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Old 12-04-2014, 12:00 PM   #11
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Flip it over is your best bet. Had to do that when I went from f150 to 2500HD. Shank would be expensive and heat treated as others have said

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Old 12-04-2014, 06:29 PM   #12
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If you decide to flip it and you Tow with a pickup. Make sure you test lowering your Tailgate slowly. Could put a nasty dent in a Tailgate.

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Old 12-09-2014, 03:01 PM   #13
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I have a horizontal bandsaw. I would be glad to cut it for you .If its extremely hard or treated I dont know if my blade would do it. Maybe you could see if a hacksaw would mark it or start into it at all just to see. Not sure if shipping back and forth from michigan would be worth it but the offer stands
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:59 PM   #14
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Rick - thank you, that is very nice of you. However, I spoke with a friend who is a member at Tech Shop and he is going to help me cut it in the spring.
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Old 12-15-2014, 06:02 PM   #15
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Take a good file and make a stroke across the area where you want to cut the shank. If the file teeth bite in easily then it's soft enough to cut with a saw. If the teeth don't bite in, then it's probably heat treated.

Take a stroke across the shank of a drill bit to get a feel for hardened metal.

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