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Box Rocket
12-08-2011, 09:36 PM
I have an '03 DC so no gutters and no factory rack or rails on the roof. I know there are Thule or Yakima load bars for this vintage Tacoma, but I'm planning on building my own low profile rack and the load bars will put it higher than I want. However, I'd love to see pics of how the mounting feet attach if anyone has them. I don't want to drill the roof to mount the rack so I'm looking for some ideas on how to build some mounting feet that attach at the doors like the Thule/Yakima feet.

Any help would be appreciated.

austintaco
12-08-2011, 10:27 PM
I ran into the same problem after I found a solid Con-Ferr rack that I wanted to mount to the roof of my 03 DC Tacoma. For the same reason as you, I stayed away from the load bar systems. My plan was to use the stock rail system from 3rd 4runners that mount along the seams. Then use defender rack's mounting system for factory rails. However, I used my fun money on buying a flippac, so this stays on the back burner. This system would have required drilling into the roof, but I would have left that up to a professional. In fact, I was going to have a power moonroof installed at the same time. The shop would have put the rails in for free.
I'll definitely follow this thread to see what you come up with.

Box Rocket
12-08-2011, 11:15 PM
I noticed you were looking at something similar as I was searching other boards on this topic. I know I can drill the roof, but I'd rather not do something that drastic if I don't have to. I might have to just do some of my own R&D on some brackets.

austintaco
12-09-2011, 12:11 AM
Here is a pic of what I wanted to do:
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h225/broncosi/IMG_0730.jpg

This is on a 4runner, but he's using the same mounting system that I would have used on the Taco.

Box Rocket
12-09-2011, 05:17 PM
Is that a Defender rack?

austintaco
12-09-2011, 05:41 PM
Yes, IIRC, Defender went with the Con-Ferr design and improved upon it. It does make for a low profile.

Mrknowitall
12-09-2011, 06:52 PM
Well, if you don't want to poke any holes in the roof, you have to clamp, like the Yakima Q-towers do. I would want the feet to index in the grooves. set up the end of the bar to capture a square nut to allow for tightening. You might also consider supporting the basket with Thule/Yakima bars, but rather from the upper rail, rather than from underneath. That would drop things considerably.

Box Rocket
12-09-2011, 10:41 PM
That's more what I'm thinking. I'm going to try to build my own feet rather that use Yakima towers. I need to find a good pad to use underneath the feet so I don't mess up the paint, and the feet would sit on the roof just past the grooves on the roof like you said. The clamps would clamp around the lip for the weather stripping. I need to figure out if I can do that without compromising the seal of the weatherstripping. After that the rest should be smooth sailing. :crosses fingers:

Oh....and I plan on even lower profile than the Defender rack. Might even be a flat tray rather than a basket.

cruiseroutfit
12-11-2011, 08:25 PM
Adam, have you considered feet like the Front Runner setup on my truck utilizes? I cant think of a stronger option and while it would be a bit of a job to fabricate, I think it is doable.

Box Rocket
12-12-2011, 06:10 PM
Adam, have you considered feet like the Front Runner setup on my truck utilizes? I cant think of a stronger option and while it would be a bit of a job to fabricate, I think it is doable.

Yes Kurt. Something like what you've got would be perfect. I guess I was under the impression that the extruded rubber pads you have on yours are difficult to come by. You have any leads for me?

4307
12-12-2011, 09:13 PM
oops, went to edit my post and deleted it by accident, wasn't important anyway. :p

cruiseroutfit
12-13-2011, 06:26 AM
Yes Kurt. Something like what you've got would be perfect. I guess I was under the impression that the extruded rubber pads you have on yours are difficult to come by. You have any leads for me?

I can't think of a source right off but I can only imagine you could find a similar material or something that would work. You could almost some wide weatherstripping with adhesive on one side. While the extruded design is top notch, simpler methods could protect your paint just the same and look clean too.

Perhaps something like this:
http://www.jcwhitney.com/tailgate-weatherstrips-universal/p2008708.jcwx?filterid=u0j1

Some of these could work too?
http://www.metrommp.com/metrocart/PartListByType.cfm?Type=Adhesive%20Backed%20Weathe rstripping

Mrknowitall
12-13-2011, 12:08 PM
I would look into some 3/16 neoprene gasket material from an industrial supply type place. Or silicone, for that matter. Ir look into some HD 1" hose you could cut open and trim out. You can protect the paint further with 1st a couple of good wax coats (not some quick-wipe stuff) and then laying cleat tape down onto the roof, where the feet will sit.

austintaco
12-13-2011, 03:46 PM
You have probably seen this before, but this is how Parks added the Defender Rack to his Tacoma. It also shows what type of material he used to not scuff the paint. He is drilling through the roof though, but its a good source to see what's required, if you go that route.

http://www.parksoffroad.com/tacomamods/defenderroofrack/defenderroofrack.htm

TangoBlue
12-13-2011, 05:28 PM
oops, went to edit my post and deleted it by accident, wasn't important anyway. :p


No, I disagree with you - it was relevant. That is still one of the best home-built racks I've ever seen since you first posted your build. Adam may not go that route but your pics and build will inspire others. Got me thinking again, too. I think you should put it back up!

TangoBlue
12-13-2011, 05:36 PM
Yes Kurt. Something like what you've got would be perfect. I guess I was under the impression that the extruded rubber pads you have on yours are difficult to come by. You have any leads for me?

Make your own pads... http://www.mcmaster.com/#rubber/=fchqcp

All sorts of shapes, densities, no backing, adhesive, laminates. I'm sure you want to distribute the pressure points of the base and protect the finish and metal from deformation. I wouldn't skimp knowing that you might reconfigure your load-bearing system in the future.

Box Rocket
12-13-2011, 05:54 PM
This is all great! Thanks to all of you for the suggestions and ideas. Please keep them coming if you have them. Not only is it helpful to me but I'm sure others will gain ideas here as well.

Box Rocket
12-13-2011, 05:57 PM
Something like this might work well. Except for the orange color.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#rubber/=fci118

TangoBlue
12-13-2011, 06:14 PM
That link gives me the rubber foam main page Adam.

IIRC when I had a Yakima rack, the rubber pads were a 1/2" thick, hard durometer rubber; I would think a similar material that you could custom trim to your base legs is what would satisfy your requirements.

I don't know if you saw 4307's rack and mount solution but I thought it nailed your requirements; he's a skilled and meticulous fabricator. He built a hell-for-stout rack from angle iron and expanded metal mesh that was low profile, utilitarian, and attractive. Best yet, it is all easily reproduced by you with your skill set from what I've observed on your past builds.

Rattler
12-14-2011, 03:39 AM
I debated on mounting mine with some brackets or what not but decided that I really didn't plan on putting a lot up there. I ended up finding a factory roofrack, mounted it and then put my Bajarack on that. I can't remember the Bajarack's load limit but the factory rack is @ #75 I think. I don't think I go over that any with a load.

robert
12-16-2011, 06:35 AM
I know you said you didn't want to drill holes, but you ought to take a look at the Yakima or Thule rail system (Yakima calls theirs Tracks). You mount the rails/tracks where you want them using nutserts/plusnuts. My brother had a set on his old Suburban using the Plusnuts and didn't have any problems; I've got the Tracks mounted on my camper shell using the through-bolts and so far no issues with them either. As long as you seal it as they recommend you shouldn't have any problems. I actually picked up another set of tracks with the Plusnuts clearance priced for $10 and am thinking of mounting them on my cab so I can mount a small basket and/or lights.

clcoyle
01-16-2012, 05:07 AM
Great ideas