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Tiregate on top of hard Tonneau?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Tippett's TRD, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Feb 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    Might be a bad idea, but has anyone ever mounted a tire gate on top of a hard tonneau cover? The undercover I have can easily hold the weight. I really would love a way to hold a spare tire & have a tonneau cover, without 1) taking up room in the bed, and 2) putting it on the roof making parking in parking garages impossible.

    The only issue I see is the shocks that open the tonneau, but I would think MAYBE you could get/mod some beefier shocks to still be able to open the coveer.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
  2. Feb 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM
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    I've seen some pretty hefty baskets mounted on hard tonneaus before, as long as it's rated to carry the weight I don't see any issues. Sounds like you need a plate bumper with a tire gate :D
     
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    you could look at the tire bumper from CBI as well
     
  4. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Thanks guys... I'm not necessarily saying I want a basket on the tonneau, but something like this (or maybe more flush with the top):
    [​IMG]

    That is what actually gave me the idea
     
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    I would definitely prefer to keep the stock bumper
     
  6. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM
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    Yikes, I dunno about that one. That's a heavy point load right in the middle of the tonneau. I was thinking something more like a rack kit for a hard tonneau so it puts the load toward the outter edges of the tonneau. I can see that one cracking the tonneau.
     
  7. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM
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    I really like the idea.....just wonder if tone cover will hold on......or posibly build an hybrid that put the wait on the bumper.....but position the tire almost flat over the cover....with out touching it, and can swing away to open cover.....kinda like the best of both worlds....that bumper looks good, but dont like how the tire looks there.....
     
  8. Feb 18, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    Wow.. it looks like no one is currently doing this.. I might just have an original mod on TW :)

    Oswego - I agree, definitely would want it almost flush with cover.

    Pugga - The undercovers show pics of multiple people standing on the covers. But, it probably would be a good idea to have someone fab one of these so that it has multiple load points instead of all in the center. Good idea

    Berso - i'm not trying to replace my bumper, so there goes that.

    Anyone worried about the struts on the cover? No one has mentioned this, but that is my biggest concern is the struts not being able to lift with the extra weight.
     
  9. Feb 18, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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    Eh, the struts will struggle, but the closer you put the tire to the front of the bed, the easier it'll be on the struts. Like you said, you can get stronger struts if you need to. You might end up having to lift slightly to assist the struts with the extra weight. I would bet when the tonneau is open, the struts will hold it open since most of the weight will be transferred to the hinges.
     
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    Opening and closing of the Tonneau will be affected. I personally would do it to my Undercover.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking... just need to put it close enough to the cab that the weight is not in the front, but also needs to be far enough from the cab that it can open w/out the tire hitting the rear window.

    I definitely think it is doable w/ some stronger struts (although the struts on the undercover are pretty strong as is)
     
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    Is there a reason to do this? If you are worried about it when offroading just drop the tire and put it in the bed each time.

    A mount on top of the undercover will just look silly.
     
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    coppert has a rack on his Tonneau cover and Ive seen him wheel with a tire in it and it looked pretty strong.
     
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    You never know until you try... i have never seen one like it, and I doubt you have either
     
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    I know I haven't but I'm also not willing to drill multiple holes in my tonneau to experiment.

    You never answered on the reason you need it?
     
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    Nice... any picks? Just looked through his gallery and didnt see any
     
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    It's not rocket science.... The same reason every vehicle comes with a spare... if you blow out a tire, you have a spare.
     
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    Post some picks when you do
     
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    So did I might have some let me look
     
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