The BillieBars Tacoma Guide
Product Recommendations for Adventurous Taco Owners
The strongest truck bars for the Toyota Tacoma.
BillieBars were created out of necessity. Our founder, Bill, was tired of buying expensive bed racks that were poor quality, difficult to install, and often times couldn't hold the gear he needed them to. Being a Toyota Tacoma owner and an expert engineer, Bill decided to make it his mission to create bed bars that could actually get the job done. The result: BillieBars!
The Original BillieBars
It all starts here. If you’re looking for a Toyota Tacoma bed rack that’s tonneau cover compatible, you’ve come to the right place. We designed the original BillieBars with a Generation 3 Toyota Tacoma, but they work for Generation 1 and 2 Tacos as well.
Tacoma MOLLE Panels
Having a set of bed bars for your precious Tacoma wasn’t enough, so we added side MOLLE panels to the fold. These are great for mounting recovery boards, high lift jacks, shovels, axes, and more. The geometry of the original (small) MOLLE panel was designed to match the flare and angle of the Toyota Tacoma bedside. It’s incredibly rigid and one of the best accessories that you can add to your Tacoma BillieBars.
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Toyota Tacoma Tailgate Covers & Bed Stiffeners
The Tacoma Tailgate Cover
About a year after founding BillieBars, Bill had the idea to make flush bed stiffeners ("Stiffy's"). These were designed to protect the integrity of your Toyota Tacoma’s bed while not getting in your way (traditional bed stiffeners take up vital bed space). But we ran into an issue: the factory tailgate panel interfered with our Stiffy's! The solution: we made a Tacoma tailgate panel that uses marine-grade foam and has recessed cup holders. Not only does it add more structural reinforcement, it’s also perfect for you next tailgating event.
Stiffy's - BillieBars Truck Bed Reinforcement
The Toyota Tacoma makes a great offroad and overland truck, but it's not without its issues: lightweight trucks like Tacos are prone to cracking under heavy loads. Imagine going overlanding with a RTT, awning, and full bed load. The roll and shake can shift that weight surprisingly hard, potentially cracking your bed. (The Tacoma bed will break before BillieBars do.)
If you’re putting a lot of weight on your bars, or are going hard off-roading, we highly recommend using our Stiffy's to protect your Tacoma truck bed.
Roof Top Tent Options and Solutions for your Toyota Tacoma
One of the most-used functions of BillieBars Toyota Tacoma bed racks is for Roof Top Tents ("RTT"). For the Tacoma, putting a RTT directly on the bars will keep the tent in profile with the truck (that is, the tent won’t poke up over the cab), which could help your gas mileage. If you need more room under your RTT, the Tent Riser Kit will give you better access and rear window visibility - with the tradeoff that your RTT will poke over the cab. It’s a matter of choice! BillieBars are ideal for hard shell, soft shell, and pop-up RTT’s.
Kayak Mounting on a Toyota Tacoma: LowPro vs HighPro
Water’s kind of a big deal. Whether you're fishing or just out for a paddle, we know how much getting to your happy place means to you. With our LowPro and HigPro mounts, we made it a little easier and a whole lot more efficient to mount your kayak on your Tacoma, removing hassle and getting you out there faster.
LowPro Kayak Mount
If you’re searching for a perfect bed rack for hauling kayaks on a Toyota Tacoma, this could be a great option for you. It's designed so you can easily load your kayak: just open and rest your kayak on tailgate, then push it over rear bar. That's it!shop now
HighPro Kayak Mount
This heavy-duty kayak mount allows you to get your kayak completely over the cab. It’s extra beefy with a support base that will only take up 8.5” of mounting space on your BillieBars. Think of it as quasi "kayak roof rack" - just without any mods needed on your roof.shop now
Tacoma Bed Rack Awning Mounting Kit
You’ve got all the essentials for your Toyota Tacoma BillieBars build out (say that 10 times fast!). But don't forget one of the most essential elements needed in the great outdoors - shade! Our awning mount is height adjustable (you can keep it below the Tacoma cab) and it works with just about any road awning out there, including those big 270 degree awnings you’ve been dreaming about.
More Tacoma Accessories
Below are a few products that may make your new favorite Toyota Tacoma bed rack even better.
RTT HD Clamps
If you're running a Roof Top Tent on your BillieBars, you may want to consider our RTT HD Clamps. The hardware provided by your tent company should be compatible, and our RTT HD Clamps form-fit to our bars - rest easy knowing your tent is secure.shop now
Woopy Bicycle Rear Tire Trays
Looking for a bike rack solution for your Toyota Tacoma AND you want to have the full function of a RTT? Well, that’s where our Woopy comes in! Designed so its mounting surface is flush with your BillieBars - when you open your roof top tent, there’s no interference.shop now
Toyota Tacoma Tailgate Panel
Don’t need our Stiffy's but still want to run our Toyota Tacoma Tailgate Panel? No problem! Our Tailgates use marine-grade foam for a flat, useful surface that is ideal for all kinds of outdoor use. The best part: it uses your existing OEM hardware. It's the easiest install you’ll have this decade.shop now
Recovery Board Mounts
Thinking about getting our MOLLE Panels and need to a spot to mount a recovery board or two (or four)? Check out our Recovery Board Mounts. These were also designed to match the flare and angle of your Toyota Tacoma bedside. Function and form never looked better.shop now