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Old 10-23-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hmmm almost sounds like a reality show. Anyways, I just watched the durability torture test on the 2015 aluminum bed. Would it be possible to swap the bed to 09-14 F150'S? I was just thinking about it since thats where their getting a lot of weight savings. This mod might make sense for all of us with late model low mileage 09-14's. Save a lot of gas mileage too, andd actually might be lighter since the 15's are tech heavy. I'm not too familiar with mounting new beds but a place near me in San Jose does it day in/out. While I was looking at trailers I saw a new bed be put on in like 50 minutes. They had hydraulics of course but it didn't look too bad. a few electrical hook ups and done. Anyways, food for thought. Opinions?

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Im curious if anyone knows what the bed weighs. I would guess maybe 3-400lbs depending on 5.5'-8'.I cant imagine the cost of buying a new bed for weight and fuel economy savings being efficient. The proce of an aluminum bed could buy a lot of gas. Even if you save 2-300 lbs, thats not going to be a significant gas savings. I know my gas mileage doesn't change with 280 lbs of sandbags in the bed.
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I wouldn't do it. Assuming that the bed bolts are in the same pattern, you'd still have to deal with dissimilar metal corrosion.
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I wouldn't do it. Assuming that the bed bolts are in the same pattern, you'd still have to deal with dissimilar metal corrosion.
That would not be difficult to deal with...

Assuming the bed dimensions are the same and it would mount, I think the new bed is not as deep so it would look funny.

OP: Good idea although I am not sure that the bed makes up the majority of the weight savings, the cab and front end probably account for at least as much weight savings. If the bed was most of the savings, the RCSB would be seeing almost as much weight savings as a SCrew but it is not.
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Im curious if anyone knows what the bed weighs. I would guess maybe 3-400lbs depending on 5.5'-8'.I cant imagine the cost of buying a new bed for weight and fuel economy savings being efficient. The proce of an aluminum bed could buy a lot of gas. Even if you save 2-300 lbs, thats not going to be a significant gas savings. I know my gas mileage doesn't change with 280 lbs of sandbags in the bed.

Thats true, but even 280 lbs of payload is pretty significant if you only have 1100 to start with. As far as money I was thinking a couple of years down the road when there will be a lot available. At this bed swapping place in San Jose
I saw a few for a $900.00 that looked brand new. Most of them were in oxford white but i'm guessing there from fleet use. Most had spray in liner and looked brand new. I'm not really sure what the 2015s vs the earlier models weigh so it's all in theory, although it could make sense for 250 pounds of savings. Especially those with SCREWS.
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That would not be difficult to deal with...
Do tell.
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Galvanic corrosion could easily be avoided if the mounting areas are coated with non conductive material. Seeing how there's only 6 to 8 places where they touch i think bed liner or rubber coat would work.
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I suppose, bedliner might work. Those areas see a lot of vibration, and wear off the e coat and rust. I guess if you did get it, the bed would just fuse to the frame, like an aluminum rim to a steel hub, haha
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i would worry about the look and the interface between the bed and the cab. the shapes could be conflicting between bed and cab.
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