You are probably familiar with the conventional drop-in type of bed protection. It is a huge one piece plastic tub that lies in the back of your truck that should prevent damage from occurring to the sheet metal of your trucks box. If you have ever owned a drop-in then you know firsthand that they do a great job of preventing cargo from denting your trucks sheet metal. Likewise you would also be familiar with the damage that the drop-in causes to the trucks finish.
This happens because drop-ins are made to fit many different makes and models of trucks. For instance the drop-in truck liner that fits the Dodge 8 foot long bed also fits the 8 foot Ford, the 8 foot bed of the Chevrolet Silverado, as well as the 8 foot bed of the GMC Sierra. There is no possible way for it to follow the precise contour of each individual truck because it has to fit in the other models as well. Another problem with drop-ins is the fact that your cargo will slide around. Take a cooler for instance, if you hit the brakes, turn, or accelerate quickly the cooler will slide around and you risk damaging the cooler and everything in it.
The new type of drop-in bed liner was developed by DualLiner and it utilizes 4 polyethylene side wall panels that are made specifically for each different year, make, model, and bed length of truck. DualLiner believes that the enormous expense of all these precision molds is worth it. Because each panel follows the exact contour of the trucks sheet metal this leaves no room for the panel to chaff or wear off the paint. Each panel interlocks with the panel that it is next to and this also helps to keep the panels locked in place. The exact fit panels have raised the amount of truck bed protection to all new levels.
Each of the sidewall panels has a C-channel built into the bottom of the panel, this is what holds the zero skid bed mat in place. The zero skid bed mat is similar to the conventional rubber mats with a few exceptions; it is thicker than other mats at 3/8ths of an inch thick and located on the underside of the mat is hundreds of rubber cleats. These cleats help to prevent the mat from lying flat on the trucks finish and they allow water to travel to the factory designed drain holes. zero skid means that your cargo will not slide around at all, this is not the same as “skid resistant” like the other types of truck bed liners claim.
Many advances in manufacturing technology in recent years made it possible to protect your truck from dents as well as protecting the factory finish all while looking good in the process. I don’t know about you but, I am sure that your truck would choose the new type of drop-in bedliner by DualLiner every time.