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Honda 4 wheeler in the bed

Discussion in 'Towing' started by duckear, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Nov 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    duckear

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    Looking at buying an 11 Tacoma for a DD and towing.

    Will a Honda Rubicon fit in the bed of the short bed (with the tailgate down obviously)?

    Any body got any pics?

    Thanks in advance from a Tacoma noob.
     
  2. Nov 17, 2010 at 7:01 PM
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    Not sure about the Rubi, but my Rancher fits with no problems.
     
  3. Nov 17, 2010 at 7:05 PM
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    If you know what the wheelbase is I'll measure for you between the wheel wells. It should fit regardless but worst case the front tires will be on the wheel wells. Length won't be an issue.
     
  4. Nov 17, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    Damn, beat me to it!
     
  5. Nov 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    Ive got a foreman 500 with 27x9 Zillas on the front and the wheel wells split my tires in half. I'm too worried about my front bumper slamming into my back glass. i just use my trailer to transport my bike. stock tires might fit in between the wheel wells.
     
  6. Nov 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM
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    I use a Coke crate to prevent mine from slamming into the rear glass.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I'll get the measuring tape out this weekend.
     
  8. Nov 18, 2010 at 8:46 AM
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    x2. When I used to have a quad I had to use some cut up lumber as a spacer so the bumper wouldn't come through the back window.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    My trx700 fits in my long bed with the tailgate closed. The only problem is the width. i have to lift it over the wheel wells. I would guess the rubi would not fit with the tailgate closed in a short bed. you might have to buy a trailer. I have started trailering mine just cause it's easier.
     
  10. Nov 18, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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    Almost certainly the tailgate will not close with a short bed. Doesn't mean you can't haul it in the bed though, just have to strap it in well. Trailer would be easier but not necessary.
     
  11. Nov 18, 2010 at 12:36 PM
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    02 foreman with ITP Mudlite 26s on stock rims - just barely squeezes in between the wheel wells.

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  12. Nov 18, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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    yea i trailer mine cause i dont want it going thru the back window

    got the trailer for $150 its made out of an old 75 dodge .... here it is hooked up to my friends tundra with his lokoya in the bed of his truck

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  13. Nov 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    I wouldn't haul it with weight on the tailgate. We all know how easy these gates get damaged and they are expensive to fix. Either buy a long bed or a trailer.
     
  14. Nov 18, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    i have a $600 5x8 utility trailer that i got at tractor supply. It works good.
     
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    I've been hauling a motorcycle for 3 years with the back tire on the tailgate, no issues and all the weight is smack in the center of the tailgate. If it's a concern, put a piece of plywood under the rear tires. The motorcycle I would guess is longer than the quad. If you put the front tires on the wheel wells of a short bed, the rear tires will be at the meeting of the tailgate and the bed at worst. Strap it down so it's not bouncing up and down on the tailgate and I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    Before I bought a trailer, I hauled my Brute Force in the bed. It's a fairly large machine, sure couldn't shut the tailgate, but was more worried about the random panic stop bringing the winch through the back window.

    So, I took my auto oil change ramps and positioned them in the bed ahead of the wheel wells... resting them against the headboard. Then, I cut a section of lumber, (basic 2x4) and lag bolted it 'tween the ramps (through the little traction holes in the ramps), to prevent them from rolling inward with the weight of the machine driving up on them.

    I'll tell ya, you need a wee bit of courage to run the machine up there... and I strongly suggest 4x4 in low range, but it's VERY solid once it's loaded.

    I'm sorry I don't have any pics of it in my truck, but you'll get a ton of looks going down the highway from oncoming traffic... since it puts your ATV grill, bumper and headlights up above the roof of your truck. LOL.

    A side bonus is that it won't hit your rear window due to the increased load angle, (at least my Kawi didn't), and you get to close your tailgate too! :D

    It's a wonder I didn't get pulled over...
     
  17. Nov 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    Yeah, i tried that with the ramps, but i didnt think about the 2x4. Thats a good idea. I tried it in 2wd and almost lost my bike and tailgate. Stupid mistake. Do you have a short or long bed/
     
  18. Nov 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    I wouldn't recommend it. I bent mine just by driving the quad up the ramps into the bed. depends on how much your bike weighs. My quad weighs 510lbs+me=700lbs on the tailgate=bent tailgate!
     
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    That sucks about the tailgate, hopefully still in warranty? It's possible I had the TSB for the tailgate reinforcement installed at some point. I had heard some models had that work done to them. The motorcycle weighs in at 450 and with me at a slim and trim (hard to say that without laughing) 180, I'm 70 lbs lighter but I'm using a single ramp in the middle of the tailgate vs two at the outside edge where it's supported by the cables. Unfortunately the bike is long enough where the rear tire sits on the tailgate completely. So far so good, could just be dumb luck.
     
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