Survey: Options for mounting QuickFist clamps in the bed

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Hey All,
I just cant seem to make a decision on this bed modification I have in mind, and so I want to hear what y'all think. You guys have more free time these days, no? Haha :frown:
Like many people, I'd like to install a few QuickFist clamps to the bed interior to help organize. And in lieu of any kind of bed rail system (or good tie-down options in general), the only way forward I can think of is to get out the drill and start mounting some hardware. The principal issue here is that the clamps themselves, or some kind of bracket system (more on this below), will end up being mounted straight on to the flimsy sheet metal making up the bed. So....
Option 1) Use Jack Nuts (AKA: Jack Rivets) to create a mounting system in a custom bolt pattern. The jack nuts are a nice because they can be mounted blind without achieving access to the opposite side; the space in-between the bed itself and the body panel. This brings me to.....
Option 2) Remove the rear splash guard/wheel-well liner to gain access to this space. Im "pretty" sure that once that splash guard is off I can get in there. This would allow me to mount the clamps using a standard bolt w/o the need for the jack nut solution. This, of course, will yield a much stronger mount. However, i would still have the issue that the system is relying on flimsy sheet metal to hold it all together. Thus...
Option 3). Create some strength by first mounting a strip of L-Track and THEN the QuickFists, or...
Option 4). Start with option 2 but this time put a scrap piece of wood behind the mounts so as to shore them up even further, or.....
Option 5) A combination of options 3 and 4 (L-track mounted through the bed straight into wood) for maximum strength.

Pics are below for some idea as to what Im talking about. I marked in the second picture about where the L-track would be.

And please, if I'm missing an easier solution here, i'd LOVE to hear it. I'm new to the truck modifications game so by all means, set me straight. I also realize that mounting any carrying clamp into sheet metal isnt the best idea. But I plan to take it real easy and not torque on it too much.

Happy Quarantine!

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What is it that you're trying to mount or secure in the bed?

I would, in now way, ever - drill, screw, tap, or otherwise mess with the sheet metal for a mount.

Perhaps knowing what it is that you're trying to secure will aid in helping you to find a solution short of chopping your truck up.
 
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What is it that you're trying to mount or secure in the bed?

I would, in now way, ever - drill, screw, tap, or otherwise mess with the sheet metal for a mount.

Perhaps knowing what it is that you're trying to secure will aid in helping you to find a solution short of chopping your truck up.
Sure. The end goal here is to create some organization for tools/camping gear. For example, a shovel latched lengthwise along the inside wall of the bed, stowed up off the bed itself and not sliding around. And perhaps as lateral support for a fire extinguisher... meaning the weight of it is supported by the truck bed, and this would simply latch it to the side; like earthquake straps on a water heater. This won’t be high torque or high weight bearing.
 











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