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  • #16
    If it's only 1/4" bowed then weld on the new supports..... use a bottle jack to push it into place..... and 1/4" isn't much of a bow
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    • #17
      I agree with Mike. 1/4 is no big deal to get out. Cut your new supports and push them up into place, weld them in and you are done.
      Jeff

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      • #18
        If the metal is stretched, what will he do with the excess?
        It will have to go somewhere. I’d tighten those molecules up until they’re shoulder to shoulder.
        Other wise the bed may look like a washboard.
        Caution!
        These are "my" views based only on “my” experiences in “my” little bitty world.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Sonora Iron View Post
          If the metal is stretched, what will he do with the excess?
          Other wise the bed may look like a washboard.
          While it is true that we don't know how far apart the stringers are on his bed, How much stretch could there realistically be with only 1/4" bow?
          It will probably never be perfectly flat, but it can be acceptable without a lot of work and expense.
          Jeff

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          • #20
            I think forcing the deck up and installing more ribs is a great idea!
            Even if there were a little washboard look to the deck, before stitch welding the deck to the new ribs that is when I would throw a little heat to the high spots from the top, why work under the truck anymore than you have to when you can tighten the deck up from above.
            Last edited by Sonora Iron; 02-22-2009, 04:29 PM.
            Caution!
            These are "my" views based only on “my” experiences in “my” little bitty world.

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            • #21
              After reading this thread I got to looking at my bed it has sunk down in between my crossmembers. I think i know why. I used 11ga smooth metal for the top and welded it to 2"x2"x11ga square tube. on 2ft centers guess i should have gone with one ft centers. this is my 3rd bed. never have had this trouble but all the others i used 11ga diamond thread which is a lot stronger. Am I thinking right?

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