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My 2001 has those 2-3" tall ridiculous looking factory rail covers on it. It also has the original Ford bedliner and tailgate cover. I want to put the typical style rail covers on it, but I need the material to be about as thick as the OE Ford bedliner. I can find Ford rail covers, but they're over $90. Looking to spend a bit less than that as I'm also getting a tonneau.

I'm not pulling out the bed liner and putting in a roll in one or having it sprayed. I probably won't have the 2001 by the end of the summer. I just want something to keep the bed covered while I have it. When I sell it, I'll keep the tonneau for my 2000.

Just asking which companies make rail covers about as thick as the Ford stuff. I bought some before for my 2001 and they were MUCH thinner.
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I installed Bushwacker bed rail covers on my B2300. They look good but they are thinner and softer than the OEM Mazda bed liner material.

I believe that Bushwacker is considered one of the premium bed rail caps. I had to use a heat gun to soften/form fit the cap to the contour of my B2300. Typical kind of after-market stuff that is not OEM quality but much better marketed than OEM parts.

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Thanks for the reply. I'm looking for something the same thickness so my tonneau cover fits better.
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If your rail covers are what I am thinking of there is no aftermarket cover that thick.

Your best bet is something like mentioned above, not as thick so you will need to do some mod’g.

Why Ford ever made the THICK ones is beyond me, the EDGE Steppie bedrail covers are nice but pricey and probably wouldn’t fit your truck.
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I got the truck with the 4" tall ones but took those off to get the tonneau on. I'm looking for rail covers about the thickness of the bed liner. I've seen Ford ones on eBay for 2007+ Rangers, which probably fit, but I want to find less expensive ones if possible.
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I got the truck with the 4" tall ones but took those off to get the tonneau on. I'm looking for rail covers about the thickness of the bed liner. I've seen Ford ones on eBay for 2007+ Rangers, which probably fit, but I want to find less expensive ones if possible.
BUSHWACKER. It's completely worth it and they really aren't that expensive in the grand scheme of things....$30 tailgate cap and about $80 for the bedrail caps. They were the only plastic bed caps I found that would cover up the scratches that those same HUGE factory caps you have left behind on mine after I pulled them off. They fit perfect. Thickness is very thin....significantly thinner than the factory drop-in bedliner. Plus, Bushwacker is a local USA made company.

But I do note: order the ones WITHOUT the stake pocket holes. Bushwacker made the cuts a little too wide and this leads to painted sheet metal being seen when using most stake pocket tie-downs. Then cut them out yourself by hand using a box cutter or a dremel tool if you use the stake pockets.

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I started with the DiamondBack set back in '06. Recently replaced with SmoothBack due to a little heat induced adhesion issue combined with no actual hardware attaching it. $120 for 6+ years use is worth it to me. Sounds like SmoothBack is best for you being the thinnest. (I do not have any recent pics showing the SmoothBack)



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BUSHWACKER.
Thickness is very thin....significantly thinner than the factory drop-in bedliner.
Sounds like SmoothBack is best for you being the thinnest.
Sounds exactly like what I don't want.

I want bed rail covers that are the same thickness as the original bed liner, which comes over the front wall of the bed and the tailgate.
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Sounds exactly like what I don't want.

I want bed rail covers that are the same thickness as the original bed liner, which comes over the front wall of the bed and the tailgate.
Thank you for making it so very clear to me now......







You're not going to find them anywhere near the thickness of the factory drop-in bed liner. You're also not going to find them with enough coverage to cover the damage the old rails may have caused (which is very common of truck's delivered with them).

An option is cutting the drop-in liner so things line back up. Trim the lip that wraps over the front wall and the lip that wraps over the tailgate. If you're careful, the end result would be very clean. Even if it's off some, the tonneau seal should take care of any slight variations, depending on tonneau style (fiberglass tilt, tri-fold, roll-up, etc). In fact, the seal may make up the difference without cutting.

Another option is laying a new seal on-top of the bedrail caps, thus making a thicker seal on the bed rail portion bringing it up to the level of the front wall and tailgate. Again, this all depends on the type of tonneau chosen.

Just spitting out ideas here. Whether you take 'em and run with 'em is up to you.
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I seem to be repeating myself a lot here...
Again, if there are no aftermarket bed rail covers that are close to the thickness of the Ford stuff, I will just drop the extra cash on OE parts that are listed for newer trucks. I'm guessing the massive price difference is partially, or entirely, due to less material being used on the aftermarket crap.

I don't care if the new rail covers will hide the scratches from the original ones. It doesn't make a difference on this truck.
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I don't have pics but I used spray-on bed liner paint for my bed rail covers because it was cheap (like me)! Just another idea...
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1) That doesn't help me with the thickness issue, which is the problem I'm trying to solve.
2) I have that on my other truck and I'm not entirely thrilled with it.
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Thought you were selling it after summer.

Summers over.
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Nobody bought it, yet.
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1) That doesn't help me with the thickness issue, which is the problem I'm trying to solve.
2) I have that on my other truck and I'm not entirely thrilled with it.
My 2003 Mazda B2300 came with a Mazda badged Duraliner (now Penda Corp) bed liner. I would check on Duraliner bed rail caps.

However, I think that your search will be futile because bed rail caps are not designed to take the same amount of abuse as a bed/tailgate liner.

Also, you have the aesthetics of a trim piece running the length of the bed and fully visible. Therefore, a thinner, sleeker looking bed rail cap is employed.

The aftermarket guys (Like Bushwacker) are trying to keep the number of injection molds they use to a minimum. Therefore, a thinner / softer material is used so that it can conform to variations in the bed panels. That was the case with my Bushwackers. I had to employ a heat gun and high heat halogen lamps to assure a tight adhesive bond as the bed rail cap was not a tight fit originally.
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Penda Corp? Thanks. I wasn't aware that changed.
I've seen the full over-the-rail bedliners and the material is the same thickness throughout (tailgate lip is actually the thinnest as it tapers more). I was assuming the seperate rail covers would be about as thick as the rest. I have aftermarket stuff on my other truck, but they're closer to 1/3 the thickness of the factory stuff. It's not enough to make up the gap on the trifold tonneau.

I severely dropped my asking price on the truck today. Selling it with the TonnoPro, so the next guy can figure this out.
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