Has any of you guys replaced the factory tie down points? I dont like how they are open eye bolts. My ratchet straps always fall out when I am trying to tighten them.
Just ordered 5. I plan on bolting them lower in the bed. The factory spot is too high.
I would really like to see pictures so I can get some ideas on how I am going to do mine. I have a factory drop in bed liner. I considered pulling it out and welding some down and getting a spray in but I dont want to shell out the cash for a spray in.I drilled holes through the bed and added my own eye-bolts.
One in the center of the front edge of the bed, one in each front corner of the bed. Then one on each side just in front of the wheel well, one on top of each wheel well, one just behind each wheel well, and one in each back corner of the bed.
I started with an eye bolt, and threaded a nut all the way down. Then a washer, then a fender washer (to distribute the force, and not rip the bolt out) then put it through the hole in the bed. Then underneath, another fender washer, another regular washer, and a locknut with a nylon insert.
I've tied down two motorcycles at a time. I tied one bike down and drove cross-country. I have hauled lumber, steel, and all kinds of debris. I ratchet the straps down as tight as I can, and I've never had anything come loose. It's been about 2 years now.
The factory tiedown points are useless, indeed.