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Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone here has tried something like this.

I'm looking at adding a Thule TracRac SR to my Diamondback SE bed cover. The bed cover is aluminum and rated to 1400lbs, the Thule TracRac is rated to 1250lbs.

If you go through the fit guide wizard on the Thule site it says the 2018 Ridgeline is, of course, not a supported configuration. This is due to the short bed and rail combination. Not a shocker as the Tacoma is not supported either.

Diamondback makes similar cross bars but they are bolt on only. I want to be able to remove these when not in use.

What I'm planning to do is something like this, inspired by a picture I saw of an F150 with this Thule rack bolted on to a Diamondback rack.

1) Cut the Thule sliding rails into 4 segments, one for each side of the front and rear bed cover panels. No track segment on the 6" middle cross beam section of the Diamondback cover (where the panels attach at the hinges). I will bolt these track sections down directly along the outside edges of the Diamondback cover panels with marine grade stainless steel hardware. I'll also add a backer plate of flat aluminum stock on the underside of the Diamondback cover to reinforce the track installation.

2) The rack uprights/crossbars slide into these tracks. A front cross bar on the front panel of the cover, rear cross bar on the back panel. I don't plan to install trays, a roof box or anything between the front and back bars as that would prevent opening the tonneau cover.

The idea is to have an easily removable set of cross bars suitable for getting long loads like ladders, canoes/kayaks up top. I am also considering a roof top tent like Thule's recently acquired Tepui rooftop tents for a 4 week roadtrip to Utah next fall.

I welcome any constructive feedback on this idea. I obviously don't want to bugger my Diamondback cover or my truck.


Links:
https://www.thule.com/en-ca/ca/roof-rack/truck-and-van-racks/thule-tracrac-sr-_-tracrac-sr
https://diamondbackcovers.com/products/diamondbackse
https://tepui.ca/
 
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I think the backer plate is overkill. Washer will be enough. Have you considered taping 1-2mm foam or weather stripping to the underside of the thule rail? Reduce abrasion between the rail & diamond back cover.
 

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Okay, Wasn't sure. I used pretty thick fender washers under my bicycle fork mounts that I installed previously.

Good idea re: weatherstripping. Should keep the dust and debris out. I was thinking I might use a bead of silicone caulking but weatherstrip would likely work well too.

Just trying to figure out sizing on these racks. Thule doesn't make it easy to figure out the different versions, they try to match you based on a vehicle and configuration. May have to go to the local rack speciality place to discuss my idea.

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Okay, Wasn't sure. I used pretty thick fender washers under my bicycle fork mounts that I installed previously.
I think it is always a good idea to use something like a backer plate or fender washers in this type of build.
 

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Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone here has tried something like this.

I'm looking at adding a Thule TracRac SR to my Diamondback SE bed cover. The bed cover is aluminum and rated to 1400lbs, the Thule TracRac is rated to 1250lbs.

If you go through the fit guide wizard on the Thule site it says the 2018 Ridgeline is, of course, not a supported configuration. This is due to the short bed and rail combination. Not a shocker as the Tacoma is not supported either.

Diamondback makes similar cross bars but they are bolt on only. I want to be able to remove these when not in use.

What I'm planning to do is something like this, inspired by a picture I saw of an F150 with this Thule rack bolted on to a Diamondback rack.

1) Cut the Thule sliding rails into 4 segments, one for each side of the front and rear bed cover panels. No track segment on the 6" middle cross beam section of the Diamondback cover (where the panels attach at the hinges). I will bolt these track sections down directly along the outside edges of the Diamondback cover panels with marine grade stainless steel hardware. I'll also add a backer plate of flat aluminum stock on the underside of the Diamondback cover to reinforce the track installation.

2) The rack uprights/crossbars slide into these tracks. A front cross bar on the front panel of the cover, rear cross bar on the back panel. I don't plan to install trays, a roof box or anything between the front and back bars as that would prevent opening the tonneau cover.

The idea is to have an easily removable set of cross bars suitable for getting long loads like ladders, canoes/kayaks up top. I am also considering a roof top tent like Thule's recently acquired Tepui rooftop tents for a 4 week roadtrip to Utah next fall.

I welcome any constructive feedback on this idea. I obviously don't want to bugger my Diamondback cover or my truck.


Links:
https://www.thule.com/en-ca/ca/roof-rack/truck-and-van-racks/thule-tracrac-sr-_-tracrac-sr
https://diamondbackcovers.com/products/diamondbackse
https://tepui.ca/
I realize this is an old thread, but the Diamondback SE is rated to 400 pounds. The HD is 1,600 pounds.
 
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