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RockyMounts LoBall Truck Bed Bike Rack Review - 2018 Toyota Tacoma

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Tacoma, we're gonna be test-fitting the Rocky Mounts low ball bike rack for truck bed factory track systems, part number RKY1097. The Rocky Mounts low ball allows you to carry up to one or a few bikes in the bed of your Tacoma because it utilizes the track system on the inside to attach it. It simply clamps into place and into the channels here and tightens down with two screws, and does come with a tool to tighten those down. It tightens into place with our skewer mount here, so basically what this does is it works with quick-release wheels, but it also has a lock on the end of it, so once you attach it then it is secure to our mount here. However, it does have enough space in between here to place a cable lock through as well, which you can purchase on etrailer.com.While it does work with quick-release skewers, there is an adapter to use this with through axles, which you can find on etrailer.com as well. Another bonus about this bike rack is the fact that you can move it along the track at any point as long as the bike still fits, so it does have some maneuverability, and it also provides enough space for you to store other items while you're traveling.



Softride Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2018 Toyota Tacoma

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Tacoma we're going to be test fitting the Softride tailgate pad bicycle transporter for midsize pickup trucks, part number SR26461. The Softride tailgate pad is an economical solution to carry your bikes your boards, even home improvement equipment from one place to another without having to purchase any ladder racks, roof racks, or bike racks for the rear of your vehicle.This is a very easy item to use. It simply straps around your existing tailgate. You set your bike into place, and then it includes hook and loop straps to secure your bikes in place. This can carry up to six bikes. Or as you can see here, a combo of a bike and a surfboard, or other items that you might want to haul.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2018 Toyota Tacoma

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Racks for compact trucks, part number TH823.The Thule Gate Mate is a versatile pad that goes around the back side of your truck, over the tail gate, and can carry anything from bikes to surfboards to kayaks to standup paddle boards, and you can strap them down and they're ready to go for travel.When used as a bike rack, even in this short bed you can see how much space you have left over for other items, such as tool boxes, or luggage or whatever it is your hauling for your trip.If you we're to have most truck bed bike racks, which either go in directly in to the bed, or in to these side rails here with the Tacoma, you're going to have the bikes going sideways, and that's going to take up all the space in the bed of your truck.Also in some cases, when not in use, it will work with tunnel covers as well.While the system is economical as some of the other options for your truck bed, this is going to save you time in the end by having more space inside the truck bed.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the Gate Mate, let's go ahead and show how it installs. We'll start by simply draping it over our tail gate, like you see here, trying to keep it even on both sides. Then we can start running the straps underneath and making our connections.So we'll start by opening our tailgate, slightly, and taking our strap here and feeding it underneath and grabbing it on the other side. Pull that underneath, thread it through. We won't pull it tight quite yet. Then we'll repeat this process for our other two straps.And now we can cinch everything down tight and tie off our excess, then we can start loading up some bikes.



Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Rack, part number Y02464. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first and most important feature about this bike rack is the fact that this can swing away from the vehicle, so you gain full access to your tailgate. To do that, we'll start in the back here with this knob, loosen it up like so. It's not going to come all the way off, but you know when it's loosened up. Come back to the front, there's this gray knob here right by the mast.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack, part number NV22G. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first and most prominent feature of this rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we come to this switch up at the front, we'll pull it towards us holding onto the bike rack and letting it come down. Unfortunately, we can't open the tailgate all the way with this as it's going to come in contact with the bike or the bike rack.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be test-fitting the Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02443. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now, the first and most prominent feature of this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from your vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we'll hold onto the bike rack, you come to this red knob up at the front, pull it out, let it come down. Now, unfortunately, we can't have full access to our tailgate here, as it will come in contact with the bike, but you do have some room to get some of the things you may need.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're going to be test-fitting the Thule T2 Pro Bike Rack. Part Number TH9034. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show out some of the features. The first and most important feature of this is the fact that it can tilt away from your vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that we have this grey handle here that we'll pull towards us to let it lower, which is a little more convenient as opposed to other racks where you have the handles up towards the front here and they're just a little more awkward to get it to tilt away. Let's go ahead and do that and we'll pull forward, towards us then let it come down.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider 2 Hanging Style Bike Rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap. These are also known by Yakima as zip strips.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're test fitting the Kuat Transfer, the Transfer is a three bike platform style rack. They designed this to be used with 1 1/4 or with 2-inch hitches. The part number on this is TS03G. A really nice feature on the rack is going to be the tilt away. Just a standard lever there will push it, and allow this rack to tilt out and away from the vehicle. Now it looks pretty tight here, it doesn't look as if we're going to get full . No, we're going to come to about here before we start running into interference issues, and I don't think that a different type of bike is going to make much of difference here. If you need access fully into the back of this truck it's not a good option.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we are doing a test fit of the Rola TX-102 hanging style two bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now we already have our bike secured our rack. We are first going to show you how we do that and then we will go over some features of the rack itself. So you have two cradles in place here holding our bike with three straps, two on our frame and one is our anti-sway strap in the back. We are going to pull out and lift straight up to release that and then we will pull our bike off our rack and set it off to the side. Now I always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. Now we will take a few measurements.



