(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Merideth: If you're in search of a solution to carrying any heavier cargo and making room for your off-road gear and accessories, this Body Armor 4x4 Overland Bed Rack will be a great addition to your 2016 and newer Tacoma with a 5-Foot Bed. Now, this will be a great addition for the Tacoma owner who's looking to mount up a rooftop tent, or would rather mount it on the bed with a reliable and a durable bed rack. Now, this won't just be for a tent, but any heavier cargo, and trail gear that you don't want to store in the bed, maximizing your space for any over-landing trips or day-to-day life.This will feature a full bed rack, meaning that it's going to come all the way up to the top of the roof, and span all the way back to the tailgate, providing you ample space to store anything inside the bed area and to stack cargo. And the crossbars will also feature an adjustable design on top with multiple mounting locations, and on the sides for whatever you're looking to mount up.Now, on the sides of the bed rack itself, you'll also see additional mounting points for other accessories, and this will have two included accessory mounts in the kit. However, if you need additional brackets, we also do offer it, the same brackets that come in this kit right here on the site.When it comes to the construction, the bed rack will be made of a tough mild steel tubing for great rigidity. Now, on top, you're also gonna see a nice high-graded texture black powder coat finish for long-lasting rust and corrosion resistance, as well as a heavy-duty look that'll match any other off-road accessories. And the rack will also be completely bolt-on, so you don't have to worry about modifying your truck in order to get this mounted up, making this a non-permanent solution.Getting into price, this is gonna come in at roughly $1,400, putting this at a pretty average price point for a full bed rack. Now, when taking a look at other solutions, this is going to provide a lot of space inside the bed when it comes to vertical storage compared to other half racks that may limit you. This will also come with additional mounting brackets and offer a wide range of adjustability as to where some other options may not have those additional features.Now, I personally think if you're looking for a sturdy bed rack to maximize the storage space in the back of your Tacoma, then this is a great option for you. Now, install will come in at a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, but should only take you about an hour to get the job done with some basic hand tools. Now, speaking of the install, we can head over to the shop and check out a detailed breakdown of what that looks like step by step. So, that's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and get into it.Man: Tools required for this install include a ratchet, a 13-millimeter wrench, an extension, a 5 and a 6-millimeter Allen bit, a T30 Torx bit, and a 10-millimeter socket. What's up, guys? Today, we're installing a bed rack on our Tacoma, so let's get started.So, our first step is to install our front brackets. Now we have a T30 bolt right here that we'll have to remove, and a T30 bolt in our rail here that we'll have to remove as well. The one in our rail will be getting replaced, the one up here, we're gonna be reusing. So, we'll pull those out. Our bracket will go in like that. We'll put our factory bolt back through here, and then we'll use the long silver hex bolt with a washer on it to go through here.So, now we can take a T30 Torx bit to remove our two bolts. So, now we can grab our bracket and start threading in our bolts. So, again, we're reusing that factory T30 in the front. And then on the side, we'll be using that long silver bolt in our kit. And then we can take our T30 bit to tighten down the front side. And then we'll switch over to a 10-millimeter socket to tighten down our other bolt.So, now that we have our brackets installed, we can install our front corner pieces. Now we have two holes on here that are lining up with the two holes on our bracket, and then we're gonna be running an 8-mill by 20-button head bolt through the front side, and then we'll be putting our nut on the backside.And now once we have our bolts and nuts hand threaded on, we can take a 5-millimeter Allen bit for our bolt side, and a 13-millimeter wrench for our nut side to tighten these down. And then once we're done with that, we can repeat the same process on the other side.So, now once we have both of our corner pieces installed, we can start to install our crossbars. Now, these are gonna connect the two sides just like that. We have a little groove here that we're gonna be using a two-hole washer on, so that will just slide right in there like that. And then on the front side, we're gonna be going through with our socket head bolt. That'll go through on this side. And then our locking nut will go on the