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Line-X really is an amazing product... We even use it on our boats which are constantly exposed to a harsh sal****er environment.

I don't fully understand why a lighter truck bed is a good thing
. My F250s run better when I have atleast 200# of weight in the bed compared to empty.
Yeah and with 400 horse power and 800 foot/lbs of torque, would you really even notice?
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Understand that "Military Grade" is a fairly loose term. Anyone who has served and been around the military equipment will tell you that one of Murphy's laws of war is to remember that your equipment is made by the lowest bidder. I was in from 97-06 and used the old hummv that was was made of this military grade of aluminum. Junk. The vehicle constantly had nicks, dents and holes in it. The original hummv had a 6.2L V-8 diesel engine in it, FYI.

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Yeah and with 400 horse power and 800 foot/lbs of torque, would you really even notice?
Basically so they can add that 200 lbs back in to the max tow rating / hauling capacity and make them "king of the hill" again! Also they say fuel economy, but don't see how a few hundred pounds will make a difference in that arena!

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Get a steel bed and leave the wife at home....then it's a wash..... and you'll notice how much quieter it is in the cab.....
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My comment is not directed to the OP. I personally think that too many are making to much of a big deal about the Aluminum Ford trucks. I realize hind sight is 20/20 but with the Aluminum body change being one of the more significant upgrade on the newer Ford trucks the question as to the quality and durability of the new Aluminum trucks should have been asked before the purchase. I don't believe in the 49 years I've been drive Ford vehicles have I ever questioned my choice after the purchase.


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You got a dent in your aluminum bed? Who cares?
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Personally I think the floor of the bed should be steel.
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Personally I think the floor of the bed should be steel.
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Why not aluminum and then Line-X it? Then you get something that is stronger than just steel but is still lighter.

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Why not aluminum and then Line-X it? Then you get something that is stronger than just steel but is still lighter.
That's what I did, but Line-X is heavy, so the net is the bed is probably a bit heavier than steel. However, now you've added a very tough shield that will protect it for a very long time!

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That's what I did, but Line-X is heavy, so the net is the bed is probably a bit heavier than steel. However, now you've added a very tough shield that will protect it for a very long time!

I would Line-X it either way.
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You may want to consider Line-X over the factory spray in liner. Here's a Youtube video showing the difference.


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Had mine lined from day one, landscaping and i donít baby the bed - I also donít beat it like an idiot and drop heavy things into it. No complaints at all. Why not pay the 500-700 to have a work truck protected and not worry about scratching it?
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I have a liner so no issues thus far. The hood is a whole different story. Anyone else notice the flutter in high winds, sometimes I think the dang thing is going to rip back into the windshield.
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I have a liner so no issues thus far. The hood is a whole different story. Anyone else notice the flutter in high winds, sometimes I think the dang thing is going to rip back into the windshield.
Yes, but that's not a new thing. My '02 did the same thing. All in the name of saving weight.

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I haven't Line-X'd my steel bed yet, mainly because I don't want to have to chip the LineX off if I have to weld something to the bed. And, I didn't want moisture and microscopic corrosion to get trapped between the LineX and the steel. With paint, at least I can see what's going on with the metal under the paint. With thick LineX, that isn't possible.

I have an aftermarket bed, with 10 gauge steel wall thickness, and I keep a sheet of 3/4" plywood, primed and painted on all 6 sides, on the bottom of the bed, so denting has never really been an issue.

However, the issue that guys I run across with the Ford aluminum beds have isn't the dents... it is the tears and ruptures that leave open holes. It's when they start seeing daylight through the bed wall that they start complaining, not just scratches and dents. The post 1980 Ford stamped steel beds scratched and dented almost as easily, but the steel didn't rupture and rip like the Ford aluminum beds. Not even the newest, thinnest, post 2011 steel.

Now, going back to the 1950's and 60's steel... faggedabout it. Those beds could serve as dart boards for hammer throwing contests and still survive as serviceable. I remember noticing how much thinner the 1973-79 dentside bed sheetmetal was when compared to even the bumpside body that immediately preceeded it. And my first pick up was two design cycles prior to the bump... a 1963 unibody. The steel on older trucks used to be so thick, that double wall wasn't necessary.

Anyway, days gone by, and now we have Aluminum. But Aluminum isn't the problem. It is the material thickness of the Aluminum that is the issue. If the aluminum were thicker, then it wouldn't tear as easily. I can still tear an aluminum can of Coke with my bare hands, even at my age. But I never could tear a steel can of soup, even at half my age.
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