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Adding a Front Header Deck Bed Rail

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by The_Devil, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Oct 22, 2018 at 10:38 PM
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    The_Devil

    The_Devil [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2018 Off-road DCSB

    I have the two side rails but wanted to add the front rail.

    Has anyone added this, and if so, how did you do it, what hardware etc.

    Also, is this just not an option on 2018? I saw it on other Tacos
     
  2. Oct 22, 2018 at 10:40 PM
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    They did away with them starting in 2016 so just grab one for a 2nd Gen, I kept the one from my old 2015 and it bolts right up.
     
  3. Oct 22, 2018 at 10:42 PM
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    Do you remember if you had to drill through the bed cover? They go for like $50 to $70 and say to use existing bolts, but I don't remember seeing exposed bolts on mine. I may have to see
     
  4. Oct 22, 2018 at 10:43 PM
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    There was no drilling required as the threaded holes are already there, if you have a Tonneau Cover then I don't think it will work.
     
  5. Oct 22, 2018 at 10:47 PM
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  7. Oct 22, 2018 at 11:02 PM
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    I added one, easy to do.
     
  8. Oct 23, 2018 at 3:10 PM
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    Are you folks referring to the bolts that hold the front of the bed liner in? I'm looking to put a header track on, and am not sure the dealer will do it. The torx bolt heads I see match up with the holes in the rail?
     
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  9. Oct 23, 2018 at 3:17 PM
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    Those are the bolts you want. I added one to my '18. It is now my bike rack!
     
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  10. Oct 23, 2018 at 3:20 PM
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    That's not a bedliner. That is the bed of the truck. It's made from composite, no steel under there.
     
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  11. Oct 23, 2018 at 3:40 PM
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    This does work with factory tonneau cover. I am not sure about aftermarket.
     
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  12. Oct 23, 2018 at 4:17 PM
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    Thanks. Then when I take out the bolts the holes will still be aligned. Just ordered those parts. I'll just have to figure out how the bed extender attaches. Might be time to use the discount coupon the dealer sent me.
     
  13. Apr 22, 2019 at 5:09 PM
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    I have the Rugged cover. It works. The install literally took me 5 minutes with an impact driver. Five bolts. No drilling. Just remove the old torx bolts. Then install the rail.
     
  14. Apr 22, 2019 at 5:20 PM
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    Can't you just park next to a 2nd gen late at night.....
     

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