Review & Install Video
Hey, what's going on, guys? Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com, and today I'm bringing you a detailed review of the Putco Pop Up Locker Rails in stainless steel, fitting all '15 and up F-150s. So if you're the owner of a '15 or newer F-150 and you're looking for a trustworthy and durable option to tie down all the loose cargo in the bed of your truck while maintaining a sleek appearance, then you might be interested in the Pop Up Locker Rails in stainless steel from Putco.
So these Locker Rails from Putco are not only beneficial for the daily work truck driver lugging equipment back and forth, but also for personal use such as off-roading. So the ends of these locker rails have a pop-up location, making it very convenient for you to tie down any of the cargo that you have in the back of your bed.
This option from Putco is manufactured right here in the U.S. out of never-rust, stainless steel tubing for durability and wear resistance. They feature a one and three quarters inch tubing and die-cast tube ends for added strength and durability. You'll also notice that it was completed in a polished finish to give your truck some added appearance upgrades, as well as securing all of your cargo in the bed.
Now, what really sets this kit apart and makes it unique from the rest of them is the convenient pop-up locations that are also stainless steel. In order to use these, you can use them by popping them up from the bottom, and hiding them from pushing them down on the top. Price-wise, the market is kind of full of different locker rail options, mainly from Putco, ranging anywhere from the low 200s to the high 400s. And this one, in particular, falls at about the $400 mark, making it a bit more expensive than some of the others. So you want to keep in mind, you're really paying for the unique design of the pop-ups that the less expensive options do not have, as well as the good quality material to hold up the strength of the cargo.
I do want to 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 want to have a quarter inch hex wrench, torque wrench, a pocket gap removal tool, and we'd recommend safety glasses just to be safe. Now, 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 want to have all of that plus a three eighths 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 to drill to gain access to them.
So for you five-and-a-half-foot truck bed guys, you want to 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 eighths 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 just drilled, and slowly guide it down until the bearings touch one of the edges of the pocket hole. So from there, you'll guide it out counterclockwise until the pocket is fully exposed.
Now, 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 nut. You'll place this whole assembly into the pocket hole at an angle. So from here, you'll pull all the tubing together onto the end castings and place them into the rear pocket hole. You want to 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 of 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 '15 or newer F-150 and you're looking for a reliable way to secure all the cargo in the bed of your truck in a unique way, you may be interested in checking out the Putco Pop Up Locker Side Rails available right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
You don't have to sacrifice your F-150's clean lines in order to gain tie down points. Putco's Pop-Up Locker Side Rails provide a smart compromise. They feature a pop-up tie down point design to support up to 500 lbs. This design will eliminate extra holes in your bed rails to help your rig stay clean, minimize drag noises, all while ensuring you'll always have a reliable tie down point if and when you need it. Each Bed Rail is polished to a mirror bright finish that will easily complement your truck's factory chrome and even aftermarket accessories, such as polished side steps and trim.
Crafted from 1.75 Inch diameter NeveRust™ Stainless Steel tubing, these F-150 Side Rails are designed for long lasting durability. They're polished to a mirror bright finish to provide exceptional corrosion resistant and a stylish upgrade.
These Bed Rails are a direct bolt on for 6.5 ft. and 8 ft. beds using the factory stake pockets. All of the necessary installation hardware is included to ensure a quick and painless upgrade. Models equipped with 5.5 ft. beds will require additional drilling into the factory plastic rail caps for installation. Putco provides a clear and concise installation guide to make the process quick and easy to get you back on the road faster.
Putco backs their NeveRust™ Stainless Steel Side Rails with a Lifetime Warranty to ensure quality craftsmanship. Some exclusions may apply, please see manufacturer's warranty for complete details.
These Stainless Putco Pop Up Locker Side Rails are designed for installation on all 2015-2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks.
- What's in the Box
- (4) Locker Pop-Up Ends
- (2) Stainless Steel Tubes
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 2.7L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18
- 3.3L V6 - 18
- 3.5L V6 - 15, 16, 17
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Raptor - 17, 18
- 5.0L V8 - 15, 16, 17, 18