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Toyota Tacoma 1st Gen (1995-2004), 2nd Gen (2005-2015) and 3rd Gen (2015 to current) are all great vehicles manufactured in the USA. This impressing and outstanding pickup truck is one of the best and preferred when it comes to true outdoor and off-road lovers.
Looking for an aftermarket modification and upgrade for your Toyota Tacoma can sometimes be challenging, considering the vast number of products available in the market. Whether that’s racks, suspensions, recovery equipment, new tires, rock sliders; there’s many products and a lot of brands to choose from.
We want to help you create an awesome variation to your rig and take your overlanding experience to the next level. We help you equip, modify or build your vehicle with some of the best, if not the best, aftermarket accessories, racks and roof top tents in America.
In this article we will be recommending some of the best racks available for a Toyota Tacoma, whether that’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd Gen. From 1995 to 2020, we’ve got you covered with the best roof racks and bed racks in the market.
That said, this article will mention some, yet not all the options we have available. There are many other roof racks and bed racks which you can look at, or you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll advice you.
Hence, we came up with a list with the best roof racks and bed racks for your Toyota Tacoma, in no particular order. We are not choosing one over another as we know there are many factors such as budget, style preference, etc. It’s just a list with very reliable recommendations of ultimate models of very high quality.
Front Runner Outfitter is one the most relevant and famous brands for overlanding, camping and off-road vehicle gear in the world. As a high-quality brand, their Slimline II roof rack kit is one of the most sought for worldwide, due to their outstanding design, durability and strength.
Made in South Africa, this roof rack is the perfect match for your Toyota Tacoma. You have two options, the platform Slimline II Roof Rack Kit, or the Slimline II Roof Rack Low Profile.
The Slimline II Roof Rack installation is a breeze, it uses the existing factory mounting points, which means that it doesn’t require any drilling and is compatible with “shark fin” antenna. The kits will bolt right into the existing factory mounting points located under the weather stripping on the roof.
There’s a slight difference between the Roof Rack Kit and the Roof Rack Low Profile. As the vehicle specific foot rails have openings for storing compatible gear under the rack such as Front Runner Tables, the Slimline II Roof Rack Kit comes with two foot rails with an opening to access a Front Runner under rack mount table. On the other hand, the Slimline II Roof Rack Low Profile is not as tall and doesn’t have that space to place compatible gear under the rack. This gives this platform roof rack a lower profile and less wind resistance.
With a static load capacity of 660 lbs, these racks will carry pretty much anything you need, such as kayaks, surfboards, finishing rods, boxes, luggage or roof top tents
The Idaho-based company, Prinsu Design Studio, focuses on creating high-quality, durable and reliable rack systems. Made in the USA, this platform roof rack will provide you with an outstanding overlanding experience.
The Tacoma Cabrac is an excellent and completely bolt together platform roof rack for your Toyota Tacoma 2ndGen/3rd Gen (2005-Current) in the double car configuration. Even with its strong features, there is no drilling required with this Cab Rack.
Capable of carrying pretty much anything; kayaks, boards, and even roof top tents, it still has a static load rating of at least 500 lbs weight capacity.
With almost 30 years of experience building and crafting the toughest roof racks worldwide, this Australian company is currently one of the best brands in the market. Rhino-Rack not only provide high-quality products, but also really affordable prices.
Hence, we decided to include in this list the Vortex RLT600 Ditch Mount 2, a more affordable roof rack solution for your Toyota Tacoma 2nd or 3rd Gen. This mid-level type load bar has a weight capacity of 220 lbs and will neatly fit into the roof ditch of your vehicle.
Once installed, the cross bars and legs can be easily removed when they’re not needed, with a simple trigger lock system. With its durable qualities, this roof rack will safely carry your gear for a lifetime, from kayaks, to cargo, or roof top tents.
The Vortex RLT600 Ditch Mount 2 is ideal for low clearance and only requires one person for mounting, allowing a quick and easy attachment/detachment.
GOBI was born to build reliable, durable and eye-catching utility roof racks using modern design concepts. Made in the USA and engineered to the maximum capacity your Toyota Tacoma can handle, this stylish and bold-looking roof rack will easily carry your most demanding cargo for the life of your Tacoma.
