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post #1 of 6 Old 05-24-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Fit strom inToy Tacoma extended cab bed??...

Hopefully I'll be buying a Strom in the next week or so. I'll have to travel to get it. How well does it fit in a Toyota Tacoma PU bed. I believe that my bed is 72" and the vStrom is 90".

Does it fit OK with the tail gate down? If you angle it can you close the tail gate? I'd hate to drive several hundred miles and find out that I can't make it fit. Any advice would be helpful.

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I have the answer for this one. With the gate down flat the bike will fit fine. HOWEVER, up to and including 2008 Tacomas have weak tailgate reinforcements built in. This does not indicate the thing is junk but under the narrow plane of the tire contact patch the gate could fold up into a V. This was mostly corrected by 2009. Is your Tacoma a Nuumi built or Mexico built unit? Us built the Vin starts with a 1.
I would recommend adding a sheet of 3/4 plywood in the bed and over the tailgate area. The bed has 2 sturdy tiedowns but you will need 2 more. The sliding holdowns on the rails are really not strong enough to carry the load of a 500lb bike.
Deflate the rear tires to lower the rear and use a sturdy ramp on the bed not the gate. When loaded re-inflate the tires. Now go home... or better yet just go get the bike and ride home. way more fun.
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Hauled mine 100 miles from the dealer to home about 6 weeks ago in a 2012 Tacoma extended cab. Bike fit fine with tailgate down--rear tire just barely on tailgate--actually on the gap if I remember correctly. Definitely use 4 straps--2 in front-2 in back--all pulling down and forward. Don't use the adjustable side hooks on the Tacoma-as stated previously they ain't up to the task. A piece of plywood on the tailgate might not hurt.
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Why not have someone ride with you to pick it up, they drive the truck home, you ride the new bike

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Why not have someone ride with you to pick it up, they drive the truck home, you ride the new bike
Thanks for all the replies.

I will likely have to travel at least 500mi or more to get a new strom. I don't have a sig other or anyone else to talk into a massive 6 to 12 hr each way drive to accomplish the pick up of the bike. Furthermore, I do not want to spend my break in period going 80 on the interstate. (I'm down with the "ride it like you stole it" (well maybe a little less than that) break in method). At any rate, I want to avoid steady speeds.

My Tacoma is a 1999. It has 4 strong tie downs, one in each corner of the bed. I'll go tail gate down with plywood across the gap and 4 ropes.

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