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Recommended Ladder Rack and Bike Rack for 2016 GMC Sierra with BAK Revolver X4 Tonneau Cover

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I have a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 with Revolver x4s. Bike/Utility rack options mounting in stake pockets Are there any low-profile towers/cross bars compatible with the TracRac base rails for 5.5foot bed? I would lie the flexibility to add the SR to haul gear i want above the cab/bed. However i would like a low-profile cross bar system i can attach bike racks to. What if any options do i have?

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The Thule TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack # TH43002XT-782 is confirmed to fit your 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and is the only ladder rack available for your truck that mounts on top of the bed rails, making it compatible with your existing BAK Revolver X4s Tonneau Cover # BAK25VR. This is indeed a great system that will provide versatility for hauling loads with its sliding legs and 1,250 pound capacity, however the base rails are not compatible with any low-profile crossbar systems like what you mentioned.

Your best option for transporting your bikes is with a hitch-mounted rack. The particular bike rack that will work best for you will depend on how many bikes you plan on transporting, along with their styles and weights. I really like the Kuat NV 2.0 # NV22G, which can handle 2 bikes of up to 60 pounds each, has a tilt-away design, and uses ratcheting hooks to secure your bikes by the front wheels with no frame contact.

Another option is a rack that secures to the floor of your truck bed like the Thule Insta-Gater # TH93VR or the fork mount Hollywood Racks # HRT970.

I have attached a couple of short video demonstrations on these racks so you can see exactly how they work.

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