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Interesting roof rack idea???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by matts11, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Feb 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM
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    matts11

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    I know some people have asked in the past about a roof rack crossbars that use the factory holes under the ditch moldings. Check this kit out--it seems like it would work on the Tacoma, and the feel could probably be adapted to to bolt onto the existing holes instead of drilling and doing the rivets.
    http://www.whispbar.eu/cars/toyota/hilux/2012/doublecab4doorute-3547
    www.[B]whispbar[/B].ca/instructions/fittingkits/K544.pdf
    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Feb 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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    fixer5000

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    exspensive and they hook to your door frames. i see paint scratching there. that is unless the ones that fit the hilux fit the taco too. then add shipping from europe.
     
  3. Feb 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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    KenLyns

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    Yakima sells these in North America. About $100 more than the "regular" Yakima rack with round bars.

    http://www.yakima.com/shop/baserack/whispbar-s7-flsh

    EDIT: May have misread your post. You are thinking about just ordering the Hilux mount kit from Europe? It won't be an expensive mistake if it doesn't work. :)
     
  4. Feb 27, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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    Yeah I was just looking purely at the way they mount using the holes in the roof ditch and how they show to trim the molding--not the type of mount that goes into the door frame. I have had the factory rack on my previous truck and although it looks good, it would be nice to have the strength of thule type bars (along with the ability to use all of the compatible parts) with a permanent type of mounting. Copy and paste the pdf address (www.whispbar.ca/instructions/fittingkits/K544.pdf) to see what I am talking about.
     
  5. Mar 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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    They list them on the yakima site as available for the 2012 Tacoma and they are available in the US. They look good to me. I've been looking at roof racks and this looks like the best I've seen so far as long as you want to commit to the permanent install. I'm not a fan of the door frame hooks and if your not going to have a cap with a rack these look like a good option. I just wish they came in black.
    http://www.yakima.com/shop/baseracks
     
  6. Mar 18, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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    Anyone mount one of these yet?
     
  7. Mar 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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    Gonna have to check in on this one. I have been wondering the same thing myself for some time. I have the OEM rack and I am not sure I trust it.
     
  8. Apr 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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    I agree! Wish these came in black as well. I am actually debating whether or not to install the standard Thule/Yakima rack or these Whispbars on a Snugtop canopy that I recently ordered. On paper, they seem to fit the bill as they have the same weight capacity and are compatible with most accessories that I would need. My big question is if they make a proper width crossbar to fit the rail system on the canopy.

    If they came in black AND they fit the rails, it would almost be a no-brainer.
     
  9. Apr 2, 2012 at 3:29 AM
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    very nice but I hate the idea of drilling in my roof
     
  10. Apr 2, 2012 at 3:57 AM
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    Whispbar was a euro company that Yakima bought to get an aero bar to compete with Thule's aero lineup. Only problem they found was only about 5% of their existing racks fit the aero Whispbar. That was a couple years ago so I'm sure they've increased their rack options since.
     
  11. Apr 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM
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    I put a thule base rack on my truck bed and absolutely love it. I can put ski, bike, or a basket on the back. It can easily come off if i need to get larger items into my bed, other wise it locks in place. Works great! Let me know if you have questions and I can let ya know how I did it.

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  12. Apr 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM
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    Do you have any pictures of your rails that show more detail?
     
  13. Apr 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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    I don't have any pics with more detail at the moment, but i might be able to get some later. I used the rails on my Roll-n-Lock cover to attach the base rails from Thule. I attached a link to the rails I used. They are pretty easy to attach...just drill some hole and some light metal fabrication. Let me know if you have any more questions.
    http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Products/Base-Racks/LoadAccessories/TB60-60,-cit-,-Tracks-with-bolts
     
  14. Jan 4, 2013 at 5:12 AM
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    Yo man, I just bought a similar set up. How did you install the rails on the bed of the truck with the plastic bed liner on the sides?



     
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