Per­pet­ual Prepa­ra­tion for Win­ter

Pro­tect­ing Your Truck with Husky Lin­ers and Bushwacker Door Sills

4WDrive - - Review - By Bryan Irons @bryanirons

MAYBE IT’S JUST “US”, but does it feel like win­ter is per­pet­u­ally com­ing? It just seems like all we do is pre­pare our­selves for the wrath of the cold that is be­stowed on us ev­ery fall, and fi­nally leaves at the end of spring only giv­ing a minis­cule win­dow of sum­mer fun and prep time be­fore the next chilly grasp hits. For us, the for­mula is sim­ple; win­ter + truck = mess. Toss kids into the equa­tion and the mess goes up ex­po­nen­tially. Time to Cana­di­an­ize our truck in­te­rior.

Fluffy car­peted floor mats with cus­tom em­broi­dery and colour matched stitch­ing have no place in a rig that’s ac­tu­ally used, and one size fits all floor mats have yet to fit the in­te­rior of any ve­hi­cle we have owned with­out go­ing “Ed­ward Scis­sorhands” on them. We gave up and or­dered a set of fresh Husky rub­ber mats for the front and back of our 2016 Ram 3500 work truck in at­tempt to keep the in­te­rior some­what hos­pitable.

The deep con­tours in the Husky’s help

to keep any out­side slop from mak­ing the in­side of our truck smelling like a wet dog and any grime can be tossed out or blasted off at the car­wash. We like that the hold­ing hooks don’t go all the way through the matts like oth­ers, and al­low the sludgy mess to seep into the car­pets. For the driver’s side un­der your heel, the rub­ber pad is re­in­forced for longevity and com­fort as well.

From Bushwacker, we picked up a set of door sill guards to pro­tect the painted door sills of our rig. We re­ally don’t know why this isn’t a fac­tory op­tion on these trucks as it seems that this is a ma­jor abuse area with the ingress and egress of peo­ple, tools, and garb. They sim­ply stick on with dou­ble sided tape at each door open­ing and en­sure that the paint is never worn down to bare metal and al­lowed to rust. They also pro­vide pro­tec­tion on the out­side of the doors from de­bris com­ing off of the tires.

It may seem funny that most base model trucks come with rub­ber floor mats and other pro­tec­tive equip­ment as stan­dard equip­ment, and here we are with an up­scale rig swap­ping out the fancy car­pets to put a water proof in­te­rior back in. The pieces we in­stalled to­day pro­vide long last­ing pro­tec­tion to our in­vest­ment so that we may be able to keep our truck for years to come. Some­times tak­ing a step back is ac­tu­ally step­ping for­ward. Bushwacker – www.bushwacker.com Husky Lin­ers – www.husky­lin­ers.com

The Husky matts are nor­mally rolled up into the box when they ar­rive. Set­ting them in the sun to soften up helps with in­stal­la­tion.

Be sure to wipe the mount­ing sur­face down and re­move any wax or grease. The sill pro­tec­tors come with the tape ap­plied to them al­ready. We pulled a small amount back be­fore set­ting the pieces in place and pulling the tape back­ing off. Re­sist the urge to pull the back­ing off and drop the pro­tec­tor down in place in one shot.

The rear mats are one piece and go over the trans­mis­sion hump as well for added cov­er­age.

Deep chan­nels for slush and water are a trade­mark of the Husky de­sign.

Bushwacker is more read­ily known for their near in­de­struc­tible fender flares. We ex­pect their door sill guards will be on par with the rest of the prod­ucts they make.

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