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Old 04-05-11, 05:45 AM   #1
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Bike Mount setup for truck bed with topper shell?

For those here with pick-ups that have a topper shell on the bed; please show me you setup of how your carrying you bikes.

I have a bolt-on fork mount that I had previously bolted to an in-bed truck tool box.
I've removed the tool box and added a topper shell.

Thinking of mounting a square tube bar across the bed in the rear section and attaching the fork mounts to the bar - put the bikes in backwards and attach via the fork mount.
I want to be able to 'easily' remove the cross bar for when I need to use the truck bed for other crap...

What are some setups ya'll have?
Want to see the home-made ideas that are out there.
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Old 04-05-11, 08:30 AM   #2
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Don't have pics unfortunately, but my pops has bolt on mounts(2) attached to a piece of 1x4 oak. Just remove the front wheel, and back the bike in. Easy to move around, and holds the bikes fine. Been using this set-up for probably twenty years! Cheers
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Old 04-05-11, 05:59 PM   #3
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I looked around and bought the roof rack from an SUV that matched my truck, was going to put a normal bike rack up there, figured that way I could still load up the bed with camping gear and the bikes on top. Actually looked pretty nice too.
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I saw a roll in type rack somewhere the other day...and didn't bookmark it

Most of my bikes have fenders and quite a few of them have front racks which don't play well with the front fork mount style racks for trucks.

I currently roll them in the back and use a cargo strap looped around the head tube to pull the bike against the front of the truck bed.

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The problem I had was the bikes were just a bit tall to fit under the topper upright unless I did remove a wheel. I had to aly them down otherwise
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i just lay my bikes on there side in the back of any pick whether there is a cap on it or not. it makes it so much easier. just toss it in and go.
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I assume by topper shell you mean a hard low lid over the bed right? I would reinforce it and add bike rails to the top of it like attach to roof racks of cars. I like the Rocky Mounts Tie Rods.
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It's what some might call a camper top or shell.
It's the Century 'High C' model in the below link.
http://centurycaps.com/Fiberglass-Caps#
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Our truck has the cab height cap on it. Ours happens to be the Leer 100XL. On a full sized pickup it is tall enough to stand bikes up in.

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I've been thinking the same thing. However since I have a Toyota PU and Leer 100R cab height cap, I can only lay bikes in the back or use a roof rack on top. Both Thule and Yakima make artificial gutters that allow you to put a rack on your cap. I can mount mine to the roof of the cab but have been thinking about mounting it to the camper top.


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...Thinking of mounting a square tube bar across the bed in the rear section and attaching the fork mounts to the bar - put the bikes in backwards and attach via the fork mount.
I want to be able to 'easily' remove the cross bar for when I need to use the truck bed for other crap...
Instead of square tube, you can do Kindorf or Unistrut channels which provide plenty of attachment options for both fork mounts and for mounting in your truck. You can get these at most electrical supply houses or Mcmaster-Carr or MSC Direct
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Don't have pics unfortunately, but my pops has bolt on mounts(2) attached to a piece of 1x4 oak. Just remove the front wheel, and back the bike in. Easy to move around, and holds the bikes fine. Been using this set-up for probably twenty years! Cheers
Me too. Just a piece of 1x4 decking with fork mounts screwed to it .I cut the decking length, the width of the box floor . 3 bikes sit there fine with room for a 4th . Easy to remove when not in use.
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Old 04-08-11, 12:11 AM   #12
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eddubal - thanks for the Unistrut suggestion.

I can use the 'z' fittings to hang the channel across the bed and also get a couple extra Z fitting to mount on the side so I can hang the channel fore-aft when not needed and keep it neatly secured out of the way.
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