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Front Runner product thread

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by GrilledCheese, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. Jul 27, 2020 at 6:23 PM
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    GrilledCheese

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    AXE BRACKET INSTALL

    https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.c...rack-mounted-axe-bracket-for-slimline-ii.html

    To be honest, this install was almost too short and easy to try and record and details on. The instructions by Front Runner were adequate (nice change of pace) and the product was simple enough that it didn't require much thought.

    I purchased this axe mount for my MAX AX I had received while deployed to augment RED HORSE. This is because the MAX AX is a sweet tool that comes with multiple attachments for any situation. In term, reducing how much I have to pack out on trips.

    https://www.amazon.com/BILLET4X4-Military-Vehicle-Extraction-Military-Grade/dp/B01N7AMAVG

    Sadly, the butt of the MAX AX's butt is widened for hammering and will not fit into the Front Runner Axe Mount. New axe for me, I guess.

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    The only lessons learned from this install is to not be naive and assume any old axe will fit (I can measure the exact dimensions of the axe-head cover if y'all want) and that you shouldnt be intimidated by the ammount of hardware Front Runner sends you. This product came with all of the mounting hardware for EVERY rack they produce and I only required 1/3 of it for my particular install. This was a non-issue.

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    You can see below that this product will require that you drill a hole in your axe, you may lock it in place (hole in the threaded bolt), and you can only mount the handle section in the predetermined holes beneath your rack. Arguably you could even mount a hatchet to your truck with the amount of adjustability this platform provides.

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    Finally, my only issue with this product is the lack of attention to detail Front Runner paid when putting on the sticker. Seriously, you had one job. It might be small...but it's a $73 sticker...take some pride.

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    Looks good, serves it's purpose, and integrates seamlessly with the slimline rack. I do not regret this purchase.

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  2. Jul 30, 2020 at 7:28 AM
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    dave5623

    dave5623 Well-Known Member

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    Installed it last night. The punch worked perfectly. A little too perfectly actually. It cut a hole through the cardboard and moving blanket I laid beneath it. haha.
     
  3. Jul 30, 2020 at 7:53 AM
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    Ferbag1972

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    That’s awesome!! Glad to hear it worked out and thanks for getting back to me. I’m going to order the hole punch.
     
  4. Jul 30, 2020 at 8:03 AM
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    Definitely get the clear silicone as well.
     
  5. Jul 30, 2020 at 8:10 AM
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    Thanks for the advice. Can I ask what you used to cut through the rubber and metal wire under the weather stripping.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2020 at 8:37 AM
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    I used dykes, needle nose pliers, a box cutter, and a tape measure. After I marked the spots where the bolts are you measure a little one 1/2 an inch on either side. Then I used the dykes to cut a small strip at each side of the .6 inches and tore it off with the pliers. The wire strip you need to cut runs in the center of the weather stripping and its way easier to cut if you get as much material out of the way. Then at each side I cut through the wire stripping with the dykes. Finally using the box cutter I cut the center section. It helps if you bend the weather stripping towards you (it sort of reminded me of filleting a fish. For some reason my install was a major pain in the ass (I thought parts were missing but they were really nested inside each other, bolts weren't catching easily, T slots weren't drilled out all the way, etc.). Also didn't help I was doing it solo. It feels sturdy though.
     
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  7. Jul 30, 2020 at 9:04 AM
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    Thanks for the detailed response. Today I learned what a dyke is haha I actually googled it thinking you were messing with me. I always thought they were simply called wire cutters. Anyway, thanks again to you and @GrilledCheese for the write up. I’ll post when I finally install mine.
     
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  8. Jul 30, 2020 at 9:05 AM
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    dave5623

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    When my friends kept asking me/each other to pass them the dykes I was like W.T.F. and then quietly googled it and was like ohhhhh ok. Whew. I thought there was some hate speech going on. =P

    I too only heard them referred to as wire cutters.
     
  9. Jul 30, 2020 at 9:16 AM
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    Some other tips:
    1. When screwing the side rails to the roof I couldn't get it to catch with the washer and spring nut. I screwed one bolt in with no washer and it compressed it enough that I could screw in the other bolt with the proper washer/spring nut. Then I backed out the bolt with nothing and was able to screw that one in with the washer and spring nut.
    2. I used my kid's washable paint and dotted the bolts in the screw to mark the weather stripping.
    3. Before you put on the wind deflector put the bolts in that will go into the side rails first. That was a demoralizing thing to learn even though I followed the instructions.
    4. The spaces that go into the weather stripping are different sizes. The shorter ones go in the middle.
    5. I used a moving blanket on my tonneau cover and on the roof to move the rack onto the rails.
    6. You can use the sunroof to try and get a better angle to the bolts sometimes, I also sat on my tonneau cover to get more comfortable access to the back bolts.
     
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