(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the TruShield roll-up tonneau cover available for the '09 to '14 F-150. You should be checking out this particular tonneau cover if you're looking for that roll-up design that keeps the price down with a nice vinyl finish. This tonneau cover is perfect to keep your cargo safe and secured, making sure all the weather elements aren't getting to it to ruin your cargo while also locking on the inside of your tailgate if you have that lockable tailgate. This one here is made from a weather-resistant leather grained vinyl coated polyester fabric which is going to keep the cost down. There are some other options out there that are more premium with a hard top cover, tri-fold, quad-fold, smart latch, all of the bells and whistles that increase that price tag but this one's a little easier on your wallet while still being very reliable, very safe, and very secured. This vinyl fabric here is durable, won't rip or tear over time, doesn't fade over time, UV resistant, all that good stuff that you'd want from a low-profile tonneau cover. Low-profile, by the way, meaning that it is sleek. It tucks in. It doesn't look like it stands out very much unlike some of those harder tonneau covers that are a little bit more sticking out like a sore thumb. This one here uses aluminum frame rails, heavy-duty aluminum frame rails at that, that are holding all of that weight that are super lightweight themselves. They use a velcro system to latch onto the sides. It's got weatherstripping all along the insides as well to make sure it gets an airtight, leak-free seal all along the edges of the bed, against the tailgate, and, of course, the bulkhead. It has an adjustable tension system as well. As you know if you're located in wintery weather areas like we are here on the East Coast, you might see a lot of temperature changes throughout the year. There's a lot of different climates that can make the tonneau cover expand and contract with that leather grained vinyl. The tension system makes sure that you can adjust it on the fly by just rolling it back to the bulkhead, removing the safety pin, adjusting that tension block, and resetting it to make sure that it's tight, it's not flapping in the wind, of course, with the different expanding and contracting temperatures. That is good to have on your tonneau cover. This one comes in right around 270 bucks. It's pretty affordable. It's one of the easiest on your wallet in the category. Again, it might not have all the bells and whistles as some of the other options here but it is very easy to use and it is very secure. To give you a quick example of that, if you wanted to open this up, you're just gonna pop down your tailgate. It has a simple latch here on the driver's side. There are some tonneau covers out there that are a little bit more of a pain in the butt where you have to unlatch it on both sides. Not gonna be the case here. TruShield made it so all you have to do is lift up on that by pinching it. It unlatches and you can roll it all the way back to your bulkhead, extremely easy to use. When it comes time to put it back into place, you're just gonna push back down on the latch here and you can shut your tailgate. It's easy to use and it keeps its tension every single time you unlatch it but, of course, with the change in temperatures, you can adjust that tension yourself extremely easily. Install for this, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. You can tackle it by yourself in the driveway at home in about an hour's worth of time. Very simple hand tools, you'll need like an impact gun or a ratchet, 9/16 socket, a half inch socket and that's gonna be it. It's extremely easy to use. I'll take you guys through every step of the process so let's get to it. Tools used for this install include an impact gun, 3/8 ratchet, half-inch socket, 9/16 socket. Now the first step here for the install is to grab your driver's side bed rail. This is gonna have that latch on the end that's gonna be by your tailgate. What you're gonna do is slide this into place on the inside of the side of the bed. It's got weatherstripping on the inside that's gonna press up against it. You want to make sure it's seating up against the bulkhead and you'll see that there's weatherstripping here that's gonna seal it against the inside of that tailgate. It'll actually hold itself up as well while you're going around to clamp it down. So what we're gonna do, line that up, make sure it's flush, shut your tailgate and the pressure of that, the tension, will actually hold this bed rail up. Grab three clamps and your socket as well as your impact gun or your ratchet, whichever one you're working with, hop in the bed, and we'll clamp this down. So the first step here, once we're inside of our bed, is to grab three clamps. We're going to install those right underneath of the bed rail, clamping the new bed rail to the side of your bed about quarter of the way, halfway, and three-quarters of the way. I had these laid out at approximately where they're going to be. Now I have a half-inch socket, my impact gun. A ratchet also works. We're gonna put these underneath. Grab the socket and tighten them down. Perfect. We're gonna move down. Do the same thing at the halfway mark and then the three-quarter mark. And when you're installing these clamps, you want to make sure that this is completely level. So now that this is holding itself up with these clamps, you can drop the tailgate, make sure it's leveled, and then repeat this for the opposite side. The next step here is to put our tension blocks into place. This will hold tension on the cover but we have to put these into place before we drop our cover on. What we're gonna be doing here is grabbing the tension block and it has little knobs on the top and on the bottom, they're offset. Each one, the top one has one and four on it, the bottom two and three. Those will tell you the positions of where the tension block is gonna go. There's an open cut slot, a square slot on the side bed rail. We're going to put numbers two and three down into that slot so one is toward the tailgate on the top, four is toward the bulkhead. So with four on the top right, we have our tension pin. I'm gonna slide this into place underneath and that's gonna hold our block into place. With that in place, we're gonna repeat this for the other side doing the exact same thing. Then we'll be prepared to drop our cover into place and we can set our tension later if we need to. We're gonna do the same thing on our passenger side. Keep in mind that when you're setting the tension for the future, the different positions of the different numbers will give you a different tension. Number four on the upside facing your windshield or facing the inside of your truck is gonna be the least tension, that's kind of a starting point for everything. So once you have that in place, set that pin, now we can drop our cover into place. Next up, with the tonneau cover rolled all the way up, we're gonna set this into place on our rails. Now there's T-bolts in these slots that move back and forth. You want to put those all the way out to the edge as you see here. In front of the tension block we just set into place, there's an oval cutout on the bed rails, that's where these bolt studs are gonna go through. From there, we'll tighten it down from the inside. Now that your tonneau cover's in place, grab your lock nuts, tighten everything down. Grab your 9/16 socket and your ratchet and tighten this down onto the stud. Repeat for the other side. The next step here now that we have our tonneau cover in place is to unroll it, making sure the Velcro lines up on the bed rails all the way back to the tailgate, then we'll latch it shut. At that point, we'll be able to determine whether or not we need to adjust our tension blocks on each side. Right now, it's at the absolute bare minimum so then, you know, there might be adjustments that need to be made and, of course, adjustments over time will be made depending on your temperature changes and where you're located. So for now, let's roll this all the way back to the tailgate, we'll snap it down. One of the cool things about this particular tonneau cover is if you wanted to drive with it rolled all the way back or if you just want to gain access to your full bed and want to secure this back at the bulkhead, there are these nylon straps that are pretty stretchy that have a hook at the end of it. There's a rubber loop at the other end of this, tucked in it behind your bulkhead very inconspicuously, so if you wanted to secure this, you can just hook this around that loop by stretching it back and because it's stretchy, it holds tension. It's not something that's loose, it's secured and there's one on the opposite side as you see there. You can secure this back all the way rolled up underneath of your windshield. Drive with it like this and then anytime you wanted to roll it back, all you'd have to do push down, unlatch it, and roll it all way back to the tailgate. It's pretty simple. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install of the TruShield roll-up tonneau cover. It fits all '09 to '14 F-150s. You can get it for your different bed sizes. If you're looking to keep the cost down while also protecting your cargo with a roll-up style tonneau, something that has that leather grained vinyl or low-profile finish, adjustable tension, all that good stuff while keeping the cost down, this is the way to go. If you wanna pick this one up for yourself, you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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