’14-’20 Tundra Crewmax (Rail Cap Cut and Trim Required)
’14-’20 Tundra Extended Cab
’00-’13 Tundra Regular and Extra Cab
First, lower your tailgate. If necessary, clean out your truck bed. Specifically, clean it of any debris or unsecured cargo that may damage your kayak. Then, slide your boat into your truck bed and close the tailgate. Putting the tailgate up raises any overhang up in the air at a steep angle, above the hood of any cars behind you. If you do get sufficient overhang, be sure to tie a flag to the end of your boat to help alert fellow drivers to the potential hazard. In order to achieve the proper positioning, angle the stern of the boat into the front left corner of the truck bed. Align the bow to the tailgate at the opposite corner.
Then, run a cam buckle strap across the top of your kayak, parallel to the tailgate. Attach the cam buckle to your truck’s anchor points and pull to tighten. Next, run a second tie-down from the tow loop back to your bed anchor. Tighten down the strap to pull the boat forward into the rear bed wall. This method works great for kayaks under 11’. Anything longer than that should utilize a rack system to lift the kayak and secure it over the vehicle’s cab.
If your vehicle will be out of sight for an extended period, be sure to use a locking cable run. The cable should run through the tow loop, seat, or grab handles to secure your rig and prevent theft. Follow these easy steps to ensure your yak makes it safely to and from your favorite body of water.
Use a sturdy ramp and load the bike as far as possible towards the front of the truck bed. Be sure the dirt bike is parallel to the vehicle’s side bed rails. Loading diagonally can lead to unwanted, damaging rotation from sudden braking pressure.
Use your wheel chocks if you have them handy. The back-truck bed wall and friction work as a sufficient wheel stop as well. If you are frequently carrying bikes in your truck, consider simply using a piece of wood mounted to the back-bed wall for reinforcement. This can then be notched to aid in aligning single or multiple bikes in the optimal position. Once properly positioned in the bed, you can drop the kickstand and begin to prepare the other points of securement.
Now it’s time to strap down the front of your motorcycle. Fastening the front end correctly is crucial. Your front-end straps do the lion’s share of the work of securement. They ensure your bike maintains a 90° angle securely nested against your chock or bed wall.
When it comes to attachment points, the frame or crash bars of your bike often offer a viable option. While many still use handlebars as the main anchor point, this is ill-advised. Handlebars weren’t designed to bare this type of load. They can easily bend under the full weight of the bike. This can be multiplied by the forces acting upon it during a particularly bumpy or winding transit. The strongest, safest point of attachment on most dirt bikes is around the suspension fork right above the lower fork brace. Next, connect the soft loops to the other end of the tie-downs previously secured to your truck’s anchor points.
Remove the kickstand and ensure that the bike is held upright and not at a slant. Pull your tie-down straps to remove any slack. At this point, even tension is key. Be sure to alternate tightening each side incrementally. Continue until you begin to see compression of the suspension system. After your initial round of fastening, double check each strap for even tension.