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Old 12-16-2019, 07:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2008 Rusty Bed

So I have rust spots forming around each wheel well. It appears to be the spot welds and is rusting from the inside out. Was very surprised to see this as the truck hasn't seen much salt. Anybody else having this problem?

Did you have it fixed? Seems it would be hard to fix as it is coming from the inside.

Anybody know what a good replacement bed might cost?

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Old 12-16-2019, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-16-2019, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Once it starts rust in between pinch welds you’re toast, cut out and repair or full panel repair is only option...anything else would be a bandage only.

It’s not a cheap proposition, might be better to find a rust free bed somewhere same color.

I’d do a full inspection and see if the bed is the only rotted out part.
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Old 12-16-2019, 12:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Once it starts rust in between pinch welds youíre toast, cut out and repair or full panel repair is only option...anything else would be a bandage only.

Itís not a cheap proposition, might be better to find a rust free bed somewhere same color.

Iíd do a full inspection and see if the bed is the only rotted out part.
Not a spec of rust anywhere else. I has the wheel house liners in it, I wonder if maybe they wasn't such a good idea and trap some moisture in that area. I'm also inclined to just not worry about it. I bought it to use as a truck and what is a little rust on a truck. But you know, when it is new to you, you want it nice.
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Old 12-16-2019, 03:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The dummies who designed the steel wheel well designed it so that rocks find there way in, and expansion/ contraction cause them to dig in and penetrate the corrosion protection.
Wheelhouse liners don't really change or affect that area.
You have to take a mirror on a stick and a flashlight to see where the debris and rocks are.
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I thought it was an issue of lack of paint on the backside. My 2010 was bad 2 years ago.
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Nope. Rocks ricochet and land up there. Between thermal expansion, flexing, and vibration, they become wedged in there.
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Old 12-17-2019, 09:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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heymccall, have you seen one with rust spots just around the opening. I will try and get some pictures today, but there is simply a series of spots about the size of the head of a sharpie coming through from the back side on both wheel well openings.
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Old 12-27-2019, 03:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Take out the tail lights and you'll see what is going on in there. It's too late now, you'll probably need to replace the bed sides. Patching just delays the inevitable. They really need to be rustproofed properly when new.

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