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Old 12-30-2009, 08:15 PM
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Put some kind of a rubber pad between the topper and the plastic foot. This will spread the load more evenly over the foot even if it doesn't match the slope of the roof perfectly. If you could add some swivel in at least one axis, that'd help too. A ball joint would solve it.
Yes I will definitely be doing a rubber pad of some sort.. in nothing else the stuff you put between the topper and the truck bed.

I will have to think about the swivel thing.. that could actually solve my twisty crossbar issue. But I may need to make the feet a little taller. Hmm.....
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:43 AM
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Ok here's the next rev, with swivel.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:15 PM
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The swivel bases work much better, I can get the tops of the square extrusions all at the same plane now. I underestimated how much the back of the topper tapers off before, had to put a second extrusion on top of that one just to check its level- so I'm going to do another set of bases for the back that's 1" taller.

Other than that, I just need to source some type of rubber pad to go between them, and it's time to get the drill out. There's a fair amount of space between a 2x4 and the roof, I wouldn't want to go much lower but I think I'll go for it like this. As always, open to comments..

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Old 01-31-2010, 10:28 AM
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Ok phase I is complete. I've got a 4'x6' rack now, bolted to the topper. total weight, including hardware is approx. 30 pounds (using the bathroom scale subtractive method).

next up is working on some backing plates for the inside, then internal supports, but that can wait a bit, for now I've got the useful, low profile rack I was hoping for.
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Wow, looks awesome. Can't wait to see what you build for the internal supports. The new rear bumper looks good too.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:23 AM
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Looks great Nak. BTW-the Taco really needs an HF antenna
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total weight, including hardware is approx. 30 pounds (using the bathroom scale subtractive method).
I don't want to say you should lose some weight Nakman, but if you can weigh your truck with and without the roof rack on the bathroom scale, well...















Yeah, I know, it's measuring Nakman +/- roof rack.
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You've got that Tacoma looking really nice in very short order! That first picture is calendar worthy.

I'm sure you already posted, but what RTT are you putting up on top?
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:36 AM
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thanks, Matt. I got one of the first el cheapo Mombossa tents.. I've been storing it for about 4 years, have moved it twice, still have yet to sleep a night in it. That all changes this summer though, by golly..
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That looks great and at only 30#'s too. You do great work!
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