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List of Bed Towers/Racks Compatible w/ Tonneau Covers

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by sawdustking, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. Mar 11, 2020 at 9:46 AM
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    sawdustking

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    Hello there!

    New Tacoma owner here. I purchased a 2020 Tacoma TRD Off-Road in Cement color w/ a 6spd manual.

    I'd like to use bed towers/rack for a RTT or accessories like SUPs. It would be nice to have a rack that is extendable. However, I've noticed there is a lack of compatibility in the market. I've listed a few combinations available below that CAN work.

    Yakima OverHaul HD & Retrax XR Series OR Pace-Edwards retractable Cover

    I like the Overhaul HD rack system the best. I really would like to be able to use this with a soft cover that can roll up (the velcro kind). I was shocked to see the price of the Retrax covers and they also take up a lot of room in the top of the bed.

    Yakima / Retrax

    Elevate Rack System & TruXedo Cover

    EDIT: 3/20/20 - You can buy the Elevate Rack but it has to be used with a different rail system - the Elevate TS isn't compatible with the Tacoma yet. You'd have to buy a Retrax or Pace Edwards Tonneau with the T-Slots for this to work.



    Old info: Probably the cheapest solution. The towers don't look very stout in comparison to the Yakima. This solves the issue of a retractable cover taking up room in the bed of the truck. The rack is compatible with a few of the TruXedo covers among others.

    Elevate Rack / TruXedo Low Pro


    Max Modular & Numerous Covers

    There are a handful of racks that our community has created that are compatible with covers. Max Modular does make an extendable rack that will work with numerous covers. I'm not a huge fan of the looks of the rack, personally - but it would work! If extendable isn't a necessary feature, there are fixed height ones.

    MAX Modular Utility Rack / List of Compatible Covers



    Am I missing anything? These are the options I was able to find searching around. I'm not sure if you can get the Thule bed towers to work with anything. I also realize there are really low-profile racks on the market that sit just above the covers. Those I didn't include in here as I am aiming to be able to adjust the rack much higher.

    I talked to a Yakima representative and he told me they would get back to me to let me know if they are working on more options for compatibility for a cover. I'll be sure to reply if/when I hear back from them.

    Hope this helps other people in their search and if anyone has something to add, please please please do so!

    Thanks​
     
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  2. Mar 14, 2020 at 9:14 AM
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    I've been researching the same information, so I'm in for updates.

    That said, I bet there a lot of possible combinations with a Peragon cover but I haven't seen anything online. Also it would almost definitely require some custom fabrication as the cover attaches to the bed rails.
     
  3. Mar 14, 2020 at 11:06 AM
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    There must be away to make a Velcro roll-up cover that would work with the Yakima Rack. There's gotta be a market for it. I know I'd buy one even though it wouldn't exactly be water tight.
     
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    thanks for starting this thread. I have a cap on my 2014 dcsb, but i kinda want to sell it and get a hard rolling tonneau and rack. The retrax and yakima job is perfect, but way more expensive than what i can justify right now.

    The elevate rack looks interesting, but it didn't say it was available for the 2nd gens.

    Hopefully there are some other options out there.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2020 at 2:23 PM
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    I am about ready to just do the Yakima Overhaul HD and Retrax cover option, but I am really really unhappy with the amount of space the cover takes up in its housing.

    If I could use a rack compatible with a Tonneau that is EASILY removable I would probably consider it the best option for me at this point.

    Does anyone know of any tall racks that work with a Tonneau cover that can be easily removed? I've been eying the Modular Base Rack from Victory 4x4. They all look like they have hardware up top that could be removed easily and I could leave the posts installed, but I can't be sure from looking at the photos. An example of why I would do this - I need the bed of the truck available for 2 dirtbikes.

    Also I realize that Elevate Rack system would be fine with this, but i just don't like the design of the rack. Just looks too sketch and unrefined to me.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2020 at 2:51 PM
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    Just got off the phone with Truxedo. The TS Rails aren't compatible with the Tacoma yet. BUT they are likely working on it. The CS person told me that looking at the OverHaul HD System and the TS Rails would LIKELY work together - they just don't make it for the Tacoma yet! So fingers crossed.

    For reference the rails alone cost about $135. So you'd pair that with a Truxedo soft cover and the Yakima OverHaul HD. Definitely the best solution IMO!
     
  7. Mar 22, 2020 at 8:56 PM
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    I'm using the KB Voodoo aluminum hi-rise crossbars with my tonneau and loving the set up so far. Very secure and I like the way they look.
     
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  8. Mar 26, 2020 at 7:57 AM
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    Can you remove the crossbar pretty easily? I probably only need them for the rooftop tent. So if I could just detach the crossbar part (not the pillars) when i'm not using them, I'm totally sold on that idea.
     
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    Very easily removed. That’s one of the reasons I like them.

     
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  10. Apr 3, 2020 at 1:50 PM
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    I've been looking at this as well. I want to have the same brand roof rack and bed rack so I want to get the Victory4x4 rack since I ordered their roof rack. If you look at the installation video on victory4x4's website, it looks as if you just have to unbolt each leg and you should be fine. Because this is also a selling point for me. I dont want it on if I'm not necessarily needing it.

    Can people that have both bed racks and hard tonneau covers post pics?
     
  11. Apr 3, 2020 at 1:57 PM
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    I recently installed the kbvoodoo max modular rack in conjunction with the BAKFlip Revolver X4. Loving it so far!

    IMG_1555.jpg IMG_1554.jpg IMG_1550.jpg
     
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  12. Apr 6, 2020 at 1:38 PM
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    It's actually fast to remove the whole rack as long as you don't have tonneau cover brackets sitting on top of it. If you do have a cover you can pull the upper crossbars sure, but it's 8 bolts per rail and takes a second. We do have customers that install the rack only when they go on trips. Let me know if I can answer anything else.
     
  13. Apr 6, 2020 at 2:33 PM
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    I have the retrax pro xr (group buy or I wouldn't buy) and uptop truss alpha ex coming this weekend. I'll take pics and give you my initial review. Its full height so....
     
  14. Apr 6, 2020 at 5:20 PM
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    What cover do you have?
     
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