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bed mounted winch to pull in stuff - like a motorcycle

Discussion in 'Towing' started by packfan88, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Feb 28, 2013 at 6:08 AM
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    packfan88

    packfan88 [OP] Very Nice !

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    Is the bed rail capable of having a winch mounted to it to pull a motorcycle up a ramp?

    what about the bed cleats, am I missing two or does toyota only provide two cleats in the rear of the bed (2008)?
    it would make more sense to have them in the front of the bed and you can pull the bike against the frotn of the bed wall and strap it down.

    http://www.discountramps.com/truck-bed-winch-mount.htm

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    i dont know if i need a winch capable of 1700lbs since my bike is like 450 and i wouldnt be sitting on it while its being loaded.


    has anyone fabricated their own?

    anyone have any ramps they like? ive seen the likes ot those contraptions that slide and take up liek half the bed when closed. not interested.
     
  2. Feb 28, 2013 at 6:12 AM
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    Hmm I doubt the stock bed rails are sting enough for that.
     
  3. Feb 28, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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  4. Feb 28, 2013 at 6:21 AM
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    This. The bed rails bend under minimal pressure, couldn't imagine with a winch.
    Also, this is a good idea.
     
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    Actually, you could try bolting it to your bed..
     
  6. Feb 28, 2013 at 6:26 AM
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    I would think this would be doable, but not with the rail. Perhaps a large backing plate of some sort that spans the width of the bed. Not sure how much room or how doable that kinda of fab work would be.
     
  7. Feb 28, 2013 at 6:27 AM
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    I'd do this before bolting to the bed rails. The bolts at the front of the bed go straight through to the frame so if I were mount a winch in the bed, I'd put it there. Also, I would not trust the bed rails to hold a motorcycle. They are only rated for something like 220 lbs and that's being applied straight out. Put some extra d-rings in the bed for a more secure anchor point.

    Personally, if your only use is to drag a motorcycle into the bed, I'd find a better way to load the motorcycle, you don't need a winch for that. You can either put the bike in gear and let it drive up the ramp under it's own power while walking next to it on a separate ramp or back the truck up to a hill, loading dock or even a drainage ditch so you can just push the bike straight in.
     
  8. Mar 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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    you guys do know i can practically pull a bike up a ramp with a rope and just backing up. maybe a little push, but its not 2,000 lbs.

    i can throttle it up the ramp easily. i would like a set of steps to walk up as the bike is loaded, and figure a remote operated winch like this can allow me to just steer the bike and prevent it from falling over while i get up in the back. now i use a bucket which is not safe.

    when i pick the bike up from my job, they have a scissor lift i drive onto the dock, spin it around and drive right into my bed. but not every place has a lift.


    the added cost of tolls and added cost of fuels make it kind of not worth it. If all im doing is throwing the bike in the back to go to south jersey for a track day, a trailer is just too much.


    now if i was also doing some camping .... id convert a cargo trailer to a bike hauler/sleeping quarters. maybe a 6x12 or something hellyeah!! I saw a picture once of a trailer that had a dirtbike on the front (close to the hitch/V frame) and the rest of the trailer was like a standard cargo trailer. so you can camp with out smelling gas and can transport a bike while camping.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znM7ZPONGow

    i cant get enough of these
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_K2k9VaklI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nu8Rg0y3TY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3jVdyHr5Eo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNSUZX4dBmo&list=PLB36D59759A592C85

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmaVlJmHgGc&list=PLB36D59759A592C85&index=9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHn_V_Expfg&list=PLB36D59759A592C85&index=11

    no i dont want this. id just ride it if that were the situation
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYYVfIt6ojY

    this just doesnt seem safe
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=047RtGG8mRQ


    i dont want one of these no matter how easy they operate. if i had a full dresser or something maybe. but not a sportbike.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ftq-WdBZpQ
     
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