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    Hey All,

    I'm newer to Brute ownership. Lots of great stuff in here. Thank you!

    I was curious how folks are mounting racks or bed covers to the bed rail. There does not appear to be an easy way to get behind/under the rail and put metal brackets/washers/nuts on. So, I figure the another option was a bunch of nutserts, but those don't seem strong enough to hold down loads (and yes I am open the reality that I might just be bad installing nutserts).

    Any insights on how to best secure racks to bed rails?

  • #2
    These are Coretrax I think mounted by previous owner. Have not used them since I got the Brute. Once I am able to give them a closer look I will decide if they are worth keeping. How much weight go you want to possibly tie down? On my Tentrax trailer I mounted four eyelets through the center floor of it. Attached to the frame because it is fiberglass. Used a jamnut and large fender washer on the eyelet. Then a lock washer and locknut on the frame side. Holds my water tank down pretty good and I can remove it.

    Mike
    Last edited by LSRMike; 04-01-2019, 08:39 PM.

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    • #3
      I used toyota tundra short bed rail slides, they come in a kit of 3 rails @$200 set. I then pulled inserts. Don’t install them with diy tools buy a real puller for $100. The rails give you a lot of options to either hang equipment such as hilift, ax etc. you can also mount front runner rack legs to support a rack for light loads

      for a rack that needs to support a RTT and equipment we kicked around several ideas and then fabricated a set of steel legs that sit on top of the rail caps and are 12” tall
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      Last edited by MuleShoer; 04-02-2019, 09:20 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Gonzago View Post
        Hey All,

        I'm newer to Brute ownership. Lots of great stuff in here. Thank you!

        I was curious how folks are mounting racks or bed covers to the bed rail. There does not appear to be an easy way to get behind/under the rail and put metal brackets/washers/nuts on. So, I figure the another option was a bunch of nutserts, but those don't seem strong enough to hold down loads (and yes I am open the reality that I might just be bad installing nutserts).

        Any insights on how to best secure racks to bed rails?
        Are you asking about a TJ Brute (steel bed) or a JK Double Cab Brute (composite bed)?

        Ben
        Ben Hedrick
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ben Hedrick View Post

          Are you asking about a TJ Brute (steel bed) or a JK Double Cab Brute (composite bed)?

          Ben
          Ben Hedrick I have a composite on a JK Double Cab. I'm just nervous to drill holes in it for the nutserts.

          MuleShoer The Toyota rails look to be a good option. There are a lot of great accessories out there for it. Thanks for the tip.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gonzago View Post

            Ben Hedrick I have a composite on a JK Double Cab. I'm just nervous to drill holes in it for the nutserts.

            MuleShoer The Toyota rails look to be a good option. There are a lot of great accessories out there for it. Thanks for the tip.
            I don't think that I'd be comfortable in drilling in the composite bed of a JK Brute and adding nutserts. I'd find another to mount your bed rack.

            Ben
            Ben Hedrick
            www.BenHedrick.com
            HEDRICK Speedsports

            "Ive got a Jeep problem"
            2007 5.7L HEMI Sahara Unlimited - Sold
            2010 6.1L HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
            2011 6.4L (392) HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
            2002 4.0L AEV Brute - Sold
            2003 6.4L "Stroker" HEMI AEV Brute - Sold
            2005 4.0L SC AEV K9 Brute - Sold
            2014 345 HEMI Rubicon Xpo Adventurer
            2000 4.0L AEV 112 Long Wheelbase
            2006 4.0L AEV Brute Rubicon - Sold
            2005 570 AEV TJ Wrangler

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ben Hedrick View Post

              I don't think that I'd be comfortable in drilling in the composite bed of a JK Brute and adding nutserts. I'd find another to mount your bed rack.

              Ben
              Yup. I agree it makes me nervous. I'm hoping some owners have examples of how they approached adding mounts/racks/rails on a composite bed. Thanks!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gonzago View Post

                Yup. I agree it makes me nervous. I'm hoping some owners have examples of how they approached adding mounts/racks/rails on a composite bed. Thanks!
                Have you called AEV and ask them for recommendations?

                Ben
                Ben Hedrick
                www.BenHedrick.com
                HEDRICK Speedsports

                "Ive got a Jeep problem"
                2007 5.7L HEMI Sahara Unlimited - Sold
                2010 6.1L HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
                2011 6.4L (392) HEMI Rubicon Unlimited - Sold
                2002 4.0L AEV Brute - Sold
                2003 6.4L "Stroker" HEMI AEV Brute - Sold
                2005 4.0L SC AEV K9 Brute - Sold
                2014 345 HEMI Rubicon Xpo Adventurer
                2000 4.0L AEV 112 Long Wheelbase
                2006 4.0L AEV Brute Rubicon - Sold
                2005 570 AEV TJ Wrangler

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