This project came to mind about a month ago after I bought my first Taco!
I needed a way to carry my rods in the bed of the truck with the tail gate down while transporting my kayak. I wanted a system that would let me:
1. Utilize the Toyota rail system
2. Be inconspicuous and not protrude above the bed of the truck (the rod holder itself, not the rods )
3. Allow me to transport several rods at once
Being that I don't have a metal bender or any other means to fabricate my own mount I had to think outside the box. That's when I found Rotopax's mount for their gas cans designed specifically for the Toyota rail system. So I ended up buying two of them and here is the result. I am very please with the way it turned out and it took me less then 30 minutes to fabricate the whole thing!
So far this system has proven very sturdy and I don't notice any rattling coming from the back besides the occasional rods tapping against each other. I do throw small bungee cords over the rods just in case, but I think it would be hard for them to fly out on their own.
The best part is that I can unmount the rod holders and still use the Rotopax mount for cans if needed.
2-Rotopax mounts (http://rotopax.com/Toyota-Nissan-Tru...ack-Mount.html)
2-Berkley tube rod holders: found mine at Dick's-rattle canned them grey (http://www.basspro.com/Berkley-Tube-...product/20678/)
Permatex Blue Thread Locker
3/16 Drill Bit
Oil (I used WD40)
First, figure out where you want to mount the Rotopax in your bed. I have a tool box so I opted to mount it towards the rear.
Second, decide where you want to mount the rod holder and use a pencil to mark the two spots you will drill later on. I decided to just eyeball it and not get too specific with measurement. Be sure to measure the rod holder while the Rotopax is on the truck so you know what angle will be best for you.
Here you can see my pencil marks I will use as indicators of where to drill.
Third, unmount the Rotopax and bring to a safe spot to drill. A large piece of wood would be preferable, but I used my recycling can turn upside down. Cover your pencil mark with oil (I used WD40 because it was there, but motor oil would work nice too). Use oil so that the drill bit & metal don't over heat.
Fourth, using a 3/16 drill bit. Drill the spot you marked with the pencil.
Fifth, repeat for the second pencil mark and clean up shavings. Here you can now see the two new holes that will be used to mount the Berkley rod holders.
Sixth, using an 8x5/8 bolt & nut-mount the rod holder to the Rotopax. Be sure to use some threadlocker to help keep it secure. Here is the final result.
LOL, my hood is still popped