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Anybody have any experience with this company. I am removing the hydraulics, hoist and dump bed and replacing it with an aluminum bed. I am doing more hauling than dumping. I will save about 1,600 lbs. with an aluminum bed

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wftree said:
Anybody have any experience with this company. I am removing the hydraulics, hoist and dump bed and replacing it with an aluminum bed. I am doing more hauling than dumping. I will save about 1,600 lbs. with an aluminum bed

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WFTREE
I doubt you'll save 1,600lbs weight if the new body is the same size as the existing steel body you have. I ran a 9' Tamaqua aluminum dump body on my F-450 before I removed the 9' rugby steel body and it saved me ~900 lbs.

I just got a quote on a 12' x 42" J&J aluminum dump to replace my Godwin 12' x 42" steel dump and the weight savings was ~1,400-1,600lbs.

It's true that aluminum weighs only 35% of comparable thickness steel, but aluminum bodies are typically thicker than their steel counterparts, so the weight savings is typically less than 65%.

Now if you're installing a smaller sized body, you could be saving more.
 

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About 600-700 lbs will be the hoist, pto, hydraulics etc. The steel bed is way overbuilt. I bought it cheap but who ever made it used LOTS of steel to make up for bad welds and design. Also it has a solid bulk head which weighs a lot and is not very aerodynamic.

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wftree said:
About 600-700 lbs will be the hoist, pto, hydraulics etc. The steel bed is way overbuilt. I bought it cheap but who ever made it used LOTS of steel to make up for bad welds and design. Also it has a solid bulk head which weighs a lot and is not very aerodynamic.

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Gotcha.
You will definately feel a "horsepower gain" when you put your truck on a "diet".
 
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