My truck now has a bed liner and cover

My next truck mods aren’t exactly mods, but add-ons – I got myself a bed liner and a tonneau cover.

For my bed liner, I opted to go with a BedRug.

People buy pick-up trucks for various reasons, some of which include off-roading and rock crawling. Realistically, my truck is mainly going to be used as a suburb crawler about 98% of the time, with the bed being used to move basic oversized household items, if not just groceries. I actually did already use my own truck to haul all my stuff to my new residence, but that’s not something that happens too often, and none of my stuff was really so rugged that it would damage the inside of my bed.

As a result, I picked a bed liner that fit my needs a bit better. Compared to a spray-in bed liner, the BedRug is a lot softer – as the name suggests, it feels almost exactly like a rug, so there’s a nearly non-existent chance that the surface would damage anything I put into it, while the rough surface of a traditional spray-in bed liner might. Compared to a drop-in bed liner, the BedRug has a lot better traction and grip, while most drop-in bed liners I’ve seen just look like heavy duty plastic on which your cargo may slip and slide around.

I installed it myself to save on installation costs, and because I did some in-depth research on YouTube and saw that installation didn’t require any specialized tools beyond isopropyl alcohol to clean the surfaces receiving adhesive. It wasn’t a very difficult process, though it was pretty tedious and time-consuming (and the fact that my garage was pretty hot didn’t really help).

In my opinion, some of the instructions in the manual in regards to where to attach the Velcro adhesive strips were suboptimal. If you end up getting this same BedRug, I would recommend using the long, straight strips all the way in the back top (near the rear window) and on the top side of the tailgate – this is a very small thing, but if you look carefully enough, you can see some of the adhesive showing between the truck and the BedRug due to the thickness of the adhesive, and it looks cleaner to have the visible areas be a long single strip instead of smaller squares.

After installation of BedRug

For my tonneau cover, I opted to go with a BAKFlip G2 hard folding truck bed cover.

I definitely wanted to go with a hard-surface locking cover, as I’m pretty big on preventative safety and didn’t even want to give people the opportunity to cut through my cover and get into the bed of my truck. The price difference is usually negligible – no more than a couple hundred dollars – and I thought it was a good investment to do that instead of trying to save a little bit of money now and potentially having to go through the hassle of potentially being victimized by a thief.

From there, I narrowed down my options and picked the BAKFlip G2 because it allowed installation with no drilling, it locked via the railings and falling flat on the tailgate instead of having to worry about an extra key, and it was a quad-panel folding system that made it easy to flip back and gain full access to the entire truck bed. It also had a very flat profile that didn’t create a large, thick panel that laid on top of the bed top, and it was relatively light compared to other hard and heavy duty tonneau covers.

I personally did the installation here again for the same cost-saving purposes, and it again wasn’t very difficult, but tedious. It involved a lot of patient measuring and adjusting to make sure everything was clamped and folded down in the proper position.

After installation of BAKFlip G2 tonneau cover, folded up

After installation of BAKFlip G2 hard folding truck bed cover