1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

anyone built a bike rack?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ohbrian, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Dec 9, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    #1
    Ohbrian

    Ohbrian [OP] Taco Roja

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2011
    Member:
    #67664
    Messages:
    209
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Fremont, CA
    Vehicle:
    04 PreRunner
    Eclipse head unit,scratched paint,ripped seat, black chaos 6 rims, Bilstein 5100's, top plate spacers, AAL, Midget antenna, Bakflip G2 cover, 14" Magnaflow, 400W inverter, LR UCA's
    Thinking about building a bike rack for my short bed so I can stand
    My bikes up. Preferably one that is removable for use in the garage as well. Thinking maybe PVC pipe? Anyone built their own?
     
  2. Dec 9, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    #2
    DEEVON911

    DEEVON911 Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2010
    Member:
    #35030
    Messages:
    14,937
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dave
    Bethel Park, PA. Burb of da Burgh.
    Vehicle:
    2010 MGM Mostly Stock Off-Road 4x4
    TRD Cat-back Exhaust. Semi-Debadged. Trimmed down stock Antenna. Weathertech vent visors. TRD FJ Cruiser Center Cap Wheel Mod. 265/75/16 Firestone Destination A/T,s . Inverter tapped into for outlet in cab. Tacomaworld sticker which adds 5 hp.
  3. Dec 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    #3
    davidpick

    davidpick NWXPDTN

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2010
    Member:
    #29760
    Messages:
    2,239
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    Everett, WA
    Vehicle:
    2004 Xcab 4x4 TRD
    2x6 and one of these works!
     
  4. Dec 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    #4
    Ohbrian

    Ohbrian [OP] Taco Roja

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2011
    Member:
    #67664
    Messages:
    209
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Fremont, CA
    Vehicle:
    04 PreRunner
    Eclipse head unit,scratched paint,ripped seat, black chaos 6 rims, Bilstein 5100's, top plate spacers, AAL, Midget antenna, Bakflip G2 cover, 14" Magnaflow, 400W inverter, LR UCA's
    Excellent.
     
  5. Dec 9, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    #5
    JWC

    JWC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    Member:
    #41878
    Messages:
    120
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2010 DC SB TRD Sport 4x4
    Maybe this is a dumb question - but bear with me. Why do you want a bike rack that will allow your bikes to stand up in the bed of your truck? Why not just get a hitch mounted bike rack? I've got a shortbed 2010 Sport - I have a Yakima DoubleDown bike rack that I keep on the truck most of the year. I just took it off last weekend for the winter. With the flip of a lever the bars the bikes hang on folds down flat - so it doesn't stick out too far when driving around without bikes. Also the whole thing tilts out to a 45deg angle by pulling a pin up - so you can lower the tailgate with the bike rack on the truck. I needed a bike rack like this because I put a cover on the bed - but why would you want to fill the bed of your truck up with bikes?
     
  6. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    #6
    113tac

    113tac Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Member:
    #18439
    Messages:
    4,681
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stephen
    Northern Virginia
    Vehicle:
    05 4 banger
    tint 35/20 colormatched (by me) grill.
    i built a rack out of pvc. Its pretty strong but falls apart since i didnt glue it. but thats my fault. im thinking about getting a pick-up pad. im not sure if i want to do that yet. it seems a lot easier and will leave more room in the bed for gear since i have a reg cab.
     
  7. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    #7
    asus611

    asus611 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2010
    Member:
    #29821
    Messages:
    232
    Gender:
    Male
    CA
    Vehicle:
    03 Double Cab Prerunner
    I did the PVC bike rack build. I found instructions online, and made some measurement adjustments to fit the width of our beds. WORKS GREAT. I'm actually able to put 5 bikes (3 foward, 2 backwards) in it. Cheap, and its actually been pretty sturdy.
     
  8. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    #8
    mjp2

    mjp2 Living vicariously though myself Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2007
    Member:
    #924
    Messages:
    17,781
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Milton Juevos Portimous II
    NJ
    Vehicle:
    '06 TRD Access Cab, v6, 6-speed
    Scaffolding and a painted grill
    I needed higher capacity than any of the commercially available racks out there so I built my own. It's not the prettiest thing but it is effective...

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    #9
    Ohbrian

    Ohbrian [OP] Taco Roja

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2011
    Member:
    #67664
    Messages:
    209
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Fremont, CA
    Vehicle:
    04 PreRunner
    Eclipse head unit,scratched paint,ripped seat, black chaos 6 rims, Bilstein 5100's, top plate spacers, AAL, Midget antenna, Bakflip G2 cover, 14" Magnaflow, 400W inverter, LR UCA's
    Exactly. I don't want another one of those lying around when I'm not using it. The whole idea was so that I could re-use the same rack in my garage.



