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Installing rack on canopy...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 08TacomaDC, May 6, 2011.

  1. May 6, 2011 at 10:38 PM
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    08TacomaDC

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    I have a snugtop canopy on my tacoma that has no rails or rack whatsoever on top. It's just a slick painted surface. Well, I now need a roof rack. Is there a way to install one to this type of canopy?
     
  2. May 7, 2011 at 4:29 AM
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  3. May 7, 2011 at 6:57 AM
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    Before you drill it, consider taking it to a Snugtop dealer for them to do it or send it back to Snugtop for the installation. I know it's a hassle but if you penetrate the 'glass, you void the lifetime warranty which Snugtop offers.
     
  4. May 7, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    This ^^^
     
  5. May 7, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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  6. May 7, 2011 at 9:04 AM
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    Also, if you have never drilled into a gel coat or fiberglass, make sure you get the right drill bits, or you will have cracks and chips with every hole drilled :eek: It could get ugly...
     
  7. May 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    I installed a Yakima track system on my ARE shell. Yakima includes instruction on how to install them but in a nutshell:
    Measure out where you want them; you don't want to drill through the center reinforcing honeycomb section on most tops.
    Mark your holes them drill a small pilot hole before switching to a larger bit; putting tape on the hole should help prevent chipping. Use a new (or at least sharp) drill bit; I like the ones with a pilot tip.
    Use a small amount of silicon on the bolt/in the hole and install the tracks.
    Install risers/bars and enjoy.

    Mine has been on since 2006 and I've carried around 150#s on it more than once in varying combinations of canoes, kayaks, bikes and lumber and so far no leaks.
     
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