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Old 06-20-2013, 08:06 PM   #21
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This was my old set up. Cheapo roof bars from Pepboys. Ended up loosing the kayaks at 55 mph!!! Luckily they were tied to the toolbox. It ripped the toolbox from the bed and the tool box ended up at the tailgate. Ended up dragging the yaks for a little until I could pull off the road. I was so pissed/worried/shaken up that I did not get a picture of the actual carnage. But needless to say I bought my Tracracs the next weekend. Lesson of story, get the proper equipment the first time.
Ouch!! You answered one of my questions.... The durability of hauling yaks directly on the roof of an access cab. You probably would've been OK with a better quality roof rack.... Just looks like the access cab is too short. Double cabs have an advantage....

After seeing your experience.... I think I'd go with one roof rack and a hitch mounted setup. I like the hitch mounted setup just for the sake of keeping the bed open (I have a tonneau cover). I have two 10' kayaks.
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Ouch!! You answered one of my questions.... The durability of hauling yaks directly on the roof of an access cab. You probably would've been OK with a better quality roof rack.... Just looks like the access cab is too short. Double cabs have an advantage....

After seeing your experience.... I think I'd go with one roof rack and a hitch mounted setup. I like the hitch mounted setup just for the sake of keeping the bed open (I have a tonneau cover). I have two 10' kayaks.
Yes I'm sure Thule or Yakima racks would be just fine, but they are quite pricey. Yes that sounds like a solid set up for a toneau cover. Plus putting that 74 lb kayak on the roof was a PITA!
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Yes I'm sure Thule or Yakima racks would be just fine, but they are quite pricey. Yes that sounds like a solid set up for a toneau cover. Plus putting that 74 lb kayak on the roof was a PITA!
Holy crap!??? 74lb ?? You'll need a little winch hoist up there eventually.

Yeah...OEM wouldn't be any cheaper (for a roof rack setup). It'd be a matter of logistics..... how well they play together.
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Holy crap!??? 74lb ?? You'll need a little winch hoist up there eventually.

Yeah...OEM wouldn't be any cheaper (for a roof rack setup). It'd be a matter of logistics..... how well they play together.
Yeah its a beast! I'm pretty sure you can buy just one cross bar from Yakima or Thule so that should save some there.
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Do you ride your yak on any cradles attached to your roof rack?
No but it's not a bad idea. Yak defiantly rides better upside down tho. Loading is cake, I put it on the front bumper hoop in the v where the outside hoops tie in to the center and grab the other end and slide up on up. It's a monster yak too, 16'
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I've got a OEM rack and use these to carry 2 Dagger 10.5 Axis Kayaks. I don't have a picture of them on the truck but next time we take them out I'll get one. I remove the mounts when not in use even though they fold down. They still have a lot of wind noise going down the road folded.







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This was my old set up. Cheapo roof bars from Pepboys. Ended up loosing the kayaks at 55 mph!!! Luckily they were tied to the toolbox. It ripped the toolbox from the bed and the tool box ended up at the tailgate. Ended up dragging the yaks for a little until I could pull off the road. I was so pissed/worried/shaken up that I did not get a picture of the actual carnage. But needless to say I bought my Tracracs the next weekend. Lesson of story, get the proper equipment the first time.












Holly Shat ! That looks a lot like my setup...might have to double check my tie downs!
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Those J saddles seem to work for many folk. I had a set of those on my previous truck and broke my nose and even worse a great pair of sunglasses throwing my yak up on them one day. They're now in the box in my garage. Time to do an Ebay. I use the gull wing saddles from Oak Orchard now. Much easier on my face!
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For you all with the Trac Racs, you NEED these tie downs. They are retractable and mount to the top of the load bars. http://www.etrailer.com/Cargo-Tie-Do...IMF104933.html
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He'd still need to add the crossbars as he doesn't have the factory rails. This'd be a good time to ask the OP what kind of yak he's paddling and what model he's driving. That J setup on the cab would work great for a shorter yak and a DC model. The setup I use works great for the long boats and DC, or shorter boats and single cab.
Cobra fish n dive. And a double cab with 6 in lift and 35s. Still a pain to load in the bed! Haha

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Mossy, with you not having a roof rack, I'd so recommend you take a long hard look at these TracRacks. I could see you using these for a lot more than just hauling your boats around.
Thanks. I'll look into those
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TracRack. Only $400 for the whole set up and has double the capacity of the roof rack. Could be removed in 10 minutes if needed. I carry a 12 ft and a 10 ft
Nick, your tool box just sits on top of the rack legs ? I assume you moved it back a few inches too.
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made this out of 1.5" PVC.
Verticals go against the tailgate, and I tie a bungie across the bottom.

Cab roof uses a Yakima roof rack with the kayak V pads.

If you look hard, you will see the left side of the rack has a 2" PVC pipe sleeved over the 1.5" and acts as a loading/unloading roller. If you had 2 kayaks you could do the same on the other side.

The sides are as deep as the tailgate to wheel well, and prevents it from sliding forward.

I just winged it, sizing by eye and checking the height of the bar against the height of the roof rack to have the kayak level. Took an hour and a half to cut and assemble.

You could make two and use T fittings to make fore/aft supports and eliminate the roof rack.
I already had the rack, and just needed the legs to fit the rack towers.


Home Depot - about $55.00 including glue.
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this topic has been covered extensively in the Kayak thread http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/spo...ml#post3361057

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Nick, your tool box just sits on top of the rack legs ? I assume you moved it back a few inches too.
The top.of the clamps have a threaded hole so the toolbox is actually bolted to the base of the racks
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The top.of the clamps have a threaded hole so the toolbox is actually bolted to the base of the racks
If you flip the rack you won't have 4" of dead space behind the tool box.
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If you flip the rack you won't have 4" of dead space behind the tool box.
I've thought about it. The greater spread on the racks is more desirable to me than the extra 4 inches of bed space. I guess I couod try it but with the 12 ft yak the spread is nice.
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I've thought about it. The greater spread on the racks is more desirable to me than the extra 4 inches of bed space. I guess I couod try it but with the 12 ft yak the spread is nice.
Check out the yak thread. I got my set up in there. No prob with my 12' yak, 16, lumber, or 40' extension ladder.
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