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My cargo crossbar build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Zac808, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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    Zac808

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    Well sort of. Sorry I didn't take pics during the process, but you will get the idea.

    Materials:
    1x 10ft 3/4" rigid conduit
    1x 1/2"-3' steel tubing stock
    1x 1/8" thick, 1 1/2" x 3' steel flat stock
    8x 1/4-20 flat washers
    8x 1/4"x 3" hex bolts
    8x 1/4" fender washers
    8x 1/4" lock nuts
    1x Rustoleum Undercoating spray paint

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    Somekind of low amperage welder(or you will burn through the tube stock)
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    First, I built the pieces that mount to the cleats in the bed. I cut the flat stock into four, 4" lengths. Also cut 8 pieces of 1 1/2" lengths of tube stock. I went a little over that way I could grind everything down evenly. Mark and weld the tube stock onto the flat stock.(I mounted the tube stock pieces onto the cleat with the nuts and bolts. Then placed the flat stock up to the tubes to figure out where the welding needed to be.) Do this for all cleats.
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    Then I installed all cleats with crossbar mounts onto the truck. Now for the tricky part. The distance between the mounts was about 53 1/2". I went over so I could grind down the conduit to get a snug fit. When you get it snug, weld the conduit to your mount like the pic below.
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    Now for painting. I used Rustoleum Undercoating spray paint. It worked perfect.
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    When everything is dry, mount it. Here is the hardware setup I used.
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    Finished product.
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    I initially intended to mount the bars under the cleats. But with the snowboards on the rack the tailgate wouldn't close. Damn shortbeds.:mad:
     
  2. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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    MUDFISH

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    impressive... looks like a commercial rack...
     
  3. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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    hendooman

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    Really nice job on the rack... A basket would look sweet on that as well.
     
  4. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:47 PM
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    Afwrestler1986

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    looks really nice man.
     
  5. Dec 13, 2009 at 2:11 AM
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    I thought about doing something like this for a spare tire rack in the bed.
     
  6. Dec 13, 2009 at 3:24 AM
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    sweet idea...
     
  7. Dec 13, 2009 at 8:55 AM
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    That is a great mod! :thumbsup:
     
  8. Dec 13, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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    You could definitely do that. The 3/4" rigid conduit is very strong.
     
  9. Dec 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM
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    Nice action. You could use those for many different cargo apps.....
     
  10. Dec 13, 2009 at 9:26 AM
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    AAhhhh the epitome of simlicity, yup, ya get my vote...good, quick, and slick.
     
  11. Feb 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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    Sweet idea! How would you suggest doing this to a 1st gen?
     
  12. Feb 18, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    ^^Do you have bed cleats? If so same parts, just different measurements.
     
  13. Feb 19, 2010 at 5:52 AM
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    Nope no bed cleats. It would be a lot nicer if i did. I wonder if I can take the bed cleats off a 2nd Gen from a junkyard and install them in my bed. I'm sure I can...

    Thanks
     
  14. Mar 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    how much weight can you put on the cleats? i really like this idea.
     
  15. Mar 1, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    nice rack. I wanna build something that can mount my bikes but still allow me have my roll-up tonneau cover.
     
  16. Mar 1, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    You could mount the crossbars to the bottom of the cleats.
     
  17. Mar 1, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    Nice job!
     
  18. Mar 2, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    let me clarify, I want to be able to have my tonneau cover closed and have the bikes on top. That way I can still retain the bed of the truck for gear. Right now I have my fork mounts mounted to the front tracks and have to roll up my tonneau cover to put the bikes in the bed so I essentially I loose some use of the bed depending on how many bikes I have in there.
     
  19. Mar 2, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    I think the cleats are rated at 200 pounds
     
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