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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Makeshift Bike Rack

July 17, 2014

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

It's possible you remember the makeshift bike rack I built for our 2014 Chevy Silverado a few months back.

Because I'm driving the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to Wyoming next week and taking bikes I needed something similar. Problem is, the Ram's 5.5-foot bed isn't long enough to accommodate bikes using the one slot it offers for holding a 2x6 board vertically. That slot is between the wheel wells and the tailgate so the bikes would need to face backwards, and they're too long for that.

What's more, the existing board isn't wide enough for the Ram's bed which is a few inches wider than the Silverado's. Solution? Lay it down at the front of the bed. It just happens to fit perfectly and it gets locked in place between the leading edge of the wheel wells and the front of the bed. And it's wide enough to be amply stable. Put three bikes on it and it's not going anywhere, especially when they're locked to the bed.

Should be a clean solution.

Here's what it looks like without bikes.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Though it won't work for me this time, here's a shot of the slot located between the wheel wells and the tailgate.

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 5,700 miles

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