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Guide to Aftermarket Fender Flares

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The name “fender flare” is pretty cool all by itself—and so is the accessory.

If you have questions about what they are, what they do, how much they cost, which ones are best, and how to find the ones you need, then we have the answers! Keep reading and, if you have questions, just contact us online. Our experienced pros are ready to help.

What Are Fender Flares?

Fender flares are a type of truck and SUV accessory that are available for most of today’s models. These flares—or fender guards, as they are sometimes called—are placed over the vehicle’s wheel well. Precisely contoured to the vehicle’s body lines, they become an extension of it, adding an aggressively stylish look and extra layer of protection.

Guide to Fender Flares

Enthuze Rivet Style Fender Flares

What Do Fender Flares Do?

First, fender flares can make your truck or SUV look even more appealing, with fender guards available in a variety of styles to match your needs and personal taste. Plus, after a while, the area around the wheel well can get scratched or dented or become rusty. In those cases, then the fender flares will cover up the less-than-perfects spots, making the vehicle look newer again. You can also add them before the corrosion or damage occurs, proactively keeping your truck or SUV more pristine.

Plus, in some instances, such as when tires reach a certain size, states can require a flare. Many states, for example, mandate that guards must cover the full tread of the vehicle’s tires. If the tires you have are larger than the original factory size, then it makes sense to check with your local DMV to see if you need to purchase aftermarket fender flares.

Guide to Fender Flares

Bushwacker Pocket Fender Flares

Here’s a key reason why they’re often required under these circumstances. Tires can cause rocks and other road debris to fly through the air—and this could land on someone else’s windshield, potential causing plenty of damage—and liability for the driver. Plus, these rocks and debris can also scratch your own vehicle, marring the appearance and making it more prone to rusting.

Guide to Fender Flares

Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Flares

These flares come in different styles, including cut-out flares, riveted ones, extra-wide ones, and more. Preferences and vehicle make and model can help determine what makes the most sense for you.

How Much Are Fender Flares?

You can typically get a quality name brand set at a price starting around $300, such as this option for RAM-1500 by Enthuze. This is an eye-catching extra-wide design in a rivet style. Bold and aggressive in appearance, these guards are UV-resistant to protect against fading and provide the protection you need.

Rivet-style flares are a popular style, and you may hear them called pocket styled. Rivets on the outside add a rugged appearance while adding overall tough protection for your vehicle.

Pricing can go up from there, with this Enthuze option for Silverado 1500 currently costing just under $550. This choice comes with heavy-duty mounting hardware and shielding pads to provide the ultimate in protection.

 

How Do I Choose the Right Fender Flares?

Selecting a trusted name brand is a good first step. These include Enthuze and Bushwacker, among others. This truck/SUV accessory is custom-made for a vehicle so it’s really important to make sure the set you like will work for your vehicle’s make and model.

Overall, you’ll want a set that fits your vehicle and provides the protection and style you want and need, falling within your budget. If you’re unsure what’s best, it can help to contact experienced professionals for guidance.

Action Car and Truck Accessories Can Help!

We offer aftermarket fender flares from top name brands, including plenty of options from:

Action Car and Truck Accessories is passionate about providing our customers with exactly what they need by outfitting their vehicles with exactly the right truck accessories.

We’re the leading automotive accessory retailer in Canada, and our online store allows you to shop wherever you’re located from the comfort of your own home or business.

If you have questions, we’re here for you! You can contact us online or use our chatbot, any time—or call 1-855-560-2233 during our business hours.

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Guide To Bumpers

From front bumpers to rear ones, and from those with winch capabilities to those without, there is a wide range of options available for you to protect (even supercharge!) your truck. What’s most important is to choose the bumper type and style that’s just right for your needs.

We’re Talking Bumpers, Not Bumper Covers

Before going any further, we want to clarify how we’re talking about the metal component that’s attached to the front and rear of your truck’s frame—and that provides protection for your vehicle. Front bumpers rest below the headlights of your truck, while the rear ones are below the taillights, with each attached to the vehicle’s frame.

This post isn’t focusing on the covers, which are often fiberglass or thermoplastic.

Key Benefits

Metal bumpers are strong and durable, absorbing impact in case of minor collisions and otherwise helping to protect the vehicle, the driver, and any passengers. This is true whether you stay on or go off-road because choosing the right aftermarket truck bumpers can transform the performance of your vehicle.

When going off-road, it can provide the necessary clearance for the bigger tires you may want and need. As another example, challenging angles that would defeat factory bumpers are no big deal with the right set of aftermarket ones. Plus, if driving through the woods, you’ll have protection from rocks and trees and have the ability to navigate more easily.

In short, bumpers are designed for your protection, for utility—and they can also provide a whole new look for your vehicle, from sleek to aggressive. Whether the finish is a black powder coat or protected metal, they are made to fight against corrosion.

Aftermarket Front Bumpers

When choosing your aftermarket front bumpers, it makes sense to filter options to only include those that fit your vehicle—which is something that you can do here. For sake of example, let’s say you drive a Jeep Wrangler JK. If you’ve got a brand that you appreciate—say, Enthuze bumpers—that’s another good filter to use. And, continuing with our example, you might end up taking a second look at the Enthuze Aftermarket Front Bumpers, #ACTENTJK1001.

Here are just a few features of that choice:

  • Modular design for easy customization
  • T6 aluminum alloy construction for lightweight, rust-free strength
  • Black powder coat finish for maximum resistance to corrosion
  • 22 1/2 x 7 3/4 winch housing
  • Pre-drilled holes for D-rings and tow hooks

Simply follow that procedure for your own vehicle type, brand preferences—including Road Armor, Rampage, Paramount Automotive and more—and other specs.

