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PuffDr4gon 04-07-2013 01:33 PM

DIY: Fishing Rod Holder Using Rotopax Mount
 
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.

Parts 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/)

4-8x5/8 Bolts

4-8x5/8 Nuts

Permatex Blue Thread Locker

Power drill

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.
http://i.imgur.com/w8gsdMI.jpg

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.
http://i.imgur.com/IT7BtHL.jpg

Here you can see my pencil marks I will use as indicators of where to drill.
http://i.imgur.com/DVAYAVQ.jpg

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.
http://i.imgur.com/VJHeh1z.jpg

Fourth, using a 3/16 drill bit. Drill the spot you marked with the pencil.
http://i.imgur.com/t88Lehp.jpg

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.
http://i.imgur.com/mMVN05Q.jpg

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.
http://i.imgur.com/vDmPpc4.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/COAB91d.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5eWhr2M.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ooMfhyA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/G0fhKEI.jpg
LOL, my hood is still popped
http://i.imgur.com/s04snib.jpg

Dantwenty2 04-07-2013 01:45 PM

Looks pretty nice! I put mine in the rear window and close it on them lightly. I don't know what ill do when I put the yak in the back, but this is a cool looking option.

Usmcsantosj 04-07-2013 02:51 PM

If I was into fishing this would be my next mod for sure! Looks very nice, dude.

PuffDr4gon 04-09-2013 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dantwenty2 (Post 6708572)
Looks pretty nice! I put mine in the rear window and close it on them lightly. I don't know what ill do when I put the yak in the back, but this is a cool looking option.

I've done this plenty off times and still managed to break a rod tip! It was really easy to make if you want to go this route

Quote:

Originally Posted by Usmcsantosj
Looks very nice, dude.

Thanks!

eaglesfn5402 04-15-2013 05:18 AM

do the rotapax mounts just slide/snap into the bed rails?

PuffDr4gon 04-15-2013 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eaglesfn5402 (Post 6743636)
do the rotapax mounts just slide/snap into the bed rails?

No, it uses a t-slot nut type design. You have to bolt it on using the hardware that came with the mount. It's very easy and all you need is the correct size allen key.

Patmac 06-06-2013 04:48 AM

nice tail lights haha

HombreSteven 06-06-2013 04:52 AM

^^ agreed. And That looks very nice I'll def look into that

aj hank 06-06-2013 04:58 AM

Nice mod! Definitely a good idea

toughtaco 06-06-2013 05:53 AM

I would pay you to make me 2 of these and ship them to me..... let me know

HombreSteven 06-07-2013 08:26 PM

bump

PuffDr4gon 06-08-2013 07:16 PM

Thanks guys! It's a pretty simple rod holder that works well. I have since discontinued using the bungee cords to strap in the rods as they stay in place all by themselves. From 70mph on the freeway to back dirt roads the rods stay locked in!

CDSurfPhotography 07-12-2013 08:38 AM

very nice idea, hope to do this in the near future

EFalco50 09-09-2013 09:14 AM

I like it!

stag808 09-16-2013 09:22 PM

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I had posted this earlier. You can make your own t-bolts using 1" washers and rod holders (pvc pipes) very cheaply to accommodate your fishing needs. I made mine to accommodate up to seven Penn 50 and 70 conventional reels (very big and heavy).

PuffDr4gon 09-17-2013 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stag808 (Post 7439228)
I had posted this earlier. You can make your own t-bolts using 1" washers and rod holders (pvc pipes) very cheaply to accommodate your fishing needs. I made mine to accommodate up to seven Penn 50 and 70 conventional reels (very big and heavy).

Cool design. Looks solid. I'm glad it works for you, but it like I said in my original thread I needed a design that did not protrude above the bed rail. Nor did I want to utilize the entire rail system. I have a big Shimano TLD on a trolling rod that this system works fine on as well! Tight lines!

Tacoma Off Course 05-20-2014 09:35 PM

sub'd. Great work! will be doing this soon.

TheDuke0fHurl 06-11-2014 04:12 PM

Looks nice. Probably gonna do this this weekend. Do you think mounting them so the rods lean toward the cab would work better?

SleazyPetey 06-17-2014 11:36 AM

It looks nice! Quick question, what kind of tool box do you have for your Tacoma


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