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Hey, deviouSS, what would you recommend for a thickness of aluminum tubing for the bed rack? I sourced some at .125 wall thickness, but I'm concerned that there won't be enough material there to prevent ripping out the threads if I drill and tap some holes to mount it in the bed rack pockets. Same goes for putting in some eye bolts at various locations for tie down points. Think I should go with thicker stock? Weld a nut on the backside (at least for the bed pocket holes)?, or run it as is and just don't torque it down too much?

Thanks. Attached is a quick CAD I did up for the design (look familiar?). Don't trust those dimensions, I picked those out of thin air without actually measuring anything yet.
.125 aluminum is too thin to tap. It will only result in 1-2 threads for 1/4" or 5/16 bolts. Nutserts would be the easiest route.

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post #22 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-14-2016, 11:03 AM
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I bought the bakfilp cs pro cover and rack.The rack has about 2" sway and a little unsettling.I got 1/8" cable and turnbuckles,and made cross braces and it took the sway out. I carry 3 kayaks.
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DieselCJ, I too am looking for this same solution and have researched a lot and have pretty much come up empty. Let us know if have received your truck and tried this out yet.
I have a Canyon SB. Your saying the Silverado SB cut down 6" should work, right?
I would suggest chatting with Morrie at the noted web address. He indicated that he has sold several trac rack systems with the cut down rails. He has a combination of parts of the midsize and the Silverado short bed rails that get cut down. As I recall it was a 6" chop for the twins long bed. My understanding is that it uses the factory hold down in the rear (Silverado the same as Colorado) and then after you cut down the rail you drill it to use the expansion fastener in the front.
So far I have installed a RevolverX2 and not done anything on the racks as yet. Vacillating between custom racks and the Trac Rac. Trac Rac looks a bit bulky on the rails but does provide flexibility and ease of removing when not needed. If I go this route I think I'll add the lock so one can't simply slide the uprights off and steal them. I'm not a contractor so most of the time I don't need racks but want the availability when I do. CJ
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I have been looking as well. Like the Adarac ( ADARAC Truck Bed Rack System | Pickup Truck Racks ), wrote to Customer Support for Canyon Model, reply stated that they were not planning to build for compact trucks?!

My B-in-Law has the Bak Flip Tonneau/Rack combo for his Dodge Ram, as earlier post stated - not that rigid.

I've subscribed to this Thread to see what comes up. Have a Gator FX Tri-Fold Tonneau.
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FYI for anyone still interested, I called TracRac and they just started shipping base rails for the longbed twins now.
Part no. 21783.
Also recommended racks and cantilever are the full size ones.
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I had the Access Lorado cover for about a year before I realized I was on the market for a rack. I couldn't stomach the $900 for a new Revolver on top of the new TracRac so sticking with the Lorado for now. At least until the first time it freezes to my tailgate again this winter and I just cut through it.... Anyway, the Lorado with work with the TracRac with some minor hassle. To roll the cover, just work one end around the rear upright (inner track) on one side then the other. You could always mount both uprights on the outer rail too for less hassle. If having trouble getting the cover material to slide under the rail, I used a small squeegee I had laying around to finish it off. A fresh application of 303 took care of any stickiness after the initial trial.


I just installed this weekend so not much time with it, but I strapped my Old Town Predator 13 into the saddles and then threw the tandem Twin Heron next to it to check for fit. Room for both, probably run with the foam blocks on the tandem.
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I had the Access Lorado cover for about a year before I realized I was on the market for a rack. I couldn't stomach the $900 for a new Revolver on top of the new TracRac so sticking with the Lorado for now. At least until the first time it freezes to my tailgate again this winter and I just cut through it.... Anyway, the Lorado will work with the TracRac with some minor hassle. To roll the cover, just work one end around the rear upright (inner track) on one side then the other. You could always mount both uprights on the outer rail too for less hassle. If having trouble getting the cover material to slide under the rail, I used a small squeegee I had laying around to finish it off. A fresh application of 303 took care of any stickiness after the initial trial.


I just installed this weekend so not much time with it, but I strapped my Old Town Predator 13 into the saddles and then threw the tandem Twin Heron next to it to check for fit. Room for both, probably run with the foam blocks on the tandem.
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I just installed this weekend so not much time with it, but I strapped my Old Town Predator 13 into the saddles and then threw the tandem Twin Heron next to it to check for fit. Room for both, probably run with the foam blocks on the tandem. [/FONT][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

Where did you source the kayak saddles?
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I used Malone saddles, from either RackWarehouse or ORSRacksDirect. They both market saddles under the TracRac brand, p/n 44300, already has the proper hardware. Or just find the standard Malone saddles from anywhere and add Malone hw kit MPG1498. I am not sure if any of the other brands sell ready to mount without tracking down your own hw to adapt.


I also padded the bars with a large pool noodle wrapped with a cheap floor matt. Easier on the kayak, and helps hold it in place better when standing on end for loading. It does look better than it sounds if you do it carefully :) Ended up adding the folding j-rack for my 2nd rack. It is quite a reach to load a tandem solo (you would think with a tandem that there would be 2 people to load?????) - I'll probably eventually just end up padding the crossbar on that end and strapping without a rack. I just can't do that with my fishing kayak due to the geometry and all the add-ons.
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I spoke with Morrie at "tonneaufactoryoutlet" and he indicated that the work around for the tracrac on the 2nd gen is to order the base rails for the Silverado short box and cut them down 6" inches. There is also a new bolt on fitting for the back stake pocket so it does not rely on the expansion blocks. I've decided to go with this option and a Revolver X2 when my truck gets delivered in March. CJ
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