We Check out the AMP Research BedXtender HD Max

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Make your Ford truck’s bed even more versatile with AMP Research’s BedXtender HD Max. We did.

Pickup trucks have evolved tremendously in the last decade, but primarily in the last five years or so. What once were single-cab work trucks are now feature-clad, four-door, family friendly pickup trucks. In other words, Ford trucks are being used more and more for purposes other than work.

As you may already know, we recently acquired our very own 2017 Ford F-150 XLT. We quickly set out to discover how to make our F-150 more versatile without spending a small fortune. From hauling groceries and taking kids to school, to towing a camper and loading the bed with landscaping supplies.

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Our friends at AMP Research quickly sprung into action, and sent us one of their innovative models of bed extenders. Called the BedXTender HD Max, this innovative accessory is made out of 6063 T6 aluminum alloy, so you know it’s going to be as tough as your Ford truck. The durable material means it won’t rust, bend out of shape, and it will keep your precious cargo secure.

Installation

Once our BedXTender HD Max arrived in the mail, we were stoked to install it and put it to good use. The box includes all the hardware necessary to mount it, including screws, templates, etc.

Installation is very straight forward, and even the not-so mechanically inclined will be able to get this up and running in no time. Even though it’s required to drill into the sides of your bed (or bed liner if installed), it’s putting the rack’s aluminum alloy pieces together that takes the most concentration.

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After putting the rack portion of the bed extender together, it was time to cut out and tape the bracket template onto the sides of the bed. Once positioned, we used our power drill and 9/64″ drill bit to drill three holes on each side, and screw the quick-mount brackets into place.

Once mounted on the brackets, the actual width of the bed extender must be adjusted for a custom fit, and then clamped into place with the provided hardware. All in all, it took us about an hour to get the device installed, but it may take others as little as 45 minutes. Needless to say, we measured about three times before drilling into our brand new truck bed.

Performance

We’ve already put our BedXTender HD Max to good use a handful of times, and we’re quite happy with its performance. The black powder-coated finish looks awesome, but it’s very light weight and extremely sturdy.

When the tailgate down, the BedXTender HD’s clamps attach to the tailgate’s locking mechanism for the sake of not triggering any “open door” lights or chimes. When the tailgate is up, the BedXTender HD folds up nicely and creates a convenient partition in the truck bed, which works wonders when loading groceries or other items you don’t want rolling around in the bed while driving.

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The AMP Research BedXTender HD retails for around $260, and is available in three different models and in silver and black finishes.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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