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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 20, 9:39 PM Thread Starter
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GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

GMC is running a new commercial touting the strength of their Carbonpro bed against its competitors. They shot some pretty funny stuff at it.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020...ed-commercial/

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 9:54 AM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

Lol, a sofa....
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 2:12 PM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

Another video:
https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020...ed-commercial/

shows a comparison with other manufacturer's beds under the same test conditions.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 4:09 PM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

It's marketing, so they chose the weakest hurricane. There is a note that this is category 1 (74-95 mph) hurricane winds. Let's see how they do with a category 5 storm!

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 6:05 PM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

Much like testing ballistic vests with something backing them, the test in the commercial is pretty worthless with the bed being able to move.
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

I'm curious as to what happens to the bed when it IS damaged. Steel, or aluminium, will dent or tear, or get a hole poked in them. Will the carbon pro shatter? Or break completely across a panel? How hard to repair or ignore any future damage? I know GM really made fun of Ford for the alum bed, but if I poked a hole with a one in a million-to-one shot with a toolbox corner dropped from 4 ft, I can ignore the small tear, and go on like nothing happened. Maybe the carbon pro will hold up better, within its limits. But what happens when you exceed the limit?
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 20, 7:47 PM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

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Much like testing ballistic vests with something backing them, the test in the commercial is pretty worthless with the bed being able to move.
I totally agree. If it was mounted solid the results would have been a lot different.

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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

Wonder what would happen if they tested up in my neck of the woods
(the frozen North) when it's negative 25 degree's outside?
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 9:23 AM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

You gotta remember that carbon fiber is used on aircraft. Iím around it everyday. Carbon laughs at temp changes. As far as durability, one of the toughest and lightest materials known to man, but depends on the load, i.e. tension, compression and shear. I think this bed will be ok with whatever is thrown at it.
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Looks like a plastic bed liner
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 20, 6:26 PM
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

I doubt it is true carbon fiber. Iím guessing some sort of chopped crap injected into a mold or a sheet that is molded into that shape. Didnít they do this back around 2000?

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Re: GMC Carbonpro Bed Testing...

I wonder what the option charge for the CarbonPro bed is, if my information is correct, that "Staircase" tailgate was not a cheapy, throw the two together and what do we come up with ? Has any one seen pricing?
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