Aftermarket Rear Bumpers

Looking for aftermarket rear bumpers? Just follow the same process.

If, for example, you’re looking for a rugged bumper that’s loaded with utility, then look at the Road Armor Stealth Bumper, #RAR31200B.

This model is considered a pioneer of the aftermarket, designed specifically to accentuate your vehicle’s body lines. With its 3/16-inch heavy-duty steel construction, direct bolt-on design, and lifetime structural warranty, these rough and tough bumpers are designed to last. They’re constructed to house a winch with room for recessed light ports for LED backup lights.

Fans of the Rampage brand might decide to choose the Trailguard Rear Bumper #RMP99513 for heavy-duty performance. 

Needing bumpers that will provide the maximum in protection when driving in rocky conditions? Paramount Automotive #PRG51-0015 can keep your vehicle safe in the tightest conditions, protecting you from debris, both on and off-road.

Replacing Bumpers

Any time your vehicle is involved in an accident where the front or the rear bumper was part of the collision, it makes sense to have a licensed mechanic take a look. Although the damage may look minimal on the outside (and, hopefully, it will be!), your bumpers are what help to protect you and your vehicle—and may need to be replaced, if the structural integrity has been damaged.

Or, if you’ve got an older set of bumpers, or ones not designed to withstand rust and corrosion, you may need to replace them. Rust can ultimately lead to holes, which can hurt the vehicle structurally and lessen the look.

If you’ve already used aftermarket bumpers—and you really liked your choice—it can make sense to order something similar for your replacements. This is also an opportunity, though, to upgrade or otherwise add new features and functionalities that you’ll appreciate.

Things to consider include whether you’ll need protection from rocks, heavy brush, and so forth. Do you need a design that accommodates a winch? Will you want the capability to rescue a stuck vehicle? Do you want to install lights on your bumper, either now or in the future?

These are just some of the things to think about before choosing your aftermarket truck bumpers.

Bumpers for Sale at Action Car and Truck Accessories

Action Car and Truck Accessories is the leading automotive accessory retailer in Canada—with an online store that allows you to shop from the comfort of your own home, wherever you’re located.

People on our team are passionate about outfitting vehicles with exactly the right accessories, and we realize that, when you want a bumper, what you’re really saying is that you want the ideal one for your vehicle and needs.

Questions about bumpers for sale on our site? You can contact us online or use our chatbot, any time—or call 1-855-560-2233 during our business hours.

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Buying Guide for Fiberglass Truck Caps

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What Are Truck Caps?

Truck Caps are enclosed, hard-bodied, lockable units that you mount in or over your pickup truck’s bed. They typically have windows and a rear hatch, with individual models having features unique to them—and they usually give a pickup truck the stylish appearance of an SUV while maintaining the practicality associated with a truck bed.

There are several other names for this type of truck cover, including:

  • Truck tops
  • Pickup truck bed toppers
  • Camper shells
  • Truck canopies
  • Box shells

No matter what you call this truck accessory, it’s the one that covers the large empty space in the back of your pickup truck.

How Are They Different from Tonneau Covers?

Tonneau covers, also called a box cover, truck bed cover, or a pickup bed cover—spans the bed to protect what’s inside. They can be hard or soft, and they can be retractable. When these covers are used, the pickup retains the styling of a truck (versus the SUV-like appearance a cap provides).

What Benefits Do Truck Caps Offer?

This durable, weatherproof canopy protects whatever you’re hauling in your truck’s bed from the elements while also protecting the truck bed itself. In addition, truck caps provide protection against theft of your cargo by enclosing what’s inside.

Plus, fiberglass truck canopies can be one of the best ways to finish off the customized look of your vehicle, providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The color of the shell can match the factory paint, creating a seamless look, and you can care for the outside of your truck canopy in the same way that you clean and protect the rest of your vehicle’s exterior.

As a bonus, if circumstances arise when you need to sleep overnight in your truck, a truck canopy can keep you safe and protected inside the cargo bed space.

What Brands Are Available?

We have a number of quality brands for sale, including Action and A.R.E. truck caps, with the latter company being the first to manufacture fiberglass ones. We also have commercial truck canopies from Spacekap with room for everything you need at the jobsite. Here is just a sampling of what we have available for you:

Types of Truck Bed Toppers

As with just about any truck accessory, there are a range of styles at multiple price points to choose from. As you go through the options on our site, we’ll provide a quick overview of that topper, along with information about its installation method, overall type, style, mounting, locking, extras, and warranty.

For example, by looking at the A.R.E. Truck Cap, CX Evolve, you’d see the following information:

  • Install: Clamp On
  • Type: Hard
  • Style: Camper Shell
  • Mountain: Top of Bed Rail
  • Locking: Keyed Lock
  • Extras: Includes Paint, Side Windows, Front Window, Rear Door, Dark Grey Interior Headliner, 12V LED Dome Light
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime

In this model, the CX cap is paired up with a true innovation: the industry’s first tailgate-style rear door. To create a sleek and functional experience, the handle is OneMotion™.

Compare that to another A.R.E. model, the ToolMaster Series, and differences you’ll see are in the extras. This rugged model features toolboxes on both sides, heavy-duty doors, the commercial-grade Prime Design AluRack ladder rack and brake light, and painted aluminum insert in side and rear doors.

