BedRail Bike Rack

In the summer of 2016, Softopper discontinued the Bike Rack shown below :

I just ordered a Bedrail Bike Rack from Softopper.   I had recently picked up their Soft Top and was impressed.   I wanted to have a way to transport the Long Haul Trucker and have room to place items in the bed of the truck.    With the top up, the Bike would not roll into the bed.. not enough head room.

So the company has a bedrail rack.  This may be a good solution to bike transport and leave the truck bed free to transport other items... or to sleep in.

I will update when the rack is installed and tested.  the soft topper works great... so I am anticipating their rack will also.

I was able to install the BedRail Bike rack in about 30 minutes.   Since I had the Soft Top already installed, I un-tighted the clamps holding the soft top rails and slide the BedRail rack under the rail and re-tightened.   I added another "J" hook to the front of the rack to add another bit of attachment to the bed of the truck (but that may have not been necessary).   The unit is very secure on the truck.   
Next came the true test, putting the LHT on the rack.    I needed to remove the Axiom LowRider Pannier mounts to attack the bike fork to the BedRail rack but that was easy enough... just one more step.   With the Bikes front fork secured on the BedRail Rack, and the rear wheel firmly in place with the ratcheting strap that is provide, I took to the highway.   No issues.....    Now I can transport the bike and have the truck bed free to transport other items.    Very Pleased.

I took the BedRail Bike racks with me when I bought the new F-150.
It was new truck time, and at trade in, I removed the BedRail Bike racks from the Ford Ranger along with the Soft topper.    Unfortunately, the soft topper does not fit on the new F-150 (need to find it a new home) but the BedRail Bike Racks do fit !

I just needed to place the clamps on the rail and the fit was great.

A rail on each side of the truck !

The only difference between the installs was that on the Ford Ranger, I used J-Bolts to fasten the front of the rack to the front of the truck bed.   When I tried this same approach when installing on the F-150  the cab and the bolt would sometime hit when I drove over bumps.     I took a while to figure out what the cause of the noise was.   When I realized it was the J-bolts, I removed them and used a sheet metal screw into the lip of the truck bed.  I was trying to avoid doing that, but it actually makes the installation seem more secure.

I use the rails quite often transporting the LHT and the Fargo to favorite riding locations.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous5/16/2012

    Thanks for the write up. this is what I need.