Owsley said:Thats what I have on mine and it works fine. I carry my kayaks and canoes up there. Just a word of warning. Your paint WILL come off under the pads of the towers after a good season of use.
Invest in some touch-up paint. The paint on these trucks is the most crap-tastic I have ever seen on a production vehicle. It rivals that of GM.
I wouldn't want to put any kind of load on the factory rack. I carry and 80# canoe and 2x25# kayaks up there.teamblend said:ah crap thats not what i want to hear! maybe the factory rack is starting to sound better....
Owsley said:I wouldn't want to put any kind of load on the factory rack. I carry and 80# canoe and 2x25# kayaks up there.
I only have one bar up front and then the Thule Xsporter in the back to enevly distribute the weight. The Thule is one solid muther.
Yes those are the right sizes, the fairing is a bit shorter.tacomadetexas said:lookin to put rack system on my 05 dc. i did yakimas automated fit config. and it said i needed 58" bars and a 44" fairing. has anyone tried this setup? do those sizes sound right? thanks
those sound about right, I just mounted a thule system on my truck, it has been on 2 other trucks.(just changed out the foot kit) The 58" bars were just right. They did not stick out too far to where they would be an eye hazard.tacomadetexas said:lookin to put rack system on my 05 dc. i did yakimas automated fit config. and it said i needed 58" bars and a 44" fairing. has anyone tried this setup? do those sizes sound right? thanks
Oh yeah, I cleaned the piss out of the spots where the pads went. I even clay bared the spots. I will post some pics after the blizzard of where the paint rubbed off.Nullifier said:the yakima racks will not remove paint under the tower pads as long you clean the area under the pads before you install them. I have installed 100's of yakima tower systems and never once have I seen that. I have also been using both yakima and thule systems for 15 years and never had that problem.
Thule thule xporter could possibly be affected by the bed extender. If you plan to run it in the low position you will most likely have to remove the bed extender. The upright towers are fairly large on that unit and they drop all the way to the floor of the bed.if you need to know how far intot he bed that system goes I can tell you since I'm running that unit on my taco right now!
Those rubber pads will get thrashed after some good use. I also noticed it will not fit on the bed rails flush. Don't worry about it.Brooklyn Robbie said:Hey Owsley -
I have a 2005 taco double cab short bed like yours, and I just installed the same thule xsporter you have. I'm impressed with it so far, but I do have one question for you: on the bottom of the big brackets that rest on the top lip of the bed liner, there's a thin rubber pad that has a slight curl running along the outside edge - presumably it's there to curl slighly over the outside edge of the bed lip to provide a close seal, but on the taco, the lip itself is so wide that it just gets crushed up and under the bracket.
Thus, the brackets aren't perfectly flush against the top of the bed lip.
Of course, I noticed this after spending an hour getting everything mounted and squared up. The setup is pretty sturdy as is (tested by pushing and pulling the bars as hard as I can with no visible effect) but I'm wondering if I should disassemble the rack, trim away that small rubber lip, and remount the footings.
What did you do? Thoughts? Thx.