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Tri-fold tonneau install: clamps are angled, what am I doing wrong?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by pdxrado, May 29, 2019.

  1. May 29, 2019 at 11:08 PM
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    Newbie question. Received my tonneau today and installed it tonight. The outside seems to fit well but the interior clamps seem to be off. The only way that I could get them long enough (without the twister falling off) is to put them at an angle. See below. Is this normal for non-OEM tonneaus or did I do something wrong? Here is the one I bought:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PGTJXQJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Pictures what looks to me like too-far angled clamps:

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    I tried sliding the clamp bar a slot over up top on the rail it's hanging down from, but if I do that, then more length of that skinny rod is required in order to get the clamp low enough to grab the metal bracket and the twist knob falls off.

    Pretty sure I'm doing something wrong here. IT SEEMS SO SIMPLE


    Thanks for your help!
     
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    My extang ones are a different design but sit crooked when tightened properly.
     
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  3. May 29, 2019 at 11:35 PM
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    I have same issue with my Tyger tonneau which looks exactly like this. I would not recommend this brand for 3rd gens. The rod is barely long enough to clamp on the rail.
     
  4. May 29, 2019 at 11:46 PM
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    Check out the Amazon link where I purchased. The top most customer review is a guy with a 3G who doesn’t seem to have this issue. One of his clamps looks angled a little in the video background but he seems to have plenty of rod clearance to comfortably close the clamps and it’s not nearly this bad. Is it that He has an SR5 and not a TRD? Hard to believe that wouldn’t be the difference.

    Would just finding longer rods (insert joke here) of the same thickness and thread and swapping them out do the trick?


    Edit : I also emailed oedro support and will update thread when they reply.
     
  5. May 30, 2019 at 12:02 AM
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    Be carereful and don’t over tighten the clamps.. You might get dimples on your tonneau.
     
  6. May 30, 2019 at 11:01 AM
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    @pdxrado here is a pic of what mine looks like.

    IMG_20190530_094217.jpg
     
  7. Jun 2, 2019 at 3:29 PM
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    I emailed the manufacturer and they suggested getting a longer rod , gave me the specs to find one and offered a $20 partial refund.

    (Shrug )
     
  8. Jun 2, 2019 at 4:43 PM
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    I have a "Rugged Cover II" and the rear clamps are similar to that you're showing. Mine will be angled if I don't adjust them not to be. They don't work less well if they are angled.

    I don't have any experience with your cover, but if it's holding it down securely, it's probably fine.
     
  9. Sep 2, 2019 at 1:12 AM
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    Appears this is a common problem as I had the same issue with the OEDRO Tri-fold on my 2019 Tac. I now fear the rods Will bend out of proportion and a quick removal of the cover when required might be affected. It will be nice to have the link for the longer rods. Hopefully, fitting those will help.
     
  10. Sep 2, 2019 at 1:23 AM
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    I will add that the rods I have towards the front of the truck are not angled as badly as the ones in your pics and probably because I changed the aluminium clamps with the plastic ones I found in the pack and so they appear quite like the ones at the rear but screwed tighter ends.
     
  11. Sep 2, 2019 at 5:02 AM
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    I have this style on my Tyger tri-fold cover. The default setting caused the bracket to latch at an angle, but I adjusted it by moving it into one of the other two positions to solve the issue.

    55BAAF0B-8C96-412E-A4ED-09E37D16158D.jpg
     

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