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Old 08-06-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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After three bad repairs from two different body shops for rust bubbles on the rear wheel wells of my 04 xlt i bit the bullet and bought a new take off 2013 bed off ebay. Then had the cab,fenders, and hood repainted. What do you think? I know the wheel wells are not the same but it is not that noticable

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:54 PM   #2
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i have never thought of this. wow. Im scared my paint wouldnt match up if it did it. ultimately how much did it cost
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Better yet gimme the whole run down on how this worked. extra holes? paint mach up? twilight pig tails the same? Cause i really want to do mine now along with maybe the 09+ headlight mod
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well it started out as a fix the bubbles on the wheel wells. then it was a paint the whole truck and re re fix the wheel wells,then the bubbles came back two weeks after my brand new paint job so they fixed it again under warranty about a month ago and they are starting to pop up again now. that cost more than the new bed. i got the bed off ebay last sat for $2200 its a brand new take off with the step in the gate,drove from ny to ct to get it on sunday $300,new bolts $22,new nuts $24. Im a mechanic so I swapped it my self at work today so that just cost me my time. but it was a straight swap. no mods to put it on other than the wiring for the lights. I just cut the plug off my old harness and wired it onto the new harness.
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the color is spot on. its extremely hard to tell its not the same. I even like the wheel wells being different, I think it adds a little bit of a muscular look to the rear of the truck. I am in love with the looks of the 09 and ups anyway but didnt want to spend the money for a new one now I have the look I wanted, and the best part is I have a rust free truck
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That actually looks really good you could also change the front clip now.
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whoa i had no idea you could do that! looks killer!
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That actually looks really good you could also change the front clip now.
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fenders, hood, grille, headlights, bumper
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Looks much better! I'm considering doing a raptor conversion on mine. Glad to see more and more people successful in their conversions.
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