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My new inside bike rack for my RAV4

Old 11-25-12, 12:31 AM
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My new inside bike rack for my RAV4

I had a really neat tire mount rack on the back of my 2002 RAV4 that held two bikes securely with locking knobs. When I sold the car, I sold the bike mount, as my new 2010 RAV4 Sport has no rear tire. I came across some posts on the car forum about using a fork clamp(s) to carry the bike(s) inside the back and this is what I ended up with. I bought the Hollywood fork clamp on Amazon (click here) for about $20 and I used a piece of 3/4" x 4-1/2 door jamb scrap wood that I primed and painted black. The bike, a Specialized Sirrus Sport large, fits in the back with out lowering the seat and is fairly easy to get in and out. Here are pictures of the final results.

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Old 11-25-12, 06:43 AM
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Wood screws or through bolts with t-nuts? I like that you trimmed the door jamb to match the floor edge contour.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Wood screws or through bolts with t-nuts? I like that you trimmed the door jamb to match the floor edge contour.
Thanks, I ended up using wood screws, I think they are a number 6? It seems plenty strong so far. I've taken two trips and haven't slowed down going around corners or breaking/accelerating and haven't noticed any problems. If I do notice that it looks like the clamp is loosening, I'll counter bore the back side and use bolts with nuts.

Incidentally, the big brown pattern pillow is for my dogs when I have the back seats up and they ride in the back. It's a washable cover with a foam pad in it.
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At my LBS I purchased an aluminum bike mount with three tracks to receive fork mount bolts. It fits the rear cargo space perfectly and I can take two bikes with front wheels removed inside my 2001 RAV4 once the rear seats are removed. Three Yakima tracks on the roof and a Thule spare tire mount increase my carrying capacity to seven bikes, or six if one is a tandem.
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Originally Posted by Ray R View Post
At my LBS I purchased an aluminum bike mount with three tracks to receive fork mount bolts. It fits the rear cargo space perfectly and I can take two bikes with front wheels removed inside my 2001 RAV4 once the rear seats are removed. Three Yakima tracks on the roof and a Thule spare tire mount increase my carrying capacity to seven bikes, or six if one is a tandem.
So, you have to remove the seats in order to get the height for the rear of the bike?
I had a 2002 RAV4 before this 2010 and I had a Swagman 2 bike rear door/spare tire/ locking carrier that I dearly miss because it was so fast and easy to use. My new Sport model has no rear tire so my options were a trailer hitch, roof mount or inside and I decided on the inside mount for its $20 economical cost, ease of use and security. Even though loading the bike in the back with the fork clamp is a bit more work than the old spare tire mount, it does have the security advantage of having the bike protected inside the back and with my tinted windows in the back, you can't see the bike at all.

Here's a pix of my older Swagman setup:

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Old 11-28-12, 07:30 AM
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Nice. I did something similar for my Xterra. But, eventually I found it simpler to just lay the bike down in the cargo area.
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Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
Nice. I did something similar for my Xterra. But, eventually I found it simpler to just lay the bike down in the cargo area.
I tried that first, but it was not easy to get the bike in and out with out scratching things, or having the pedals or other edges hang up on the carpet, etc. Also, it left little room to get anything else in the back and finally, the bike was not secure and would move around and make noises in corners, accelerating and braking. With my set up, it's much easier to roll the bike in vertically and if carrying the one bike, I only have to put the driver side back seat and arm rest down and there is still room for some one to sit in the back seat on the right as well.
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Similar RAV4 and clamp but just on a 2x4 wood from Home Depot. The wood is only about 2 feet. I put the bike in the car the opposite direction. Then I position the bike at either side of the car instead of the middle.

The RAV4 has these handles at the interior of the roof's liner. I guess they're used for exiting the car. I tie the bike's stem to this handle and it stabilizes the front end of the bike so it won't slide or tilt over.
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Interesting... do you attach the fork to the board and then slide it in from the back?
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In my 2001 RAV, I remove the rear seats and can get 2 bikes (with drop bars) in the back, no wheel removals, no brackets, and just bungee the top tubes to the interior handles over the side doors.
Helps that I cock the front wheels to rest in the rear-seat footwells.

Just have to tilt the bikes when loading in, to get the stems etc thru the rear door opening.



Good reason for me to hold onto this rig. That plus the cassette player.
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Originally Posted by Doane View Post
If I do notice that it looks like the clamp is loosening, I'll counter bore the back side and use bolts with nuts.
Honestly, if you notice any play in your mount then goto pan head 10-32s with washers and locknuts. It may not be as pretty but it will secure your mount/rack much better. Nice job though, keeping the bike in the car makes it a heck of alot more secure than depending on a cable lock on the outside.

One question though, your bag seems to be just touching the headliner. Not concerned about it wearing through or starting a sag spot?
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Originally Posted by JKLauderdale View Post
Honestly, if you notice any play in your mount then goto pan head 10-32s with washers and locknuts. It may not be as pretty but it will secure your mount/rack much better. Nice job though, keeping the bike in the car makes it a heck of alot more secure than depending on a cable lock on the outside.

One question though, your bag seems to be just touching the headliner. Not concerned about it wearing through or starting a sag spot?
It is just barley touching, but doesn't seem to wear on it, but I'll keep an eye on it. If it does look like it's a problem, I'll just have to bungee cord it to hold it down lower.

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Interesting... do you attach the fork to the board and then slide it in from the back?
Yes, I attach the bike's fork outside and then lift the bike into the car from the back. And then just the opposite when I get to my destination.
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