Ceiling mounted gun rack for SUV.
2 pieces, 1 1/4" X 3/16" X 5" low carbon steel bar. Local Hardware store, $13.00 for 1 foot.
2 pieces, 1" X 1" X 6" square stock (wall thickness is 1/8")
$8.04 for 2 feet*¹.
1 piece, 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" X 36" square stock (inside is 1" X 1" and wall thickness is 1/4") $43.80 for 4 feet*¹.
2 each, flat washers and lock washers that will fit the bolt in the Toyota clothes hook bolt.
4 each, 1 1/2” bolts with flat washers and lock nuts.
2 each, 2” bolts with flat washers and lock nuts.
Kolpin Rhino Grip XL - Single – 21510 for $25 - $30*².
Total about $100.00
Lift covers on clothes hook then use wrench to remove Toyota clothes hook bolts. Put the hooks in a safe place in case you want to re-mount them later. You will use the bolts you removed.
Drill 1 hole (to fit the Toyota clothes hook screw) in one end in each flat bar stock. Bend each flat in a vise to a 7-shape, (approx. 60°) so the mounting bar will hang horizontal near the roof of the truck (see pic). Expect a little ”trial-and-error” to get the proper angle.
The 1 X 1 tube pieces (with a little polishing) should fit in either end of the 1 1/4 X 1 1/4. If there is a weld bead inside the larger tube, simply grind a matching groove in the smaller tubes with an angle (or bench) grinder.
See pics. Once all parts fit, align the tubes so equal amounts of the small tubes remain exposed on either end of the large tube. Extend the small tubes equally until they match up with the flats that you bent and bolted to the mount previously used by the clothes hooks. Mark, then drill 2 holes in each flat and corresponding holes in the small tube. Attach the 7-backets to the small tubes with the 1 1/2” bolts with flat washers and lock nuts
With the gun rack mounting bar assembled, have one person hold it in place while a second person installs the Toyota Clothes hook bolts. The gun rack mounting bar is now hanging by itself.
1" to 2” in from the ends of the large tube drill holes through both the larger tube and the small tube inside it, then secure the large square tube to the small square tube with 2” bolts, washers and lock nuts (See Pic).
You may now remove the complete rack (remove just
the 2 Toyota clothes hook bolts) and paint it if desired.I mounted the Koplins toward the rear of my T4R so my gun is accessible from
outside the vehicle with the rear hatch open or the rear window down. Mounted this way, the gun should not fly
forward in an accident and strike the occupants. It is not accessible to the driver or
passengers from inside the vehicle (This may be required per your state law).
Once the rack is dry, reinstall in the truck. Attach rifle mounts (single or
double, your choice) locating them where they best fit your firearm(s).
A cable lock may be added. Notice there is still room to hang your
Loaded magazines are kept in the locked console safe along with a spare Glock which is accessible to the driver (me) and my copilot. Passengers are encouraged supply their own shooting irons. Mounted gun is not visible from outside the vehicle through tinted windows (see pics).