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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 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Thanks Boyd

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  2. Nov 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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    Nice write up and customizing. I just go the Tracrac G2 with cantilever.

    I had a few minor issues;
    Need to chase almost every 3/8-16 tapped hole.
    Bed pockets block the clamp from sliding into place so I had to remove them.
     
  3. Nov 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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    I didn't chase anything. Waxed up the bolts up and drove them home with a ratchet :D Your idea is much safer than mine and I know others have had the same issue with the powder-coating clogging the threads up.

    No need to remove them. Just push the bed pockets in and slide the clamps past them. It is a tight fit, but you can do it.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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    Well perhaps your thread were not as bad as mine.. as long as it doesn't gall up!

    My guess is the bed flexes enough to push it past... stupid me.. I already cracked one taking it off.. ugh.. will try to slide it past later..

    Quality is real nice though. Love the channel as I can use it to fit Thule accessories.
     
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  5. Sep 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM
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    What type of saw did you use to cut down the rack?
     
  6. Sep 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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    I used a 12" compound miter saw with a 120 tooth industrial blade meant for cutting aluminum. Waxed it up like I always do and it cut like butter. The less teeth you have the slower and more cautiouse you need to be. Aluminum tends to melt into the teeth so after each cut inspect the blade for this. If it occurs remove the build up and wax the blade before the next cut....and cut SLOWER so it doesn't happen again.


    For the other guy who PM'd me while on vacation concerning the lengths I cut mine down to - they are listed in the OP.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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    Thanks, I guess a hack saw might take a while
     
  8. Sep 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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    Nah... 5-10 min tops with the right blade on it and a miter box. The extrusions are pretty thin.

    I would do it if I didn't have a saw.
     
  9. Dec 3, 2014 at 5:09 AM
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    I like what you did here man , ive been looking for some ideas to customize my thule rack and I think I found them , let me ask you what is the primary use for the outside L tracks ? , awning ? tarp ? because that's something im interested in ..

    heres mine :

    wp_ss_20140919_0001[1].jpg
     
  10. Dec 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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    The Trac Rac is holding up fine but overloaded it and tore the composite bed at the front corner.

    I noticed that other racks have a plate that is the length of the bed. I am sure that distributes the load better. Or they have a strut that transfers load to the base on the bed.

    Rack support Front Mount-640.jpg
     
  11. Dec 4, 2014 at 9:36 AM
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    The legs were forced outward most likely

    Had a lumber rack on my old truck break the metal bed the same way
     
  12. Dec 5, 2014 at 7:55 AM
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    That makes sense but the struts shown only provide vertical support. I am sure this will help but then it's the next weakest point which is probably what your noting.
     
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    I carried my paddleboards a few times with my new Tracrac straight out of the box.
    It was just a little bit too tall on my prerunner to reach without using my sidesteps or climbing into the bed. I cut 8" off the width of the crossbars(9" would be too much IMO), 3" off the front uprights and 4" off the rear uprights then filed and sanded the edges smooth. I used a fine toothed circular saw and they cut very straight and easily going slow. Tapping the threads was the hardest part of this whole modification. (it's really hard man work with a T-tap) After finishing the re-install and feeling exhausted it looks much better on the truck now and will certainly be more user friendly. Much props to the OP for his detailed DIY.
     
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