Pace Edward Bedlocker Tonneau InstallationOctober 16th, 2009 by admin
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a tonneau cover, chances are it’s not just one reason that has led you to this decision. Whether you want to enhance the aerodynamics and save gas, keep your cargo safe from thieves and the weather, or just add to the sleek appearance of your truck, there are numerous ways that tonneau covers provides benefits. Thankfully, there are almost as many models of tonneau covers as there are reasons to get one, so you’ll have a huge selection that will guarantee you’ll get the perfect one for your tonneau install.
When it’s time to make that decision, keep in mind that there are always going to be certain limitations associated with each type of tonneau cover. For example, it can be difficult to get full use out of your truck bed when you choose a hard tonneau installation. For many, the hinged design makes it difficult to access the space at the very front of your truck bed, closest to the cab. Plus, if you want to transport oversized cargo you have to remove the entire tonneau cover and then reinstall it when you’re done, which can be a huge hassle.
When you install the Pace Edwards Bedlocker Electric retractable tonneau cover, you won’t have any of these issues. You get the most flexibility available for opening or closing the tonneau cover. Option 1: You have a jet ski that you want to drive down to the harbor. Just let the tonneau cover retract all the way into its canister and you can slide the jet skit in, no problem. Option 2: It’s starting to rain outside, and you want to protect your cargo from any water damage. Slide the tonneau cover closed and the weatherproof seals guarantee there won’t be any water getting into that truck bed. Option 3: You have a few oversized boxes that you need to fit into the truck bed, but still want to protect the rest of your smaller cargo. Secure the tonneau at one of its locking points and you can leave it partially open. All of this is thanks to unique, patented silicone hinges that allow the cover to mount flush with the bedrails.
But best of all is that this Pace Edwards tonneau cover is electric, which means you can operate it remotely with just the touch of a button. The electric motor does all the work, opening it and closing it however much you want and keeping it secure. So never again are you going to have to struggle with a finicky, manual tonneau cover once the Bedlocker tonneau install is complete.
And you know that you can rely on the premium quality of Pace Edwards because they’ve been in the retractable tonneau cover business for over 20 years. In this time, not only have they nearly perfected their retractable truck bed cover, but they’ve also produced several other top of the line Pace Edwards tonneau covers, including the JackRabbit, the Full Metal JackRabbit, and the original Roll-Top cover, just to name a few.
Today, we’re going to be taking you through the steps of a Bedlocker electric tonneau installation on a 2008 Chevy Silverado 4×4. Because of the wiring and electrical components, the installation takes a little longer than some other manual tonneau covers, but overall it took just a little over an hour. Plus, because of an innovative clamping design, minimal drilling was necessary.
Step 1: Before you begin the tonneau cover install, it’s important to make sure that you have all of your components and that none of them are damaged. This should be fairly straightforward since the Bedlocker tonneau cover comes in a single, reinforced container.
Step 2: On our 2008 Silverado, we quickly discovered that there was only one big drain hole located on the driver’s side, instead of having one on each side. Because the tonneau cover has two drain tubes, we drilled an additional hole on the passenger side. Make sure to test that the holes are big enough to fit the drain tubes
Step 3: The Bedlocker canister is fairly heavy and cumbersome, so please make sure to have someone help you lift it onto the tailgate. Take off the particle board packaging that is fastened on both ends.
Step 4: Connecting the tonneau motor to the car battery is actually really simple, thanks to the pigtail that is prewired to plug right into the main harness. To connect it to the battery, just drill a hole in the bed that will go to the engine compartment (if one does not already exist). Fasten it with wire ties.
Step 5: Again, get someone to help you move the canister to the front of the truck bed. Make sure it is about a foot away from the cab. You want it to be just above the height of the bedrails; the easiest way is to use the shipping box to support it. Remove the cover guide rails, as well as the protective paper strip that is on the rubber pad on the underside of the guard rails. On either side of the canister, slide the guide rails into the brackets and simultaneously thread the blanket.
Step 6: Now that you’ve attached the rails for the tonneau install, push the canister all the way against the cab, making sure that it is centered in the truck bed. Remove whatever support you were using and plug the harness in.
Step 7: In order for the Bedlocker to operate correctly, the bedrails need to be the same distance apart for the entire length of the truck bed. If you have a truck bed like the one on our Chevy Silverado, then you’re dealing with a bed that isn’t square and will make the bedrails slant from each other. To correct this, slide the aluminum clamp shims provided by Pace Edwards onto the guide rails.
Step 8: Position the clamp shim at the front of each bedrail and install the clamp shim bracket. This will be used to make any adjustments needed between the bedrail and cover guide rail.
Step 9: Install the four rail clamps, one on each corner of the truck bed. Unlike the clamp shims, which are made to keep the bedrails square, the rail clamps are designed to make sure the guide rails stay securely fastened to the truck bed rails. Measure the distance between the rails at both the front and back of the truck bed to make sure that it is the same.
Step 10: The drain tubes are the next part of the tonneau install. All you have to do is fit them through the predrilled holes located under the canister. They will snap into place and stay put.
Step 11: Now it’s time to add the top cover of the canister. This easily fastens directly to the canister with one supplied screw on both sides. The final step is to grease the inside of the rail guides with 303 Lubricant, which is provided. Now test it out! Make sure the tonneau cover closes and opens smoothly. If there are any hiccups in the operation, you probably need to adjust the clamp shims. If it glides along quickly and efficiently, then your installation is complete.
Step 12: Enjoy the benefits that this tonneau installation will bring you. You will notice that the tonneau cover lies flush with the truck bed rails, allowing for both a sleek appearance and better aerodynamics that will actually save you gas. So get out on the road and enjoy it!