Bed Liner Help ~ 2009 Silverado Crew Cab

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by Tungsten23, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Tungsten23

    Tungsten23 New Member

    Hey guys, I have my 09 Silverado Crew Cab LT Short Bed that desperately needs a bed liner, I've been hauling stuff for my parent's businesses and recently and steadily is the weight of this stuff going up! It started off with 1920lbs of landscaping rock, to a 1000lb food prep. table and hot case (200lbs). I've been doing the best I can on every situation to either put down an old blanket over the bed, or ask for large cardboard to put down. I've also bought color match body paint to patch up any deep wounds to the bed, it's not as pretty as it used to be back there. I need a DROP-IN bedliner, I know you guys may have done the spray on, but I'm positive it won't hold up the the pallets that are dropped in this thing, even if there is a small rock underneath the pallet, it will push a dent into a spray'ed on bed liner. As for scratches, my bed already has them, but I will be plasti-dipping the entire bed before the bed liner goes on.

    My question is, do you guys know of any good drop in (hard-plastic not carpet) bed liner for my truck that ‚ÄčABSOLUTELY DOES NOT DRILL INTO ANY PART OF THE BED? So far I have seen trail effects bed liner that claims no drill into bed or tailgate.
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    The OEM bed liner in my 2011 is a drop in under the rail and the tailgate panel uses existing fasteners.
    Icant tell for sure from the picture but it looks like you have OEM bed rail covers, if so they should come down the inside of the rail and protect that area.
    Id probably talk to a local shop that builds speciality beds for new trucks, they normally have items like this laying around for sale.
  3. summitwhite11

    summitwhite11 New Member

    I use the Trail FX bed liner on my 2011, its a drop in , no fastener installation, tucks under the rail, you can get an under the rail and use bed caps as I do, or get an over the rail with no bed caps, its slotted for 4 tie down points as well as set up for 2x4 shelving to give you option of compartment or shelf use, I also like that the front lip of the liner covers the front lip of the truck bed, totally protected on the inside, good drainage set up and easy clean rear water run off, tail gate guard picks up exhisting holes to fasten to, I really like mine. Have a look, it might just work for you.

    http://www.trailfx.com/bed-liner.html
  4. Tungsten23

    Tungsten23 New Member

    I do have the OEM bed rail protectors and as long as I don't have to drill new holes into any part of the truck I think I will go with the Trail FX, if you don't mind me asking, how much did it cost you, what website, and how did they ship that big of an item?
  5. summitwhite11

    summitwhite11 New Member

    pm'd info for you,
  6. j cat

    j cat Active Member

    back in 2000 I installed the bed liner on my new truck . still have the same liner. it is held in place by double sticky tape 2 inches wide front rear. then on the tail gate end 2 small holes for 1/8 inch stainless steel screws just to make sure it will not fly away like some people I know with dealership installed liners.

    even though I have a strong thick liner I use rubber roofing to protect and keep items from sliding around. the liner is not all that great to hold items from moving the rubber roofing material does .

    I also have stainless steel rail covers held on by double sided tape . this protects this rail and is not melted by any heat/sun.

    I got a cover to store stuff in the bed great when taking a trip/boating/camping////,

    when snow comes no problem cleaning out the bed. so far not rust issues with this set up ...14 years old in april 2014.
  7. Tungsten23

    Tungsten23 New Member

    I got a new BedLiner guys! It turns out, Trail FX has the EXACT same product as PendaLiner. Pendaform makes the Pendaliner, and the Trail FX bed liner. Trail FX guys then tack on another $100 for their name on it, even though it is a PendaLiner. If I had gotten a TrailFX it woulda been $293 with free shipping, self install. INSTEAD, I got a Pendaliner locally, for $177 TOTAL (installed they charged $15) I decided to do the "no-drill" option, I used some Heavy Duty Velcro on certain points, I'll have pics soon. I'm also carriage bolting the back end, seems to be bowed inwards, there's a hole I can use via the stake pocket holes.
  8. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    You don't like a Bedrug? bedrug12.jpg IMG_1504.jpg Photo-0374.jpg
  9. Tungsten23

    Tungsten23 New Member

    Wasn't too sure how it would be, or if things would snag on the fabric of the carpet. I know it is poly-propleyne, or some high end type of fiber that won't stain or lose color in the sun, but I needed something tough that I could just throw stuff in the back of and not worry about dent's, and something that was easy to clean.

