PDA

View Full Version : 2nd Gen Beds, RTT's, and racks....oh my.



Taco Gunner
12-28-2011, 10:51 PM
I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a RTT and need some guidance. I have heard conflicting information about the bed structure of the 2nd Gen Tacos and their ability to handle the load of a RTT. Concerns of bed spreading seem to be the most common concern. I plan on having a bed rack fabricated that will elevate the RTT to just below the roof line. I have seen plenty of Tacos with RTT's but want to get the consensus on the subject. Also, are there was to mitigate the issue..if an issue exist.

Also, is it better to put a RTT in a rooftop rack (Baja Rack) or just mount it directly to a bed rack?

Thanks in advance!

Mc Taco
12-29-2011, 07:07 AM
Take a look at the (in)famous TACODOC build thread. Dave had a rack for the RTT before the sweet Flipac. He may have addressed those issues there. It has been a wile since I read the whole thread, so not sure if that topic was covered.

enzo
12-29-2011, 11:11 AM
I can't say it enough-Thule Xsporter 422XT. It's lightweight, adjustable and can hold more than enough weight. If I could figure out how to post pics I'd put some up.

Detslider
12-29-2011, 01:23 PM
Here are two examples of 2nd Gens with racks and RTT's that ride on the utility tracks. The later is now on my 2nd Gen Nissan Frontier.
http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/5767-Starting-Over-Taco-Style!/page7
http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/64605-FEELER-Mombasa-Overland-Plus-RTT-amp-Changing-Room-amp-Rack-for-05-Tacoma?highlight=

I'm no engineer but I don't see that there would be enough weight from a RTT and a few bodies to flex the steel tubes on a rack like those pictured below. If the rack is built to the correct dimensions I find it unlikely that it would spread the bed.

Do you mean fabricating a rack/load bars then putting a baja rack on top of that and then a RTT on top of the Baja?


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2263/2099216149_f67c40d5c9_b.jpg
http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd108/fire931/100_1142.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b53/Detslider/Frontier/9de52e4e.jpg

DirectDrive
12-29-2011, 04:50 PM
Xsporter and tubular pics here:
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/172690-rtt-mounting-options.html
I like that tubular design. Looks like it goes direct to frame using existing bed bolts.

enzo
12-29-2011, 06:32 PM
Xsporter and tubular pics here:
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/172690-rtt-mounting-options.html
I like that tubular design. Looks like it goes direct to frame using existing bed bolts.

The third post down is my truck. lol

Gabex35
12-29-2011, 11:52 PM
Allpro makes one too

https://www.allprooffroad.com/05tacomatrailarmor/tacomabedracks

Taco Gunner
12-30-2011, 03:11 AM
Thanks for all the replies. The AllPro will not work on my truck..they are only for shortbeds.

hbmurphy
01-01-2012, 07:52 PM
I designed a simple bar and had a bend and fab for about $200.

79951

79952

79953

And recently changed to this attachment design with 9/16" T nuts and SS bolts with Red Locktite:

79954

79950

Dave Bennett
01-01-2012, 08:43 PM
Search for a guy with the user name "cell4soul". He had a rack and RTT on his 2nd Gen Taco that was awesome. After some time, the weight of the rack and the RTT actually cracked the composite bed up near the cab and was RIPPING the sheetmetal on the bedsides like a can opener. My rack by Demello was HEAVY and never damaged my bed by the time I went to the FlipPac so I consider myself lucky since his rack and mine were similarly stout. If I did a rack again it would be aluminum and light!

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g230/devildoc25/100_3282.jpg