How To Remove Truck Bed

This post is the perfect guide to removing your truck bed. It discusses the different methods you can use to take your truck bed off while also providing tips on how to do it without damaging it.


Deciding on the Right Method

First, you need to decide which method you are going to use. There are three main methods for removing a truck bed:

  • Drilling out the rivets that hold the bed in place
  • Cutting the bolts that hold the bed in place
  • Using a pry bar to remove the bed

Each method has its own set of pros and cons. Drilling out the rivets is the quickest and easiest method, but it can damage the bed if you are not careful. Cutting the bolts is more time-consuming but less likely to harm the bed. Using a pry bar is the most challenging method but also has the slightest potential to damage the bed.

Removing the Truck Bed

Once you decide which method to use, it is time to start. If you use the drilling method, begin by drilling out each rivet that holds the bed in place. Be careful not to drill too deeply, as you could damage the bed. Once the rivets have been removed, the bed should come off quickly.

If you use the cutting method, begin by cutting each bolt that holds the bed in place. Be sure to use a saw designed for metal, such as a hacksaw or a reciprocating saw. Once all bolts have been cut, the bed should come off quickly.

If you use the pry bar method, begin by inserting the pry bar under one side of the bed. Once you have a good grip on the bed, pry it up. It may take a bit of force to get the bed to budge, but eventually, it should come off.

Why Do I Need to Remove the Truck Bed of My Truck?

There are several reasons why you need to remove the truck bed of your truck. You may be doing some repairs and need to access your vehicle’s undercarriage, or you want to install a new bed liner or other aftermarket accessories. Whatever the reason, removing the truck bed is not a difficult task if you know the proper methods to use.

If you need more confidence in removing the bed, we recommend taking your truck to a professional. They will be able to remove the bed quickly and without damaging it. However, if you feel up to the task, follow the steps in this post, and you should be fine removing your truck bed.

Understanding the Weight of a Truck Bed

The weight of a truck bed depends on its size and the materials used. A standard truck bed, made of traditional materials, weighs between 150 and 200 pounds. However, a larger bed or one of heavier materials can weigh up to 600 pounds.

Knowing how much your truck bed weighs is essential for understanding how much payload your truck can carry. When loading up your vehicle for a move or a trip to the dump, ensure you stay within the maximum weight capacity for your truck bed. Otherwise, you could end up damaging your truck or injuring yourself.

Removing a Truck Bed: Tips and Tricks

Removing a truck bed is difficult, but it can be done with the right tools and knowledge. First, you’ll need to gather the necessary equipment, such as a socket wrench, screwdriver, and a lift or hoist. You’ll also need to disconnect any wiring or plumbing attached to the bed.

Once you’ve prepared the area, you can remove the bed bolts. Tracking where each bolt goes is essential so you can easily reinstall the new bed later. Once all the bolts are removed, you can lift the bed off the frame with the help of a lift or hoist.

Fixing a Rusty Truck Bed: Tips and Tricks

If your truck bed has rust, it’s essential to take action quickly to prevent further damage. Here are some tips for fixing a rusty truck bed:

  • Prep the area by removing any loose rust and cleaning the surface.
  • Use a wire brush wheel to remove the remaining rust. Sand down the surface if necessary to create a smooth base.
  • Wash off the dust and sediment with soap and water.
  • Apply a chemical rust remover or restorer. Allow it to sit for the recommended time before rinsing it with water.
  • Weld any needed patches and apply body filler if the metal has large holes or indentations. Sand down the filler until it’s smooth.
  • Paint the truck bed to protect it from further rusting.

Replacing a Truck Bed: Factors to Consider

Replacing a truck bed is more complex and costly than fixing a rusty bed. Before making a decision, it’s essential to consider the following factors:

  • The cost of parts and labor can range from $1000 to $10,000, depending on the make and model of your truck.
  • The time and effort required to install a new bed can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
  • If you need more confidence in replacing the bed, it’s best to take your truck to a professional.
  • Repairing a rusty bed may be a more cost-effective option. Still, it’s essential to assess the damage’s extent before deciding.


Replacing or fixing a truck bed is difficult, but keeping your truck in top condition is sometimes necessary. Suppose you must become more experienced in removing or installing a truck bed. In that case, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Fixing a rusty bed is more manageable but requires patience and attention to detail. By following these tips and tricks, you can make an informed decision about how to tackle your truck bed repair or replacement.

About the author, Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins is the passionate car enthusiast behind the blog My Auto Machine. With over a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Perkins has knowledge and experience with a wide range of car makes and models. His particular interests lie in performance and modification, and his blog covers these topics in-depth. In addition to his own blog, Perkins is a respected voice in the automotive community and writes for various automotive publications. His insights and opinions on cars are highly sought-after.