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OEM Roof Rack Install Question...what/where to bend?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Drainbung, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Apr 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Drainbung [OP] Some days you watch the show, and some days...

    Sep 2, 2010
    First Name:
    Oceanside, CA
    10 DCLB
    Powder Coated TRD Sport Rims, Avid Step Bars, OEM Roof Rack w/Yakima Rack attached, AFE Drop In Air Cleaner, Crown Performance SS Brake Lines, StopTech Cryo Slotted Rotors, Powerstop Z36 Pads, OME 886 and Dakars w/AAL, Total Chaos UCA's, Ride-Rite Air Bags w/Daystar Cradles, Blue Instinct Covers (all), Coupe TRD Battery Hold-down, Flyeyze LED V1 & 3VP, Airflow Snorkel, Elite Off Road Aluminum Bumper, Warn M8000S, Body Armor 4X4 Rear Bumper, ECGS Booshing, Homer Taco Satoshi, Anti-Dark Hoodlights, FWC Eagle Popup Camper, Floating a loan for more stuff...
    I've searched and read through every OEM Roof Rack install post to the point that I'm bleary eyed. There are suggestions to bend and not bend the front bracket while installing in order to avoid the gap at the front of the rack. I'd rather avoid the gap if possible so what do I do? HELP me out here Henry (Joe Pesci line from Goodfellas)!
  2. Apr 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    cmoschip Well-Known Member

    Sep 17, 2011
    First Name:
    Houston, Texas
    2008 TRD Sport DC 4x4
    I just installed mine last month. Absolutely no gap. My guess is that some of the users (some) did not remove the front clip that is currently on he DC and holds the front of the ditch strip in. The removal process is scoring and breaking the clip off - if this is not done, then a gap would certainly be introduced.

    I read all I the posts too regarding the gap but I saw nothing but an excellent fit on mine.
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