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Hey guys, I noticed today when I was putting mudflaps on my truck that the bed isn't centered with the cab. The drivers side is slide over towards the passenger side. If you stood at the front of the truck and sighted down it you can notice how far it's slide over. Now if you look at the passenger side it's perfectly lined up the entire length of the truck. What gives? are the beds supposed to be narrower than the cab? I'd assume they have done it for aerodynamics so the wind doesn't catch the lip of the box as it goes down the side of the cab. So I guess to fix this does the cab have slotted mounting holes or does the bed? I'd like to center this thing up some as now that I notice it it'll drive me nuts! Thanks guys.
 

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Interesting, i haven't noticed anyone talk about this, it just might cause some people to go out and have a closer look at their truck. Do you happen to have any pictures of this?
 

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I can't give you an exact answer, but years ago I worked at an ambulance factory and the boxes had slots to adjust the box quite a bit. Again it's unknown if the beds are the same, but I can't believe there wouldn't be adjustment in the mounts both front to back and side to side. In the squads there was probably 1 inch side to side and a couple front to back.
 

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I wouldn't have expected the box to be narrower either. I can't seem to get any pictures to attach to this so I'm not sure how to do it. Why does it say a JPG image is invalid? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Okay lets try this. I uploaded them onto photobucket so we will see. All I had that I was willing to put against my truck was a wash brush with a plastic handle. You can see in one pic(passanger side) that its pretty flush with the cab and the drivers side has a big gap between the brush and the box. Also included a picture from the rear looking forward on the drivers side so you can see how noticeable it is. Maybe I'm being picky but was trying to decide if the bed is made wrong or if its supposed to just be centered up with the cab.


 

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The bed on our truck was also not centered and shifted 3/8 inch toward the right side. It also was making a noise like the bed was not bolted to the frame well.

The dealer confirmed the offset bed and 5 out of 6 bolts holding the bed down not torqued properly. They shifted the bed and torqued all the bolts. Seems much better now.

The assembly plant must have a few quality control issues to iron out.
 

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No its a crew cab with a 6' 4" box. Problem for me is getting to a dealer. I work construction and am not home much during the week and not a lot of Saturdays. After GDE's post that pretty much was what I was thinking. I'll just loosen the box and slide it over and tighten it up again. I'm sure if I do some research I can find the torque spec on the box bolts. I'll get it straightened out and get a good pic of the whole truck. I got to take it for a 200mi trip this weekend with about 70 % hwy and EVIC showed around 27.5 when I got home.
 

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No its a crew cab with a 6' 4" box. Problem for me is getting to a dealer. I work construction and am not home much during the week and not a lot of Saturdays. After GDE's post that pretty much was what I was thinking. I'll just loosen the box and slide it over and tighten it up again. I'm sure if I do some research I can find the torque spec on the box bolts. I'll get it straightened out and get a good pic of the whole truck. I got to take it for a 200mi trip this weekend with about 70 % hwy and EVIC showed around 27.5 when I got home.
I'm sure you and them could facilitate some kind of pickup/loaner deal while they straighten things out a bit. I dont see why the dealer should give you a hassle about setting that up. OR yea you could do it yourself, would just imagine its much easier with a lift...
 

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Just my .02.....i wouldn't touch it. Take it to the dealer and let them take care of it. Spend that kinda money and the problem needs to be taken care of by the dealer. The problem is if you pinch a fuel hose or cut a wire then you have additional problems and it's now all on you because you took the problem into your own hands.
 

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Well me being me I just couldn't wait to get it to a dealer so I tried to loosen the bolts on the bed last night. I took one out first and looked up there. Turns out the mounts on the frame are not slotted and there is no adjustment to the bed.... Now I wonder if my body is not straight or how they are going to fix this little issue. I'll have to let them get it in and see what they can do with it. I noticed last night driving that it doesn't want to shift into 8th very easy like some people have noted so I'm hoping I can get them to run the current firmware updates as well. I'll let you guys know what they say.
 

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Hey guys, As for the bolting the bed down, I will be getting mine moved or slid back so the body shop can fix some factory painting "mishaps", and a delivery dent. I had two spots of the truck where the paint dripped or ran on the back of the cab (around the back window), so the body shop said they will need to slide the box back to get the run under the back window. I can ask about mounting methods/specific torque recomendations from the body shop when I pick it up (I know the gentleman completing the work).
And before anyone asks, Chrysler is paying for all repairs no questions asked. However they are only fixing the dent due to the proximity of the paint run, but hey, it's getting fixed.
 
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Good spot and glad to have you report back to let us know that it is in fact a problem and that it is fixable. I wonder how common the problem is and if many other people have realized it. It probably doesn't have much bearing on the function of the truck but knowing something is wrong with your truck is never a good feeling.
 

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I'm wondering if this problem of the bed not aligned with the cab is only a chrysler thing or do other truck manufactures see the same kind of issue from time to time. I've never heard of it before here.
 

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I'm not sure if it even is a mistake. Are all of them like this or is it just a one off thing? If it is a mistake, I would figure that it happens from time to time with all brands. If its acros a lot of units, then it might be a Ram thing.
 

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well we know not all RAM's are coming with crooked boxes, our site is evidence of that enough, not to mention the HEMI's and Pentas that go out each day. I'm wondering if there was a specific manufacturing run of trucks over even a week that have crooked boxes. Would be interesting to find out the build dates of those affected if possible!
 

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well we know not all RAM's are coming with crooked boxes, our site is evidence of that enough, not to mention the HEMI's and Pentas that go out each day. I'm wondering if there was a specific manufacturing run of trucks over even a week that have crooked boxes. Would be interesting to find out the build dates of those affected if possible!
Yup, it's quite noticeable so i'm sure if there were many cases of it we'd see it on blast. Plus, when it comes to problems, people are more likely to talk about a problem with a product rather than about the good experience.
 
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