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TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack Installation - 2012 Ram 3500

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How to Install the TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack on a 2012 Ram 3500


Today on this 2012 Ram 3500 crew cab, we're going to install part number TA21000-03-02. This is the TracRac SR sliding truck bed ladder rack with the over the cab extension. First thing we need to do is go ahead and get the base rail ready for the truck. We already have our passenger's side installed and this is our rail right here. There's a wedge that goes underneath it to keep the rail level and then there's additional hardware inside the stake pocket of the bed that we'll show you on our second rail. The wedge is located between the top of the bed and our rail right here.

Depending on your truck, you may or may not need this. In this case our rail's cover slants down to the outside so that's why we used our wedge. The base rails for your truck are universal fit and there's a series of holes inside. The instructions will actually tell you which ones to use on your truck. In this case I marked out the holes with a yellow marker to make them easy to see. It's a good idea to go ahead and mark them and then put the rail on the truck so there's no guess work when you put the rails in place.

To put our hardware together, we've got our stainless cap bolt and a plastic washer. Put our bolt through. We'll go ahead and put some anti-seize onto the threads from Loctite, part number LT37616. Our wedge, the rubber block, and then the plate on the end which acts like a nut as well. We'll go ahead and put this loosely together and we'll do the same thing on the remaining 2 locations on the rail.

We'll go ahead and put the rubber blocks into the stake pockets. Make sure we have the wedges sitting the way we want them. Let's go ahead and just slightly tighten them down where they'll hold their shape in place and this does come with a special tool right here to tighten down the cap bolt. I put mine in a drill to make things go a little bit faster. Basically, we're going to take a measurement and go across from inside to inside and also at the back and then we'll make our adjustments. Then we'll go ahead and make sure we're even from left to right.

