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Old 07-15-2018, 02:36 PM
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Default Long bed deck on a 6.5 ft bed

Hey there,

I've recently looked around and haven't really found anything related to my questions. If there is, I do apologize.

I recently sold my long bed truck and thought that I could try and fit my deck into a 6.5ft bed. It does fit, but I have to have my tailgate down because of the legs. Would it make sense to cut a section of the legs out and re-weld them so I could close my tailgate?

My only concern doing that, is that there would be about 4 feet from the legs to the back of the deck. Would that be dangerous when loading the sled? Any opinions on what to do or to scrap it and get an appropriate size deck is appreciated, Thanks
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:35 PM
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Move the legs forward.
Make sure the front is bolted down secure and u should be fine.
Now with 4ft hanging out back, depending on local codes, u may need orange or red flags tied to the back or clearance lights to be legal.

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Move the legs forward.
Make sure the front is bolted down secure and u should be fine.
Now with 4ft hanging out back, depending on local codes, u may need orange or red flags tied to the back or clearance lights to be legal.

alright sweet. I am glad that's what I can do instead of buying a whole new deck. thank you for your input.
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:41 PM
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Yeah, I'd move it. The tailgate section isn't strong enough. Plus, there is a "vortex" like effect when driving down the road with the tailgate down. you would have snow/ice consuming the back.
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My Marathon deck has provisions to move the rear legs between short or long box trucks. I'd move them.
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I honestly didn't know there was an 8ft deck out there that wasn't built for the framework to fit in a short bed. My Silverlake is a full 8 ft + beavertail, but the frame is made for a short bed so it works great in my new truck. I'd agree, if you like the deck, just get the legs moved far enough forward to sit in front of the tailgate and strap the thing down!
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