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roof rack with no drilling?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kinkrider101, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Aug 15, 2010 at 7:37 PM
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    kinkrider101

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    i want a defender roof rack, is there any way to mount it using those gutters on the roof,under the rubber seal..i dont wanna drill in the roof...thank you:confused:
     
  2. Aug 16, 2010 at 2:32 AM
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    Those "gutters" are just wide enough to fit 1" wide box tubing, and if you can find some 1"x2" and cut some short sections (3 or 4" long), drill the correct holes in them and bolt them down, it should give you some solid footings to mount a rack. I fooled around with making a single long piece to do this, but gave up because of the compound curve it requires- tons of cutting and welding. Maybe when it cools down this fall I'll try again
     
  3. Aug 16, 2010 at 3:39 AM
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    thule racks dont require drilling
     
  4. Aug 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    Neither do the Yakima's, but they won't hold as much as the defender will without damaging the roof.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    there are weld-nuts pre-installed in the rails under the weather stripping on the roof if you are a double cab. Find the correct threaded bolts and the weld-nuts, cut/drill holes into what ever rack you want to run, and bolt it down...no cutting watsoever on your roof
     
  6. Aug 16, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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    DeeKay21 Lieutenant Dan.

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    X2. I used to have the Yakima on mine but swapped it out for the OEM roof rack.
     
  7. Aug 16, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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    i want a defender so i can have lights in the front/rear...i just went camping and could have really used extra space
     
  8. Oct 8, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    but would the roof rack be laying on top of the roof?:eek:
     
  9. Oct 9, 2010 at 5:14 AM
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    Get an OEM rack and put a basket on top. mount lights to the basket. I think that would look killer
     
  10. Oct 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM
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    Would the defender brackets happen to fit in the gutter
     
  11. Oct 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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