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BackRack and other holes in over-rail bed liner?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Maine_Train, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    My '04 Silverado came with a TrailFX 11007X bed liner, the kind that covers the top rails on the box. I like it so far, but I'm kinda wondering how to go about accessing the stake pockets. I'd like to put a BackRack on the truck some day, as long as the bed liner and the rack will coexist nicely. I might even want to be able to use the rear stake pockets, too.

    I figure some careful surgery with a drill and then a 'cip saw will open up the holes, but I want to be sure that's not a really dumb idea that will let moisture get between the liner and the box. I think any water coming in via the newly-opened holes would go straight through and onto the lined floor ("weather side") of the box, but I thought I'd get some input here first.

    Whaddya think?
  2. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    Water is going to get under your plastic bed liner no matter what you do. That is why they have drain holes in the bed of every truck. I don't see why you couldn't cut out the stake pockets.
  3. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Now that you mention it, that's one of the arguments that the companies who make "paint-on" type linings use. They say water will get trapped between a plastic "drop-in" liner and the metal box anyway. [​IMG]

    I probably won't have a BackRack before May, anyway, so better weather should be here before I go breaking out the saw and other Implements of Destruction.

    Thanks. :salute:
  4. RobMI

    RobMI Member
    Messages: 30

    I just took a pair of tin snips and cut the liner to gain acess on my truck. Problem solved in a few minutes.