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Help me choose which one? truck beds

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by 02powerstroke, Oct 23, 2009.


which bed

  1. The steel GII black

    32 vote(s)
  2. The aluminum 2000 series

    51 vote(s)
  1. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

  2. ComSweep

    ComSweep Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I like the black one.
  3. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    PS the under body boxes arent an option on ethier cause its a 7ft bed.
  4. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    First one-the aluminum
  5. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    I like the looks of the alum. one better, has a more up-to-date look.

    Do you prefer rails on the sides or not?
  6. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009
  7. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    I like the look of the black steel flatbed.

    However the alumium one won't rust or need to be repainted in the future. Probably just shined up now and then and it will be good to go for a long time.
  8. blakerugg

    blakerugg Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    aluminum looks better longer, pretty much what mark said.
  9. Nailit1954

    Nailit1954 Senior Member
    from ma.
    Messages: 100

    alum now no rust later!
    rust happens quick.
  10. Joesno

    Joesno Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    aluminum. or else plan on painting it every year if you want to keep it looking good. a rusty bed makes your truck look like crap.
  11. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

  12. metallihockey88

    metallihockey88 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    black one definately looks a lot better but not for long unfortunately. the alum. one is gonna outlast the steel one by a lot im assuming, escpecially from the winters and salt.
  13. berkshire

    berkshire Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    The aluminum bed has my vote, it will last a lot longer.
  14. muskoka sandman

    muskoka sandman Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I go with the steel one and have it sprayed with a box liner. The guy that I bought my truck from had the deck custom built and sprayed. Here is a picture, not a very good one from last year. Deck held up real good so far.

  15. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Are you going to put a salt spreader on it? If you are you should get the aluminum becouse it won't rust. But I think the black one looks better and it looks more ruged IMO.

    If you have the money to get a sprayed on liner on it steel is the only way to go IMO.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2009
  16. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    I've thought about the bed liner but I'd be afraid to see what line-x would charge to spray an entire 8ft flatbed, headache rack, and 2 or 4 underbody boxes. For what the steel bed + line-x would be your probably in the ball park of the alumium bed.
  17. Elite Property Services

    Elite Property Services Senior Member
    Messages: 230

    I like how BEEFY the steel bed looks but it will require lots of maintenance to keep it looking nice so I would probably go with the aluminum bed. Is there a price difference?
  18. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    I like the look or the aluminum but the black on looks a lot beefier.
  19. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    Go Alum. Painting the black one will stink, I like the lines of the alum. one better anyway. Get a nice Curt tubular hitch (like the one they picture), and it will look great back there.
  20. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    there both almost the same price the theres one in NY aluminum for $1900