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Old 09-14-2020, 02:40 PM #16
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Whoa! That is brilliant! I definitely have been trying to figure out two things:
1) How to re-gain the tie-downs behind the seats since they are covered with my platform.
2) How to utilize the space underneath the platform.

I now have some answers!

I 100% agree. I like the idea of modular anchor points.
Used this site for inspiration to build my platform:
The Explore4R 4Runner Platform System — Explore4R

I modified mine to use the 4 existing tiedown points/metric bolts. If you zoom in on my picture you can see where I countersunk the platform and used large washers under the bolts.
It was a bit of an engineering problem to get all the bolt holes in the correct position, and to cut the platform so it would fit in the back by angleing it in diagonally.
I used 3/4 inch Baltic birch plywood for the platform and 1/2” Baltic birch for the pullouts. I used roll on bed liner for the surface coating.
I really like how it turned out and all the L-track tie down points are very handy.

Edit: I did not use ‘existing’ metric bolts. I had to figure out new lengths to account for plywood and space for runners on bottom side.
Regarding the link I referenced, I’m not sure how he tied his platform down.

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Congrats on the new truck! Looks great! I'm sure it'll serve you well for years to come!
Thank you! I sure hope it does

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Used this site for inspiration to build my platform:
The Explore4R 4Runner Platform System — Explore4R

I modified mine to use the 4 existing tiedown points/metric bolts. If you zoom in on my picture you can see where I countersunk the platform and used large washers under the bolts.
It was a bit of an engineering problem to get all the bolt holes in the correct position, and to cut the platform so it would fit in the back by angleing it in diagonally.
I used 3/4 inch Baltic birch plywood for the platform and 1/2” Baltic birch for the pullouts. I used roll on bed liner for the surface coating.
I really like how it turned out and all the L-track tie down points are very handy.

Edit: I did not use ‘existing’ metric bolts. I had to figure out new lengths to account for plywood and space for runners on bottom side.
Regarding the link I referenced, I’m not sure how he tied his platform down.
Thanks, Blake. I like the idea of making the platform more secure and permanent by bolting it down like that. I might have to build a new platform down the road.
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Update!

Let's do something about these shitty foglights.

Went with some Diode Dynamics SS3 Pros in Amber:





Yeah that'll look nice


One last look


Pro-tip: Use an old ice cube tray to keep track of your screws/clips, etc. I've been using this trick for years and it's saved my ass many times.


The kit comes with mounting brackets, screws and the cable adapter specific to the 4Runner:


It was pretty self-explanatory to mount it all up, I kept the bolts loose to properly angle the fog lights in a bit.



Perfect fit, no issues whatsoever.


Test it to make sure it's working:


Now cable manage a bit so it's not banging around in there.


Pulled out the old beer pong table and used that to make sure the fogs were even.


Obviously, I did the passenger side as well.

Next up, I gotta do something about those shitty halogen low-beams!
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Thank you! I sure hope it does



Thanks, Blake. I like the idea of making the platform more secure and permanent by bolting it down like that. I might have to build a new platform down the road.
You’re welcome. A little tip:
Once I figured out the bolt lengths, I bought 4 extra, cut the heads off and used a grinder to sharpen them to a point. Then I threaded them into the 4 existing tiedown holes. Then I carefully positioned the platform on top of the protruding sharp pointed bolts and hit the platform with a rubber mallet at those points to indent the underside of the platform. That marked the positions for the holes that needed to be drilled. Worked like a charm.
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You’re welcome. A little tip:
Once I figured out the bolt lengths, I bought 4 extra, cut the heads off and used a grinder to sharpen them to a point. Then I threaded them into the 4 existing tiedown holes. Then I carefully positioned the platform on top of the protruding sharp pointed bolts and hit the platform with a rubber mallet at those points to indent the underside of the platform. That marked the positions for the holes that needed to be drilled. Worked like a charm.
That is a serious pro-tip (pun intended). I'll log this in my notes for the future V2 platform build!
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