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Old 11-14-2017, 06:02 PM   #1
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While off road at high speed it is necessary to secure all equipment in the bed. Unfortunately ford does NOT make this easy.

The four brackets are a joke, there are only two low tie down anchor points, and lastly the aluminum bed minimizes additional options.

If anyone has any ideas or experience please chime in.

I'm looking too secure my rotopax, and fuelpax, coolers, fire wood, etc.

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Have you looked at bed track systems?

Like this: http://www.cabelas.com/product/auto-...9.uts?slotId=4
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Check these out.
https://www.builtrightind.com/produc...rs-fseries-kit

Other alternative would be to ditch the cleats (I don't have any issues with mine) and make something work in the existing spots. As far as the aluminum bed, you can drill and add holes. Just be careful of galvanic corrosion due to dissimilar metals.
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Thanks for the ideas. I really like the different track systems, but it still leads to attaching the mounts to aluminum. I'm going to pop rivet a few brackets on tonight and see how that holds up.
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this is, essentially, what I use. I use stainless 5/8" through bolts. Beefy as all get-out.

Sorry, I neglected to insert a link...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-Forged-...%257Ciid%253A1

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I'll see how these pop rivets hold up.

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Did you use backing plates for the rivets?

I just use rubber bungie straps to hold my RTIC 20 in place with the factory cleats. Between the weight of the cooler and the rubber bed mat it doesn't go anywhere. But I don't go flying off road.
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Thanks for the ideas. I really like the different track systems, but it still leads to attaching the mounts to aluminum. I'm going to pop rivet a few brackets on tonight and see how that holds up.
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The stuff I linked you unscrew the boxlink system, and install the system between the boxlink and the bed.
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On past trucks, i've bought military surplus D rings, removed the bed bolts and reattached them with the D rings. That would give you a few heavy tie down spots in the bed and you wouldn't have to worry about the strength of the aluminum bed. My last truck had a composite bed and I added D rings to that also and just used a large, plate washer backing plate so it wouldn't pull through. You could do the same with your aluminum bed.
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Yeah, sorry, I forgot to include the link in my last post:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2-Forged-...%257Ciid%253A1

I use 3/4" stainless through-bolts into the wheel wells with heavy fender washers.

But I have other ways of securing other equipment:





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