"Is this worth it? Why not build my own from scratch?"
Frequently Asked Questions
Standard Bed Cost List
Standard Kit -$549 (Free Shipping) OR Digital Kit – $199
Generic Steel you will need purchase from a local steel dealer* – ~$450-$550 Download the Steel List.
Lights/Wiring/Decking – ~$500
Finish (Powercoat/Paint)* – $35 – $650
Standard Kit Total Cost: $1534 – $2149 -OR- Digital Kit Total Cost: $1284 – $1899
*Prices are subject to local supplier and serve as an estimate only.
Underbody Tool Boxes: ~$500
Fender Kit: $199-$229
Our Kits are unconventional in that we don’t send you everything, only the machine made parts that you can’t purchase locally. Why? Because it would be what’s known as a rip-off to charge you for mark up and exorbitant amounts of shipping cost to sell you generic steel that you can buy locally without a middle man. That being said, you’ll be responsible in purchasing the generic steel to make the process as affordable as possible. Download the free material list so you can get an exact cost for everything you’ll need. We’ll still send you the machine made parts and provide you with the blueprints to make the build seamless.
This kit gives you everything you need to seamlessly complete the base model bed. It is designed to be a cheap alternative to pre-made flatbeds.
We sell two different kit options: standard and digital. Standard Kits include the CNC machine made parts shipped to your door and a model specific blueprint that lays out all of the other steel you need to purchase locally and at what lengths and angles to cut it. The digital kit is for those who own or have access to a CNC table or laser and includes the .dxf cut files for all the machine made parts in addition to a model specific blueprint. This kit is designed to be used in combination with the video tutorial.
Moderate to advanced welding experience is needed to complete this project as well as experience using all shop tools described below.
Tools and Equipment Needed
- Ear Plugs
- Safety Glasses
- Welding Helmet
- Welding Gloves
- Welding Coat or protective outer layer
- Welder – needs to adequately weld 3/16” thick plate
- Bandsaw – capable of handling 2.5” square tube (most all small bandsaws)
- Angle Grinder
- Tape Measure
- Vice grips OR C-clamps – 6 total
- Drill Press OR Hand Drill
- (2) 7/32” Drill Bit
- ¾” Drill bit (only if installing marker lights)
- Type 27 Flapper disk grinding wheel(s)
- Slitter disk(s) OR Plasma Cutter
- Metal Pencil or Sharpie Marker
- Forklift OR Shop Crane OR 4 Strong people (for installation)
An experienced fabricator can build this project in 30 hours and install in 8 – 10 hours.
Our Kits are designed to fit with your existing frame mounted gooseneck ball. If you don’t currently have one installed, you will need to add a frame mounted gooseneck ball.
Bumper Pull Hitch
Our kits fit seamlessly with your factory bumper pull hitch. Why? Because it’s far supererior to have your hitch tied directly to your frame and the enginereed from the the factory setup.
What Can You Build?
All Variations of product shown below are buildable for multiple models using our weld yourself kits and add-ons.
Once the build started, it went smoothly, as before each step you watch the corresponding video for what you’re about to do. The techniques used are very sound, such as making jigs for repetitive work, and welding procedures to pevent warping and/or skewing the frame. I ended up picking up a couple tricks I will be using in the future as a bonus.
Overall, I’m very glad I chose this route for my build. Everyone who’s seen it really likes it. Price wise, I am very satisfied, too, it stayed well within my budget. Thanks again, DDFab!
Las Vegas, NV
Do you feel you recieved a good value for the price paid? Why?:
Yes good value! Gives a great baseline to start your build. There are many ways you can vere off and make custom adjustments.
What was your favorite part about the process/product? What was your least favorite?:
Favorite thing was the dxf cut files. Simply forwarded the email to my local water cutting company and the parts were done. Least favorite isnt really the companies fault. The cost of the dimensional steel vary by location through out the country. I was able to purchase whole stick lengths for better cost. I also reduced the different types of steel used to cut costs as well.
If you’re looking to build a flatbed this is the way to go! This is an awesome company, sells a great product. Great customer service! Blueprints are clear and simple and the additional video tutorials help out. I had no issues getting this thing put together and ready for an Ag. Mech. Show. Looks slick and let me tell you this heavy duty bed could take a hit if needed. Highly recommend!