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post #1 of 4 Old 06-04-2019, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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If you ever had a bed extender on your pickup, you'll know it does a good job in the stowed position to keep groceries, gas cans, etc. from flying around. Same deal on a Gator. The JD solution isn't cheap, like everything else JD. Assembly is a bit tedious. The lock nuts inside the brackets are simple wrench unfriendly, but I managed with some creative socket wrench work.

Impressions: It's HEAVY DUTY and HEAVY. No question it isn't going anywhere with the locking pins inserted. The frame rests on spring pads which you need to make sure are adjusted so the extender is horizontal to the box. This way, the locking pins are much easier to insert and no additional stress is put on them.

Bottom Line: Handy and stays in the bed most all the time now. Removal is easy by depressing and rotating the locking pin on each side. However, in riding around town, you really don't need the locking pins inserted. The extender isn't going anywhere. If you are carrying a load like bags of animal feed, just remember that the center of mass moves back a bit if you're using the extender. Carrying the 1/2 ton will make your front end a bit lighter than without spreading the load further back. That could be an issue on rougher terrain so get to know how your Gator behaves before you go charging out into the wild.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-04-2019, 08:04 AM
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Nice write up @CaptSeabee!!

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Looks like you also used a rubber stall floor pad on the floor of your Gator. But hopefully you have at least another piece to put a strip across the tailgate so if carrying some lengths of something with the gate down you have the same thickness as in the bed to support the stuff a little further out. I love the liner so I am not denting the floor or ruining my ears when loading stones, etc.
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I wouldn't use a bed extender for anything that weighs out before it cubes out. So gravel, rock, etc. will just be in the normal bed. In general, the bed extender is useful for larger loads to the dump, hay bales, etc.
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