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A Guide to Seat Covers

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Guide to the Best Seat Covers for Your Vehicle

Seat covers for trucks, cars, and other vehicles protect the seats from damage and can make them more comfortable, while also making the vehicle look more attractive. There are universal seat covers and custom seat covers, each of which can be constructed from durable protective materials, and what’s important is to select what’s best for your unique wants and needs.

More About Seat Cover Benefits

One of the more obvious benefits is how covers can protect your seats, whether that’s from dirt and mud, snow and slush, stains after spills, rips and tears, damage from sun rays and so forth. Covers allow you to keep the actual seats clean while giving the vehicle a like-new appearance. This leads into the second benefit, which is the attractive appearance of choices today. Some people may want solid color covers that blend in well, while others may want more eye-catching patterns. In either case, these covers can allow you to create a look in your vehicle that’s uniquely yours. As a benefit that can be overlooked, the right covers can help to make seats more comfortable.

If you have pets that ride in your vehicle, it can help to have sturdy covers that protect the seats from the animals’ claws, fur being shed, and more. If you use your vehicle for outdoor work, then you can select covers that can protect your vehicle from the heavy-duty dust, dirt, mud and more that can be tracked in, along with the sweat that comes from a hard day’s work.

Overall, these covers protect your investment in your vehicle and, when you decide to sell it or turn it in, the way they protected your seats may help you get higher resale value. They can provide more comfort for you as the driver and your passengers and will make you feel proud of your vehicle’s clean interior. If you drive a company car, they may be especially important to have. This is also true if you are leasing a vehicle, eat or drink inside of it, have children or pets, or like to exercise, among other factors.

Next up is a review of just some of the choices available today.

Cover Options at Action Car and Truck Accessories

If choosing custom seat covers, be sure they will fit your vehicle, with accessibility for seat adjustments, airbags, and any other considerations.

Each of these six brands of covers offers quality choices:

To find the options that would fit your vehicle, simply use our search bar to list the year, make, and model of the car or truck. Here are examples to show you the range of choices in truck and car seat covers.

FIA NEO Neoprene Custom Fit Truck Seat Covers

Seat Covers

These custom seat covers are designed for outdoor enthusiasts, crafted out of waterproof neoprene. This form fit wrap-around cover is laminated with a water-resistant poly outer shell for the ultimate in protection. They are padded for comfort.

Aries Seat Defender Bench Seat Cover

Seat Covers

These universal seat covers are a “use-as-needed seat protection system that readily installs whenever you need it.” So, rather than serving as a permanent cover-up solution, the Seat Defender is easy to put on and take off, as desired. They are constructed from thermoplastic rubber and woven 600-denier terylene fabric to block spills, dirt, and more.

Northwest Seat Covers: Outlaw Saddle Blanket

Seat Covers

These particular truck seat covers are custom created for 2019-2021 RAM 1500 trucks. Described as “super tough, rugged, mean old bugger of a fabric,” crafted out of saddle blanket material for the seating surfaces with automotive-grade vinyl along the sides and rear of backrests, allowing you to just quickly wipe it clean.

Rampage Custom Fit Polycanvas Seat Cover

Seat Covers

These custom seat covers are crafted from durable polycanvas material, with front and side mesh pockets, zippered, to provide convenient storage. The center sections of these covers are padded for comfort and fitted headrest covers are also included. These are crafted for Jeeps, including specialty vehicles, trucks, SUVs and UTVs. 

Rough Country Neoprene Front & Rear Covers

Seat Covers

These seat covers for trucks are designed for Ford F-150 pickups (2015-2020) and F-250, F-350 XL, and F-350 XLT models (2017-2020). These truck seat covers come with four-layer construction and thick foam padding to provide durability and comfort. The protective neoprene layer protects the seats from mold and mildew.

WeatherTech Back Seat Protectors

Seat Covers

These universal seat covers are a great example of ones intended for excellent back seat protection. This option fits most cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs, and their water-resistant polycotton twill fabric is easy to wipe clean. Consider it an ideal first line of defense for the back seats in your vehicle, fighting back against mud, dirt, snow, spills, and much more.

When seeking your own truck and car seat covers, choose the material and fit you want and need, as well as the level of comfort. If you have questions, just contact us online today.

We’ve been providing people with just the right accessories for their cars, trucks, vans, and more for more than four decades. As Canada’s leading vehicle accessory retailer, we provide customers just like you with what is needed. We have more than 30 retail stories, along with our convenient online store that allows you to shop from wherever you are.

