Dec 8, 2017 . General Motors is reportedly taking a radical approach to reducing the weight of its next-generation pickups
Drop-in or plastic bedliners are the most commonly found type, although with the spray-on bedliner industry garnered recognition, drop-ins have lost some value in market share. Drop-ins can usually be installed rather quickly with no major modification made to the bed of the truck except drilling small holes in key areas to..
OBJECTS OF THIS INVENTION It is an object of this invention to provide a pickup truck bed protector that will make it possible to retain used as a family car, the bed liner and protector of this inventieii is provided. This liner 20 is molded of f1- berglass, suitable plastic or other suitable material that is necessarily as rigid as..
Dec 6, 2017 . It's not the first time General Motors has experimented with a new construction technique for its pickup beds. In the early 2000s, the company briefly offered a plastic composite "Pro-Tec" bed on the Chevy Silverado, selling it as an $850 option on certain trims. It was a massive flop, with sales falling below..
May 14, 2012 . There are 4 basic styles of soft truck bed covers and all of them clamp to the truck without drilling any holes (commonly referred to as no-drill installation). All soft tonneaus .. A new breed of hard tonneau covers are gaining popularity that are made of very hard plastic and/or plastic composites. Composite..
Jun 13, 2016 . And, while yes, most truck buyers will opt for a spray-in bedliner for their truck, it still is startling to see the amount of damage the Ford F-150 takes. . The fact is Toyota never used the composite Bed on the Tundra because the average truck buyer in the USA wouldn't accept it as being strong enough
Jun 10, 2016 . Well, Honda, in its ever modest, low-key style, decided to do the paver brick drop test in the bed of the 2017 Ridgeline, a truck considered by many traditionalists not to be a real truck. Plus, it has a plastic bed. Plastic! The additional wrinkle on the Ridgeline is its famous in-bed trunk. Would the bed and..
Dec 7, 2017 . Body shops should be somewhat prepared for the idea of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic truck beds with last year's launch of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline's composite structure. In Honda's case, the Ridgeline bed's resin is reinforced with fiberglass rather than the more expensive carbon fiber Chevrolet and..
Oct 14, 2014 . The bed is loose on my 2010 Toyota Tacoma with the composite bed
Dec 7, 2017 . The truck beds could mark GM's first use of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic, a product the automaker announced it was co-developing with . As a result, the composite is used only for select parts in low-volume vehicles. . It was unclear how much the carbon fiber would add to the price of the trucks
Apr 25, 2016 . Pickup trucks are nothing without a good bed, and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma has one that's full of useful standard features that trucks don't offer. . The bed of a pickup truck is what makes a pickup truck a pickup truck. On that . 1) Composite bed this has been a Tacoma feature for some time, and it works
Feb 1, 2004 . The composite pickup box experiment may have failed for General Motors Corp., but that doesn't mean the concept is dead. To the contrary, Asian auto . priced roughly at $1,000. And GM retailers were reluctant to push Pro-Tec because conventional plastic bed liners are a high-profit dealer add-on
Aug 4, 2011 . But when it comes to choosing a bed liner, do you go with a traditional drop-in liner or a spray-on bed liner? This article from RyanChevrolet.com tries to shed some light on this argument. Drop-in liners have been around for decades. They are made of plastic composite and are molded for specific makes..
Jun 21, 2016 . Plastic composites have been incorporated into automotive designs for decades. Most trim pieces, step bumpers, truck bed liners, cab components and wheel covers incorporated into today's automotive designs are plastic, in one form or another. Can Honda keep up with Ridgeline demand? 2017 Honda..
Aug 13, 2011 . By 2001, the use of composites in pickup-truck beds had become almost commonplace. Ford's Ranger Splash and F-150 FlareSide had featured plastic outer shells, while GM's own step-side beds had composites below the trim line. The advantages of composite (which is to say, plastic) construction for..
Dec 17, 2017 . it might come as a surprise, but this won't be GM's first attempt at using alternative materials for cargo bed construction. Back in 2001, the Chevy Silverado 1500 was available with a composite (read: plastic) cargo box as an $850 option. It was called the Pro-Tec bed. Chevy barely advertised the feature but..
It is most similar to a classic side-mounted model, however it lies below your truck's bed rails, and above the plastic truck tool box wheel wells. This makes the Du .. The BAKBox 2 is constructed from rock-solid FRP composite panels which BAK claims is more impact resistant than aluminum. We're not really sure about that..
BedRug bed mats are designed to work with factory truck beds as well as spray in liners or plastic drop in liners. Much like the BedRug, the BedRug Mat is made to fit your specific make and model, and will give you the look and feel of carpet in an ultra-tough 100% polypropylene (essentially plastic) product. It will protect..
No need for a plastic liner, which adds cost and weight, and provides only a cosmetic fix for the underlying issues -- rust, corrosion and dents/dings to the traditional steel bed. There has been little doubt for some time that a composite is a good choice for a pickup bed. All the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)..
Jun 12, 2016 . In a new test, the Japanese automaker replicated the block-drop test using its brand-new Ridgeline truck, which features a composite bed. As you'll see in the video above, there was very little damage to the high-strength plastic bed of the Ridgeline after a similar load of landscaping blocks were dropped..
Back during the GMT800 series, Chevy came out with a composite truck bed in 2001. I guess it was made of the same plastic that Saturn used for their