How to Choose the Right Truck Cap

What are your needs? Do you, for example, want to use the vehicle when going hunting, fishing, or camping? In each case, there are options that will work well for these uses. Do you want to haul cargo? There are rugged varieties that will provide the toughness and extra durability that you require.

No matter what you need, Action Car and Truck Accessories will help you find the right solution!

If you have questions about which model will best match your usage needs, our chat box option is available to you. You can also use our contact us option or call us, Monday through Saturday, during business hours at 1-855-560-2233.

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We’ve been providing customers with just the right truck accessories for more than 40 years, taking the guesswork out of the process. We offer the best truck caps and have numerous local dealers to help you find the best one for your lifestyle. Whether you need your truck canopy for recreation, work, or commercial use, we offer them all.

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A Guide to Cargo Liners

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At Action Car and Truck Accessories, you’ve got nearly 200 options to choose from, including those from top brands like EnthuzeWeatherTech, and Husky Liners.

Here’s more helpful information about these cargo area liners, including their benefits, material, and cleaning/maintenance—as well as how to make the right choice for your specific needs.

 

What Are Cargo Liners?

In short, these are cargo trunk mats that are custom-fit to protect the inside of your vehicle. They are designed to dovetail with the contours of your vehicle and their installation is short and sweet, with no need for screws, bolts, or other types of fasteners. In fact, instructions often recommend that you roll out the liner, place it in the cargo area of your vehicle, and then briefly lay an object with some weight—perhaps a nice-sized book—in each corner to flatten the material.

You might hear the terms “cargo tray” or “cargo area floor mats” being used. If so, it’s referring to the same general product.

Benefits of a Cargo Area Liner

The cargo area of your vehicle is ideal for transporting a wide variety of items, from your landscaping supplies in the spring and summer to your Christmas tree in winter. You can use it for suitcases when you’re going on a trip, or to bring your groceries home, let Fido go for a ride, transport tools, and so much more.

Convenient as this cargo area is for transporting items, landscaping leaves behind dirt, Fido has muddy paws, your jug of milk can leak, and your saw can scratch the finish of your vehicle—and that’s where the cargo liner comes in. These car/SUV/truck interior accessories protect your investment and keep it looking new.

If, say, the back of your truck is already stained or scuffed, then these cargo liners can cover that up—making this area of your vehicle look new all over again.

Additional benefits include the following:

  • These cargo area floor mats add a layer of cushioning, which can protect fragile items as you transport them, from glassware to antique furniture and more.
  • Ones with a more textured surface can keep your cargo from slipping and sliding around, protecting your belongings.
  • They make cleanups easier, something you’ll appreciate if, for example, you didn’t realize that the milk had spilled until your vehicle started to smell bad.
  • They can add a touch of personal style to your vehicle.

Liner Material

These liners are typically made from rugged thermoplastic (a type of plastic polymer material) that is both flexible and durable. The flexibility is what allows the material to form-fit to your vehicle and remain that way despite the temperature, from extreme hot to extreme cold. The durability is what makes the liners so long-lasting.

More specifically, cargo liners can be constructed out of:

  • Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE): This is a plastic-rubber hybrid that combines the maximum flexibility of rubber with the ability of plastic to retain its shape and be easily cleaned.
  • Thermoplastic olefin (TPO): This type of thermoplastic typically also contains a rubber/elastomer and a filler. TPO holds tough under solar UV radiation, making it ideal for liners.
  • Polypropylene (PP): This rugged plastic is especially easy to clean but can become slippery when wet. It can also fade more easily than TPE and TPO.
  • Polyethylene (PE): This is the most common form of plastic, very tough and cost-effective.

Cargo Area Floor Mat Maintenance

One of the benefits of these mats is how quickly and easily they can be cleaned. You should refer to the cleaning instructions of the manufacturer for specifics, but here are instructions from a WeatherTech cargo liner, shared so you can see the ease of cleaning and maintenance:

“The easiest way to clean your liner is with a damp cloth or sponge. If using a cleaner, 409® or Glass Plus® work well. We do not recommend Armor-All® or STP Son-of-A-Gun® as these types of products make the liner slick and cargo will slide.”

Although cleaning and maintenance instructions may vary by brand and liner model, recommendations are generally simple and straightforward.

 

Choosing the Right Liner

First, be clear about what you need. For example, if you use your vehicle in a way that needs bumper protection, as well, then it’s important to choose one with that feature. Here’s a WeatherTech cargo liner with bumper protection.

As another example, if your vehicle has a third-row seat option, you’ll want to look for a cargo liner that can fit over a folded third seat. Here’s a Husky cargo liner that can do just that.

You’ll also want a rugged product that fits within your budget—and Enthuze cargo liners are especially cost-effective. Other features that may factor into your decision include texture, color and so forth. Color choices are often black, gray, or tan.

It also makes sense to select a liner from a trusted, time-tested brand. Now, here are our three top brands. 

 

The Best Cargo Liners

We ranked our top brands based on customer reviews, quality, price, durability, selection and fit. Below are our recommendations for the best liners.

  1. Enthuze Cargo Liners
  2. WeatherTech Cargo Liners
  3. Husky Cargo Liners

If you need more information so that you can make the right choice for your needs, from cargo liners to other truck interior accessories, contact us online or call us during business hours at 1-855-560-2233.

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Optimize Your Truck, SUV or UTV Performance with S&B Filters

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S&B Filters manufactures a full range of air filters, particle separators, cold air intakes, body mounts and fuel tanks to improve performance on your truck or SUV. The goal of S&B Filters is to reduce the airflow restriction of stock systems and protect your engine at the same time. High quality and low pricing are made possible through mostly in-house construction and United States labor.

