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I recently purchased a 2010 extended cab Colorado 4x4, with the I5. It is in nice shape, appears to have been well taken care, though I have no records. I have a few questions.

#1 - The doors seem really stiff opening and closing. Is this normal, or I do I need to lube hinges with something like white lithium grease?

The prior owner had a topper on it. Dealer removed and it is gone. Two holes in the rails are still there though.

#2 - Pickup has a bedliner in it, I assume installed by PO. Car was outside and washed at least once by dealer. There are four openings for the tiedowns, in the liner. So.....I am assuming that I need to pull the liner and make sure that there is no water trapped underneath (rust). Am I correct? I tend to keep my vehicles a long time.

#3 - I plan on covering the box one way or another (see #4), but is getting some sort of spray on bedliner worth it if I already have the OEM bedliner? Cost? DIY?

#4 - I have been looking at tonneau covers, but would like something with a toolbox, or a toolbox and a separate cover. Cover needs to be partially retractable so I can carry tall items in the box. BAKflip covers look nice, but their tool tray looks like a pain to access. Any recommendations? Would like to cover the side rails also. Lockable is a requirement.

Thanks for any feedback or suggestions.
 

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#2 - Pickup has a bedliner in it, I assume installed by PO. Car was outside and washed at least once by dealer. There are four openings for the tiedowns, in the liner. So.....I am assuming that I need to pull the liner and make sure that there is no water trapped underneath (rust). Am I correct? I tend to keep my vehicles a long time.
There could be a lot of dirt and other garbage under there. My normally white bed was almost completely brown when I pulled mine off. Same thing, previous owner put it on and never touched it again.

Depending on where you live, I would pull it off and make sure there is no rust under there. I got lucky, this truck has always been in New Mexico where rust is pretty rare. I would check soon.

As far as bedliner goes, I'm planning on installing monstaliner. Heard great things about it, and the price is not that bad
 

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I went with Line-X Spray on a couple of weeks after I bought my '04 in 2004. With the exception of a scrape on the tailgate where I dragged the foot of a large snow blower it looks as good as it did 10 years ago minus a little gloss. Not cheap, but worth it.
I've heard decent things about the other spray-ons too. Buddy of mine has Rhino Lining and it's held up well. Monstaliner from what I understand is relatively easy to install on your own.
 

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#1 The GM recommended door hinge lube is part number 12346241. You can run the number on Amazon to get an idea of what it is. Probably a lot of lube products will substitute. Also lube the door checks with a bit of synthetic lube. Those are the parts that keep the door from opening too far.
#2 Most, if not all, 355s came from the factory with bedliners. While water shouldn't collect under there, the liner can retain moisture for longer periods of time in the winter. The action of the plastic liner vibrating against the paint wears the paint in some spots, causing rust. Depending on the environment where you live, the amount of rust could be severe or minor. It would be a good idea to remove it and check the condition of the bed.
#3 Spray in bedliners have mostly positive reviews. You are planning to keep the truck for an extended period of time, so it would probably be worth the expense. I am not sure what the average cost is, but there are Threads here where it is discussed. Some guys have had good luck with DIY liners. It is labor intensive though.
#4 There are loads of bed covers to choose from. You can probably find a lot of info just doing a "Search" I have a BakFlip cover. It isn't the configuration that you are looking for, but the quality is very good.
 

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Thanks for the replies guys.

Looking on the internet, the GM lube may be the same as 'Super Lube', which is available in ACE hardware stores and others. I will look for a can of that.

I will look under my OEM bedliner and report back. I will probably go with a spray on liner, which means my OEM bedliner is for SALE (Twincities MN). Unless I decide to wait til summer, I will have the spray on professionally applied.

For a tonneau cover, I had/have/am looking at reviews and such and right now the Bakflip VP is the leading candidate.

Thanks again!!

Super Lube
 

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One last question (for now anyway). My OEM bedliner does not go over the siderails of the box, is this how it came, or did the PO modify it. The bedliner does go over the front edge of the box. Hope this makes sense. Are there 'caps' I can get for the side rails?

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Thats how my factory plastic liner came. Some of the earlier models or maybe aftermarket liners went over the bedrails.

If you're worried about the paint under the liner then you definitely don't want bedrail caps because they will do the same thing. If/when you get a spray-in liner, have them do the rails and top of tailgate too. Most people who get a spray-in do.

 
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