It’s beautiful design and excellent functionality, makes the Stealth Roof Rack ideal for all your off-road and overlanding adventures. Built with style and durability, this platform roof rack is capable of maintaining a safe driving load capacity of 300 lbs and a static load capacity of 600 lbs.
All this with no need to drill on your Toyota Tacoma, as this Roof Rack will bolt into the existing mounting points. With fewer screws than any other system, the Stealth Rack is 100% fully welded and use only the screws required to secure the racks to the vehicle – making it noise and rattle free.
You can even walk on this rack without fear of bending or flexing. It’s so strong it can support any rooftop tent, ladder, cargo box, bikes, kayaks, that you may need.
The famous South African brand, Eezi Awn, has specialized in building roof top tents, racks, trailer tents, and other overlanding gear. With an outstanding quality, this platform roof rack was tested on the toughest off-road trails you can imagine, making it one of the strongest and most reliable platform racks in the world.
The K9 Roof Rack Kit was specifically built for the roof of your Toyota Tacoma. As an innovative rack, it is thinner, lighter, quieter, more functional, more aerodynamic, more durable and will compliment your vehicle more aesthetically than many others.
Its strong qualities make this roof rack have a dynamic weight capacity of 500 lbs, and capable of carrying pretty much anything you need: kayaks, boards, roof top tents, cargo boxes, etc. It is made from matte black powder-coated, extruded aluminum with fully-welded joints (not bolts) and the low-weight K9 offers and infinite number of gear organization configurations.
The excellent company, CBI Off Road, specializes in making incredible bed racks for your pickup truck. Made in the USA, these racks come with one of the highest-quality in the market and have found their name in the higher part of the list of seasoned overlanders and off-road enthusiasts.
The Overland Bed Rack for Toyota Tacoma 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen, can easily support heavy weights, have a lot of different tie-down points as well as mounting points. This allows you to carry pretty much anything you need, items, gear and even roof top tents.
With its low profile, there is literally nothing this bed rack can’t handle. It will take all your belongings on your next overland trip and still provide you room to spare.
As explained above, Front Runner Outfitter is one of the most important and well-known brands for overlanding, camping and off-road vehicle gear in the world. Being one of the top brands in the market, their Bed Racks are sought all around the world thanks to their high-quality and excellent design, reliability and durability.
The Slimline II Bed Rack for Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 2-Door 1st Gen (1995-2000) is a true off-road bed rack. Its strong qualities make them have a load rating of 660 lbs and capable of carrying all your items wherever you may need.
The Slimline II cargo carrying rack kit comes with the Slimline tray, 2 Tracks, and 4 Pickup Truck Bed Universal Legs. It’s important to note that drilling is required for installation with this product.
Leitner Designs is widely known for engineering and developing one of the best outdoor products in the market. Founded by Bernhard Leitner, this company has been developing some of the most innovative products in the off road and overlanding industries.
As their signature product, the Active Cargo System turns your truck into one of the best equipped vehicles out there. For Toyota Tacoma 2nd Gen (2005-2015) and 3rd Gen (2015-Current), the Active Cargo System will transform your long bed into a fully equipped camping rig.
Convenient and easy to mount, the ACS will fully upgrade and customize your truck. It will not only hold a roof top tent, kayaks, boards, and others, but it can also be customized to fit numerous accessories that you can VIEW HERE. This system could also be used as the best ladder rack imaginable.
A couple of features that make this product unique, are that it has patented features not found in any other product, such as sliding center load bar, and optional integrated gear boxes.
Cali Raised LED has been manufacturing top-market products for your overlanding rig. Made in the USA, these aftermarket mods range from racks, to lights, tents, rock slider, grills, recovery gear and more. Their bed racks are sleek, strong, reliable, durable and ideal for either an off-road use, or an everyday use.
Perfect for your Toyota Tacoma (2005-Current), this Overland Bed Rack will fit your day-to-day needs, as well as excelling in rougher trails due to its tough features. Its design will allow you to attach useful and necessary accessories on the side panels, such as water/gasoline tanks or even tracks.
Providing a seamless fit, this bed rack is made of up to 80% aluminum providing a light weight but super strong bed rack, that could perfectly stand the weight of even the biggest and heaviest Roof Top Tents. With a life time warranty and ensuring top quality and durability, this bed rack will take your overlanding adventures to a higher level.