 

S&B Filters designs cold air intakes to seriously upgrade your performance through reduced airflow restriction. Cold air intake kits include a one-piece airbox that is fully enclosed to protect the air filter from debris while also protecting it from engine heat. Each cold air intake kit also includes a signature S&B air filter that is incredibly efficient to increase your performance and protect your engine. Options include a cleanable and reusable air filter with eight-layer cotton or a dry extendable media air filter that you simply dispose of once it's dirty.

 

S&B air filters are extensively tested to make sure that only the best filters are sold. Filter capacity is stringently tested and monitored to see how dirty it can get before needing to be cleaned or replaced. The idea behind performance air filters is to get more air into the engine while also protecting it from dirt and debris. More air in your engine equals more power and performance. S&B intakes and filters are designed to run with either stock calibration or performance tuning, so you won't have to worry about check engine lights.

 

Coming soon is a truck particle separator to remove over 97 percent of dust to keep your air filter clean. If you need to drive your truck in consistently dusty or dirty conditions, then you also have to maintain your air filter way more often. The particle separator keeps your air filter clean for much longer than it would be without it. Failing to maintain an air filter in dusty conditions could lead to engine damage. Driving with a particle separator allows the air to be sucked into the separator, which uses centrifugal force to separate the dust and allow it to exit. The clean air moves through the tube to your air filter and then engine.

S&B particle separators for trucks are designed to work with stock systems. It replaces the entire intake system, which includes the box, tube and air filter. Install time is roughly two hours with no drilling necessary. It also provides quick access to the air filter, which will allow it to be changed in less than a minute without tools. 

Upgrade your engine's performance with increased airflow by investing in S&B air filters and S&B cold air intakes.

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Upgrade Your Off-Road Experience with Rough Country

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As one of the leading retailers of suspension parts and automotive aftermarket accessories for off-road vehicles, Rough Country provides durable and rugged parts to upgrade your 4WD vehicle for the toughest trails. Rough Country suspension parts and Rough Country lifts are some of the most popular aftermarket kits for off-road enthusiasts.

In order to conquer the outdoors, you can't count on stock 4WD vehicles or stock suspensions. You need rugged parts and modifications to add rigidity and ground clearance to your ride.

Suspension parts like Rough Country shocks are designed to stabilize your vehicle on rough terrain and keep you from being jolted around in the cabin. The ride off-road may be rough, but it doesn't need to be that rough. The standard suspensions on most vehicles are too easy to bend and warp with the punishment you encounter when going off-road. Rough Country kits are made of forged solid steel to keep you ahead of the game. The kits are easy to install with bolt-on applications.

One of the most popular aftermarket upgrades for an off-road vehicle is a Rough Country lift kit. These kits increase the ground clearance of your vehicle and allow it to run taller tires. Rough Country offers an exclusive line of lift kits that do not require major or any modifications to the exhaust, frame or drivetrain.

Along with lift kits, the Rough Country leveling kit is another popular upgrade. These are simple and inexpensive modifications that can easily be reversed if necessary. What do lift kits do? Stock 4WDs usually always have a raked stance with a slightly lower front end. This ultimately helps increase gas mileage by decreasing the vehicle's wind resistance. However, if you're taking your vehicle off-road, you need better handling and ground clearance, not good gas mileage. The leveling kit levels out your stance and gives you more ground clearance. The extra lift can give you better handling on-road as well as off-road. It also usually allows you to install bigger tires.

Do you take your machine off-road in the dark? If you do, then it's important to see where you're going. A Rough Country light bar offers powerful illumination with long-life LED lights. Installing a light bar takes the place of adding several extra off-road lights to your rig. Whether you're traveling a dark trail for fun or for camping, hunting or hiking, a light bar gives you the most illumination for the least amount of hassle.

Rough Country bumpers are a great way to improve the look and efficiency of your off-road vehicle. Stock bumpers aren't always great places to add extra lights, tow hooks or winches. Aftermarket bumpers give your vehicle a more aggressive look and more function. Rough Country offers front bumpers, rear bumpers, winch mount bumpers, and grille and brush guards to improve your existing look.

When you need durable aftermarket off-road parts, Rough Country has the solid reputation and varied selection to improve your off-road experience.

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The Best Pickup Truck Tool Boxes for 2020 - A Buyers Guide

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With so many pickup truck tool boxes to choose from it’s difficult (and time-consuming) to figure out which is the best truck tool box for your particular needs. If you’re a contractor, you want your pickup truck tool box to have different features compared to what a weekend do-it-yourselfer might need.

Why You Need a Pickup Truck Tool Box

Truck tool boxes are one of the most logical purchases for anyone that works away from home. Whether you’re in construction, a repairman, a landscaper or a volunteer handyman, your tools, and transporting them, are part of the job. Tools are a huge investment and protecting them from thieves and the elements is an essential task. Throwing them on the floor of your truck or worse, in the bed of your truck is a surefire way to ruin or lose them.

You might experience “sticker shock” the first time you start shopping for truck tool boxes. They can be a little expensive. However, think of the cost of replacing your tools due to theft, loss or damage and you can see the investment is well worth it.

A high-quality tool box will last a lifetime. Additionally, think of the time you’ve taken in the past looking for a much-needed tool to do a job. That time spent looking for a tool could have been used earning money. Being able to find what you’re looking for saves time and saving time is preventing lost income.

When it comes to selecting the best pickup truck tool box for you, there are quite a few options. You’ll want to consider size, style, material and price. In this guide, we will do our best to help you make the best decision for your particular needs and requirements. If you have any questions please contact us and we will help as quickly as we can.

