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Bed Bars- Rack for Truck Bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JLink, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Oct 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    I wanted to build a set of racks to sit just above the top of the sides of the bed so I could put my Thule cargo box on it to make it way easier than having it on top of the roof.

    It started out pretty easy. I got 2" angle iron and cut it to 4" lengths. then I got some bolts and used a washer up against the head of the bolt to attach the angle iron to the tracks on the sides of the bed.

    Then I got some 1" or 1 1/2" black iron pipe and cut it to 5ft lengths. I then drilled some holes in the top of the angle iron and used U bolts to attach the pipe to the angle iron.

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    It worked great and didnt cost all that much. Really solid.. the ends of the bars sat on the top of the bed sides so it added alot of strength to it. All the weight didnt have to be supported by the angle iron.

    However.. a week later I bought my UWS Low Profile Black Series Tool Box and it sticks up higher than the bars did, there fore I wasnt able to use the bars to carry my cargo box.

    So then I had to completely re-do my whole idea. I figured out how high I needed to have my bars so that the box would clear the tool box. I then checked out some of the products Thule offers and ended up buying a "tracker fit kit", a "tracker foot pack", a set of "72 inch Load Bars", and a set of "4 Locking Cylinders".

    I then bolted the fit kits to my existing angle iron mounts.
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    The Tracker Kits just pop on and off of the fit kits, making it super easy to install and remove.
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    I can now put my bars on in a matter of minutes, then put my cargo box on and have it clear my tool box and the tail gate. It doesnt even touch them so theres no rubbing or anything.
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  2. Oct 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    I like!!
     
  3. Oct 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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    cool.... how do you open your tool box though :)
     
  4. Oct 4, 2010 at 3:39 AM
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    yea that is the one down side to it.. I can not open my tool box while the cargo box is on there, but if i needed to for an emergency (thats where i keep a shovel and recovery straps) i could get someone to help me lift the cargo box off by lifting the bars
     
  5. Oct 4, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    Very cool idea.

    I would love to find a solution that would allow me to put a rack ABOVE my soft tonneau cover. For vacation, I load my bed to the rim and put the cover over it all to keep it dry. It would be great if I could load toys, chairs and other gear on top of the tonneau.

    Any options out there for this?

    Your Thule rack is close but it would still not allow me to have the tonneau down.
     
  6. Oct 4, 2010 at 7:04 AM
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    Me too! The option I was thinking of is mounting the landing pads to the rail caps.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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    I saw someone with the exact set up that you are describing on the highway a month ago. I did take a pic of it one my phone but I cant figure out how to send the pic to my computer. It looks like a Thule rack and maybe a special tonneau cover to fit. Sorry not much help.

    Edit; I figured it out.

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  8. Oct 5, 2010 at 3:44 AM
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    to do that you need to find a tonneau cover that is narrow enough to mount on just the first inch or so of the side rail, and bolt the fit kits to the top of the side rail instead of angle iron like me. I dont have a cover for my bed, but i know some of them that velcro down instead of using snaps might be a little more narrow as well as give a little wiggle room. Too bad we dont know what kind of cover that guy was using.

    thanks for posting that pic though.. thats really cool
     
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    Not sure it could be done using the side rails inside the bed. If there was a way to use the tops of the bed sides (plastic caps), it might work. I have a velcro tonneau...

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    Sorry about the thread-jacking.
     
  10. Oct 5, 2010 at 7:59 AM
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    When I get the chance I'm gonna check out Yakima landing pads # 2, 3, 6, and 7. 2 and 3 have angled adapters for factor roof top rails and the pics make it look like it may fit into our rails...might need a little modding.

    6 and 7 are permanent foot packs. 6 requires access under the bed rails to use a screw and nut to hold down the foot pack. 7 is permanent and just requires a hole to be drilled. You insert a T-nut looking thing that secures the foot.


    Heres a question.... Has anyone talked to DO to make their bed bars w/ different tubing so a rack will fit? I dont see a real reason requiring 1.5" OD tubing. Even @ $120 this would be the cheapest option. The only thing I would worry about would be security since I dont see a way to lock it down.
     
  13. Oct 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    ^^^ I hear what your saying about the OD on the Bed Bars that everyone offers. However you might be getting a little off topic, the OP wants to know what bars are available and still be able to use the tonneau cover.
     
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    Naw, that was someone else's question. OP just wanted to show his idea and later asked about a mod to his mod so he could open his tool box w/ rack and box attached.
     
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    looks good.
    i also the the name "the big nig" hahahahahahah
     
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    Sorry my bad. I was the one off topic.:eek:
     
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    That looks really sturdy and well done OP. I may have to look into that bar mount setup in the future. I've gotta say, I don't understand using it to mount a dry cargo box rather than just putting a bed cover on and using the whole bed for dry cargo storage, but it does look clean.
     
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    Thanks. And you're right.. I could use the whole bed for storage, but I dont like tonneau covers. I had one on my last truck and never felt safe using it for storage, and theres not way I could use a hard cover.. I need my truck to be used as a truck too often. Also I dont know of any tonneau covers that can be used with a tool box, and I already had my Thule cargo box and just wanted to be able to mount it a little lower for putting snowboards in it. It's also nice for transporting other things that would be a bitch to lift all the way to the roof.

    but thanks guys I appreciate the input.

    Yea I think you should be able to do that very easily.. especially if you go to a yakima retailer and take a look at a couple of the landing pads in person.

    Thats a great picture of the cover.. I always wondered if they would mount like that or on top of the side rails. Its good to know that you still have the tops of the side rails available for bolting onto for a rack.
     
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    Checked out the Yakima Landing Pad #4 which could work as well but.... The landing pad would have to be mounted laterally and the tower would have to be vertical to the pad. Theres no way it could work. You would have to trim out a bunch of the landing pad so the tower could rotate 90 deg and I dont see it being very sturdy after all that. Didnt have a chance to check out #6 or 7 but based on the install instructions they could work BUT would be permanent installs w/o the ability to move them fore/aft w/o drilling new holes.
     
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