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Roof rack help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tanner, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    tanner

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    Good day,

    I want to buy a roof rack for my '05 Double Cab and I was hoping to get some input, both positive and negative, regarding your own 2nd gen. roof rack experiences.

    I primarily want to use it to transport a canoe. I currently do not have a cap but may get on in the future, if that makes any difference. If possible I would like to be able to buy a roof rack that does not permanently alter the vehicle, be that screw holes, denting or scratching of the roof, or whatever else comes to mind.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    Fiolo

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    I would say get an oem roof rack
     
  3. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    oem roof rack - just remove the stock weatherstripping and the rest bolts on .. Good Luck
     
  4. Dec 19, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    I've been thinking of an OEM roof rack with some aftermarket cross bars for that same reason.
     
  5. Dec 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    Ok sounds good, thanks for the advice.

    I'm usually a bit skeptical of OEM stuff. I'm of the mindset that it is often overpriced for the performance offered. There seems to be a lot of support for the OEM roof rack, however.
     
  6. Dec 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    Being as the installation of the OEM roof rack requires the removal of the weather stripping, is it safe to assume the roof rack provides the same amount of weather protection as the stripping? I don't want a leaky roof as a trade off.
     
  7. Dec 19, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    Does anyone make a rack for a AC cab? I want one..
     
  8. Dec 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM
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    Hairy Taco

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    I drive a DC shorty. I use a combination of the Thule sport rack and the Yakima roof rack. The Thule fits into the Tacoma bed attachment system. The Yakima is a standard roof rack. With a single roof bar near the front of the cab and a Thule Sport bar towards the back of the bed, I get a very stable tie-down. My canoe never shifts in either high wind or on rough trails. The futher apart your bars the more solidly your canoe will be held.

    Both the Thule and Yakima systems have optional fittings to help hold canoes from sliding laterally on the rack.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    ^^^^^that is the Thule system
     
  11. Dec 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    You'll do fine with OEM. I used my rack for a Mtn Bike. I still do, but the carrier is off at the moment.
     
  12. Dec 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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    I put a couple pics of the canoe rack in my Gallery. Feel free to take a look.
     
  13. Dec 19, 2011 at 6:32 PM
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    I use a Thule set up and love it holds some serious weight
     
  15. Dec 19, 2011 at 7:50 PM
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    I've hauled a canoe on my OEM rack to canada and back and it works great.
     
  16. Dec 20, 2011 at 2:00 AM
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    The OEM rack is great. I love mine. Excellent for a canoe.
     
  17. Dec 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    Awesome thanks for all the help out there. It sounds like OEM is the way to go, and the price isn't bad either. I'm still open to any suggestions and criticisms as this purchase likely won't happen before the end of winter, so feel free to keep the discussion going and the opinions coming in if anyone has anything to say.
     
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