Can You Change a Long Bed Truck to a Short Bed?

A long bed truck can be an incredibly useful vehicle to have in your arsenal, but depending on your needs, a short bed might be more appropriate. Thankfully, you can convert a long bed truck into a short bed truck relatively easily. By following these steps, you can make the conversion in no time!

Step 1: Measure and Cut the Bed
The first step to converting a long bed truck into a short bed is to measure and cut the bed. The length of the short bed will depend on your specific needs, but typically 12-14 feet is common for most conversions. Once you’ve determined the length, use a saw or grinder to cut the excess off of the edges of the long bed.

Step 2: Reinforce the Bed Frame
Once you’ve cut off the excess from your long bed, it’s important to reinforce the frame of what remains. This will ensure that your new short bed is sturdy and secure.

To do this, use pieces of wood or metal to create supports for each side of the frame. Secure them with bolts or screws.

Step 3: Install New Fenders and Bumpers
The next step is to install new fenders and bumpers on your short bed truck. Standard fenders and bumpers may not fit properly due to the shorter size of the new truck bed. It’s important to find replacements that fit correctly so that they won’t move around while driving.

Step 4: Paint Your Truck Bed

Once all of the components are installed correctly, it’s time to paint your new short truck bed! Choose whatever color you desire and make sure you apply several coats for optimal protection from wear and tear.


In conclusion, converting a long bed truck into a short bed is relatively easy if you have access to some basic tools. With patience and attention to detail, you can have a beautiful and functional short-bed truck in no time!

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Susan Delgado