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Softride Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2018 Toyota Tacoma

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Review of the Softride Truck Bed Bike Racks on a 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.

And with everything removed, we still have full access to our tailgate, because it has this hook and loop strap here at the front, which will open up the flap, we can get to our handle.When comparing this with other products, one that comes up is the Thule Gate Mate. They're very similar in that they both have flaps that strap around the tailgate. However, with the Softride you're going to get these hook and loop straps to actually hold your bikes in place. While with the Thule, you'll have to buy all of those separately.So, our first step with our pad is to unfold it. We're going to set it on top of your tailgate here.

And it's all kind of folded up in this mess here, but it's going to straighten out as we strap everything down. We'll take our four straps here, we'll put them underneath the tailgate. And grab them up on the inside, and strap them. We need to open it up. Up and over.

Into our buckle. We'll just thread it through. Loosely tighten it, and we'll repeat this process for our other straps.Now we can tighten down our straps. Pulling them tight. Before we install our bikes, we will put our hook and loop fasteners through.

Lift our bike up, and into position, and it'll just sit on the pad like you see it here. Then we can take our hook and loop strap that we have, wrap it around the frame of the bike, to help hold it in place. There you have it for the Softride tailgate pad bicycle transporter for midsize pickup trucks on our 2018 Toyota Tacoma.


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