Advantages of a Pickup Truck Toolbox

  • Prevents theft of tools
  • Prevents breakage of tools
  • Prevents loss of tools
  • Prevents “borrowing” of tools
  • Prevents tools from rusting

Keep in mind that even though we focus on protecting your tools, truck tool boxes can also protect other valuables that might not fit in your truck cab. Groceries, camping equipment, fishing gear, golf clubs you name it. A truck tool box keeps those things locked away.

What To Consider When Choosing a Pickup Truck Tool Box

Security

Truck tool boxes are more or less a thick metal safe. A crowbar isn’t going to get it open. A thief can’t just pick it up and carry it away, it’s way too heavy for that. Additionally, most truck tool boxes are attached to your truck. A thief is going to avoid your truck. It’s too much work.

Materials

Truck tool boxes are typically made out of 4 materials. Aluminum, steel, stainless steel and heavy-duty plastic.

Aluminum - Most truck tool boxes are made out of aluminum with a diamond plate patterned surface. This material is tough, won’t rust, is durable and has a non-slip surface. Aluminum is lightweight and has a higher strength to weight ratio than steel. Aluminum is an excellent choice of materials to use for a truck tool box because it’s tough, lightweight and does not rust.

Steel - Less common than aluminum for truck tool boxes. It’s heavier so, on the one hand, it’s more difficult to walk away with one but on the other hand, your gas mileage will be worse. It’s more resistant to dents than aluminum. Typically they are powder coated to prevent rust but if it gets scratched that spot is left unprotected and can rust.

Stainless Steel - Also less common than aluminum but for different reasons than steel truck tool boxes. Stainless steel tool boxes are tough like steel and less likely to rust like aluminum. With these two qualities, it’s no surprise that stainless steel truck tool boxes are more expensive. It’s not necessary for them to be powder coated like steel is. Keep in mind that if you live in an area with an abundance of salt, either from the ocean, on the job site or from salt trucks, you’ll want to maintain your tool box with regular cleaning.

Coating - Powder coating is common with truck tool boxes. You’ll typically find them in neutral colors like black, gray or white. They can have a glossy or matte finish. Another popular style is the diamond plate aluminum finish. It is not necessary for these to be powder coated. They are usually buffed up to make them a little shiny finish and stainless steel truck tool boxes also have a shinier polished look when compared to an aluminum tool box.

Shapes and Styles of Pickup Truck Tool Boxes

The next thing to consider is what type of shape you want your tool box to be. This decision will be based on how you plan to access your tool box. This is an important decision because if you choose the wrong one you’ll regret it every time you get a tool out of the truck.

Crossover aka Cross Bed or Saddle Box

This type is pretty common. We can safely say this is the most common type we sell. This style rests on the bed rails and does not touch the truck bed. It’s positioned at the front of the truck bed closest to the cab. Typically these have 1 long lid that lifts up towards the back window of the truck. Crossover tool boxes do not touch the truck bed since they mount on the bed rails. This allows space under the truck tool box for when you’re hauling lumber or other long items.

 

There are also truck tool boxes that have 2 lids that lift up in a similar fashion. These are called double-lids. The lids lock separately and divide your tool box into 2 halves.

 

The third type of lid configuration is known as the gull wing. Gull wing crossover tool boxes also have two lids but they open from the side of the truck and the lid lifts up towards the center of the truck. An advantage of this style is that you don’t necessarily have to get in the bed of the truck to open it.

 

And lastly, you have the low-profile crossover truck tool box. It has a slimmer lid and is not quite as deep as a full-size tool box. This one doesn’t have as much storage room but it is better as far as visibility goes and it’s more lightweight.

Side-mount Pickup Truck Tool Boxes

Side-mount truck tool boxes do away with the inconvenience of getting into your truck bed to access your tools. They are also able to be used in conjunction with a crossover tool box to give you even more storage space. As the name implies, these tool boxes mount on the side bed rail of your truck bed and face outwards. The length of the tool box needs to be less than the length of the bed of the truck and even shorter if you are using a crossover tool box too. If you are going back and forth to your truck all day when you’re at the job site this may be the best option. It will be easier on the body to not have to jump in and out of the truck bed numerous times throughout the day. These are also referred to as innerside tool boxes.

Another style of the side mount truck tool box has higher sides to allow for more storage. These are good for storing larger tools or any of your taller pieces of equipment or liquids that need to remain upright.

Underbed Truck Tool Boxes

If you have a heavy-duty truck or semi with a lot of ground clearance, this is a tool box you want to look into. As you may have guessed, the tool box mounts under the bed. It fits under flatbed, platform or dump truck bodies.

Truck Chests

This type of truck tool box sits right on the bottom of the bed of your truck as opposed to being mounted on the truck bed rails. They have a large capacity so they can protect your bigger sized power tools.

Another advantage is since they do not sit above your bed rails you are able to use a truck chest in combination with a tonneau cover or truck canopy. A drawback, since they sit on the bed of the truck you are decreasing the length of the truck bed. If it’s a long bed truck there isn’t a need to be concerned, if it’s a short bed you need to consider that shortcoming.

Truck Fender / Pork Chop / Wheel Well Tool Box

These are called many things but they all go in the same spot in the bed of your truck.

They are designed to mount in your truck bed with the thinner part going over the wheel well fender hump. The wheel well tool box allows you room for storage but maximizes the space to haul other cargo.

What Size Pickup Truck Tool Box Do You Need?