     
  10. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    #10
    113tac

    113tac Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Member:
    #18439
    Messages:
    4,681
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stephen
    Northern Virginia
    Vehicle:
    05 4 banger
    tint 35/20 colormatched (by me) grill.
  11. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    #11
    rbeezy

    rbeezy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Member:
    #43325
    Messages:
    3,328
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ron
    Bay Area
    Vehicle:
    2011 Tacoma SR5
    I used PVC piping, works good. Just make sure you glue the pieces together or it'll fall apart
     
  12. Dec 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM
    #12
    defleppardsg

    defleppardsg Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Member:
    #52453
    Messages:
    135
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    texas
    Vehicle:
    2.7L SR5 4x4
    OME 880's, Wheeler's Offroad 5-Leaf pack. Bilstein 5100's, 1" Daystar shackles, Deck Plate Mod.
  13. Dec 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM
    #13
    NumNutz

    NumNutz One of the original 7928

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Member:
    #7928
    Messages:
    4,845
    Gender:
    Male
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma 4x4 - Kings, TC, Dakars, broken stuff
    Lots.
  14. Dec 9, 2011 at 1:23 PM
    #14
    davidpick

    davidpick NWXPDTN

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2010
    Member:
    #29760
    Messages:
    2,239
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    David
    Everett, WA
    Vehicle:
    2004 Xcab 4x4 TRD
    i got one of those (different brand, but same product) for sale: $10.

    LINK
     
  15. Dec 11, 2011 at 6:29 PM
    #15
    JWC

    JWC Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    Member:
    #41878
    Messages:
    120
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2010 DC SB TRD Sport 4x4
    Wow - yeah, haha look at that guy driving around with bikes on his hitch mount bike rack and nothing in the bed - heck he could put anything he wanted in the bed of the truck - boy is he stupid.

    Uh, yeah bikes fit in a short bed. Before I put a cover on the bed I used to haul two in the bed all the time. I gotta say though - it is a hell of a lot easier to unload bikes off a hitch mount bike rack than to take them out of the bed of the truck. I can put the rack on, or take it off in like 2 minutes - besides putting it on and taking it off all the time isn't necessary - it folds up and I have no problem driving around with it on the truck most of the year.

    I asked the question because I was curious why people would want the rack in the bed. Truck with hitch mount wouldn't fit in the garage, can carry more bikes in the bed, etc...

    Probably could have done without a little bitch response like yours.
     
  16. Dec 11, 2011 at 7:53 PM
    #16
    azn toyo

    azn toyo Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Member:
    #14453
    Messages:
    26
    Gender:
    Male
    Durham NC
    Vehicle:
    4x4
    I have made the PVC bike rack like 113tac's. Works great. For those that have the same thing, how do you secure the rack to the bed? I'm currently using some bungies to the front corners of my 1st gen bed.
     
  17. Dec 11, 2011 at 7:59 PM
    #17
    113tac

    113tac Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Member:
    #18439
    Messages:
    4,681
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Stephen
    Northern Virginia
    Vehicle:
    05 4 banger
    tint 35/20 colormatched (by me) grill.
    i dont secure mine, i strap the bike down. one other thing, i dont think this rack is gonna work anymore cause my tires are 2.1s and im going to 2.35s when these are done, which is very soon, which wont fit unless i do some modifications to the rack. just a thought. not hard to fix just not too much room to widen the rack or else it will hit the wheel wells.
     
  18. Dec 14, 2011 at 8:46 AM
    #18
    smbundy13

    smbundy13 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Member:
    #21177
    Messages:
    140
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    Birmingham
    I built a rack out of a 2X4 and two sets of fork blocks. I will take a picture here in a little bit and post it up... apart from the fork blocks it cost maybe $10 to make and it is a sturdy mount...
     
  19. Dec 14, 2011 at 9:01 AM
    #19
    Geo Taco

    Geo Taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2011
    Member:
    #65583
    Messages:
    108
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Justin
    Lafayette, CO
    Vehicle:
    2012 Subie Impreza
    Black Softopper
    I went with an option that wasn't a rack that one could use again in the garage, but it works. I like to use fork mounts in the bed because they seem to be more stable and taking the front tire off and putting it on isn't very difficult. I used a generic fork mount made for a bed rail (one of the drill your bed rail ones).
    Modified to use with utility track system:

    I then got some flat 1"x 1/8" flat stock aluminum and cut it to length to match the fork mount. I then drilled and tapped the aluminum for the bolts that I wanted. Now I can leave the aluminum piece inside the track system with the bolts in and just unscrew bolts and attach fork mount.
    With this system I can accommodate ~ 3 bikes in the bed with no problems. What I like about this is that if I am only carrying 1 or 2 bikes I can move them side to side to fit any other equipment in the bed. Also, I have the entire area under the front of the bikes for storage. All in, I think it was around $20 (including the entire 3' piece of aluminum stock, new tap, new bolts, and fork mount).
     
  20. Dec 14, 2011 at 3:59 PM
    #20
    jbrandt

    jbrandt Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Member:
    #51038
    Messages:
    480
    Gender:
    Male
    Sacramento, CA
    Vehicle:
    '04 TRD Tacoma 4x4
    K&N intake
    Mine's permanent in the bed, but it's just a 6"x 3/16" thick aluminum plate that I cut to the width of the truck bed (on a doublecab). And used the corner tie-down mounts for the outside mounts (kept the tie downs, just used longer bolts), then, to give it a little beef in the center, I drilled a couple wholes in the bed (vertical part on the front of the bed), and installed rivet nuts, and used some spacers to bolt the center of the rack to the bed (spacers are needed because that part of the bed isn't flat, like the bike rack is). Then I mounted 4 quick release mounts (these) to the plate. Stagger them so the h-bars on adjacent bikes don't hit. I ended up bolting some L stock to the back for a little extra beef, too.
     
To Top