Position of ute tray

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Just had an idea - please be gentle - I haven't even gone out to the car & had a look yet!!

Has anyone ever moved the tray on their ute further back than usual? I mean, instead of it sitting up close to the cab, leave a gap of sorts for storage etc? I have a style side & just thought seeing we are allowed 60% of the wheel base overhang from the centre of the rear wheel, shifting the tray back to that distance would possibly allow for heavier "stuff" to be carried closer up front. Maybe a sealed storage area (obviously allowing side access) - slide out fridge perhaps??

Anyway, just fishing for legalities, pros, cons & ideas.

Stef
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 16:59

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 16:59
Styleside = Wheel arches = easier to replace with a longer tray top than modify.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:01

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:01
Good point...............
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:51

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:51
Have seen a dual cab style side on a single cab ute with a thing like a sleeper cab from a truck in between looked pretty awesome
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 19:24

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 19:24
Like this one LOL
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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 19:58

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 19:58
Was thinking of something with a bit more room!!
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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 20:03

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 20:03
Yeah, did think about wheel arches etc AFTER posting. Nevertheless, I had to get a few ideas.

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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:00

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:00
G'day, did something similar with my ute, moved the head board back to allow storage of two spare wheels behind cab and before tray. Should be nothing illegal as long as total length is kosher. Mine was a new tray, not shifting an old one.
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Follow Up By: Stefandsal - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 20:01

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 20:01
John

That's sort of what I had in mind. Although, as suggested, wheel arches & mounting points may be a problem. I guess I could price it up.

Any photos?
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:41

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:41
Not sure what brand and body style, normal 2 seater, extra cab, dual cab???
Some of the dual cabs have the wheel arch half under the rear seat and half under the tray so probably do-able but what would you attach the rear tray mounts to as you would most likely be beyond the end of the chassis.
Might be easier to ditch the existing and get a second hand flat drop side tray.

Good luck

Cheers Pop
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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 21:49

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 21:49
Sorry, no pics, sold the ute..........
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