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You do good work!

My second purchase for my Maverick was a 3'x4' mat from Tractor Supply, which weighs only 36 lbs and I didn't have to do any cutting.

I showed it to my wife, who said, "You paid Line-X to spray your truck bed and then you put a rubber mat on top?"

She just doesn't understand.

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I know that items in the bed will not slide around on that mat.
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I hope this is helpful for people looking to DIY a bed mat. I purchased the horse stall mat from Tractor Supply ($47.00). Uncut, the mat is 4' x 6' x 3/4" and weighs a hefty 94lbs. I thought about using power tools to cut it, but after doing some brief Youtube research, I decided to cut it with a utility knife. It takes multiple passes with a new blade to cut through the material, but it wasn't too much work.

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The main thing you need to do is cut the mat to the length of the bed, cut out the sections for the wheel wells, and then cut out to pieces for the tie downs near the front of the bed. To get a clean cut for the tie downs section, I used a forstner bit on the corners.

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I also used a belt sander to break the sharp edges and round the back corners.

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That's basically it. It took about a couple of hours of work to plan and make all the cuts. Here it is in the truck:

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That looks great!
 

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I hope this is helpful for people looking to DIY a bed mat. I purchased the horse stall mat from Tractor Supply ($47.00). Uncut, the mat is 4' x 6' x 3/4" and weighs a hefty 94lbs. I thought about using power tools to cut it, but after doing some brief Youtube research, I decided to cut it with a utility knife. It takes multiple passes with a new blade to cut through the material, but it wasn't too much work.

IMG_6381.JPG


The main thing you need to do is cut the mat to the length of the bed, cut out the sections for the wheel wells, and then cut out to pieces for the tie downs near the front of the bed. To get a clean cut for the tie downs section, I used a forstner bit on the corners.

IMG_6385.JPG


IMG_6388.JPG


I also used a belt sander to break the sharp edges and round the back corners.

IMG_6391.JPG


That's basically it. It took about a couple of hours of work to plan and make all the cuts. Here it is in the truck:

IMG_6395.JPG
IMG_6396.JPG
Great job. Was there enough left over for the tailgate?
 
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Great job. Was there enough left over for the tailgate?
Actually yes. The big piece I cut off would fit there pretty well. I think it could be attached if you get longer screws for the screws that are already in the tailgate. I didn’t try it, but it came to mind and I may give it a go.
 

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I work on those mats at home and at work and just thought you may want to be a little careful when cleaning out the bed and pulling the mat. Any dirt or what have you that gets under it will be under a good amount of pressure when sliding it in and out. It you have alot of grit under it you may want to flush it out with the hose before sliding the mat out and scratching up the paint excessively.

Totally workable, but might be a good precaution to keep your bed nice.
 

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Actually yes. The big piece I cut off would fit there pretty well. I think it could be attached if you get longer screws for the screws that are already in the tailgate. I didn’t try it, but it came to mind and I may give it a go.
Thanks. The one I have installed on my '11 Ranger is held on with 3M tape it hasn't moved since 2011. (parked outside in the weather)
 
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I went the stall mat way as well. It is HEAVY, which is ok by me. I keep the extra "tailgate" piece in the bed, and lay it on the tailgate when needed.
 

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I went the stall mat way as well. It is HEAVY, which is ok by me. I keep the extra "tailgate" piece in the bed, and lay it on the tailgate when needed.
Do you notice it handles a little better in the snow with the extra weight in the back? Or is there no difference since it's FWD or AWD?
 

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Do you notice it handles a little better in the snow with the extra weight in the back? Or is there no difference since it's FWD or AWD?
I cannot say one way or another.
 

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Do you notice it handles a little better in the snow with the extra weight in the back? Or is there no difference since it's FWD or AWD?
What is this "snow" you speak of?
 

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I got this piece from Fleet Farms for $30 and cut about 6” of the end to make it fit with the tailgate up. Made of heavy duty rubber. No problems at all at high speeds, stays right in place.

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