Review & Install Video
Hey, what's going on guys? Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com and today I'm bringing you my detailed review of the Putco nylon oval side rails fitting the 2015 and newer F-150s. So if you're the owner of a '15 or newer F-150 and you're looking for a reliable, durable way to tie down the cargo in the bed of your truck, then you might be looking for a set of side rails like this nylon oval option from Putco.
So the nylon oval tubing I have from Putco today is more of a traditional option in the sense that it comes with the stainless steel tubing and nylon ends with no tie down cut outs, like some of the other options from Putco. Now, this option from Putco does, however, let you haul anything from your daily work truck to your off-roading gear at a reasonable price with a simple installation. So this option from Putco is manufactured right here in the US out of 1 ¾ by 2 ½ inch, never rust, stainless steel tubing with an oval design. The ends are an injection molded nylon casting also with an oval design that can hold up to 500 pounds of cargo. It was then completed with at high polish finish to give it added good looks.
So there are other options from Putco on the site, as I mentioned before, with a lot of different options, including, some of them have the tie down castings with open slots for a more convenient and versatile tie down, and some even offer support up to 1000 pounds instead of this 500. Now it'll definitely depend on your preference and how much tie down support you'll need for your cargo.
Price wise, the nylon option falls right in the middle of the price scale which can range anywhere from the low 200s to the high 400s. So this option comes in just north of the $300 mark, making it an affordable option while still maintaining good weight support.
Insulation wise, this is a pretty straight forward process if you have the right tools. If you don't have the right tools there's no shame in handing this one over to the professionals just to make sure it's done properly. I do wanna point out before we jump into it that there will be a little bit of drilling required but you're not drilling into the aluminum bedding, you're just drilling into the plastic covers on the top and sides of the beds. Now, this way it'll avoid any corrosion with the metals and you don't have to worry about that headache.
So the tools you'll need for this installation will vary depending on your bed size. If you're rocking a six and a half foot bed then you wanna have a quarter inch hex wrench, torque wrench, a pocket gap removal tool and we'd recommend safety glasses just to be safe.
If you have a five and a half foot bed you will require a little bit more work and you will need a couple extra tools. You wanna have all of that plus a 3/8 router bit, a router tool with base, a quarter inch shank chuck and a drill with half inch bits and we'd also recommend some hearing protection just to be on the safe side.
So you guys with the six and a half foot beds, you can skip ahead of the drilling part and go straight for the hardware assembly because the pocket holes on the sides of your bed just have covers on them whereas the five and a half foot beds need the drill to gain access to them.
So for you five and a half foot truck bed guys, you wanna start by drilling a hole in the center of the hidden stake pocket which is four inches down from the front end and one and a quarter inch from the inside of the truck. So you'll set and tighten the router bit, three eights of an inch from the router base to the end of the router bit cutter. You'll turn it on and insert it into the half inch hole you've just drilled and slowly guide it down until the bearings touch one of the edges of the pocket hole. From there you'll guide it out counterclockwise until the
pocket is fully exposed.
At this point you six and a half foot guys can jump back in alongside the five and a halves because all the rest will be the same. You can start by assembling the black plastic bushings on the end of the locker end rail castings and assemble the hardware onto that in the correct order. So you'll place the washer over the bolt, the bolt through the castings, then through the plastic gasket and then finally through the capture knot. You'll place this whole assembly into the pocket whole at an angle.
So from here you'll put all the tubing together onto the end castings and place them into the rear pocket hole. You'll wanna make sure you pull up on the end castings, that they catch the inner body and don't come out. Rotate the plastic gasket until the arrow is facing toward the front of the truck. From here you can tighten down the bolt on the locker end castings to make it snug against the rail caps.
Repeat this process for both sides of the vehicle until everything is in place and then torque down the bolts to 11-foot pounds.
So, obviously, the install can be a bit tricky and tedious at times but given the right tools, you can definitely get this done in about an hour or two in your driveway.
I'd give this install a one out three wrenches on the difficulty meter because if you follow the directions properly, you can have this done in your driveway with no issues at all.
Just to quickly wrap things up, guys, if you're the owner of a 2015 or newer F-150 and you're looking for an affordable option to tie down your heavy cargo without compromising strength and durability, you might wanna check out the Putco nylon oval side rail options right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
Get a handle on your cargo with Putco's stylish Nylon Oval Locker Side Rails. These Bed Rails provide up to 500 lbs. of tie down strength to help keep your load secure. Each bar is polished to a mirror bright finish and completed with black nylon ends. These Side Rails will complement your factory finishes, both matte black and chrome, ensuring functional style that's designed to last.
The Nylon Oval Locker Side Rails are crafted from 1.75 inch thick, 2.5 inch diameter stainless steel tubing for exceptional durability and strength. They're completed with injection molded nylon end castings ensuring reliability for up to 500 lbs. Each bar is polished to a mirror bright finish to give your truck an impressive look and help deter corrosive wear.
These F-150 Bed Rails are a direct bolt on for models with 6.5 and 8 foot beds thanks to the existing pocket holes. Those with 5.5 foot beds will require cutting and modification to the plastic rail caps in order to access the hidden stake pocket holes. Putco provides a comprehensive installation guide to make the process simple and easy.
The Putco Nylon Oval Locker Side Rails are designed for installation on all 2015 to 2018 Ford F-150s.
- What's in the Box
- (2) Stainless Steel Tubes
- (4) Cast Ends
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?