This is post is about how to install a drop in OEM style Factory bedliner by Toyota. I purchased the bedliner at my dealership for three hundred bucks. I initally wanted a spray in bedliner, but after reading that a spray in could negate your warranty on new vehicle, I opted for the drop in. I also took in consideration that if I ever wanted to pull the bedliner out, I could easily do that. Also, if the bedliner ever busts, I can just go get a new one!
There are 3 parts to your bedliner, the tailgate piece, bedliner, and tailgate spacers.
There are four primary steps to installing this OEM style bedliner:
1. Clean out your truck bed thoroughly with some water, do really need to use soap as this could cause your vehicle to form rust spots if water pools up underneath it. The chemicals in soap if left on there can cause your bed to rust. After wiping it out, I suggest letting it air dry for about 15 minutes or so, if your vehicle iis in a garage, you can do like I did and immediately install as my garage dries things out really fast!
2. Once complete drying, you will need a T-30 Torque screw to unloosen the bolts that hold the tailgate piece together. There are a total of 8 of them. Below is a pic of it. Once you have unloosened the screws, put the black tailgate liner on, matching up the holes, then reinstall the screws, washers, and plastic tailgate spacers and screw in, dont overtighten!
3. Once you have completed the tailgate, pick up the bedliner, (preferably with 2 people) I did mine with the old lady, and then drop it in, pick a side and angle it so the lip of the liner goes in one side first. Once in place, then slide the other side in place. You will have to pick up the middle of the bedliner in order to cause the left side to have enough room to pop in. ( This part is a pain in the butt as the plastic is not real flexible. Be sure to get the back lip portion over first before you do this. (Tip: Have one person pull the middle up, which causes the opposite side to cave in towards the middle, makes it easier to pop in place)
4. Once it is in place, check the functionality of the tailgate to make sure it closes, and you are done!
For those of you that are thinking about bedliners, this is a great alternative to a spray in bedliner that will look good for years to come. I have one in my sport trac, (factory OEM) that I have had in there for 8 years and it still looks like new!
Hope this helps whoever is considereing getting one, I love this one so far!