I have a 2004 F-150, I noticed that in your product list that two 2004 F150’s show up. How do I know which F150 I have and which DECKED system fits my truck?
2004 was a transition year for Ford and as such they produced old and new body styles in the 2004 model year with a 6’6″ bed length. So, for a time, both body types were being sold as 2004 models.
If you do NOT have a stepped down passenger and driver side door windows, you have the older F-150, or “Heritage” version. If this is the case, select the DECKED product F-150 1997-2004 Heritage edition.
If you have the “step down” side windows (see image below) you have the “new” 2004 version thus you will select the DECKED F-150 2004-current, bed length 5’6″ or 6’6″.
NOTE: DECKED DOES NOT fit the full size four-door short bed (5’6″) Ford F-150 SuperCrew made from 2001 through 2003 or the similar sized truck in 2004 badged as the SuperCrew Heritage. The bed dimensions are just too small with the rounded tailgate. If you have any questions please give us a call so we can make sure you order the correct DECKED system.
On my Ford truck I have the tailgate step and handle, will these get in the way of my DECKED system?
The 2014 F150 and prior Ford models in addition to the current Super Duty models with the factory step have a bump on the driver’s side of the open tailgate, which will interfere with the opening of the DECKED drawer on that side. The 2015 F150 models have the improved step and do not have a bump on the tailgate. The tailgate step will not impact the installation or use of your DECKED system. However, DECKED will interfere with the handle because that part causes the tailgate to have a big bump in it that the DECKED drawers will hit.
There are three possibilities for a successful installation:
1) If you already have a spray-in liner, your DECKED may reside high enough so that the drawer clears the handle.
2) You can purchase cable extenders to offset the ramp angle of your tailgate. We have not tested this product, but here are some more details so you can see if this will work for your needs. Hope this helps!Rider Tailgate Accessories has developed an innovative new truck accessory called the Tailgate Lowering Links which, when added to the existing tailgate support cables on a truck, allow the tailgate to lay flat.
For example, the tailgate on a 2013 Ford Super Duty is about 1.5 inches higher than the bed. With the Rider Tailgate accessory, model FD1, the Links allow the tailgate to lay flat or about 1.5 inches lower than the level of the bed.
Rider Tailgate Links are constructed to allow the tailgate to be lowered without the tailgate contacting the bumper. The amount of tailgate drop varies from 3 to 5.25 inches depending on the truck. This patented product is the only product on the market that lets consumers lower, and use, their tailgate in a position that is lower than the conventional open position.
Rider Tailgate Lowering Links are engineered for strength and performance. To learn more about this innovative patented product or to see what other truck models they fit, call at 801-678-1405 or visit their website at www.ridertailgate.com
Check out this post for an option that allows you to lower the ramp angle of your tailgate….Link to FAQ post.
3)You can easily remove the handle and purchase the following Ford part(s) to cover up the opening where the handle resides:
F150 Platinum: If you have the Platinum version (prior to 2015 – non aluminum) of the F150 and the tailgate step, using the tailgate extenders can result in the Platinum plate hitting the bumper and marring the plate. Removing the handle may be a better option for this application.
No way! We have designed and engineered the DECKED system to utilize your truck’s existing tie-downs. That’s the only valid way to achieve the engineering requirements.
You will need the following tools:
- The installation instructions that came with your DECKED system, if you need another copy click here.
- Adjustable wrench or ½” and 7/16” open end wrenches
- Phillips screwdriver
- Pliers (needlenose will work best)
- 3/8″ socket
- 7/32″ allen wrench
In some cases you will need to remove the current tie-downs on your truck, replacing them with the hardware we have included, this process will require a:
- Ford Super Duty (both series), 10mm socket or wrench
- Current short bed Ford F150, T30 Torx driver
- Toyota Tundra (short and standard bed), T40 Torx driver
- Someone to help you lift the deck half assemblies into your truck bed
The DECKED system has been built to ship in a manner that helps reduce costs to you. Unlike the rocking horse you got your kid for Christmas, the assembly process for DECKED is fairly straightforward yet needs to be done in the right order, so we recommend that you read the installation instructions. We made it as easy as possible: less words, more pictures. The DECKED system is pretty big and sort of heavy so YES, please get somebody to help you for just a couple of steps. We don’t want you to get hurt installing DECKED.