Flatbed jetski hauler build

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Been thinking about cutting up my prerunner for awhile and converting it to a flatbed. I kinda just put it into the back of my head as a cool idea, until I found a flatbed local for a decent price and got talked into it. After I pulled some measurements off the flatbed I dove straight into cutting off my bedcage. Which means no more hitting any sweet jumps.

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After that I got the bed all squared up and I was it was a way better fit than I ever would’ve though.

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Now the flatbed is 8’ long and my oem bed is only 6’, so I needed to fill the space in behind it. Decided why not put some boxes in to fill the space and also have some storage. Went on Craigslist and luckily found 2 nice boxes for only $100.

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Next part was cutting the boxes in half to mount. When I went to mock it up I realized it’s about 3 3/4” too wide. Ended up having to cut a section out of the boxes, which wasn’t fun at all.

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Welded the boxes in place and plated the section behind it.

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The flatbed already had universal hooks on the side, so I decided to wrap it with flatbar for more strapping points.

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I filled the space in the flatbed where the cab is after that with some square mesh, but I don’t like it as much as I though. I’ll probably be cutting it out for diamond plate.

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Got a few progress pictures.

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That’s about all I have done to it right now. I’m wanting to build some removable aluminum bunks with a winch/ramp setup. I have an idea of what I want to do, but if anyone wants to share their setup I’m always looking for ideas.
 
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Got the diamond plate on the rear bumper and set my buddies sx on it. Looks like i’ll be able to fit 3 skis facing foreward or 2 skis and a pitbike for Daytona

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The possibilities are endless!

I have always wanted to do a flatdeck hauler but have never had an ideal vehicle to do it with. I have countless hours scouring the internet for pics of low profile aluminum flatdecks and even have a pic somewhere of a Toyota with a custom tube frame deck that would really suit that rally truck.
 
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Hitch receiver is mounting so theoretically I can haul 4 skis with no trailer lol.

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I also went ahead and wirewheeled the whole thing. Then sprayed a couple layers of paint.

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Went into the shop today and got the aluminum bunk setup mostly done. I decided to just go with two bunks. I set them out pretty far so I can put my beach cart and other stuff in the middle. The whole setup is actually pretty light and I can mount it by myself easily.

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Got my ramp made today. I’m waiting on my wheels to get here for it. It’ll have 16-20 wheels for the skis to roll up. I also made the universal hooks for the rear for tie down points and for the ramp to hook into.

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