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Old February 6th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Okay, so I wanted to see if I could load my RZR S in the truck bed so I can still tow a trailer but I have heard to many horror stories about the tail gate cables giving out. So this is my solution.. I'm still fine tuning it but it worked great for today and it really did take the load off the tail gate. I strapped it down to my 5th wheel hitch and made it so the front tires also hold it in the bed. (If that makes sense). If you have any questions feel free to ask.. It took me about an hour and cost me $40 in wood (I had some laying around too).
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Old February 7th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Nice work, Do you think if you had the Polaris front bumper that it would hit your back glass?

When i had my silverado, i couldn't tow my flatbed trailer with the tailgate down because it would hit the tongue jack. I haven't tried it with my F250 yet or with my Toy Hauler hooked up.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 08:20 AM
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Nice work. I did a similar setup in my Dodge with a 6'5" bed. I used aluminum channel. I need to take some pics and post. I would watch those boards close. You are getting alot of flex where you are "floating" the rear wheels over the tailgate. Especially watch for when you hit a bump and the RZR weight starts moving up and down.

Also invest in a 12 inch hitch extender to tow with your tailgate down and give you a little more clearance.
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

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Nice work, Do you think if you had the Polaris front bumper that it would hit your back glass?

When i had my silverado, i couldn't tow my flatbed trailer with the tailgate down because it would hit the tongue jack. I haven't tried it with my F250 yet or with my Toy Hauler hooked up.
Yes the front bumper would hit the window. I carry my RZR in the bed of my Dodge all the time and I drive it in until the front tires touch the front of my bed. I have seen guys load them backwards with the front bumper.....And that method is probably better because u put the heavier end in the truck.
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Hey guys new Rzr owner with Dodge 6.5' bed. Plan to do most of my hauling in 5th wheel toy hauler, but now times will come up (like dealer to home or short runs from camping to trail heads) where Im pulling my hitch to carry the new toy in the truck bed

If I understand this correctly, you did this to spread the load of the Rzr across the bed? Your configuration is interesting...any particular reason you angled the 2x8s into the front of the bed?
Would love to see pics commented on about using aluminum channel.

Thanks for helping out "da new guy"
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

I do it all the time! I tow trailers all the time so when I don't have to I don't. But I do have a 8' bed, But I also have the DG Tailgate supports. Also in the winter months when we have snow it is nice not to get that sloppy salt/snow spray all over your machine.
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I do it all the time! I tow trailers all the time so when I don't have to I don't. But I do have a 8' bed, But I also have the DG Tailgate supports. Also in the winter months when we have snow it is nice not to get that sloppy salt/snow spray all over your machine.
I just ordered the DG tailgate supports based on what I've read on here about tailgate load weights, but always looking for new info / ideas. Are u happy with the DGs?
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

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Quote: Originally Posted by rzrs:) View Post
I do it all the time! I tow trailers all the time so when I don't have to I don't. But I do have a 8' bed, But I also have the DG Tailgate supports. Also in the winter months when we have snow it is nice not to get that sloppy salt/snow spray all over your machine.
I just ordered the DG tailgate supports based on what I've read on here about tailgate load weights, but always looking for new info / ideas. Are u happy with the DGs?
Yes thy work great, easy to use. And being I have a 8' bed the tailgate can be put up to about a 45 so I am going to make some supports that are shorter to hole the tailgate up.
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Regarding the load newer tailgates can handle, it's not just the support cables that can fail. There are lots of examples where the pressed steel tailgate structure fails (bends or spot welds fail). Do some research on your truck brand/year and get opinions on the actual tailgate strength. Replacing the cable supports may be a false sense of security.

When I have to load the Rzr in my Toyota Tundra (6.5' box), I lay down four 8' 4X4 posts, two at each side of the box, for the wheels to sit on. I fashioned a separate 4X4 across the front of these that's jammed under the front box tie down loops to hold the front of the posts down as I'm loading/unloading. The OP made use of his 5th wheel hitch mount and tie-downs to accomplish the same thing - holding the front of the boards down so they don't pivot and load the tailgate as you start to load the Rzr.

I load the Rzr backwards as the back end is heavier by a couple hundred pounds. I also use some smaller chunks of 4X4 as chocks to stop the wheels before the bush bar can contact the front of the box or the rear window of the truck.

Using the 4X4 posts, the aluminum ramps bear directly on the ends of the posts, not the tailgate, so there is essentially no load placed on the open tailgate. (sorry, no photos).

Really a 1100 lb Rzr, 5 wooden post and 4 humans puts the Tundra over its GVWR... I need a bigger truck with an 8' box!

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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Quote: Originally Posted by inutak View Post
Hey guys new Rzr owner with Dodge 6.5' bed. Plan to do most of my hauling in 5th wheel toy hauler, but now times will come up (like dealer to home or short runs from camping to trail heads) where Im pulling my hitch to carry the new toy in the truck bed

If I understand this correctly, you did this to spread the load of the Rzr across the bed? Your configuration is interesting...any particular reason you angled the 2x8s into the front of the bed?
Would love to see pics commented on about using aluminum channel.

Thanks for helping out "da new guy"
Sorry haven't been on here for a while. I angled the 2x10's into an A so they could be directly under the back tires and give it better support. Also for an update I upgraded my tailgate cables to the old school stainless steel ones (just for piece of mind). It's worked great so far!
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

may not be as cheap as 2x4's or 2x6's, but you could easily use something like this:



which can be bought in most home improvement or electrical supply houses.

it would not bend under the weight of a RZR and I would load the RZR backwards to put the engine weight into the middle of the bed instead of hanging over the tailgate.

In addition, you can get a twist lock fastener of sorts that locks into the channel of the unistrut. This can be used to fasten it to the bed, tie multiple pieces together or give tie down points for the ATV. If one piece of channel is not wide enough multiple pieces could be put together to make a "strip" for the tires or even a platform to allow loading of different items like lawn mower or ATVs with different widths and lengths.

Steel box channel (U or Rectangle) would accomplish the same thing and would not flex like the wood. Throw some spray paint on it and you are good to go, maybe glue some grippy decking material like whats on a skateboard to the steel since its smooth or heavy/thick layers of paint with some sand sprinkled onto it while its wet.
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

Here are a few updates to my build.. I added this angle iron to stiffen it up and it works great! I also drove around with my video camera in back to see how much it flexes when going over bumps and it doesn't really move at all! I also changed out my tail gate cables for piece of mind to the MA ones.. I think they were like $50 or so..

On a side note for any of you trying this make sure you hook your ramps to your truck somehow.. My truck has a 6 in lift and 35's so its a pretty steep climb and i know if they were not hooked into my bed they would slide right out.
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

glad i just tow with toyhauler...
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

I was going to do the exact same thing with channel Iron welded together with a pin that fit into my gooseneck hitch that is a flush mount. I am dealing with a dodge short bed with an aux fuel tank as well so I have no room to haul anything.
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Re: DIY Load RZR in truck bed and don't worry about tailgate!

I just got a 900 xp. It is too wide to put in my Dodge 2500 bed. I have been thinking about running it all the way up to the top of the bed sides. If I built an aluminum "track" that fit into the bed pockets and rested on the bed sides and maybe some ramps that slide in and store in the "tracks". What do you all think? Sorry the only pics of this are in my head lol
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