 

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How To Plow Snow

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Snow plows didn’t begin to become patented until the 1840s, with early ones being put into use in the 1860s. One of the earliest practical models attached a plow to a cart, with teams of horses pulling it through snowy roads. Several years later, steam trains would come with a plow attached during wintry months to travel down the tracks so they could transport passengers to their jobs and more in all but the worst weather. A few cities tried putting salt on the roads, but people complained: “because it ruined the streets for sleighing and damaged pedestrian's shoes and clothing.” So, sand became the substance of choice when trying to melt ice.

Fast-forwarding to today, technology has significantly improved (and you don’t need to feed horses to fuel up for the next round of plowing). So, if you’re thinking about adding a blade to your vehicle and either plow snow for friends and family—or turn it into a side gig—here are some things to consider.

How to Plow Snow

Choosing Among Snow Blades for Trucks

When shopping for a blade, consider what you plan to plow and for whom. If you’re largely focusing on plowing your long driveway and those of friends, then a seven-foot blade, straight in composition, is likely enough. If you’re thinking about earning money from the plow, then a V-shaped blade, at least eight feet in size, is a better choice. The V-plow is more efficient, provides more options about where to put the snow once it’s moved, and can deal with hard-packed snow. It will, not surprisingly, cost more than a straight blade.

Poly plow blades help to keep snow from sticking to the blade and are scratch/dent/rust-resistant. But they’re also heavier. Steel plows are long-lasting but will eventually rust.

When looking at snow blades for trucks, make sure you choose one that fits your vehicle and is of sufficient quality for the work you’ll do. For example, the snow plow you choose can’t exceed your vehicle’s front gross axle weight rating. Also, choose one with sufficient lighting.

How to Plow Snow

How to Install a Snow Plow to a Truck

If you’re relatively handy, this shouldn’t be too challenging. Steps, in general, include:

  • Threading a bolt through the appropriate plate
  • Attaching a wire to the bolt’s end
  • Feeding the wire to the correct hole (by the sway bar bushing)
  • Pulling the wire through the frame’s hole
  • Pulling the bolt through the frame’s hole
  • Pulling the wire through the mounting tab’s hole on the hitch
  • Repeating the process on the other side
  • Appropriately tightening the hardware
  • Attaching the plow mounting bar onto the receiver

How to Wire a Snow Plow

If the plow is mechanical, then the only wiring that needs to take place is described in the bullet points above. If the plow is controlled electrically, then instructions on how to wire a snow plow should be included in the instruction manual.

How to Plow Snow

If the setup requires you to lower the blade, do so. Then, if plowing a driveway, start at the bottom and work your way up, stopping at the point where you want to snow to remain and backing out of the driveway. If the driveway is large, do one side and then the other. If plowing a parking lot, start at the outermost edge and plow one side and then the other, moving the snow to the place where you’re making a pile. Depending upon the amount of snow, some areas may need to be plowed more than one time.

When snow is especially thick or hard-packed, it can help to plow more slowly, to give the blade time to delve into the heavy piles. Doing so can save you time and fuel. Using solid tubes called snow plow markers will allow you to see your plow’s edge while in the truck’s cab.

How to Plow Snow

How to Keep Snow from Sticking to Plow

Before actually plowing, give the blade time to reach the air’s temperature. Plus, there are commercial products that can be applied to the blade’s surface to keep it slick and repelling snow. Some need regularly applied while others may last an entire season. It can also help when the blade is painted.

Action Car and Truck Accessories

Our company has plenty of just the right snow plow accessories for people with snow plows for pickups. These include a heated pair of LED DOT work lights. This headlight replacement offers the brightest white lights with a heated lens that will melt away ice and snow. Maintenance-free life expectancy is more than 80,000 hours with low amp draw.

Additional parts and components for snow plows for pickups at Action Car and Truck Accessories include:

and so much more!

We’ve been providing accessories for cars, trucks, vans, and more for more than 40 years, and we’re now Canada’s leading automotive accessory retailer. This includes more than 30 retail stores with installation facilities across Canada, and our online store that is conveniently accessed, no matter where you are.

Questions? Contact us online today! We’re here to help.

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Performance Parts for Trucks

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A Guide to the Best Aftermarket Engine Mods, Suspension Upgrades, and Other Performance Truck Accessories

When it comes to all-out performance, most trucks roll off of the assembly line with a number of compromises. Automakers are practically forced into sacrificing horsepower, style, and off-road capabilities in the name of everyday comfort and fuel efficiency.

