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Pitbull Trailer Restraint System + Reinforced Tailgate + Short Bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Agro, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. Sep 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM
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    Agro

    Agro [OP] Well-Known Member

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    What's everyone's thoughts on the possibility to take a DCSB and install something like the Relentless Fabrication tail gate reinforcement, along with the Pitbull Trailer Restraint System? My street bike fits with the rear tire now on the tail gate. I'm pretty certain I could bolt the Pitbull unit up but i was wondering if the tailgate going up and down (the chance of it) as I drove is an issue? How about the strength of the stock cables holding the tailgate up? I would secure the front wheel near the front too.

    http://www.relentlessfabrication.us...ate-reinforcement/p/14437186/category=3368787

    http://images-cdn.ecwid.com/images/1443145/47102247.jpg


    http://www.pit-bull.com/mm5/graphics/00000001/F0075-000Duc_big.jpg
     
  2. Sep 28, 2014 at 4:16 AM
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    How often do you carry your bike? Could you make a plate the full length of bed and tailgate and wide enough that the bike & mount would sit on. Then you could make it so that a ramp would attach to the plate.
     
  3. Sep 28, 2014 at 5:43 AM
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    You would be way better off using a Baxley front wheel chock. I used to do a lot of track days and once in the front wheel chock I barely needed to tie the bike down. This allows the bikes suspension to help absorb the big bumps.
     
  4. Sep 29, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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    I take my bike to the track 6-8 times a year. I already have a large ramp that I load my bike with. I simply put it in front wheel forward and strap it down. It works fine now. I like the idea of the pitbull device as I dont have to load the suspension down so much. First time I did this, I blew a seal on a fork leg (they needed to be replaced anyhow).

    I wonder though how if it might behave weird if the tailgate goes up and down while driving? Or maybe it wouldnt with a 400lb bike in the back. Also, are those cables that hold the tailgate up, really strong enough or has anyone ever broke one?

    I can easily get the tailgate reinforcement and mount the pitbull thing to it I bet.
     
  5. Sep 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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    I have one. I didnt put it in my truck though. I wondered how easy it would be to bolt it down when you cant see the underside of the bed.
     
  6. Sep 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM
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    This is what I do. Load my racebike in the bed, tiedowns front and rear and let the chock do the rest. The chock doesn't need to be bolted down. I take it out when I get to the track and use it in the pits, come in from practice/race just drive right into it and hop off.

    Been doing this since they started making the chock (a long time). It's been the most secure method of transporting and have never had an issue.
     
  8. Sep 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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    Exactly what I do, no need to bolt the wheel chock down. I have a bed at that helps things from sliding, I could see the chock etc sliding around if you just set it on the plastic bed. I actually built myself a wheel chock instead of spending a track days worth of money on a wheel chock.
     
  9. Sep 30, 2014 at 8:25 AM
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    Agro

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    I bought this a few years ago. I never use it...
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045V6LAS/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I keep my race bike (Ducati 1098S) on front/rear stands in my garage and when I pit, it's on the stands again to run the warmers.

    I do have the rubber mat in the bed and without that, I could easily see it sliding. I may give this a try the next time I load the bike, I'll try the wheel chock.

    The pitbull trailer restraint system is so badass though. If I could only fit the rear wheel on the bed, I'd have already bought it. The other idea is that you could install it in the front of the bed and load the bike backwards, but that is so damn difficult to get the bike up/down when backwards. No thanks.
     
  10. Sep 30, 2014 at 8:38 AM
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    Bolting through the bed can be tricky. There are a lot of stiffening ribs for the composite bed under there to get in your way, plus a lot of other miscellaneous components.
     

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