The Colorado-based company, RCI is known for manufacturing aftermarket accessories for many different vehicles, including your Toyota Tacoma. This product is designed, engineered and produced in house, all made in USA.
Needless to say, the quality, durability and reliability of their bed rack is unquestionable. The Adjustable Bed Rack for your Toyota Tacoma 1995-2020 comes in three sizes, for 5 ft bed, a 5 ft 6 inches bed, and for a 6 ft bed. Depending on your preference, you can choose between the 12” and 18” Adjustable Bed Rack.
The 12” Adjustable Bed Rack has a lower profile, a low center of gravity and height. Therefore, anything you mount will still remain below the cab roof, decreasing the wind resistance and hence having less of a fuel impact. On the other hand, the 18” Adjustable Bed Rack will maintain a very good visibility through the bad window and will allow you to have more space available on the bed of your truck.
This product is one of the strongest, with a static weight capacity of over 750 lbs, where you can mount a roof top tents and pretty much anything you may need.
The RCI truck rack systems are also one of the only bed racks compatible with tonneau covers. The only thing you would need to add to your purchase is the RCI Tonneau Adapters For Bed Rack.
The Swedish giant, Thule, is one of the biggest, oldest and best-known roof rack brands in the world. Specializing in high quality and ultra-durable racks, their products are truly unbeatable.
This Thule TracRac TracOne Pickup Truck Bed Rack System is a more affordable option for your Toyota Tacoma (2005-Current) that is famous for being a fantastic ladder rack.
It offers a high weight capacity, NO DRILLING and best of all, incredible price. With a statics weight capacity of 800 lbs, you will be able to carry heavy items, from kayaks, surf boards, ladders, to even roof top tents.
Designed with the highest technology, this TracRac TracOne has a quiet gurney and is manufactured with top materials for all your off-road and overlanding adventures.
Tuff Stuff is a California-based company that focuses on manufacturing some of the best priced roof top tents, overlanding equipment, racks, recovery gear and even trailers. The Adjustable Truck Bed Rack 40” is ideal for your Toyota Tacoma.
This ultimate bed rack was designed to universally install directly on top of any truck bed rail using a pinch plate or up to 8 bolts to secure to your bed rail. Being a universal fit allows this bed rack to come with custom pinch plates that will pinch the lip of your bed rails, allowing the installation to be performed without drilling holes into the bed rails.
If you’re looking for a bigger option, we also have the Adjustable Truck Bed Rack 60” Powder Coated available.
A Toyota Tacoma is simply a top vehicle when it comes to off roading, overlanding or testing new trails. These are excellent high quality vehicles, every single version is outstanding. Whether you have a 1st Gen Tacoma, a 2nd Gen Tacoma or a 3rd Gen Tacoma, they are all more than capable cars for adventures.
We listed different models, from different brands, designs, and dimensions. All of them suit different people and different uses in different situations. You might be overlanding in Oregon, or you might be up in Colorado.
Regardless of where you are, we wanted to cover different types of roof rack and bed racks, that will be the perfect fit for your Tacoma and your different needs.
Read about them, inform yourself about them, and then make a decision on picking one of them. You can contact us and we will gladly give you some advice.
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Hi, I search same product for Toyota hilux revo xtra cab ? Does exist ? Thanks and sorry for my english
About a bed rack that can work with the Bak tonneau cover. We do have one, so great news!
The bed rack you want must be an RCI bed rack: https://offroadtents.com/products/rci-12-bed-rack-for-toyota-tacoma-2005-to-2020?pos=2&_sid=0945ca09a&ss=r&variant=31502878113849
And add the tonneau cover adapters: https://offroadtents.com/collections/vehicle-accessories/products/rci-tonneau-adapters-for-bed-rack?pos=1&_sid=d8d57266f&ss=r
And you’re good to go!
If you have any other question, let us know.
Great article! Any suggestions on a rack for Tacoma 2nd gen with a folding bakflip toneau cover?
Thanks for the kind words, we’re happy this review on the different rack systems for a Taco helped.
If it’s a non screw rack, no, it the window rain wind deflectors should not interfere. But send us pictures if you need and we can help out. Feel free to call or send us an email anytime: https://offroadtents.com/pages/contact-us
Will wade window wind, rain deflectors interfere with a rack that will not require a screw down installation?
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