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Old 04-20-2011, 12:49 PM
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So, I purchased a 1999 Ford Ranger Stepside to use as a daily driver but more importantly to transport my track motorcycle. I was wondering if anyone has tied down their motorcycle to it. I just purchased some Canyon Dancer IIs tie downs and will be looking into some straps but I was wondering if you can tie it down to the "T" looking hooks on the side of the bed. Just want to see what other people have done. Any help would be great. I would also like to know what ramps you used too. Thanks!

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Old 04-20-2011, 12:53 PM
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I wouldnt use the side bars to tie to, you need something to pull it toward the bottom of the bed for a tighter tie so it wont fall over. You can make your own ramps with ramp kits, they are cheaper and nice. But you definately must have the front end of the bike secure well in the bed. Try pulling the body bolts out and attach O rings to the body bolts then re-secure the body bolts
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:15 PM
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When I had my dirtbike I just ran (2) ratchet straps from the handle bars down to the factory tie downs. On my 97 they were a D type ring. You dont have to go crazy, usually just compress the shocks about 2" is good enough. I also had my cbr in my ranger and tied it down the same way
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:43 PM
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ive tied my Ninja in the back of my ranger using the factory tie down points as well (the D shaped ring on the side of the bed... 1 strap on each handlebar and then a strap from each passenger peg (not necessary but just for extra security) Drove 650kms like that with not problems

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:14 PM
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ive tied my Ninja in the back of my ranger using the factory tie down points as well (the D shaped ring on the side of the bed... 1 strap on each handlebar and then a strap from each passenger peg (not necessary but just for extra security) Drove 650kms like that with not problems

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+1 for side of the bed tie downs and not needing to go crazy you just want to compress the suspension a bit.

Great choice on the canyon dancer harness makes things easier and safer.

Don't forget to tie the back down as well just to prevent it from bouncing up on a huge bump or an accident. If the back well comes up higher than the bike all hell will break loose.

For the ramp I just use a short metal 6ft ramp so I can put it in the bed beside the bike. Best tip is to park in a ditch or by a hill and use the terrain to make things easier.

Tailgate doesn't close completely but you can strap it up on an angle which is nice for packing other stuff in the bed.

Here's a pic of mine on the way to a race.


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Old 04-21-2011, 04:10 AM
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Thank you for all the suggestions guys!

btw. does anyone have a picture of this D Ring looking thing at the side of the bed. I want to make sure I am thinking of the right thing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:18 AM
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My 97 had it, the '01 has the flat jobs, but this would be a good idea
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:12 AM
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My 97 had it, the '01 has the flat jobs, but this would be a good idea
I am pretty sure mine does not have the bolts and no opening in the middle. I need to take another look.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:31 AM
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This is what I have...



So has anyone tied down their bikes on these hooks?
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:59 AM
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I have compiled a nice list of things I need at Harbor Freight to finally get my bike onto the bed of my truck as well as securely strapping it down. I hope to have everything by this Saturday so that I can get ready to transport my bike down to Boston Moto to give them time to slowly install my new parts and be ready for the June track day. Out of my list below, what am I missing?

Note: I have already purchased a Canyon Dancer II so that's being shipped to me right now.

Motorcycle Wheel Chock:
On sale for $39:

5.75'x14-7/8" Tri-Fold Aluminum Ramp:
On sale for $99:

2 Piece Retractable Ratcheting Tie Down - 500lb:
$15.99:

Some questions I do have is for the installation of the wheel chock. I have a DuraLiner on my truck bed so would I be able to just screw down the wheel chock over this liner? Do I need any special self tapping screw, etc...?

Do I need any additional straps?

btw. I love Harbor Freight so far. I had to quickly purchase a low profile jack for my car (its lowered) to remove a cracked rim and the Danvers location had it in stock. The guy I spoke with there (Peter) told me that I can use his name at the counter and get a discount. Little did I know that the discount would be $40 off which then allowed me to get the 2 year warranty on it through them. All together, it cost me only $73 for a low profile jack plus 2 year full warranty!
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