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Old 05-18-2009, 06:07 PM
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First off the names Hontz and i'm new to the forums! Hope you guys can gimme a little help.

I got an 03' Dodge Ram Reg cab short bed with the 4.7. Awesome truck! Keeps up with the Hemi's around town haha. I live in Buffalo so rust is inevitable. My wheel wells on my bed are bubbling up really bad. I went to 3 body shops today and 2 denied me service saying they don't touch beds on truck cause they can't gaurentee it won't be back so. The one shop will do it for a $1500 (patch primer and paint both sides of the bed). He also said it's gunna come back so he won't warranty anything. I don't know anything about body work and just don't have the time to prep it and do it myself. Was wondering if my best option would be to buy a southern bed, and seal the wheel wells up or i've been looking at new bed sides? I can only find the bedsides i have linked below. They look really good too. I found fiberglass ones too which i won't have to deal with rust either but i'm not sure how hard it would be to put new bedsides on a truck. I'v never done it so... Any suggestions on what i should do, i'd appreciate it and anyone if these bedsides are similar to factory? or anywhere else i can find a factory bedsides?



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Old 05-18-2009, 06:30 PM
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Welcome to the forums, Hontz.
I would try to find a rust free bed and undercoat the snot out of it. $1000 for bedsides plus installation and painting etc. is a bit high.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:33 PM
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I seen a take off bed right in Albany for $800. MINT.
Those fenders lin the links are 4.5" flared. That's gonna make your stock tires look puny as hell.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:14 PM
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Yeah i've been looking at the bedsides and they would look pretty gawdy looking. Where abouts in albany did you see that bed dirtydog? any number i can call on it? I'm a good distance from there for a leisure ride to check it out, so i would have to call first. Thanks for the quick responses guys
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:19 PM
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:19 PM
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Welcome to the forums, Hontz.
I would try to find a rust free bed and undercoat the snot out of it. $1000 for bedsides plus installation and painting etc. is a bit high.
I agree. I would do an undercoat and then rhino line it.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:28 PM
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HAHA hontz? It's all good, i think my names sweet. And yeah i'm in the process of looking for a bed right now. I have ads on craigs list and keeping a look out on ebay.
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Default Here's my plan for my rusting junk of a 2003 dodge ram

In short I'm just having a body guy take out the rust, patch it and seal teh crap out of it then put flares on. BUT since it's at the dealer for service today and I had them look at the rust and got the Oh it probably won't be covered BS.... When I get the truck back tomorrow I'm going from the service desk over to the sales office and walk in to the salesman's office that I bought TWO new vehicles from within 4 years and let him ask what I'm doing and I'll say I'm truck shopping as I shake his hand and when he asks what I'm looking for I'll say a nice new F150 right down the road..... Chrysler just lost a customer and here's why.... If a truck can't last 7 years and not start rusting I'll never in hell buy another Dodge.
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And you think a Ford F150 is not prone to rust when when exposed to salt and sand? LOL

Welcome to the site and I hate to break it to you but Ford and everyone else out there makes thier rides from the same metals and materials.

Your truck is an 03 and it is now 2011. Thats about 8 yrs old +/-.

Go buy an 2011 Ford and wait 8 years in states that lay sand and salt and you will see what I mean. When i used to travel up north for Xmas, I was **** about pressure washing the underside of my car all the time.
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And you think a Ford F150 is not prone to rust when when exposed to salt and sand? LOL

Welcome to the site and I hate to break it to you but Ford and everyone else out there makes thier rides from the same metals and materials.

Your truck is an 03 and it is now 2011. Thats about 8 yrs old +/-.

Go buy an 2011 Ford and wait 8 years in states that lay sand and salt and you will see what I mean. When i used to travel up north for Xmas, I was **** about pressure washing the underside of my car all the time.
I can tell you unequivocally that in the area I live-smack in the middle of the rust belt-Dodges most certainly DO rust out before Fords. My boss's 05 Dodge 1500 has been rusting since at least 08, along with about every other Dodge from that generation. My father's 96 Ford F250, with a lot harder life, has nowhere close to the rust. My 89 F250 has only a little more rust around the fenders. My bro-in-law's 04 F150 has no rust. My friend's 06 F150 has no rust. My 88 Bronco II has nowhere near the rust. Another bro-in-law's 04 Silverado has no rust. Another bro-in-law's[yes, I have lots of them] 05 Dodge 2500 has the rust. These are all people living in a 20 mile radius, and most of the trucks never see the inside of a garage, except my boss's Dodge, imagine that... Don't tell me a Ford, Chevy, or GMC rusts like the Dodge does. You've got Mopar infesting your brain, my friend.
Heck, I even like the Dodge trucks overall. But I won't have a tin can that can't stand up to an Indiana winter.

