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Old 08-02-2017, 05:21 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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Old 08-03-2017, 03:30 AM
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It's pretty much just sitting on there...once I snug everything down the body lines should line up a little better.

Not a perfect match with the lower accent color and fender flare, but close enough for my needs.
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Old 08-03-2017, 03:35 AM
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Looks nice, Ian.
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Gotta say with as anal as you are about things I'm surprised you went that route
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Gotta say with as anal as you are about things I'm surprised you went that route
That's what I was thinking! Haha, it looks good though, it's uncanny how little changed.

You didn't like punch grazing the LineX???

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Gotta say with as anal as you are about things I'm surprised you went that route
Not really- it's an unmolested factory bed, which is what I had before. I don't think a replaced bedside would've come out as good as a factory bed/paint job...and a new OEM bed with paint would've cost a fortune...

I'm anal about taking care of stuff, but I don't actually care what it looks like...at least not much. (I did pass a screaming deal on a bed- $100 - because I couldn't bring myself to put a red bed on the thing, but...)

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You didn't like punch grazing the LineX???
When I got done, my hands looked like this:
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Dang that bedliner did tear you up.

That bed looks to be in good shape.
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You need a pair of these
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:13 AM
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And now for a question...

The cap has lost it's third brake light somewhere along the way. I know a lot of people run caps without them, but I really prefer to have one for safety.

The last cap I wired, the truck had separate amber blinkers...so it needed a converter box for the trailer lights but there was a "brake light" wire I could tap into for the cap...this truck just has red stop/turn lamps on the rear...which means if I tap into the "brake light" it'll blink with one of the directionals. Which I won't tolerate.

So...there's got to be a solution to this....but I'm not familiar with what it is?
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Not sure how involved it would be but could you run something straight from the brake light switch? This should bypass the turn signal switch. Not sure if you would want a relay setup but it seems like this could solve your problem.
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