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Anybody take a piece of plywood, cut it to the shape of the bed and put a wheelchock down and secure the bike that way instead of just plain ol' strapping the bike in?
 
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ND4SPD said:
Anybody take a piece of plywood, cut it to the shape of the bed and put a wheelchock down and secure the bike that way instead of just plain ol' strapping the bike in?
Yep, but you only need enough plywood to get around the wheel well, no need to buy a piece that fits the entire bed.

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That's enough to keep the bike secure? I figured just buying a whole sheet would be better :idunno:
 

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You only have to use enough of plywood to ensure that it, the plywood base, will not slide in any direction.
 
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Pete said:
You only have to use enough of plywood to ensure that it, the plywood base, will not slide in any direction.
If the wood is as wide as the bed, it only needs to be as long as the chock (if it's up against the front of the bed). That way, with the bike strapped in place, the chock can't move.
 

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If the wood is as wide as the bed, it only needs to be as long as the chock (if it's up against the front of the bed). That way, with the bike strapped in place, the chock can't move.
Then based on your logic, the plywood only needs to be marginally wider than the chock as well.

To be honest, the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a full sheet covering the entire bed. so that the chock is attached to something that is bound by the entire weight of the bike. Then again, I tend to overbuild everything.
 

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Then based on your logic, the plywood only needs to be marginally wider than the chock as well.

To be honest, the more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a full sheet covering the entire bed. so that the chock is attached to something that is bound by the entire weight of the bike. Then again, I tend to overbuild everything.
Pete = the Toolman?
 
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Why not just bolt the chock into the bed? :idunno:
A good friend of mine in Dallas did that. He has a very nice chock bolted down in the bed, spray liner underneath it. I dunno how he did it but it works rather well.
 
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A good friend of mine in Dallas did that. He has a very nice chock bolted down in the bed, spray liner underneath it. I dunno how he did it but it works rather well.
It is a little more expensive, but you can get a "LA sport chock" for $200.00, and secure the bike frame to the forward tie downs (no need to compress the forks). No need to bolt the sport chock down.
 
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ND4SPD said:
Truck is a lease, I don't want to modify anything I can't undo.
I did this...... It just drops in the places that are normally used to make a 2nd level for carrying sheets of plywood.
 
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The only problem with useing wood; if it gets wet/soaked it'll warp and you'll probably have to redo it.
 
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I cut an entire sheet of plywood to fit the bed. I didn't need a wheel chock since the tailgate just closed (short bed). Which reminds me, Pitbull charged me a repolishing fee when I returned the wheel chock, after setting the wheel chock on the floor ONE time ($17 freaking dollars). But I digress, like someone stated the boards did get warped after a full summer.
 
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Pete said:
Then based on your logic, the plywood only needs to be marginally wider than the chock as well.
I'm not sure I follow you. :huh: I meant the wood the chock is bolted to would be the width of the bed so it couldn't move laterally.
 
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The only problem with useing wood; if it gets wet/soaked it'll warp and you'll probably have to redo it.
The wood I posted in the pic is 5 years old.
 

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I'm not sure I follow you. :huh: I meant the wood the chock is bolted to would be the width of the bed so it couldn't move laterally.
Yeah, I understood what you meant. What I meant is that with the bike strapped in, the chock has about the same chance moving to one side or the other as it does moving to the rear.

All the way or nothing, that's my motto. ;)
 
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slowpoke said:
I sit corrected! :) How many times has it been soaked though?
Almost every other time I have gone somewhere unfortunately. It's not even pressure treated.
 
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