How to Replace a Pickup Truck Bed

by Russell Wood

Truck beds always seem to get damaged in one way or another, and sometimes it's cheaper to replace a damaged bed instead of trying to fix it. Junkyards always have truck beds available. Here, it was a truck bed from a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado.

Step 1

First, use the 1/4 ratchet and Torx sockets to remove the three screws that hold on the gas nozzle inside of the gas door.

Step 2

Use a 3/8 ratchet and 10mm socket to remove the ground strap that's mounted on the driver's side forward bed mount toward the rear of the cab.

Step 3

Go to the rear of the truck and disconnect the taillight harness from the rear block that all of the light harnesses connect to. Make sure that all wiring on the bed is disconnected. These harnesses are generally connected to the cab with easy to release clips, so a flathead screwdriver and minimal force will also work.

Step 4

Use a 3/8 ratchet and undo all eight of the bolts that secure the bed to the frame. If the bolts are stubborn to remove, use some penetrating oil on the bolt then try again. If need be, use an impact wrench.

Step 5

With the help of a few friends, lift the bed off of the truck and set aside. Be careful that no wires are still connected to the vehicle when lifting and that nothing is holding up the bed.

Step 6

Place the replacement bed on the truck. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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