Quarantine boredom is already getting the best of me so I thought I’d share this for any Ford people on here. I’ve been wanting to figure out a way to utilize the boxlink on F150’s (maybe Rangers too?) for a while. Full disclosure: Ford hasn’t published any load rating for these things that I can find, so we’ll see how it holds up.
- HandETrack Anchor: https://www.handetrack.com/HandETrack-Anchors-p/90100102_5_pack.htm
- Simpson Strong Tie HL 35: https://www.strongtie.com/heavyangles_anglesandplates/hl-hlg_productgroup_wcc/p/hl.hlg#LoadTables
- 5/16 - 18 x 3/4" Grade 8 Bolts & Washers (8)
- 1/2" x 3" Stainless Steel Nuts, Bolts, and Washers
Modify the strong tie brackets to bolt into the HandETrack
Bolt 2x6’s to brackets
From what I’ve read the sheer load on the boxlink brackets is quite low, so I reinforced the cross beams with 2x4’s
And that’s it. Only took about 2 hours including a much busier than usual trip to the Home Depot. I’m waiting for some more BedRug material to cover the wood and some Front Runner cargo rails to finish things up.