Bed Bolt D-Ring Tie Down Points AT COST

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  1. Talbor

    Talbor Full Access Member

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    I’m taking orders for ready-to-install bed bolt mounted D-ring tie downs AT COST.



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    After doing some research, I found this solution for mounting my 2nd spare: http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f264/bed-bolt-tie-down-install-54540/



    I installed 6 of these for TRR to secure my recovery kit and 2nd spare and they were AWESOME. They held up great, were beefy, and very functional as a tie-down point for multiple ratchets. The straps I used were 2” locking ratchets with hooks from Amazon for $30 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GIMUDEQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ). You could use something less beefy, like some 1” or 1-1/2” straps, but I like the look of the bigger ones. We’re only talking about a 100lb tire/wheel – I think two 2,500lbs WLL straps might be a bit overkill.



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    Process to make these:

    •Order rings from a MOPAR parts supplier (I know, I know – sacrilege)

    •Grind to fit bed bolts

    •Touch-up paint with black gloss high-temp enamel engine paint (hardest stuff I know of to prevent chipping) ​



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    How to install:

    •Remove bed bolts with T-50 Torx PLUS bit - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000O846UI?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

    •Push bed bolt through d-ring and “hand tighten” bed bolts

    •Use a ratchet strap to keep d-rings from rotating while applying final torque

    •Torque bed bolt to 56-ft-lbs​



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    Supplier: https://www.tascaparts.com/oem-parts/mopar-retainer-5170492aa



    Pricing:

    If I order 12 at a time to save on shipping, the best price I can find for these online from a reliable source is $91.56 (including shipping). That comes out to $7.63 per ring. I’m rounding up to $9 to cover consumables (black high temp engine enamel paint, eventual replacement of my angle grinder wheel, 1 beer).



    Cost:

    •Shipped: $9 each d-ring + $8 shipping (USPS flat rate box)

    •Local pick-up (Houston): $9 each D-ring (I’ll help with the install)​




    How to Order:

    PM me with what you want, whether you want to pay through Venmo or PayPal, and I’ll send you the total. I’ll order your stock once I receive payment. Delivery time will vary since I only bought a few to start and might have to order more, but from payment to your doorstep should be within 2 weeks or less.



    FAQs:



    Q: Why are you selling these at cost?

    A: Well, I’ve seen plenty of posts where fellow owners are looking for a bolt-on solution and don't want to hassle with the modification to the d-rings. With the cost of tools and setup, having 2 young kids, I understand that can be cost prohibitive for some and the time to modify the rings can be a factor. One of my favorite tools to use is an angle grinder (sparks flying!) and since I’m all setup, it only takes me 10-15 mins total time to make a set of 6, unless I’m changing color. So, I’m glad to have a little fun DIY action and help out fellow Raptor owners out at the same time who also contribute to this forum and community.



    Q: Why don’t I just order one of the 3-point ratcheting strap kits available from one of the vendors?

    A: If you like your tire mounting solution, you can keep your tire mounting solution! I like the looks of those kits too, and only having one ratchet is nice. Plus, if you’re looking at just mounting a second spare, the cost for 4 rings plus the straps I used ($40 + $30 = $70) is getting pretty close to the cost of the 3-point ratchet kits ($100ish). I didn’t go that route for a couple reasons: 1) I didn’t want to drill new holes into my bed and worry about loads on the aluminum, even with some reinforcement, 2) I use my truck a lot for its utility and wanted the extra 6 tie-down points, and 3) the solution I used still looks really clean and fit for purpose.



    Q: Can I get a discount?

    A: I’m selling these at cost. Not looking to make any money, just offer up an easy and clean solution for other owners. If you pick them up, I’ll throw in a firm handshake.



    Let me know if you want a set. I only have 1 set (6) on hand right now, so I’ll wait a few days to see if there’s some interest and I’ll make a large order from the Mopar dealer.



    Cheers! :favorites13:
     
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  2. whoisbigman

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    I have a Gen 1... are these the same size? will they work for me?
     
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    According to this post - http://www.fordraptorforum.com/f11/cheap-bed-ring-mod-44939/ - they work on the Gen 1 Raptors.

    I have a buddy coming over tonight with a previous gen F-150 that I can test fit them on to verify. I'll check and report back.
     
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    Great karma..... good stuff.

    These do indeed fit Gen 1.
     
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    I used 4 of these in the back seat area bolted through the body. 2 Behind the driver side and passenger side seat each. There are great for tieing down the miscellaneous crap in the cab so it doesn't fly around.
     
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    Thanks Talbor. PM sent
     
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    Yup - can confirm. They will work on a Gen 1.

    I’ve got a couple order requests and will wait until the end of the day (and until I receive payment) to order the stock to modify and send out. Any ordered today should arrive by the end of next week.
     
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    If you grind away the bolt side of the bit that secured the ring how much weaker will it be? Doesn’t appear to be much material there to start with....

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    I’d also consider the liability if you provide these. Hate to be that way but someone loses a load if it breaks and you might get sued. Hard to just be a nice guy :(
     
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    Don't grind the bit, just torque them down without the OEM washer and it will be fine.

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    There’s still plenty of metal holding in the d-ring, but I can’t accurately say what the de-rating is. In fact, I don’t know what the rating of the d-ring is unmodified - it’s not stated on any documentation or website that I can find. However, for comparison, these d-rings are rated for a 1,000lbs WLL with a break strength of 3,000lbs, and they’re considerably smaller.

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    Not a bad idea on the liability side. I’ll print out a general release of liability letter and include it with the D-rings. I personally have no concern about these breaking before any straps that I use.

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    It doesn’t interfere with the OEM washer, but with the bed bolt itself - see the picture in the original post.
     

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