Ya, the stock strap was pretty rusted, it just broke right in half, just two 1/2 bolts to pull off which seem pretty easy.
V10, you know how there is 3 sections to the heat shield on the side of the gas tank:
Section 1 :strap: Section 2 :strap: Section 3: - well if section one is the front of the truck, section three is banging against my driveshaft, it was just a rubber piece holding it to the gas tank, which wore out over time, think it would be a bad idea to take off the third section?
There is no nneed to pull the bed for the straps. There is only 1 bolt per strap and the bolts are accessed from the bottom of the truck. You wont gain anything from pulling the bed. I can drop my entire tank in 5 minutes flat. 2 bolts for the straps, the 4 filler neck belds on teh bed, unplug the wiring harness, and push in the quick disconnects for the fuel lines.
I pulled my heat shields all the way off the last time I dropped the ank. No issues whats so vever,
I just had my Dodge stripped for parts because of a recall. When I took the the bed off, I noticed how easilly accesiblil to get to the traps and the fuel pump/sending unit. I did the drop the tank deal when my fuel pump when out. the front strap was a b*****, especially when the takn was 3/4 full, but that was only a small part of the problem. So from taking the bed off and dropping the tank, taking the bed off would be a hell of alot easier. But you could fight that front starp if you want too. Just my 2 cents.