Tubs For Dubs

Low Buck Badness!

Lance MartzJul 26, 2002
When you lower your ride to the extreme with or without a body drop, you're going to run into the problem of having your tires come into contact with the limited amount of space that's available in the factory rear wheelwells.
Since the whole reason we 'bag trucks is to get them as low as possible, when we want to lay our rides out, we want to be able to allow our trucks to be all that they've been built to be. Unfortunately, tubbing the bed of a truck can be a fairly expensive process once you factor in the amount of work needed to make the tubs look good. Since prefabricated tubs are universal, they tend to look the same once they're installed. This goes against the second rule of mini-truckin', which mandates that all minis must be as different as possible from one another to distinguish their owners.
When we decided to tub our company S-10, we wanted something different, but something cool and a bit one-off at the same time. What we ended up using was a pair of very inexpensive trailer fenders (only about $50 for a pair) that we modified to work with the bed of the S-10. Since we saved so much money on the actual tubs, we were able to do some extra fab work inside the bed to really make the area look different, custom, and unlike any other we had ever seen.
We then sealed it under a Line-X bedliner for protection and a cleaner appearance. We expect this sort of modification to run anywhere from $250 to $700, depending on how much sheetmetal fabrication you want and whether or not you have your bed sprayed with Line-X. For more information, please contact either Suspension Dimension or Line-X using the information listed in the source box of this article.

Sources

Line-X Corporation (Bedliner/refinishing)
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Suspension Dimension (Installation & fabrication)
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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