Thule TracRac TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack Installation - 2016 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Thule TracRac TracONE Truck Bed Ladder Rack on a 2016 Ford F-150


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2016 Ford F150 SuperCab, we're going to be doing a test on the Thule TrakRac Track One, truck bed ladder rack. It's available in matte black, with Part Number TH27000XTB. It's also available in silver, with Part Number TH27000XT.It features a lightweight aluminum construction, but it's still rugged and durable, with an 800 LB weight capacity. It's perfect for your ladders, lumber and other elongated items, such as kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. This frees up space inside your truck bed, for more gear.Customers are wondering if this ladder rack is going to work with their Tonneau covers or truck bed toolboxes. Unfortunately, it mounts we're most Tonneau rails mount, on the inside of the truck bed, so it's incompatible with Tonneau covers.

Customer Larry T. got around this by mounting his toolbox just behind the ladder rack mounts.It includes four load stops, two for each crossbar. They're adjustable along the crossbar. These are going to help immobilize your load. They can also be used as an anchor point for straps and hooks.We've gone ahead and removed our cargo, so we can go over some addition.

They're 4" wide and 1-1/2" tall. The tracks are wide enough and deep enough to accept two ET slot accessories. The crossbars have an elliptical shape, and they're designed to be a lot more aerodynamic than your traditional round or square ladder rack crossbars.The ladder rack sits 26-1/4" above your truck bed rails. The uprights are attached to a wide base that attaches to your truck bed rails. This is going to give you great stability.

They're also padded, so they won't harm or scratch the finish of your truck bed side rails. The base attaches to your truck bed side rails with two C-clamps. There is no drilling required. All you need is a 7/32 allen wrench. Whether you have the matte black or the silver finish, it's powder coated, so it's going to be resistant to rust and corrosion.Now we'll give you some clearance measurements for your F150.

From the top of the roof to the underside of the bar is about 2-1/2". From the top of the roof to the top of the crossbar is about 4".Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. I've already got the front one installed on my truck. The rear one installs the same way. Let's go ahead and show you how we did that.You'll first want to loosely assemble it. That way we can adjust it to fit our truck bed. I'm just going to set it in place here at the rear. Then I'll adjust it over. The next thing we want to do is make sure we have even bar overhang, which is the distance from the upright to the end of the crossbar. You're going to make sure that, that it's the same on both sides. So I'm just going to adjust it. If you'd like, you can use a tape measurer, or you can just eyeball it.With our crossbar set, let's go ahead and tighten down our uprights through our crossbar. We can repeat the same process on the other side. Now we can put our rubber pads in place. I'm just going to slightly pick up and slide them in until it's flush. They're precut, so it's not going to stick out either end.Now we're ready to install our C-clamps. Depending on your truck, you may or may not be able to set you clamp foot in place before you install your C-clamp. For my truck, I just set the clamp in place first and then install the clamp foot. You'll want to be sure that your C-clamps are at least 3" apart. I'm going to put on on the end, and then the other one right here. With them both in place, we can then hand-tighten them down. Then we can take our 7/32 allen tool and tighten the rest of the way down. Then we can repeat the same process on the other side.That's going to complete our test fit on the Thule TracRac Track One truck bed ladder rack, on our 2016 Ford F150 SuperCab.


Questions and Comments about this Video

John S.

What damn good is a ladder rack if you cant carry your tool box you need that much room in your bed as you can get and you have to be able to put the toolbox up against the ladder rack

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Reply from Chris R.

Most ladder racks do utilize the inside of the bed rails for attachment. In these cases the toolbox just needs to be positioned a bit behind the cab. We do have a few systems though that mount right on top of the rails (leaving the insides clear), such as the Thule TracRac SR Sliding Racks. If you can tell me what model truck you have I will be happy to make some specific recommendations.

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