Almost every Ford truck driver out there has encountered at least one situation where it was necessary to take the truck bed off their truck.
Now, the good news is:
Many Ford trucks – virtually all of them – feature the same removing the truck bed.
It might be stressful for people who haven’t done it before, which is completely fine – even expected.
But there’s no reason to worry! I’m here to inform you about what needs to happen – and in what order – if you want or need to take off the truck bed from your Ford.
Generally speaking, this is a simple task that doesn’t require many tools or time to stress too much.
Without any further ado, here’s how to remove a Ford truck bed without any problems!
Why Should You Remove Your Truck Bed?
Before you roll up those sleeves and start removing your truck bed, you should understand why – and in which situations – it is required.
First of all, I generally recommend doing this once in a while to clean and keep the bottom of your truck bed and the chassis.
Other than that, if the complete removal of the truck bed is mandatory, it can be due to many things.
For example, there might be a crack in the breather hose, or the fuel filler neck is broken; you get the picture. Either way, the correct way to approach the fixing process would be to either get underneath the truck – or remove the truck bed and address the problem from above.
On that note, I recommend that you don’t go underneath since this can be a tedious process that requires several tools and, more often than not, another pair of hands to lend help.
If you manage to get the truck bed off and approach the broken part – or anything else that might be malfunctioning – from above, you should do it on your own.
Knowing this, you probably see why having the knowledge required to remove a truck bed is valuable – and I can now start explaining exactly how this is done.
Truck Bed Removal 101: Ford Edition
The fantastic thing about Ford trucks is that most of them, regardless of the year they’re made in or the exact model, all have a pretty similar way of attaching and detaching the truck bed from the rest of the truck.
The first thing you’ll need to do is identify six bolts holding the truck bed tightly against the rest of your vehicle. When you find them, check if they are loose enough to remove them without requiring any electric equipment.
These nuts and bolts can often get stuck. If you conclude that you can’t unscrew the bolt even with the help of electric tools, it’s highly suggested you cut them since these bolts are easily found in any specialized store.
Honestly, removing these bolts might be the most challenging part since, depending on the model, they can be hard to reach.
They should be inside your truck bed. Two on the far end of the truck, just below the tailgate, two should be in the front, closest to the driver’s seat and parallel to it, and the final two should be halfway between these two rows, in the middle of your truck bed, one on each side.
When you find them, you should loosen them up – but not unscrew them completely. Leave the bolts in for the time being.
The next thing I’d do – and what is generally recommended – is to locate the one or two (depending on your model) clips situated right beneath the tailgate and are used to get the electricity to the taillights.
Before doing this, you should remove the battery – to be extra safe.
When you unplug these one or two clips – it depends on the truck’s model – you’ll completely disconnect the taillights from the rest of the car.
This step is crucial if you’re planning to remove the truck bed from your vehicle because the taillights are connected. And, to my knowledge, it’s impossible to detach the truck bed from the truck if this step is skipped.
To find these clips, you should reach under the tailgate and feel for a thick rubber-like cable that runs across it. I know that some of you will be worried about putting the wires back in their place – but there’s no reason to worry:
All you need to do to put them back is to run the cables like they were before you took them off. Even plugging them in is quite simple since the clips are round and have pins in them.
Filler (Fuel/Gas) Necks
And now we get to the second step you need to do to completely remove everything from the truck bed – before detaching the whole thing from your truck.
Three or four screws usually hold down filler necks. All you must do is unscrew these screws carefully and remove them entirely from the metal disc located in the back of the filler neck.
Depending on your model, and the fuel you put into it, there might be two of these filler necks. Luckily, both of them come off the same way.
Oh, and one more thing:
When you’re done dealing with whatever needs to be fixed, and you decide to put the truck bed back on your truck, remember to put the screws that hold the necks back in place.
The Final Step
Okay, it’s time for the final step in this process – as in, the part where the truck bed comes off.
You must first get back to the nuts and bolts that you loosened up but didn’t unscrew completely.
If some of those are rusted and hard to come off, I recommend cutting them and buying or finding a replacement.
And if you don’t need to cut them off, you should store them somewhere safe to access them easily when you decide to put the truck bed back on.
When you’ve done all of this, you need a pair or two of extra helping hands.
Now is the time to firmly grab one side of the truck bed if you have one other person with you – or the bed’s corner if you have two or three people helping you.
It would help if you gently lifted the truck bed off and put it somewhere safe – on a dry, level surface.
It’s important where you store your truck bed, especially if you don’t plan on putting it back on for a few hours or even days – depending on why you’re removing it in the first place.
If you can put it in your garage, you do so – and even cover it with something that repels moisture. That’ll help keep the truck bed dry and safe from any scratches or light damage that might occur otherwise.
Also, there are situations where you’ll be doing this alone, and you won’t get help from anyone in your surroundings.
I found myself in this scenario at one point in time, too, and the way I dealt with it was that I put a soft mattress-like base on one side of my truck while I slowly pushed and lifted the truck bed from the other side.
You can do that – or you can slide the truck bed off by pulling it from the back while being careful not to damage the taillight wires.
This approach might be more convenient – and here’s why:
You might feel more comfortable doing this since you have better control over the truck bed.
On the other hand, you’ll save time by “rolling” the truck bed on the side. You’llIn addition, you’ll minimize the chances of getting hurt in the process since you’re pushing the truck bed from you – instead of pulling it towards you.
Your truck bed should come off of your vehicle and safely land on the surrounding land.
How To Remove A Ford Truck Bed – Summary
If you’ve made it this far, I suspect you’ve successfully learned how to remove a Ford truck bed. A short recap of all the things you need to do would look something like this:
- Remove the nuts and bolts
- Unplug the tailgate electronics
- Unscrew the filler necks from the truck bed
- Push, pull, or lift vertically until your truck bed comes off
See? It seems quite simple! That’s because it is.
I’m saying that this might be stressful the first time you do it, but after that, you’ll have no problems!
These activities are generally pretty straightforward and shouldn’t be feared or complicated.
I highly suggest you get good at this kind of stuff because you can keep your truck rust-free and clean if you do this from time to time. Plus, it makes repairs a lot easier.