Toyota Deck Rail System

Dallant

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I’m using 3/8” plywood to hold some components of my “system”. I’ve cut the plywood in such as way that the “tabs” fit into indentations in the bed walls just forward of the wheel wells to (hopefully) reduce movement.
 

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bikeman242

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Dallant

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Looks nice, what model truck do you have? Is that a high rise topper?
It’s an ’03 Silverado. Yes, it’s an older (‘11 maybe) Jason high top bought specifically for this project.
 

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bikeman242

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It’s an ’03 Silverado. Yes, it’s an older (‘11 maybe) Jason high top bought specifically for this project.

Jealous of you guys with the 6.5 foot beds. I have a short 5 foot bed on my truck. Great for getting around in the city, and a solid 25mpg highway, but a project like yours is nigh impossible on a short bed.
 

Dallant

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Jealous of you guys with the 6.5 foot beds. I have a short 5 foot bed on my truck. Great for getting around in the city, and a solid 25mpg highway, but a project like yours is nigh impossible on a short bed.
I’m jealous of 25 mpg!
 

Dallant

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How is it climbing inside your topper to get the bike secured?
Ideally, with a bit of practice I won’t need to climb in at all. The blue strap really isn’t a requirement. That said, when I use the ramp it’s very easy. And because it’s such a tall topper I have plenty of room just bent over at the waist. I also bought a bed mat that makes crawling in it much easier on the knees.
 

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Dallant

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Thanks to everyone for all the helpful feedback! Here's what I've come up with and it is rock solid. It's pretty similar to Dallant's setup, (minus the added aluminum extension blocks) and I use the same folding ramps which I already had for loading other stuff.
Link to the hardware: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002N0013G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Looks great! Only reason I used the blocks was to extend it out so the handlebars would fit in the high-rise topper. It’s still very solid and if (and that’s a big if) I ever want to use those mounts with the topper off, I can easily remove them.👍
 

Dallant

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How is it climbing inside your topper to get the bike secured?
BTW, I was able to get the Allant in (without climbing in!) and all secured easily the other day even though I had a flat rear tire. Didn’t use the strap and it was still very solid.👍