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Old 02-12-2004, 01:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Flatbed or regular?

I was thinking of selling my stock bed (bobbed of course) And was going to do some sort off flat bed what do you think the advantages are to a flat bed as aposed to a stock one or vise versa?
Its late and Im bored at work
Oh ya through some pics of you flatbed or pics of someone elses upon here, Id like to see some and get Ideas thanks
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Old 02-12-2004, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With a nice flat bed you can high lift anywhere all around the back of the truck. Plus body damage is nonexistent. Can make it easier to load/unload and manage trail gear (spare, jack, cooler, toolbox) if engineered properly, rather than climbing into the box on a lifted truck. Also can give you more flexability if you decide to alter your wheelbase, depending, again, on design. Also can make it a lot easier to integrate exo cages. I know of no real downsides to going with a flat bed. If you really want to, you can build in some of the features of a convential box (skin, tailgate, etc).

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Old 02-12-2004, 01:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ya I didnt think about all of that very good....I just dont want a crap load of weight on my yota axles I wana lighten in up
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The 2 main reasons i whent with a flab bed are visibility and not haveing to worry bout body damage in the rear....Only down side i can think of is needing more tiedown and tiedown points to secure stuff in the bed, but then that can be taken care of in the desinge of the flat bed...
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I just dont want a crap load of weight on my yota axles I wana lighten in up
When I took off the bed to my truck it had to weigh atleast 250-300lbs. Even if you add 60-70ft of tube plus a little sheet metal you should still be lightening the load.
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Old 02-12-2004, 03:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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250 to 300 lb!!!!! What the bed is that heave no way..... Ive taken mine off twice and a few others and it didnt seem to weigh that much...And Im not talking about some pussy flat bed made out of angle iron either JACOB
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I lifted each side of my bed to install and remove POS body lift spacers. That bed would be lucky to weight 100 lbs.

You probably want a little more weight on the rear anyway so it flexes better. My flat bed is heavier than the bed, but not so heavy that two people can't easily remove it. It also bolts on.

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Old 02-12-2004, 10:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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this is one of the best flat bed ideas that i have seen



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Hell of a bed, but I dont think the sheetmetal (diamond plate, checksteel,whatever) is too attractive. Why did you choose to make it angle down? Inquiring newbie minds want to know.
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One flatbed I seen on here that I really like. Someday I will probly ditch the back half of my EXO and go Flatbed. I'll probly do something very simular to this
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Old 02-12-2004, 11:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok I took my bed off and DANG!!! Jacob you were right Im not a huge guy but I can lift 100lb over my head preaty easy and this bed weighs way more than 100lb I like your flat bed mazda4x4 and that como bed is tight!...More pics please
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When I took the bed off my Toyota , I hauled it to the scrap yard and it weighed 300#. I was surprised at how heavy it was, and it had one bed side almost completely rusted away.
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I guess one of the questions you have to ask is what style of bed are you going for and how much time do you want to put into it. I run a more standard square design and if someone can post pictures, i'll e mail them one of mine.
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The question now is where do I put this bed? Its not garbage...mabey to some posers but I think it has life in it yet. But I do want a flatbed and have a design in my head. Anyone want a bobed bed?
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Old 02-12-2004, 02:46 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Question for guys w/flatbeds... Is anyone that has one driving it regularly on the street or are most just trail rigs? Reason I ask is that most designs appear to leave the rear tires exposed which could be a issue in states that have laws relating to that.

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Old 02-12-2004, 02:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Why do the toy guys just add onto the stock frame? Why not cut the back of the frame off behind the cab and just bend up a new section out of tubes? I think that would look WAY better, and then you can 4 link it,...

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The question now is where do I put this bed? Its not garbage...mabey to some posers but I think it has life in it yet. But I do want a flatbed and have a design in my head. Anyone want a bobed bed?

I just got rid of mine, nobody wanted it in the free stuff forum, and I had to get it out of my driveway, so i took it to a metal recycler an dumped it for free.
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The main reason I went with a flat bed was because my stock bed had almost completely rusted off! If my stock bed had been in good shape I would have bobbed it.

Improved visibility, better departure angle, less weight and not having to worry about body damage are some of the benefits of a good flat bed. I built mine kinda small, but still plenty of room for a cooler and stuff. It will have a 'expanded steel' floor when I get finished....
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okay this might sound stupid, but im building a flatbed outta tube, then attaching body panels to the outside to retain the look of the truck. ive got a 3rd gen extra cab im gonna double bob the bed sides, shorten the wheelbase and then build a flatbed to fit all my junk/campin gear on, that the bedsides mount to...


admittingly, sheet metal is stupid, especially in back, but i love the look of vova/dirty harry's extra cab with stuby beds....
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YA booger that sounds pretty sweet...but if your gona but that much work into building a flat bed and still keep the stock look going youll have to protect that pretty well...But Ive seen your work and know you will
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I really liked the looks of that tube bed which i think tinbender might have done, i am not really sure. Why not try dove tailing it and bobbing it. I dont see many people doing that.
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Well....Its toooo late I already cut the bed in half Ill take it to the dump tomorrow. Flat bed time
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DSI's old truck with a flatbed my buddy built me.
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Here is a shot of my new one. All together the is about 140' of 1 1/2" x .120 wall tube, that includes the sliders and side protection. My old bed was just about the same design except that it was made from 2" x .125 wall square tube and weighted over 600 pounds. The new one is going to be about 250-300 pounds. We do a lot of camping for going for a week at a time so we take a lot of stuff with us.
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