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Custom Made Bike Rack (Truck Bed)

Old 04-21-10, 11:25 AM
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Custom Made Bike Rack (Truck Bed)

In case some of you are looking for a new way to put your bike in the bed of your truck, take a look...

After laying the bike in the bed last summer, i had enough of that and bought some fork mounts and got a good buddy of mine whose a welder to build the plate to bolt to the bed of the truck.
Very impressed to say the least... Its a lot sturdier than most other truck bed mounts ive seen. (meaning we didnt cheap out on the materials).

Not the best pics, but you get the idea.


EVO Fork Mounts.
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I just bolted two of those mounts to the lip of my truck bed right behind the cab. It is easier to lock in the forks rather than having to reach down into the bed. It looks better too as the bikes sit in riding position. I still need to add straps to the bed to secure the rear wheels so I don't lose the bikes on a hard turn or stop.
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Is it being held by the bed liner, or did you bolt right through the bed?
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I bolted fork mounts to a 4x4 that sits at the back of my truck bed.

To keep the 4x4 from moving, I put eye bolts at each end and used clips to connect it to the strap hooks in my truck. Works great and can be removed if I need to haul something.
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Originally Posted by Pilsley View Post
Is it being held by the bed liner, or did you bolt right through the bed?
Straight through the bed... Mind you this was a huge pain in the ass due to the fact that to get at one of the bolts you have to wedge your hand up above the gas tanks...
But all in all, its very secure. And if need be, i can just pull the fork mounts off to haul stuff, as the bracket (metal piece), is pretty shallow.


But to, lpolliard...
Can you post a pic? I was thinking about doing that, but theres not too much room in the bed steel at the front to bolt onto, also, do your bars get in the way at all???
Pretty interested to see this.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
Straight through the bed... Mind you this was a huge pain in the ass due to the fact that to get at one of the bolts you have to wedge your hand up above the gas tanks...
But all in all, its very secure. And if need be, i can just pull the fork mounts off to haul stuff, as the bracket (metal piece), is pretty shallow.


But to, lpolliard...
Can you post a pic? I was thinking about doing that, but theres not too much room in the bed steel at the front to bolt onto, also, do your bars get in the way at all???
Pretty interested to see this.
Damn,

Well there goes the hotub conversion!
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2x4 with 1-3 fork mounts, not bolted to bed so it's totally removable. Just use a couple tie-downs up-front either connected to one bikes' handlebars or across all three bikes behind the stems and connected to the hooks. One tie-down through the back wheels connected to the back hooks to keep them from bouncing. Works great. GL
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I have a Nissan Frontier with the Utilitrak system in the bed. I took one of those fork mount brackets and bolted it to a piece of 1/8" aluminum and slid it into the track. I strap the wheel down on the opposite side's cleat with bungees. Bulletproof.
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I have a 1 by 6 with fork mounts that fits inside the cargo area of my Honda Element.

It's not secured in any way except it can't rotate due to the size of the board. I've never had any issues, though maybe if I'm in a roll-over accident I'll come to regret it.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
In case some of you are looking for a new way to put your bike in the bed of your truck, take a look...
A new way?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
A new way?
Well if you're not doing anything at the moment, or looking for some way to carry your bike in your truck bed...
Im here to inform.
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
Well if you're not doing anything at the moment, or looking for some way to carry your bike in your truck bed...
Im here to inform.
I guess I just don't see the new idea of using a bracket, board, extrusion, tracks to mount the forks to the bed. OR even the mounts to the bed or bed walls itself like rider shave been doing for years and years.

I've been carrying my bike sinteh bed of mhy turck for 15 years and never had a problem with a bike rack the goes from one wall to the other, supporting the bikes by forkmounts. Or placing a piece of wood in the bed with a forkmount much like the way some carry bikes inside the back section of an SUV by way of similar proiducts sold for that reason.

I'm just not sure why you think it's a new concept? I know a ton of riders that have mounted forkmounts to metal plates, wood, plastic plates/boards extrusion, etc.

I myself have been using one of these for 15 years with no problem hauiling my singles and tandem.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400007_400019

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Old 04-21-10, 05:11 PM
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New or old, it's still a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Daytrip View Post
New or old, it's still a good idea.
Yeah, it is! Just not sure why it would be considered new.

I actually have a board (bed width) with a couple of mounts that I can lay in the opposite direction as my bed rack to add in a couple more bikes in my bed. Same principle as the in the SUV mounting system.

Well I did have it but gave it to a friend who was in need of a truck bed rack.

The ol inside the SUV rack trick

http://www.slikfit.com/servlet/the-1/FASTRAK/Detail

Now you don't even have to open the link!

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I made a similar rack that mounts ontop of my tonneau cover. I used some T slot extruded aluminum and then got some 5/8" steel square tube for cross bars and bolted the fork mounts to that. I can just slip the cross bars off and just the mounts stay on. Also it is nice cause I can lift the cover with bikes on it and still use the bed for storage.
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Huh. This is what I built for my element. 2 mounts and a board were like $30, 25 for the 2 mounts.
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While it is not a rack, this is my solution for the bike in the back of the truck. Two pieces of small stranded cable, some cable clamps, some "S" hooks, and a ratchet strap all available at Lowes. One cable from each rear tie-down eye in the truck bed to each saddle rail. Pass ratchet strap through front wheel from front tie-down eyes. Tighten strap to pull up slack in the two rear cables. I've used this method to take the bike back and forth between northwest Arkansas and central Louisiana (around 450 miles one way) many times with no problems. It's an inexpensive solution that works, and I don't have to remove the front wheel.



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Planning this for a new SUV that I have my eyes on, and was wondering whether holding the bike with only the fork is OK, or do you need to anchor the rear wheel in any way too?

Currently using a trunk mounted Saris RS but really would like the bikes inside the car.
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I did the same thing six or eight years ago, but bolted the fork mounts to a 2x6 cut to fit the bed. I can lock the bikes with a cable between the tie-downs, but the board lifts out when I don't need it.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
I myself have been using one of these for 15 years with no problem hauiling my singles and tandem.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400007_400019
Yup. I use one of those too.
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
While it is not a rack, this is my solution for the bike in the back of the truck. Two pieces of small stranded cable, some cable clamps, some "S" hooks, and a ratchet strap all available at Lowes. One cable from each rear tie-down eye in the truck bed to each saddle rail. Pass ratchet strap through front wheel from front tie-down eyes. Tighten strap to pull up slack in the two rear cables. I've used this method to take the bike back and forth between northwest Arkansas and central Louisiana (around 450 miles one way) many times with no problems. It's an inexpensive solution that works, and I don't have to remove the front wheel.
Im pretty sure dealing with all the straps, cables, tie downs, etc... is a lot more work than taking a wheel off.
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a redneck roadie?
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Originally Posted by swak View Post
Im pretty sure dealing with all the straps, cables, tie downs, etc... is a lot more work than taking a wheel off.
Not really. Two cables. 1 strap. The tie-down eyes came built in with the truck.
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Not really. Two cables. 1 strap. The tie-down eyes came built in with the truck.
If it works it works and you are happy with it, but yeah, the front fork mount is very easy. I can have my bike racked in less than a minute!

I've strapped a bike in the past, much bigger hassle.
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I use the one in the performance link above. No problems so far at all. Works with my road and mountain bike nicely.
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