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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronk View Post
    I did the same for my Tacoma. Used some elevator bolts with sides cut to make flats to slide in the bed rail channel to bolt it in.
    I used the black textured spray paint for plastics. It has held up with just a few scratches and rub marks for 3 years now.
    I'm still tinkering with ideas on how to hold the rack in place in the bed. I have chrome rails along the tops of my truck bed, so any kind of mount that would go there is out. I think, however, that I can use those chrome rails to kill two birds with one stone: put the rack in, put the bikes in the rack, then run a strap from one rail to the bikes, around the seat posts, and over to the other rail to be cinched down. That will keep the bikes from rocking back and forth and cracking the pipes, and will also hold the whole thing down.

    In theory, anyway...we'll see!

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    Pvc rack

    Made out of 2" PVC and holds 4 bikes. 2 outer slots for up to a 2.3 tire and the inner up to a 2.5" If I remember correctly it ran about 55.00 to build it. I secured it to the bed liner with clamps and screws.
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    I used the existing rails in my Frontier. Problems was Nissan wanted over $80 per mount.

    I have a friend who has a mill machine. We took a small block of aluminum and cut groves into it to keep is stable in the rail, drilled holes and bolted them in. I had to use slightly modified 1 inch washers but it is as stable as can be without any damage to the bed of the truck. The angled offset allows for 4 bikes easily and I can fit up to five if I have to.





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    Sierra coast cargo rack. Best purchase I ever made

    Sierra Coast Cargo Racks Fat Boy - GearReview.com

    Don't think they make them any more but it works with all wheel sizes, locks and can be bolted to the bed. And double a a motorcycle rack.

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    I made up some threaded blocks and bolted them through the inside bed rails of my Tacoma, then used the Thule sidearm roof rack system across the bed.

    I used 2 sticks of 3/4" key stock. I cut the key stock so I had 8 equal blocks. One piece has 2 threaded holes and goes up inside the bed rail, the other has bolts that go through that sandwich the bed rail between the blocks. The rack adapters bolt down to the blocks and hold the cross bars.

    Super easy to make up and put on. I only had to drill six 1/4" holes through the bed rails. The rails have factory holes along the inside, so with the rack removed you cant even tell that I put some extra holes in there.

    I have the Thule T-2 hitch rack too, so I can get 4 bikes on the Tacoma and can get gear for 4 riders under the bed rack. Bikes are on and off in less than a minute. The rack can be removed or installed in about 15 minutes, and it doubles as a roof rack for my wife's Outback.
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    Ford Ranger PVC Rack

    My son and I completed my rack this past weekend. rack materials cost around $30. I used a can of rubberized paint to finish it off with.
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    I just use tie downs its quick and simple.

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    Here's my solution. Doesn't shift or slide around at all. Holds 3 bikes with plenty of extra room.


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    Scrap Parts 4 MTB Carrier

    I finally got my daughter off the training wheels so now I can take the whole family riding!!! Problem was I didnt have a rack or carrier for 4 bikes. I had pieces of old racks laying around and decided to make my own rig for my Dodge Dakota. I used this forum as my motivator to build. Take a look.....show your DIY truck bed bike racks-2014-09-27-20.19.35.jpg

    The Cannondale and Scott are using Hollywood QR 9mm fork holder and Yakima Rear wheel tray from old Boa set. The 2 kids bikes (Raleigh Mnt Scout 24" and Marin Hidden Canyon 20") are riding on old K-Mart bike display racks w/ adjustable front wheel holders. I am using turnbuckles to lock them down to the frame. The frame is 1/2" square tube from an old ladder rack that was sitting behind my shed. I'm using a scrap piece of aluminum "L" channel to lock the frame to the side rails. Nuts and bolts out of the scrap bucket in my shed.show your DIY truck bed bike racks-2014-09-27-20.36.09.jpg

    I've been on back roads and highways with no issues - good solid rack!! Thanks for the ideas given in this forum. Oh, and this is my first post ever to a forum. I really like this site and look forward to other great posts as I introduce my family to mountain biking!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traveller584 View Post
    I'm still tinkering with ideas on how to hold the rack in place in the bed. I have chrome rails along the tops of my truck bed, so any kind of mount that would go there is out. I think, however, that I can use those chrome rails to kill two birds with one stone: put the rack in, put the bikes in the rack, then run a strap from one rail to the bikes, around the seat posts, and over to the other rail to be cinched down. That will keep the bikes from rocking back and forth and cracking the pipes, and will also hold the whole thing down.

    In theory, anyway...we'll see!
    I was going to suggest using your stake hole pockets, but with those chrome bed rail caps, that's kind of out. Some rail caps have holes in them for access to the stake hole pockets, and some even have an eyelet/anchor that goes in the pocket to serve as a tie-off point. I'm just now thinking of building something, trying to get ideas. I like the PVC rack, but I think I'd rather build it out of thin-wall half-by-half steel tubing. Either that or a hitch-mount rack, and maybe use a couple of the Park Tools wall-mount work stands to secure the bikes. If anyone knows of a good source of ideas on this topic, I'm all ears.

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    I did the PVC rack. Quick, easy, cheap, lightweight, and very weatherproof. Held in with a couple heavy-duty truck bungees. Works great.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    Some cheap mounts on a slab of plywood on top of a non-skid mat works for me. I let the screws protrude about 1/8" for extra grab.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mdt View Post
    I finally got my daughter off the training wheels so now I can take the whole family riding!!! Problem was I didnt have a rack or carrier for 4 bikes. I had pieces of old racks laying around and decided to make my own rig for my Dodge Dakota. I used this forum as my motivator to build. Take a look.....Click image for larger version. 

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    The Cannondale and Scott are using Hollywood QR 9mm fork holder and Yakima Rear wheel tray from old Boa set. The 2 kids bikes (Raleigh Mnt Scout 24" and Marin Hidden Canyon 20") are riding on old K-Mart bike display racks w/ adjustable front wheel holders. I am using turnbuckles to lock them down to the frame. The frame is 1/2" square tube from an old ladder rack that was sitting behind my shed. I'm using a scrap piece of aluminum "L" channel to lock the frame to the side rails. Nuts and bolts out of the scrap bucket in my shed.Click image for larger version. 

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    I've been on back roads and highways with no issues - good solid rack!! Thanks for the ideas given in this forum. Oh, and this is my first post ever to a forum. I really like this site and look forward to other great posts as I introduce my family to mountain biking!!!!!
    Now this is nice...very impressive design and fab work here. This is kinda what I have in mind, but I keep coming back to a hitch-mount rack because if we have a pickup camper on the truck, then the bed is off limits. Does anyone know where I can buy universal clamps like what are used on repair stands, just the clamp part? If I can locate and purchase those parts then the rest of the rack is about an hour job.

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    Bump. Looking for more good ideas.
    Ideally, a rack that's not permanently attached, loadable without getting into bed, and without removing front wheel.
    The PVC racks look cool, but I'm wondering how much they slide around, and if just a bungee or strap connection to a tie down is sufficient for dirt roads.

    Or I just discovered the Inno velo gripper, which looks pretty secure, simple and inexpensive:
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    O my PVC rack I use a pair of heavy rubber truck bungees to hook onto built in eyes. That baby ain't goin' nowhere!
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    show your DIY truck bed bike racks



    I'm working on a rack. For now I sit it in the bed.


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