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How much weight have you had on your roof rack?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mtmudrunner, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. Jun 18, 2018 at 9:44 AM
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    mtmudrunner

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    Just as the title says, front runner, Prinsu, whatever brand, none of the manufactures will put a load limit on them for certain reasons which I don't blame them. I am looking at roof racks for my dclb to haul things such as coolers, and whatever else that will not fit in my bed when I have too much crap. Thanks
     
  2. Jun 18, 2018 at 11:48 AM
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    hitch mount basket, Lower, safer. Or proper bed rack IMO.
     
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    Idk bout prinsu but I know the front runner can have something like 660lbs, I just wouldn't put anything too bulky up there
     
  4. Jun 18, 2018 at 11:52 AM
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    I know they don't publish them, and its probably higher, but I'd just assume its the same as whatever the factory rack limit is. Its the same bolts threading them into the cab regardless of the rack (for double cabs anyways).
     
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  5. Jun 18, 2018 at 11:59 AM
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    OEM is 150 lbs if I remember correctly.
    Like said above, nothing too bulky. Bulky = drag. Too much drag = over capacity real quick lol.
     
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    But even they say that is the structural limit of the rack itself, not whatever it's bolted to.
     
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  7. Jun 18, 2018 at 1:03 PM
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    If you seen how small the bolts are that attach the racks,its crazy they even make roof racks for these trucks that are rated for more than 150lbs
     
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    I only go my rack to store a 4 gal rotopax, maxtrax, and a gun case for tow strap and other small shit. And high lift+ shovel. just be careful
     
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  10. Jun 18, 2018 at 5:59 PM
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    90% of the pictures, even on the manufacturer web site they are empty. I'm not going to use it all the time just when I'm out of room with 2 labs & 2 boxers (only one lab is mine) and beer I run out pretty quick.:D
     
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    I'll hit up Kurt from X Overland. They had a buncha stuff on their frontrunners, I'll see if he could guestimate a load weight.
     
  12. Jun 19, 2018 at 6:51 AM
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    Thanks, that would be great I am on the fence on buying one.
     
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    Make sure you understand the difference between static and dynamic ratings..
     
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    Maybe 50lbs in ski racks and rods/reels on my OEM. I wouldn't go over the recommended limit on the OEM just how it's designed. The cross bars are nice because they stow, but when they are swung over that don't fit extremely snug in their mounting holes . I can juggle them with my hand and they will move around.

     
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    "Keep it below the mfg weight capacity." - X Crew

    For the Tacoma, it's 100 pounds (DYNAMIC!). So an average RTT would be maxing it out for example while driving, but you could sleep up there just fine since that is a static load at that point.

    Point being, don't strap pavers to the roof rack and you should be fine.
     
  16. Jun 19, 2018 at 7:07 AM
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    I have a thule rack mounted on my topper and I carry 4 whitewater kayaks that weigh 50lbs each multiple times a week for pretty long distances and have never had any problems. So about 200lbs plus a LOT of drag is fine for the Thule racks from my experience.
     
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    On a Front Runner... So far I've only put about 150# and wheeled/drove around with it, and about 400# of temporary load on it (had to climb up there to load the 150# of gear, hilift, 33" spare, shovel, traction boards)... Seems it can easily handle at least 400# (decently spread out across bars) load, but am no engineer nor have I done any failure or drag tests... *shrugs*
     
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  18. Jun 19, 2018 at 8:07 AM
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    I was hoping to be able to store a couple of hundred lbs on the rack spread out fairly evenly (no 4wheelers or anything like that although I have seen a few snowmobiles on the roofs of cars out here:notsure:. I'm not going to use it all the time just when I'm out of room in the bed.
     

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