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Palmetto 05-25-2020 09:12 PM

Mule Pro flat bed build
 
I usually run around in 2 seat mode, but the kids are getting bigger and we need more room . Rolling in 4 seat mode leaves a pretty small bed, and that's just not good enough for me.

I layed this thing out exactly like the factory bed so I could use the original latch points. I like it so far.....



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Palmetto 05-25-2020 09:12 PM

Framed outhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...0e389b5b69.jpg

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Palmetto 05-25-2020 09:13 PM

Oh no...Flay bed....? What the....mods please fix !

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fish4food 05-26-2020 12:00 AM

Looks like you’re off to a good start. Looking forward to progress pics.

AgHntr10 05-26-2020 07:07 AM

Following, interested to see how it turns out.

Hogmauler 05-26-2020 07:51 AM

Very cool! Tagged!

Palmetto 05-26-2020 09:17 AM

Got the hinges fabbed, and mounted the bed frame to see how it looked. It all fit perfect, everything lined up to the factory bump stops. Took it back off, and plan to install the deck plate & weld it out next.

The new bed will extend about 6" past the tailgate when it was in the down position, if that makes sense.

I plan to utilize the old headache rack since it has the backrest, and all of the seatbelts integrated into it.
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scotth89 05-26-2020 10:13 AM

Iíve been wanting to do the same. Looking good.

K_Wittenburg 05-26-2020 11:50 AM

That looks great, are you going to weld a new hitch receiver on the back end? Looks pretty far and not much clearance underneath for a trailer if you needed to pull one.

Palmetto 05-26-2020 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by K_Wittenburg (Post 14889175)
That looks great, are you going to weld a new hitch receiver on the back end? Looks pretty far and not much clearance underneath for a trailer if you needed to pull one.

I am going to make an extension for my BBQ pit, and leaf rake. But I don't like to pull bigger trailers anyway, so I'm not really worried about it. I will have to figure out something for my road feeder though....

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Palmetto 05-26-2020 07:44 PM

These came in today.

Interco Sniper 920 on MSA M12's
28x10x14

No suspension lift, but tires alone raised it 2".

Rides nice, quiet, and smooth.

I will probably do the super atv rear arms to help with extended bed, and wheel clearance. That rear tire is too close to the body for me.
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kkp005 05-26-2020 08:10 PM

Looking good !

BrokenJ 05-26-2020 08:57 PM

Looks great! Like the material choice. Did a similar build 3 or 4 years for dog boxes and foot locker. Tried to make it look factory as possible.

CoolArrow 05-26-2020 08:57 PM

Good work. Looks awesome

SaintBlaise 05-26-2020 09:21 PM

Looking good. May I request a picture of your front cargo set up. thanks in advance.

Palmetto 05-27-2020 07:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SaintBlaise (Post 14890208)
Looking good. May I request a picture of your front cargo set up. thanks in advance.

Sure. I've posted it before, but I will get another shot for ya. It bolts to the factory bumper.

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DirtyB 05-27-2020 08:20 AM

following.. looking good!

tps7742 05-27-2020 08:32 AM

Now this is going to be cool. You better patent it. Lol ��

Fordnandez 05-27-2020 08:54 AM

Looks awesome man, I prefer the mules over the Rangers with the exception of the bed space. If I ever get one I will do the flat bed for sure.

You fit those 28's with no suspension lift? Does it rub in the front when the wheel is cranked all the way left or right?

Super jealous of your rig.

Palmetto 05-27-2020 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fordnandez (Post 14890695)
Looks awesome man, I prefer the mules over the Rangers with the exception of the bed space. If I ever get one I will do the flat bed for sure.



You fit those 28's with no suspension lift? Does it rub in the front when the wheel is cranked all the way left or right?



Super jealous of your rig.

No lift, no rubbing

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hog_down 05-27-2020 12:01 PM

Very nice, you have some great fab skills

Dale Moser 05-27-2020 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Palmetto (Post 14890043)
These came in today.

Interco Sniper 920 on MSA M12's
28x10x14

No suspension lift, but tires alone raised it 2".

Rides nice, quiet, and smooth.

I will probably do the super atv rear arms to help with extended bed, and wheel clearance. That rear tire is too close to the body for me.
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I was on one with larger than stock tires and the rears rubbed the back of the body under load. Now the load was 7 dudes, me being the lightest @195, and about 150 beers...but they rubbed.

Awesome setup.


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Palmetto 05-27-2020 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SaintBlaise (Post 14890208)
Looking good. May I request a picture of your front cargo set up. thanks in advance.

