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With the truckbed box looking like a normal pickup, we will now see the availability of top-mounted tonneau covers.

Much better look, and better aerodynamics.

And with that we will have the situation that items can be a tiny bit taller going under a cover, than a Gen1 with tonneau. This, because the tailgate of a Gen2 is about 3/4" taller than a Gen1.

Do you suppose Honda gave sufficient spec information to all the well-known tonneau makers, in advance of this June release, so that they can be ready?
 

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If you're in a hurry to buy a tonneau cover, you might want to investigate Honda's. I think that many of the lightweight tonneau makers will hang back to ensure there's enough of a marketplace there for them. I also think that they would want to have the truck in hand when they design their products, not just go by measurements sent to them. I hope I'm wrong, but I have the sense that it may be a while before we see a wide selection of tonneaus.
 

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I heard that Honda took delivery of 800 units of its new tonneau cover from its OEM supplier about a week ago. As I've said in other threads, I believe that the manufacturer is Extang and that the tonneau cover is called the Solid Fold 2.0. I am taking delivery of my Ridgeline tomorrow and my dealer offered to install the tonneau cover beforehand. So he must have it in stock. I have also seen several dealerships that sell parts online that list the tonneau as being in stock. Most of them are Honda dealerships. Until June 21, when presumably Honda parts stores will become a lot more open about 2017 Ridgeline parts and accessories, this is the way to find some of those stores and their low prices:

Plug this number into Google, and you should see several stores. It is the Honda part number for the tonneau cover:

08Z07-T6Z-100

Be advised, the Honda tonneau is very expensive to ship. One dealer that shows up on this Google search results page requires $140 to ship it. On the plus side, that dealer is charging only $634.94 for the tonneau.

I suggest we all wait until after the 21st, when I believe that many other parts places will come online and we will probably find the best price then. But yes, the Honda tonneau is in the pipeline. I have not heard of anyone buying one, however. It's possible that an order placed before the 21st would be delayed. But now that's catching up to us pretty fast.

To get a look at all of the accessories that Honda plans to offer, take a look at this catalog:

2017 Ridgeline RTL (Elite) 6-Speed Automatic Honda Parts Diagram List

To grab the Honda part numbers easily and for pictures of some products, look here:

2017 Genuine Honda Ridgeline Accessories: College Hills Honda

Finally, one last point, there's a diagram of the Honda tonneau on one of the sites that shows up in the Google search. It shows four "brackets," which appeared to be the fixtures that attach the tonneau to the bed rails. It's not at all clear to me how these work. Until I know more about that, I will not be purchasing the Honda tonneau cover. All this will be revealed to us if we only have the patience to wait a couple days. The Honda.com Ridgeline website is going to come online and we should have a lot more information about lots of things, including accessories.
 

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I like the idea of a tonneau, and the Extang Solid Fold 2 (if that's what this is) has gotten good reviews, but without a locking tailgate, this $800-$1k accessory could be stolen in less than 30 seconds by somebody without any tools or skills. That's just a little too risky for my taste.
 

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Everyone has to make their own decision on that point. I know people who don't lock their houses or cars to begin with. My in-laws, for example, live in the country. When my wife and I in the kids show up to visit and I lock my car they laugh at me. I would also say that at 5 feet long and weighing 60 pounds with a street price of about $650-$700 retail most thieves are probably more focused on your electronics. Tonneau covers only fit one brand and model of truck. I don't see them being very liquid commodities. Maybe if you're driving F150. Just my two cents. In
 

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I would like to know how far you can open the trunk without unlatching the top cover?
Thanks for the Pic
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MOD- please remove the minimum amount of characters needed to be able to post or a simple answer like 17" turns into a rambling sentence that does not even need to be posted. thank you
 

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I would like to know how far you can open the trunk without unlatching the top cover?
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I'm not sure whether you would have to open one or two leaves of the trifold tonneau. I think looking at this video might help you to understand.

https://youtu.be/WNYjpUqAnck
 

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Thanks, I guess i meant does the front latch hit the trunk lid or is it out of the way?
You know, I don't know what you're asking here. I assume when you're referencing the trunk you mean with the trunk open but I don't know what you mean by "front latch." What I can say is that in order to open the trunk you would have to undo the two latches on either side of the tonneau cover and fold the tonneau cover open either once or twice. But that's the whole point of a trifold hard tonneau. They open up out of the way and can be left in the all the way open position. Just open enough to fit in many things.

The location of the two latches that I referred to is inside the tonneau, about a foot into the bed, they hang down from the underside of the tonneau cover and are designed to be attached under the rail of the typical pickup where the tonneau and the bed rail meet. When not in use they fold into the underside of the tonneau.

Now it occurs to me what you might be asking. Are you asking about the attachment points — what the latches grab onto? If that is what you're getting at, and all I can say are these two things 1. This system was designed for the Ridgeline and built to Honda's rigorous spec. So I highly doubt there's any conflict with the trunk. 2. I honestly don't know how or where the brackets that are pictured in diagrams for this tonneau are attached to the truck itself. I'd like to know that myself.
 

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Thanks for the reply, When I said front latch i meant the 2 front side latches. I was asking how low do the latches hang, and how wide would the inbed trunk open without having to unlatch the cover. I assumed you have picked up your truck and was just curious if you could post a pic. I am trying to decide if i should go with the one piece or this top. I do field service and i have some expensive test tools that are hardly ever used. ( That 's why i like the trunk) I just cant proceed with a truck purchase until i can lock the tailgate. I really like the latch for security, but i wonder how solid it is in the middle.
 

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I started another thread this evening when I found full-fledged instructions to installing the Honda tonneau cover. You might want to check that out. And download the instructions. There are pictures that will give you answers to your questions.

