Originally Posted by T-O F150
I need to access the stake pockets. I am having an aluminum frame welded up and going to cover that with a custom fit tarp. I need to take a piece of equipment on a job site and protect that equipment from the elements. ( rain mostly ) Problem is its going to be a week here and there over the summer and fall. Those panels certainly won't take installing them over and over and I can't drive it in between without the cover. Anyone make the pop out caps fit a 5.5 box??
Are you saying your going to make an aluminum Bed Cap essentially?
I highly DO NOT reccomend this. This will prevent the bed from flexing and you will crack the outter fender of the bed between the cab and rear wheel. I welded for twenty years and have seen it many times. Guys at work would want us to custom make them Headache racks with bed cap attached to the rack and run all the way back to the rear stake pocket. Every one of them cracked the side of the bed, and they weren't all the same make/model.
If you do this you can't brace it up very strongly or you will have this same effect.