Our boy Mike Keller recently picked up a sweet full-size van, and is busily working on setting it up to transport his moto gear. Step one, of course, is to find a way to keep bikes securely in the back of the van. Fortunately, Ancra hooked us up with a set of their removable TrackStar wheel chocks. This way, the chocks can be removed when the van is put back into it’s regular use of hauling the kids around. The installation was actually really easy, here are the steps involved:
- Appropriately-sized drill bit
- Marker or pencil
- Appropriately-size socket
Step 1: Determine the Correct Location
It is important to be sure you install the chock in the correct location of your van/trailer/truck to ensure the bikes will fit properly. This is especially true when installing two chocks as we did in this installation. Do a “dry-fit with the bikes and chocks to find exactly where the chocks should be mounted, at what angle, etc. We found that the best fit inside Mike’s van came from putting the chocks at a slight angle to make room for the handlebars once both bikes were in place.
Check your installation instructions to see if there are any specific requirements for installation. In the case of the Ancra TrackStar chocks we used, the bracket needed to be mounted atop the ribs in the floor of the van to allow the chock to easily slide on-and-off the floor bracket.
Once you find the right spot, place the mounting bracket on the floor of your rig and mark it with your marker or pencil.
Step 2: Look Before You Drill!
Once you find the spot for the chocks, don’t just immediately break out your trusty power drill and start putting holes in the floor of your vehicle. If you hit a gas tank, fuel line, or other vital component, things could get ugly real quick. Take a second to crawl underneath your vehicle and spot the locations where you will be drilling to make sure it is well clear of anything important under there. Be careful when doing this, and if you aren’t sure what you are looking for, get some help.
Step 3: Drill Mounting Holes
Now that you’ve made sure you are clear to safely drill the holes, grab the appropriate drill bit, line-up your mounting bracket, and drill the necessary holes.
Step 4: Mount the Bracket to the Floor
This is the easy part. With the holes drilled, just put the bracket back in place, drop in the supplied mounting hardware, and slide back under your vehicle to tighten down the nuts to the appropriate torque.
Step 5: Install the Chock on the Bracket
Your home free now. Just slide the Ancra chock onto the floor bracket, load up your bikes, and go riding!