    Back when I was in high school, I had the option of taking the family Tahoe as first vehicle. I opted for the pickup, I'm thinking I shoulda gone with a Avalanche. The suspension on the pickups vs the Tahoe/Avalanche is night and day. Still love my Silverado to death.

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    This is my attempt at "drill less", the liner itself is pretty secure, but to make sure it doesn't move or rub too much I used some 1/4" Carriage bolts, two washers, two rubber washers, nut lock, and nut. The rubber washers are against both sides that touch the paint of the truck, metal washers are there to disperse the weight.

    The velcro, and carriage bolt were all me, the guys at the shop only wanted to Self-tap screw the entire thing in. To make sure the bolt didn't look out of place I Rustoleum Blacked' it out. I plan on adding two more carriage bolts to the front stake pocket to the track system holes. All This was done with no drilling!
  10. silverado002

    silverado002 New Member

    I used a under rail Pendaliner too just like Tungsten23 did on my 2002. Where he used carriage bolts mine came with integrated clips in the back end that hooked into the side holes. No issues.
  11. Dana W

    Dana W Member

    I had Linex sprayed in professionally. Light years ahead of one of those drop in Tupperware boxes. 13 years old. Carried everything from 1/2" bluestone to 500 lb table saws. Scratches seemed to heal themselves. The rest of the truck is rusting away (a 2001 Dodge with a spun rod bearing or two) in a friends back yard, but the liner is still pristine to this day.
  12. Tungsten23

    Tungsten23 New Member

    Came from a long line of Line-x Trucks in our family, I didn't want to drill, or sand off the bed. The whole point of the drop in was so that if I wanted to later on, I could repaint my truck bed factory color. I plan on keeping this vehicle forever, it's my first "car" so to speak. If only they had a Line-x or Rhino that would come off as easy as plastidip. Or maybe plastidip the bed and then flex seal or line-x on top of it.
  13. Dana W

    Dana W Member

    Plastidip under linex? You'd never get the tech to do it.

    The whole point to Linex or any other spray in bedliner is PERMANENT, and they ain't kidding.

    That Linex in my 2001 will be sitting in that yard all by itself 100 years from now with little evidence of what was rusting away under it, I am sure. You know they spray that stuff inside of armored military vehicles to stop spauling on the inside when rounds hit, right?
  14. Chevycoastie

    Chevycoastie New Member

    one recommendation that I have is to do both. Do a DIY Bedliner like BedArmor or one like that inaddition to a drop in liner. Just doing a drop in liner will allow dirt and grime to collect under and damage your bed which you are trying to avoid.
  15. TDCulbyy763

    TDCulbyy763 New Member

    Hey I'm new to this whole thing and I just want to know the regular operating temp is for the transmission? I have an 08 silverado 1500 so if I could get some help or direction on this site that would be awesome
  16. Dana W

    Dana W Member

    Well, then. You are about to find out about forum etiquette. Asking a completely unrelated question in an existing thread is known as hijacking. You need to start a new thread of your own for your question.
  17. TDCulbyy763

    TDCulbyy763 New Member

    My apologies.
  18. Chevycoastie

    Chevycoastie New Member

    Tungsten 23,

    Another option is to get a spray in liner and then a rubber bed mat to help absorb heavy items being dropped in your bed. Whatever you decide to do, I would not use a drop in liner by itself. That would cause more damage down the road. Talking from experience.
  19. Tungsten23

    Tungsten23 New Member

    No worries man! I've noticed out here, mine sits around 140 degrees in about 40-60 degree outside temp. One time I hit 200 trans temp on the truck in 110 outside temp, I promptly pulled over and opened the hood. I would say under 180 is ideal!!

    **EDIT**

    UNDER 180 is ideal.
  20. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I had line X in my 2002. At the time I was a union bricklayer. I hauled yards of sand, gravel, and rock. I put pallets of brick, stone, block, and motor in the back daily. As you know to fit 2 pallets in you have to slide the first one to the front of the bed with a fork lift. My linex still looked like the day I had it installed when I sold the truck. I did multiple tests with samples of other bed liner materials before I went with linex. I let the samples soak for a week in different buckets of diesel fuel, xylene, and acetone. (all stuff I used at work) The only one not effected by the chemicals was line x. My 95 silverado and 98 sonoma had drop in bed liners. They rubbed the paint off down to bare metal within a year. In my opinion, if you plan on keeping the truck "forever" linex is the way to go. They can now color match it to the truck. I know guys that had rhino, it peeled when heavy pallets were slid on it, it also cut with sharp shovels while unloading sand.

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