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    Posted: 10 Feb 2019 at 9:24pm
How short is short? Our F-150 has the "short" 6.5' bed, and I'm able to drive our ATV into the back and even close the tailgate. How long is your bike?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote offgrid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 7:16am
Taco short beds are only about 5 ft I think. You might be able to add a short hitch extension, which combined with the length added by a wdh could provide enough clearance to tow with the tailgate down. The extensions reduce the towing capacity of the truck because they increase the lever arm on the receiver so you would have to look into that. Towing with the tailgate down would make it more difficult to connect and disconnect the rig but it might be doable. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote GlueGuy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 9:58am
All the Tacomas we have had all had the 6' bed, so I am ignorant on the 5' issues.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2019 at 11:08am
+1 to Our Pod I was going to suggest the same option as to installing a hitch on the front of the tow vehicle and carry the motor bike that way.
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Yep, that's correct for the Tacoma short bed -- a measly 5 ft, and the wheel well humps are almost at the front corners. I like the outta the box ideas...bike on front of TV is a definite possibility although blocking headlights kinda sucks.

I'll look into my options and let you guys know what I figure out...
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