Thule Truck Bed Bike Racks Review - 2011 Dodge Dakota

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Review of the Thule Truck-Bed-Bike Racks on a 2011 Dodge Dakota

Today on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab we will be testing the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Rack for Compact Trucks. That's 54" wide. The part number is TH823. We can go ahead and start by putting our pad over the tailgate, with our two block pads facing upward. We'll come down to our three straps. What I like to do is go ahead and overlap them all so we can just feed all of them at once up underneath our tailgate. Once I have those stacked I'll go ahead and feed them between our bumper and our tailgate.

Reach underneath with my other hand and to make it a little bit easier I'll go ahead and pop open the tailgate a little bit and I'll start feeding those through. You want to feed them through enough to where you think you got it. I haven't completely closed the tailgate, it can help hold the straps until you can get a hand on them. I'll pull them through. All right. Now that we have them all through we'll go ahead and begin by tightening down, we'll bring them up through and down again.

Same thing here, they're all the same loop. Bring it up through, back down, then finally our last one. Now that we have those secure as you can see it's a nice fit over our tailgate, providing padding for our tailgate so it doesn't chip or rub off any paint. A couple things I'd like to point out is our two end pads that I've already mentioned before, they keep anything from sliding or damaging anything from side-to-side of our truck. Our loops make it easy to run straps through for tying lumber, your bike or a kayak or anything you'd like to keep in there, and our access to open our tailgate, which is a nice feature. I've got a bike here with us today. I'll go ahead and throw that over.

As you can see the bike sits in there on both sides without rubbing the inside or the outside of the tailgate and the pad protects it. Those loops make it easy to run some straps through to keep your bike in place. That's going to complete our test fit of the Thule Gate Mate Tailgate Pad and Bike Rack for Compact Trucks, 54". Part number TH823 on our 2011 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab. .

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