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Old 04-23-2013, 04:51 PM
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So, Im in the process of buying a 1996 Ram Stepside.

I was wondering what the dimensions of the box are roughly (Width, Length). Also if a 4 wheeler would fit, gate open or gate closed.

If anything, it is something I've never seen before, and I am interested in the history of the truck. The Step side bed looks very identical to the GM configuration, but the color matches perfectly with the rest of the pickup.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:06 PM
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No 2nd gen ram ever came from the factory with a step side. It's custom, most likely a chevy bed w/mods to the bed, so the ram taillights fit. I know nobody here has one, so you are going to have to go measure it yourself.
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Yeah. The biggest thing was it drove nice. Dealer was a little sketched when i put her to the floor and didnt let off untill 100, but
the tranny shifted smooth and wot put me back into the seats. Of course a 5.9 in a reg cab short box should. Also, what sort of mileage would one expect?
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:09 AM
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10-14 hwy.
7 in the city.
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Really? That low? My 98 Kota 5.2 got 13-19, and this isn't much bigger.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:23 AM
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Yes, that low.

And the Ram IS that much bigger. lol
And taller, and heavier...
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:29 PM
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I figured my Dakota had a bigger cab, which would sort of even it out haha. O well, I have a new yorker for decent mileage. I just like having a pickup for winter, mud, and weekends.
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No 2nd gen ram ever came from the factory with a step side. It's custom, most likely a chevy bed w/mods to the bed, so the ram taillights fit. I know nobody here has one, so you are going to have to go measure it yourself.
the ram did in fact come with a step side for a couple years (96-97 i believe). i have seen a few around the rochester area.

it is a chevy bed modified by mopar to fit our trucks.
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the ram did in fact come with a step side for a couple years (96-97 i believe). i have seen a few around the rochester area.

it is a chevy bed modified by mopar to fit our trucks.
It's not factory, it's a package from Mopar installed by the dealer.
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It's not factory, it's a package from Mopar installed by the dealer.
Did they just use the same designer for the stepside panels? Seems alot the same, but its dodge so better.
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Did they just use the same designer for the stepside panels? Seems alot the same, but its dodge so better.
I think they may have stolen the Chevy bed frame, and fitted the Dodge shortbed panel design to it.
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It's not factory, it's a package from Mopar installed by the dealer.

no, no, it is factory. some trucks came with them from the factory. there was a thread awhile back that said something along the lines of... an engineer from gm went to chrysler and tossed up the idea.
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no, no, it is factory. some trucks came with them from the factory. there was a thread awhile back that said something along the lines of... an engineer from gm went to chrysler and tossed up the idea.
Must have been unpopular then.

Since there still aren't any stepsides and I don't even think Ford is offering it anymore.
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Found the post you were talking about:

http://forums.4wheeloffroad.com/70/6...ops/page2.html
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Must have been unpopular then.

Since there still aren't any stepsides and I don't even think Ford is offering it anymore.
It doesnt help that pickups are way taller anymore. My 98 Dakota was taller than my 76 Ford f150.
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It doesnt help that pickups are way taller anymore. My 98 Dakota was taller than my 76 Ford f150.
My 76 is so short compared to my Ram.
But it has SOO much headroom.
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My 76 is so short compared to my Ram.
But it has SOO much headroom.
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Oh yeah. Mine was so fun to drive. Really fast. 390, holly 4 barrel, 4 on the floor, explorer package. Too bad the gas tank rusted... on the inside.
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Oh yeah. Mine was so fun to drive. Really fast. 390, holly 4 barrel, 4 on the floor, explorer package. Too bad the gas tank rusted... on the inside.
My 76 is such a hoot to drive. So fun to drop into neutral at a stop light and rev it when the choke is open on the 4 barrel.
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My 76 is such a hoot to drive. So fun to drop into neutral at a stop light and rev it when the choke is open on the 4 barrel.
Mine had duals off the pass side, and I. Would rev into cars in the other lane. Loud, proud, AMERICA!!!

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Mine had dials off the pass side, and I. Would rev into cars in the other lane. Loud, proud, AMERICA!!!
I've got 90's behind the rear tires, so cars on both sides get 'MURICA! blared at them.


BUT ANYWAY!! Back to stepsides.
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