Dodge Dakota 1987-2011, Bed Rider Truck Bike Rack by ThuleŽ. Transport your bikes safely and easily within the confines of your truck's bed with this handy fork mounted carrier. No bolting or drilling is required for its attachment; the telescoping aluminum bar expands against the truck bed side walls. The Bed Rider fits most small and full-size pickup beds and it's compatible with most bed liners. It can carry 2 bikes but more bikes can be added with the addition of Locking Bed Rider Add-On Blocks (sold separately).
Fitment Note: Please verify vehicle cargo area will accept bicycle wheelbase prior to purchase.
A pickup truck bed is a natural for transporting bicycles, but you don't want to just lay your bikes in the bed on their sides. There they can slide around and bang into one another, becoming scratched up and damaged. To safely and securely transport your bikes in the bed you need the Thule Bed Rider Truck Bike Rack. This carrier secures the bikes by the forks, for secure, stable transport. The Bed Rider can be mounted in the pickup bed of most small and full size pickup trucks, and it's compatible with most bed liners. But best of all, installation of the Bed Rider requires no drilling, so there's no need to worry about unsightly holes that can cause rust damage.
The Bed Rider's aluminum telescoping bar expands to hold the carrier against the side rails of the bed. The bar's SoftGrip rubber feet prevent damage to the truck bed. With the bar securely in place, the bike forks can be positioned in the fork mount blocks and secured with the locking 9mm quick-release skewer. The skewer ensures safe, stable bike transport.
Three One-Key lock cylinders are included, one to lock the cam handle to secure the bar to the bed, and two to lock the skewers to prevent bike theft. If you'd like to carry more bikes, just add Locking Bed-Rider Add-On Blocks (sold separately) to the bar. The Bed Rider Truck Bike Rack comes with everything necessary for installation, including detailed instructions. The limited lifetime warranty applies to the original purchaser of the product, and warrants the product against manufacturer's defects in materials or workmanship.
Note: To use this rack the bicycle must come equipped with a quick release front skewer. This carrier is not compatible with fork dropouts less than 0.157" (4mm) or greater than 0.472" (12mm) thick, and the dropouts must be 3.937" (100mm) apart. Bed width must be more than 47-3/4" and less than 72" wide. This carrier will not work on trucks with over-the-rail bed liners.
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ThuleŽ designs and manufactures products for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, and those that lead an active lifestyle. They specialize in developing and marketing cargo transportation solutions so these people can bring their gear with them wherever they go, whatever they drive. Thule was founded in Sweden in 1942, and built their first roof rack system in the 1960s. Today Thule leads the market with innovative products for transporting, bicycles, watercraft, snowsport equipment and other gear on the roof, with the trailer hitch, on the trunk or hatch, or in the pickup bed. Thule manufactures the strongest, most durable and longest lasting load carrying systems on the market, and backs their products with a lifetime warranty. Over 80% of Thule products sold in North America are made in USA, and Thule employs over 1,000 American workers.
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Once the rack is installed, it holds bikes securely in place and makes theft difficult. I had some problems installing the rack the first time and the instructions were of marginal help. I could not attach the trunk hooks without opening the trunk, once I attached the hooks it was just a matter of adjusting the cables to achieve the proper fit. The rack's size and weight make it difficult to handle while installing. I did not have any problems with trunk dents reported by some users. Two light weight folks could install it easily. Despite the initial installation problems, I recommend this bike rack for anyone that cannot use the trailer hitch version.
Fits great on my 2007 FJ Cruiser. Love the improvements from the original rack; especially the sway bar and locking device. Very easy to install with clear instructions. Very pleased.
I was amazed at the ease of installation of this product. I took my time and read the directions carefully. When I tested it out with my bike, it seemed secure. It comes with a bike stabilizer and a strap for extra securing of the bike. The only thing, I wish it had was a strap to keep the front wheel of the bike from moving. But I secured it with a bungee cord that I provided. Good value for the money.
The 918 was delivered promptly, and it is a rugged piece of equipment, just as the original 916 tray carrier is. This is the best bike rack system I have ever had. The only downside is the weight, but that is what makes these devices durable.