Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Pick-Up Truck Bed

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Elevate and safely support the vehicle on stands. Make certain all four stands are securely placed on both the ground and the truck. The support must be extremely solid.
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  3. Remove the filler neck cover or protective panel.
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  5. Disconnect the filler neck at the body end.
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  7. Detach the mud guards.
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  9. Remove the skirt panels and their brackets.
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  11. Label and disconnect the license plate and tail light wiring, then remove the wiring harness from the body.
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  13. Loosen and remove the rear body mounting nuts; discard the nuts and use new ones at reassembly. Disassemble one mount at a time and pay great attention to the order and placement of washers, pads, spacers etc. They must be reassembled correctly.
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  15. Either with the use of an overhead lift or several helpers, remove the cargo bed from the truck frame.
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  17. When reinstalling, lift the bed into place and align the bolt holes. Assemble each mounting bolt with the proper hardware and install it properly. Leave each finger-tight so that the bed may be moved slightly if hole alignment is needed.
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  19. Tighten each nut to 20-23 ft. lbs. (28-32 Nm). Resist the temptation to tighten these nuts to extremes; overtightening crushes the pads causing both excessive noise and reducing the natural motion of the bed.
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  21. Plug the rear wiring harness connectors back together.
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  23. Install the skirt panels and brackets.
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  25. Install the filler neck and neck cover.
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  27. Lower the Pick-up back to the ground.
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  29. Test the license plate light and rear tail lights for operation.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Make certain to install the correct nuts, washers and bushings on each mounting pad of the truck bed

 
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