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F250 Bed Rail Cap Removal and Aftermath

During the second phase (rear 1/2) of bed-lining the exterior of my truck, I decided it was time to pull the bed rail caps.

We are bed-lining our ENTIRE truck, not just the bed. Since we're going to be using spray-on bed-liner (Monstaliner), the caps aren't important to protect against damage.

If you are just bed-lining the inside of the bed, I would NOT remove the caps. You will probably destroy them, and there are dozens of holes underneath them. I'll be filling mine somehow, because I'm a fool, but I've heard replacement caps are expensive.

Nevertheless, if you're dying to remove your plastic caps, there are clips underneath that can be squeezed with pliers to release them. HOWEVER, not all the clips can be accessed, so some require a bit of prying. If you pull directly on the plastic, it will fold over and break. If you pull too close to the clips, you may tear the clips right out of the caps (see photo). Lastly, if you yank too hard, you'll bend the sheet metal in the rails (see photo).

The best bet is a long pry bar that you can slide under the caps, and get close to the clips. Good luck, if you goof it up, you'll be left with this!


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damn, so looks like you have some bondo work ahead of you! Why are you lining the entire truck?
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I've had mine off since I painted. I had minimal damage, I found once you got it started just wiggle side to side pretty hard and it would release the clips.

I did have to hammer down a few spots.

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I changed mine when I bought my truck, wasn't hard and although I don't recall exactly what I paid for them (online dealership), I don't think they were expensive....
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Guys.... You know the diamond plate caps in the OBS trucks????????


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damn, so looks like you have some bondo work ahead of you! Why are you lining the entire truck?
Old thread, but I never saw a notification. I bed-lined the whole thing a few weeks ago, but it's white. I decided not to fill the caps, because they would need to be welded in. Bondo would have cracked apart if any stress was put on the rails. I just plati-diped the caps black, and threw them back on.

I looked for replacements, but didn't see anything I liked. Diamond plate is out because I don't have any chrome on my truck. I found clean looking black caps with no stake pockets for a long bed, but not the short. Oh well. On to bigger projects.

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