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Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

Product Recommendations for Adventurous Toyota Tacoma Owners

The strongest truck bars for the Toyota Tacoma.

BillieBars were created out of necessity. Our founder, Bill, was looking for a bedrack that would work with OEM Tacoma tonneau cover, and be strong enough to carry his roof top tent, bikes, kayaks, and recovery boards. 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 started here. If youโ€™re looking for a bedrack or bed bars for your Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 3 Toyota Tacoma, thatโ€™s also tonneau cover compatible, youโ€™ve come to the right place. We designed the original set of BillieBars on a Tacoma, utilizing the existing utility track (don't worry Gen 1's, we got you!) to attach to the bed rail - so no drilling needed!

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Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

Molle Panels

When we made the original BillieBars, we quicky realized we could get more out of it by creating our patented molle panels, which were designed to match the flare of the Tacoma bedside. They're ideal for mounting recovery boards, high lift jacks, shovels, axes, rotopax and more!

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Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

Tacoma Tailgate Cover

Tacoma Tailgate Cover

About 2 years after founding BillieBars, Bill had the idea to make tailgate covers with the BillieBars spin (durable, simple, American made, and easy to install) replacing the hard plastic existing OEM tailgate cover, and utilizing the existing hardware. Comprised of a CNC'd aluminum panel, and covered with a marine grade flooring pad, the BillieBars Toyota Tacoma Tailgate is integated with recessed cup holders. Now you can kneel with comfort when reaching into your bed, and have a place for your drink too!

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Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

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 youโ€™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.

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Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

Roof Top Tent Options and Solutions for your Toyota Tacoma

One of the most-used functions of BillieBars 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 wonโ€™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. Itโ€™s a matter of choice! BillieBars are ideal for hard shell, soft shell, and pop-up RTTโ€™s.

Roof Top Tent Options and Solutions for your Toyota Tacoma
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Kayak Mounting on a Tacoma: LowPro vs HighPro

Waterโ€™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 HighPro 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

    LowPro Kayak Mount

    If youโ€™re searching for a low profile bed rack for hauling kayaks on your Tacoma, this could be a great option for you. It's designed so you can easily load your kayak, and because it's mounted on angle, you eliminate rear tailgate overhang. Just open and rest your kayak on tailgate, push it over rear bar and up onto the LowPro (on front bar), secure it, and you're off!

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  • HighPro Kayak Mount

    HighPro Kayak Mount

    This heavy-duty kayak mount allows you to get your kayak completely over the cab. Itโ€™s extra beefy with a support base that will only take up 8.5โ€ of mounting space on your BillieBars. Think of it as quasi "kayak roof rack" - just without any mods needed on your roof.

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Tacoma Bed Rack Awning Mounting Kit

Youโ€™ve got all the essentials for your Toyota Tacoma built out - 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 youโ€™ve been dreaming about.

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Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed Rack Guide

More BillieBar Accessories

Below are a few products that may make your new favorite Tacoma bed rack even better.

  • RTT HD Clamps

    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.

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  • Woopy Bicycle Rear Tire Trays

    Woopy Bicycle Rear Tire Trays

    Looking for a bike rack solution for your Tacona AND you want to have the full function of a RTT? Well, thatโ€™s where our Woopy comes in! Designed so its mounting surface is flush with your BillieBars - when you open your roof top tent, thereโ€™s no interference.

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  • Tie Down Kit

    Tie Down Kit

    If you're going to be running a wide variety of cargo, it's not a bad idea to consider these tie down kits. They're great if you're using a basket (Yakima Load Warrior featured here) - or just looking for another point to hook on a rachet strap!

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  • Antenna Mount

    Antenna Mount

    If you have a CB or HAM radio, this a way to carry the antenna around on your Tacoma!

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