3/4" sq tubing
Bolts to factory holes in the bumper https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...e401c1b718.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...1e1f405059.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...cfa15f1a11.jpg

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fish4food 05-27-2020 11:42 PM

^^^ any interest in making another for sale?
You can PM me.

Dang dog box fills the bed of my FXR and would like to carry a cooler with water for the dogs. It’s getting hot!!!

savin yours 05-28-2020 08:43 AM

Iíve been thinking about this since I bought mine. Iíd like to check it out in person when youíre done, if thatís cool.


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Palmetto 05-28-2020 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fish4food (Post 14892442)
^^^ any interest in making another for sale?
You can PM me.

Dang dog box fills the bed of my FXR and would like to carry a cooler with water for the dogs. Itís getting hot!!!

Man I would love too help you out, but my time is on the short side right now. I will let you know if i get free'd up. I'm sorry!

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Palmetto 05-28-2020 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by savin yours (Post 14892671)
Iíve been thinking about this since I bought mine. Iíd like to check it out in person when youíre done, if thatís cool.


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Of course. Any time.

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Palmetto 05-28-2020 08:53 AM

One of my new tires seems to be out of round. :(

I called Rocky Mountain, and they advised to air it up 15 more pounds, and let it sit 24hrs. If that don't help, they will have to warranty it!


On a better note, going to pick up the diamond plate for the bed today! Hope to have her decked and start welding out Friday night.


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SaintBlaise 05-28-2020 11:21 AM

Thanks for the pictures of the front bumper basket. Nice job, that's heavy duty.

EastTexasTiger 05-28-2020 11:27 AM

In for pics of rear setup, would love to do this on my ranger

hunterburch42 05-28-2020 12:22 PM

This is ******! Excuse my French.


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fish4food 05-28-2020 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Palmetto (Post 14892688)
Man I would love too help you out, but my time is on the short side right now. I will let you know if i get free'd up. I'm sorry!

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Sounds good Sir. I completely understand.

Lonestar_HOYT 05-29-2020 03:02 PM

That is way cool. If I had a basket like that on the front of mine I would ram the **** out of everything, no telling how many gates or feeder legs I would tear up.

Anxious to see the finished product, your doing great work.

Dale Moser 05-29-2020 03:18 PM

Maybe mount a receiver hitch under the perimeter framing in the back. Could hold your feeder, could also be used for a hoist or hitch rack, maybe small trailers.

juanlien 05-29-2020 03:22 PM

Very cool!indeedhttps://babang.xyz/assets/21/o.png

Palmetto 05-29-2020 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonestar_HOYT (Post 14894966)
That is way cool. If I had a basket like that on the front of mine I would ram the **** out of everything, no telling how many gates or feeder legs I would tear up.

Anxious to see the finished product, your doing great work.

LOL. You see the paint chipped off the front of that thing? I have "bumped" a few things!

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Lonestar_HOYT 05-30-2020 12:51 PM

LOL! Yeah I see em now, get fancy and put you one of them back up cameras on the front.

Palmetto 05-30-2020 01:00 PM

1st section of deck onhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...68e59fa9c5.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...6128ea27b7.jpg

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Palmetto 05-30-2020 03:04 PM

Gonna go eat some lunch, then come back and weld the joints on the bottom side.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...18960b983e.jpg

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savin yours 05-30-2020 03:44 PM

Man, Iím digging this!


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Palmetto 05-30-2020 08:34 PM

Mocking up the headache rack.....deck is welded out.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...7fab35563b.jpg

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scotth89 05-30-2020 09:43 PM

You should make me one. Looking good.

Palmetto 05-30-2020 11:42 PM

Bolted the bed on for a dry run......and nan....im pumped up!!! This thing fits like a glove.

This is how a ranch edition should come from the factory!!

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Heath 05-30-2020 11:57 PM

Rad.

Palmetto 05-31-2020 05:31 PM

Welding out bed rails, and headache rack tie ins.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...a2066ed07d.jpg

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Dale Moser 06-01-2020 08:31 AM

Too slick, that will come in handy every time you get in it!

savin yours 06-01-2020 09:44 AM

Is that 1/8" diamond plate? How thick is the factory plate?

dosshunter 06-01-2020 09:52 AM

Very nice. Starting one this week on my ranger.


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Palmetto 06-01-2020 09:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by savin yours (Post 14899073)
Is that 1/8" diamond plate? How thick is the factory plate?

No. It's 14 gauge which is about 1/16".
I think the OEM deck is just a bit thinner, but not much.




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Palmetto 06-02-2020 07:25 PM

Drilling and taping some holes for the OEM heat shield


I'm going to put some dyno Matt on this section as well.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...5a820648c8.jpg

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