Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery

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  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    Composite beds seem to be the next big thing in the pickup truck segment. They’ve been around for a while, but neither of the Big Three automakers have started using them yet
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    The 2022 Toyota Tundra comes with a composite bed that offers better protection against dents, dings, and rust, courtesy of the new Sheet-Molded Compound (SMC) construction
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    As for the Big Three, the F-150’s bed is composed of high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy, whereas the Chevy Silverado and the Ram 1500’s beds are made of high-strength steel
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    Advantages:
    The biggest advantage is its excellent resistance to corrosion. They are also scratch and dent resistant. Not to mention, it is also lighter and will help improve fuel efficiency.
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    Disadvantages:
    Composite beds are comparatively expensive to build. Also, they need additional reinforcements all around
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    The GMC Sierra comes with a carbon-fiber bed option on the Denali and the AT4 trims. It costs approximately $12,500 and $11,000 more than the non-carbon fiber beds, respectively
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    Ford, GM, and Ram (Dodge, previously) have been building trucks for a very long time and have spent billions of dollars over the years into the research and development of steel and aluminum beds
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    To let that go to waste and spend more on building the manufacturing process for composite beds doesn’t seem very ideal from the cost point-of-view, especially given how competitive the segment is
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    There’s also no reason for them to move unless composite beds become mainstream or people don’t mind ponying up extra moolah for these beds
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    Perhaps in the future composite beds will be the norm. If one of them streamlines composite beds into their trucks, expect others to follow suit
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
    Swipe up to read about composite beds in detail, including the GMC Sierra carbon fiber bed’s manufacturing process
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
  • Composite Beds On Pickup Trucks - Boon or Bane? - gallery
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