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KB Voodoo AluMax Rack Install with Diamondback Cover - Photo Heavy

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Papadave418, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Dec 13, 2018 at 9:16 PM
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    I have a 10 inch premium KBvoodoo with CVT RTT, and it fits under my 7 foot garage
     
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  2. Dec 13, 2018 at 9:57 PM
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    Hello @KB Voodoo I also have a Diamondback SE cover and was eying your hi rise cross bars. I know current versions a steel. When aluminum models drop will the veracity of carrying a RTT be effected? Not sure if load rating will be different. What is timeline for aluminum versions? Price?
     
  3. Dec 13, 2018 at 10:06 PM
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    Load rating of the new aluminum bars will be the same. Price is TBD.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2018 at 10:19 PM
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    That is great news! Will you be discontinuing the steel versions or offering both?
     
  5. Dec 13, 2018 at 10:29 PM
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    For the Hi Rise Crossbars, we will always offer both steel and aluminum.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2018 at 10:47 PM
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    Currently the same size but thought about tapping it larger to get a more stout bolt in. What I’m unsure about is would one need to drill it out or can the tap shave out enough to get a 3/8” or so bolt in there?
     
  7. Dec 14, 2018 at 2:15 AM
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    I watched your walk around video the other day, nice setup! I installed the KB Voodoo Tacomax last weekend and overall I’m really happy with it. I would recommend this to anyone, it’s very sturdy and well constructed.

    I doubt you will be able to tap the factory nut for a larger bolt, plus even if you did, the location prevents the bracket from sitting flush against the bed due to the bead just aft of the bolt. What I did was remove the bolt so the bracket can sit flush, then I drilled a new hole about half an inch forward of the factory hole. I then used the provided T nut and bolt to secure it in place. There is plenty of room to access everything with the tail lights removed.
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    I really didn’t want to drill into the bed, but it was the only way I could see mounting it with adequate hardware. I mounted it up originally with the factory bolt and just didn’t think it would cut it due to both the bracket not sitting flush and the small size of the factory bolt.

    Just to add for anyone wondering, you would only have to do this if you’re installing the long bed rack on a short bed Tacoma. If you use the short bed rack on the short bed, or the long bed rack on a long bed, the rack will bolt to the accessory rail with the provided T nuts at all four corners.
     
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  8. Dec 14, 2018 at 7:18 AM
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    I don't know but going with what u did for now and going to look into it!
     
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  9. Dec 14, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    That is an interesting idea of moving the hole forward. I added a couple of washers behind the tonneau bracket so it would sit flush, but would like to either move it or increase the bolt size. What size drill and tap did you go with?
     
  10. Dec 14, 2018 at 7:48 AM
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    Looking good! Watch out for that cable on your Rotopax as it will eventually rub through the powerdcoating on the rack where it touches.
     
  11. Dec 14, 2018 at 8:08 AM
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    So you drilled a hole just big enough for the bolt, and with the T nut being bigger, you put it in behind from the tailight area and threaded into the T nut. Brilliant, and yes waiting to hear what size bit u used
     
  12. Dec 14, 2018 at 8:15 AM
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    Last month I did 400 miles off road in Death Valley...so it’s definitely already rubbed through. But having the AluMax Rack I don’t really care! Hahaha. Won’t rust :)

    (Just realized your “that guy” with the Tacoma problem in need of a 12 step program)
    I don’t have a problem
     
  13. Dec 14, 2018 at 8:16 AM
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    What T nut provided?
     
  14. Dec 14, 2018 at 8:23 AM
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    I bought my rack and tonneau cover because of u! I wonder how many you've sold lol you need a referral bonus hahahaha
     
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  15. Dec 14, 2018 at 8:28 AM
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    You know you are making a lot of sense to me, what do you think @KB Voodoo
    :)

    Hey I’m glad it helped inspire you, so many here have helped me and I’m glad to pass it forward. Post some pictures here of your build, I’d love to see it
     
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    I think it was a 10 mm drill bit, no tap used since I put the nut on the other side of the bed (behind the tail light).

    You got it, pretty sure it was a 10 mm drill bit.

    The other two nuts that would have gone in the accessory rail for a long bed truck.
     
  17. Dec 14, 2018 at 9:02 AM
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    Ahhhh the nut for the rail. I was thinking those T nuts that have spikes and embed into wood
     
  18. Dec 14, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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    How do you guys deal with not being able to easily access the bed storage when the rack+RTT is mounted above the Diamondback? I really want to love the VooDoo+DiamondbackHD combo, but wouldn't a retractable solution be better for overlanding and other situations wherein you constantly need to access the entire storage area?

    Have any of you purchased the Diamondback and a rack, but later regretted this particular limitation of the setup?
     
  19. Dec 14, 2018 at 9:53 AM
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    I don’t have my rack on all the time, only when off roading. Half of my bed has a custom drawer that I use that elimates reaching in and pulling out almost all of the stuff I would access in my bed for camping. The other side has my blue water cubes and my fridge. The cargo drawer holds my recovery gear and random camp stuff (in 2 Plano totes), chairs, firewood, and whatnot. My buddy has a retractable cover but you lose the front 10-12” or so of the bed where the cover rolls up. 99% of the time my truck is in daily driver mode so for me I can reach in for my water cubes when off roading.

    This is my complete footprint camping. My chair and roll up coffee table are to the right, but nothing else is on the ground.
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    When camping I put a water cube up in the cargo drawer and slide it out to get water. I place it so the spout pours right through the cargo drawer slots, then push the drawer back in 50E9549F-0F54-4ACD-81CA-D8DF3E4F5DF3.jpg
     
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    3/8 bit worked perfect with t nut and bolt provided

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