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Hello all,

I got my cover from UPS this morning. I have been reading over the installation instructions. I had a few questions for those who have installed this on their own.

#1, What is the HARD PLASTIC PLATE (approximatly 50 mm x 80 mm x 1 mm)

#2, When removing the rear upper trim, did you use the KTC Tool and did you cover whatever you used with a cloth to keep from damaging the paint?

Any other Do's and Don'ts would be helpful.
 

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don't drag the cover on the bed where the cover hindges or folds in half, the hindges will scratch the bed, found out myself, hindge isn't or doesn't have enough covering.
 
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kanji said:
don't drag the cover on the bed where the cover hindges or folds in half, the hindges will scratch the bed, found out myself, hindge isn't or doesn't have enough covering.

So what is the plastic plate for and did you use the tool?
 

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Sorry, can't help you on the installation. I had the dealer install the OEM cover for me, but i do keep a 10mm combo wrench inside the glove box in case i need to remove the cover for shipping.
 

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I installed mine and I did not use the plate as it was not mentioned in the instructions. It was only listed in the tools needed list. I did not install the lock clip on the tailgate. I installed a lock from Basickoncepts.

I did not use a trim tool. I carefully worked at it with a wide screw driver covered in a shop towel. I used another shop towel on the painted edge that I lightly leveraged against. The worst part was refitting the trim at the top of the rear window. I took a couple of tries to line it up before setting the clips. The instructions were very good. Follow them closely.
 
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I did not install the lock clip on the tailgate. I installed a lock from Basickoncepts.
May I ask why you chose and after market lock clip instead of using the one provided?
 

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I did not like the clips hanging down and the internal lock seems cleaner. I rarely use the lock. It would be even better to have the power tailgate lock. I did not go the power route because I did not like the way the wiring harness is installed going to the gate.
 

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Sorry, can't help you on the installation. I had the dealer install the OEM cover for me, but i do keep a 10mm combo wrench inside the glove box in case i need to remove the cover for shipping.
I only installed 2 of the four mounting points for the front section of the cover. The front edge kind of drops in and under a short sill so the front edge is held down well enough. I installed the two mounting points toward the rear of the forward cover section. This makes access to the two attachment points easy. When I had the four points installed I would have to lay on the bed to reach the forward two points. I use small spring carabiners instead if the 10mm nuts and bolts. I got the carabiners at the key ring section of the local hardware store. These eliminate the need for a wrench when removing the cover. I have put the folded cover in the cab behind the front seats when carrying tall items unexpectedly.
 
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Di you use a MM drill bit set and MM hole saw set? Also, what is a VARI BIT. Are they referring to a UNI-BIT? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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I only installed 2 of the four mounting points for the front section of the cover. The front edge kind of drops in and under a short sill so the front edge is held down well enough. I installed the two mounting points toward the rear of the forward cover section. This makes access to the two attachment points easy. When I had the four points installed I would have to lay on the bed to reach the forward two points. I use small spring carabiners instead if the 10mm nuts and bolts. I got the carabiners at the key ring section of the local hardware store. These eliminate the need for a wrench when removing the cover. I have put the folded cover in the cab behind the front seats when carrying tall items unexpectedly.
good job, yea i also thaught about using wingnuts instead of the nuts that came with it for easy install, i didn't mind laying on my back to install and removing. Do you have any pics for the carabiners springs? I may go your way if that looks and works similar to the 10mm nuts & bolt.
 

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Di you use a MM drill bit set and MM hole saw set? Also, what is a VARI BIT. Are they referring to a UNI-BIT? Any help would be appreciated.
I did not drill the holes myself. I was able to get a second set of panels predrilled. The seller of my cover ordered new panels when he took the cover off his truck. I do happen to have a Vari-bit. It is cone shaped and it has a stepped surface that allows you to stop at the desired size or press on to the next step.
 
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Sucessful Install

It is finally all done. I have a fully instaled unit where I drlled the holes from scratch. It looks great. The most amazing part of this install is that I did it on a Sat in Jan in PA. Not just any sat but maybe the coldest day of the winter season so far. When I was finally done, my fingers were so cold that when I cam inside they felt like the were on fire and were in pain for 2 hours. I was seriously afraid I had frost bite. Luckily I was just panicing. The sacrfice was well worth it. I love the cover especially when I park next to another truck who does not have one as nice looking. (Every other truck)

Good luck all. If you need any advice, let me know. Obvously the first thing I suggest is a mild to warm day. LOL
 

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I have removed the 10mm bolts and replaced them with spring clips that look like this:
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I found them at a Tractor Supply store. They come in various sizes and I'm still experimenting with size to get the best fit.
 
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Rick Walker said:
I have removed the 10mm bolts and replaced them with spring clips that look like this:
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I found them at a Tractor Supply store. They come in various sizes and I'm still experimenting with size to get the best fit.
Does the cover rattle at all? Like when you go over bumps?
 

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Does the cover rattle at all? Like when you go over bumps?
I haven't noticed any rattling when driving. With the tailgate down and the back section folded up, I can force it to move around a little bit with my hand. I want to try the next heavier clip to see how it fits, but I'm in Europe this week and my RL is at home (with my wife). It'll have to wait til I get back home.
 

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LEts all prey for the safety of your ridge. :D
OK - I'm back home and the Ridge made it through the week none the worse for wear. My wife loves to drive it when I'm away:rolleyes:

The spring clips that I've settled on are called 3/16" Clip Pins. They are quite substantial (not your mama's little hair clip). I don't notice that the cover makes any vibration or movement. They clip in quickly and remove easily.
 

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Rick Walker said:
OK - I'm back home and the Ridge made it through the week none the worse for wear. My wife loves to drive it when I'm away:rolleyes:

The spring clips that I've settled on are called 3/16" Clip Pins. They are quite substantial (not your mama's little hair clip). I don't notice that the cover makes any vibration or movement. They clip in quickly and remove easily.

Hey Rick...do you have any pics from under the bed? I had the dealer install my Tonneau and I like the idea of spring clips instead of nuts and bolts. I have not yet looked undeneath to see how the cover is attached. How many 3/16' clips will I need to purchase?

Thanks...
 

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Hey Rick...do you have any pics from under the bed? I had the dealer install my Tonneau and I like the idea of spring clips instead of nuts and bolts. I have not yet looked undeneath to see how the cover is attached. How many 3/16' clips will I need to purchase?
Thanks...
There are 4 bolts (10mm I believe) total. 2 on each side. So I simply removed the 4 bolts and replaced them with 4 spring clips. Here's a pic of one side from underneath.
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I've been using it for quite a while using the clips and haven't had any problems. It is secure and doesn't move around while driving. The cover is easy to remove and no tools are required.
 

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Rick Walker said:
There are 4 bolts (10mm I believe) total. 4 on each side. So I simply removed the 4 bolts and replaced them with 4 spring clips. Here's a pic of one side from underneath.
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I've been using it for quite a while using the clips and haven't had any problems. It is secure and doesn't move around while driving. The cover is easy to remove and no tools are required.
Very cool! Thanks. I just purchased (4) clips and will install tonight.
 
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