How Secure and Sturdy is Truck Bed 3 Bike Carrier - Topline - Expandable, # UG2500-3

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Perhaps this system is what I need to transport my bikes in my 02 Toyota Tacoma. There normally would be 2 bikes, but if I were to purchase the extension, I might try to tote up to 4 bikes at a time. Looking at the photos, it appears that there could be excessive leverage or stress at the point the arm connects to the side of the bed coming from the bikes as acceleration, deceleration, sharp turns or bumpy surfaces would create. Whats to prevent the bikes from moving or shifting around as there is nothing securing them where the tires contact the truck bed? Nor is there anything securing the bikes to the opposite side of the truck bed. You input, please.

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I went out to the warehouse to do a little testing on one of these racks. On the Truck Bed 3 Bike Carrier - Topline - Expandable, # UG2500-3, side to side movement will be limited as the arms are rigid.

The clamps do allow for some up and down movement which will reduce the stress on the aluminum arms and so the bikes can move with the bed floor as you drive. The arms are sturdy and it would take a lot of torque, more than a person can produce without tools or machines, to bend or break them.

With the unit installed and bikes loaded, the arms and bikes will essentially be an extension of the truck bed. Because the arms are rigid, the bikes will not fall over even though there is no clamp on the other side of the bed.

The 2 bike version of this carrier is # UG2500. I have included a link to a video review below. The 4 bike model is # UG2500-4.

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