When it comes to shopping for truck bed liners, you need to know exactly how long that suspicious style side is. By trying to be as cryptic and confusing as possible, car manufacturers hide important information like bed length to keep you from bolting aftermarket accessories. But it doesn’t end there. The “the dealership is the best” mentality continues with manufacturers who blatantly mold a gigantic emblem in the middle of your liner.
Measuring the Bed for a Perfect Fit on the First Try
By following a few easy steps, you can finding the length of your bed and open your truck to a world of aftermarket accessories. Start with your best friend for this operation, the tape measure. With this workhorse in hand, check the distance in between the inside of the bed toward the cab and the inside of the tailgate. Record the measurement and round to the nearest 6”. For example, round up if you see a measurement of 68”, and for 76”, round down. Either way, you basically have a 6 ½” bed. This same method holds true when measuring your truck bed for a tonneau cover.
How To Determine If You Have A Cargo Management System
While most trucks have stationary hoops on the bottom of the bed in each corner for securing cargo, others have an optional and adjustable system. These are known as “Cargo Management” or “Deck Rail” systems and are easily identified when compared to standard bed equipment. The biggest clue to whether or not your rig has one is the presence of an additional set of rails bolted to the inside of the bed, halfway up the side or near the top. Adjustable cargo mounting points ride inside of these rails and allow you to tailor your rig’s bed to your cargo-handling needs. So, determine what’s in the bed of your rig and order a cover that’s either compatible with all bed options or specially designed with a cargo management system in mind.
Other Truck Bed Additions
With this shopping tool, you can install great bed liners from brands like a BedRug, Dual Liner or Trail FXBedliner to break your truck free of mediocrity. You can also add bed mattresses, protection, and great looks and grip in an otherwise slippery bed. And, if deciding between hard shell, carpet or DIY paint-on styles has you sick with flare-side fever, feel free to check out our truck bed liner reviews written by customers.