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DIY Headache Rack

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Yota Fabber, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. Feb 26, 2020 at 2:59 PM
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    Yota Fabber

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    This is my first post to a forum so be nice lol I’ve always searched forums for every project I’ve tried on every car I’ve had and they’ve always helped so I’m hoping this can help someone as well. I had a hard time finding anything on making a back rack let alone making one for a 3rd gen. And then a tonneau on top of that was even more difficult. So, I’m very blessed to work in a machine shop where I machine, weld, polish and assemble medical tools. So that made this project waaaay easier, about 10 hours total or so. We had some scrap leftover from making new welding tables so I decided to give it a go.

    2”x2” square tubing
    1/4”x 2” flat stock
    1”x1” square tubing
    And 5/8” round stock for my handles



    So I started with just a protractor and ruler behind my cab to get my angles and height and just made two sets of two cuts. First bar going up was at a 20 degree angle to match the cab, the second one was 40, then a straight cross bar set down 2” to allow for wood, ladder etc. I used the flat stock to sit flush on the front header bar of the bed and to make for a stable welding spot for my bars. After all the cuts I racked everything together and test fit. Got lucky and it was golden first try.


    After that the longest stage was welding. Due to how much overkill the thickness of the tube was the welds needed a lot of heat so I made sure everything was super clamped down while getting the main welds done


    I found some nice little weld on D-rings at menards for $4 too


    Since the rack sat flush on the header bar all I had to do was find a way to mount it. I saw how the black horse roll bar mounted to the utility track and noticed the 1/4” clearance on each side of the header bar and knew that would work perfect. So I welded two mounting plates running back to the track and also made some t-nuts for the track to bolt them too.



    I must admit I may have gotten very lucky how everything worked out first shot or it’s just because I measured 5 times before I ever did the next step but all in all it turned out aweeeesome. Let me know what you think and feel free to ask any questions and sorry if I didn’t explain in more detail.

     
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  2. Feb 26, 2020 at 3:26 PM
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    gator2764

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    Looks nice! At least you know the rack will survive a nuclear blast. .250 wall thickness, stout. It does look nice , I make shit like that as well and usually overkill.
     
  3. Feb 26, 2020 at 3:33 PM
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    BalutTaco

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    Damn man you should fab yourself some sliders!
     
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  4. Feb 26, 2020 at 3:34 PM
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    I have the tiger side steps already but I’m going to start on a front bull/push bar next week probably
     
  5. Feb 26, 2020 at 3:56 PM
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    And only add 300 pounds from what he is using
     
  6. Feb 26, 2020 at 3:58 PM
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    Curious, how did you mount it? The rack.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2020 at 4:47 PM
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    I like it
     
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  8. Feb 26, 2020 at 4:58 PM
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    nice rack!
     
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  9. Feb 27, 2020 at 3:00 AM
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    The three holes in the picture have three bolts into three t-nuts that I made and sit in the utility track behind it

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    very nice!
     
  11. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:04 AM
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    Looks great man!

    I'm curious to what Truxedo tonneau cover you're running with that, and if the cover rails needed to be modified at all to work with your rack? I'm looking to weld up a bedrack/ladderrack hybrid in similar fashion, but my goal is to build it so that my tonneau cover (Truxedo Sentry) can roll past the back upright and stop at the front. Thanks for giving the dimensions too! that 20 degree angle seams to work perfectly with the truck.
     
  12. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:47 AM
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    It’s the truxport, and no modification needed at all, that’s what I love about it. And agreed, the 20 degrees worked out perfect with the cab angle! If your back upright is far enough back it shouldn’t be much of an issue, as u get farther forward you have a roll of cover to deal with too ya know?
     
  13. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:50 AM
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    Damn that's some heavy tube on that headache rack! Looks great. Nice work.:hattip::thumbsup:


    Now, am I seeing things, is the frame starting to sag between the box and cab from the weight? :boink::D
     
  14. Feb 27, 2020 at 9:51 AM
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    lmao no, it’s only like...maybe 40 pounds
     
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    Looks very nice. But it doesn't seem it could be very strong without bracing on the side of the bed. At least a 1 foot 45 degree brace on each side. If it took a hard hit it would be into the cab of your truck. You do beautiful work!
     
  16. Feb 27, 2020 at 11:19 AM
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    The plate is 10 inches long and has three bolts on each side inside the utility track, maybe if I rolled it a couple times it’d bust ya but...

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  18. Feb 27, 2020 at 2:59 PM
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    See it better, good idea!
     
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    I got that change thing that goes in the top of the console.
    this is great
     
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    you did a great job. I envy your skills!
     

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