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Old February 20th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #21
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weld your tube on the side for the braket for top rack.
im sure it would hold the lb from the bike

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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:26 PM   #23
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Sarry, 99.123251651651% of the population doesn't tote 34 bikes at a time with their vehicle
No worries

Different bikes for different types of racing, 4-5 people in the truck, anywhere from 4-15 bike potential for a long road trip somewhere....

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weld your tube on the side for the braket for top rack.
im sure it would hold the lb from the bike
ok, let's make this pretty simple so you can move on. If you look at the photo I posted those bikes each, on average, weigh 45lbs. 4 of them, mounted over the bed of my truck plus the weight of the racks, for arguments sake let's say 5 lbs each
is roughly 200 lbs, you want me to weld a contracption to my extended hitch, that will go 3 feet straight up, then build a platform to bolt my racks to (more weight) and "hang it" over the bed of my truck. potentiall 6 ft forward of the hitch.....leverage, weight, bumps, no.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:30 PM   #24
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Just an idea but have you thought about going inbetween the bed and cab?
It would be fairly easy at least with the idea in my head sounds easy lol
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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #25
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it was just a idea and beside a 2in hitch will haul a truck im sure the bike wont brake it . if you dont like it not big deal . i was just trying to give you a idea that would do that you wanted with out bolting anything to the truck .

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how strong are the aluminum clamps that hold tonneau covers and toppers on trucks?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 03:17 PM   #27
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Maybe you should make a system that cantilevers from the front bumper to behind the cab. You could then attach it to your exhaust pipe and spare tire carrier that is under your bed. You could make it out of thin material so it wouldn't be that bad.
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how strong are the aluminum clamps that hold tonneau covers and toppers on trucks?
Better question: How expensive are your bikes?
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You have a truck. Just buy a snomobile trailer and build a sweet 8-place bike rack for it.
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You have a truck. Just buy a snomobile trailer and build a sweet 8-place bike rack for it.
I'd much rather not tow a snowmobile trailer to haul bicycles around.
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Better question: How expensive are your bikes?
Those clamps not so strong?

with my "idea" They are not holding any weight, they are simply clamping the rack in place similar to how they hold a tonneau or topper in place.
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The ones I have on my truck I trust to hold down the tonneau, but not much else.

Think about how much wind drag those things are gonna see driving down the highway at 75+ mph. Or stopping in a hurry when you get cut off by a d-bag driving a prius...
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The ones I have on my truck I trust to hold down the tonneau, but not much else.

Think about how much wind drag those things are gonna see driving down the highway at 75+ mph. Or stopping in a hurry when you get cut off by a d-bag driving a prius...
There's a ton of wind drag.

I hate prius'
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And you would not be using it on short trips, the bikes would be working on your bracket for hours at a time.
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And you would not be using it on short trips, the bikes would be working on your bracket for hours at a time.

I keep wondering, but there really shouldn't be much if any pressure on those clamps at all. All the weight of the bike racks are resting on the bedrails, the bracket will be velcro'd in place between the tonneau and the tonneau frame. (i know thats not much, but we're talking 4 brackets, 4 clamps, 220 lbs supported by the actual bedrail.....guys put roof racks, baskets, ladders, kayaks, lights, etc on the top of toppers that are held on by the exact same type of clamps....

I do not disagree with you that I will be using this on long trips, with a fair amount of wind drag, just wondering how strong those clamps really are. Every tonneau, topper, etc uses pretty much the same style clamps...
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Ridin Dirty helped me bend these up, actually, I think he bent and I helped. Anyway they have about 7 or 8 bends in them, they snake up and over the tonneau cover bracketry and are currently clamped in place with some of those aluminum clamps that would hold down a topper or tonneau cover. We made them tall enough to be able to roll the tonneau cover up if necessary.....which does make the bikes a bit on the tall side for loading, but its not too terrible. I did put some velcro on both sides of the bracket, hoping that would not only help hold the tonneau down where the bracket was and it wasn't hitting its own original velcro, but also hoping it would help to keep water out, I think for the most part it seals up as well as it does without the brackets, so everything underneath should still stay dry.



Drilled some speedholes (thanks bigbchevy for the use of your drill press) painted it up, would like to dimple die the holes to give a cleaner look but for now it'll work, needed to get it all finished for this weekend.

The back bracket needed a wider base to be forward enough on the bed rail to reach where it was able to be clamped, but the rack needed to be as far back as possible so the bikes that face backwards would fit without hitting the back of the cab.

I can fit 5 bikes across, alternating forward and back.

So far so good, ideally I should be able to roll up the tonneau cover, unclamp the rack and remove the whole thing with a second pair of hands.

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