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    Converting a Ute to flatdeck

    I'm toying with the idea of converting my Ute to a flatdeck. There seem to be a few decks on trademe but my question is how generic are they? If off a Hilux will they only fit a hilux or could I put on my Ranger as well?

    Any other thoughts or issues with doing this?

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    Some decks are pretty universal fit, would depend on the deck and the ute but nothing is impossible just a matter of if it is worth the effort/cost.
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    look at a ranger with its wellside off.....see whats there to attach a deck to...maybe another ford or mazda deck will bolt straight on as has same chassis??? fifty quid to a knob of goat shit any half decent wrecker will know what will fit or what is the same.
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    Yep mazda/ford will be the same for same for most years, shagger hilux have four mounts per side but new ones only 2 mounts per side....cant say I have looked at mounts on my Mitsi as I dont work on it.
    Hilux deck I was working on/with fitting a crane to last week had quite a good modular deck design that would fit most anything I would think....will have a look in my phone to see if I took any pics.
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    I’ve a universal fit alloy deck by Gitsham (Aussie) sitting here, took it off a Landy I imported. The main rails are channeled so you can move the mounts around to suit, and the guards will fit anywhere. I can take some overall measurements for you and a few pix if you’re interested. let me know.

    This is it before I took it off.

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    I just changed my 2013 BT50 from a well to flatdeck. The deck was from the previous generation and had two mounts whereas the newer one had three (per side) and the height was different. Took about half a day to weld new cross bars on and make up spacers to raise it a bit. Lights just plugged straight in.
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    If you get a good deck at the right price i cant seeing it been a big job. The couple of decks i have fitted just needed mounts changed. finding a good deck a good price will be the hard bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishoot10s View Post
    I’ve a universal fit alloy deck by Gitsham (Aussie) sitting here, took it off a Landy I imported. The main rails are channeled so you can move the mounts around to suit, and the guards will fit anywhere. I can take some overall measurements for you and a few pix if you’re interested. let me know.

    This is it before I took it off.

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    Great looking deck, my Ute is double cab so that one would be too long unfortunately

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Yep mazda/ford will be the same for same for most years, shagger hilux have four mounts per side but new ones only 2 mounts per side....cant say I have looked at mounts on my Mitsi as I dont work on it.
    Hilux deck I was working on/with fitting a crane to last week had quite a good modular deck design that would fit most anything I would think....will have a look in my phone to see if I took any pics.
    Good info thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbear View Post
    If you get a good deck at the right price i cant seeing it been a big job. The couple of decks i have fitted just needed mounts changed. finding a good deck a good price will be the hard bit
    Sounds like if I find a good deck fitting it is easier part so will keep an eye out

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    @hillclima if you struggle to find something reasonable, this one can be shortened, the deck is made of panels that lock together. I have already dropped the headboard by one panel as I was thinking of making it a trailer. Take a couple deck panels out and shorten the sides and refit the end mouldings. It's all 6mm bolts. You could have it for a few hundy and some IPA.
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    @hillclima there's another party interested, but you have first refusal. I'm posting the pics here so I only have to do it once.

    Underside... 2 x 100x50 alloy longerons and 3 x 50x50 galv steel cross braces, all can be moved in channels.
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    The deck sections are 200mm wide so that's how much shorter it would be for each one removed. I still have the missing headboard panel, and the bolts and packers for chassis attachment but you'd probably have to cut some up yourself to mate up to the Ranger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ishoot10s View Post
    I’ve a universal fit alloy deck by Gitsham (Aussie) sitting here, took it off a Landy I imported. The main rails are channeled so you can move the mounts around to suit, and the guards will fit anywhere. I can take some overall measurements for you and a few pix if you’re interested. let me know.

    This is it before I took it off.

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    What did you do with the Landy?
    Just a different flat deck or some other conversion?

 

 

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