TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack Installation - 2015 Ford F-150

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How to Install the TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack on a 2015 Ford F-150


Today on our 2015, Ford F150, we will be installing the Track Rack SR Sliding Truckbed Ladder Rack, with over the cab extension. Part number TA21501-02-02. This adjustable ladder rack system, with over the cab extension, allows you to carry extra long loads on your truck. It's perfect for ladders, lumber, PVC pipe, or any extra long loads that you may need to carry. The ladder rack sits on the, easy to install, base rail, which is configured to work with many different trucks. Your base rails simply sit in your vehicle's stake pockets, and no drilling is required.

Your ladder rack is adjustable by simply loosening the black knob, and sliding it up and down your base rails. All three of our crossbars, measure 69 and a half inches long, while the height of our ladder rack is 25 and 3/8 inches. Our cantilever extends 32 inches over our cab. The whole system has a 1250 pound weight capacity. Our adjustable load stops allow us to carry loads of various sizes. Simply undo the black knob, and slide the stop down the track, and tighten it back down.

They also include a tie-down loop for securing your cargo. The legs of your rack also feature tie-down cleats, which will allow you to secure additional cargo. The elliptical shape of our crossbars helps with aerodynamics, to reduce drag, and wind noise. The whole ladder rack system is made out of a lightweight aluminum construction, so it's durable and corrosion resistant. Now that we have gone over some features, we are going to show you how to get this installed. First thing we need to do is take off our stake pocket caps, on our F150.

To do that, we will just take a Flathead screwdriver, and lift up on the cap, and pull out. We can go ahead and repeat this for our other three stake pockets. Now to get our base rails installed, our F150 requires the shim, a rubber block, a bolt, a pocket net, and a washer for each of our spots. To install the base rail, for our F150 we know that we need to use the top hole, and that it will be facing closest to the cab, and closest to the bed. To set it in, you just set it right on the edge. To get it attached, we will grab our hardware.

First is the bolt and the washer, and we will go ahead and turn the base rail, and we will feed it through the top hole. Then we will take our shim, we want to make sure that thicker side is facing away from the bed. Next will be our rubber block, and finally our nut, and now we can repeat this for the other side of the rail. For this vehicle, we will be using the last hole, on the tailgate side. Now to make sure that our blocks are in the horizontal position, and to get an extra set of hands to set this in place. With one rail in place, we will go ahead and repeat that process on this side. With both rails loosely in place, we will go ahead and take a measurement at the front, and the back, to make sure that they are even. We have got about 62 and a half, and 62 and a half. Now to check the plane of our base rails. You can use something flat, like a two by four, or we have a crossbar here. We will set it down in the back. As you can see our crossbar is not touching, that's where we will use our shim. Now we will go ahead and push it through, helping to even it up. We go ahead and do the same on this side. Now we can go ahead and tighten the rear down. We use our included tool in conjunction with our 5/16 socket wrench. What this is doing is pushing our rubber block out, so that it wedges into our stake pocket. Now we will do the same thing on this side. We will check the plane here at the front. I found that I need to use a Flathead screwdriver, to help push the shim. Now we will tighten down the front. The same thing on the other side. The kit came with plugs for the holes we didn't use, so go ahead and put those in place now. We will repeat the same step for our other holes. Now we have gone ahead and reconfirmed our measurements. We are going to go ahead and toque it down, as specified in the instructions. Now we will repeat this on the other three sides. With everything torqued down, we are going to go ahead and put on our remaining caps. Last thing to do is put on our safety bolts, and then tighten them down. This tool is not included. We will do the same thing on the other three sides. Now we are ready for our ladder rack. We are going to be placing our ladder rack on the outer rail, so we need to remove the outer, rear safety bolt. We will go ahead and place our first half of the ladder rack on our rails. Now you may want to get and extra set of hands for some help. Since our ladder rack is loosely assembled, we can adjust it to fit the rails. With our first one installed, we will go ahead and grab our second half and fit it on the vehicle. Now we can replace our safety bolts. You may want to consider putting your back half of your rack on the inner rail, which will give you maximum adjustability for your ladder rack. Now with our bars loosely installed, we can go ahead and adjust them, to get even bar overhang. We have got about three and a half inches on this side, so we want to make sure that the other side is the same. We have got about three and a half on this side as well. We will do the same thing that we did with our front, to our rear bars. Now we can go ahead and tighten down our bolts. Now we will repeat this on the other three sides. We will go ahead and torque all of our bolts as per the instructions. We can go ahead and tighten down our knobs, once we get our ladder rack in place. That will secure it, so that we can go ahead and load up our gear. With our ladder rack in place, we can go ahead and install our cantilever extension. If we just using our ladder rack, we would use these braces here, which are the normal braces, but instead we are going to use the cantilever brace. The first thing we will need to do is switch out our regular brace, for our included cantilever brace. Now I have gone ahead and removed our crossbar, there are two bolt in here that we will have to remove to replace our brace. Now we can do the same thing on the other side. Now we will take our cantilever brace, and we will take the longer end, and put it in towards the bed, and we will take our new bolts and tighten it down. Now we will go ahead and torque it down, as specified in your instructions. Now we will put our crossbar back in place, and tighten it down. With our crossbar back in place, we will go ahead and set our cantilever arms, and just place them over the bracket so the holes line up. We will go ahead and take our included hardware, and tighten these down. Now we will do the same thing on the other side, and now we will torque down our bolts. Now we will go ahead and set up our cantilever bar. We take one of the T-bolts on top, slide that through. Then the bottom, we will get one T-bolt, and one regular bolt. With that done on both sides, we will go ahead and get an extra set of hands to load up our bar. Now we will take our T-bolt, with the nut and the washer, and slide it into place, and then we will tighten it down. Now we just want to loosely tighten it down, so we can check for even bar overhang. Now we will do the same thing on the other side. We have got about three and a quarter on this side, let's go ahead and make sure the other side matches. We have only got about two inches on this side, so let's go ahead an even it out. Now with the even bar overhang, we will go ahead and tighten these down. We will go ahead and take our corner brace, and set it into place on here. We will put a lock-nut, to hold our brace, and we will take our other bolt, and set it in place, and screw down the lock-nut. Now we will do the same thing on the other side. Now we will torque all these down to specification. Now with our cantilever extension in place, we are ready to load up a ladder. First thing we need to do, is make sure our load stops are out of the way. We will loosen those up, and slide them all the way out. Now we can go ahead and grab our ladder, and get it into place. We will have somebody help me with this. Now we will adjust our load stops to fit our ladder. The last thing we will do is strap down our cargo. Now we do have a lot of straps available here, at Etrailer.com, so just pick a pair out. With our load secure, we are ready to hit the road. That will complete our install of the Track Rack SR, Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack, with over the cab extensions. Part number TA21501-02-02, on our 2015, Ford F150.


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