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Will Dual Exhaust Damage Bikes and Bike Rack

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Id like to put a platform hitch rack on my truck. The dual exhaust pipes on my Ram 1500 point straight back. Will the bikes on this rack be damaged by the hot exhaust gas? Thanks, Walt

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The photo you sent did not come through but if your 2014 Ram 1500 has a dual exhaust which points directly behind your truck then the heat could very easily damage your bikes and any platform rack such as the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2-Bike Carrier for Recumbents # HR1000Z-R.

Instead, I recommend checking out the Thule Insta-Gater Pro Truck Bed Single Bike Rack # TH93VR. This rack fits all styles of bikes so long as they have a 20" to 29" wheel size, tires no wider than 5" and weigh no more than 50 lbs. This single-bike rack is held securely in place by your Ram's tailgate and you can even lock your bike to the rack with One Key System cable.

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Kyle S

Question:

Hi Kyle. Thanks for the quick response. Your recommendation would work for anyone wanting to put a bike in the truck bed. But I want to carry my long wheelbase recumbent bikes on a platform rack. And I have a cover on the bed. So now I am considering downturn tips on the exhaust to redirect the heat below the bikes. Would you have an opinion as to whether this could work? Thanks!

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Turndown tips on your truck's exhaust would be a good solution to allow you to use the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2-Bike Carrier for Recumbents # HR1000Z-R; it will redirect the heat away from the rack and bikes.

We do carry some exhaust tips which may work for your '14 Ram:

- 2-1/2" Exhaust Tip - Stainless, Weld-On for 2-3/4" Tailpipe # MF35179

- 3" Exhaust Tip - Stainless, Weld-On for 3" Tailpipe # MF35180

- 3-1/2" Exhaust Tip - Stainless, Weld-On for 3-1/2" Tailpipe # MF35178

- 4" Exhaust Tip - Stainless, Weld-On for 4" Tailpipe # MF35181

- 5" Exhaust Tip - Stainless, Weld-On for 4" Tailpipe # MF35188

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Kyle S

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