What do you think of when you hear the word “bedliner”? If you’re like most, the first thoughts are plastic or spray-in. But what if there was another solution for protecting the business end of your pickup? Happily, there is and it comes in the form of soft, cushioned goodness called the BedRug.
Before you say it, the BedRug is not carpet. It is a made of an ultra-rugged, 100-percent polypropylene material. In layman’s terms, it’s essentially plastic. But this isn’t a hard plastic like the typical drop-in liner: it’s soft and provides nearly an inch of cushion. And, yes, you can still use your truck as a truck since BedRug easily stands up to everything from dirt and gravel to gear oil and battery acid. The cushioned floor protects beds from dents, dings, and scratches. And it’s easily cleaned with water. Speaking of water, it’s also waterproof. Rain or wash water simply runs off through the zippered side and out the bed’s factory drain holes. It’s also UV-resistant and made in the USA.
| The BedRug liner ships rolled up in one large box. In the box is everything needed for installation, including detailed instructions, plenty of hook and loop fasteners, and (if necessary) a kit for trucks with spray-in liners.
With applications for nearly every modern pickup, you’ll have no problem finding a BedRug for your ride. For less than the cost of a spray-in liner, a BedRug provides great protection, a nice look, and it’s not permanent. Follow along as we install a BedRug liner in the bed of our 2013 Ford F-150. The job requires only minimal tools, a short period of time, and a bit of patience.
| The spray-in liner kit includes special surface-prep pads to aid in adhesion, extra hook and loop fastener strips to replace the large pieces normally used, and a set of secondary instructions.
| For those with a bare metal bed, the standard instruction and supply kit will suffice.
| Before you begin the installation in earnest, it’s helpful to lay the two pieces of the BedRug liner out flat and in the sun. This will help remove some of the shape memory caused by shipping and will make installation easier.
| Most BedRug applications ship in two pieces, the bed floor and sides. A heavy-duty zipper connects the two pieces together. Beginning on the passenger side and working from underneath, carefully zip the two sections together while it’s still sitting flat outside the truck.
| With the two halves zipped together, the liner is nearly ready to drop into the truck.
| The BedRug liner attaches to the pickup bed with the use of hook and loop fasteners. The instructions lay out pretty well where to place the pieces of fastener, and the liner itself has small imprints that indicate where to attach the fasteners as well. Place all the needed fasteners on the liner before dropping it into place, but wait to remove the adhesive backing.
| For those with a bare metal bed, these individual fasteners would be replaced with a single long strip. However, the spray-in liner kit replaces the single long fastener with multiple small pieces.
| Most of the holding function is accomplished on the sides, with only minimal adhesion found on the bottom side of the floor piece.
| It’s important to wash and dry your bed fully prior to installing a BedRug liner. Imperfections and surface stains are OK, but all dirt and grease should be removed.
| Before slinging the BedRug liner into place, we gave the bed a good wash and finished it off with a final sweep just before installation. The cleaner the bed surface is, the better chance the hook and loop fasteners will have at sticking.
| For those with or wishing to install a SwingCase toolbox, it’s important to do this before the BedRug is installed. These brackets need to be flat against the metal to prevent them from vibrating loose.
| The final step in preparation for tossing in the BedRug is to remove the factory tie-down cleats. These will be reinstalled later.
| With all of the prep work complete, it’s time to grab a buddy and drop the new liner into place. Next, climb into the bed and ensure the BedRug is tucked nicely into each corner for a perfectly snug fit.
| If you’re working with a spray-in liner, either factory or aftermarket, now is the time to take the prep pads and rub wherever a fastener is going to attach. These are not simply alcohol pads; they contain a substance that promotes adhesion by creating a slightly tacky surface.
| With the BedRug in place and surface prep complete, the next step is to remove the adhesive backing from the hook and loop fastener strips and begin attaching the liner to the bed. Start with the bed floor first, move to the front of the bed, and finally to the sides.
| Before adhering the side panels, locate the provided dimples and cut a small slit for the factory tie-down bolts to pass through. While not required to reinstall, these hooks provide an added level of insurance that the BedRug won’t shift during years of use.
| Pro tip: Place the tie-down bolts through the bracket and punch through the liner prior to installing the side panels. This will help tremendously when it comes time to align the bolts and holes.
| We’ve saved the best for last. On most trucks, the tailgate portion of the BedRug liner attaches in the same fashion as the rest. However, on 2009-and-newer Ford F-150s equipped with the optional tailgate-mounted bed step, there are a few extra steps. Begin by removing the screws that hold the factory plastic tailgate liner in place.
| There are 13 of these screws, and they require a Torx bit for removal. Use caution, as they are easy to strip.
| Next, with the tailgate portion unzipped from the main liner, gently slip it over the assist pole using the precut slot. You’ll notice this piece has been formed for a tight fit on the tailgate.
| With the tailgate section slipped over the handle, rest it flat on the plastic cover and wrap the end around and over. Locate the punched-out holes and reinstall the retaining screws beginning with those closest to the tailgate lip first.
| We recommend using handtools for this, as the screws and the metal they are threaded into is delicate. If, however, you do choose to use power tools, be sure to use a low power setting and go easy.
| Once all of the screws are back in place, it’s time to reattach the tailgate portion of the liner by zipping it back onto the main bed floor piece. If everything is correct, the assist handle should retract perfectly into its stowed position.
| When all is said and done, the installation process should take no more than an hour—likely less. Our 2013 Ford F-150 was about as complex as a BedRug install can get, and we easily completed it in that time frame.