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Old 08-02-2017, 06:21 PM
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new bed and topper

I had a little oopsie one icy morning last winter and tore up the bedside on my Ranger. Still serviceable but ugly, and probably not inspectable since the fender no longer covered the tire.

Been playing the CL waiting game since then...and I got lucky last week. Ad was pretty vague but implied it was a good bed from a silver '94 Ranger, so I asked for pics.

Thing looked clean as anything in the photos, guy told me his son wrapped the front of the truck around a phone pole and they were parting it out.

Busted my bed bolts loose Monday night (note: Line-X is f'n vicious when your wrench slips)...and then when I met him Tuesday night and talked him into helping me swap beds- right there in the parking lot. Tossed my old bed in the trailer, set the new one on my frame and put the cap on it.

It's got less rust than my old bed did, color matches plenty close enough, and it came with a bedliner and a decent matching topper. I didn't really want the topper, but the seller it wanted it gone so I'll leave it on there a while and see how I like it. (It's a love/hate thing...been a while since I ran one.)

Still need to get it bolted down properly, and finish cleaning up the details...it's safe for travel but not properly mounted right now.

We were marveling how little changed on these trucks...15 years older, and the bed dropped right on my frame. The newer beds have a couple extra bolts to the frame, but they only added more, the location of the other six didn't change. Taillight configuration went from amber turn signals to just red (with corresponding different bulb and wiring configurations) but the lenses swapped over fine. Only thing I have to modify is drilling a hole under the tailgate for access to the spare-tire winch. The earlier trucks had a better system, where it's just bolted up there and swings down...but the '09 has a dumb cable winch.

Photos later; they're only phone and I'm feeling lazy and tired.
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