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I know this may be a bit OT but has anyone installed a rack, I guess we could call it that, on the inside of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The back seats would be down and the front wheels would be taken off the bike. I guess you would mount the fork to a normal QR bar mount or something.

Anyone DIY on this? How many bikes could you fit, I was thinking maybe 3 if you flip-flop the bikes?
 

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baycat said:
I know this may be a bit OT but has anyone installed a rack, I guess we could call it that, on the inside of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The back seats would be down and the front wheels would be taken off the bike. I guess you would mount the fork to a normal QR bar mount or something.

Anyone DIY on this? How many bikes could you fit, I was thinking maybe 3 if you flip-flop the bikes?
Are you just wondering how many and how did they position them, or just what would one use to mount them?

No Cherokee specific advice but...

Like this? http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=3702&item=00-1616&slitrk=search

Use a piece of plywood or a 1x12 board, place the mounts at different angles and/or fore/aft positions until you are able to fit the bikes in your vehicle, (if you place them straight and in a line the handlebars will hit each other and prevent you from getting three bikes in there) mark 'em and bolt 'em.
 

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I have a Cherokee (not grand) and I just put my bikes in without the front wheel and turn the handlebars 90 degrees (inline with top tube) and lean them over a bit. I've only got two bikes, but I could probably fit at least 4.
 

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Cherokee owner here

I have had the the single speed in the back upright with out the front wheel and seat post. BARELY fits. The FS bike wont fit this way.
If the Grnad has split rear seats then you have extra room. If not, just put the rear end of the bike in first and lay it on its side. Duh. Like you didn't figure that one out. :D
It is a drag. Two bikes and two peeps only. And somewhat messy.
 

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I have done the laying two bikes on top of each other, but wheels get stuck in spokes and bad things can happen. I am wondering if I put down half of the back seat, only leaving the one far left seat up I can fit three bikes with no front wheels in. And still have room for three peeps. Gotta try that
 

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I have had the the single speed in the back upright with out the front wheel and seat post. BARELY fits. The FS bike wont fit this way.
If the Grnad has split rear seats then you have extra room. If not, just put the rear end of the bike in first and lay it on its side. Duh. Like you didn't figure that one out. :D
It is a drag. Two bikes and two peeps only. And somewhat messy.
On long trips with my bike I've been unlocking my back seat and just putting the fork over the seatback so it rests on the bench. The seatback has to be leaned forward a little bit to get the back tire in enough so the tailgate will close. I've found this way to be more comfortable because the backseat isn't pushing into teh front seat.
 

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Black Bart said:
Are you just wondering how many and how did they position them, or just what would one use to mount them?

No Cherokee specific advice but...

Like this? http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=3702&item=00-1616&slitrk=search

Use a piece of plywood or a 1x12 board, place the mounts at different angles and/or fore/aft positions until you are able to fit the bikes in your vehicle, (if you place them straight and in a line the handlebars will hit each other and prevent you from getting three bikes in there) mark 'em and bolt 'em.
I'll try to get a pic of it, but this is basically what I did in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. I've got a board (not sure of the size) that I cut the lenght to fit, and using some hardware I use a rachet strap and tighen it down against the floor cargo eyelets. I have two of those perfomance bike fork mounts and they are spaced out enough that I can mount two bikes facing one direction, while a third bike fits in the middle. I can fit 3 bikes, 3 people, and the gear for everyone with a little room to spare.
 

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baycat said:
I have done the laying two bikes on top of each other, but wheels get stuck in spokes and bad things can happen. I am wondering if I put down half of the back seat, only leaving the one far left seat up I can fit three bikes with no front wheels in. And still have room for three peeps. Gotta try that
I have an old Pedleton wool blanket that is prolly 50 years old that I throw between the bikes.
 

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On long trips with my bike I've been unlocking my back seat and just putting the fork over the seatback so it rests on the bench. The seatback has to be leaned forward a little bit to get the back tire in enough so the tailgate will close. I've found this way to be more comfortable because the backseat isn't pushing into teh front seat.
I'll try it. I might be able to get three in there now. I'll just lay the blankie on the seat.
 

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Plywood and 2 fork Qrs..

mounted to it. Cut the plywood as close as you can to the contour of the interior panels in the back of the truck. This keeps the plywood from shifting while driving. If you add weight to the plywood it helps counter movement too. i use my riding bag of something handy.

I can fit two bikes with the front wheels off. the only time i encounter a problem is if one or both of the bikes has a wide bar. I suppose this could be overcome by making it so the QRs could slide from side to side.

Anyway it works well and is secure. But the inside of your truck will get pretty dirty..
 

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Black Bart said:
Are you just wondering how many and how did they position them, or just what would one use to mount them?

No Cherokee specific advice but...

Like this? https://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=3702&item=00-1616&slitrk=search

Use a piece of plywood or a 1x12 board, place the mounts at different angles and/or fore/aft positions until you are able to fit the bikes in your vehicle, (if you place them straight and in a line the handlebars will hit each other and prevent you from getting three bikes in there) mark 'em and bolt 'em.
I did this in my 1988-1/2 (yeah, the 1/2 made a difference) Ford Escort. I could do 2 with the forks toward the front and that I had one more fork mount mounted to a 2x4 that was loose. I would fire the 2 bikes in that go forward, and then back the 3rd in. The rear wheels from the 2 going forward would hold down the 2x4 with the other mount so it wouldn't jump around. Oddly enough, if we kinda slid the middle bike to one side, we could fit the 3rd person in the car. Usually we would have our gear bags just stacked up and the person would just rest against that. Not very safe to say the least, but when I was a poor college student who could justify spending money for a new xtr derailleur instead of a textbook, it was considered "innovative".

Sniff, Sniff, she was a good ol' car. This is when she had the roofrack:
https://www.ryanlipski.com/pictures/sheb_wors_00/sexcort1.jpg
 
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