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#1 of 4 Bed Length Experience with Dirtbikes
Oct 29, 2004 (10:45 am)
Greetings. I am new to the truck world and wanting to pose a generic truck question. I am looking at 4 full door Midsized trucks with beds. (Colorado, Tacoma, etc)
The problem is that most are 5' beds for the smaller trucks. With tailgate down, the length is 60" + 18" = 78". I have two fullsize dirtbikes that I am looking to haul in a pickup truck bed. My bikes are right at 79" total length from front knobby to rear nobby. From front of front tire to rear hub is about 73".
Does anyone have any experience in this area? Will this pose any problems and should I avoid the 5' beds altogether? Is there going to be too much weight on the tailgate? I know the 2005 Tacos have the 6' bed option. But that restricts my options to only buy new.
#2 of 4 Re: Bed Length Experience with Dirtbikes [raycharles]
Nov 01, 2004 (7:21 pm)
Anybody here have dirtbikes with a pickup?
#3 of 4 Re: Bed Length Experience with Dirtbikes [raycharles]
Nov 02, 2004 (6:07 am)
I'd watch the weight on the gate. I think tailgates on a full sized pickup are rated for about 400 lbs. Not sure what the rating is on the smaller trucks. On that note I have a beater F150, that has a fancy "u"-shaped tailgate as a result of loading a lawn tractor
#4 of 4 dirt bikes in pickup
Nov 30, 2004 (7:08 am)
The tailgate only has to support the weight of the back wheels of the bikes. Not a problem for two bikes. If you have three dirt bike tires on the tailgate, I would take it real easy over any bumps you drive over.
Westin sells a bed x-tender that fits all full and mid size trucks. It works great. I have about 77" with gate closed, but 94" with the x-tender open. Always use ratcheting tie-straps to hold the front wheel tightly against the front of the bed, so you don't overload the x-tender during acceleration.
There is a recall on GM tailgate cables breaking from rust. Get the stainless cables put on free by your dealer before putting any heavy weight ( or standing ) on your tailgate.