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Old 05-01-2017, 11:17 AM
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I wanted a cost effective bed mount bike rack for my short bed (5 ') F150. After spending a great deal of time looking for one on the market, I gave up and made my own. With a short bed, my only option is a fork mount design since any adult size bike is too long to fit in the bed with the front wheel attached.

The mounts are affordable. There are lots of options. I got two Hollywood T970s for $17.99 each. Now I just needed to find a way to mount them. Not wanting to drill any holes, I added a galvanized angle bracket behind the two tie down loops in the front sides of the bed and mounted a pressure treated 2 x 4 between the brackets using lag bolts from underneath.

It works great. The bikes sit pretty low in the bed, not like the Swagman rack that mounts on the top of the side rails. I still even have use of the tie down rings. The total parts cost was under $50.










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Great idea!


I might try something similar with my '04 Heritage, but make the bar out of aluminum square tube.


Thanks for the inspiration!
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I've got something similar in my short bed. I just put a piece of 3/4" plywood on the floor of the bed, across the front with the fork mounts attached to the top. I shoved both mounts to one side so I still have the majority of the bed for other camping gear. I kept my mounts on the floor because I have a cap.
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Originally Posted by Pugga View Post
I've got something similar in my short bed. I just put a piece of 3/4" plywood on the floor of the bed, across the front with the fork mounts attached to the top. I shoved both mounts to one side so I still have the majority of the bed for other camping gear. I kept my mounts on the floor because I have a cap.
Sounds like a good plan. Is the plywood secured in any way?
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Sounds like a good plan. Is the plywood secured in any way?
It's fitted side to side and fits tight against the front of the bed. I usually put my tool box on the plywood and it keeps it from sliding around. The box weighs about 100 lbs and is secured with it downs. I also have a rubber mat so that helps keep things in place as wel.
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