I opted out of the spray in liner and got a drop in. I haul implements for my farm tractor and other heavy stuff. I found that the bed liners give a bit of cushion and helps preventing the steel bed from denting.
If you are concerned about the bed liner wearing off the paint in the floor of bed, install a Weather Tech floor liner first, or leave the spray in and install a drop in on top.
Dealer had drop in liners on sale last month for $175 installed. I went with Rugged Liner. Made in Michigan. At some point I will install The Weather Tech liner underneath. They are about $250. Didn't do it now because I had other things to purchase for the truck.
I'm at work so I can't look up the video but they put spray on bed liner on a brick wall and threw a grenade at it and they did the same to one without the bed liner. The one with the spray on bed liner held up much better. I would go with the spray on bed liner.
I have the spray in from factory. I like it because I feel rust will not form under it and it is grippy. Things don't slid around. On the other hand I am scared to drop rocks in the bed because it will dent the metal. Drop in liners prevent the dents but rust can form under them. Really there are pros and cons to both. Not sure this post helps at all. Lol
I thought the factory spray in is LineX. I am having mine done aftermarket. Same price but the guy does a thicker covering and gives lifetime warranty. He has done my last two trucks and did a great job.
Factory liner is done on the assembly line. Might be linex product but not sure. If you find a truck on the lot with no liner and you work a deal with the dealer to include it in sale they do send it to lineX. I have heard that it is thicker if lineX does it but I don't thinks so. Mine is factory and a friend of mine had to be sprayed at lineX before he took delivery. We have compared them side by side and they are the same thickness. They are sprayed by hand at lineX so depending on the guy spraying it, one will be a little different from the next.
I have been pro under rail bed liner forever even with the current Ram offered spray in option. First question you have to ask yourself what are you going to put in the bed. Mulch, firewood, deer blood ect I vote for the easy sweep put and rise out the plastic offers you. A buddy has a 2013 Ram with spray in bed liner, kind of a pain to clean the aforementioned items. I am awaiting my 2014 with the spray in delete option, used the savings to have local aftermarket guy put the under rail bed liner in for $219.00 plus government assessment.
I'm going with the spray in liner from the factory and adding a horse mat for some shock resistance (5x7x1/2") I'll cut to fit myself. The mat is from Tractor supply $40 bucks on sale. I find the plastic liners warp in hot weather.
I have had both.... spray in is definately the way to go!! Hauled firewood and dead moose/bear/deer back there in my old truck with the spray in no problems with clean up...little water and some pressure all gone. If you want it spotless you can give it a little brush while water is being put on it...
If your really gonna use the bed a good hot sprayed liner adds alot of strength to the thinner metal in these new trucks. In my opinion the best mat out there is made by Koneta rubber, nice and thick and wont blow out. Just dont roll one in out of a can!!! Lol
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