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Bed Cover Bike Rack and Crap Mileage

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BikeTruck, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Aug 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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    BikeTruck

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    Wow! Wind drag can kill your mileage in a hurry. 19-20 down to 13-14. LAME!

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    I added the bike racks on the bed cover this past Friday. They are Thule roof racks. The cover is a DiamonBack, so mounting the other way wasn't an option. I expected a dip in gas mileage because of the wind drag, but not 6. 6! Holy crap. My state park & lake weekend used a lot more gas than I had planned.

    Any ideas to make this better?
     
  2. Aug 15, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    ktmrider

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    nope My mileage dies when I have 2 bikes in the bed
     
  3. Aug 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM
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    I carry a 500 lb motorcycle in the bed and get over 19 MPG. I have the motorcycle dead straight with part of the back wheel on the tailgate which is down.

    You may want to try another rack/cover combo that lets you place the bikes in the bed straight ways.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:17 PM
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    mine is layd out straight. why cant u do yours?. I have the short bed too.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    Bed cover pivots from the center. Mounting the other way will permanently lock both panels together.

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  6. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    ^^ largest picture I have ever seen
     
  7. Aug 15, 2010 at 8:59 PM
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    Sorry about that. In my defense, I fixed it as soon as I realized what I did. :D
     
  8. Aug 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    can you add two more bikes to the hitch mount carrier?
     
  9. Aug 16, 2010 at 2:22 AM
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    Deuxdiesel

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    What about using fork mounts on the front cover and simple wheel straps on the rear part?

    Maybe switch to a 29er- those do everything better I've been told!
     
  10. Aug 17, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    The hitch rack moves around a lot going down the highway. With the two bike extension, it gets really bad.

    I would need the trough portion of a roof rack to hold the back wheel secure. To mount the troughs to the cover, I would need some custom stuff made. I had thought about this option, but decided it was more work than the option I used. That was before I realized the wind drag would be gigantic.

    I talked to the store that I bought the roof racks from. I can return it for a 100% refund even those I have used it on the highway. I will probably do that and use a two bike extension on the hitch. I don't completely like four bikes on the hitch, but I don't like the wind issue either. It is a question of which option I dislike the least now.
     
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