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love 2 surf brackets all mounted up

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mickyd9990, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Feb 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    mickyd9990

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    just wanted to tell everyone this is a solid product well made and very complete also backed by awesome customer service.. i needed it fast and it was shipped very fast had it in two days from cali to ri..

    only thing i would change is to get thule sqare bars instade of the yakima round ones.. wont have to worry about the bar spinning..

    to get rid of the slight wiggle problem i drilled a small hole so the set screw fits into the countersunk hole rather than clamp on the rubber exterior..

    also thinking about sawzalling the cross bars to make them shorter then flip the brackets over so from the side you wont even see the mounts or boarrds.. just a thought
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  2. Feb 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    MJonaGS32

    MJonaGS32 MJ on a GS

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    I was thinking I would see surf boards
     
  3. Feb 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM
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    I don't really get the point. . . isn't that why trucks have beds. . so you dont have to get racks like cars?
     
  4. Feb 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    well if they were surf boards, they wouldn't fit... but these probably have locks or something, so you can stop into the lodge for a bite without worrying about your gear disappearing as much.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM
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    DeeKay21

    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

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    I have a similar setup but its an Inno rack that has the square bars that fit Thule attachments. Reason I have one is sometimes my bed gets full with travel bags and other stuff so I dont have room for my snowboards and skis. Its also good to keep you board from banging back and fourth going up the mountain. They are low enough to where it is super easy getting things on and off the attachments.

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  6. Feb 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    yes they lock lol.. and its nice to carry the boards and not have them bounce all around the bed while i drive 3 or 4 hours up north.. and i can slide all my luggage and gear under the bars.. really just piece of mind.. rather not leave 4 boards worth over 1000 bucks sitting in my bed for anyone just to pick up and walk away.. at least make them work for it
     
  7. Feb 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM
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    mxnborder wont understand.. hes got the cap on his truck so he can lock it up that way
     
  8. Feb 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    Likewise, I don't really get the point of bed caps. Why not buy an SUV?

    As advised to me in the other thread, you can alleviate the crossbars spinning by taking the plastic caps off the thumb screws that tighten down on the crossbars. They're only held on by compression, so pliers will do the trick at pulling them off.

    There's an allen head under the black caps, so you just grab an allen wrench to tighten them down a bit tighter than possible with your thumb and no more spinning.

    I went with the "over the bed" rack setup because I didn't want to have stuff even higher on top of the cabin (a la OEM roof rack), and I didn't want a bed option because they rob you of room for other gear and equipment. I have an Access Lorado cover that I'll use when not using my bike rack. Otherwise I'll roll it up and put my rack into place and use the bed under the rack for gear.
     
  9. Apr 20, 2011 at 3:04 PM
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    Update (with shameless plug)

    After getting my brackets all setup, I ended up only getting to use the setup one time. My wife and I recently bought beach cruisers with fenders.

    My setup wouldn't quite work like I wanted it to so I'm going with a hitch mount setup to keep the bikes out of the wind as much as possible and will secure via the frames instead of tires. Obviously you can't secure via the tires if you have fenders over them.

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    I want to be clear: the L2S brackets are rock solid! It is a quality product. Unfortunately I'm having to sell mine and go a different route. I'm also selling the bike tray in that same thread.
     
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