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.
Rigid Industries is the pioneer of Forward Projecting LED light bars. Their E Series uses a patented hybrid reflector system that gives them a bright and efficient LED light. Having the greatest lumen output per watt available is why E Series is the leader in LED lighting solutions.
Rigid offers a 40-inch E Series light bar. Drawing only 12.67 amps and producing 14,525 lumens, Rigid's patented hybrid technology runs lights at 90-percent efficiency and won't tax the vehicle's electrical system. With a 50,000-hour life expectancy, very high lumens per watt, no glass lens to break, no bulbs to burn out, and no ballast to mount, LED lights are quickly becoming the choice in desert racing and trail use.
The 40-inch Rigid E Series light bar fits perfectly behind the SVT Raptor grille, using two supplied L brackets and existing holes to mount. The simple two-wire harness made wiring easy. From start to finish, the whole installation took about 10 minutes.
The SVT BFG All-Terrain tires work very well on the Raptor everywhere but in the mud. As the BFGs worked so well most places, we didn't want to dismount them from the Raptor wheels when mud tires were needed. So, we purchased another set of SVT Raptor wheels, TPMS sensors (did we remember to comment on how much we dislike TPMS?), and SVT center caps. LT315/70R17Mickey Thompson Baja Radial MTZ tires were mounted on these additional wheels and will be ready for the mud or any terrain that calls for a more aggressive tread design. The MTZs are strong and never take much weight to balance.
The Raptor is ready for the backcountry. What an amazing vehicle it is.