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Old 12-02-2019, 09:43 PM #796
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I ordered the 3/4 rack on Black Friday and can't wait for it to come so I can ditch those factory silver rails. My garage isn't heated so I've been trying to figure out what kind of sealant I should go with when reinstalling the factory bolts. Silaprene sounds like a great long term sealant but I'm wondering how well it would work when applied in a freezing garage. Are there any good recommendations for cold weather application or am I putting too much thought into this?
This is the one I’m leaning towards for my 2020 Pro. Don’t really care for the factory roof rack. But I’m also concerned about messing with changing it out and you might have some leaks. Also the bolts that are in the 2020 Pro roof rack I read where there longer and that’s not a good. Because I think the bolts on the roof rails are different than the bolts on the 2020 Pro roof rack. Also did you get a discount on Black Friday? Thanks.
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This is the one Iím leaning towards for my 2020 Pro. Donít really care for the factory roof rack. But Iím also concerned about messing with changing it out and you might have some leaks. Also the bolts that are in the 2020 Pro roof rack I read where there longer and thatís not a good. Because I think the bolts on the roof rails are different than the bolts on the 2020 Pro roof rack. Also did you get a discount on Black Friday? Thanks.
Right now I'm just trying to figure out if I should be using any kind of silicone when my garage is cold or if I should do the swap in a heated garage. I've watched a few roof rack install videos and it looks pretty straightforward. LFD was running a 15 percent off sale on Black Friday. If you were leaning towards their rack, I would maybe try to contact them and ask them if there would be any issues installing their rack on your 2020.
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Right now I'm just trying to figure out if I should be using any kind of silicone when my garage is cold or if I should do the swap in a heated garage. I've watched a few roof rack install videos and it looks pretty straightforward. LFD was running a 15 percent off sale on Black Friday. If you were leaning towards their rack, I would maybe try to contact them and ask them if there would be any issues installing their rack on your 2020.
the tube should have instructions on it, just check what temperature range it says
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Been a few crazy days.

Thank you to everyone who ordered during Black Friday! We've got an enormous batch of parts coming back from powder coating probably tomorrow, and will start getting all the orders sent out beginning next week.

It's also been a busy week for prototype parts. One completely brand new thing in the pipe for 4Runners, and two that aren't for 4runners, but still Toyota family.

I did also get a chance to play with the old Hybrid bumper off my MGM Trail, and cut it up and reworked it for the Salsa Red Trail. Just got it on today. It needs a little revision to fit a bit better, but for a first prototype, not bad! With the measurements off it we'll be able to finish up these Hybrid bumpers for early 5th Gens really quick. (Cut up a raw bumper instead of the painted one for the prototype fitment).

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It's also been a busy week for prototype parts. One completely brand new thing in the pipe for 4Runners, and two that aren't for 4runners, but still Toyota family.


Also, the unpainted bumper doesn't look bad at all, it goes well with the early trail's black trim theme
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Brush-on Rustoleum for skid plates

Ordered skids for black friday and I'm thinking of using brush-on Rust-Oleum Professional Enamel Interior/Exterior Primer and then Paint. Works for exterior railing & equipment... why not skids.

Everything I've read talks about rattle can. Maybe it's just me, but I hate doing anything big with a can. Lousy coverage, multiple coats, mess, ... Plus it's getting cold so I'm probably going to wait for an elusive warm day or close up the garage and put a heater in there. Brush would be a lot easier than spraying in the garage. I think a key is not to put it on too heavy so the underlayer bonds/dries to the metal vice getting sealed in by a faster drying top layer...

I realize it may not be the prettiest paint job, but they are skids, so not really seen (maybe I'll use a roller on the front skid). My major concern is rust protection.

Hoping someone will say they did this and it worked great... or USERNAME did this in 2016 and here is why it failed... any thoughts?
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Ordered skids for black friday and I'm thinking of using brush-on Rust-Oleum Professional Enamel Interior/Exterior Primer and then Paint. Works for exterior railing & equipment... why not skids.
This may not be a horrible idea for the initial painting, and then use a spray for touchups down the road...

Living in the now-chilly state of MD I can appreciate your cold weather paint concerns and may give this a shot for my gas tank skid when I pick it up in (hopefully) a few weeks
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If you are in a winter climate where they sand the roads, I would 100% recommend not rattle canning it..
On my last vehicle I did the sliders and after one winter the entire bottom was chipped off along with some of the top. I did multiple layers of primer and paint and it still looked like crap.




How are the cross bars coming along? Any eta for shipment?
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We spray paint all skids and sliders that we're using ourselves.

If you're actually using them as skids and sliders, they are going to get scratched up no matter what coating you use. I drop my skids once or twice a year and give them a basic cleaning and re-coat.

I don't see any reason why a roll on paint wouldn't work as well either.

If you don't really plan to hit them on things, powder works well, but we just usually don't see the return on the cost with as often as we scratch them up.
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We just got a batch of crossbars back from powder coating yesterday that we're shipping out now. The next batch is leaving for powder coating this afternoon and should be back early next week.
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We've got one set of basic angled bolt on sliders in stock, ready to go! .185 wall DOM tubing. PM for details.
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We spray paint all skids and sliders that we're using ourselves.

If you're actually using them as skids and sliders, they are going to get scratched up no matter what coating you use. I drop my skids once or twice a year and give them a basic cleaning and re-coat.
Issue is in colder climates that you cant re-paint when its cold out with out a fully heated workspace, and the road sand/gravel chips off paint very easily. For comparisons sake, my RCI front skid only showed direct hits (via offroading) but zero wear and tear from sand/gravel in the powdercoat. May be a completely different experience in warmer climates...
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We just got a batch of crossbars back from powder coating yesterday that we're shipping out now. The next batch is leaving for powder coating this afternoon and should be back early next week.

Thanks! I'll check on my order status.
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Skid plate question

I ordered a wide front skid on black friday. Since, I noticed that my factory skid was at an odd angle. I got underneath to find two bolts missing. Went to tighten another and it fell out leaving the skid hanging. I removed it and it appears the threading on the bolts was toast. I'm hoping it is that and not the nut. I haven't looked much closer since it happened. All that to ask... Do the skids ship with bolts to mount or is it intended to be bolted up with the factory bolts. Just curious if I need to grab some from somewhere prior to the skid plates arrival.

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