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:46 PM
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We just spent a week on the beach and I noticed all kinds of vehicles that had rust on the bottom of the rockers. Im sure the frame and chassis was just as bad. Bottom line, everything no matter who makes it will rust.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:19 PM
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Did saturn make alot of plastic sided vehicles? I guess those didnt rust as bad, but when you see them in a crash in the winter time, they fall to pieces like humpty dumpty.......

All steel will rust, simple fact, Some companies cheap out on baseline paints yada yada. Ive got the clearcoat paint job on mine, and its help off alot of rush, but the frame has started to go, Alot of gravel in summer, and alot of sand and salt in the winter.

Its all in how you take care of your truck. I did the frame and wheel wells this summer. Wire brush, wire dremmel attachments, rust primers, black paint for frame, and rubberized asphault for the wells.

That alone probably gave my truck another 3 years help with the rusting, I just need to keep on it with the primer and paint on the frame. the body is doing good.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:21 AM
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www.southern-truck.com
where us michigan folk go..
my buddy just got a 96 bronco cab for$ 2000 mint,of coarse the sheet metal...Bed if I can remember $1000 and hell they might be able to get the same color if you give them time..
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I can tell you unequivocally that in the area I live-smack in the middle of the rust belt-Dodges most certainly DO rust out before Fords. My boss's 05 Dodge 1500 has been rusting since at least 08, along with about every other Dodge from that generation. My father's 96 Ford F250, with a lot harder life, has nowhere close to the rust. My 89 F250 has only a little more rust around the fenders. My bro-in-law's 04 F150 has no rust. My friend's 06 F150 has no rust. My 88 Bronco II has nowhere near the rust. Another bro-in-law's 04 Silverado has no rust. Another bro-in-law's[yes, I have lots of them] 05 Dodge 2500 has the rust. These are all people living in a 20 mile radius, and most of the trucks never see the inside of a garage, except my boss's Dodge, imagine that... Don't tell me a Ford, Chevy, or GMC rusts like the Dodge does. You've got Mopar infesting your brain, my friend.
Heck, I even like the Dodge trucks overall. But I won't have a tin can that can't stand up to an Indiana winter.
I can also tell you that my brothers 2011 F150 is rusting from the salt on the roads up here in canada @ 15k miles and my 05 Ram has been stripped twice and no signs of rust forming on any part @70ish so it has a lot to do with maintenance. Mine gets washed twice a week regardless of need. It has a lot more to do with maintaining than it does vehicle brand. Steel is steel and steel rusts, you can't go to another brand and hope they found magical steel that is rust proof because it does not exist
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I can also tell you that my brothers 2011 F150 is rusting from the salt on the roads up here in canada @ 15k miles and my 05 Ram has been stripped twice and no signs of rust forming on any part @70ish so it has a lot to do with maintenance. Mine gets washed twice a week regardless of need. It has a lot more to do with maintaining than it does vehicle brand. Steel is steel and steel rusts, you can't go to another brand and hope they found magical steel that is rust proof because it does not exist
Ok, Mopar nut-whatever you have to tell yourself. But guess which truck out of all the ones I talked about is the only one that gets washed & waxed regularly? Yep, that's the one. And it still rusted out like hell. But you bet-it's just a fluke, right?

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Dude, just leave the forum.

You obviously have nothing to do here besides troll and revive an old thread that was already a year dead before you came along.
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Dude, just leave the forum.

You obviously have nothing to do here besides troll and revive an old thread that was already a year dead before you came along.
Ah, but I caught you just fine, didn't I? If you don't want to keep it going, YOU leave.
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manufacturers warranty on rust perforation never out last the lifespan of the truck, so it's a given your going to rust with all the rusty recycled steel going back into the automotive food chain.
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