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Where to get roof rack mounts for the factory ditch mounts?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by WeishaarKC, May 9, 2019.

  1. May 9, 2019 at 11:03 AM
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    I've looked all over for a roof rack that I can actually afford and justify spending money on. I can't drop upwards of $500 on something that I can make at home with the TIG welder and 1" tube bender I already own. I just want something flat and basic to be able to eventually mount a RTT and maybe an awning or some other stuff. I've already got the 1' DOM tube steel and most everything I'd need. I just dont want to make the mounting "feet" that actually bolt to the roof. I don't want to drill holes in my truck, either. I can't find anyone that'll sell me the mounting hardware for a rack except the Smittybilt AM-4, but I can't tell how solid those area and if they'll hold the weight of a RTT. Anybody got any ideas? It's a 2013 DCSB.
     
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  3. May 9, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    sorry for the duplicate photos.. and these mount to the factory holes in the DC
     
  4. May 9, 2019 at 11:40 AM
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    Damn those are almost perfect. I didn't realize thats what the ARB one looked like because their pictures suck. Thank you!
     
  5. May 9, 2019 at 11:44 AM
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    no prob. they are very sturdy. There are some better pics of the product just out of the packaging somewhere on TW, but cant seem to find it at the moment.
     
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  7. May 9, 2019 at 11:55 AM
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    Yep they're exactly what I'm looking for and the pics are great. Thanks so much. I went ahead and ordered them.
     
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    Here's what I ended up making. I've had my RTT on it for a couple months without any issues other than the noise of having a tent up there. So far so good. I bought a replacement prinsu windscreen for a Tundra and welded mounts on for it because I didn't have a way of cutting one out myself without it looking like junk. I used the ARB rails discussed above, and I have a tubing bender and a welder so I made the rack itself. After making the thing I understand why they're so expensive. I wouldn't make one for someone for much less than what they cost because it's so time consuming.

     
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