Which Thule Sliding Ladder Rack Fits 2018 Ford F-150 5.5 ft Bed

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I have a 2018 F-150 Supercrew with 5-1/2 foot bed using a BAK Revolver cover. I can see that the TH43002XT-508 is the recommended Thule TacRac SR combination, but Im wondering if I could achieve a more compact result by combining the 21508 base rails with the 43001XT overhead rack. It appears the result would be 2.2 inches less in height and several inches shorter in rail width. Would this combination be a fully functional, no drill installation like the TN43002XT-508, and would I still have some clearance over the cab? From the pictures, it appears that Id still have a couple of cab clearance with the added benefit of still being able to park in my garage. Thanks in advance for you help.

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I wish I could say that the smaller rack configuration you mentioned would work, but Thule only has fit info for the # TH43002XT-508 for your 2018 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot bed. If you tried to install the compact truck uprights it most likely would not have wide enough bars to fit properly amount other things.

The part # TH43002XT-508 will sit 27-5/16 inches above the bed rails which you can compare to see if you'd fit in your garage or not with them.

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