But in the meantime, the Ridgeline has very pronounced posts on either side of the tailgate. I imagine this is because of the swing open feature. They seem like a waste of space to me we could probably get bigger things in the bed without them. But that's another issue. The Honda tonneau cover makes use of the upper tie-downs, which are mounted behind this pillar in the rear. The design replaces the tie-down with a latching point bracket that retreats even further away from the center of the bed. So the two rearmost latch points are tucked away in the corner behind those pillars, completely out of the way. The front brackets (closest to the cab) are a little bit more complicated. They do to three jobs: they serve as a locked-down anchor point for the tonneau; they replace the tie-down that they cannibalized; and they provide an anchor for a safety strap that I'm not familiar with. From the pictures and the instructions, it looks like the safety strap might protrude a little bit into the bed.

But I think your more pressing concern is: will anything interfere with the opening of the trunk. The answer to that is: No. The trunk will function just fine once you open the tonneau either one or two folds. I think the trunk may open partially with one fold and all the way with two. That's my best guess without having the tonneau in front of me. It wouldn't surprise me if Honda and the OEM supplier of the tonneau didn't mess a little bit with the positioning of the fold hinges to accommodate the trunk.

Curious. What one-piece tonneau are you looking at? I'm guessing ARE. Think I heard that Leer was not going do a tonneau for the Ridgeline, just a cap. In any case I'd be interested to know which model of one piece you're looking at or that you may have heard is going to be produced for the Ridgeline. Some of these one pieces seem to be adding a little bit of space above the top of the rails. Getting a little bit of added height appeals to me.
 

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This is the rumored tonneau hard top that is suppose to come out. It's also #1 on my choices. I really hope it does. it fits my needs perfect
LSII Series Tonneau Covers : A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers
I posted this somewhere. I talked to A.R.E. recently and this is the information they gave me. They're working on two models for the 2017 Ridgeline: the LSX tonneau and the Z-series cap. As I recall, they are a lot further along with the Z-series cap. She said it might be a couple of months away from production. The tonneau is further out. Did you hear anything about the when the LSII would be released?

My question would be if any after market tonneau allows the trunk to fully open with the Tonneau folded back. I read with the peragon that the rails impede the trunk on the G1.
This is also covered pretty extensively in the other thread, see page 4 or thereabouts:

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/138-second-generation-2017/135266-honda-s-tonneau-installation-instructions.html

The Honda tonneau can be had for under $800. With two of its three sections folded, the trunk opens all the way. When the tonneau is completely closed, it is estimated that the trunk opens about 60% of the way. There are pictures in the other thread.

The Honda tonneau is made by Extang. Extang calls it the Solid Fold 2.0. So far as I know, the only difference between the Solid Fold 2.0 and the Honda tonneau is that the latter comes with mounting brackets specific to the Ridgeline. And here's the important part: neither the Honda tonneau nor the Extang Solid Fold 2.0 uses a rail system. So far as I know, Honda's tonneau is the only one available to Ridgeline owners today.

Extang was reached recently for comment about its intention of supporting the Ridgeline and it confirmed that it would be releasing products directly to Ridgeline owners and through its dealer network. It could not commit to a timeline. Some of Extang's wide range of tonneau models do use rails. For example, its very nice tri-fold Encore product uses rain gutter style rails. But it has a built-in lock and its panels can fold up from both the front and the back. It also removes more easily than the Solid Fold. But unless they merged the ideas of the Encore with the Solid Fold base – eliminating the rails — it would not work for the Ridgeline.

So we know that both A.R.E. and Extang intend to sell to 2017 Ridgeline customers. I would be shocked if Bak Industries didn't have a BakFlip in the works for the Ridgeline, but I've heard no official word to that effect. I believe that most of the Bak products use rails, but perhaps they will develop something that doesn't for the Ridgeline. Bak is a very capable company. I don't know about A.R.E.'s LSX tonneau. I believe it uses some sort of anchor like a rail under the scissors hinge, which is right behind the window. Whether it extends all the way down the bed are not, I'm not sure.

Unless others chime in with better information, I think that's all we know to date. Your best bet is the Honda tonneau if you need to buy in a hurry. I just put an order in for it myself.
 

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Phineas,
I haven't heard anything This was my last conversation with them.
Hello Trent,

At this time we do not have a date as to when the LSII or any lid will be available for the 2017 Ridgeline. We are in the process of making the Z-Series and it should be available within the next couple of months.

Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance to you.


Thank you,
Heather Angel
A.R.E.
Marketing Specialist
 

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Sonicpips:

I had the same sort of email conversation with the same person at A.R.E. – I just spoke to her the following week. At that point all she had to add was that she had heard that they were going to work on the LSX tonneau. That's just one step up from the LSII. It might be more expensive, but I'm guessing you'll like it. The main difference seems to be that it doesn't have the continuous hinge and swings up and away from the cab.

I ordered the Honda tonneau last weekend and it arrived today. I expect to post pictures either tomorrow or Saturday. If you're interested in whatever posts I make, I'm going to make them in the "Honda's tonneau: installation instructions" thread, beginning with this post:

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/138-second-generation-2017/135266-honda-s-tonneau-installation-instructions-5.html#post2050665
 

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This tonneau would fix the non locking tailgate as this cover overlaps the gate and has a lock of its own. My buddy has one on his GMC and when I saw that it locks and traps the gate I can't wait to get one.

This is the rumored tonneau hard top that is suppose to come out. It's also #1 on my choices. I really hope it does. it fits my needs perfect
LSII Series Tonneau Covers : A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers
This is the tonneau I'm referring to. Sorry I missed the quote.
 
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