Bed Liners
A tonneau cover is an indispensable accessory when it comes to protecting cargo in your pickup truck from thieves and weather elements like rain, snow, or just strong wind. Depending on the stuff you need to transport and your individual preferences, you can install a folding, roll-up, soft, or just a hinged tonneau cover painted to match the color of your truck.

tonneau covers


Any of these types has its pros and cons; for instance, a hard hinged cover provides the utmost security and can be equipped with additional components like spoilers, LED lights, and gas struts, but it can be inconvenient when you need to haul tall cargo. The installation process of each type has some differences.

Typically, it is described in product manuals and includes the following steps:

  • install a cab seal (weather strip) behind the cab if necessary;
  • tonneau covers featuring a roll-up construction require installing a canister with a curtain behind the cabin before mounting side rails;
  • install the rails on bed sides using special rail clamps for reliable fixation. For roll covers, these rails have to fit the canister brackets and have to be accurately measured to ensure the proper distances between the rails depending on a curtain width, in order for the curtain to move easily. Depending on a truck's configuration, this distance can be ~ 1/8” bigger near the tailgate than at the front part of the bed;
  • measuring some distance back from a bulkhead (depending on construction, it can be ~4.5”), mount a saddle and hinge on each rail for hinged covers;
  • install the cover in the folded position (if it's folding) behind the cab on the rails using special hardware and brackets included in the kit. Don't tighten the knobs fixing the cover to the brackets strongly at this stage, as it is necessary to make sure that the cover is properly positioned on the perimeter of the bed and moves easily. You will need to unfold the cover towards the tailgate before you fold it again and tighten the knobs;
  • if you install a hinged cover and have already aligned it, somebody has to crawl into the truck bed and drill the cover in special places in order to fix it to the hinges. Another person has to push down the cover while drilling;
  • in case your cover has shocks, open the lid, measure some distance from the shock mount located on the lid (this distance depends on the shocks), and hook up the shocks;
  • locks (if any) are typically adjusted with the cover shut and tailgate down.
  • We recommend that you read the manufacturer's installation instructions carefully before starting the job, as various covers may require additional steps or checking some details during the installation process. It's useful when somebody helps you hold and align the cover if needed. All necessary hardware is included into the cover's kit, so you will certainly do everything right!

    More about tonneau covers: https://www.carid.com/tonneau-covers.html

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