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Old 11-12-2019, 10:48 AM   #1
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Making own rails for Ford puck system

I recently purchased a Henderson TS3 hitch. I need the rails to mount it to. I have a set of B&W bed mounted rails my Companion hitch set on. I am thinking of using steel bar stock and bolting the rails to it and then adding the necessary holes/equipment to mount it to the Ford puck system. My questions are as follows:
1. What grade steel should I use and how thick?
2. Would I be better off bolting and Welding the rails to the steel?

Any thoughts/suggestions are welcome.

I did search for this but couldn't find anything. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:22 AM   #2
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Are you a welder/fabricator?
I would venture to say. "If you have to ask you should not do it yourself!"
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:21 PM   #3
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If it were me, I would get a Demco 6175 prep bracket and be done with it. At the very least, you could look it up and see how it is made. I believe it is welded.

You are going to love that hitch.
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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Pre made bolt in $200 you spend that making on correctly.

https://frsport.com/ford-puck-roller...CABEgLA7fD_BwE
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:10 PM   #5
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IMHO - f your asking metallurgy questions like that, you need to buy something pre-made.

These are NOT insignificant loads we're dealing with, and nothing to "experiment" with.
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:22 PM   #6
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Im with everyone else here, this isnt something you want to take a risk with. Id imagine youd open yourself up to all kinds of liability if something failed without having it actually rated.
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Old 11-14-2019, 09:39 PM   #7
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Man, I would love to have the puck system on my truck but I don't. I had it on my other truck that I traded. I really liked the puck feature and I used the matching Reese Elite hitch.

Sounds like you bought the wrong hitch as the puck system I think is a great feature.

I would not try to guess and build my own rail system. I would look for factory adaptors or just get a matching hitch to fit the pucks.
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Old 11-15-2019, 01:42 PM   #8
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Call Hensley, they must have an adapter kit for the Ford puck system. Ask them if it is compatible with the kit Edd505 listed. Why reinvent the wheel?
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