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Safari rack for bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MDWreckDiver, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Jan 6, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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    MDWreckDiver

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    I recently purchased a Best Top Super top for my 2010 Tacoma Double cab 4x4 Sport long bed. I am in the planning stages of building a rack to go over it. I was wondering if anyone else has done this or has any ideas. My main two concerns at this point would be:

    Mounting points? / Integrate into the top?

    Length: Over the cab or limit to the bed?

    I welcome any thoughts or ideas...

    Thanks
     
  2. Jan 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM
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    pudge151

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    seems like i will be a lot of work to get a strong mount over that. throw it on the cab of the truck
     
  3. Jan 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM
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    That's a ton of work, but it can be done as I've seen this type on jeeps... Good luck!
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  4. Jan 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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    I thought of that too; however, I do not belive I can cateliever the weight distribution from the cab to bed. Now I know I can go from the bed over the cab but that brings me back to the mounting points.

    I am considering going through the top and mounting to the bed rail directly incorperating a quick disconnect set up for removal of the rack and the top.

    I have also considered mounting 4 plates that will fit between the top and the bed rail that the rack can mount to. This would be a more permanent setup.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2011 at 1:59 PM
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    Now that’s what I’m talking about!

    I have owned several Jeeps over the years all with racks and that was my inspirado here.

    Now on the Warrior rack I am not a fan of the outboard mounting points so I was considering going through the top. Again...prelim stages.

    I'm going to use aluminum tubing which should keep the weight down and not make her too top heavy.

    We are definitely thinking along the same lines.

    Thanks man
     
  6. Jan 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    Tim A

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    There's a sweet 2nd gen build on expedition portal. The guy replaced the plastic bed caps with steel angle iron and did a damn fine job IMO. Now, I'm not sure how much weight you're trying to put in your rack...but if you copied this guy and then built a sturdy rack using the new bed caps as a base then you might be happy.

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/showpost.php?p=732846&postcount=47
     
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