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15. Since we worked alone, we bolted the "clips" that the upper rod goes through onto the upper mount and let the hydraulics hold the mount in place while we drilled the needed mounting holes in the bed. Yes, we used a 4x4 as a safety prop, and yes, we misunderstood the instructions and put the clips way too far back at first. This is supposedly the correct position for a Ford. Either way, this step largely concluded the installation. There are still minor things like rubber bumpstops, guides for the bed (to keep it positioned side-to-side up front), dealing with the fuel filler, and other details to finish, but most vary a lot from vehicle to vehicle, just like the wiring layout would. One bigger item is the rear bumper. We weren't going to use one but if you are, Pierce Sales suggests welding it to the hinge arms as there are so many variables. All in all, it sure wasn't bad for making a pickup that much more practical by installing a dump-bed conversion.

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