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Old 12-31-2011, 12:51 PM
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Default The "Bike Rack" Project

Now that I got my Ranger all squared away for winter, I decided on concentrating my thinking on summer time things we will be doing with the truck.
One thing my wife and I enjoy is bicycle riding.
We own 2 electric bikes and usually hit the bike trails in the summer.
Unfortunately, the bike trails are over 10 miles from our house so having the Ranger to transport our bikes will be key to hitting our favorite trails.
Having a safe way to load our bikes into the bed, and being ultra stable was the thought.
I've seen bike racks for more than $100 and thought I could built one for less than that.
Being our e-bikes are uniquely beefer than a regular bike, I could design the rack to "my" specifications.

I choose schedule 40 pvc 1/2" pipe, easy to cut, glue, paint and drill.

Top part of the rack in cut, design and assemble phase...





I cut out all the tubing in equal parts and test fitted all the parts...





Ready to glue all up...



In the bed as a test fit...perfect!



the rack can also lay down in the bed with the tonneau cover on when not in use.



I still have to glue all the connections, paint the tubing black, and then add 1/2" pipe insulation to the bars that will be touching the front wheels and fork.
Should look and function great once completed. It's a work in progress.
As far as securing the rack to the bed, I'm thinking of mounting some padeyes in the bed or clamping the rack to the bed sides with a locking bar...stay tuned to see the glueing, painting, and padding installation.

here are our E-bikes I am planning to haul ....





Next up, tear down, glue, paint, etc.
So far, I spent $22 on glue, pipe, and fittings.
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Bought September 29, 2011 mileage 13,800 2nd owner

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Retractable Truck Stake Pocket Anchors...installed 10-5-11, AVS Window Vent Visors, 10-6-11,Tonneau Cover, 10-15-11, Alarm/remote start and locks, 10-25-11, Bed Lights 11-13-11, front mud flaps 11-20-11, deer whistles 11-25-11, brake lite Ford emblem 12-7-11

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Old 12-31-2011, 12:56 PM
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Default Re: The "Bike Rack" Project

cool project...looks like its gonna work out great
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:58 PM
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Default Re: The "Bike Rack" Project

i just throw my bike in the bed
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:09 PM
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Default Re: The "Bike Rack" Project

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Originally Posted by CameronWooten View Post
i just throw my bike in the bed
I bet your bike isn't worth over $2,000!
I just want to preserve them, yet use them too!
We actually got the bikes after a hailstorm insurance claim came in for a few vehicles we owned back in 2000.
So, have 2 free electric bikes is cool enough for me to wanna keep them forever!
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2008 Ranger XLT 4X4 V6 4.0 Torch Red
Bought September 29, 2011 mileage 13,800 2nd owner

Mods:
Retractable Truck Stake Pocket Anchors...installed 10-5-11, AVS Window Vent Visors, 10-6-11,Tonneau Cover, 10-15-11, Alarm/remote start and locks, 10-25-11, Bed Lights 11-13-11, front mud flaps 11-20-11, deer whistles 11-25-11, brake lite Ford emblem 12-7-11
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:20 PM
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Default Re: The "Bike Rack" Project

i haul mine over the tailgate, works great

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can i see pics of these bikes, those are some huge tire gaps!
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