I have now owned all three versions of the Baja Rack for the Tacoma and I had an issue with one version. I started a thread here to ask for assistance in dealing with the issue; however, Baja Racks being the excellent company that it is, fixed the problem and I promised to do a write up on the racks once I wrapped everything up. So here it is...
Ok so I got my Tacoma in May 2012 and one of the accessories I added to the purchase was the OEM roof rack. This is the two bars that run along the sides of the roof. I like the design because it stows nicely and is still functional. In any case, I knew I would want a proper roof rack/ roof basket in the future. Up to this point, my experiences with roof rack all needed and existing “luggage” rack with cross bars and then the roof rack would attach to the luggage rack. There several pros and cons for these types of racks. From my perspective you can always remove it when not in use to cut down on wind noise; however, adding lights to this type of rack would mean that the wiring would need to be temporary as well or have a detachable connector somewhere in the line. Another issue is the weight limit. I am sure most of us have seen a Disco with a roof tent, or a spare oversized tire on a rack along with hi-lift mounted on side, etc....
Anyway, how can you put something like 600 lbs on a roof rack? Well I found out that the answer was to have a bolt on roof rack.
But I degrees,
So I had a spanking new Taco and needed a Baja Rack, a member here had one for sale and I jumped on it. Once I got it, i learned that the accessory light bar offered from Baja Racks only fits the bolt on rack version and that the “Pre Runner” (one that attaches to the OEM roof rack) was actually a different width.
Here are the pics of the Pre Runner rack
But I decided I wanted the bolt on version so I sold the Pre Runner rack and the OEM roof rack here on TW to another member and I ordered the bolt on version from Baja Racks.
This rack arrived via UPS freight (tractor trailer) and was packaged very well. It was inside a large thick cardboard box, inside there was foam on all four sides, the rack was wrapped in a plastic bag and bubble wrap around the wind deflector. The mounting hardware was wrapped in foam sleeved and inside another box that was zip tied to the rack.
Mounting the hardware is straight forward:
Pull the rubber rain drip rails off the roof.
Remove the tape seals over the pre drilled mounting holes.
Insert the included threaded punch pins into the pre drilled holes.
Place the rubber rain drip rails over the punch pins and hit the drip rails with a mallet to force the pins through. this is done so that you know where to drill the holes in the drip rails.
Drill the holes in the drip rails.
Remount the drip rails.
Place the mounts on the roof and bolt through the drip rails.
Attach the roof rack.
this entire process took me about an hour to complete.
However, I ran in to an issue. I have a 2012 Tacoma with a shark fin XM antenna on the roof. the Baja Rack did not fit because the fin sticked up too high and the rack rest on the antenna with at least 1” of space between mounts and the rack.
So my dilemma was to either get a different XM antenna (like a 2011 tacoma XM antenna) or cut the rack. this is when I started a thread to ask for help on how to remove the XM antenna. Well it would require separating the the roof liner and a good amount of work. A “old” version of the XM antenna would cost 80.00 new and after spending just under 600.00 for the Baja Rack I was not happy. I called Baja Rack and explained to them the issue. Baja Racks was already working on the 2013 racks with a cut out for the XM antenna because all 2013s will have the shark fin. They shipped me a shark fin version and arranged to pick up the bolt on rack.
In this picture I placed the shark fin version in front of the bolt on version.
I also purchased the light bar and here are the pics
All and all I am extremely pleased with Baja Racks and their customer service. I found the quality of the racks to be first rate. The welds, finish, and design are excellent. The only thing that I think Baja Racks should change is the nuts and bolts used to mount the rack and light bar. they should be black rather than a stainless finish.
Well I hope this helps anyone looking for a roof rack.