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Old 07-10-2008   #11
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Originally Posted by Repa View Post
Or if you want a totally custom over-cab rack with all the bells and whistles you can dream up for a fair price PM me we'll chat.
If I were to do it over again, I would get in touch with this man. One consideration is the person-capacity of the Tacoma...5 max in the cab.

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Old 07-10-2008   #12
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wider is always better - mine stick out very far on my dodge neon but it is cake to fit 5 boats up there with no trouble - never had any legal trouble with them stick past the mirrors just watch your head getting in/out if its a sedan

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Old 07-11-2008   #13
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Originally Posted by kayakfreakus View Post
I believe if the ends of your crossbars go out past your side view mirrors on either side, it is illegal. I have never heard of anyone being pulled over, but I remember that when I was working in a shop selling racks.....
i got pulled over a couple years ago for this in steamboat by a state trooper. it wasn't my rack that was sticking out, it was the flip up side access windows on my topper. i had the dog in the back, and it was really hot, so i opened the side windows.

they didn't actually stick out any farther than the mirrors, but cops are sometimes just looking for anything they can find to pull you over for. once he realized that they weren't sticking out farther than the mirrors, he gave me a seat belt ticket instead. which opened a whole other can of worms that i won't go into here.

that said, i wouldn't risk getting a ticket for a few extra inches of roof rack. the other problem with really wide racks is that people are always bumping their head on them if they stick out too far. a buddy of mine had really wide ones on his rig and every time he stopped he would say to the person riding shotgun "watch your head!" sometimes it worked, but most people who weren't used to his rig, and some that were, would promptly bump their head upon getting out.
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Old 07-11-2008   #14
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Pad the ends of the long rack bars

I find, if you do go with a longer set of bars for your rack, to pad the ends of them so when people do hit their head, it isn't as bad. Tennis balls, slit and shoved on the end, seem to do rather well.
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Old 07-11-2008   #15
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I'm going to cut down the 58's

I just bought a Toyota Hilux which is kind've like a Tacoma - I think they're relatively close to the same size. I'm putting a rack over the cab and leaving the bed open so I got some Thule feet and bars. I bought the 58's but after I get the last parts in and put the racks on I plan to cut the bars down so people don't hit their heads. It's nice to have super long bars on a rig that's big enough that they're over people's heads - but it sucks to have all your friends knock themselves out on your car racks.

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