Once you're satisfied with the placement of the rails, then you can go ahead and snug them down and then we'll torque them down as specified in the instructions. When we torque down the bolts, you want to make sure you have a torque gauge that goes down to a pretty low torque and then you can use an 8 mm socket on the bit to tighten it down. Two little cap screws that go on the very end to keep the accessories from sliding off the end. Our base rail's installed and we're satisfied with the fit, we'll go ahead and install the provided caps. They just snap into place and then we'll go ahead and fill up all the holes. With our base rails in place and secured, we can go ahead and start to install the rack. We're going to start on the one half of the rack that stays back towards the tail gate. We've got our pieces laid out and we'll go ahead and assemble it. First, we'll go ahead and install the knob that will lock the bar into place onto the track. Just a few threads to hold it in. Next, we'll install a tie down point with 2 cap bolts. Go ahead and make sure we have our anti-seize on there and we can go ahead and tighten those guys down. Up at the crossbar here, we'll go ahead and loosely install some hardware. This will be the square nut and a small buttonhead bolt. We're just going to push it through the bottom and then the nut. A few turns just to hold it in place. There's one on here and there's one down here. Leave it just like that and we'll go ahead and take this part and slide it onto our rack on the passenger's side. You can see how it fits around the rack. Just let it stay there for now. We'll go ahead and tighten down the knob so it doesn't move anymore than we want it to We'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side. For the back rail, ours is going to sit on the inside track. That will hold it for us while we do the rest of our assembly. Let's go ahead and install the crossbar. You notice there's edges right here at the bottom of the crossbar that will match to the top of the upright here, you see how they mesh together, and we'll just go ahead and slide it across. We'll push up the bolt with the square nut and we'll slide it together. We'll slide it all the way over and then we'll do the other side. We'll go ahead and measure out and make sure it's even on both sides, then we'll snug down the bolts on the bottom. We'll go ahead and just snug it down to hold its shape. We'll double check our measurements and then add the inside braces. Let's get our corner brace ready. On this end here, we'll go ahead and put another short buttonhead bolt into place and we'll loosely install a square nut. We'll take this assembly, pushing the bolt up, and we'll go ahead and put it into the track on the bottom. There's an opening in the slot to install the hardware. We'll slide it over and we'll install the longer buttonhead bolt right here. We'll do this on both sides. With both pieces in place, we'll go ahead and snug it down. We'll go ahead and install the end cap. Flat part here goes towards the bottom and the angled part goes towards the top. Not too tight, just snug it down. Go ahead and install the load stops. Install the T-bolt. That will fit in the track. Then the load stop will fit over the bolt and it also has a part in it to fit in the track. Slide it off to the side, drop a handle nut and get the other one. We'll go ahead and install the handle nut and secure it. Everything is snugged down. We'll go ahead and loosen up the knobs that lock into place on the base rail and make sure it moves evenly back and forth. Satisfied with the operation of it, we'll go ahead and tighten down our bolts, so tighten these guys down for good. Limited access on this here, but let's just go ahead and tighten it down with an Allen wrench. Got them hand tightened, we'll go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. This is the upright that comes with the kit, but we have to change out the top here. We already have one finished and it looks like this. It's a little heavier duty construction for a cantilever goes out front and has a slot instead of a hole right here to install your hardware. Everything else on the upright, the tie down point and the locking knob on the bottom, stays the same. Let's go ahead and put this on our rack. Get it out of the way for now and we'll go ahead and put the other one together. You notice that this part here goes towards the back of the truck. To change this part out to our new one, we'll have to remove these preexisting bolts. We'll reuse them putting on the new part. You definitely want an extra set of hands to hold the other end while you loosen these up. This part will not be reused. Make sure you put the new top on correctly, then we'll go ahead and reinstall the bolt. It's a good idea to clean out the threads if there's any thread locker left on the inside of the threads. Then we'll go ahead and install new bolts that come with the kit. We'll go ahead and put our tie down point in place. Go ahead and tighten it down. Let's go ahead and put this onto our base rail and we'll go ahead and install a crossbar. Remember, these go on the outside of the base rail. Let's go ahead and put our crossbar into place. Our fastener is going to be a little bit different. We'll take our buttonhead bolt and a square nut and we'll go ahead and put it through the access hole and then slide it into place. One on the outside in the track. Do the same thing on the other side and then we'll go ahead and make sure our crossbar is even on both sides and then we'll snug down our hardware. Once we're satisfied with the fit so far, we'll go ahead and snug down the outside bolts. We've got them hand tight, let's go ahead and check for operation at this point. Make sure it slides back and forth. We'll go ahead and torque these down as well so we don't have to worry about interference with the bracket this time. Let's put in our cross braces just like before. Now we can go ahead and work on the cantilever section. This section will slide onto the crossbar and the arm that goes out over the cab of the truck will go on top. We'll make sure it lines up on the inside edge correctly and we'll install the short buttonhead bolts. One way to double check if you have it correct is that you want these bolt holes pointing down towards the ground. We'll go ahead and snug these bolts down. Now we'll go ahead and torque these down in a crisscross pattern. Pretty low torque rating on these guys. We'll set this guy aside for now and do the same thing for the other side. Let's go ahead and attach these to the cross arms. They'll slide over this part here. Then we'll install the larger cap bolts. Use a 5/16ths Allen bit to go ahead and tighten them down. Let's go ahead and install the crossbar for the front. We'll install some more T-bolts into the crossbar here. We're going to install 4 on the bottom, 2 for each side, and then 2 on the top. We'll slide the bolts into the slots. We'll go ahead and measure and make sure the bar is even on both sides. Got it the way we want it. We'll go ahead, make sure the bolts are fully engaged, and put on a flat washer and a lock nut, top and bottom. We can tighten those down with a 14 mm socket. We're done with the passenger's side. We'll do the same thing on the driver's side. Once we're tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Some more corner braces. Put it on this T-bolt right here, another lock nut, a new bolt from the bottom to the top and another lock nut. We can go ahead and tighten and torque these down as well. Getting close to the end. Go ahead and put our caps on. Let's go ahead and put our load stops in just like we did before. Got some extra washers. Let's go ahead and put those guys there. We're done with the front ones, let's go ahead and slide it up and over our truck. We'll go ahead and tighten it down. What am I bouncing Is that caught There it is. We'll go ahead and just tighten down the knobs. Go ahead and put the small cap bolts into the rail to keep anything from sliding off. With that, that will finish it for our install of part number TA21000-03-02, the TracRac SR sliding truck bed ladder rack with over the cab extension on our 2012 Ram 3500 crew cab. .