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DIY prinsu style shell rack

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by paranoid56, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. Mar 7, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    VTOLRN

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    Got the side plates and square for base locally. Ordered the Crossbars from tNutz and should be $220 total cost for my shell rack.

    DE2AD6C7-3D54-4C46-A1A6-FB9730281217.jpg
     
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  2. Mar 7, 2019 at 4:22 PM
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    Nice, Did you just drill through the 1 by t slot and capture a nut in the thule rail?
     
  3. Mar 7, 2019 at 10:07 PM
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    Probably not. Just set the angle pieces either inside or outside the roof mounts and use the side t slots.
     
  4. Mar 15, 2019 at 8:38 AM
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    I can’t find where CBI sells the mounting feet, do you have a link?
     
  5. Mar 15, 2019 at 11:11 AM
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    This is a great idea. I have had the Prinsudesign front rack and never bothered to search for a "better" design. I am going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  7. Mar 15, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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    Looks like they don't anymore. I bought mine used off another member, but they did offer them on their site at one point. Looks like they sell feet for tent mounting that may work for the rack as well.
     
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  8. Mar 20, 2019 at 7:41 PM
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    more progress on the beachburner mounts:

    V1 on the left, V2 on the right.
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    Both mounts are just under 2in tall and can be adjusted in all three axes. Height can also be tweaked, either with the use of washers, spacers, extrusions or with v2 - internal bracket configuration.
     
  9. Mar 21, 2019 at 1:02 PM
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    Mounts are looking good. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Mar 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM
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    F2F72915-FBEA-44B9-89DA-5E0995B5D003.jpg 6098D252-FB4C-4FB6-A47C-FA54CD446C8D.jpg Got mine bolted up today. Need to adjust the mounting feet but wanted to get it thrown up. Going to mount grab handles and scene lights then I’ll pull it apart and paint or powder.
     
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    What length are you guys buying for a DCLB camper shell, with 60" tracks?
     
  12. Mar 21, 2019 at 6:52 PM
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    A few mods here and there and counting....
    That looks great! What size is the bar stock and hardware to mount to the tracks?

     
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    Why not just make the center a solid block of aluminum? Drill and tap 4 sides and essentially you made yourself a diy version of a U-Joint. If you need to make it taller or shorter just drill and tap more holes off center.
     
  14. Mar 21, 2019 at 7:24 PM
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    Yeah, this ^^^^^.
     
  15. Mar 21, 2019 at 8:55 PM
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    V2 is very close to a U-joint, but has height adjustability "built-in" (I'll let @Barnburner mount it "open" and show you a picture)

    V1 is quite different to a U-joint and allows a beefy 2x1 as extension, so you could put 18" extension for a bed rack
     
  16. Mar 21, 2019 at 8:56 PM
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    I used 66" length
     
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    You can see we've done something very similar to what you've described with the prototype on my truck right now.
    [​IMG]

    However, this setup only allows us to correct for pitch and roll. This is great if your tracks are perfectly parallel - but we're designing these mounts to be truly universal and able to be installed on vehicle roofs as well. Looking at our roofs, the drip channels where these will mount actually curve away from each other and will require modulation in all three axes.

    Here is a look into the guts to get a better sense:
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    with a big degree of adjustment
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    How much? And when are they available? Nice design!
     
  19. Mar 22, 2019 at 9:49 AM
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    Do you have a site up where we can buy the side rails?
    @Barnburner
     
  20. Mar 22, 2019 at 9:56 AM
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