RockyMounts Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're test fitting the Rocky Mounts Drive shaft SD. Now this is a pickup truck bed rail style bike carrier. It is designed to work with normal skewer bikes, 20 mm thru axle and 15 mm thru axles. It is really quite a versatile little carrier that is going to mount right into the track on our Toyota here. Holds nice and secure, no movement, no play. Really overall a really nice set up.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we've got out the Thule Vertex Swing and we're testing it. The Vertex Swing is a swing-away style folding 4 bike rack. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH9031XT. Now of course, the big feature about this rack, it's got a lot of great features, but that biggest one is going to be the swing-away. To make that happen, we're going to loosen the large black T bolt. Once that's out far enough, you'll see it kind of tip back.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're test fitting the Swagman Dispatch. The Dispatch is a 2 bike platform style rack. It's been designed for use in 2-inch hitches. Part number on this is S64684. You'll see here that the dispatch is going to hold our bike in place using 2 wheel cradles with straps, and also a frame hook. Now the wheel cradles with straps themselves. Easy to operate, you just press down the cam, pull the strap.



Kuat NV Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're test-fitting the Kuat Envy. This is a platform-style, 4 bike rack. It's been designed for use in two inch hitches. Part number on it is N105-107. This rack is a really nice, lightweight, aluminum rack, as far as the 4 bike racks go. It's heavy, but not as heavy as those steel racks. A great feature of it, it's going to hold our bike and all of our bikes in position, without ever making contact with the frame.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we got out the Curt Folding and Tilting Premium 4-bike rack, and we're test fitting it. Now this bike rack's been designed for use with 2" hitches. Part number on it is C18064. One of the big features I really like about the rack is going to be the cradle arms. We're got a wider set here in the front for the first 2, and then our arms narrow down here at the rear. You can imagine that's going to help us out a lot when it comes to kids' bikes, or maybe hybrid-style bikes and getting them on the rack. For holding our bikes, we've got two cradles, one in the front, one in the rear.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we've got out the Thule Roadway and we're doing a test fit on it. Now the Roadway's a 2 bike hanging style rack, tilts down when it's not in use and it'll fold away from the vehicle, couple of really nice features. Part number on it is TH912XTR. We can use this with 2-inch hitches and it's going to hold our bike in place using 3 straps. You're going to have 2 for the frames up here or 2 for the top of the frame and then 1 for the seat down tube. You can see that it does a really good job at keeping the rack from moving forward and back or keeping the bike from moving forward and back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we've got out the Thule T2 and we're doing a test fit on it. The T2 is a 2 bike platform-style rack designed to fold away from the vehicle and tilt up for easy storage. Part number on it is TH9044. We want to use this with 2-inch hitches. It's got a couple of really nice things going for it. Of course, the tilt away feature is the biggest one.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we've got out the Thule Vertex. We're going to test fit it and see what kind of room we've got between it and our vehicle. The Vertex is a hanging four bike rack. It is designed to fold and tilt. The part number on it is TH9029XT. This rack will work with inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. Something that's nice here, is the incorporated cable lock designed to come back and slide right in this slot here, then its locked with one of the Thule one-key lock and tumblers.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we've got this Swagman XC 2 out, and we're test fitting it. Now, the XC2 is a platform style 2 bike rack. It's been designed so we can use it with the inch and a quarter or with two inch hitches. The part number on it is S64650. Now one of my favorite things about the XC 2 is going to be the simplicity of the rack. You've got one hook that's going to hold our bike in position. Now don't let that scare you, it's going to really do a good job of holding your bike.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we got out this Swagman Trailhead and we're going to test fit it. The Trailhead's a folding and tilting four-bike-style hanging rack. This has been designed so you can use it with inch and a 1/4 or with two inch hitches. The part number on it is S63380. The Trailhead uses four straps. We've got two on our front cradle, here on the frame, one a little bit further back on the frame, and then also back here on our anti-sway cradle. That does a good job of preventing or limiting the movement, forward and back.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima full-tilt hanging style for bike rack, that part number is Y02462. Now we already have our bike in place, but first we're going to show you how we secure that down then we're going to go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place with three zip strips. How do we release those We're going to push the two grey pieces and pull that through. We got two up here at our frame and one is our anti-sway. We're just going to pull those off and set them off to the side.



Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tacoma, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Insta-Gater Truck Bed Single Bike Rack. That part number is TH501. Now I already have my bike secured down. I'm first going to show you how we do that and then we'll go over at how our bike rack is actually secured to our truck. If you step up in here, you'll see our wheel hook. Now this is going to push on our front tire here and ratch it down to secure our bike up against our tailgate and then to our wheel cradle.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2016 Toyota Tocoma, we're doing a test fit of the N.O. tire hold, hitch mounted three bike rack. This is a platform style, and the part number for that is INH305-306. The first thing we're going to show you are a few features, then we'll go over how our bike is secured down, then we'll go over some more features.First thing I want to show you is our tilting feature because we actually can tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle, while our bike is installed. So, we're gonna come here to the end. We've got our lever here.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2015 Toyota Tacoma we'll be taking a look at the Inno Tire Hold platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we show you our key feature of this rack. Now we're going to come here to the back. We're going to pull down on our lever and that's going to allow us to tilt our bike and our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota Tacoma

Today on our 2015 Toyota Tacoma we're doing a test fit of the Yakima LiteRider hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. These are also known by Yakima as Zip Strips.





Toyota Tacoma Bike Rack Questions

  • It is possible that the tailgate on your 2018 Toyota Tacoma will make contact with the RockyMounts MonoRail bike rack # RKY10004 even when unloaded and folded/tilted down. The wheel cradles stick up from the base rail by a few inches which is why contact is possible. What I recommend is to use the RockyMounts BackStage # RKY10002. The BackStage can swing off to the side of the vehicle, with or without bikes loaded, so you have complete access to the rear of the truck. No problem...
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  • Yes! For your 2017 Toyota Tacoma with the cargo management rails you can use the Inno Velo Gripper # INRT202. This version comes with hardware to mount in the factory rails and you will not have to remove the front wheel. The Gripper can hold the bike at the frame.
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  • If you have bikes that are too long to face sideways in the bed of your truck and only have rails that are on either side of the bed there really isn't a way to utilize the rail and orientate your bike the way it needs to be to fit your truck bed. Normally I'd recommend a LoBall part # RKY1097 as it is locking and fits the channel of your 2017 Toyota Tacoma but your bike won't fit sideways. Realistically you would have to go with something like the Swagman Pick Truck Bed...
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  • Your best bet for a lockable bike rack that is compatible with the Cargo Management Rails on your new 2017 Toyota Tacoma is the Inno Velo C-Channel-Mount Gripper Bike Rack # INRT202. This carrier offers no-drill installation and includes D-rings that provide anchor points for a cable lock or tie-down points for cargo straps. You can use DeadBolt cable lock # CAB-10 to secure the bike and rack.
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  • We do have products like # S64702 that is a fit with your 2017 Toyota Tacoma with Cargo Bed Management Rails. I have video that shows the features, how it installs and this product being put through the riggers of a test course.
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  • Yes, the Inno Velo Gripper Bike Rack # INRT201 is compatible with your 2017 Toyota Tacoma as long as it doesn't have the Cargo Management Rails. If your Tacoma does have the Cargo Management Rails you will want to use part # INRT202 instead. This is the exact same trunk bed bike rack it just installs in a slightly different manner. If you would like to add some security to your bike rack then I also recommend installing the DeadBolt Cable Lock # CAB-10.
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  • Technically if you are willing to modify the truck bed you could install the Thule Insta-Gater # TH501 at the front of a truck bed. But it was not designed or tested for that. What I recommend is to use Topline rack # UG2500-4 (as long as the truck does not have the cargo management rails on the bed sides (would have to be removed it is does to use this rack)). One end attaches to the inside bed side and holds the first bike, the second and subsequent bikes are then linked...
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  • We have not yet tested the Swagman Semi 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack part # S64686 on a 2017 Toyota Tacoma but I can tell from looking at the tilting feature that it would more than likely not allow for the tailgate to be folded all the way down. In order to fold the tailgate down on your Tacoma with the Semi 2.0 installed you would need to use a hitch extender like part # MT70024 but this will reduce your hitch's overall capacity by 50%. The clearance you have between the vehicle...
