(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
- How to Install Low Profile Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
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Hey guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com. This is perfect for the F-150 owner who is looking for the security of a hard cover and wants one of the most low-profile options available. This low profile hard tri-fold tonneau cover gives you security for the items in your bed and unfolds quickly allowing you to haul larger cargo. This tonneau is constructed from heavy-duty aluminum panels with an aluminum frame and features adjustable clips that lock your tonneau in place.So as far as price goes, this one comes in at around $600 which is middle of the road price-wise when you compare it to other tonneaus. And for your money, you're getting the security of a hard cover and one of the most low profile options available for your F-150.I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on a difficulty meter. It features direct clamp-on installation with no cutting required and can be done within 30 minutes. So with that said, let's jump into our install. For this install, you will need a 17-millimeter socket and ratchet and the included Allen key.All right, so the first step in our install is to prep these rails and get them ready to bolt onto our truck. Now before we can put the clamps on, we do have to install this piece that holds up the tonneau. You're gonna slide it on the end, this is the far side that does not have the drain tube on it and it has to slide the length of your rail. Get it ballpark where it needs to go, we can make it perfect later. Now we're gonna grab these clamps, there two on each side. Now the clamps slides on the rail like this. We're actually 90 degrees out of where it would sit on the truck, it sits like this. But just slide it over top of this tab here, we're gonna slide it as far forward as we can because this one is the frontmost clamp. Repeat that exact same thing for the second clamp on the side and this one's gonna be towards the rear little more. And finally, we can slide this last clamp on, this one actually helps the cover latch and it just goes right on the very end. You can do this later, but while we have this rail off, might as well just line it up and slide it on now. This one lines up on both tabs, this one up top here and this one on the bottom. Make sure it's lined up on each, we're just gonna slide it right in this neighborhood, we'll lock it down later.With all of the clamps slid in place, you can place the rail on top of the edge of your bed. Make sure it's nice and snug against the bulkhead. And now evenly space your clamps. Now were gonna try to evenly space our clamps as much as we can, we want to avoid the holes for drainage right here, and there's certain parts of the bed that stick out that we also can't clamp around. So we're gonna go right about here, grab a 17-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Repeat that with the second clamp.All right, and while we're at it, we can install the drain tubes here, they recommend going through this piece in the bed. You can really go wherever you'd like, if you want to use that hole or drill your own, but we're gonna go through this piece and install it just right up to the edge of your rail. Repeat that on the other rail starting with this flat clamp. Slide it all the way back to the bulkhead section, installing our actual clamps. And finally the small clip.All right, starting with our rearmost clamp, get it in place, we're gonna tighten it down. And tighten down the rear clamp. Go ahead and install the drain tube removing this piece or you can cut a small hole in it, route the drain tube and install it on your rail.All right. So at this point, you can grab your cover and place it on top of the bed of the truck, you may want a friend for the step. Make sure that it's even with the back of the bulkhead and they have included foam for those vehicles where the bed rails are not even with the bulkhead, you will want to use the foam there. But once it's in place, we can fold it out and install the last clamps.Go ahead and flip it out, you only need to do this one panel for now and we can see where we need to install this bolt and this knob. Goes through the cover and then underneath we're gonna line up that first clamp that we installed. We're gonna install this knob on the bottom to hold it in place. Grab this long bolt, there should be a rubber washer on there and install it in the top of your cover. Repeat that on the other side. Line up this flat bracket to where the bolt hole is. You may need to lift up on the cover a little bit to get it in place. Then once it's through, you can install this knob. Now keep in mind if you did move the cover like I did just now, you do want to double check that it's in the proper positioning before you tighten this all the way. Once it's in place, you can also tighten the Allen bolt here with the included Allen key. There's a good amount of pressure on this clamp from the weight of the cover but we do want to make sure this is tight as well. Repeat that on the other side. Make sure to tighten down the Allen bolt as well.With the clamps tight, flip your cover out. And now we can adjust these at the back to come in contact with these tabs here. Make sure this part is sitting towards the center of this tab. If you're not sure, just pull this, make sure they're engaging and we can tighten this down with the Allen key. Repeat that on the other side.So make sure that both sides of the bed are engaging properly and that they're even along the rails. If you need to make any adjustments in the clamp, you can do so now. But go ahead and lock your tonneau cover down and you can shut your bed. And that is gonna do it for the review and install of this tonneau cover. And remember for all things Ford, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Tonneau Cover Type||Hard Folding|
|Tonneau Cover Installation||Channel Lock|
|Tonneau Cover Locking||Keyed Lock|
|Toolbox Compatibility||Not Toolbox Compatible|
Shield Your Cargo from the Elements. The Proven Ground Low Profile Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover is the all-weather cover you need for your Ford F-150. It features effective seals on the bulkhead, sides, and the tailgate to keep your cargo dry during downpours and blizzards. Plus, it comes with an easy-to-operate fastening mechanism that effectively secures your cover once the tailgate is closed.
Aerodynamic Profile. This tonneau cover is one of the lowest-mounted truck be cover in the market. As such, it provides an aerodynamic addition that can even increase your fuel efficiency in the long run.
Tough Construction. You don’t have to worry about installing this cover on your off-roading truck. With strong, yet light aluminum panels and rails, it can withstand the rigors of the back roads as well the city streets.
Clamp-On Installation. The Proven Ground Low Profile Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover installs using the clamps included in the kit. It’s a fairly easy process that requires no special tools or professional mechanic. Simply follow the included instructions and you’ll be done in no time.
Application. The Proven Ground Low Profile Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover fits all 2015-2023 Ford F-150 models with 5.50-foot, or 6.50-foot beds.
Technical Note. Not sure of your bed size? Click here for an instructional video explaining how to measure your bed length.
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