truck cap or tonneau type cover? also, what kind of bed liner?
Truck should be in any day now, was wondering if I should get a truck cap or a tonneau type cover....I like truck caps but it sucks when you want to haul something that won't fit in the back of the truck(like a fridge, or furniture, etc..)and as for tonneau's, I just think they are kind of ugly(no offense to you tonneau guys out there . Anyone have any suggestions?
As for the bed liner, should I get the ford one(plastic) for $200 or get one of those spray in jobs? I just had the rubber mat on my '94 ranger and it worked ok. Let me here the pro's/con's....Thanks,
Go for the X-line spray in or Speedliner spray in. Best to call both places and get the best price between them (make them fight each other for your business). The spray in is better because it doesn't come loose and rattle or scratch up you paint. Also it's better because it won't let moisture on the bed for rust and will help slightly dampen road noise from the back.
I had the same questions in my head for a while. I use my bed so much that I don't want to cover it, so I don't.
I've had both the spray in and drop in liners over the years, and I now can say i will only use drop in liners. First off they grind the paint down to a base. Its not to harsh but your original paint is toast, so you might as well scratch up the bed first and then get the liner. The next "con" to the sprayin liner is if you dent the bed you will have to live with it. The drop in liners cover the dents and tend to protect the bed from impact better. They spray ins are much more attractive until you abuse them. So if your moving dirt or the occasional piece of furniture take your pick. If your moving loose steel or big rock the drop in (in my experience) are a better bet. Also when you go to sell the truck later you can drop in a new liner and the bed looks good again. Its hard to recover from an abused sprayin liner.
I have the Ford drop in (got it free from the dealer when I bought the truck off the lot) and I like it.
2006 Ford F250 4X4 Lariat Crew Cab FX4 package. Sinister EGR Delete, Sinister coolant filter, new OEM oil cooler, Scangauge II showing 2-3 degree ECT/EOT delta, new HPOP, STC fitting upgrade, new dummy plugs and stand pipes, coolant flush using Rotella ELC now, 5W40 T6 Rotella synthetic oil with motorcraft filter, blue spring upgrade, SCT X3 tuner with mild custom tunes from MKM Customs.
The trucking company called me mid-morning remembering that my office parking lot is not quite large enough for a convenient turn-around. I met them up the road, transfered the box from trailer to my truck bed, then drove back to the office.
Thinking that the cover might be delivered today, I brought a few tools. Only needed a 5/16 socket and a small wrench to adjust the lock striker plates.
Installation took me about one hour; I'm slow, read everything, etc. Then, I go back and do some adjusting.
You do the same and you too will be satisfied. The cover looks really nice on a white truck. The most major headache was cutting-up the box for disposal.
2004 F150 Super Cab Lariat 4x2 5.4L LSD, Trailer Tow Pkg, Versacover, build date 12/03
At my expense, helped the nibble with four Kumho Ecsta STX 265/60-18 (road force balanced)
One question about the Versacover.... Since it is over the tailgate, do you have to unlock the two locks and raise the cover prior opening the tailgate? That may be secure but a major pain in the #@$ for day to day operation.
F150 Screw Lariat 4x4, moon roof
trailer tow package, heated seats, running boards, audiophile, power rear slider,
Black/Arizona Beige, Black interior
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