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Tracrac TracOne (Universal) Review/Build for 05+ Tacoma Bed Rack

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by XXXX, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:03 PM
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    XXXX

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    Got if from Lowes for $299.00. They offer models for our trucks, but I did not like their prices or the added hardware they give you so I decided to do it A la carte and end up with what I think is a better rack for my uses while being a little less money.

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    Grabbed some Tacoma bed rail clamps $79.99 online (they are cheaper now)

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    Beef!!!
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    The Tracone is a universal rack and works for a fullsize truck so it's tall and wide on a Tacoma......VVV
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    I didn't want to hit every tree in the woods or have a need for a rack 5" taller than my cab so I cut it down in length and width.

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    Cut 9" off the width
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    After I cut down the horizontals I added notches to each so I never had to remove the end caps to put new hardware on it. Tracrack was smart and everything for it is the same 3/8" thread. Because of this the options for fabbing home made holders or adding other aftermarket rack hardware to it is limitless if you use a little imagination.

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    Had to drill one hole in each horizontal's cut side for the end caps.

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    I cut 4" off both the front and the back, but I would recommend 3" in the front and 4" in the back if you turn your kayak upside down like I do. My front kayak handle hits the cab offroad so I have since added 3/4" of height back to the front rack (luckily I saved all my cut offs).

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    handles hitting with yaks flipped at 4" of cut off before I raised it
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    The holes are the perfect diameter after cutting so no need for drilling. Just tap it with 3/8" and your good to go with the stock bolts.
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    If you mount it the way you are supposed to you loose a good 5" of bed space

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    So I turned my front rack around removed the front bed rail for max clearance and bed space
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    Tool box mounts right into the 3/8" standard threaded holes on top of the brackets. Each bracket has one. They also give you two additional brackets should your tool box be more than 12" deep. I didn't need them.

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    still plenty of room for the hi lift
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    13' & 9' yaks
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    I recommend swapping out the bed clamp bolts. They suck and are to long due to being universal. Use stainless 3/8" - 16 x 1-1/2" Hex heads

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    Recent mods.....

    Sanded/primed/painted black

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    added 1' of airline/"L" track to each outside vertical

    I put some great 3m tape on them so there wasn't metal to metal contact and to help hold them.
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    used 1/4-20 tap
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    1/4-20 x 1" stainless screws
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    you can get all kinds of fittings but I chose these for my uses
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    Added single pc of L track to each lower inside corner for strapping stuff into the bed or in the middle of the rack.
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    Be sure to Loctite everything and you should be good to go.
     
  2. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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    drunktaco

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    That looks really nice man. Good job :thumbsup: I might try this
     
  3. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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  4. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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    MY50cal I think I'm getting the Fear.

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    Yes.
    This doesn't look like a motor swap :confused:

    Nice work man, looks good! Love me some L track
     
  5. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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    I really like the addition of the L track! Paint looks good as well. I wonder how it will hold up with sliding yaks on and off? My 12 ft 75 lb sit on top has rubbed the original clear coat off after just a year.
     
  6. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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    Is the original finish anodized aluminum? I have the thule height adjustable racks and want to paint them black. Your racks look awesome :thumbsup:
     
  7. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    Nice thread Boyd

    Just one point I'll make , my aluminum headache rack did not get along with stainless bolts
     
  8. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM
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    Can you still haul full size sheets of plywood or would they hit the cab (assuming they'd flex down) or is that not a concern for the rack?
     
  9. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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    Motor is coming soon. Recouping funds after wheel bearings on the dam Ford. Now I'm just working on the crap I accrued for it over the past year :D

    Thanks. No the paint will not hold up. The original powder coat didn't either. The yaks wore down to raw aluminum. I didn't post it yet because I didn't take pics, but on the front in the middle I didn't paint it and put down rubber roof flashing. I just painted the rear today so in a day or two when it's cured Ill do that one and take pics. I looked all over for a good rubber and even got some 1" x 4' strips I was going to glue down. One day I was walking by my tape shelf and saw the flashing and a light went off so I said screw glue and rubber just use the easy stuff.

    Powdercoat & crappy at that. I got pics of it bubbling up on my camera Ill post when I'm done with the rear rack. I sanded the bubbles down and primer/filled them before paint.

    I know it won't hold up with tree's scraping it up, but a touch up every year or so is easy now.
     
  10. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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    Would an anti-seize compound help with the steel/aluminum reaction? Or maybe the Loctite?

    Loving the black!

    Great ideas Boyd!:thumbsup:
     
  11. Sep 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM
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    Wonder if bathing them in loctite will help me :D

    Never tried a sheet of plywood. I did have (2) 5' x 15' skids up there last winter and wheeled with them for about a mile with no straps on them and never heard anything hit. My roofs already dented from hitting trees anyway so if it did hit it's no biggie :D

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  13. Sep 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM
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    Great review. Thank you!
     
  15. Sep 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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    No more slippery silver

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  16. Sep 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    What's the width of the track on the top of the bars , looks like it's the same as my DeWalt ProRac on my cap
     
  17. Sep 17, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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    exactly 4" at it's widest

    very possible to have a similar extrusion die used for both products.
     
  18. Sep 17, 2013 at 6:31 PM
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    better view of cut off I saved

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  19. Sep 17, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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    OZ-T All of those moments....will be lost.....in time

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    Sorry , I meant the actual T slot track
     
  20. Sep 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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    11/16"W x 1/4"H ID with a 3/8" wide slot
     
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