Photo 2/13 | Removing Plastic Tailgate Cap | 1. Installation began by unbolting and removing the plastic tailgate cap. This reveals several holes in the tailgate, which can be shaved at a body shop or covered with a low-profile aftermarket cap. Either way, the holes won't be visible with the tonneau cover closed.
Photo 3/13 | Three Piece Frame Assmebly | 2. Next, the three-piece frame was loosely assembled with the included L-brackets and hardware, then carefully laid in place on the bedrails.
Photo 4/13 | Placing Clamps | 3. Along each side of the bed, seven of these small clamps were finger-tightened in place, then torqued down evenly with a ratchet and hex bit.
Photo 5/13 | Tightening Clamps | 4. The L-brackets at each corner of the frame were also torqued down.
Photo 6/13 | Heavy Duty Gas Prop | 5. Two of these heavy-duty gas props will make opening the SnugLid a breeze. Before installing the cover itself, the bottoms of the props were connected to the frame with quick-disconnect cotter pins.
Photo 7/13 | Lowering Snugtop | 6. With the frame assembled and tightened down, the fiberglass SnugLid could be carefully lowered into place on the bed.
Photo 8/13 | Connecting Gas Prop To Snugtop | 7. Using the same quick-disconnect cotter pins as before, the tops of the gas props were connected to the tonneau. These pins allow for easy removal of the cover in case you need to haul some tall cargo.
Photo 9/13 | Placing Metal Key Rings | 8. At the front of the bed, metal key rings were passed through these tabs on the frame, securing the pivot points of the SnugLid. Again, this design makes removing the tonneau cover a snap.
Photo 10/13 | Tightening L Shaped Tabs | 9. At the rear corners of the tonneau cover, these L-shaped tabs were adjusted to line up with the locks, and then tightened down to the frame.
Photo 11/13 | Snugtop Locking System | 10. SnugTop's dual locking system makes sure would-be thieves have no chance to pry open your bed.
Photo 12/13 | Finished Product | 11. With installation complete, we stood back and admired our handiwork. Not only does the tonneau cover give us the peace of mind to store valuables in the bed, it also gives Project Blue Bomber a sleek new look. With painless no-drill install and perfectly matched paint, we'd say it was money well-spent.