Bed rail caps are a practical purchase for any truck owner. Not only do they add style, but they also protect the paint job and body work against the bumps and bruises from cargo. When choosing bed rail caps, here are some things to considerations.
Looks and design
Bed rail caps are a visual treat that add a twist to your normal-looking truck. They come in different styles and finishes like chrome, matte, smooth black plastic, hard rubber and polished steel. Certain surfaces look better on certain truck colors, so a little mix and match experiment may be needed.
Manufacturers put more variety to the simple bed rail cap through different patterns. Metal caps can have a diamond design, while black caps have lines and grooves. For the minimalist, both metal and black caps have the simple, smooth style, which also adds style points.
Remember to balance style with functionality. Caps have no use if they wouldn't be able to protect your rails against different stresses. They need to be able to take the impact of loads being dropped or those sliding to the side so that body damage can be avoided. They should also be durable enough to handle pressure from ropes when securing the cargo. Even bad weather should be no challenge to the toughness of your caps.
Sadly, some caps, no matter how good their design is, are not always fit for such a task. If possible, check the cap to see if they appear heavy duty or not. A sharp eye can tell if a cap is well made. Simply touching, feeling and lifting the cap can give you an idea if they will be a good purchase or not.
Installation and removal
Caps aren't the only add-ons you can place on the truck's bed. Depending on the truck's load, sliding covers, hard shells and the like are needed instead of bed rail caps which get in the way of these other accessories. Once you need to make these adjustments to your truck, the bed rail caps should be easy to remove and reinstall.