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Aloha folks, just wanted to get some suggestions/feedback! I want to build a truck bed rack for my 12 Crew Cab SV. I was wondering the following:

1. Steel tube or steel pipe?
2. Should I pick up a tube or pipe bender and do it myself or pay for it to be done? Approximately how much would it cost to bend.

Hopefully you can visualize what I'm about to describe.

I want to have 2 bars going across from left side to right side. Going up with a slight bend to match the contour of the cab. I'll have another bar notched into both bars going across that go from the back to the front extending over the forward bar and about half of the cab in a U shape. Welding it all together with angle brackets running the length of the bed on both sides.

Thanks in advance for any questions or assistance!
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Tube. Same with bender.
Unless you plan on doing a lot of bending, pay to have it done.

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Tube. Same with bender.
Unless you plan on doing a lot of bending, pay to have it done.
There will be a slight bend on each side to match the cab and a 90į on each side to going across. The bar on top will be a U shape (almost as wide as the truck). How much should I look at spending for a tube bender (there will be a learning curve for me to bend my own)? Or if I pay what do you think it'll run?

Also, I'm looking at 1 1/2" or 2" to match my rails. What thickness should I get? .500? Thinner? Thicker? Thanks again Whistler!
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I had a metal fabricator , fabricate something like you are describing for my roof top tent , it is designed to bolt to the top of my truck bed allowing me to still use my tonneau cover.






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Nice MNCarl! Similar. I don't use a tonneau cover. The rack for me will be a little higher than the cab and extend over it about half way. I like how yours bolts in at each cap. Not sure if I use angle bar and bolt in every thick section of metal if that's overkill or not.
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A decent tube bender( no HF) will be around $500. Plus a single die runs around $200.
You will need a notcher although you can get away with a chop saw and a 4.5 grinder.
Here in southern California , shop rate is $90-$ 120 an hour.
If you you give exact dimensions , location of ends,itwill keep cost down.

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This is what I have but I converted to air/ hydraulic , I have five sizes of dies.
Over $3500 investment.
You can calculate bends, angles , locations the old school way but I use a combination of a bending program (Bend Tech) and a design program(Solid Works)
Worth it to me since I do a lot of bending.
If you use DOM, .120 Wall thickness.
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Fuel Safe 32 gal fuel cell. Bedcage.

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Sick, thanks for all the info Whistler!
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I am in the same boat as you are. I have been wanting to build a rack as well and one other material I have been considering is some C channel bar. All you would need to do is notch out section of the c channel, bend and weld. If you google toyota tacom RCI bed rack, it will give you some ideas. Even if you get a shop to bend the tube for you, you would still need to weld some brackets for mounting to the bed side.
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