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Old 06-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
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Bike Rack and 5er solution

Thought I would post this link for the industrious modifiers. I got this from another site. I would like to hear feedback from anyone who have used a similar setup. Pros - cons, etc. Feel free to post your own pictures. I am leaning in this direction to solve my bike carrying problems.

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Old 06-04-2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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My neighbor did something like that and the only problem he had was the back weld started to go. I guess the sheer forces were to much he fixed it and bent and welded a kind of strap up side down "U" with legs ( _l-l_ ) and welded it to the back of the receiver, spreading the sheer forces across more welds. Other than that its the same basic thing.

He even put a dirt bike up there once said it did fine better than on his truck. But he did say he was nervous about it the whole time, and I haven't seen him do it again.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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It looks like it would run the risk of the bikes hitting the back of the cab when turning while towing.

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Old 06-04-2012, 03:11 PM   #4
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I like it! Please keep us posted on the performance of the design. Very creative!
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:12 PM   #5
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Seen lots of pictures of people doing this. How the heck would an old guy like me get the bikes on and off of that contraption? I like my bikes out back where I can access then easily and without climbing all over the place.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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Creative but...it puts the bikes in the main wind stream and if anything gets hit first it is the bike(s). Major wind flow disruption over the 5er resulting in decreased fuel mileage. Better to put a rack on the back of the rig where bikes are protected and out of the wind flow.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:57 AM   #7
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Here's the one I made using 2"x.250" flat steel and an $18 receiver hitch from Harbor Freight. No problems what so ever. To load or unload I just stand in the bed of the truck. It never comes close to the ca of the truck, contributing factor is I have a regular size truck bed. As far as fuel economy, I have over 8,000lbs of truck and 12,000lbs of trailer at 60 mile per hour. Those bikes aren't going to make a difference.

Here it is in use.
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:46 AM   #8
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Very similar to what I did. Great job! I like having the bikes behind the cab where I can see them. Plus they don't move at all up there. This is how I did mine.



I love not having to worry about them. Plus it is easy to load, just put bikes in bed and back up near hitch and load 'em.
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