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Roof Rack Help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by StAndrew, May 15, 2017.

  1. May 15, 2017 at 5:20 PM
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    StAndrew

    StAndrew [OP] Wait for it...

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    Looking for an affordable roof rack for 4 door and bed cap. Just got a new canoe and want to put it on the roof. Need ideas.

    Thanks :D
     
  2. May 15, 2017 at 6:29 PM
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    Buck18

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    IMG_0725.jpg I did the 4Runner OEM roof rack on my DC. @Ghost65 has an awesome build thread on doing his. It turned out great. I haul my 14 ft, 85 lb Old Town Guide canoe on mine and it works perfect. Bought rack from junk yard for $50. I cut 2 inches off of each end of the rack because of the difference in roof lines. 2IMG_0739.jpgIMG_0726.jpg
     
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  3. May 21, 2017 at 10:05 AM
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    GeoYota65 Allergic to pavement

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    Dude...that looks GREAT. :thumbsup:
     
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  4. May 21, 2017 at 12:50 PM
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    If you're not feeling up to drilling into your roof, Yakima Qtowers are removable and put the weight over the sides of the roof which are nice and strong. Plus you can adjust the position of the towers and even add a third or fourth tower if you really wanted too

    Only thing I don't like about it is that they are not super low profile like the 4runner one or the racks available for the second and third gen tacomas. Unfortunetly we just don't have a ton of options to choose from :(

    These are the best pics I have on hand of the setup

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  5. May 22, 2017 at 1:34 PM
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    GeoYota65

    GeoYota65 Allergic to pavement

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    Totally agree...and the Yakima system is much more "user friendly" than Thule. The new-er Baseline towers lower things just a bit over the Q-Towers, but both are effective "non drill" approaches.

    Your set up looks great as well. :thumbsup:
     
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  6. May 22, 2017 at 1:39 PM
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    GeoYota65 Allergic to pavement

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    Define "affordable..." ;)

    Roof racks, and securing potentially accident causing expensive gear shouldn't always be about the quantity of the green backs remaining in your wallet (IMO)...BUT, if you can find and adapt a secure roof rack system, then have at it!

    With respect to bed caps, inexpensive fiberglass options pop up on Craigslist frequently for Tacomas...but if you want flexibility and a quality sub $1,000 option be sure to look at softopper.com...their Boulder CO soft covers are great (IMO again). I've had mine for two years of off road/on road adventure and have been very pleased with it's performance. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. May 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM
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    Ryan_3TacosIn

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    That's a good looking truck. Really like the whole look of it.
     
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  8. May 22, 2017 at 3:20 PM
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    I thought about using Q towers but it just wasn't in the budget. I also liked the low profile, factory or OEM look of a roof rack off a 3rd gen 4Runner. Plus cost is only about $75 or so including rack. I get compliments on my roof rack often. Not many 1st gens came factory with a roof rack. Many people tell me it looks like it came from the factory with it !
     
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  9. May 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM
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  10. May 25, 2017 at 5:41 AM
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    Yakima q towers can be found on CL for more than half off. Thats how i pieced my racks together. If you are not in a rush you can find everything you need on CL. You might need to order the correct clips for your truck but everything else is universal fit.

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  11. May 25, 2017 at 5:42 AM
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    Yakima clips on a DC tacoma

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  12. May 25, 2017 at 5:43 AM
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    Clip #117
     
  13. May 25, 2017 at 7:29 AM
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    This pic looks familiar haha
     
  14. May 25, 2017 at 7:34 AM
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    Yes sir, it helped me so i thought id pass it along. Thanks again!
     
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  15. May 31, 2017 at 2:23 PM
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    I went with a low cost Curt basket and extension from Amazon, at about $160. This rack is made to add to an existing roof rack, but since my cap didn't have one, I made four mounting blocks from "CNC Mill material Plastic black ABS block lot (1 pc.) 1 1/4" THICK STOCK " purchased on eBay for $9.00. It was about 20 inches long, so I was able to cut it into 4 inch x 3 inch x 1 1/4 pieces. This can be worked with woodworking tools. I used a belt sander to work a slight angle on the side toward the cap, so that the blocks were perpendicular. I also used a router to cut a groove into which the rail of the rack settles. I drilled holes through the rack, then block, and finally through the cap to use long bolts to fully secure the cap. I also drilled additional holes to allow access for wiring for the driving and backup lights to be run through the rails and out close to the lights. Although not evident in the pictures, the rack extends about 10 inches over the cab. The light bar is mounted to the lower bar, and doesn't stick up far enough to interfere with anything laid on the upper rails. I made brackets to hold the high lift jack.

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    What basket are you using for the roof rack?
     
  17. Jun 7, 2018 at 5:40 AM
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    I was using a Highland basket, now I have a Rhino Rack mesh platform
     
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  19. Feb 15, 2019 at 7:27 AM
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    I really like it, I went with the medium size platform and it's the perfect size for the double cab.
     
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  20. Feb 15, 2019 at 7:34 AM
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    Yup had mine in 2 days haha, really surprised there are not more people running them, especially with the slim pickings for 1st gens
     
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