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Anyone install a flatbed?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by centralmtconst, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. centralmtconst

    centralmtconst Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I found the bed I want. Highway products aluminum.


    There are no dealers in my area. So I want to drive to the factory and get one. Only problem is that I will have to install it myself. I have never done it. Looks like it would be a time consuming job but not hard. I think the only issues I would have would be the backup sensors and the backup camera. Anyone have any advice? How hard is it? Can a redneck construction worker who drinks too much get it done?
  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,248

    I have never installed one but I know I could do it and probably just as good as a dealer. It may take me a little hit longer but I know it would be done right and all the wiring put away nice and clean. I say go for it. What is better then drinking a few beers and working on your truck on a nice day? Besides working on your truck and having a bikini wearing chick bringing you those beers!
  3. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    Ive been thinking of doing a dumping flatbed on my 04 F350 SRW. The bed is rotted on the wells...
  4. centralmtconst

    centralmtconst Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    A bikini clad chick bringing beers to me whil working on my truck sounds like a great weekend. Wonder how much work would get done?
  5. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,799

    u can do it in less than a day i took my freinds bed off put the new flatbed on and wired it in in about 8 hrs
  6. centralmtconst

    centralmtconst Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    How do you attach the new bed? Is it u bolts? Use factory bolt holes? Wiring is it plug and play or lits of custom? What type of bed did you install?
  7. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    How much is one of them beds running?
  8. centralmtconst

    centralmtconst Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I dont have an exact figure. It might be more then I can spend. Its in the neighborhood of $5000-6000 depending on options.
  9. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,324

    I have built 2 flat beds that dump from scratch. I used a bucket loader for both projects. I was crazy about it being perfect overhang on each side and square. Hope all goes well. Good luck and safety first.
  10. centralmtconst

    centralmtconst Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Yea, probably will have to hold off on the beer until the days are over.
    The wiring is the most intimidating.
    Im not sure how much splicing I will have to do, vs plug and play.
  11. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,324

    I spent countless hours wiring mine and a quite a bit of coin too. I made a complete harness. The headache rack consisted of 4 strobes (8 head whelen box behind seat), 2 work lights, and 2 KC highlights. The harness convoluted tubing was the size of a vacuum hose. I had to terminate it in a box near the back of the frame if ever I wanted to take the bed off. I used all weatherpack connectors and crimped and soldered the weather pack terminals. I got all my weatherpack stuff at McMaster. The taillight and running light harness was also customized to accomidate all the LED tail and brake lights as well as running light. I cut off the LED light plugs (that came with the LEDs) and also used weatherpack connectors. A lot more work with a dumpbed because you have to run the harness down the truck frame then back up the dumpbed. I drilled each crossmember on the left side for the harness to pass through. I think my harness to the headache rack was about 25 or so feet. Hope this helps. Wiring is fun, just takes time.
  12. Barney_Miller

    Barney_Miller Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    If you're looking for an aluminum flatbed body, check these guys out http://www.jomacltd.com. They hand build the bodies and offer a good warranty. They are located in Ohio.
  13. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,905

    Thanks for the tip.

    They were looking for one 2 years ago.
    Hopefully they found one.
    the thread is 2yr old....

    Welcome to plowsite:waving:

    Site happens....
  14. Barney_Miller

    Barney_Miller Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Lol, I didn't realize! Thanks!