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I am looking to load my TW in my p/u with a cab height topper on bed. Yeah I know it doesn't clear the lift glass opening with out serious strip down to make it fit. I can't find a high top topper (used) around here that fits my truck and I am running out of time till departure date. So next step is lowering bike to fit.
I'm looking to remove front wheel for transport and replace it with a small diameter wheel to roll in and out of bed. Change out wheel and ride away. Front wheel change is easier and faster than front end strip down.
Thinking of a go cart size wheel with nylon spacers or small kid's motorcycle wheel.
So my question is any thoughts on a wheel that might fit? Any other options that I am not thinking of. Don't want a hitch hauler or trailer.

Thanks, Doug
 

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A wheelbarrow wheel perhaps? Pick one up at a hardware store. A short length of threaded rod and few nuts to keep her steady. That's what I'd do but I'm not the smartest dude out there. You could throw it on for loading then just pop it off and set the forks on some carpet or something like that keep from scratching up your bed or damaging your folks. You might be able to the same for the rear if you had to.

A quick look on harbor freights sight showed a good selection for under 10 bones. I don't think you'd need anything real serious for a quick roll to and from a bed.
 

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Since you are only going to roll the bike six feet, I'd think you could use nearly any small diameter wheel that you could fit on the axle, like a cheap lawn mower wheel from Home Depot.

I know that even with the front wheel off I could not get the handlebars under my opening (I have 2" risers), which is 3 inches less than the topper. You should do some measurements to find a wheel size that would let you do this. Maybe only 3 to 4 inch wheels.

It has been discussed at some length here whether you can lay the bike down in the bed and the consensus is that unless you drain the oil you can't, UNLESS you can figure out some way to prop it back up again and secure it once inside to about 45 degrees....the oil will run up into the top of the cylinder.
 

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How much of a strip down? You need 4 inches, 6 maybe? If you are going to haul it somewhat often and that is all you need, I would tend to pull the topper and put a spacer in on top the bed and reattach it. Use some taller C clamps and tighten down. A a 4x4 or 4x6 would give enough maybe. Also take a ratchet strap to the front and back and compressing the springs will drop it several inches.
 

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Thanks for the ideas. Top of instrument cluster is app. 44". Inside height to cab hi topper is 39".
Dropping fork tubes height of assembly still remains the same to handle bars. Good thought though. I like the use of front brake while loading solo. Compression of front forks by rachet straps doesn't gain enough clearance and also plays havoc with seals for extended travel.
Donor wheel of a pit bike might allow front caliper to engage rotor but I doubt it for use of front brake. I believe T.W. axle is 15mm. Most small wheel axle is 12 mm. Not to concerned of scoring an axle with a 10 foot push.

Appreciate any more ideas.
Doug
 

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Clever idea c.salt.
Don't forget to leave a little extra clearance for your knuckles.:)
 

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Update, 10" wheelbarrow wheel, 3/4" P.V.C. pipe for axle spacers lowers the TW enough to fit in the back with a standard topper with mirrors removed. Loading is a bit more work. Miss the front brake. Another strong set of hands would be nice but did it myself. Looking for a way to elevate front tire easily for easy tire swaps. Wish these bikes had a center stand.

Fred, Not my idea, copied from another forum.
 

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You can build a simple lift something like this.
OSHA would love this one. Pull hard on the drain plug the bike moves forward and the pipe puts you to sleep.

For the TW an easy way to give it a lift is just to pull it to the left on the kick stand raising the rear, slide your block under and let it stand up on it. Is an easy way to oil the chain also. I rotate on the kickstand and turn the tire by hand at the same time while the wife or friend sprays the chain.
 

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How about a ramp? As expensive as aluminum store bought or a 2X12. Put a ring for a snatch block in front and winch 'er up
with a come along. Makes for easy safe unload too. +1 on using a jack too. Seeing as you'll have to put your front tire on anyway.
I sprung for the Harbor Frieght Aluminum one a while back and it's awesome.
 

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Tirebiter's wood block and pole idea is small enough to fit in the truck next to stock wheel and is quickly deployable, now to just figure out replacement for the front brake to help with the load/unload process... Hmmmm, how about a rope from forks to front of pick-up bed, through a pulley, then back to your gloved hand? Easing the rope through your hand might make a good enough Fake-a-Brake to control TW's desire to slide backwards while you re-position yourself while easing bike in and out of camper shell. Or bring along a girlfriend to help hold bike ( This assumes your wife won't mind).:rolleyes:
 

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Tirebiter's wood block and pole idea is small enough to fit in the truck next to stock wheel and is quickly deployable, now to just figure out replacement for the front brake to help with the load/unload process... Hmmmm, how about a rope from forks to front of pick-up bed, through a pulley, then back to your gloved hand? Easing the rope through your hand might make a good enough Fake-a-Brake to control TW's desire to slide backwards while you re-position yourself while easing bike in and out of camper shell. Or bring along a girlfriend to help hold bike ( This assumes your wife won't mind).:rolleyes:
Unloading my TW I use two ramps. As I can put both feet down on them while backing down the ramp. I leave the bike in 1st gear and use the clutch for braking. With the engine off, just feather the clutch to ease yourself backward off the ramp.
 
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