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I want to install the Yakima Roof Tracks - Tech Info needed!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by hktr, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Aug 2, 2011 at 1:08 AM
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    Does anyone have some kind of roof drilling points chart or illustration for a ´01 Double Cab? I don´t wanna mess!!
    Any help would be much appreciated!! :confused:
     
  2. Aug 2, 2011 at 1:25 AM
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    I just measured from the windows a certain amount. I taped the rails to the roof with masking tape and we really made sure they were perfectly straight and then just drilled in the holes. Not hard at all just takes a couple hours. Good luck :thumbsup:
     
  3. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:37 AM
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    ^ Pretty much what brettb said, just take your time, "dry" fit it a bunch of times, tape it in place, and drill away.

    I put the tracks on my cap so it was a lil easier, but still took a few hours. Most important is that the tracks are PARALELL!! Measure 10x, drill once. GL

    fyi - I'm sure if you call Yakima they may have a bit of insight into placement
     
  4. Aug 2, 2011 at 7:10 AM
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    Whoa!!! First, where are you trying to put the racks? Are you going to install them on the camper shell above the bed? You have 3 options (maybe more) to put a rack on a camper shell. I did extensive research for my truck and I'm more familiar with Thule but hopefully this will give you an idea.

    1)

    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Products/Base-Racks/LoadAccessories/542-Artificial-Raingutters

    with these:

    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Products/Base-Racks/Feet/1008


    2)

    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Produ...42-42,-cit-,-Tracks-with-Flare_-_Nut-fastners

    With these:

    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Produ...ies/Direct-Mount-TK-Base-for-Sheet-Metal-Roof

    and these:

    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Products/Base-Racks/Feet/1020

    3)

    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Produ...ries/Direct-Mount-TK-Base-for-Fiberglass-Roof


    1) The artificial gutters mount to the side. 2) The Trackers mount to the top of the camper shell. The advantage of the trackers is that you can loosen and adjust the feet back and forth. 3) There are also the direct mount ones that do not mount on the tracks and cannot move.

    The load bars are all the same except different lengths. I think I have 58" load bars on mine with the artificial gutter on my camper shell.

    If you want to put a bar over the cab you'll need these:

    1064 fit kit

    and this:

    480 Traverse foot pack

    Again, with the load bars.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    I´try M3bassman!!
     
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    Brettb: thanks for the tips, got any pics you can share? they´ll be of help, just to calculate some distances to doors, rear windows, etc.
     
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    Ok, TipicoTaco, i´ll measure as much as I can,´til convinced the´re parallel!! :D
     
  8. Aug 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    Veg Head, I´m trying to mount these on the roof. Before getting the Taco, I was looking for a model with a factory roof rack without any success. And the yakima Rack, along with the tracks were a gift like 6 or 7 years before... and were stacked away ´til my ideal truck was found... Thanks for the help, in fact, yakima and thule tracks are pretty much the same!!
     
  9. Aug 3, 2011 at 4:41 AM
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    Gotcha...So what everybody else said. Measure 10 times drill one. I'd line them up how I like them, measure to get them even, make a few dots in the holes with a sharpie and drill as tight of holes as possible. Then I would either use thread lock of locking nuts to keep them from loosening up over time. I've put on both Yakima and Thule racks and I agree, they are very similar.

    It was a PITA for me to find a load bar to go across the cab. Kit 1064, 480 Traverse foot pack and LB58 are what I finally found would work for me. They even sell a single Traverse foot pack called a half pack and it's part number is 4802. Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks Veggie Head, every word and contribution counts...!! :D
     
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    good luck with install and show some pics after.... Ive been thinking of putting a roof rack on my dc
     
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    I just picked up my "new" '01 DC and it came with what I believe to be a factory roof rack. Here is a picture of it.
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    The tracks are 48" long and 36" apart from each other.
    They are approximately 1.5" in from the "rain trough", 8" from the windshield, 4 3/4" from the rear window.

    Hope this helps you out, any other Q's just ask :)
     
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    Excellent TipTac!! Thanks for the info. The more I read, research and get data, the better job i´ll do!!
     
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    Many thanks again, TipTac... those pics are of great help. And that (and all of your comments Taco-Fans!!) is what I´ve been looking for ;)
     
  16. Nov 19, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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    Well finally, after 2 years of wait, and getting things together, I installed the roof rack... and something else, here´s the story:

    1) Somehow, I just don´t remember how I got this Ford roof tracks, my guess is that they came off from an early Explorer... but I just don´t seem to remember how I got them!!

    2) I bought the Yakima Tracks installation kit (not cheap BTW) that comes with everything to screw down any Yakima compatible tracks... as is the case with the Ford tracks..

    3) As nobody could tell where to install the tracks I resolve to take some measures and discovered that the 1st Gen Tacoma Double Cab roof IT´S NOT parallel!! It tapers to the back of the cabin...! And then I doubted if this could be done at all..

    4) After seeing a number of no-brand name baskets on roof racks attached on trucks I got the itch to get one also...

    5) Suddenly I got the idea to get a complete Toyota 4runner factory roof rack. So I headed to my local junkyard to see what could I get ....and BINGO! I found a ´98 4runner and decided to get just the crossbars, that I guessed were compatible with the Ford tracks... Why a 4runner? for starters ´cause its Toyota, and lastly, the cabin is very similar in wide. So I invested 60 dlls and followed the instructions in the .pdf files.

    6) An so, I measured and found the ideal placement for the Plusnuts to drill down the holes... following the instruction sheet is pretty easy to get everything done... just tightened the crossbars previously to get everything as squared angled as possible.

    Photos & Links to come...
     
  17. Nov 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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    Holy blast from the past!! let's see this thing already... :dancingbacon:
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