Before you decide which tool box you need, you want to make sure of 3 things:

  • Will it fit in my pickup
  • Will everything I need to store fit in the tool box
  • Will everything I need to haul fit in my truck bed once the truck tool box is installed

Generally, pickup truck tool boxes are designated as “Fits Down-size” or “Fits Full-size”. Down-size trucks trucks are your smaller and mid-size pick up trucks like the Tacoma, Ranger, Frontier and Colorado. A full-size pickup would be the Tundra, Sierra, Ram 1500, F150s, Titan, Silverado and Sierra.

When looking at the different tool boxes, look at the measurement specs either in the photo on the web site or in the information section. Specifically, look for the dimensions information. You’ll see a diagram or a list of the height and width measurements. Below are the dimensions for a crossover style truck tool box.

You’ll want to pay close attention to the height, width and depth of the tool box. Measure the dimensions of your truck bed and write them down or put them in your phone. You’ll want to buy the tool box that most closely matches your truck’s measurements. To be absolutely sure it fits your truck, you can use our vehicle selector tool on the product page of the pickup truck tool box to verify its compatibility.


Vehicle selector tool on Action Truck

Measuring Your Truck Bed

  • Measure the width from the inside truck bed rail to the inside of the truck bed rail on the other side of the bed. This measurement needs to be the same or slightly shorter than the smallest width of the tool box. In our image example above, that would be 60” or a little less.

  • Next measure the distance between the outside rail of one side of the truck bed to the outside rail of the other side of the bed. Compare that to the longer width of the tool box, (71 ½” in image of tool box from our example above). If the tool box is a lot wider than your truck bed it won’t sit properly and it will stick out over the edge.

  • Next measurement is to the height of your pickup truck bed. Measure from the highest point of the floor to the top of the bed rail. So if you have a grooved bed, measure from the top of the groove, not from the bottom low spot of the groove. A larger tool box may be too tall to fit correctly If your truck bed is not high enough. For this dimension, you want to look at the height measurement of your tool box.

  • Finally, the last dimension you want to measure is the distance between the wheel well and the bulkhead. That is the space underneath the rear window. This is where you need to consider the “depth” measurement. If you have a short bed truck this is an especially important measurement for you as there is not a lot of room.

One other thing to consider. If you use a tonneau cover you will want to take that into account when measuring the height of the truck bed. You’ll want to give yourself some room between the tonneau cover and the top of the pickup truck tool box. Action Truck has specially designed tonneau covers that accommodate a truck tool box.

How to Install a Pickup Truck Tool Box

Installing a truck tool box is not very complex. If you’re the type of person that needs a truck tool box you probably have the skills and tools needed to install one. All of the pickup truck tool boxes come with the mounting hardware you’ll need to install it properly in your truck bed.

Each tool box has a slightly different method for installation so be sure to refer to the instructions that came with it. Crossover tool boxes come with foam strips that you place on the underside of the tool box where it comes in contact with the bed rail. The foam padding protects the bed rail from being damaged and provides some vibration/noise dampening properties.

Generally, a traditional crossover tool box will mount to your bed rail with a J-bolt, a washer and a nut. The J-bolt goes up through the bottom of the tool box floor and hooks under the bed rail. Tighten the bolts with a ratchet and you’re done.

There are some tool boxes that require drilling into the bed rails to be fastened. If you want to avoid that, look for the installation instructions on the web or on the product page to see if the tool box you’re considering is one of them.

What Does a Pickup Truck Tool Box Cost?

Price is another consideration when deciding on which tool box is best for you. Prices cover a wide range of budgets. It really depends on what you will be using it for. For some people, the lowest priced tool box will be perfect for what they need. A basic aluminum single lid crossover tool box will do the job. Other pickup truck owners are looking for a tool box with several compartments and storage sections to stay better organized.

Stainless steel tool boxes have the highest quality of materials, weather seals to keep out the elements and offer better protection for your tools. There are also some aluminum models that are on the high end of quality too.

One other rule of thumb is the more your tools are worth, the higher you should pay to protect them. Whether from damage or theft, it not only cost to replace them, your time is also lost when you can’t do your job.

We hope our look into pickup truck tool boxes was helpful. If you have any questions send us an email or call 1-855-560-2233.

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A Buyers Guide to Floor Liners and Floor Mats

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With over 5,500 floor liners and floor mats to choose from, Action Truck knows a few things about floor mats and floor liners. Below we break it down for you so you can make an informed decision when selecting what’s best for you. We’ll start with floor mats and then move on to floor liners later in the article.

Floor Mats vs Floor Liners

Although these terms are often used interchangeably, there are differences between the two:

  • Floor mats are flat and only cover a portion of the floor of the vehicle. They provide some protection from spills but are generally used to prevent wear on the floor of your vehicle’s interior. In general floor mats are less expensive.
  • Floor liners have a raised lip to completely contain spills. They offer the most protection from damage to the floor. Most floor liners are specifically designed to fit your vehicle’s interior.

What are Floor Mats?

The purpose of a floor mat is to cover your vehicles’ original flooring which is susceptible to spills, dirt and debris. The floor mat’s job is to protect the floor of your vehicle from these things and in turn, keep its resale value from decreasing.

Types of Floor Mats

Floor mats are available in 3 different materials, carpet, rubber and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) which is also called thermoplastic rubber.

Carpet floor mats are a good choice if you’re goal is to match the floor of your vehicle and are interested in a floor mat that is a little more stylish and comfortable as opposed to utilitarian. They do get dirty more easily and cleaning them can be a chore. They are also more prone to staining. If you have kids, you probably do not want to get carpet floor mats.

