Originally Posted by tinkerz
I have decided to use a 2x12 plank that extends from the front of the box out over the tailgate. When the bike is strapped in place the weight on the front end will hold the plank in place and if the rear wheel extends out onto the tailgate it will take some of the weight off from the end gate.
I have a 02 Tacoma and I agree with everyone else that the gate is about as strong as a noodle. I've bent it just standing on it. Your 2x12 idea is good, but you also need some support under the ramp too. I did something similar with my first bike, but it only weighed 317 lbs.