View Full Version : Bed protection....liners
12-07-2002, 05:34 PM
Before I hauling anything in the bed I would like to have some sort of functional protection on 2002 CTD, 8ft box. Considered sprayin liners (rhino, line-x and hercules), plastic liners (aftermarket and Mopar) and even considered the bedrug. I am leaning towards the Bedrug, for this reason. Was wondering if the Bedrug retains water and worry about corrosion. The CTD is a toy and will carry toys.<br><br>Taking this into account, would appreciate some feedback on what everyone has used and their experiences (pros/ cons). Hate to say a cliché, but what is the best bang for the buck.<br><br><br><br> ???<br>
12-07-2002, 05:42 PM
First off, WELCOME TO DTR!! I think you'll find this place helpful, but it'll make you poor. :'( My wish list is now about $9,000. :o
I got a Rhino lining less than a week after I got my big toy. I liked the electrical dispersion characteristics (from what I understand, better than just the painted bed) and how it gives a little. My second choice was line-X, because it was a spray in also.
I wanted to stay away from drop in liners because they can trap water underneath and wreak havoc on the bed. I've also seen one instance (have heard of more) where when the liner was removed, the paint in the bed had been almost completely rubbed off, and left the metal underneath unprotected.
This is mainly what I've seen from experience, but in my opinion the spray in liner is the better choice overall. They are a little more expensive, but totally worth it in the long run. just my .02
12-07-2002, 06:03 PM
Go with a spray-in, you won't be sorry.
I'm using Line-X others, Rhino, and there are several others on the market.
You can allways throw a Bedrug in on top, but if you want to haul whatever, the spray-ins are easy to hose out to clean.
I've seen several Drop-in bed liners on the side of the interstate where they blew out going down the road.
12-07-2002, 06:46 PM
<br><br>I have used Line-X on my last two trucks and haven’t had any problems. For extra protection I periodically use a rubber mat in the bed. Both Line-X and Rhino are good products. I would definitely stay away from the old drop in bed liners. They take up space in the bed and are real slick when you put items on them.
12-07-2002, 07:16 PM
I have used nothing but Rhino. Never had a problem with it, holds up like iron :)
12-07-2002, 08:23 PM
I went with a spray in liner (ameriguard) and so far have no complaints... and highly recommend anyone to get one, whether it is rhino, line-x or another brand..<br><br>While conducting an audit at a local Dodge dealership for work, I read a memo they had posted in the lunch room from DC that was bring out a point some ppl over look when getting a spray-in liner.. they dont give if you drop something heavy in the like a drop-in liner would.. This memo mentioned that the spray in would dent/bend, where the drop in would absord some of that energy.. Not sure how accurate it is, but just wanted to share..<br><br>I still like the spray in, get it.. you wont regret it....
12-07-2002, 09:17 PM
My truck came with a drop in liner. I love it for protecting the metal. BUT, while no, it does not trap water under it, as it breathes because it is ribbed, it does over time wear on the paint. To me, for hauling the ideal set up would be the spray in, with the old liner on top. They are light weight. Remove six hold downs and you have it out. The only way it would come out, is if you did not use your hold downs.<br>They are a bit slick, which is good and bad. Depends what you are hauling. My brother-in-law has the spray on stuff. It can chip, as he found out. <br>Another cheap enhancement you can use to protect your spray in, if you are moving a lot of junk. Buy a piece of exterior plywood, 4'x8'x 1/2" or 5/8". Just lay it in there. It will not blow out.<br>Since I can not fit my camper on the truck with the liner in, I plan on using plywood myself, this spring. The camper put a few dents in the bed. I do not want anymore.<br>Make sure those three little drain holes are clear in the front of your bed. That will help. I fixed my paint issue for now, with the old rattle cans.<br>See ya! ;)
12-07-2002, 11:45 PM
(Part 2)Thanks to all who have responded!<br><br>Will take under consideration. Sounds like Rhino/ Line-x might be the sensible option.<br><br>Or better yet......<br><br>Skip the cosmetic and go for the juggler and start BOMBing?!!!!!!<br><br> [laugh] [laugh] [laugh]
12-08-2002, 12:58 AM
The other thing I forgot to mention that may or may not be a consideration for you. Someone mentioned something about the drop in liners being slick. In that respect, the Line-X comes out harder, and the Rhino is a bit softer, better traction when wet. Almost killed myself falling over on a drop in, but have never slipped at all on my Rhino. just my .02<br><br>-SFB
All my family and friends have Line X and love it! CHeck each dealer the instillation is important. You can get $20 coupon in motor trend check it out!<br><br>KC
Take a look at my sig and you'll know what I recomment [laugh] That aside, Here are two important things to consider:<br><br>1. understand the differences between the Line-X and the Rhino products before you buy. It's true -- Rhino is a softer material than Line-X and that will be good or bad depending on your application. For me, I used my truck a lot last summer for moving furnature and stuff. A heavy freezer would slide nicely on the Line-X and not even leave a mark. Stuff will tend to stick to the Rhino just a bit more than with the Line-X. <br><br>2. get to know the (Line-X or Rhino) shop before you buy. The appearance and texture of the job lot depends on the skill of the guy with the spray gun. Locally, I found the Rhino to be more blotchy and less consistent in texture and the Line-X to be finer and more consistent in texture. to me, the Line-X had a nicer, higher quality look to it. That, and the harder material made up my mind. <br><br>3. use the bedrug AND the Line-X together, but if you can only do one, then go with the Line-X. What I like about my bedrug is that I can put it on and take it off in just a couple of minutes. And the velcro attaches nicely to the Line-X. The bedrug is great for luggage, boxes and stuff, and its also really easy on the knees when you need to crawl around back there. Take the bedrug out and you can haul rocks.<br><br>You can hose down the bedrug and get it wet and all of that, but depending on the humidity in your area you'll probably not want to dry it on the truck, esp. in Winter. I take mine off to dry. Its built with foam on the back and will retain moisture. Personally I wouldn't put the bedrug over a factory paint job and expect to keep it there even while wet. It fits the ribs in the bed itself nicely and, while that makes a wonderfully smooth surface on top, it leaves almost no room to breathe on the under side.
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