to have, will I have an issue with this ammount of weight? Will I need to upgrade the suspension, or will the existing suspension (with or without the TSB) be good enough? Also, if I do need an upgrade, what would you suggest? Thanks in advance for your help.
i would say no. mine never really sagged with two dirtbikes in the back, and that's much more than 300lbs. on the other hand, some people have had different experiences. the only thing you can do is try it. if it does sag, you have a legit reason to ask for the tsb to be performed on your truck. if for some reason they do not do it for you (i don't see WHY they would but..) then you could look into an aal, or helper spring or possibly an air bag setup if you wanted. like i said though, i don't personally think you'll have an issue.
be sure to post up a pic of that setup when you do it-i'd like to see what you come up with.