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How should I upgrade my Leer canopy?

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by MountainMan, Oct 10, 2023.

  1. Oct 10, 2023 at 12:48 AM

    MountainMan [OP] New Member

    Jul 19, 2019
    Idaho/Washington border
    2021 1794 Edition
    Bilstein 5100s, 285/70R17s, Tuff Country rear add-a-leaves, Rough Country rear bumper, Rough Country CAI, Dirty Deeds Ind. straight pipe kit, Ironman Raid front bumper, 13k lb. winch, Leer topper, custom rack, Decked bed drawer system, AuxBeam fogs, Midland CB radio.
    I wanted to add a ladder/roof rack to my Leer canopy. I would like to be able to haul anything from kayaks to 2x4s up there. I would also use it for a base for emergency lights. Lot's of fog and blizzards on my daily commute to work in the winter, so always have LED strobe lights mounted for low visibility and recovery work.

    My first instinct was to just get a basic ladder rack and bolt it to the roof of the canopy...

    Amazon.com: StarONE Adjustable Camper Shell Ladder Rack Cap & Topper Roof Rack Universal for Pickup Truck Van,2 Bar,Steel : Automotive

    But, I thought maybe installing rails that accept different racks might be better.

    Amazon.com: Rhino-Rack Cap/Topper/Canopy Complete Roof Rack Kit with Quick Release Legs, Bars, Some Kits Included 65" Tracks : Everything Else

    But that seems like I could go to a junkyard and re-purpose a set of factory 4Runner racks or similar.

    Curious as to what others have done to make their roof racks more modular and capable.
  2. Oct 10, 2023 at 2:13 AM

    blenton New Member

    Jul 15, 2022
    Maybe this is old news to you but I’m told that Leer makes basically two grades of shell thickness - one capable of supporting weight, and one not. Do you know if yours is?

    I have not added anything to my shell, but I’ve thought about it several times. Unfortunately, mine is the base grade and would require some extra work to support more than some lights and maybe a duffel bag, so I’m no help in the “look what I did” department. But give the options you listed, I’d go for the adjustable set or repurpose a junkyard set (depending on your own mechanical inclination and how clean of an install you want). The few times I’ve used rooftop storage on my other vehicles, I’ve ALWAYS had to adjust the bars to fit my need at the moment - whether it was carrying a canoe, installing a rooftop cargo box, or other miscellaneous rooftop endeavors.
  3. Oct 11, 2023 at 4:34 PM

    _none_ Poser

    Mar 23, 2023
    2020 DC SR5 4x4
    I have Yakima tracks for cross bars on my ARE, they work just fine for hauling kayaks, roof box, RTT, etc.

    I've had 2 ARE fiberglass toppers now, both with the Yakima rails/cross bars. No HD topper needed, never had an issue.
  4. Oct 12, 2023 at 3:56 PM

    Joe333x Member

    Apr 4, 2019
    2019 Tundra CrewMax Platinum
    Just fyi, if you're going to carry a long kayak or canoe, having a bar up front makes it a lot easier, or else it will be on your cab roof or hanging far off the back.

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2023
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