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Safari rack

Discussion in '2nd Gen Builds (2007-2013)' started by Tundra44, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. Dec 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM
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    Tundra44

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    I have been planning to build a bed rack for a while. I want to keep the truck self contained when my son and I camp. The plan is to put a roof top tent on the rack in the future.

    I originally wanted to build it all out of round tube, but we had some problems with the mandrel bender at my buddy's shop (and he only had dies for .065 wall 1.5" tubing) so I ended up using square and round. It's difficult to get the organic flow of the cab shape with the square so we didn't really try.

    The square tube is .120 wall 1.75 and the round is .120 wall 1.5. It's stout and will carry way mor weight than I could put on it. We put mounts for the Hi-lift on the driver's side and an area to mount pioneer tools on the pax side. The "shelf" between the cab top and the forward "hoop" is 1/8 stainless. I pit it there to have a spot for antennae etc. can drill it and not worry about rust.

    I ended up painting it myself instead of powder coating it. I had my sliders coated and honestly it was a waste of 200 bucks. The first time I scraped them I had to do rattle can touch up anyway. I figured I'm the rack is going to be a work in progress, so if I powder coat it, it would be a waste of about 500 bucks. I'll be grinding, adding and touching up.

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  2. Dec 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM
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    Nice rack!

    What do you mean by "keep the truck self contained"?
     
  3. Dec 15, 2014 at 6:14 AM
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    Looks good!
     
  4. Dec 15, 2014 at 7:26 AM
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    I'm sorry I'm not trying to be rude. But what does this do? I understand if you wanted to put a tent on there but then that raises another question normally the shell on those are rounded for air flow wouldn't that be to high and catch wind drag? Maybe if you had time show some pictures of uses for me to understand better...but either way great craftsmanship and it looks awesome just wish I understood it more!
     
  5. Dec 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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  6. Dec 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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    I made a mess......omg fuck yeah!
     
  7. Dec 15, 2014 at 10:20 AM
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    Great concept
     
  8. Dec 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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    @Tundra44: Looks good. I plan to add a bed rack with RTT at some time in the future. Going to buy mine vs fab though.

    @ODSteve: The rack can be a place to mount shovel, axe, highlift jack, gas cans, etc to keep them from taking up bed space.
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  9. Dec 15, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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    That's freak awesome... Don't know if I can afford all that right now haha!
     
  10. Dec 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM
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    I want to have the tent (roof top) and everything on the truck. Will be adding some other items as I go. Have a rear bumper design in the works. A buddy has an AEV Jeep that carries 5 gallons of water in the rear bumper. Don't know if I will go that far, but it's a thought.
     
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  11. Dec 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM
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    I couldn't find an off the shelf version for 2nd generation Tundra that I really liked. There are some out there, but I would have ended up hacking and adding to it anyway. In the end, I am only into this one for a couple hundred bucks.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM
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    in the plans!!!
    Nice design! how much does it weigh?
     
  13. Jan 10, 2015 at 5:45 PM
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    Thanks Bill. I'm guessing it's close to 150 pounds. My neighbor and I lifted up there no problem. It's more unwieldy than heavy. I'm starting on a tailgate replacement that will swing out and hold the spare and fuel. Will post pics as it progresses.
     
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  14. Jan 10, 2015 at 7:38 PM
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    Yea def keep us posted with progress on that
     
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  15. Jan 11, 2015 at 3:43 PM
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    in the plans!!!
    I think what I like most about your design is the stability of the square tubing and how much easier attaching additional appliances to a flat surface would be.
     
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