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    Shuttling with a 4Runner

    I have a 97 Toyota 4Runner and just had an epiphany (or what I thought was an epiphany) several days ago after being frustrated with only being able to carry 2 bikes on my hitch rack. On my model of the 4Runner I can control the rear window of the car and can lower it completely down so that I end up having what looks like the back of a pickup truck with a low, open backed canopy on. This sparked the idea of making a pickup truck style shuttling system, turning my beloved 4Runner into the ultimate shuttle vehicle with full backrow seats and a covered top for the bikes. I must admit I have not yet done measurements for whether the seattube on my bike, or other bikes for that matter, would clear the roof of the car but wanted to get some feedback/advice on my idea. I figure I must not have been the first one to have thought of this and was wondering if anyone else had insight into whether it works, and if so, any tips/pictures of what they worked out.

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    we do it all the time, just use a blanket or something

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    Good, now I feel like I stumbled onto a gold mine that everyone already knew about.

    Glad to hear it works though. No clearance issues at all?

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    It will work but there are drawbacks. The bikes are harder to load than with a truck. You will also get a ton of dust in your rig on gravel. Sell your current rack and get a North Shore Rack NRS-4 or NRS-6. Bikes don't belong in the car IMO.
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    make sure you take all the seatposts out. makes its a buttload easier getting them in and out. and get a big blanket/rug to keep ur rear end from getting all ruined, or keep ur rear end from ruining ur bikes. either way you want to look at it. keep them apart.
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    Did it in my 95 runner and and my 98 4runner had a saris cyclon pro hitch rack as well as loaded 4 in the back so with 2 bike extension I could have easily shuttled 8 bikes... 6 was the max didnt have the 2 add on for the saris..


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    Bullcrew has had one of EVERYTHING, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude
    Bullcrew has had one of EVERYTHING, lol
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    You might have to take the seat posts out to clear the back. I have an 03 Blazer that we regularly use to shuttle

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Giggity
    It will work but there are drawbacks. The bikes are harder to load than with a truck. You will also get a ton of dust in your rig on gravel. Sell your current rack and get a North Shore Rack NRS-4 or NRS-6. Bikes don't belong in the car IMO.

    The only people who think like this are kooks who have cars that are more valuable than their bikes, I could never trust someone who lived their life like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weedkilla1
    The only people who think like this are kooks who have cars that are more valuable than their bikes, I could never trust someone who lived their life like that!
    Cramming muddy bikes inside the car is retarded even if it is a beater.
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    thats what a liner is for retard

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullitsc
    thats what a liner is for retard
    No, that is what a rack is for. You guys are killing me.

    Seriously, the ultimate shuttle vehicle involves one of these.

    http://www.northshoreracks.com/NSR%206-bike.htm
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    [QUOTE=DJ Giggity]No, that is what a rack is for. You guys are killing me.

    Seriously, the ultimate shuttle vehicle involves one of these.

    http://www.northshoreracks.com/NSR%206-bike.htm[/QUOTE

    I can see where your coming from but, why pay 500$ for rack when i can load them out the back for free

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    Ya a $500 rack is out of the question for me. They look sweet but I'm kind of a low-budget operation so any money going towards biking is going into my bike.

    I'm just going to have to test it out when its not too dusty, and since I live in the PNW that shouldn't be too hard. Thanks for all of the input.

    Has anyone actually set up a shuttling system in their SUV that is more than just throwing the blanket over the rear and throwing the bike over the blanket? If you wouldn't mind sharing ideas or pictures it would be much appreciated. If not I think I have a pretty good starting point for a shuttle car experiment.

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    @ the two posts above

    Now we are talking. I was only saying that there could be drawbacks. It is kind of like riding a walmart bike. If that is all you have, it is way better to ride the piss out of it till you can get a new bike than to sit on the sidelines. So, hanging the bikes on the tailgate of the 4-runner will definitely work and in some cases it will work great.

    If it ever goes horribly wrong, I hope that you guys will think about this thread and chuckle. One time, near Tahoe, I left the canopy door open on my truck while driving on a dusty road to a camping spot. My shyte and sleeping area were covered in 1/2" of the finest powdered dust you have ever seen. I am a dirtbag but this was way too much even for me. Even after attempts to clean it I lived with that mistake a week.

    If you mostly wondering about a cover for the tailgate, the Dakine tailgate covers are pretty cheap. If that is too much, look at the design and make one out of duct tape and thrift store comforters. I once saw a crew using an old gym mat. It seemed to be working pretty well. Lots of things will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude
    Bullcrew has had one of EVERYTHING, lol
    get a t-2 hitch rack too
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