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Custom kayak/canoe bed rail rack... yes or no?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by texastacobueno, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Aug 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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    texastacobueno

    texastacobueno [OP] Effin A Cotton, Effin A

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    whats up guys, I've been trying to figure out what or how to use something to haul my 2 12' kayaks or my 16' canoe and I've come with a few ideas, but for sure I'm going to fabricate one. I don't want a rack on the cab, just on the bed thats easily removable but strong. While searching for ideas I found this picture of one for sale but I don't think it was for Tacomas...

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    I know it'd be quite easy to fabricate this out of stock square tubing, and I can't use a rack that goes down into the bed of the truck because it won't fit with my bed extender. I was gonna weld a downward plate onto each of the feet to bolt it into the track system, and add some J-Hooks on the interior to carry paddles and wet shoes. What do you guys think?? Worth it?
    Not durable enough?
    I'm a dumbass and try again?
     
  2. Aug 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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    hansonian

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    I like it. I've been trying to figure something like that out for myself. I say go for it.
     
  3. Aug 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    OZ-T

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    I know you said that you want to fab it yourself but the Yakima outdoorsman 300 works great. Easily removed, strong, etc. Pricey though.
     
  6. Aug 9, 2010 at 3:51 AM
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    Honestly I think the rack in the OP's pictures is much better looking than the Thule, Yakima or Tracracs. The curves (if matched to the shape of the cab) are much nicer than the others, but you would have to put some mounting points (welded nuts, for example) on the top portion of the rack to mount longer bars if you needed them, because I can't get two kayaks side by side without them hanging over the cab a little.
     
  7. Aug 9, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    Caduceus

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    I like it! Plus, it could make a decent frame for a soft-cover camper-shell.

    Heck, if you do it well, I might steal your plans, cuz I'm trying to figure the same thing. I hate the way kayak racks look on the cab top.
     
  8. Aug 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    buzhazzard

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    I got tired of loading mine up every time, so I went this route. The 2X6 between the two pieces of plywood is for rod storage. It locks from the back. I have also added pool noodles for padding between the crossbars and the kayaks. It is always loaded and ready to go.

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  9. Aug 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    cool. Check out discount ramps for more ideas too :thumbsup:
     
  10. Aug 20, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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  12. Sep 23, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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    I didn't want a rack on a cab or shell either. This is what I came up with. It adapts Thule or Yakima accessories to the truck bed. They are now available at several Toyota dealerships.

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  13. Sep 23, 2010 at 11:41 PM
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    this is what i did and used the previous link as an inspiration for mounting to the bed rail
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    occasionally (3-4 times a year) i carry more than 750 lbs and require 8-12' of space...

    please forgive the welds as i am not a professional...
     
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