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Diamondback Tonneau Cover

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by lshammer, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Sep 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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    lshammer

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    Any info on installing a Diamondback HD or 270 tonneau cover on a 2013 Tacoma dbl cab? Various websites advise to remove the bad caps and rails, others state either cover can be installed w' the bed as is. Diamondback website offers an install manual w/o specifics for a 2013. Really like the looks of the cover, not thrilled w' the lack of available info. Thanks
     
  2. Dec 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM
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    Did you every get info on this?

    Im looking at either the SE or LT. The guy at diamondback and the installation manual say holes need to be drilled. is there away around that?

    I have seen some places that the rails need to be taken off and other places don't mention it.
     
  3. Dec 18, 2014 at 1:45 AM
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    I too been reading into this finding very little, I been looking at the SE model. For my 2014 Tacoma ORDC short bed

    What I have found is they sell the tonneau covers with hardware for the rail system. Here is a link to there website download the owners manual for install it shows different hardware for use with Tacoma it also mentions how to install the cover. You do have to drill in order to get the cover to lock correctly or is recommended. I would say the bed caps should come off as they will eventually crack with X amount of weight. Not to mention the back and front dip down from the bed cap. Might not be an issue, with the trim could fit just fine, maybe others can chime in what they had to do for proper install.
    Link to owners manual:
    http://www.diamondbackcovers.com/ownersguides.php

    I'm looking to order in two weeks, they are currently running sales for these seems like this is the only time of year I see it on sale!
     
  4. Jan 1, 2015 at 10:46 PM
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    Ordered a SE ill do a review on it once i get it, should be here end of january.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM
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    Have you installed the tonneau cover yet? I'm debating whether to get one or go with solid fold.
     
  6. Feb 19, 2015 at 6:16 PM
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    Yeah got it will post review here shortly sorry been a crazy month at work!

    Attached a teaser pic will mention you do have to drill two wholes for the lock by the tail gate But its not bad comes with grommets.

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  7. Feb 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM
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    Have had my diamondback truck cover for about a month now happy I got it. I needed something that was tough and secure when transporting gear, but something that could be taken off when I needed. I bought the SE can hold 400lb on top with tie downs I don’t have an ATV so it was pointless to by the HD in my situation. I did have it line-x since it matches better to my truck I think.

    Will warn you cover comes on a huge extra-long pallet, its 140.00 to the closest hub or business they or you can find. Just before my cover shipped they offered to residential for 150.00 might check and see if this rate still applies when you order. For me ten bucks was a no brainier.

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    Over all I love the cover for the things I plan to do with it. Since I can transport the gear I need knowing I can lock it. This was my way of getting a truck vault without spending 4,000+ or as close as I can get at 1/4th the price. It’s nice to know it’s locked and there are no windows or ability to see what’s inside. You will need to add a Pop-n-lock or some other tail gate lock in order to have everything secure.

    Some notes on install!
    Have two people to install, doing this by yourself for the first time is a PITA since everything is new there is a little bit of fitting and adjustment that 4 hands make easy compared to two. Cover mounts right to your bed rails just bolts right on. I will mention since the 2014 rails have slots cut every inch or two makes sliding the clamps forward to back difficult also it may clamp on at an angle so you might have to adjust the clamp to make it square and or even pressure.
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    note i cut the weather tubing at an angle to try and get as much sealed between the cover and the bed rails.

    [​IMG] you use the rails for the back of the bed bar lock by the cab.

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    used paint to figure out where to drill the other two locking points.

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    I decided to keep my bed rails on due to the clamp mount, can’t be torqued down that fare it bottoms out and is currently bottomed out or close to it. when it gets warmer ill post some pictures! say’s torque to 25 foot lb but just starting at 10ftlb I am bottomed out or out of thread on the bolt and the plastic rail is bending slightly I may upgrade rails or remove depending on how it looks here in a couple months or when its warmer. Currently I have the topper torqued to 10 ft lb I have gone back and check it after 100 miles just to be sure. But any more and I would be breaking the bolts or the rails cracking.

    All in all very happy with the outcome, I like how the topper sits a little higher, giving me what I was wanting.

    coop, will go through and edit this as i go!
     
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  8. Feb 22, 2015 at 2:19 PM
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    Thanks a lot! Answers a lot of questions.

    Is your truck Spruce Mica as well? I definitely will be getting the LineX option.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM
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    Thanks Coop68! I had a lot of the same questions and will probably be ordering this cover soon.
     
  11. Oct 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM
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    I had just posted in another thread for pics of one installed. Glad I finally found this thread. I had one on an older truck and loved it but was unsure how it would look and fit on my shortbed. After using your cover @Coop68 for the past few months any concerns? I looked at the instructions and they do not mention removing the bedcaps which is what I would rather not do.
     
  12. Oct 4, 2015 at 12:35 PM
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    I did not remove them, however they do bow a little once you install the center cap. It says to tourqe down to 25ft pounds not possable with those plastic caps not to mention there isent enough thread on the clamp to do it you will most likely max out the clamp i only put 10ft pounds and it has no more travel. The clamps. Note this is not water proof you will have to get some silicone to fill in the gaps where needed. One thing is the rear cap doesnt come down far enough to contact the tailgate bed rails. needs to be about 1/2 longer or larger weather stripping tube. I did replace my tailgate with the reinforcement from relentless. This will increase you gap between the cover i added a larger weather strip.
     
  13. Apr 11, 2016 at 4:43 PM
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    Coop,
    Is your bed plastic? I have a 2016 tacoma and the bed is mostly plastic. I'm weary of drilling holes for the locking rods near the tailgate. What do you think?
     
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