ROOF TOPPING TANDEMS WITHOUT A TANDEM MOUNT

Toyota 4Runner, SUVs & Sport Wagons

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Tandem loaded up and ready to go.... but without a tandem mount.

 

How to set it up.... 

4 Runner with Yakima Cross Bars & "Basket-Case" - Everyday configuratio

 

System is installed on Toyota factory rails using Yakima RailRider Tower

 For solo bikes, just attach two Steelhead bike mounts

I use a custom made set of locking cables to secure the Steelhead mounts to the RailRider Towers since they sit outboard of the towers; don't want anyone stealing your bike mounts with OR without your bike attached.  

 

   For the tandems, a pair of QTR towers ($50) and an extra cross bar ($20) is installed near the front of the truck and a pair of standard mount - fork mounts are installed on the front cross bar (found used for $50).

The tandem can be mounted with its fork on the front cross bar and the rear wheel will rest on the rear tray of the Steelhead mount in the same position that a solo bikes would.  

 

 

It also works on the Suburban....

 

 

 Same basic set-up, except three pairs of Yakima DoubleCross Towers are used to attach the system to the factory rack. You could add a fourth cross bar using QTR towers over the front doors of the truck, but we just don't have the need. Like the Toyota 4Runner installation, a cable locking device & padlock is used to secure the Standard Bike Mount front fork lock (with 9mm locking skewer) to the front cross bar.  

 

As you can see, with the front fork mounts aligned with the Steelhead mounts on the back two bars, you end up with the ability to carry tandems without the use of the much more expensive tandem mounts. As configured, this system can carry four tandems -- the rearward mounted tandems are secured to the front crossbar with toe straps; no need for a rear wheel tray. 

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