Luckily for performance enthusiasts, you can easily amp up your truck’s engine, sound, and overall personality with some choice aftermarket upgrades. With a bit of research and a healthy modification budget, you can make your truck look and ride exactly how you want it to while wringing loads of extra power and performance out of your motor.

Performance Parts for Trucks

Performance Parts

When it comes to performance truck parts, the sky’s the limit. You can inject some ponies and personality into your truck with entry-level aftermarket parts like performance mufflers and high-flow intake filters. You can dive a bit deeper down the rabbit hole of performance with more substantial aftermarket truck parts like cold-air intakes and performance tuners.

Performance Parts for Trucks

If that doesn’t satisfy your need for speed, you can go all-out with upgrades to your turbo system and intercooler, or even build your truck’s engine with forged internals to support huge turbocharged power gains. As long as you have the budget, there is always more performance to be made.

Exhaust Systems

Your engine generates horsepower by continuously igniting a mixture of air and fuel in the piston cylinders. After each combustion cycle, all of that residual air-fuel mixture is forced out of your truck’s exhaust system so that the cylinders can make room for a fresh round of air. Your exhaust system is responsible for carrying all of those nasty combustion gasses safely out the rear of your truck bed.

Automakers generally tune their stock exhaust systems to be as smooth and quiet as possible while using the least expensive designs they can. In other words, they’re engineered to be quiet, cheap, and easy to manufacture. On the other hand, performance truck exhaust kits are optimized for maximum horsepower and a sporty, aggressive sound.

Complete exhaust systems generally use larger-diameter tubing than factory systems. The larger exhaust pipes allow more air to flow out of the engine, which gives you increased horsepower and improved fuel efficiency. Just as importantly, performance truck exhaust systems use free-flowing, sport-tuned mufflers and resonators. Increased exhaust flow with less muffling gives your truck a bold, rumbling exhaust tone as you accelerate down the road.

Performance Parts for Trucks

Air Intake Systems

Your truck’s engine essentially functions as a giant air pump. Air is drawn into the cylinders, mixed with fuel, then combusted to produce horsepower. The more air you cram into your motor, the more horsepower it will produce.

Performance air intake systems use high-flow air filters and non-restrictive tubing to increase the amount of airflow into your intake manifold. As an added bonus, a cold air intake system further improves performance by relocating the filter to an isolated location, such as your truck’s lower bumper or fender well. Cold air is denser than hot air, so cold-air intake systems can cram even more air into your cylinders for maximum torque.

Installing a performance air intake system on your truck is one of the easiest ways to squeeze out more power and torque. A performance air intake also improves the sound of your truck with a louder, throatier engine note whenever you get on the throttle.

Performance Programmers

Modern trucks use high-tech computerized fuel injection systems along with a myriad of electronic sensors and performance modules. Your truck’s engine control unit, or ECU, is essentially the brain that monitors and controls all of the electronic parameters that go into making your engine run.

Performance programmers allow you to tap into your ECU and make custom software modifications. With an aftermarket truck tuner, the custom software is preloaded onto a chip or module that you plug into the diagnostic port under your truck’s dashboard. The custom software automatically uploads to your ECU and optimizes your engine’s fuel injection and airflow parameters for maximum horsepower.

Performance Parts for Trucks

If you’ve installed other engine modifications, a truck programmer gives you even more bang for your buck. Custom performance programmers can include multiple software maps, or tunes, that are optimized to produce maximum performance in conjunction with other specific aftermarket modifications. For example, if you install an aftermarket cold-air intake on your truck, you can use an ECU tuner to load a custom tune with increased fuel injection to compensate for the extra airflow of your intake.

Other Performance Accessories

Following the above modification guide will give your truck a good start down the path of customization. However, you don’t have to stop there. If you drive a turbo-diesel truck, you can easily squeeze out gobs of extra horsepower by installing a performance intercooler and other turbocharger system upgrades.

Performance Parts for Trucks

If you’re a fan of venturing into the mud and water, you can protect your truck while off-roading with a positive air emergency engine shutdown system. You can also armor up your underside with a custom transmission pan and differential cover. They’ll give your truck some much needed off-road protection while giving your undercarriage a burly, aggressive look to boot.

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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.

Shop at Action Car and Truck Accessories

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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