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DIY BackRack/Headache Rack cheap

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mrbadwrench, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Jul 22, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    mrbadwrench

    mrbadwrench [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Needed some cheap insurance on the back window of the truck - thems windows ain't cheap!

    This cost me nothing, materials laying around were used. Should take you about 15 minutes, not including paint drying time.

    STEP 1:

    Jack up your vehicle. You'll need easy access to the underside of the bed. I used a Cat TH560B (*If one of those isn't available, you can substitute an SUV jack*).

    SAFETY NOTICE: If you use your telehandler or forklift to lift your truck, only lift one side at a time, even if you have 60 inch forks and can span the whole frame - Keep 2 wheels on the ground for safety! Also, watch out for your door mirror - the fork carriage can hit it. Ask me how I know!

    Correct lifting point for forks:

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    Watch door mirror:

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    STEP 2:

    Get your materials. I used predrilled angle galvanized steel I had laying around.

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    STEP 3:

    Get some bolts

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    STEP 4:

    Get an angle grinder with cutoff wheel, and a power drill. Bench grinder also helpful.

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    STEP 5:

    Cut your materials, and wipe down with Acetone if you are going to paint them. Ya want yer paint ta stick!

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    STEP 6:

    Install outer frame. Use bolts with washers on your bed rail. Get everything straight and level. Loosely tighten bolts.

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    STEP 7:

    Cut some angle brackets from your angle material, and bolt your frame to the bed floor. You'll have to drill holes.

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    STEP 8:

    Install mesh or grill. I used wire shelving from the hardware store. Good sturdy stuff and easy to cut up. Now you're done!

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    Best regards from the farm.
     
  2. Jul 22, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    BigRedToy

    BigRedToy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    You might be a Red Neck... when you use a forklift to jack your truck up!


    Damn, I wish I lived on a farm!
     
  3. Jul 22, 2010 at 3:48 PM
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    SCFirefighter

    SCFirefighter on idiot patrol ;)

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    Doesn't quite have that OEM touch .. lol but awesome if you need it!
    I wish I had a forklift ...
     
  4. Jul 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM
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    Cars0n`

    Cars0n` Well-Known Member

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    props for you. it dont look too pretty but it gets the job done!
     
  5. Jul 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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    george3

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    Seat belt beeper, Cabelas (Weathertech) floor liner gray, Covercraft Seat Savers in Taupe, Protecta Heavy Duty Rubber Truck Bed Mat, Pop n Lock PL5200, Pace Edwards Full Metal JackRabbit, Wolverine oil pan heater, Scangauge2, afe pro dry s filter, Remote Underbody 4 Piece LED Light Kit (White) used as Bed light, DIY Washable Cabin Air Filter, PA15-TOY, 4x4 Illuminated Switch, full synthetic, Redline Tuning Hood Support, Smittybilt Nerf Steps black powder-coated
    Hey the price is right and it does what it's supposed to do. Good job !:)
     
  6. Jul 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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    tcBob

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    and the forklift lift
     
  7. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    chaztoyo

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    Love the forklift. Nothing quite like making do with what you have.
    Sometimes I think that's a forgotten talent. Now most folks seem to think they have to go to Wally world to get everything.
     
  8. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    skistoy

    skistoy Make mine a Double!

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    For a work truck its perfect
     
  9. Jul 22, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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    OZ-T

    OZ-T Quite an experience to live in fear , isn't it ?

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    Congrats , I think ?
     
  10. Jul 23, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    mrbadwrench

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    Couldn't agree more. Always been a fan of using floatsom and jetsom to build what I need, when possible. Reduces landfill waste and saves enormous amounts of money, so you can spend that money on other things! :cool:
     
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