Rubber floor mats are much easier to clean and typically do not stain. They also tend to be less expensive than carpet. In general, rubber floor mats are a one-size-fits-all universal fit. This is a less than desired quality for adequate protection from dirt and spills. There are not a whole lot of choices when it comes to rubber floor mats. Brown or black is pretty much what options you have.

Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) floor mats are made out of a combination of plastic and rubber. With that, they have advantages typical of both rubbery materials, like flexibility, and plastic materials like the ease of cleaning, stain resistance and the ability to be formed into any shape. Thermoplastic elastomers are very good at returning to their original shape if they are stretched. This tends to give them a longer lifespan when being used in a vehicle’s interior which is subject to a wide variety of temperatures and abuse.

Installation

Installing floor mats is easy, no special tools are required. If you have old floor mats remove those and throw them away. Do not place your new floor mats over your old ones. This can cause the new ones to slip and cause the gas or brake pedal to become stuck.

You simply take the new floor mats out of the package and place them where the instructions say they belong. The driver’s side floor mat usually has a shape cut out at the top right of the floor mat. This prevents the floor mat from interfering with the gas pedal.

The passenger side floor mat does not have this cut-out and is typically a rectangle shape. If your floor mats came as a complete set you will have 2 rear seat floor mats. They can typically go on either side of the floor in the back seat.

If your floor mat came with a small hole with a metal circle in it, there is an anchor hook on the floor of your car that that hole goes through to keep it from sliding forward. Not all floor mats have this hole. They may have a different method of preventing slippage.

It’s very important to make sure your floor mat is not interfering with your gas, brake or clutch pedal (if you have a manual transmission). Every once in a while it’s good practice to check your floor mats when you get out of your car to make sure they have not moved to a place they should not be.

Care and Maintenance

Your floor mats should last for as long as the vehicle is running. However, to keep them looking their best, it’s a good idea to give them a good cleaning from time to time. Depending on what floor mat you have will determine what cleaning method will be ideal.

  • Step 1: Take the floor mats out of the vehicle making sure to keep it level to prevent any dirt or debris from spilling off onto the floor.
  • Step 2: Vacuum up any dirt with a power shop vac or vacuum at your local car wash.
  • Step 3: Clean the floormats:
    • Rubber or TPE - Hose them down with water, add a little interior car cleaning liquid. Scrub with a brush. Rinse well. Air dry and then put them back in where they were located previously.
    • Carpet Floor Mats - Use standard carpet cleaner and follow the directions on the container. Use a scrub brush for the best results. Vacuum up any additional dirt the cleaner loosened up. Air dry and then return them to where they came from.

The Best Floor Mats

We ranked our top brands based on customer reviews, quality, price, durability and selection. Below are our recommendations for the best floor mats.

  1. Weathertech Floor Mats
  2. Husky Floor Mats
  3. Lund Floor Mats

What are Floor Liners?

Floor liners are made out of plastic or a plastic/rubber material called TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). Floor liners have a lip around the edges that prevents spills from getting on the floor of your vehicle. Floor liners typically are designed to exactly fit the unique interior of each car or truck. Floor liners offer complete protection and that includes cargo liners that cover the trunk or floor of the rear of a hatchback as well as the third-row floor liners for vehicles with third-row seating. There are even some that cover both the rear and third row

Types of Floor Liners

The one thing in common with all floor liners is they are made from some form of plastic/rubber hybrid which makes them able to be form-fitted to your vehicle type, offers complete coverage and is 100% waterproof. Additionally, they retain their shape regardless of extreme heat or cold.

TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) floor liners are made out of a combination of plastic and rubber. With that, they have advantages typical of both rubbery materials, like flexibility, and plastic materials like the ease of cleaning, stain resistance and the ability to be formed into any shape. Thermoplastic elastomers are very good at returning to their original shape if they are stretched. This tends to give them a longer lifespan when being used in a vehicle’s interior which is subject to a wide variety of temperatures and abuse.

TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) is a polymer/filler blend usually consisting of a mix of a thermoplastic, an elastomer or rubber, and usually a filler. TPO does not degrade under solar UV radiation which makes it perfect for interior accessories like floor liners.

Polypropylene (PP) (aka polypropene) is a thermoplastic polymer. It is similar to polyethylene (see below) but it is slightly harder and more heat resistant. It’s a rugged material and is the second most widely produced plastic after polyethylene. It is very resistant to chemical solvents. Floor liners made from Polypropylene typically have a more slippery surface which can make them easier to clean but may be a disadvantage when they become wet. It is also more susceptible to fading and oxidation which may give it that white chalky appearance as it ages.

Polyethylene (PE) is the most common plastic. It’s a mixture of similar polymers of ethylene of various amounts. Polyethylene is a thermoplastic. It has high impact resistance and is very tough. Polyethylene is the least expensive of the materials used in creating floor liners but by no means is it the least in quality.

Floor Liner Installation

  • Remove all other floor mats or floor liners.
  • Remove any stickers (like safety stickers) from the floor liner itself. The safety label can be put in your owner’s manual.
  • Sweep up any dirt or debris with a heavy-duty vacuum
  • Identify which side the floor liners should go on
  • Attach floor liner to factory-installed retention hooks or use those supplied with your floor liner
  • Test to ensure there is no interference with brake, gas or (in some cases) clutch pedals

Care and Maintenance

Floor liners are a breeze to clean and we recommend cleaning them every time you wash your car. Below are the steps to take for the best results.

