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Whats better, fix the cracks in the fiberglass, or new bed?

A few months ago, I backed into a tree out in the woods while wheeling the Ranger. It pushed the driver's side of the bumper into my bed which is a stepside, which is fibeglass.

Since then, the crack has propegated, and its gotten to the point where I can't open the tailgate anymore, and the pressure has cracked my tail light.

What would be less expensive, to pick up a bed off a Ranger at a junk yard, or to have somebody do fiberglass work for me and fix up the bed? And does anybody know of a place in NJ or PA where I could find a new bed for the truck, there aren't any places with Rangers around here. Stepside or styleside, doesn't matter at this point.
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given your area, and the fact that good ranger beds are hard to come by in a junkyard due to the fact they are fiberglass, i'd say you'd be better off having the work done to the one you have...

plus you don't have to worry about having an entire bed re-painted

especially with your color of paint John.
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i would bet finding a bed at a junkyard and having it painted would be cheaper than having someone do fibergalss work....
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you can get the whole bed side replaced then painted, i would think under 1000 for it. kinda pricey still.
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John,

Try to find a place that sells pickup bodies in your area. Most often when someone gets a utility body put on their truck, they leave the pickup bed behind. It may not be the cheapest route, but you're most likely to get a bed that is in good condition.
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Thanks Zach, but he's over 3 hours away from here, I've made the drive up to him before.

So far I like Tom's idea most, I'm going to see if there's any way to find some place like that.
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ya finding a bed side or buying one is easy on the step sides get it repainted the step sides just unbolt and re bolt on the new bed....
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I had thought it was all one part, I'll have to pull my bed liner and see what's really involved for myself.
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each bed side comes off, the outer shell. which is why i said to get a new side...
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like Zach just said the outer bed skin has nothing to do with the inner bed besides being bolted to it....see those like 6 caps on the top rail pop those off there will be torq bit bolts under there, and then there is one behind the bumper on the bottom some in the back on and on the bottom outsides...
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and under the step pad....
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I had thought it was all one part, I'll have to pull my bed liner and see what's really involved for myself.

bed liner doesnt need to come off.
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Cool, thanks for the explainations. That'll help a bit.
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and under the step pad....
OH ya forgot about that little bugger
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