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  • does a curved bed extender really matter?

    Posted by Charles on August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Just got a tacoma and will be carrying my 12’6″ Jackson Mayfly in the bed…planning on a bed extender and would obviously like to spend a minimal amount on it to get by. The T-bone looks cool and all but if the $60 one from harbor freight works just as well I’d go for that. I do have a driveway with a downward grade (that I just had sealed!) and don’t want to be bottoming out but how big of a problem is that really? Can the flat (non-curved) work just as well with no bottoming out?

    Charles replied 1 week, 6 days ago 2 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Birb_1102

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Depends on your driveway and truck height dude. No one can tell you that over the internet. Although I will say there is nothing wrong with the harbor freight version of you can get away with it.

  • Failure_is_imminent

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I went with the Yakima long arm. It’s pretty slick. I use it on pretty steep boat ramps and have never bottomed it out.

    The advantage over the boonedox, is that you can pull a pin and flip it up. I usually just keep it mounted on my truck.

  • HamsterGuard

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    There are generic brands on amazon that have a slight bend for $60-70. Worked very well for me on my inclined driveway.

  • ATWrongTurn

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    It definitely helps with ground clearance. I’ve bottomed out my harbor freight one in driveways a rounded one would clear no problem. That said, just be conscious of it and you’ll be fine.

  • GlitchyMcGlitchFace

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    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve been very happy using this [<$70 extender from Amazon](https://a.co/d/gyZKiz8), which I use to haul an OT Sportsman 106 in my 2002 Tacoma Double Cab. It has an angled bar. My driveway is on a hill and I’ve had no issues w/the bar scraping, fwiw.

  • Professional_Bed_902

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I have the Harbor Freight one and rarely bottom out with my stock 03 Ford Ranger. Zip tied a pool noodle on for padding. Works great.

  • ramsdl52

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Just like everyone else I use the HF extension. Works fine. I did put a pull noodle over half of it. The slick side for loading and unloading. The noodle part for transportation. Keeps the yak from rubbing on the metal during transport.

  • Riiskey

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I have a tbone style bed extender for my truck and honestly it’s perfect. It was quite a bit cheaper than the angled ones but it can also be a pain to get into some areas with the lower ground clearance.

  • jescereal

    Guest
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    My HF extender has worked great.

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