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    Bike rack suggestions...

    I've got a 2003 single cab, 1/2 ton, short box dodge ram pickup (no receiver hitch). I am considering mounting 3 or 4 of the delta locking skewers to the lid of my aluminum tool box as a means of creating a cheap, secure bike carrying method (http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/133...er-Pro-9mm.htm). According to the picture, I would simply need to drill 2 holes per skewer (and use a good sealer to keep my tool box dry). I want a carrying solution that would allow me to haul camping gear, biking gear and at least 2 bikes all at once. Please let me know if you'd advise for or against mounting to my tool box or provide me with alternative carrying methods. (keep in mind that I am a po' college kid )

    Thanks!!

    FYI, my tool box is one that sits in the bed and not on the rails. I can also handle a welding machine and fabrication...I'm just stumped on ideas.

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    If you end up drilling in mounts, you may want to put neoprene washers on either side of the lid to form a water barrier.

    You'll still have the problem of getting the back wheels out of the bed, and what to do with the front wheels.

    Not nearly as cheap, but I've a Yakima rack on my Dakota ... and I'm thinking of selling it as me & the mrs are probably going to trade in the Dak this year and the rack won't move to another vehicle well.

    The rack (see below) is some standard Yak hardware, two boa locking mounts, locking towers, wheel forks, and is mounted to some extruded aluminum pieces that are bolted to the bed. Certified at 3x100 (+) capacity.


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    The other option is to mount them to the sidewall lip of the bed. The bike will sit across the bed and can be angled if necessary. Yakima actually makes a removable rack for this purpose but they are like $40 a pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear

    i loooove that set up. bikes mounted, plus all of the bed still usable. if you get a chance, would you mind posting some pictures of how you mounted towers? that is exactly what i want to do to the bed of my truck, 'cause i don't really ever see myself dropping the $1100 on a Yak rack + cargo cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Inbred
    i loooove that set up. bikes mounted, plus all of the bed still usable. if you get a chance, would you mind posting some pictures of how you mounted towers? that is exactly what i want to do to the bed of my truck, 'cause i don't really ever see myself dropping the $1100 on a Yak rack + cargo cover.
    I'll try to remember to take some pics, PM me if I forget.

    We got the rack from a vendor in New England back in 2000 when we got the truck, it's basically standard Yak roof-mount bits. The "magic" part is the extruded aluminum L-shaped rails that bolt to the bed. They're flat on one side and box-section slotted on the other, and it is in that slotted box section that the Yakima towers bolt into.

    Cheers.

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    Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I am using a little of everyone's ideas. I mounted 2 delta locking skewers to the lid of my tool box. I plan to build a bar attachment to lift the rear tires of the bikes in the case that I might need/want full use of my bed. When I get everything set up and working, I'll take pictures and upload them. I hauled my bike today for the first time using the current set up. It worked well but the side to side motion of the bike makes my aluminum tool box lid bend a little. I think it will be ok, but I figure I'll reinfoce it with some aluminum angle iron on the underside of the lid. If everything goes well, I should have a similar set up as Bear has in his picture with the dakota, but for about $50.

    Thanks again guys!

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