I hate the OEM bed liner!!! (Bed Mat options)

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Ok, before the entire site jumps on me, if you like it, cool, but I don’t. Unless you’re loading in a perfectly flat box that can slide across the tire tracks, fuggedaboutit. :E:

I’m always loading in tools, table saws, miter stands etc, and everything gets caught on the tire tracks. Has anyone come up with a good replacement for the factory one? If so, what brand and where did you get it?
 

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Don't feel bad. Plenty of owners have expressed the same issue over the years. Some have opted to installing a carpeted bedliner and there's also variations of custom and DIY bed slides/drawers that you can install.

It's a bit of an ironic situation... you don't want your stuff sliding around but at the same time you can't push certain things into the bed because well, it ain't made to slide around! Over the years I've used things like cardboard and tarps laid out to help with sliding heavily weighted items when needed.

If you've got lots of tools you're trying to load/unload you may benefit from a bed slide. Here's a simple DIY example;


Here's a company that has custom bedslides;
 
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I agree with above, bed liner is designed as part of the "water management system" and helps channel water to the bed drains. You could use a BedRug kit and line the floor (with stock mat still in bed for protection and drainage) sides and tailgate with their strong and water repellent carpet like material.
Here is their website:


Since you put many things in and out of the bed so frequently you should consider a bed slide type of device to make it easier to get stuff in and out, not having to bend over the tailgate or possibly break the tailgate cables with a heavy load.
here are some companies that make them:
 

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I did mine this way because it serves me well for what I do. It is strapped to the hold downs so I can remove it easily.


 

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Ok, before the entire site jumps on me, if you like it, cool, but I don’t. Unless you’re loading in a perfectly flat box that can slide across the tire tracks, fuggedaboutit. :E:

I’m always loading in tools, table saws, miter stands etc, and everything gets caught on the tire tracks. Has anyone come up with a good replacement for the factory one? If so, what brand and where did you get it?

When I bought my 2004 EXT back in 2012, it was missing several OEM parts.

The original rubber bed mat was one of them.

I went to a local truck accessory store and we determined that an aftermarket rubber mat for a step side pickup truck was almost a perfect fit in width, but was a foot or so too long in length.

When I got the new mat home, I cut off the extra length and it has worked just fine for many years now.

I even used the cut off length as a door mat at the garage door.

This picture shows the bed mat installed on the floor of the truck as I demonstrate the bed panel bag being installed in the bed of my EXT.

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Just last year, I was able to locate a used OEM bed mat on eBay and have since installed that in my EXT bed with the other mat lying under the OEM mat.

The step side bed mat is very tough and never left me wanting.

But you are correct in stating the OEM mat is pretty sticky, especially when trying to slide anything across it.

But, I am also assuming that is by design.

Both of these mats will suit my purposes, just fine.
 

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Purpose of making it hard to slide stuff in is it is hard for that stuff to move when driving.

Catch 22.

Sometimes I like it sometimes I hate it but overall I think I like it more then hate it.

Bed slide is in your future.
 

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When I bought my 2004 EXT back in 2012, it was missing several OEM parts.

The original rubber bed mat was one of them.

I went to a local truck accessory store and we determined that an aftermarket rubber mat for a step side pickup truck was almost a perfect fit in width, but was a foot or so too long in length.

When I got the new mat home, I cut off the extra length and it has worked just fine for many years now.

I even used the cut off length as a door mat at the garage door.

This picture shows the bed mat installed on the floor of the truck as I demonstrate the bed panel bag being installed in the bed of my EXT.

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Just last year, I was able to locate a used OEM bed mat on eBay and have since installed that in my EXT bed with the other mat lying under the OEM mat.

The step side bed mat is very tough and never left me wanting.

But you are correct in stating the OEM mat is pretty sticky, especially when trying to slide anything across it.

But, I am also assuming that is by design.

Both of these mats will suit my purposes, just fine.
I like that. Did you have to cut out any drain holes? I know the factory mat has notches on the sides for drainage.

Purpose of making it hard to slide stuff in is it is hard for that stuff to move when driving.

Catch 22.

Sometimes I like it sometimes I hate it but overall I think I like it more then hate it.

Bed slide is in your future.
I hear ya about stuff sliding. I have lock bars and a bed net if I need to keep stuff in place. I’d rather have stuff slide in-n-out easily. :cheers:
 

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I like that. Did you have to cut out any drain holes? I know the factory mat has notches on the sides for drainage.
All I cut off was the extra length.

As you can see in the picture, the new bed mat is slightly less wide as the OEM bed mat so it did not cover any of the drain holes in the bed.

I never had any problems with water draining, even when the bed panels had been left off in the rain.
 

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If it helps, the Avalanche bed has a width of 50".
 

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Likely a universal 48". Based on his photo there appears to be an inch gap on each side which makes sense since the bed is 50" wide.
 

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If you get a second, can you measure the width of yours? Thanks.
48 3/8" wide.

And I misspoke, my step side bed mat is currently sitting on top of my recently acquired OEM bed mat.

Not that it really matters.

When I got the OEM bed mat, I did not want to just toss the step side bed mat, so I just put it back in the truck on top of the OEM bed mat.

It's all good.
 
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