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  • As long as the crossbar spread on your 2017 Toyota Tacoma is between 16 inches and 48 inches the Yakima FrontLoader part # Y02103 will fit and work well. If you have raised rails on the roof of your truck and need crossbars that run left to right you'd also need the roof rack # Y00409, # Y03536, and # Y00147 and you'd be set.
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  • Yes, the Swagman Patrol 2 Bike Rack for Truck Beds is a confirmed fit on your 2017 Toyota Tacoma. It uses a telescoping arm to make it fit a variety of sized truck beds. It both locks to your truck and locks your bikes to the rack.
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  • The bolt holes of the Yakima Locking BlockHead Single Bike Truck Bed Mounted Rack # Y01118 measure 3-3/16 inches from center to center and it does not come with the hardware. Yakima recommends using 1/4 inch bolts.
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  • At the rear of a trailer or RV the ride quality is very rough when compared to the ride quality at the rear of a passenger vehicle. Reason being the suspension isn't as sophisticated and there is a longer distance between the rear axle and the rear of the trailer which exaggerates the movement of the trailer when hitting bumps. Because of that only a few bike racks were designed to be reinforced enough for that type of use. The most similar 4 bike rack we have to the one you...
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  • I attached an install video of the Kuat NV2.0 part # NV22G on a 2015 Toyota Tacoma and at the 36 second mark you can see that the tailgate can fold down when the rack is tilted with a bike loaded. It would be the same for a 2016 Tacoma since the trucks didn't' change.
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  • Good news, I went out and grabbed the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock for SportRack Bike Racks and Cargo Carriers # SR0901 and a Curt Bike Rack part # C18065 and found that the Sportrack hitch locks will fit the Curt racks like this. For a version of this lock that also includes a cable lock you would want the part # A32022.
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  • I've linked an article to help you determine the bolt pattern of your spare tire. However, the Surco Bike Carrier # BT300 is not designed to be used on the back of a trailer or motorhome. There is a lot more movement back there then there is on a vehicle so the bike rack suffers a lot more stress. Unfortunately, none of our spare tire racks can be used on the back of an RV or trailer. I've attached a link to all of the racks we carry that can.
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  • You can see our range of truck-bed bike racks for your 2016 Toyota Tacoma with the Cargo Management Rail system by clicking on the link provided. The options do include multi-bike carrier systems for 4 or more bikes and in this kind of capacity most carriers are the tailgate pad type such as # SR26461 from SoftRide. In lower-capacity racks we offer the bed-rail-mount type such as the Swagman # S64702, a 2-bike carrier that can be upgraded to 3 bikes by adding # SP484. We...
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  • We have several excellent truck bed bike racks that will fit your 2016 Toyota Tacoma and that will work with road or mountain bikes. If your truck has the cargo management rails and you are looking for a fork-mount option I recommend the RockyMounts DriveShaft SD # RKY1084. It comes with hardware to mount in the cargo management rails directly, it locks, and will work with thru-axle bikes and standard forks. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you. For a carrier...
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  • The RockyMounts HotRod Truck Bed Bike Carrier # RKY1087 mounts to the floor of a truck bed (or other similar surface such as a trailer deck) using user-supplied hardware of 1/4-inch diameter. My son uses this carrier for transporting his Trek bike in the bed of his pickup. It does not share the bed rail mounting position of Rocky Mounts' DriveShaft SD and Clutch carriers.
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  • The RockyMounts LoBall Bike Rack # RKY1097 doesn't have a specific max bike length that it will work with because your truck bed will be supporting the weight. As long as your bike can sit sideways then it will work great for you! Your bike does need to have a 9mm axle for it to be compatible with this bike rack. If you would like to add a lock to your bike then I also recommend using the Cable Lock # CAB-10 to help prevent theft. We actually have a video showing this exact...
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  • The Thule Vertex part # TH9028XT is a great bike rack. Most likely you'd have pretty limited access to the tailgate though with the rack installed. Especially when loaded since it can't tilt with bikes loaded, but I do have a great solution that will work well and is very similar. The Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT is basically the same rack but with a swing out mechanism at the bottom of the rack so that it can move out of the way of a tailgate giving you the access you...
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