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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-03-2003, 06:10 PM
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questions on shortening the wheel base

i have a 96 f250 hd extended cab long bed. i have a 6 inch lift and 38 inch tires and after getting more serious with off roading, i have decided i need a way shorter wheel base. i plan on chopping the bed down so the wheels are right behind the cab. would it be possible for me to use the frame from a standard cab truck? if not if i were to cut the frame down and then weld it back together would it be too weak? also, how much work is involved in taking the cab off of the truck?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-04-2003, 03:06 AM
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Re: questions on shortening the wheel base

You could cut/weld the frame if you reinforced it with some steel bolted onto the outside, but a better plan would be to move the spring hangers forward on the frame up to the cab, then just chop whatever is left of the frame behind the leaf springs. I've seen this done with a custom flatbed, but if you're planning to reuse the factory bed chopped down you'll have to move the bed mounts around if you do it this way. That, however, would be easier (and more sound) than welding the frame back together, in my opinion [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Re: questions on shortening the wheel base

Yep yep. What he said. Lift the bed and move the hangers forward. The tough part is the Bed modification IMO.
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