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How To Install A Hard Tonneau Cover

When it comes to upgrading the appearance and functionality of your truck, there’s no faster way than a tonneau cover. Available in two main varieties – hard top and soft top – each offers a series of unique benefits that range from their degree of security to their ease of accessing cargo.

While they differ greatly in functionality, both a hard tonneau cover and soft tonneau cover streamline your rig, making it aerodynamically efficient. Sealing your truck bed against the wind, bed covers allow air to slide off the cover rather than collect in the bed where it creates drag, creating a fuel efficiency that has been shown to extend gas mileage by up to 10%!

Tonneaus like the Truxedo, Extang solid fold, Bakflip and the roll n lock bed cover are also popular for their ability to safeguard your gear when you step away from your rig. Often including optional locking devices, a Ford Ranger tonneau, bed cover for Ford F150 or any similar Ford tonneau cover, protects your gear from quick hands while shielding it from nasty weather.

Best of all, they’re a snap to install—literally. Most tonneau covers mount with clamp-on hardware, some in as little as half an hour. Plus, they don’t require drilling into your truck bed and can be installed using only a handful of tools.

Most quality aftermarket tonneaus come complete with mounting hardware and step-by-step instructions. However, here are some general assembly and mounting instructions.

Step 1: Purchase the correct tonneau cover for your vehicle depending on the size of your bed and the cargo you expect to haul. A hard tonneau cover will deliver extra durability and protection while a soft tonneau will allow for oversize loads.

Step 2: The standard kit includes all four bed rails, two for the long sides and two intended for the head and back of the truck bed. You’ll also have internal bed rails that fit side to side in the back of the truck. Once you have all your components laid out, connect the long bars to the short bars to form a square, sliding the bar ends into place.

Step 3: The back of your truck has been designed for covers so there should be screw-holes on the side walls. Lay the assembled square rail bar over your truck bed and connect the latches to these side walls. The latch should lock the rail bars into place. After they’re locked into place, tighten down the screws.

Step 4: Finally, attach the tonneau cover itself. Depending on whether you purchased a hard tonneau cover or something like a roll n lock bed cover, the cover can either snap into place on the rail bars or lock into place on the back rail bar. If you’re unsure, consult the directions that came with your kit for any additional specifics on mounting the cover to the frame.

When it comes to Ford accessories, nothing beats the tonneau cover in value and functionality. Plus, they’re one of the easiest upgrades, revitalizing your exterior with just a few basic hand tools.

Please feel free to call toll-free 800.874.8888 or e-mail with any questions. We are delighted to be of assistance in finding the right auto parts for you, be they car parts, truck parts or SUV parts.

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