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Hey guys, big ole' honking noob here. I'm gonna build a cheap fork mount rack for my pickup.
I think it's the standard deal, 2 x 6 or 8, and a couple of fork mounts. It'll be in a Ford Ranger bed. Are there any tips/ tricks to save me some grief? Thanks in advance.:thumbsup:
 

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waterdude said:
Hey guys, big ole' honking noob here. I'm gonna build a cheap fork mount rack for my pickup.
I think it's the standard deal, 2 x 6 or 8, and a couple of fork mounts. It'll be in a Ford Ranger bed. Are there any tips/ tricks to save me some grief? Thanks in advance.:thumbsup:
I can't remember which brand I had, but I had a couple of those fork mounts bolted into the bed of my old truck. I've seen them on other trucks bolted to the front of the cargo box as well. No lumber involved with either of those techniques, but with fork mount bolted to bed of truck, it does affect what else you might do with the back of the truck. That's what is nice about using the bed rail as a mounting point.
 

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Gonna give it a whirl. I don't think the top of my cargo box is wide enough. That would've been ideal. I picked up the mounts with the bikes. I just need to make a Lowes run for the lumber. :thumbsup:
 

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Cheaper yet if you have copper steel piping an a MIG or gas welder.... I tossed together a few mounts a year or two ago and they worked well. You need a strong piece of stock for the bracket but any piping will do as long as it's small enough to hold the axle or QR. You can use washers on the ends if the pipe is a little big if you need to. The fork mounts that you buy are worth the money however.

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If you want real cheap, dirtbag cheap, cut a piece of 2x2 lumber 100mm long (for standard QR forks) and drill a hole through the middle lenghtwise, and put a spare wheel skewer in it. clamp it to whatever with some pipe clamps.

for a 20mm fork, find a piece of PVC pipe with a 20mm ID and cut it to 110mm and clamp it down the same way.

I made a set of bike carriers for a car years ago this way, using a cut up old pair of downhill skis as the "wheel tray" Lasted for 5+ years of nearly daily summer use.
 
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