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    ANOTHER homemade(ish) bike rack! (open bed trucks)

    yes its sorta ugly and yes that is 2 boards together, cost me 7.90 to do this!

    Purpose: for when i go camping, i had originally planned on just putting the bikes on top of the load but i decided this would be easier to use and safer on those bumpy roads

    3rd u bolt in the middle will be added tmw , for the straps (or bungee cords)

    any opinions besides it sorta looks ugly?


    first 2 pics, i didnt add the bolts (i had just installed the 2nd fork mount)




    J hook hooks to the under part of the bedrail
    u bolt is for straps



    the forks are mounted to two for mounts on the toolbox reinforced by wood inside the toolbox
    total cost = 37.90 and holds two bikes.

    i normally use tailgate cover but it just simply doesnt work with road bikes
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    Why did you need the extra height? Do you want to carry something under the bikes?

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    Extra height is probably to store camping gear underneath.

    Who cares what people think! If it works for you and gets the job done, roll with it.

    My only suggestion if this is going to be a permanent fixture, is to paint or treat the wood, otherwise it will warp and eventually rot on you sitting out in the sun.
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    I would put aluminum bar instead wood, so that way it wont get rotten with rain and snow. You can get aluminum square rod from homedepot or Ace.

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    I can see that you have something holding the wood to the bed rails but I can't tell what. Modified U-bolt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by memi View Post
    I would put aluminum bar instead wood, so that way it wont get rotten with rain and snow. You can get aluminum square rod from homedepot or Ace.
    for functionality I like it... but like mentioned a simple bit of alu square tubing would be perfect for this (but cost a smidge more)

    if nothing paint it and run it till it rots...

    if I had a truck I would def consider something like that...
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    smart and cheap. cool

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    i cut the bottom board to make the lower board level with the bed rails, makes removal much faster and its still stable just fine

    i used a rachet strap, the only thing i would change , if i was to build this again, i would get the u bolts to sit significantly lower (ie get smaller/shorter ones) get more of a angled strap down. it doesnt slide or move but it does bounce SLIGHTLY. no big deal at all but if i was to do it again, yeah.

    officially tested out, works AWESOME
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vole View Post
    Why did you need the extra height? Do you want to carry something under the bikes?
    so i can load up my truck and not worry about setting the rear tires at odd angles. it can just sit on a nice stable board

    Quote Originally Posted by Stupendous Man View Post
    Extra height is probably to store camping gear underneath.

    yep

    Who cares what people think! If it works for you and gets the job done, roll with it.

    My only suggestion if this is going to be a permanent fixture, is to paint or treat the wood, otherwise it will warp and eventually rot on you sitting out in the sun.
    not permenant, probably only get used a few times a year

    Quote Originally Posted by memi View Post
    I would put aluminum bar instead wood, so that way it wont get rotten with rain and snow. You can get aluminum square rod from homedepot or Ace.
    will not stay on the truck for very long. in fact when i get to camp, itll probably get taken off and the use the tailgate cover for the remainder of the trip

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    I can see that you have something holding the wood to the bed rails but I can't tell what. Modified U-bolt?
    as noted in the first post....J hooks. thats it lol a j hook

    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    for functionality I like it... but like mentioned a simple bit of alu square tubing would be perfect for this (but cost a smidge more)



    if nothing paint it and run it till it rots...

    if I had a truck I would def consider something like that...
    yeah i might paint it lol idk its not that important to me

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    if you aren't leaving it on the truck all the time then ya I wouldn't worry about paint or alu or anything fancier then you've got... I still love the simplicity
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    if you aren't leaving it on the truck all the time then ya I wouldn't worry about paint or alu or anything fancier then you've got... I still love the simplicity
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    so i decided that the straps did not hold the tire in place (side to side wise) enough for me and it is a hassle to make sure the hook stays on the u bolt while you are attaching the other side. this works much better, all it takes is a few flicks of the finger to get the nut low enough.
    painted it as well!

    as of now the u bolts have no use but they will stay as they hold the board together and could be useful for something else

    2 bolts between the plate prevents the plate from sitting on the wheel





    post edited to add this


    i noticed the paint stripped real easy to i got 2 more plates and put em on , the wheel sits perfectly on it, if anything itll make it last a little bit longer.
    here is how it officially sits


    i like it alot better even thogh its not pretty since as i said before its only for camping


    also if i dont feel like itll be bumpy all i have to do is set it between the bolts, no plate needed
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    the paint helped looks alot IMHO...

    perhhaps replacing the bolts with wingnuts would make it a bit easier to remove the wheel... but great DIY rack still
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    yeah, i plan to get wing nuts, tractor supply doesn't carry them -_- and imo the 10 seconds to remove them is worth the 8 hours of "stability"



    in 2 months, ill post up the pic of the truck loaded up for camp
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    You should wrap the metal strap in tape or rubber dip so that when the tire bounces up, it won't get scratched.
    Or a nylon strap with eyelets to replace the metal strap. You can tighten it down to really hold the wheel down.
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    i plan to wrap it with an old bike tube, in fact ill do it right now

    i doubt i could get a nylon strap for 99 cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazardousmtb View Post
    i plan to wrap it with an old bike tube, in fact ill do it right now

    i doubt i could get a nylon strap for 99 cents
    You can get nylon straps for free. Pull up to a trail head parking lot. Look for a trunk bike rack on a car. Take out cutting tools of your choosing and cut the straps away. Make sure to leave a thank you note behind so the person who owns the car is not so pissed off.




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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    You can get nylon straps for free. Pull up to a trail head parking lot. Look for a trunk bike rack on a car. Take out cutting tools of your choosing and cut the straps away. Make sure to leave a thank you note behind so the person who owns the car is not so pissed off.




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    haha you bring up an interesting point tho, i have an old bike rack that my cuzin was supposed to take but he never came haha. im done anyways, editing post to include picture
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