The roll pan is installed on low-bed trucks to provide the rear with a seamless look. It is installed in place of the rear bumper to eliminate the bumper's protruding portion. Back then, fiberglass roll pans were a tad difficult to install. But with the advent of lightweight pans, DIYers can now outfit their truck with such add-on in less than an hour.
What you'll need:
- Roll pan
- Drill bits
- Duct tape
- Power drill
Step 1: Remove the license plate and its bracket.
Unscrew the license plate until it is a bit loose, allowing you to move it a little bit so you can have access to the bolts or screws holding the license plate bracket into the bumper. Release these bolts and remove the license plate and bracket all together to avoid damaging the plate.
Step 2: Take out the tailgate.
Open the truck's tailgate and release the straps holding it up. Move the tailgate towards you until the slide on the pivot of the tailgate aligns with the inner pivot's flat side and the tailgate becomes easy to be lifted up and off your truck. Set the tailgate aside.
Step 3: Disconnect the taillight wiring from the connections.
To do this, go underneath the truck and simply pull out the wirings from their connections.
Step 4: Remove the rear bumper.
With a wrench, release the nuts that secure the rear bumper brackets onto the bottom of the truck. If your workplace is a bit dim, you can shine a flashlight while you are working under the truck. Detach the rear bumper from the truck.
Step 5: Install the roll pan.
Position one of the lower end tabs of the pan into the truck bed's lower rear quarter panel. While holding the pan in place, slowly incline the other edge of the pan until you can insert the other lower tab into the bed's rear quarter panel. Carefully move the pan upward, until its upper edge is aligned just under the truck's bed floor.
Step 6: Align the roll pan properly.
Adjust the pan up and down and from side to side until you're sure that it's properly aligned. Get your duct tape and temporarily tape the pan into place.
Put the tailgate back, making sure it's aligned with the pan, and make the necessary adjustments. Take the tailgate off the vehicle again.
Step 7: Secure the roll pan in place.
Using the power drill, insert the screws into the predrilled holes on the top of the pan. With the drill bit, create a small hole through the truck's lower rear quarter panel and through the flange of the pan. Slide the screws in place and tighten them to firmly hold the pan in place.
Step 8: Put back the tailgate and license plate and bracket.
Remove the duct tape from the pan and put the tailgate back on. Reconnect the taillight's wiring to the connections. Reattach the license plate as well as its bracket. Make sure they are all secured in their respective locations before driving the truck.