  • Detach the floor liner from the factory-installed retention hooks or fasteners provided by your floor liner’s manufacturer.
  • Remove the floor liner and be sure to keep it level to prevent dirt and debris from falling onto the floor of the vehicle.
  • Shake it outside to remove any loose dirt
  • Spray it with a garden hose or water spray gun at your local car wash. If those are not available use a bucket and splash the floor liner with water.
  • Add a mild detergent (like dish soap) to a bucket of water and scrub the floor liner with a soft sponge, cloth or brush on both sides. Be aware, harsh cleaners and abrasive cleaning materials will likely cause damage to the floor liner.
  • Give it a thorough rinse with water until all soap is gone.
  • Air dry or towel dry floor liner on both sides
  • Put the floor liners back where you removed them from and attach to factory-installed hooks or use manufacturer-provided fasteners.
  • Check to make sure there is no interference with pedals

The Best Floor Liners

We ranked our top brands based on customer reviews, quality, price, durability, selection and fit. Below are our recommendations for the best floor liners.

  1. Enthuze Floor Liners
  2. Weathertech Floor Liners
  3. Husky Floor Liners
  4. BedRug Floor Liners
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Tonneau Cover Buying Guide

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Tonneau Cover Buying Guide

What Is a Tonneau Cover?

A tonneau cover (also called a box cover, truck bed cover and pickup bed cover) is a hard or soft cover that spans the bed of a pickup truck in order to protect the contents. 

There are various types of tonneau covers available, from fiberglass to vinyl, snap-on, hinged, roll up, retractable, you name it. The reason why there are so many types is that they can adapt to the way you use your truck. Each type of tonneau, soft or hard, has features that allow it to be used in a different way. 

We’ve also noticed that it’s also a difficult word to spell! We’ve seen many variations but tonno cover, tunnel cover, tono cover, tonnue cover seem to be the most popular misspellings. Tonneau is a French word that means cask or barrel and originally referred to the open passenger compartment you see on a lot of really old cars.

Hard Tonneau Covers

Advantage: These are typically painted to match the body color of the truck and they not only look good, but they also offer unbeatable cargo protection. They often have lights inside and most now clamp in and require no drilling. 

Most hard tonneau covers have a hinge system that makes them easy to open and some even open with a handheld key fob remote. If matching the color of your truck is not important that important to you, there are also hard roll-up tonneau covers available.

For the best of both worlds, there is the Double Cover from A.R.E. which is an aluminum tonneau cover that is also retractable. You might also like a hard folding tonneau cover. They are available in aluminum and fiberglass and hold up to the harshest weather and protect your possessions from being stolen.

Disadvantage: You can’t use the hinged type for loads that sit above the bed rails as they have to be propped open or must be removed. It typically takes two people to remove and it takes up a lot of space in your garage when it’s not on the truck. 

Soft Tonneau Covers

Advantage: Soft tonneau covers have the classic tonneau look that comes from covering the bed with black vinyl. Many people like the look of these tonneaus and they can come in a variety of styles. The traditional style is the roll-up tonneau cover which uses bows that straddle across the bed and are linked to a clamp-on frame. These are easy to remove if you have cargo that sits taller than the bed rails. 

Other types are the folding tonneau cover which is hinged to fold in three sections and others include hinges in the center of the tonneau to allow it to fold in half. They make loading and carrying cargo much easier. There is also the snap-on tonneau cover as well as others that are designed as tonneau covers for trucks with a toolbox.

Disadvantage: Over time, the vinyl can fade and stretch leaving a tonneau that flops in the wind. Soft tonneaus also don’t offer much theft protection as they can be easily cut and your contents removed. Some people do not like the bow system and others still condemn the button snaps as they are often cumbersome to reinstall and require lots of time to put together.

Retractable Tonneau Covers

Advantage: Just like the term implies, these tonneau covers retract into a compact roll. This allows the bed to be nearly fully open, fully closed, or set anywhere in between. Retractable tonneau covers can come in a variety of materials, including hard plastic and cast aluminum. They are made up of many pieces that are linked together to bend and fold so that it can be rolled up at the front portion of the truck’s bed. 

Some manufacturers offer a motor-operated roll-up function while others are open and closed manually. These types of tonneaus also offer unbeatable bed security and are almost impossible to break into. They also mount on a track system that clamps to the bed rails so that typically, no drilling is required.

Disadvantage: Cost is one of the factors in this type of tonneau cover. Most are more expensive than hard or soft tonneau and they take a little more time to install. Because the tonneau rolls up into one area the size of the roller can also take up some space at the front of the bed. Motorized units take up more room than manual roll-up units do. Some truck enthusiasts also don’t like the look of the roll-up tonneau and they can’t be painted to match the color of the vehicle; most come in black powder coat or with a vinyl top layer.

What to Look For In a Tonneau Cover

It's easy to determine what type of tonneau cover you should use. First, always start with what you like. For example, many people like the look of a hard tonneau but may want a different type of removal system in case they consistently haul cargo that is taller than the factory bed rails. If this is the case, look for a hard tonneau with a quick-disconnect hinge system.

If you're a custom truck enthusiast, you may be looking for a hard flush-mounted tonneau cover that looks great. If this is the case, look for a lightweight design as many flush tonneaus can eventually sag in the center if its inner structure is too heavy or doesn't include any kind of mid-section support.

You say you want convenience? Then a soft tonneau may be right for you as it is simple to roll up and use the entire bed to carry large cargo. Likewise, should you want security as your top priority, then a retractable hard tonneau would be the best choice to prevent theft of any tools or other valuables in your truck's bed.

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