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Bed Rack Suggestions

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by swaggy veet, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Jan 7, 2017 at 11:03 PM
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    swaggy veet

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    Thinking of getting a bed rack for my "17 TRD Sport DCSB

    Which one would you all recommend and why? I'm mainly looking for one that is lower than the roofline, but I'm not totally closed off to the idea of one that is even with the roof.
     
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    I like all pro. They have this one that's 13 or 14" above the bed rails. Any lower you have trouble getting to coolers and what not. This makes my rtt just barely above the roof line.

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    Your truck looks great.
     
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    @KB Voodoo makes a nice one, probably the one I'll be going with.

    Leitner Designs makes one incredible set up but fuck is it ever expensive.
     
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    I'm going with Brute Force Fab in Fresno CA! I decided to go with a cage that mounts to the frame instead of the top of the bed. Even though it might be ok, I don't want to risk cracking my composite bed.
     
  7. Jan 8, 2017 at 9:11 AM
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    I had that one before my all pro rack. The best thing about his, well actually a couple thing, are how many different mounting points there are for things. You can bolt whatever you want to it. It's light. And if you aren't using it, it's eay to break down and store.
     
  9. Jan 8, 2017 at 10:58 AM
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    Make your own using 80/20:

    Grab some extrusions: https://www.amazon.com/80-20-Inc-T-...?ie=UTF8&qid=1483901659&sr=8-7&keywords=80+20 ... and cut them to size
    Then get some tee flat plates: https://8020.net/40-4341-black.html and use these to attach the extrusions to your bed rails.

    You can even run perpendicular extrusions (for a "grid" layout) using corner connectors: https://8020.net/33450.html or https://8020.net/3364.html.

    This is what I'll be doing for my own truck shortly. Except my rack will sit inside my canopy, above most of my "regular" gear, to allow carrying additional stuff above it. Won't be strong enough to hold a RTT (the bed rail connection will be the limiting factor), but plenty strong enough to carry random junk.

    In hindsight, I could have easily made a roof rack for my canopy using this stuff, instead of paying a grand for FrontRunner's rack.
     
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  10. Jan 8, 2017 at 11:08 AM
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    are you referring to leitner or voodoo?

    the Voodoo definitely meets my needs, not looking for RTT, just more options for mounting gear.
    And I need something that's roof height for the kayak
    And being easily broken down is perfect so when not using it I can take it apart and minimize the space it takes up.
     
  11. Jan 8, 2017 at 11:11 AM
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    Can't believe you build all this stuff in your condo haha.
    I go nuts doing it in a car and a half garage.
     
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    Haha. I can't stand when people do that. Sorry.

    I meant KB Voodoo.
     
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  13. Jan 8, 2017 at 11:17 AM
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    haha no worries I figured you meant voodoo just wanted to double check.
    Was going to say if it was leitner why the hell would you change?

    The Leitner one is incredible for options and modular storage etc. but at $1500USD hell with that. After exchange rate taxes and shipping will probably cost upwards of $2800 and for a rack I'll only use about 4 months of the year...that's a bit too steep. Besides it doesn't break down for storage as well as the Voodoo.
     
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    I love my SOS Concepts rack. He has a low profile and one at the roofline. Mine was custom, it's perfect. It allows me to see out of my rear window, the low profile would prohibit that.

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    Holy! Here I am thinking about swapping to an all pro aluminum version but it's 700ish bucks (too much for the budget). I agree, if I spent that much I wouldn't be changing.

    Sometimes I'm glad I don't live in Canada. Building a truck would be even more expensive. :anonymous:
     
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    Honestly when I built my car a few years ago it wasn't that bad since the Canadian dollar was much stronger at the time. It was almost on par with the USD, I was getting 98cents USD for a loonie.
    But now, I get like 75cents its rough.
     
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    20170407_070005.jpg Brute Force bed cage is now installed
     
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    There's a newer guy here in the Bay Area. Heavy Metal Off-road. Super nice guy and makes custom shit for a real reasonable price. I had attatchment points welded on for rotopaX and he's down to add anything you want; tool mounts, basket mounts. I'm in the same boat, looking for extra storage/fuel/water. I put my tent on the ground like a peasant.

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    I was on their site and read the history of Mr. Leitner. Didn't know it but his father is the owner of AMP research so he comes from a pedigree of inventors. Leitner's rack system is really nice but like you said they're expensive, the accessories are even more of a shocker. $88 for a flag pole kit. :eek:
     
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