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Old 12-06-2013, 08:40 PM
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Ok, so i plan on lifting my truck a little and sticking a bigger and wider tire under it. I have a 5.2l 97' dodge ram 1500 Laramie with an extended cab and an 8' bed. I'm pretty much doing over the body work on the truck at the same time due to some rusting threw or dented up panels. The way I'm rebuilding it would just look 100 times nicer with a dually bed on it. My question is if i were to pick a 8' bed up from another 97' would it be a correct fit or would there be modifications needed to fit properly. Also if it will fit does it need to be a 97 or will any of the 2nd gens beds work? Thanks in Advanced, Shawn
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I haven't tried swapping the Ram beds, but I did something similar with a Ford F-150 Extended Cab I used to own. I also had a quad cab f-350 dually of the same year. the beds interchanged with out a hickup. but before I tried to swap them over, I took off the bed from the F150 and and measured all my mounting points for the bed, gas tanks, Spare tire carrier, and other accessories underneath as well as the fender locations to make sure that the wheels would be centered inside the wheel wells. I made card board "rulers" to transfer each point of the F150 frame to the F350 Box. I got lucky and every thing lined up. The most important part is making sure the fend wells will line up. If they don't you either have to start cutting up the bed to make it fit, or skin the sides of the bed and weld the 3500 bed sides onto the 1500 bed.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:18 PM
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Ok that sounds like a plan. I'm actually taking a trip down to the salvage yard this weekend. got a little hint from a buddy of mine that 1 might be down there. Well wait and see how it turns out whether it'll fit or not. Thanks for the info though!
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