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Old 04-15-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Question Loading bike in Full Size 4x4 truck?

Hey all,
I did a search on this and found the thread copied below, but it doesn't really answer my question.

I have a full size 4x4 truck, and the bed/tailgate is at about my hips (3 to 3.5 ft ??). Anyway, I picked up these tri-fold ramps from Harbor Freights recently to use.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90018

After I secured the ramps, a friend and I tried to load the bike by walking/clutching it. We had no problems until the rear wheel got onto the ramp and just started spinning (in the slotted grooves and while on the full metal partitions). We pretty much couldn't get the bike in, and we were both too timid to try lifting the bike into the truck (that's why I bought ramps).

Anyway, there are some curbs/ditches etc. around that I could use, but I bought the ramps specifically for taking the bike to track days (my first is on 4/26), and I'm not sure if I'll be able to load it back on at the track w/o the assistance of a number of people. Are there areas around the track that can be used for this? I was just hoping to have an easy way to transport the bike to/from the track or where ever if need be.

Any ideas? Or should I just return these? One suggestion was to remove one of the three ramps and use it to extend off the other two (the single ramp would rest half way up the other two so that it's like two short inclines). Problem w/ that is that I'd have to *permanently* disassemble the ramps thereby rendering the return option useless, and I don't know if I'd still have issues w/ the bike bottoming out when cresting the last incline.

Sorry to be a Negative Nancy, but I'm just a bit frustrated w/ the whole bit.

Also, for the track day, I can borrow a trailer from the same friend who's 40 min. away, but then I might as well return the darn ramps.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:24 PM   #2
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try putting some plywood over it and then oush it up?
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Maybe you could secure a piece of plywood to the center part of the ramp and then use some nonskid paint/tape on the board. That would increase traction.
Or even use some kind of durable regular paint, like epoxy, and just put some fine sand in it (thats all nonskid paint is anyway).
I would guess that you will have bottoming issues if it's the 600RR you are loading but some extra elevation of the ramp may help.
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There will be plenty off people willing to help at the track....dont sweat it.
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There will be plenty off people willing to help at the track....dont sweat it.


+1... I will find someone to help if you need it.
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I had the same problem loading my bike at the shop one time. It will take 2 people but once you get it up as far as it will go, second person will need to lift ramp up off ground about 2 foot. Bike will regain traction and make it that little bit. See on the 26th.
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just pick up the rear and push. Mine is lowered and will scrape if I dont do it that way. I climb up the ramp from behind while other steadies the front. Works for me.
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my truck sits real high (lifted 4x4 2500 dodge) and w/ ramp we have to use a curb or slope to get some extra height. then get good at riding up the ramp w/ a little speed, that way the momentum gets you up the high incline... takes some to do it, but after a few times you get good at it! lol.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll try the curb/ditch route w/ some non-skid tape on a board before I give up on the ramps.
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I bought one of these. Best $60 ever spent.

Carry-On 10-1/2" x 72" Folding Ramp
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That ramp isnt even long enough for a 2 wheel drive truck.
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Works fine for a Chevy 1500. Used it several times. Even easier if you backup to a curb or ditch. Never had an issue getting a bike in the truck with that ramp at all.
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Works fine for a Chevy 1500. Used it several times. Even easier if you backup to a curb or ditch. Never had an issue getting a bike in the truck with that ramp at all.
How high would say your bed/tail gate are off the ground?
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Works fine for a Chevy 1500. Used it several times. Even easier if you backup to a curb or ditch. Never had an issue getting a bike in the truck with that ramp at all.
I tried with that size ramp on my 600 on level ground. 5 3/4 foot ramp=no way in for my 600 unless backed in a ditch. Belly pan would hit right when the front tire got on the truck.
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I tried with that size ramp on my 600 on level ground. 5 3/4 foot ramp=no way in for my 600 unless backed in a ditch. Belly pan would hit right when the front tire got on the truck.
72" = 6'. Like I said we can do it right of the concrete. Not sure how high your truck is but that ramp works great for me.
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72" = 6'. Like I said we can do it right of the concrete. Not sure how high your truck is but that ramp works great for me.
Open dimensions: 45'' W x 69''L
Straight off of the website that he posted.

Those couple of inches make a difference.
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Abel and Pyro, how high are both of your trucks?
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Open dimensions: 45'' W x 69''L
Straight off of the website that he posted.

Those couple of inches make a difference.
Pretty sure we are talking different ramps. The one I posted is 10.5" x 72". :/:
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Abel and Pyro, how high are both of your trucks?
Dunno the exact height. Not mine my neighbors, buts its a stock 2006 Chevy 1500
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