The Toyota Tacoma comes with many new features, Which include a fiberglass composite bed tub.
While this new set up won't dent like its steel floor predecessor, it is still susceptible to scratches, which we found out the hard way while hauling a set of heads to the shop. Not only can it be scratched, but the texture of the bed, while being very pleasing to the eye, is kind of slick. Combine that with the lowered stance, handling, and you know what can happen.
We were tired of stuff sliding around the truck, but really didn't want to shell out for the cost of a spray-in liner for a truck we have to give back at the end of the lease. We could have bought a drop-in liner, but not only would stuff still slide around it would still scratch our truck once dirt got between it and the bed, kind of defeating the purpose in the first place.
The BedRug is a foam, and carpet constructed liner that is a third of the cost of a spray-in. Once installed it is the only one that is so comfortable you could sleep on it. Now, just because it's carpet doesn't mean it's delicate. Oil, grease, spills, and stains, can easily be washed out with soap and water from a garden hose or high-pressure washer. You don't have to be afraid of getting it wet. The mildew resistant foam and polyester fiber top will not absorb liquids - so yes, you can even leave it out in the rain. The floor, tailgate, sides, and bulkhead are molded and die cut to fit each application, so you can feel safe in knowing it will fit without any modifications. The whole unit zips together and is held in with a simple but effective hook and loop (just like Velcro) fastening system.
1.Here is a shot of the bed...
1.Here is a shot of the bed of our '07 Toyota Tacoma. Again, it is nice to look at, but you can see by the inset photo that it will scratch and these are not the easiest blemishes to repair.
3.The floor and side pieces...
3.The floor and side pieces are shipped unzipped. We removed the floor and side rugs from the box and let them lay in the sun for a little while. This will smooth out any wrinkles or fold lines.
4.The closed-cell polyethylene...
4.The closed-cell polyethylene foam back is molded to conform exactly to the bed floor ribs, which creates a flat floor that is very cushy. Wise Industries guarantees that the BedRug foam back will not dry out, crumble, dissolve, or degrade in any way.
5.Zip floor and side rugs...
5.Zip floor and side rugs together, we were careful not to get the carpet stuck in the zipper.
6.The Tacoma has a storage...
6.The Tacoma has a storage box that has to be removed (if you have the 110 outlet this will have to be removed also), we used a T30 Torx bit for this job. The screws along the tailgate cap also have to come out, but we did't remove the cap all the way, because the BedRug will slip right under it.
8.As mentioned before, the...
8.As mentioned before, the BedRug is held in with a hook and loop fastening system. The hook side is a peal and stick application, while the loop side is sewn directly to the BedRug so we didn't have to mess with it.
9.We dropped the liner in...
9.We dropped the liner in and started spacing out the hook side, BedRug helps out by molding little line up marks for proper layout. We used pieces of tape to transfer the layout to the bed.
10.To ensure a good stick...
10.To ensure a good stick we cleaned the areas with a little brake cleaner to remove any crud and the little pieces of tape help us pinpoint where to clean.
11.Not really rocket science,...
11.Not really rocket science, just like the name peal and stick, that's all it takes. Once all the stickies are in place, we dropped the unit in and we pushed it into the corners and smoothed it out over the wheel wells and hooks.
12.Because the liner slides...
12.Because the liner slides under the tailgate cap and it is constructed out of foam, it will crush and in turn make the cap look wavy. To prevent this, the company provides these little plastic spacers that fit between the cap and the tailgate itself.
13.There you have it; a nice,...
13.There you have it; a nice, cushy bed to haul your parts in.
The Tech Lowdown
Parts used: BedRug
Company: Wise Industies
Contact info: (800) 462-8435, bedrug.com
Approximate Installation Time: 1 hour
Skills required: Common Sense
Difficulty level: 1 of 5
Tools used: Genral mechanics tools
Parts' cost: $349.99