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Can you fit two bikes up right in the back with half the second row down and the front wheels off? I am considering a new 4Runner. Thanks.
 

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i have but it was one of the newer 4runners, maybe it was a 60/40 split... i think. but we also had to take both wheels off the bikes hope this helps
 

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you can

rode in a 97 that i put 2 xc bikes in, both seats do not have to come down, only one, but both front tires need to be removed. of course it is easier if both seats are down then bikes probably wont be rubbing up against each other. but it fits in the 4runner style just before they came out with the new version. i assume capacity is the same if not greater in the new models but unsure on that one.
 

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yes with some stipulations..

lawhoo said:
Can you fit two bikes up right in the back with half the second row down and the front wheels off? I am considering a new 4Runner. Thanks.
Rear seats need to be down. i used a piece of plywood with 2 QRs attached. Bikes that are considerably large required seats to be l;owered or removed. Bikes with tall forks would havethe bars hit the roof and wide bars would hit.scrape against the windows.

It works, it messs up the interior but the added security is OK. Really a htich rack is the way to go..IM diring a 98 runner.The new ones i think have lower ceilings
 

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lawhoo said:
Can you fit two bikes up right in the back with half the second row down and the front wheels off? I am considering a new 4Runner. Thanks.
Current model is wider than my '99. I checked the new model out extensively and it was a slight disappoint or at least there was nothing present that would have me trade. Especially when comparing it to 4 door truck and what I have. It has no manual transmission option and did not have a good boost in fuel economy. It is however a good vehicle when judged by many of it's peers, but I'd take the 4 door pickup with the space of the box first or something much more car like if I did not need a full-frame vehicle. The coil springs do ride better than the leaf springs of the pickup.

Width of back seat is what stood out as an obvious improvement.

The disappointment could come from the power and efficiency we have in our Toyota minivan, and an associate has a Highlander based on same platform. I am no longer a professional guide and I think something like that Highlander could handle all but two river landings I would use and be more pleasant the rest of the time.

If I needed the utility I'd spend less on the truck and if I'd have it as my daily driver I'd want the comfort and efficiency of the other Toyota platform. Again, it's a good vehicle, but I concluded that my '99 with 5 speed locker, heavy duty mechanicals and electric will remain because there's nothing current like it except a truck and because it's so maneuverable.

What did impress me as rigs with bike space before I decided to keep my rig was the space in a Honda Pilot and the Subaru station wagons. That said our Toyotas have had reliability and durability like no other auto brand we've had.

Good luck.
 

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I have a 99 and prefer the hitch rack. You can use it to carry camping gear when not hauling your bikes. Just add a couple QR's to it, and you have a nice multi-tasker.....

BassPro Shops has some:


I might get me one of these:
 

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I have a 98 and I don't have a problem, but then again I bought a T2 hitch rack earlier this year from ORSDirect and I love it! The thing that I noticed on the new models is that the roof is shorter. That might cause a problem.
 

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i've got a '98 4runner (my *other* passion)

i got a board with 2 x fork holders on it - it was from my friend's Taco - same width - fits right there in the back even WITH a HI-LIFT jack sharing the same space.

holds 2 bikes - no problems - put the front wheels to the outside by the window - turn the cranks and have the pedals chock them from moving 'round.

i <3 my 4runner
 

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I can't speak for the new ones, but I have a 95 and can fit two bikes and a big dog in the back with room to spare. I have a hitch rack, but never use it since I prefer the security of having the bike locked up in the truck... with the previously mentioned big dog.
 

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lawhoo said:
Can you fit two bikes up right in the back with half the second row down and the front wheels off? I am considering a new 4Runner. Thanks.
I'm driving a 2006 4Runner...I attached 2 QR's on a piece of wood and mounted it in the cargo area...Both bikes fit "ok"...but, it's a very tight squeeze (I don't lower the seats). Unfortunately, my vehicle has the "doube decker cargo system" that can't be removed...There would be an additional 1.5-2" of clearance in the cargo area without it..

Btw, my seat height to bottom of pedal (with crank arm fully extended) is 31"...Both my MTB's are small and my road bike is a 52cm....
 
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