Part II: Bedliner, Tonneau Cover, Lights, And Tires Upgrade Our Speedy Truck
The BedRug is a plastic bedliner that doesn't look or feel like plastic. I've used them before in truck projects and am a real fan. We had Andy at St. George Toppers, our local truck-bed expert, install a Sportliner by BedRug in the Raptor. Ford offers their Sportliner through Ford Accessories, available at any Ford dealer. Except for the blue oval on the front, the Sportliner is identical to all BedRugs.
The Sportliner by BedRug is engineered to stay tough throughout the life of our truck. Made of 100-percent polypropylene, the sturdy construction makes the liner puncture resistant and durable enough to handle even the worst or heaviest of cargo. It helps protect the truck bed from the dents and scratches of everyday use, too.
The Sportliner maintains its good looks using materials developed to keep the surface both stain-resistant and resistant to the sun's UV rays. Custom-formed to fit the contour and shape of each bed, the Sportliner is smooth, flat, and fits exactly. It's the perfect complement for trucks with a tonneau cover or a cap. The 3/4-inch closed-cell foam construction provides a bed floor that's easy on the knees and soft enough to sleep on. Clean-up is easy - just a hose and water are all that's needed.
As we planned the way we wanted to build the Raptor into a backcountry exploring vehicle, we knew we didn't want a rack with gas cans and spare tire mounted up high, raising the center of gravity. A bed rail-high tonneau would be the way to go.
The BAKFlip hard tonneau is a revolutionary cover with panels that easily fold, allowing use of the bed, even when that use is carrying motorcycles or other large stuff. When closed, the BAKFlip seals the bed and provides safe, locked storage for gear. The BAKFlip comes in three models: the value-priced G2, the HD (which is a heavy-duty version of the aluminum-paneled G2), and the F1. We chose the F1.
The BAKFlip F1 is a heavy-duty, OE-quality model with outer surfaces of fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP). FRP provides impact resistance while the aluminum surfaces under the cover ensure absolute structural integrity. The BAKFlip F1 has a higher density EPS core than the G2, has superior impact resistance, and stays cool to the touch. The FRP outer panels come in a UV-protected black finish, stay cool to the touch, and provide superior performance in extreme weather. Panels on the F1 are 35-percent more rigid when compared to the G2 and can handle up to 500 pounds of evenly distributed weight.
We liked the Ford Racing light bar and KC lights installed last month, but wanted a lighting solution that was stealthier.
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