NorthstarTC650-n-Tundra

kerry

Expedition Leader
Great pictures. Got a question about your rack system. What is it? How are those long rails attached to the roof and how do the racks attach to those rails? Are the rails thru bolted? When I had my Northstar TS 1000 roof apart for repairs I learned that the solid material stopped back from the edge and there was styrofoam to make the curved edge. I thru bolted Yakima gutter mounts on the sides of the roof and I've been relatively happy with it (4 cross bars) but I think the adjustability of your rails would be desireable. I typically carry canoes or kayaks up there. You may be able to see my system in this photo. 100_1427.jpg
 
Great pictures. Got a question about your rack system. What is it? How are those long rails attached to the roof and how do the racks attach to those rails? Are the rails thru bolted? When I had my Northstar TS 1000 roof apart for repairs I learned that the solid material stopped back from the edge and there was styrofoam to make the curved edge. I thru bolted Yakima gutter mounts on the sides of the roof and I've been relatively happy with it (4 cross bars) but I think the adjustability of your rails would be desireable. I typically carry canoes or kayaks up there. You may be able to see my system in this photo. View attachment 438972
Nice ride! love the service bed. Looks like you are sitting at the Tioga gate?

my rack-


I contacted Northstar and they were able to send me a PDF of the roof cap. mine is an 05 and has a full sheetmetal bullnose over the transition along the edge. Hopefully ;) 3" deep into the top. So i screwed into that. used sheet screws #10? 1"L. Lots of them. and Dicor sealant to bond it like hell.

uses the Macstiedowns versatie tracks. A-track i think is its common name
http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/p...ace-mount-wide-contour-series3/VersaTie-Track

i used their threaded stud connector and washers/lock nut to attach my crossbars
http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/product/m10-threaded-stud/VersaTie-Fittings

1x1-1/2 0.12wall square alum. tubing for the crossbars. basically matches the Thule racks so i can use my attachments (ski/bike/paddle).

It does flex a little in the middle so i pad the bar with surf pads where it may contact the roof. But feel confident and have beat it on many rough trails with + #150 on the roof. Lifting it is another story, and is a 2 person job when its loaded!!
 

kerry

Expedition Leader
Thanks. I think that picture was taken on Conejos Pass if I'm not mistaken. Interesting that yours has that sheet metal bullnose. Mine has metal 90 degree angle pieces periodically to connect the sides to the top but nothing over the styrofoam that I could see. I definitely like the versatility of your rack but mind has to be higher due to the curved sheerline of most canoes when they are turned upside down. Even though my crossbars are about 4-5" above the roof I have to place some canoes carefully or the tip of the bow will ride on the roof surface. It's why I have 4 crossbars--so I can get both solo and tandem canoes placed and tied without hitting the roof surface. I could probably get away with three. The rear most rack has a piece of 2" abs pipe over it to make it slippery so I can easily push canoes up on to it. Do you have a crank mechanism for your roof? I modified a sailboat winch handle, installing the Heco gear head in it so I could get more leverage than the original short handle provides. I can crank my roof up easily by myself with 180-200lbs of boats on it.
 
Thanks. I think that picture was taken on Conejos Pass if I'm not mistaken. Interesting that yours has that sheet metal bullnose. Mine has metal 90 degree angle pieces periodically to connect the sides to the top but nothing over the styrofoam that I could see. I definitely like the versatility of your rack but mind has to be higher due to the curved sheerline of most canoes when they are turned upside down. Even though my crossbars are about 4-5" above the roof I have to place some canoes carefully or the tip of the bow will ride on the roof surface. It's why I have 4 crossbars--so I can get both solo and tandem canoes placed and tied without hitting the roof surface. I could probably get away with three. The rear most rack has a piece of 2" abs pipe over it to make it slippery so I can easily push canoes up on to it. Do you have a crank mechanism for your roof? I modified a sailboat winch handle, installing the Heco gear head in it so I could get more leverage than the original short handle provides. I can crank my roof up easily by myself with 180-200lbs of boats on it.
i also do have 3 bars on when i have boards up there.
I "can" crank it solo, but just seems like it is a lot of strain on the mechanism, so i like a second set lifting on the ceiling.
 
Looks great... We have a MC600, slightly smaller and lighter than yours, but that suits my 2003 Tundra well. Thanks for detailing your rack system, something I have not tackled yet.
 
Just receiving my truck/northstar May 22. 23,000 actual miles on 2012 Chevy 1500 4x4 Z71. TC650 camper like new. Will look into airbags and torklift stableloads, as well as a leveling lift for front. Anyone have experience with the adjustable lower stableloads? Any suggestions on 2 or 2.5 or 3 or 3.5" level? With or without rear lift? And some beefy 33's for 17" rims? I'm like you zidaro, in that I drive long highway, and search for every gravel or rutted scenic route. Especially Burr Trail, Valley of the Gods, Hell's Backbone, Alpine Loops, Ophir Pass... I'm in Los Angeles, Aspen, Jackson, and Sierra, capturing all the Utah and Wyoming and Montana and Colorado trails in and out of the areas. Nice rigs All!
 
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