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Old 07-14-2011, 12:14 AM
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Love my new truck and all but why does dodge spray a bedliner in but then put plastic on the tops of the sides and the tailgate? I mean if you are going to bother to spray the bed then spray that too right?
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I've wondered that myself. I have the drop in liner on my 3rd gen but plan a spray in liner soon. The main reason I want the spray in is I want that huge plastic tailgate cover off.
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I acutally prefer the look of the plastic to the spray in liners. My old Ford had 'em and so does my new dodge. I'm sure if ya dislike it you can just pull them off and be good. Now far as why dodge does it, all I can guess is the looks.
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Well, if I were the designer, I would have gone the route they did as well because:

a) If the tops get scratched up, and they will, the plastic inserts are a cheap easy fix.

b) I would think keeping a thick outer line on the outside top edge with the spray liner would be hard to do and not look as clean and neat as the plastic pieces.
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I agree 100% with tailgate. I have not seen 1 over the rail spray in that looks good. There is always uneven areas or odd edges. It's just simple to use the plastic, and like others have said they can be replaced..
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I had over the rail spray in rhinoliner in my previous truck.

It looked amazing when I first got it but when it started to fade there was nothing I could do to make it look good again.

anything I put on it would run down the sides of the bed as soon as it rained.

I personally like the plastic caps.
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All vaild reasons I did not really think of it that way...I just thought Dodge was trying to be cheap. Makes sense now thanks...
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I stand corrected also. Still wishes mine didn't have that huge piece of plastic on top of the tailgate though. Guess it can be removed and replaced with the normal sized one. Thanks for the input guys. You saved me from making a big mistake. Would've hated it when that part started fading.
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Not only is the fading or uneven lines an issue, but if you take that cover off the bed rails or the tailgate, there are holes that it clips into that will be visible with a spray in liner.
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Well, if I were the designer, I would have gone the route they did as well because:

a) If the tops get scratched up, and they will, the plastic inserts are a cheap easy fix.

b) I would think keeping a thick outer line on the outside top edge with the spray liner would be hard to do and not look as clean and neat as the plastic pieces.
Not true. My GMC Canyon had an after-market spray-in bedliner that went over the top edge. I'm assuming they masked off the area and then applied the spray, as the line is 100% straight, and it looked really good. As for scratching the spray...I think you'd have a hard time scratching this stuff. And if it did get scratched, you could probably get it fixed for cheaper than the cost of new bed covers (I think.)

I have the factory sprayed-in liner on my Dodge. I too wish they would have removed the rail covers and sprayed the top of the box as well. At least they can be replaced if they get damaged. The plastic inserts just don't seem to "finish" the appearance of the liner.
Either way, I like my sprayed-in liner and can live with the plastic bed rail covers.
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