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    One of the most basic tools of the Alaska sportsman is the 4 wheel drive pickup truck. Its how we haul our boats and trailers, carry snowmachines and atv's in the back. Its full of camping gear in the summer and food coolers.

    My shiny new Ford truck needs a bed liner put in it before next spring. I told the guy at the dealership I wanted a bed liner installed and he mentioned where to go get one sprayed in. Okay I thought. Then I realized that I know nothing about bed liners as far as comparing them for desirability and durability. I can't make an educated consumer decision on what to do because of lack of exposure by experience to the various types.

    My old truck didn't have a sprayed in bed liner it was a slide in and bolted down and it worked perfectly for me all these years.

    The guy told me that if I ever needed touching up on the spray in they would do it for free. Hmmm...my slide in never cracked or failed me do I really want something that needs touching up now and then ?

    So this question is what should I do for a bed liner ? Spray in or slide in ?

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    It was my experience with the slide in that they shifted and rubbed the paint off in various places and then rust would start... My current truck has the sprayed in liner and what I've noticed with it is, if hauling trash and something spills or leaks out of the trash bag, it doesn't always easily wash off... so in reality, it's pretty much a trade off either way...

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    I have a spray in Rhino liner in my truck, I do not recommend it. It is already torn in several places. My wife has a sprayed in LineX liner in her truck. I love it no chips or tears out of it, it has a rough texture so items in the bed stay put instead of sliding all over the place. I'd highly recommend the LineX liner. Only down side is you have to go to the big city to get it done.
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    I have a Line-X in my 99 Dakota and love it. I abused that liner beyond what one would reasonably expect and I never got a chip, tear, etc. It has performed wonderfully. On my 09 Tundra I had the dealer do the spray-in liner and it has done fine as well, but if I were going aftermarket I would certainly go with Line-X again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tustumena_lake View Post
    The guy told me that if I ever needed touching up on the spray in they would do it for free. Hmmm...my slide in never cracked or failed me do I really want something that needs touching up now and then ?

    So this question is what should I do for a bed liner ? Spray in or slide in ?
    The only damage I have seen to quality spray in liners (Line-x or Rhino) are from carbides on snow machine skis, engine blocks rolling around, and fork lifts being used by people that should not be using them.

    If you are not planning on heavy, sharp edged cargo being poorly secured in the bed of the truck then you would have little to be concerned about for a spay in liner.

    Slip in bed liners do cause long term wear issues that remain hidden for years.

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    It's my experience that the moving parts of a truck rarely outlast the bed itself, so why bother?

    I guess if you have money and it makes you feel good.

    I wouldn't hold your breath on a new pick-up lasting 30 years.

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    When spraying on bed liner if the person does not remove ALL the moisture the bed will rust. In order to remove the moisture the bed would be to be heated with a torch.

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    I bought a rubber cargo mat for my 99 Ford and transferred it to my 2002. It is still going strong and stops items from sliding around and has never torn.

    Never understood the need for a bed liner, afterall it is a bed in a pick up truck. Scratch it, dent it, who cares, thats what it is there for.

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    I have had trucks with both Rhino and Line-X. I did have one rip in the Rhino and it was quickly fixed under their life time warranty. The rip was my fault. Never had any problem with Line-X in any way.

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    I have had a Rhino liner in my '97 PSD since new and love it. They were very sloppy on installation though. I have done a lot of hauling with this truck, tons of hay, dirt/sand, etc.. Ice/snow can make it slippery, I like the liner that has more grip. It is 100% waterproof, so if you park with the front lower than the rear, the bed can fill with water. I would not own a truck without a liner like this as it protects the aint and helps prevent rust from all the day to day banging the bed gets.
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    The drop in bedliner is the only style for me. I never ripped or torn or peeled a drop in style but I have seen many sprayin liners suffer damage. A product that is 4x the cost of a drop in and requires periodic repairs makes no sense IMO. As for wear beneath the drop in liner, I am sure some has occured but never has a rust through or collapse occured on any of the three trucks I have installed drop in liners, all were/are in the beds for 100k+, 227k+ and 175k+ miles. The ONLY negative I can mention about drop in liners is that they are slick with any snow between ones' shoe and liner.

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    +1 for the rubber cargo mat.... they protect the bed, never wear out and they stop loads from shifting in the bed

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    I think andweav and Snowwolfe said it best.

    Don't underestimate the extra weight added by some liners, extra protection comes from additional density and/or thickness, and you'll be paying to carry around that extra weight for the life of the vehicle.
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    Spray in liners are good but they don't help keep the dent's out like a pop in plastic one does. I bought a 1990 F350 new and had a pop in put in on day one , 18 years later my bed was just fine , if you have junk that slides around just throw a cheap rubber mat down. The rubber mat also acts as a very cool creeper when needed.
    Don't forget the bed rail caps.

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    i have had Auto Armer spray my last two trucks and i haul studded snow machines with big carbides all the time... I like that coolers don't slide back and forth like on a plastic bed liner..

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    Ive had both insert and spray in from Custom Truck in the valley.
    Hands down the spray in has been a better choice. Just sold my 95 chevy w/200k miles on it and never had any issues with the spray in. Also have a 2005 Chevy w/150k on it, spray in from Custom Truck, no issues. They are quiet unlike the insert I had.
    The insert would make noise when the camper was loaded in the bed. It also rattled, wore paint off, screws would loosen on the tailgate attachment occasionally, and dirt/garbage would eventually end up under the insert.
    The insert is slippery when cold, stuff slides around all the time (gas cans), and the protection was not that great.
    Custom Truck has lifetime warranty, but have never needed to use it. Id recommend their product and service in a heartbeat.
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    I have a Line-X spray in on my '06 Chevy. I have abused the piss out of it and it just comes back for more. It bet it didn't add more than 20lbs to a 7500# truck. I don't miss all my crap sliding around in my old slide-in liner.

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    You should do the bed yourself. I used herculiner on my old F150 and then again in my Jeep Wrangler LJ and it works great. I have seen people even use it a floor coverings in boats. The cost is about $100 to do a truck bed.

    BTW: I didn't add the link above, seems that the discussion board software did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrassLakeRon View Post
    You should do the bed yourself. I used herculiner on my old F150 and then again in my Jeep Wrangler LJ and it works great. I have seen people even use it a floor coverings in boats. The cost is about $100 to do a truck bed.

    BTW: I didn't add the link above, seems that the discussion board software did.

    X2 for Herculiner. Cheap and i'm more of the DIY er. I've had zero problems with mine and abuse the hell out of it. If you ever had any issues, you could always touch it up with leftovers or buy a smaller quart size jug of it. It's pretty handy stuff. I buffed and rolled my scratched up sill plates also.


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    I have the Dual Liner in my Ford. I relly like it except when I want to slide things. Usually I don't so it works well and very easy to intall.
    http://www.dualliner.com/index.php?c...FQJwhwodf3YYsw

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