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 Post subject: AU-BA Ute Tub To Tray Conversion
Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:37 am 
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Wondering how difficult it would be to remove the tub from a AU-BA ute and put a tray on it?
The reason I am asking is that I have seen a 03 BA ute that I am considering buying but the tub has a heap of dents in it and I like the idea of a custom made tray.

 

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 Post subject: Re: AU-BA Ute Tub To Tray Conversion
Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:08 pm 
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The tub swap is easy.
Its eight bolts. Myself , Dave , Ross and Wade changed my one from a tray to a tub in 3 and a bit hours.
The tub is fairly heavy and awkward to lift so a few blokes are needed.
There are a couple of items that are a necessity to do the job. We had them and couldnt of doen the job without them.
1. 3 Pizzas and a couple of Garlic breads. Brand is not important. Due to location and time of night we settled for Dominoes as they delivered and it was pissing down rain.
2. A 10 block of Jack Daniels cans. Vitally important piece of equipment. The job wasnt even started until they were opened and quality control tested.
You will also need a couple of spanners.

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:13 pm 
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EVL098 wrote:
The tub swap is easy.
Its eight bolts. Myself , Dave , Ross and Wade changed my one from a tray to a tub in 3 and a bit hours.
The tub is fairly heavy and awkward to lift so a few blokes are needed.
There are a couple of items that are a necessity to do the job. We had them and couldnt of doen the job without them.
1. 3 Pizzas and a couple of Garlic breads. Brand is not important. Due to location and time of night we settled for Dominoes as they delivered and it was pissing down rain.
2. A 10 block of Jack Daniels cans. Vitally important piece of equipment. The job wasnt even started until they were opened and quality control tested.
You will also need a couple of spanners.


How about the tail light wiring? Is it just a plug and play affair if I can get the factory tray back tail lights?

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:19 pm 
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The wiring harness just plugs in above the right hand rear wheel.
If you get the factory lights and harness it will be plug and play but you could use the tubs harness and just hook it up to aftermarket lights.
No harder then wiring a trailer up.

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:27 pm 
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EVL098 wrote:
The wiring harness just plugs in above the right hand rear wheel.
If you get the factory lights and harness it will be plug and play but you could use the tubs harness and just hook it up to aftermarket lights.
No harder then wiring a trailer up.


Cheers for the info...Sounds pretty straight forward. Do you have any pics from when you and your mates did the conversion?

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:34 pm 
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This is the kind of tray I'd like to make...
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 Post subject: Re: AU-BA Ute Tub To Tray Conversion
Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:38 pm 
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Nah no pictures.
Trust me it was really really basic.

 

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