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How to install bike racks on factory tonneau cover

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by EGBTER, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. Apr 30, 2017 at 4:54 PM
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    After testing Thule, Rocky Mounts and Yakima. Only one fit the height requirement to enable the tri-fold to close. The Yakima blockhead is the one and it happens to be on sale for only $34 each right now.

    All in all the project cost around $100 for 2 bike mounts.

    Currently I am using velcro and gravity to hold the back wheels. But, I plan on mounting some small D-rings when they arrive.

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  2. Apr 30, 2017 at 5:24 PM
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    Nice idea. I want to do that but hesitant to drill into my tonneau
     
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    I went with the KB VooDoo Outboard Bike Mount myself14199179_10207155458672524_605388982743552541_n.jpg
     
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    He stopped making those
     
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    Unfortunately yes. Love mine.
     
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    Yeah that was my first look into bike mounts
     
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    Same here, but im waiting until I buy out my lease (unless I get a new one).
    Then im going to add some anchor points on top to haul whatever.

    One thing is the tonneua will still leak like a sieve on the outside edge.

    I also wonder why they didnt put another strap/buckle on the first/second section, to keep it from flying back, like they did when both sections are folded back.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2017 at 8:29 PM
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    Wheels tires sliders LED fogs VooDoo racks tail gate letters bed liner - suspension on the way....
    Hey OP - why didn't you want to fold the cover forward snap the cover down and put the bike mounts on the btm of the tri-fold cover?? Curious as I'm thinking of how to do the same or similar.
     
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    That would work but then you loose the bed security with the closed cover.

    Also you would have to reinforce the top side like I did on the bottom which might look strange when it's closed.

    If you want to mount the bike with the cover open I would suggest just removing the cover and attaching a bike mount to the head rail system underneath.
     
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  11. Apr 30, 2017 at 9:17 PM
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    These oem tonneaus aren't very secure to begin with. All it takes is someone with a coat hanger/slim jim to pull back on the release handle and they're in. I wish it had a lock to them.
     
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  12. Apr 30, 2017 at 9:33 PM
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    Keeps the honest people honest...and keeps the rain out. :). Thieves will get into anything if they want it bad enough.
     
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    Good point... I have a rail for the front of the bed from 2nd gens and was going to go that route but taking the cover off every time I wanna go bike riding prolly not in the cards... too much work.

    I have a VooDoo bed rack that's short that would work for sure or do like you did... that's a pretty good option you have there considering our options.
     
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    There's also these...

     
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    @KB Voodoo Don't you make a bike mount that hangs the bike off the side of the the bed?

    Looking for something that works with my bed rack and I don't need to pull the front wheel to mount the bike.
     
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    Look at post #4
     
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    No longer produces them... copy that. Will just have to build my own.
     
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