new bed rails

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by reggiecab2000, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    well, i decided to ditch my headache rack i made not too long ago with plans for a new, better one... though i havent gotten to it YET, i did at least make some sturdy bed rails out of some , 2.5" - 3/16" thick angle steel.

    this was my recent set up:
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    cut and welded the pieces together
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    couple coats of primer and rustoleum bedliner spray later...
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    so my future plans involve welding some eye loops for tie downs and getting another piece of metal in the front corners to make the actual headache rack. i wouldve done it all at once, but seeing that i only get to go home to my welder every so often, i decided to just finish something at least. now i have some sturdy bed rails at least
     
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  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    A trick that worked great for me was on the cross bed box I put ubolts at bed rail level to serve as tie down points.
    Worked well for the last 10 years.
     
  3. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    have any pictures?
     
  4. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Let me get a couple, dark out now Ill have to get them tomorrow.
     
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    A couple pics of tie downs on my bed box:
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  6. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    now i understand what you mean! that pretty smart actuallly dont know why i never thought of it myself. oh well, got some solid steel in there now to mount to :)
     
  7. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    For light duty tie down they work great, inside the box I backed them up with some 1/4" plate so they dont pull through or bend the box out of shape.
    The light bar in front of the box had tie down tabs on it but they interferred with the Hi-Lift jack so I removed them.
     
  8. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    I like the way that looks even though function is the most important reason for building it. Still looks cool.
     

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