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My CAD file for a custom ARE MX rack

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by OnHartung'sRoad, Apr 13, 2020.

  1. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:33 PM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

    OnHartung'sRoad [OP] -So glad I didn't take the other...

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    Here's my ARE MX "Prinsuesque" RtooDtoo rack I built. - I designed it to fit in a low profile on top of my ARE MX shell- 47” wide with three Tbars just like the Prinsu and 36” long to fit the top of my shell on the Yakima tracks. I would have gone with a real Prinsu, but they don’t make a rack that would fit on the smaller top area of a MX shell, besides it was a great learning experience as my first CAD to lasercut project. The extra holes are for mounting an ARB awning to it.

    The cost of the 2 sides from emachineshop cost $153, and the 47" t-bars cost $22 each from T-Nutz.com (total cost including the two sides and three T-bars and shipping was less than $250). The ZIP file at the bottom of this post is a proprietary .ems CAD file I used from emachineshop.com's free downloadable CAD program, you can use or/and edit this file to your taste and then upload it to their service for cutting.


    Rack with ARE awning and generic cargo basket attacher.jpg
    Shown above with my ARB awning and a generic aluminum cargo basket attached to the rack.

    As mounted on my Yakima tracks using generic bolts and hardware from local store (I will post closeups and parts list soon).
    mounted on ARE MX Shell.jpg

    Shown below as received from emachineshop.com. I used self-etching primer and bedliner spray to finish it, but you can order it powder coated from the shop also.
    Rack sides.jpg
    RtooDtoo logo.jpg

    Below is a zip file containing the .ems CAD file I created. You are free to use the file and to make your own rack with it for personal use, provided that you do not sell the design as it is copyrighted by me and probably also by Mickey Mouse...;)
     

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    Last edited: May 21, 2020
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  2. Apr 14, 2020 at 8:48 AM
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    Malvolio

    Malvolio idle shallow things

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    Very cool.:thumbsup:
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2020 at 9:16 AM
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    Fargo Taco

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  4. May 22, 2020 at 5:01 AM
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    This is super cool. Solid work!
     
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  5. May 23, 2020 at 7:02 AM
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    RobP62

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    Very very cool! Even nicer of you to share the file for free!
    :fistbump:
     
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  6. May 23, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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    PMihalas

    PMihalas Well-Known Member

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    Nice. I’ve actually been looking for a way to build my own rack. This will help tremendously!! Thank you!
     
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  7. May 23, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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    OnHartung'sRoad

    OnHartung'sRoad [OP] -So glad I didn't take the other...

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    There’s also a guy who posted a DIY rack here somewhere that he hand cut and drilled - it was nice work as he was very meticulous and precise. I don’t have the link but will try to find it. My rack was really easy to make and customize, and the cost was not bad compared with the cost of hand making one.

    If anyone does make one from this project, please post about it here!
     

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