Way to make ur 2 or 4 door super cab adopt a 7ft bed

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by maranger, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. maranger

    maranger New Member

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  3. Fx4wannabe01

    Fx4wannabe01 New Member

    First and second item in the second link only covers the rear portion(common rust areas on these trucks). There's still a chunk of frame added between the cab and axle on the 7' bed models. If memory serves me correctly, long beds are longer 6" fore and 6" aft of the axle.

    Adding a 7' bed to a xcab truck is pretty straight forward for 98+ trucks. Though I cannot name anyone who has actually done it. 98+ trucks feature modular frames that are basically riveted together. The joint in question is just behind the cab and incorporate the front spring mount. Pop off the short bed rear frame half, bolt on the long bed rear frame half, drop on new bed, done! (except there is the little issue of brake lines, e-brake cables, exhaust , possible fuel tank issues, and driveshaft...but those are besides the point. lol).

    Although, GREAT find on that RangerFrameFix.com info. That's something in need by many folks in certain parts of the country.
  4. OP

    maranger New Member

    i actualy am replacing my frame with the 7ft module because i found some bad rust in front of where those brackets go unless i can fix the hole, if i end up replacing with the 7 ft secetion i will post pictures on how i did it, im going to try to fix it cause i dont want to have to replace the driveshaft
  5. Fx4wannabe01

    Fx4wannabe01 New Member

    You will have to do something about the driveshaft, e-brake, brake lines, and exhaust if you change the frame before the axle.

    Or are you trying to swap a reg cab-long bed frame under your xcab-short bed body? If so, a couple cab mounts need fabbed up and possibly a couple of the bed mounts as well.
  6. rango88

    rango88 Chuck Norris Drove a Ram

    I always wished my ranger had a larger Gas tank, having a 7 ft bed might actually allow that. are the tanks bigger on 7 ft beds? :p
  7. rwenzing

    rwenzing Bob

    There is a small amount of difference year to year but most have something like this:

    Supercab 6ft: 19.5 gal
    Regular cab 6ft: 16.5 gal
    Regular cab 7ft: 20 gal

    So you wouldn't gain anything worth talking about if you adapted a factory 7ft tank in place of a factory Supercab tank. I suppose that you could have a custom one made to take advantage of the extra 6" wheelbase but, IMO, that wouldn't be worth the increase in capacity.
  8. rango88

    rango88 Chuck Norris Drove a Ram

    I would like to be able to do 800 kms on a single tank. I fell short about 100 Kms so if I could add a few extra liters (74L for the supercab) maybe an 80L would be enough.
  9. cookiemonster

    cookiemonster New Member

    I don't think so....i have a single cab long bed...and its only got a 16 gallon tank :shrug:
  10. OP

    maranger New Member

    ok so i finished the work on replacing the rear end of the frame where the leaf spring mounts, i took it for a ride last night and wow the bracket in my signature holds up great and the ride differance is incredible. i suggest every one goes and looks to make sure your ranger frame is ok, if you to have frame rot issues then i suggest you buy some brackets and shackle kit from the website listed in my signature.
  11. OP

    maranger New Member

    also i found that my drivers side shackle was only holding on by an 8th of an inch
  12. timbits588

    timbits588 New Member

    that sites definitely a good find! something i'll have to keep in mind if i ever need it.
  13. edgeman4.0

    edgeman4.0 2nd amendment activist

    This is an awesome writeup. If my bed ever gets racked I'm doing this.
  14. OP

    maranger New Member

    depending on where u r i may be able to help u with tht, i did three this week

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