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Defender Rack Mounting Solution - Resolved!

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by namrog456, May 13, 2020.

  1. May 13, 2020 at 11:13 AM
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    Hey all,

    I picked up a SmittyBilt Defender rack (45504) super cheap NIB and am now figuring out how to mount it to my '17 TRD Pro.

    Technically this rack is meant for full-size SUVS (Blazer, Yukon, Escalade, etc). I can't seem to find the correct solution to mount the rack to my existing OEM roof rack, or a solution to replace the OEM rack. Ideally this will be a no-drill style mount.

    Does anyone have any tips?

    Thanks
     
  2. May 18, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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    So I finally took the opportunity to test fit the rack (on top of OEM rails & cross bars).

    The fit is not going to be ideal, and maybe requires custom fabrication...?

    Scrap the idea and sell the rack?
    Custom fab?
    Other solutions?

    (Gratuitous squad pic also below) IMG_20200515_110015.jpg IMG_20200515_110008.jpg IMG_20200515_105955.jpg IMG_20200515_110118.jpg IMG_20200515_205155.jpg
     
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    It looks like it sits on the factory rack pretty well, so just some clamps or u-bolts should hold it down fine.
     
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    I double dog dare you to leave the bubble wrap on it once it is mounted.
     
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    Maybe remove the factory rails and figure out a mounting solution. It looks like it fits ok. I have a Yakima Offgrid basket in the large size with an extension, and I like the size. It's about 49" wide and 75" long.
     
  6. May 28, 2020 at 5:36 AM
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    Gotta keep that finish!
     
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    Thanks everyone for the support - I ended up getting pretty lucky with the mounting locations in the rack and was able to squeeze a u-bolt in there, mounting it to the factory rails and crossbars.

    I was scared it wouldn't be sturdy, but I got up there with a friend and shook it... Moved the whole car. Highway speeds (85ish) are a little noisy, but I think it looks great and will serve its purpose.

    Here's some pics
    IMG_20200526_184543.jpg IMG_20200528_083921.jpg IMG_20200528_083951.jpg IMG_20200528_083935.jpg
     
  8. May 28, 2020 at 6:08 AM
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    Looks good! You could cut off the excess threads to make more flush for storing things. Also, was there a reason you decided to use wing nuts and standard?
     
  9. May 28, 2020 at 8:37 AM
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    The U-bolts could indeed use a trim, and you caught me - I didn't buy enough wing nuts. What's a project without multiple trips to the store?

    In the end, I'll have 5-6 attachment points (4 corners holding L/R stability, 2 on crossbars holding Fr/Rr stability). The 4 corners will be wing nuts for easy removal or slight adjustments. I'll make the 2 crossbars have standard bolts as semi-anti-theft.
     
  10. May 28, 2020 at 9:40 AM
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    I actually like the idea of the wings nuts for easy adjustment/removal. I appreciate write-ups like this since it has a different way of accomplishing the job. I could see myself using this in the future.
     
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