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DIY truck bed bike rack

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SR54x4, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. Mar 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM
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    scoprire

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    Here's a little different version of the PVC rack I just finished last week.
    Load bar is from harbor freight.

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  2. Aug 6, 2012 at 6:43 AM
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    Nice info on using PVC, I would have never thought of using it, so simple.
     
  3. Aug 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM
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    great idea. what about using ABS instead of PVC? it's already black!
     
  4. Aug 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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    Racks look good.

    Just remember it's the drivers responsibility to secure their load.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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    You did a good job on that rack!!! :thumbsup:
     
  6. Aug 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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    I like this a lot!! Might be an excuse to sell my tow hitch rack to fund my lift.
     
  7. Aug 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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    Unfortunately, ABS breaks down from UV as well if unprotected. Even worse than PVC IIRC. Might work okay for a while, but also might be something you'd have to rebuild every year if it gets a lot of sun exposure.
     
  8. Aug 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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    Did you build this to exact specs of those plans? If so, it looks like there is some room between the sides of the rack and the bed. Do you know exactly how much extra room there is on either side? I'd probably want to make the rack wider just to fill that extra space.

    Thanks!
     
  9. Aug 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM
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    our family friend built one of these and it's his favorite part about his truck
     
  10. Aug 12, 2012 at 1:31 AM
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    Great rack. I was thinking of making this rack but with sliding bars (the bars that hold the tires), this way it can be adjusted to fit different size tires and fit 2-5 bikes. So instead of threaded T-fittings, it would have oversize T's that can slid on the 1" PVC. I'll be making a trip to the local Lowes to figure this out.
     
  11. Apr 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm trying to build one of these for my bikes, & want to bump this thread I hope to get some blueprints/build breakdowns.

    The one I'm most interested in is post #21.
    Maybe I'll pm the member and who posted the pic too.

    Cheers!
     
  12. Apr 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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    Sorry for the bump, but I want to build one of these for my truck.
    Does anyone have a parts list for this build?

    Cheers.

     
  13. Apr 22, 2013 at 3:12 AM
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    On the PVC topic, I used PVC to construct a bed divider. I have T's on the sides and I push the bed cleats for the track system into either side of the T and then I have a series of T's and spacers that go across the bed with pieces dropping down and a cross piece on the bottom built of T's and extenders. It works great! I still need to glue it together and paint it though!
     
  14. Apr 22, 2013 at 3:17 AM
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    Pics/details when you get a chance.
    I'm trying to work one out using angle iron, thought about doing a rack with the angle iron, but wasn't sure how much weight it would add, & my questionable gas mileage.
     
  15. Nov 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM
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    now that my kid has a bike we are a 3 bike family and I need to build one of these...any updated pics on modified builds before I just go with the default? Looks like an excellent weekend project and a solid bike solution...I had 3 bikes all on their sides creatively stacked to avoid derailleurs, pedals and sprockets..
     
  16. Mar 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM
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    I had a request for dimensions, so here they are. And here's the latest version. I cut the upper section off. It will fit 27.5 and 29er wheels better this way.

    I'm using a little bungee cord w/ a ball attached to hold the wheel now. I leave it wrapped around one side post. When I put the wheel in, I just pull the bungee thru the wheel and loop it around the other post; quick, easy, and works great.

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  17. Mar 24, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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    Two more questions: How do the 1" PVC Tee joints sit on the storage bar? Are they snug or did you have to glue them. Also, the measurements in the PDF are for A 27.5, not a 29er right?

    Thanks!
     
  18. Mar 25, 2015 at 4:29 AM
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    On the load bar there is a black plastic cap that has the knob to tighten the bar to length. Loosen the knob, the twist the whole plastic cap and it will slide off of the bar. The PVC tees will slide right on the bar now.

    I have a 1/4-1/2 in PVC spacer between the tees to keep them separated a little. I left the spacer loose and put a 1in strip of mtb tube around the tees; it keeps the tees pulled together, but lets is expand to fit wider tires. This way it actually grips the tire when I load the bike.

    The tees aren't snug, but they don't wobble around. I put a thread insert in w/ a set screw to hold them from sliding, but I don't think it's really needed.

    The dimensions are from the original 26in that I made this for. All I really did was cut the crossbar off of the upper end and replace it w/ caps. I've been loading a 27.5 w/o problems since last year. Don't have a 29er to test, but I don't think it will be a problem. I can get some pics later of a loaded wheel if you need them.
     
  19. Jul 13, 2015 at 2:57 PM
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    That's a beautiful rack. I'm going to be building one today. Would those dimensions you have fit into the front of the bed, or did you just put it in the back because of the D Rings? Also, I noticed its high enough to possible fit in the bed of the truck if you had a tonneau cover. I'm asking because I have one, you think it would close nicely with the rack inside?
     
  20. Jul 21, 2015 at 7:23 AM
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    I forgot these were originally intended for the bed if a truck. I made one years ago and use it in my garage to hold a couple of bikes. You can make the hold as many as you want, just by altering the plans to add or subtract fittings. Works great, I just caution people about large diameter disc brake rotors possibly getting bent. Hasn't happened to me. But it's possible.
     
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