backside, and the locking nut will fit into that ridge like that. So, we don't need to get a wrench on the backside.So, now we can raise our crossbar up into place, and then we can start to get our hardware installed. So, now we can take that two-hole washer and push it into place. And then we'll get our first bolt, and put that through to the other side, and do the same thing for the second. And then we'll get another two-hole washer to go on the backside here, and then we can install our two nuts on the backside of our bolts. And then we can take our 6-millimeter Allen head to tighten these down. And then we can do that same thing on the other side, and repeat the same process for a lower bar.So, our next step is to install our bracket for our back corner pieces. So, we're gonna be removing this 10-millimeter bolt right in front of the tailgate, and then we'll put our bracket in, making sure that our welded nuts are facing the outside of the truck. And then we'll put our factory bolt back through and snug down our bracket.So, now we can take our 10-millimeter socket to remove our bolt. Then we can thread that bolt back through our bracket. And then we're gonna leave this hand tight for now until we get our corner piece installed, and then we can tighten it down.So, now we can install our corner piece. So, we're gonna lay this over top of our bracket, and then we'll be installing our 8-mill by 16-button head bolts into the threaded nuts that are welded into that bracket. And now we can take a 5-millimeter Allen bit to tighten down our two bolts. And now while applying some outward pressure on our corner piece, we can take our 10-millimeter socket and tighten down the bolt that we installed into our bracket. And then we can repeat that same process for our other corner piece.So, next up we can install our side rails. Now, these are gonna mount in the same way our front rails did. We're gonna raise it up, slide it into our slots, and then we'll use our two-hole washer on both sides, and then use our button head bolt with a locking washer as well. Now we'll take one of our two-hole washers, and put it in our front side, take our bolt, and then we can get another one of our two-hole washers on the back and install our nut. And then we'll get our hardware installed on the other side before we tighten down this side.So, now we can line up our side rail and take our 6-millimeter Allen bit to tighten down our bolts. Now we can do that same thing on this side, and then we'll repeat that same process for our lower rail on this side, as well as our two rails on the other side.So, next up we can mount our two top bars, so we can lay that into place. And now through these top holes, we're gonna be installing our 8-mill by 20 bolts, and then on the bottom, we're gonna be using our locking nuts. Now once we have our bolts hand tight on both sides, we can take a 5-millimeter Allen and a 13-millimeter wrench to tighten these down. And then we can repeat that same process for our other top bar.So next, we can mount our upper accessory bracket. So, we have these two holes that are gonna mount up to our upper rail, and then we're gonna be using the same hardware that we used for these top rails. And then once we have our upper piece installed, we can grab our lower piece, and we'll be putting that into our lower rail. And then once we have our top hand tight, we can do the same thing with our bottom bracket. And then with our top and bottom hand tight, we can put in our side bolts that'll hold them together.And then once we have everything centered up, we can start by tightening down our top bolts, then move to the bottom, and then we can take care of its sides. So, we'll be taking that same 5-millimeter socket and 13-millimeter wrench. And now we can tighten up our four side bolts. And then once we're done with the bracket on this side, we can do the same thing on the other side.So, for our last step, we're gonna be mounting our accessory brackets. These will go right on this piece right here, so put it up. And then we have our 13-millimeter hex bolt that's gonna go through the front. And then we'll get a spacer in between, put it through the hole, and then we'll put one of our locking nuts on the backside.And now once we have both of our accessory brackets mounted, we can take a 13-millimeter socket and a 13-millimeter wrench to tighten these down. And then once we're done with this side, we can do the same thing on the other side. So, that'll wrap up this review and install of the Body Armor 4x4 Overland Bed Rack for your 2016 and newer Tacomas with a 5-Foot Bed. Thank you for watching. And for all things Tacoma, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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|Brand||Body Armor 4x4|
|Rack Type||Overland Rack System|
Body Armor 4x4 TC-6125
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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