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Do you just kinda squeeze the two sides so that they meet and then weld?
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nice, that looks like what they do to the prerunners/baja trucks...
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Looks great! Can't wait to see some more pics.
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Looks really good. Makes me what to do mine. Great job.
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yeah just weld the seam back together if you just want to close it but if you want the bed to be able to carry heavy weight again i would weld some knew cross members under the bed floor for strength but i am not going to be using for hauling anything

my old tire gate i gave to my friend for helping me work on my truck
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Elan, yeah you have to do a relief cut from the front hole to the side so it wont bow the bed but its pretty simple I was thinking about doing a how-to on it but i'm not sure if anyone would want it
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Hell yeah man! Get a How to up!
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If ya don't me asking, whats the point of doing this? More clearance for the back wheels?
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dude thats EXACTLY how i want to do mine. i was tellin some guys about that the other day and they said that would be super hard to do. any specs you can give me on the cuts would be amazing!

looks great!
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yeah its really not for clearing the tires as much as it for clearing the trees and rocks with the rear of the truck i have lost about four taillights and have some nice scratches in the paint behind the rear tires
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i am going to make a how to here in just a min
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kool thanks man!
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That looks great! Very clean, the way its supposed to be done.
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hey guys i cant put a how to on this site for some reason it wont let me so i guess i will do one on this tread if thats ok with everyone
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i think you have to go to the howto submissions and do it there. then it will get moved over by a mod or something. someone correct me if i am wrong. never done a writeup on here...
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Yeah you have to put it in submissions, I'll move it over once I get around to that one. I have a big list of them to do.
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well give me about 10 mins and it will be up on this tread i guess some one can move it if they need to because i cant get on it still
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Looks sweet! I like how you cut a triangle out of the middle and brought it together.
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FIRST THINGS FIRST YOU NEED A STARTING POINT DRILL A HOLE IN THE FRONT OF THE BED MAKE SURE ITS CENTERED



THEN MAKE THE TRIANGLE CUT, if you are going to bring the rear in 14 inches or even more thats how wide the cut need to be at the rear of the bed mines 16 inches go 12 or more if you dont it wont really be affective



I forgot a step make sure you cut out the spair tire carrier



This is important make sure you make relief cuts from the hole you made in the front to the side of the bed about two inches from the front wall of the bed to the side this cut will over lap itself when you bring the tail together you will need an extra set of hands for this



When you bring the bed together you will need to weld the pieces back together or something of that sort this is your choice how you want to connect this again



When you go to pull the rear together you will need to cut the extra metal inside the rear of the fender to clear the shackles my suggestion do a comp cut I took out about 5 inches of the bed side for the cut this is optional, when you get this all done you will need to make the bottom of the bed sides secure again you can use a small metal strap for this if you have a welder weld the piece to the inner part of the quarter panel in the same spot the oriniginal holder was and then weld to the the inner part of the bed soory no picture so i hope you understand what i am saying

When it comes to the rear bumper it is all up to you
By the way if you have a body lift you will not be able to use two of the lift blocks but dont throw them away youwill need it cut about a half inch off two of them and stack them on the rear blocks and use the same bolts to secure the bed back if you do not have a body lift like i do then your will need to make a spacer about 3 1/2 inches tall for the rear bed mount because the bracket that was there for the mount will be moved now



I am going to do a bobtail in the near future so I will show yall when im done with it

REMEMBER IF YOU WANT TO STILL USE YOUR BED YOU WILL NEED TO PUT SOME STEEL CROSS MEMBERS UNDER THE BED TO SUPPORT THE WIEGHT

I hope this helps those who want to do this to their trucks its my first how to so if you have anymore questions just post them and i will answer them as soon as i can
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sorry 04blackedge i already put it in before i got your message
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No problem, I'll move it over for you.
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How-to-ftw!! lol

I understand how the dove helps with clearance on the sides but how does it do with your tires? Do they rub instead of tuck?
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no i havent had it out testing yet but if they rub i will trim them a little
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looks really good i like the way you did it
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