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Here is something we're looking into that some of you may find interesting. It needs some changes here and there but its got serious potential. The traybed nearly doubles the useable space and is half the weight. It may also offer a considerable savings. The look is something more Australian so US guys may not like the look as much. I'll post more as it develops.

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Unread 09-17-2010, 11:49 AM
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Brutiful! I just want everyone to realize what a top notch company both AEV and UTE ltd. I contacted Randy a month ago asking if this was a posibility. Next thing I know he's cordnating with AEV and driving a bed to Montana to test fit. Amazing... Great pictures. And I really like that color on that Brute!
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It needs a skirt at the bottom of it to cover the gaps in the frame. If I would send that kind of money I would want it cleaner looking. The bed looks well made. Just my opinion.
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It needs a skirt at the bottom of it to cover the gaps in the frame. If I would send that kind of money I would want it cleaner looking. The bed looks well made. Just my opinion.
Agreed... and maybe a small cargo box that goes under the front part of the bed. perfect spot for long tools like shovels, or a hi-lift... or maybe two smaller boxes. seems like the body mounts could easily be modded to work with something "usable" there.
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It needs a few things, thats why its here and not for sale (yet)

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How much would it cost to anodize that shinny box in a OD Green color.
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It certainly adds function to the kit. I'm thinking more of a "stake" side with higher rails for hauling hay, bark, stuff.... and then dump it when you get where you're going I still want that dump option!

What are we rated to carry(loaded) in this scenario Dave?
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I like that your posting sorta "concept" picture.I wish AEV would do this with more of their products to get customer feedback.
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Damn. I really like it. I assume those sides and tailgate are fairly easily removable, too?

How about an optional "dip" as far as you can do one (if there's a reasonable amount available) in the front area of the tray so you could strap a spare tire against the headache rack and still potentially see over it out the rear view mirror? Enough room to make a 37" workable, anyway? I'm thinking not since the frame rails are fairly close, but...

And if you got the dip, perhaps some sort of cover for the dip that's removable for when you DON'T have the spare in there?


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The floor is an extrusion, so you would probably loose some critical strength the way it is designed, but to be honest, a 37" tire placed directly behind the driver was barely visible. The mirrors do need to be extended slightly however.

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