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Installed Prinsu rack on camper shell of my double cab first gen 2001 tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by shred sled, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Mar 15, 2019 at 5:48 PM
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    shred sled

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    Hey guys,

    I spent the last month really looking for a roof rack for the camper shell of my truck and had a hard time finding anything! I finally emailed Prinsu to see if they would make a rack for the camper shell of my 2001 double cab tacoma and they said yes. Apparently they do that, but don't have that as a product listed on their website.

    So I got some 45" Yakima tracks installed and waited for the rack to come. When it arrived I threw it on and was pretty happy with it. It didn't come with directions by the way, so just be prepared for that, haha.

    The reason why I posted this is because 1. from my experience, there aren't many roof rack options for my truck, and 2. I wanted to show others who have the same truck as me what it looks like with a Prinsu (I couldn't find any photos online).

    Anyway, here it is. Let me know what you think :)

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  2. Mar 15, 2019 at 6:39 PM
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    Kleenax

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    I am about to do this same install (Yakima tracks) to my topper. Can you tell me why/how you determined "where" to put the tracks? In your photos, it seems that you mounted them about 3" farther in (towards the center) than I would have. I like to mount the tracks as far out towards the vertical sides of the topper as possible since that is where the weight should go.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2019 at 12:26 PM
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    shred sled

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    Hey,

    Good question. I was thinking the same way before I got them installed. I didn’t actually install the tracks, because I didn’t want to mess up since you have to drill through the shell. Anyway, the people at the place where I got it from explained that the camper shell has a “honeycomb” about 6” in from the vertical sides of the shell. Apparently the tracks are supposed to be installed on the honey comb because it’s the strongest part of the shell.

    I didn’t know that before, I thought the opposite. Also, when I called Prinsu, they told me to install the tracks no further than 33” apart. Anything over that wouldn’t fit the prinsu rack.

    I’m not 100% on the 33” actually so you should double check.

    In short, if I installed the tracks as close to the sides as I can I don’t think the prinsu would fit. Hope that makes sense !
     

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