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OEM bumper question

I have a 2002 fleetside XLT. Is there a difference between a fleetside & a stepside OEM bumper & if so what is it? I have the chrome bumper with the plastic snap on cover. I'm looking at a bumper for sale & while it looks like mine the owner thinks he bought it for a stepside. Do they appear similar or is there a marked difference? My bed was also damaged so I'm looking for a white bed & tailgate. A friend in Mobile found a 2000 stepside for a reasonable price, My bed is 6' long. If the bed on the stepside was also 6' can they be swapped? Where is the gas door on a sterside? Any problems in such a swap? Drawbacks? Looks like I lose over a foot of bed width? New to this forum so if I'm in the wrong place please advise. I appreciate the help. This was my 92 yr. old dads truck & I screwed it up. He died in april so I kind of feel like he knows I screwed it up & he is waiting to see if I will fix it right. I know the bed is cheaper to replace than repair. Thanks.
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Is there a difference between a fleetside & a stepside OEM bumper & if so what is it?
Yes, the stepside is narrower as the end of the bed is narrower. To figure out what it actually is, measure yours from one side to the other, and then compare.


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My bed is 6' long. If the bed on the stepside was also 6' can they be swapped? Where is the gas door on a sterside?

They will swap, the bolts go into the same spots. The biggest issues I have heard of is that the gas tank filler neck is different (and more expensive) on stepsides and that the bumpers should be swapped when swapping beds (Fleetside bumper on a stepside looks wrong). Another drawback is that you loose the width of the bed to "good looks".


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This was my 92 yr. old dads truck & I screwed it up. He died in april so I kind of feel like he knows I screwed it up & he is waiting to see if I will fix it right.

Was he driving at 92? I am sorry to hear of your loss but that is a nice long lifespan and if he was driving to the end, you have that to look forward to for yourself!


I am planning to keep my truck(s) until the day I die, so I would defiantly be looking down (hopefully not up ) at whoever is driving her (them) next and be PISSED if they got hurt! So with that in mind, your dad is watching; does this new bed come with everything you need or are you better off going to a junkyard to pick your own? (all 6 foot beds will bolt on)
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