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Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ccallen, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Aug 8, 2019 at 9:53 AM
    dwphoto

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    Doing a road trip up to Port Townsend, Washington next week. Was planning on getting in a quick ride or two. Have my sites set on Mountain of the Rogue in Rouge River, OR.. anyone hit that before?

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. Aug 9, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    Can anyone recommend a platform hitch rack? Id prefer one that you can drop down/swing out and access the bed. Im looking at the Rocky Mounts Monorail. The dream rack would be the Rocky Mounts Backstage. Since it swings out and everything. But $600 is a bit much. Id prefer to stay at or under $400. Im sure it has been asked before but I cannot find a concise answer. Thanks in advance
     
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  3. Aug 9, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    I think you're going to have a very hard time finding a swinging platform-style hitch rack for under $600. In fact, most options that tilt or swivel out of the way are even higher than that -- and that's for just 1 or 2 bikes!

    They very quickly become $900+ for 3 or more bikes.

    You might get lucky and find a used one under $500, but they're few and far between.

    And yes, I think we universally agree that this sucks... :(
     
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  4. Aug 9, 2019 at 9:38 AM
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    Hate to tell you, but any combo of platform rack + swingout (monorail + an added swingout) or platform with swing out built in (backstage) will run you north of $400.

    And yes the question has been asked numerous times. I'm guilty of asking myself so don't feel like I'm busting your balls.
     
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  5. Aug 9, 2019 at 9:59 AM
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    I know the swingouts are expensive. Im asking about anyone in general. A swing out would be great but I know it is out of my budget
     
  6. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:07 AM
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    If you're just looking at overall platform suggestions I'll offer what I've learned/researched so far.

    My main goal was/is to get a platform rack that will allow me to open the tailgate and not contact the rack while in its horizontal (parallel to the ground) and/or tilted (away from the truck) position. This may sound easy, but there are more racks that contact the tailgate than those that don't.

    These are the winners for that goal:
    1upUSA (any model)
    Yakima Dr.Tray
    Thule ProXT
    Kuat Sherpa
    RockyMount Splitrail

    From what I have gathered, all others make enough contact to be eliminated from my search. I have other criteria that I am using to focus down my purchase.

    Edit: I should have added the Backstage to that list. The swing out clearly eliminates any tailgate contact. Its just not expandable beyond 2 bikes so its low on my shortlist.
     
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  7. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:16 AM
    J_Hacker

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    I appreciate it. We are clearly on the same wavelength. Our goals are the same.
     
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  8. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:24 AM
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    Just some additional feedback on the Dr. Tray and the 1up, as I've had or have both. Dr. Tray is light, but not low profile at all. Bikes hang pretty far off the back end, and it looks bulky when folded up. 1up is what I have now. Much lower profile, and obscures the back up camera less when folded up. However it completely obscures the license plate when it's folded up. I definitely prefer the 1up, but I do miss the integrated bike lock that the Dr. Tray had.
     
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  9. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:29 AM
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    Great list! Have you considered 4-6 bike vertical hangers as a possibility, or only trays?
     
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  10. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:31 AM
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    Price point and security are really the only shortcomings the 1up has. I know the whole rack has the proprietary Allen key thing. But it just stinks to spend top dollar (for easily the best rack out there) just to have to pay more for cable locks, etc.
     
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  11. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:33 AM
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    With my 1Up, I’ve never really felt the need for a swing out. Without bikes, tilt up and down is easy and it’s completely out of the way. With bikes, tilt down is a bit trickier, but probably no more time consuming than a swing-out. I did that frequently when I had a shell on my 3rd gen. And even with bikes on and without tilting it, I can open the tailgate enough to release my tonneau, which is how I’m set up now.
     
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  12. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:37 AM
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    Only trays. I ride solo 99% of the time and currently only roll a 1 bike stable. All the vertical racks out would just be way overkill for my needs. My kids are young, but I’d like to buy something with the ability to expand up to 3-4 bikes.

    Truly though just breaking down and getting a 1up single tray isn’t an impossibility. Just weighing options as going that route would restrict me to 3 bikes total in the long run, and be the most expensive. Flip side (bunus) for the 1upUSA is that they will accommodate down to a 16” wheel.
     
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  13. Aug 9, 2019 at 10:43 AM
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    Good info there! I run a topper so accessing the bed via dropping to tailgate is a daily affair. I’ll probably just have to feel things out if I get a ton of shin bangers before adding a swing out. I’m not overly concerned with the added leverage as it’ll be a single bike on there the majority of the time.
     
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  14. Aug 10, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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    Don't forget the Dr. Tray also allows you to adjust tray positions front/back and side/side to eliminate any contact between any bikes. That said, I'll probably be selling mine to get a OneUp in the near future.
     
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  15. Aug 10, 2019 at 8:33 AM
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  16. Aug 10, 2019 at 8:41 AM
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    Upgraded pricing too. Which makes sense as you’re getting improvements on an already high quality rack. Bummer is that the equip-d model seems to have a lower load capacity than the others.
     
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  17. Aug 10, 2019 at 11:07 AM
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    My burfday has come and gone... APPARENTLY, my wife still likes me (or is tired of me complaining about my current bike rack (allen sports something or other)).
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    New tires FINALLY going on tubeless today too!
     
  18. Aug 10, 2019 at 3:03 PM
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    ok... I'm at my wit's end here... Trying to get these tires installed tubeless and I can't, for the life of me, get these valves to seal. Cleaned and taped up with Gorilla tape, seated with no issue and while waiting for the leak down test (with no sealant), they're just going flat. When I check in a dunk tank, all the air is flying out around the valve nut. For install, I've been using the valve itself to poke the hole. After that, just pushing it through until I can get the nut on there and hit it hand tight. Just no dice! I think I'm going to take the stan's video method and file away any excess material (tape) from around the hole. Anything else I should try?

    Edit: no dice there either. Maybe running DD casings will slow down my rate of flat tubes I guess, I'm too frustrated to deal with it now (not to mention, my hands are just sore af (and I just want to ride)).
     
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  19. Aug 10, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    ^^ I had this problem a few years ago. Multiple re-tapes, replaced valve stems etc - always leaking around the stem. Short story, the leak had nothing to do with the stem or the hole in the tape for the stem; it was caused by poor tape sealing elsewhere and just migrated through the rim center and comes out around the valve.
    The fix was straightforward though time consuming. Do your best with the tape and remount the tire with a tube. Inflate it to 40-50 psi and wait 24 hours. Pull the tube and remount tubeless. The tube pushes against the tape and helps it seal. Worked for me, the tape has been good for two years, thousands of miles and two more tire changes.
     
  20. Aug 10, 2019 at 8:35 PM
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