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Roof rack build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TRD 09, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Dec 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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    Actually, the rubber has metal embedded in it. It's actually rather supportive. I say bolt right through it without a spacer. You'll need to take snips to the metal strip. I did anyway. It's dead center and you can't get a bolt around it. Also, it acts as a shock absorber.
     
  2. Dec 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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    Thanks for the tip
     
  3. Dec 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM
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    What length bolts did you use?
     
  4. Dec 8, 2012 at 4:32 AM
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    To go through rubber, 1-1/2"
     
  5. Dec 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    Roof and light mounts are done, ready for paint and lights
     
  7. Dec 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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    How did you bring your wiring into the cab?
     
  8. Dec 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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    Left one front bolt out and ran through that hole.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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    Here it is, finished! I'll be adding lights in a few weeks, after that SLIDERS!!!
     
  10. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    Did you use EMT for that rack? Looks good! How much weight do you think it will hold?
     
  11. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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    1" EMT for the perimeter hoops and 3/4" for the floor, I'm 200lbs and I stood in it just fine before putting it on the truck, I'm not planing on putting much weight in it, it will be used to mount lights, shovel, axe, and a hi-lift jack
     
  12. Dec 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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    That looks awesome! Great work!
     
  13. Dec 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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    awesome work... wish I had those skills (and equipment)
     
  14. Dec 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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    Thanks, not much equipment hole saw, grinder, welder, I'm an electrician so the EMT bender is something I have available from work
     
  15. Dec 10, 2012 at 6:21 AM
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    Looks good! I ran my wires through the center hole, and down the B-pillar. Just another option for you.

    I used EMT as well, terrible stuff to weld on... How did you paint?
     
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    I just sprayed it with rubberized rocker guard, it will probably get powder coated in the spring, I'm probably going to have front, rear, and maybe side lights for camping/hunting so it might be too many wires for the hole, I might try going through the CHMSL, I'm going to mount 4 switches in the overhead console where the sunglasses compartment is now
     
  17. Dec 10, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    Damn that turned out awesome!!!! Sub'd for lights
     
  18. Dec 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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    Finally got some lights mounted, now I just need to find time to wire them
     
  19. Jan 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM
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    hey so im gunna try and make this rack just a few questions first. what are the dimensions? like how wide and long and tall? and what kind of offset bend did you do for the light section? i just started learning pipe bending at work and i wanna give this a try cause it looks sick! also how far foreward on the roof did you mount it? sorry for all the questions i just wanna make sure i do it right the first time.
     
  20. Jan 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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    no worries about the questions, ill get some measurements next time in the garage, PM me to remind me
     
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