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Old 06-22-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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My pin box bike rack with pics.

I just wanted to share a few pics of my bike rack mount I made for our 5er. I pull it with a long bed, but depending on the type pf rack used, there is room for a short bed.

It started out as a piece of an old 10" I beam. Cut it on a 22 1/2* angle and then flipped it over. Cut one flange off and welded the pieces together. Then put a $14 receiver tube from Harbor Freight on it. Wasn't high enough to clear my toolbox with bikes on it, so I added 1/4" steel stock and made another perch for another receiver tube. The bike rack you see is a 3 bike rack bought from discountramps.com for $139. I have a total of about $40 in the mount.


And here it is hooked up.


I drilled 4 holes in the pin box and put it on with grade 8 bolts. As I said, this as you can see is a platform rack, but a 'hanging' rack would work with short beds as long as you strapped the bikes against the rack. I've always thought there was an easier way to carry bikes than on the back. We all know the stories about them. But now they are up and out of the way. Happy camping!
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Did you have easy access to the bolt for the nuts. I drilled 4 holes in my pin box and then realized I didn't have access to screw the nuts to the bolts.
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Did you have easy access to the bolt for the nuts. I drilled 4 holes in my pin box and then realized I didn't have access to screw the nuts to the bolts.
Yes I did. It was very hard to reach. Would've been easier if I had taken the pin box off, but with a boxed end wrench and duct tape, I was able to get the bottom two bolts started.
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Yes I did. It was very hard to reach. Would've been easier if I had taken the pin box off, but with a boxed end wrench and duct tape, I was able to get the bottom two bolts started.

I took my pin box off and still couldn't get it. I now have a pin box with 4 drilled holes and a bike receiver sitting on the garage floor.
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Every time I see a pic like this or wish I had room in the truck bed for an extended range tank, as well as my generator; I click my heals and repeat three times; "I wish I bought a long bed."

Then I go out to dinner and try to find a parking place for the truck.
Hard enough to do with the crew cab short bed.
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I took my pin box off and still couldn't get it. I now have a pin box with 4 drilled holes and a bike receiver sitting on the garage floor.
Could you possibly make a base for the receiver that will bolt into the areas you can get to and then bolt the receiver to the base? That way you can still use the receiver you have. Just a thought.
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Every time I see a pic like this or wish I had room in the truck bed for an extended range tank, as well as my generator; I click my heals and repeat three times; "I wish I bought a long bed."

Then I go out to dinner and try to find a parking place for the truck.
Hard enough to do with the crew cab short bed.
I've been backing every truck I've owned into parking places for almost 30 years. From pickups, Suburbans, Excursions to the duallies. The length has not been an issue if you back them in, the issue with wide hips comes into play there. Still, love my long beds.
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Could you possibly make a base for the receiver that will bolt into the areas you can get to and then bolt the receiver to the base? That way you can still use the receiver you have. Just a thought.

i am thinking my last resort is to weld the plate to the pin box, but that's more permanent and don't really want to do that. For now, I will still carry them in the bed of the truck. Enough room for 2 bikes and still clearance from the 5er with my reese revolution hitch.
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I just wanted to share a few pics of my bike rack mount I made for our 5er. I pull it with a long bed, but depending on the type pf rack used, there is room for a short bed.

It started out as a piece of an old 10" I beam. Cut it on a 22 1/2* angle and then flipped it over. Cut one flange off and welded the pieces together. Then put a $14 receiver tube from Harbor Freight on it. Wasn't high enough to clear my toolbox with bikes on it, so I added 1/4" steel stock and made another perch for another receiver tube. The bike rack you see is a 3 bike rack bought from discountramps.com for $139. I have a total of about $40 in the mount.


And here it is hooked up.


I drilled 4 holes in the pin box and put it on with grade 8 bolts. As I said, this as you can see is a platform rack, but a 'hanging' rack would work with short beds as long as you strapped the bikes against the rack. I've always thought there was an easier way to carry bikes than on the back. We all know the stories about them. But now they are up and out of the way. Happy camping!
Very nice! Sent you a private message before I found this thread. How much clearance do you have when you're making a turn?
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With the 3 bikes on there, it misses the rear glass about 7-8 inches. No where close. However, I have a B&W Companion hitch, so I put it in the farthest rearward position. It is just behind the center of the rear axle and didn't change weight distribution hardly at all. The main reason I set it so far back was to enable me to open my low profile tool box on the truck to access tools and fire extinguisher. Hope this helps.
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