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shortbox mountain bike hauling

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mr Wiggles, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Mar 16, 2009 at 9:25 AM
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    Mr Wiggles

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    I did a search but came up empty. How well do bikes fit in shortbox trucks. I'm more thinking for a couple bikes + camping gear how much room i'd have.


    Pics would be appriciated!
     
  2. Mar 16, 2009 at 9:28 AM
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    I don't have any pics of my bikes in my DC shortbox, but I do have to take the front tires off or put the tailgate down if I leave the front tires on. I am looking into fork mounts that slide into the front rail system to help secure the bikes even more.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2009 at 9:29 AM
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    i was planning on buying one of these
    [​IMG]

    and then tying the bikes down on long trips, but still unsure as to extra space in the box
     
  4. Mar 16, 2009 at 9:34 AM
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    That is pretty cool and has potential. My XC bike would work with fork mounts because it has quick release, but that Dakine pad would be great for my downhill bike and when I go ride with friends and haul their bikes. How much do those cost?
     
  5. Mar 16, 2009 at 9:35 AM
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    I have the mounts that go into the bed rail system. My mountain bike is a large and it fits in the short bed with about an inch to spare. The fiances bike is a medium and it fits with about 1.5 in to spare. You do have to take the front tires off to do this though.
    I havent been camping yet this year, but here my thinking. The rear tires arent held down by anything, so you can actually pivot the rear of the bikes on thier front fork mount up, so you could put stuff under them, and then just tie down the rear tires, so they didnt move.

    Does this sound logical to you?
     
  6. Mar 16, 2009 at 9:35 AM
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    Unless you're already towing, pick up a hitch bike rack. If you throw a few bikes into your bed, there is hardly going to be any room for your gear. You can pick up a decent 4-bike hitch rack on ebay for around 60 bucks. If you go into specialty stores, you'll end up paying like 200-300. I picked this one up not too long ago.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Allen-540RR-Deluxe-4-Bike-Hitch-Rack-for-2-Hitch_W0QQitemZ330314831608QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCycling_Parts_Accessories?hash=item330314831608&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%
     
  7. Mar 16, 2009 at 10:22 AM
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    The fork mount system that hooks up to your bedrail system is pretty nice, i mean taking the front wheels off MTN bikes is so easy that it is worth it. Not like the old days when you would have to wrench them off, LOL.
     
  8. Mar 16, 2009 at 10:36 AM
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    Front wheels off, have a old 2 place fork bar mount on top of the wheel wells. Sits in slipstream of truck, so as long as your moving, they stay pretty dry (besides seat) even when its raining. Fit plenty of crap between the two bikes. If got alot of stuff or three bikes (center bike reversed heldup w/ tie-down straps), also use the bed extender.
     
  9. Mar 16, 2009 at 10:40 AM
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    I'll likely be laying mine in the bed, or getting something like a Thule T2 hitch mount rack. I've got a 20mm thru-axle front fork, so taking off the front wheel isn't an option, and I really don't want to mount it on top of my cap with one of those stand up racks out of fear of driving into something with low clearance.
     
  10. Mar 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM
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    Do you know where I could get one of those?
    And about how much it could cost?

    I heard that Toyota makes a bed rail fork mount system
     
  11. Mar 16, 2009 at 10:43 AM
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    The Toyota fork mounts are about $50 a piece from my local dealer. I am looking at others to see if there are any that are cheaper.
     
  12. Mar 16, 2009 at 11:39 AM
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    Go ebay route...I got 2 for like $35.
     
  13. Mar 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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    I am glad I am not the only one with a bike collecting dust. :laugh:
     
  14. Mar 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    Nice Bike!!! How does it ride/handle? I know they're expensive as shit; did you get any deal on it? Ever rode any other SC bikes?

    I've got an 3-year old Gary Fisher Tassijara Disc. Love it, BUT really like SC bikes. Nomad in particular.
     
  15. Mar 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM
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    Looks good guys, i will try some different options depending on the length of time for hauling & the trip.

    I was originally planning on getting a longbox but a shortbox auto came up and i am thinking hard about buying it.
     
  16. Mar 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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    Those Dakine tail gate protectors are awesome. I've seen lots of people with those while out shuttling. I had a home made one when I lived in Calgary, made out of wood, foam padding, and carpet, it worked awesome! I didn't bring it with me to Vic though so I will probably end up buying one of those Dakine ones as they are much lower in profile.
     
  17. Mar 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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    I've got a Nomad. Fun bike, but I probably should have let well enough alone when I had a 27lb first generation Blur LT. The Blur LT was a little more nimble going uphill than the Nomad is, and now they they've beefed up the design, I'd really like to get a Blur LT 2, but there's no way I'm going to convince the wife of that, so I'll just have to lug my ass up hill on my 31lb Nomad :D
     
  18. Mar 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM
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    about a week ago i took the tacoma on her first mtn biking trip. I too have a short bed with a topper. we spent 3 days in moab and drove from carbondale, co. the bikes didnt fit as nice as i liked. i had to take both wheels off (two bikes) and stack them to make room for other gear.

    for any local ride one bike fits fine diagonal and the handle bars twisted. for a second one its just easier to take the front wheel off first.
     
  19. Mar 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM
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    It was hard for me to decide between an Off Road package or long bed. I'm glad I went with a LB. I use a REC-RAC system and don't have to remove the front wheel. It might work with a short bed you'll just have to roll with the tail gate down.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Mar 17, 2009 at 7:34 PM
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    I like the RE-RAC idea alot. I have the Access tonneau cover, so the rails get moved out by some spacers with the tonneau frame inside that. The tonneau frame has the raised slanted sides so it is sticks above the bed on the sides. What ideas have people come up with for this?

    This is the way the frame and rail looks with the cover rolled up (not my truck):
    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa143/beastlbluetaco/CIMG1848.jpg
    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa143/beastlbluetaco/CIMG1847.jpg

    I wonder if you could flip the Re-Rac upside down so that those 90 deg angles are on the undersurface?
     
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