MX2: Camper Supports

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Finally, getting into other parts besides sheet metal. I start preparing for the camper. Since I have completely altered structure points on the bed, I decided to add some additional reinforcement. I cut 1 1/2 inch square tubing to fit underneath the bed rails.

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I notched them to fit around some of the inner fender wells.

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Then I cap off the notch.

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Going a bit overkill here, I drill six holes on each side for bolts.

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Crush sleeves are welded into the support to avoid bending when bolts are tightened.

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After welding is finished, they get ground smooth.

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I align them back in the bed rails and drill holes accordingly.

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Then I give the supports a cleaning.

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Along the front of the bed another 1 1/2 inch square tube will connect either side. The bed rail supports and the front support are given a bevel to accommodate bolting together. Lock nuts are welded inside since no wrench will be able to reach them.

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After bolted into place I measure and cut additional supports that will tie the front support into the truck frame.

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Here I start the outer welds on the supports.

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Then I pull it out and fully weld everything up.

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I give everything a quick paint job and reinstall.

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