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Rago Fabrications CB Antenna Mount with Total Chaos Bed Stiffeners

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Sapnjack, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Jan 7, 2019 at 7:50 PM
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    Sapnjack

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    Installed Rago Fabrication CB antenna mount. Works well with already installed Total Chaos Bed Stiffeners and tail gate opens/closes well.

    Posted for those wondering if they’ll work together

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  2. Jan 7, 2019 at 8:35 PM
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    Hey thanks for that! Been wondering if that combo would work. Any tailgate rub?
     
  3. Jan 7, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    No rub!
     
  4. Jan 7, 2019 at 8:51 PM
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    I have the same mount, no tailgate stiffener. No rubbing. I wrapped the mount in insulation tape just incase to.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2019 at 1:23 AM
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    How do you like the Diamondback Cover?
     
  6. Jan 8, 2019 at 5:28 AM
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    Omg love it!!!
     
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    Bed Stiffeners are a great option, love mine. Not Total Chaos but work the same.

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  8. Jan 8, 2019 at 6:29 AM
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    Agreed, love the red!
     
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    Weird, I just got this mount and tried it installing alongside my Total Chaos bed stiffeners and the tailgate cover rubs one of the bolts when closing.

    No go for me.
     
  11. Jan 18, 2019 at 9:10 PM
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    Awwww that sucks! I guess there’s decent amount of variation with these things
     
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    Yeah there must be. It doesn't rub a lot and the tailgate closes but it would wear through the tailgate fiberglass cover after a while. I may try using a lower profile bolt. TBD.

    EDIT: I cut the rear mounting point off of the bracket, I bent the antenna mounting piece a bit, and used a lower profile bolt head, still no-go. Not all beds are created equal.
     
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    What is the logic and real world evidence that these things are at all useful? First of all, the tailgate attaches to both sides of the bed when closed, which would seem to be much more effective at preventing the sides of the bed from spreading. Secondly, if you were afraid that wasn't enough support, wouldn't a simple bar across the top of the bed make a whole lot more sense?
     
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    I mean it can’t hurt...
     
  15. Mar 17, 2019 at 11:44 AM
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    Mine rubs when opening and closing... I mounted it the same way OP did.
     
  16. Mar 17, 2019 at 12:16 PM
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    BrandX Uhh, what was the question?

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    Not enough.
    It would be nice to see this as one piece. Antenna mount and bed stiffener as one.
     
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    The first post has mine
     
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    Thanks for the photos and review, is the top bolt that's going through both the cb bracket and the top of the bed stiffener the original from TC or Rago, or is it aftermarket you had/picked up?

    I am liking the full length of the TC stiffeners over other brands, but have the caliraised cb/light brackets on both side of my tailgate for aux backup lighting, and didn't want to be limited to either the TC taller style stiffeners or the bracket mounted aux floods, and after seeing your pictures am thinking a longer bolt might make it work.
     
  19. Feb 21, 2020 at 12:35 PM
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    Hm... I forget which bolt to be honest.

     
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