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Cutting bed sides couple questions?

well ever since my truck got hit a couple months ago i have been trying to figure out a way to make my bed look a little better. I cant afford a new bed till around the end of may once i start working again.

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Thats what my truck looks like right now.

1. what did you guys use for suport when you cut the rolled edge off. I really want a clean look.

2. what did you cut it with?


The big thing is the support i don't want my bed side to flap in the wind going down the high way


Yes im going to do both sides even tho my other side looks fine
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Looks like a flare would cover it. You might try a jig saw with a real fine blade or a cut off wheel on a air grinder
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my flare got fed when i was in my woods a log cough the corner of it and tore it off so that is fed i want to take them off there nothing but a rust problem

It didnt look bad b4 the flare was torn off
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Cam that's not pretty....
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Cutting up the wheel wells is going to make it look terrible. The amount you have to take off it is going to leave a huge gap. I vote save up for a new bed. No point in doing it now and regretting it later.

But if you are cutting it. Use a fine tooth saz-all, or jug saw, or if you have it a grinder with a cut off wheel. If you want it to look half way decent, tape around the line where you are going to cut so the pain doesnt chip.

For support most people just re-roll the edge. Look at Beards thread for some ideas. Or you can add some supports yourself.

Why not just buy a new flair?
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do you know how much a flare is first of all and second did you look at the pics the metal the flares bolt to is gone it should look find cut and it wont be a hazard to people walking past with jaged edges i ahve it rolled under right now i had to to pass inspection


Im only cutting where the stock flare was so its not going to be huge but its going to get rid of most of the rust
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In the end it is your truck, but I wouldnt
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anything is guna look better than it currently is
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^^^ lol me eithoer im sick of this bed its the only thing on the truck that is really rusted
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Don't cut it out like Zach and I did.. its gonna look uber stupid lol.
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Clean up the hole a little bit and then find some way to get the flare back on it to cover it, then try and push those dents out a little from the back or get a couple little suction cup dent pullers from harbor freight and try and pull them out. That would IMO be the best /cheapest bet for you. Or just try and find another bed entirely if you can afford/find one.

Cutting it is going to look even worse than it already is, and its pretty damn bad right now.
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Have you ever used those suction cups?


They dont work worth **** unless its a big dent they suck for little ones idk what im guna do yet i have new panels that i got to fix my rust they arent big enough to replace the dents
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Go buy a new bed and do a bed swap. Cleanest option IMO.
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Have you ever used those suction cups?


They dont work worth **** unless its a big dent they suck for little ones idk what im guna do yet i have new panels that i got to fix my rust they arent big enough to replace the dents
Yes, on my friends Mazda6. It took a little bit but it made the dent a lot better.
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If you want to come and get it you can have one of these damaged bedsides for patching material...just an option...
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I vote for leaving it alone until you get a new bed. It will look worse if you try to cut it.
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I still have this bed sitting around too but its pretty beat...
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Yea just get part of one of the damaged ones above, cut, and weld a new piece in.
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thats alot of work then my truck will b4 mulit colored i think im just guna leave it alone
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NP just an option...
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hey thanks dude i really apricate it it would cost me 80 in gas to come get that stuff and a new bed is only 112 i just need to go get it its the same color as my truck and has a dent right above the rear tale that i could fix with my truck.


Thanks again tho
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Yeah your farther away than I thought but heck for 112 bucks haul some scrap, scrap the bed, trim some trees do sometihing to raise the cash!
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yeah im trying to sell my damn probe if it would sell i would have a grand
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