Project Lead Sled, Part 4: Gaylord's Truck Bed Cover Photo Gallery
Adding Looks and Security with a Fiberglass Tonneau from Gaylord's
Harley Camilleri –
Oct 1, 2012
Photo 1/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram gaylord Tonneau Cover | Project Lead Sled, Part 4: Gaylord's Truck Bed Cover
Photo 2/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram gaylord Tonneau Cover | Project Lead Sled, Part 4: Gaylord's Truck Bed Cover
Photo 3/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram tonneau Cover Parts | 1. We chose to spread out the parts to show all the pieces, but Gaylord's ships the rails already assembled and ready to install.
Photo 4/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram hard Frame Rails | 2. The extruded aluminum rails feature two slots that accept the hardware's hex head. Bolts are simply slid head first along the rail's slots.
Photo 5/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram locking Mechanism Catch Loop | 3. Pictured is the locking mechanism catch loop, and it perfectly illustrates how easily the assembly goes together and how it can be adjusted without tearing everything apart.
Photo 6/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram bed Rug | 4. With the large wheeltubs cut through the bed to clear our 26-inch wheels and tires, we assessed the location of the mounting hardware to ensure compatibility. Those of you without such drastic modifications will have nothing to worry about.
Photo 7/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram gaylord Mounting Rails | 5. Once the Gaylord's mounting rails were set on the bedsides, the clamping system was loosely tightened to hold the rail on and still allow movement.
Photo 8/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram hinge Measuring | 6. Both rails were set evenly between the bed's bulkhead and tailgate so we could measure the necessary 41-1/2-inches to locate the hinge system.
Photo 9/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram hinge Installed | 7. Gaylord's hinge system features two parts. The first part stays firmly bolted to the rail, while the second part slips onto the first with hand-cranked fasteners. That allows the tonneau to be removed and installed without tools should the need to haul something larger in the bed arise.
Photo 10/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram bedcover | 8. Dropping the fiberglass BedCover into position was a definite two-person job. For the primary installation, the cover was squared to the bed and checked by eyeball for all the right angles.
Photo 11/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram hardware Tighten | 9. Measurements for the proper placement of the gas lift strut were included in the instructions. We used an electric driver to cinch down all our bolts once the measurements were reached.
Photo 12/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram gas Shock Brackets | 10. To gain the proper angle on the gas struts that support the tonneau cover, the brackets hang below the rail and are subject to a fair amount of torsional stress. Remedying this are these adjustable legs with rubber feet that support the bracket against the inside of the bed.
Photo 13/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram bedcover Hinge | 11. Final placement of the hinge and the lid was handled while the lid was on the truck. A thick pad of fiberglass gets all the hardware screwed directly into it while still on the truck. We chose to pull it off and flip it over for ease of photographing this step.
Photo 14/14 | 2009 Dodge Ram dual Locking | 12. The OG Series of lids have a dual-locking arrangement that closes each corner of the tonneau individually. Plenty of adjustment is supplied in the threaded body to allow a multitude of locking situations encountered.