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How to mount rack to bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 650H1, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Oct 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    650H1

    650H1 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I've been trying for three days to mount my headache rack on my truck. No the mounts aren't made for a Tacoma but I got the rack cheap off Craigslist and it came out of a t100. It fits but the problem is, I can't get a screw to tighten down to the top of the bed rails, it goes thru the plastic covering and I'm assuming the metal but it just spins and doesn't tighten. Can someone with either a home made rack or more knowledge than I please help me on how to get this done?
     
  2. Oct 15, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    i assume its not into metal.sounds like just spinning in the plastic.
     
  3. Oct 15, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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    There is nothing under the bed caps to mount to , your best bet is to modify it to mount into the bed rail system
     
  4. Oct 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM
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    Does the bed rack mounts go the length of the bed? You could just remove the plastic caps and see what you're dealing with.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    There is a fold of sheet metal , that's it .
     
  6. Oct 15, 2011 at 8:22 PM
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  7. Oct 16, 2011 at 4:11 AM
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    well i got a couple pieces of metal that i can bend into L brackets, that way i can mount the bracket into the bed rail system, and then mount the rack into the top of the piece of metal. im hoping it works, im gonna scrap the fuckin rack if it doesnt lol
     
  8. Oct 16, 2011 at 10:11 AM
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    You need to do something like this

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  9. Oct 17, 2011 at 12:15 AM
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    No doubt a hundred ways to skin this cat. I constructed a rack to haul my atv and it mounts on top of the bed rails. I used two 1/2" x 2 1/2" flat bar runners for load bearing surfaces and they are bolted through the plastic caps and subsurface metal bed rails. I drilled through the top rails and my strap with a 3/8 bit in 4 places above the bed wall pockets. I popped out the pockets and and installed the nuts up under the bed rails using 8" strips of 1" x 1/4" strap with a 3/8 hole in the center as an elongated washer to prevent pull through. No problems to date and I've hauled that 600# plus atv all over hell's half acre.

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  10. Oct 17, 2011 at 12:21 AM
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    Nice Rack. Looks top heavy:D
     
  11. Oct 17, 2011 at 1:00 AM
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    Yeah, no NASCAR cornering while packing. I have the Riderite bag system with onboard compressor and in cab controls. Pump in 30 or 40 psi and things firm up and the ride is surprisingly stable. Not many hillsides to traverse in Lousy-ana so I get away with more than the up-landers could.
     
  12. Oct 17, 2011 at 5:07 AM
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    thats a wicked nice truck
     
  13. Oct 17, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    Nice work
     
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