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Starting new thread / pictures for bed removal, air bags, shocks, Hutch mod

I got started today, after breaking my first T-50 stubby on the bed bolts I decided to try something different and it worked tremendously well- much better than grinding (IMO)- I do enough grinding at work! Funny thing is I have seen no mention of this on Diesel Stop, truck forums, or YouTube.

1/2” Milwaukee Drill, stepped 11/16” drill bit— drilled out 6 bolts in 40 minutes, going slow, making sure I stayed centered, and plenty of oil. Once deep enough head of bolt spins off.

Once the bed is off I will either weld nuts to remaining bolt shoulders or sawzall.
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I gave up after not seeing them want to back out...figured they wanted to stay more than I wanted them out. lol

2000 F250 XLT 4x4 SC 7.3 w/Auto Tranny w/ TC L/U Sw & shift kit, 3 autometer gages, Super Zoodad, PHP Hydra chip, 4" DP/Exhaust w/dual 3.5" outlets, 275/70/18 Kumho AT51s on 8.5" rims, 08 AlumDiffCvr, Bilsteins, 31 row trans cooler, WW, BPV delete, AIH delete, hutch, harpoon and billet FPR (70psi), trans cooler bypass delete by accident, rear air bags, Jimmijammers.
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Bed is off! Went quite well working by myself—ceiling was just high enough
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Nice job!! My 99 has restrictor in the filler right at the door, I did not wack it out when I had my tank out. Not a big deal but every now and then I find a pump with a big nozzle I can't use. If yours has it now would be a good time to wack it. Keep the pics coming.
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The remaining bed bolts—1. pipe wrench & cheater pipe, turned bolt shoulder until nut broke loose from the clip. 2. Cut clip in two with cut off wheel. 3. Tap of the hammer and it all falls apart off of the frame
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Sorry all, been trying to move forward but have been tired, I’ve been welding hydraulic 4” schedule 160 pipe all week on a machine outage at work:

Got the air springs modified and fitted: Air Lift, Load Lifter 5000 part # 57298 bought from SD Truck Springs. The application says for ‘71-‘04 F250/F350 Superduty 2WD/4WD w/Reese 5th wheel.
So here was the problem, I laid out the springs in their respective location (there is a Left and a Right. I did not like the fit. I double checked instruction detail which shows “Forward” and and still could not understand why in the world they would lay out the bracket this way. Bracket didn’t catch much of the frame on the forward end and rear of bracket that overlapped the 5th wheel bracket was excessive and holes didn’t line up🙄.
I reversed the top brackets putting the left on the right, and right on the left, looked at the modifications I would have to make to the slots in the top bracket, and fully welded to the 5th wheel brackets. Then I called the “Air Lift Technical department, went over the detailed drawing and they said “go for it”. From what I gathered they try to cover a lot of frame designs with a limited number of brackets.
The finished fit turned out “sweet” and I am posting pictures before painting so that the mods are obvious. Sorry for the extremely long post but figured someone may run into the same issue. I am also including the diagram from the instruction manual so you can see the difference,

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Your next issue may be getting the bed back on. I did mine with the bed on and the top brackets barely squeezed in, so take some measurements for no surprises.
Of course we have different beds, so hopefully you are good to go.

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Your next issue may be getting the bed back on. I did mine with the bed on and the top brackets barely squeezed in, so take some measurements for no surprises.
Of course we have different beds, so hopefully you are good to go.
Thanks 69mach1377— good to always look at all possibilities, earlier I took some measurements and layed my 4’ level across the 5th wheel brackets. The top bracket lip that turns up (stiffener) is going to clear by about an inch on each side.

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Nice...mine actually touch, but there is no movement so not an issue.

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Now that you have airbags to adjust hight you could pull the blocks out from under the springs. I dropped the springs all the way to the top of the axle on my 99 and my tail gate is now 5 inches lower. Great for loading/unloading and better side wall clearance for the 5th wheel on uneven ground. Truck sits level when empty and headlights are always aimed right due to adjusting air bags for the load. I ran my air bag lines to the top holes in the license plate. This is also a good time to pop the spare tire key out of the reel if so inclined. What year truck do you have?
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Now that you have airbags to adjust hight you could pull the blocks out from under the springs. I dropped the springs all the way to the top of the axle on my 99 and my tail gate is now 5 inches lower. Great for loading/unloading and better side wall clearance for the 5th wheel on uneven ground. DENNY

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