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Anyone have a full ladder rack and shell?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by elia57, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Apr 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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  2. Apr 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    Yep, I had a Century shell and a Rack-it lumber rack put on it brand new right after I bought the truck. First off, the beds of these trucks are made of plastic which cannot support the weight of a rack and shell. So the rack is actually bolted to the frame, by way of two posts in the front of the bed and two brackets back by the tailgate, then the shell is clamped where the bedrail meets the bottom rail of the rack. This doesn't sound very strong but it's actually quite sturdy and the bed doesn't flex because it doesn't have the weight of the rack and shell sitting on top of it. Rack-its are heavy but they are indestructible, i've loaded rack-its with stupid amounts of weight and never seen one break. Now for the downside, these leaf springs are not made for this much constant weight. since I haul tools most of the time, my leafs are sagging and I talked to Yota dan at Wheeler's and he's recommending two inch AAL's and 5100 Bilstiens shocks. He also recommends air bags but i don't have the cash for that right now. Bottom line I would say plan on investing in upgrades to your rear suspension so you don't end up fucking your leaf springs silly. Also the other kinda odd part is that the cantilevered part of the rack (over the cab), is longer than the 6 foot bed, it just looks a little odd.

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  3. Apr 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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    BTW note the sag on the springs in the last shot of the truck, I hate when shit starts to sag! :eek:
     
  4. Apr 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM
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    Thanks a million for the pics and advice Acdronin!!!

    One last question. Any idea how tall the rack is? Looks like the high point is at the back. I'm wondering if I'll still be able to fit into the garage once i get this rack installed. I might end up needing saggy suspension to get it in hahaha.
     
  5. Apr 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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    I think I measured it at something like 6 foot 8, ya'll can ferget bout most garages, not to mention some parking garages.
     
  6. Apr 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    Ouch. thanks again for all the info!
     
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