Extang EnCore Hard Tonneau Cover Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the Extang EnCore Hard Tonneau Cover on a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Hi there, Colorado owners. Today in your 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Extang's Encore Tonneau Cover. This is going to be a hard top tri-folding cover. It'll have two smaller sections towards the rear and then one larger section towards the front. What I like about this one in particular is that the front can be folded open away from the cab and that's unlike many of the other try folding tonneau covers out there.Another great feature is that it is lockable to keep all of your items secure inside your truck bed. Remove the dust cover to access the lock.

And one of my favorite features about this lock is that it automatically keys itself to the key that you use to operate your vehicle. Simply stick your key in for your truck, turn it back and forth about five times and it memorizes that position in here. Now the only thing you need to keep in mind is that once you do that, this lock is now permanently keyed to that key. If you've got another vehicle out there make sure you don't swap your keys up.And now you saw that the front panel can be locked and if your tailgate is closed and locked then nobody can get inside. The lock at the back of your tailgate is what keeps you from being able to open this side here.

As the release is located on the inside by pulling a cable down. Your tonneau cover can open from both ends. To open the rear you pull down on the cable here, located on the other side in a similar position you'll find a cable over there. This way you can access the release on either the passenger or driver's side. Once you pull it down you can then just lift it up and start folding it back.To open the front panel you'll have to do that on your driver's side because the latch is going to be the lock mechanism here.

Twist it counterclockwise to release it and then you can pull your panel up and flip it towards the rear. This way you can easily get to any cargo you have that's located up in your bed towards your cab.If you're wanting to leave your tunnel cover open and drive with it, you can flip back the first panel, then we'll just flip back our second panel, and then to insure it stays in place when going down the road just buckle it to the front here. You can then tighten those up to hold it in place. Do that on the other side as well.Now unlike some of the other tonneau covers out there that are hard panel that will fold up like this, this one does not flip all the way out than lean against the back of the cab. This is the fully open position here, so you do lose about 21 inches of your truck bed from about your tunnel covers height.

When you're ready to close it again just un-clip both of your buckles, and it's as easy as just folding it back.We'll begin our installation by installing the foam seal across the bulkhead behind the cab. Just take the foam that comes in your kit. We're going to place it on the rail and run it across to the other side. We're going to make it flush with our bed rails. That's the purpose here, is to try to fill this gap up. On our Colorado here we are going to use this.You'll want to start your installation with a clean truck bed. We've already cleaned ours before we started applying the seal here. Depending on what you have in your truck bed, if you've got a drop in bed liner or any other accessory and you don't have this gap, then you would not install the foam. Once you get to the end, you can cut off any excess foam. Then we're going to stretch it out just enough to where it's flush with our bed rail there. We can then pull off our top strip and we're ready to start putting our rails on. You'll want to make sure you got the correct one for the right side. You'll see that they're labeled here on the bottom. Take the spacer tool that comes into your kit and we're going to slide it in on the far end. This is our drain tube there, so it's going to go on that end and then hook it into the rod going there. And this is going to give us the gap that we need here from the distance from our cab here at the front of our truck.We'll set our rail on there, slide it forward, and we're going to use this to set the distance. Once you've got it in place, take the clamps that come in your kit. We're going to go ahead and loosen it up and then we're going to slide it in onto our bed rail. We're sliding the clamp underneath the bed rail as well as our tonneau cover side rail. You want to make sure you've got it hooked in there, pushed all the way up, and you'll notice that there are stickers down on the side of your rail that gives you roughly the location where you're going to want to place these clamps. Now that we've got it there, we're just going to snug it up for now. Then we're going to move on to the next clamp and get those all in position.You want to keep in mind, these stickers aren't exactly where these have to go to. If you've got any accessories or anything back here that's preventing you from putting it in that exact location it's okay to move it over left or right a little bit to clear whatever you need to. Once you've got all three in place, press down on your rail to make sure that it's all the way flush against the top of your bed rail. And then you can go back and tighten those down. You'll want to tighten those to the specifications found in your instructions. I'm just going to snug them up just a little bit now to hold it in place and then I'll torque them. Now that we've got them snugged we're just going to go back and torque them to the specification found in our instructions.We'll now repeat this same process on the other side. Make sure you use your tool to get the appropriate distance from the front. And it's a good idea to double check yourself once you've got them both kind of set up and measure that distance to make sure they're the same. When you're setting up your other side, you'll want to move it forward or backwards slightly until those measurements are perfectly equal.We'll now take the drain hoses that come in our kit. It's going to poke onto your drain here on your tonneau cover side rail, that just pushes on just like that, and the other end we want to route that goes outside the vehicle. There's a cap right here that we can pop off with a trim panel tool. And then you can just poke the hose down inside of it. Now we have a drop in carpet bed liner here, so I'm going to make a slit and pass it through there. If you don't have anything like that, then you can just push it through just like we showed you here. If you have a plastic drop in bed liner, then it may be necessary for you to drill a hole in that location. Once we've got our hose fed in, we'll repeat that on the other side.Now before we can put our tunnel cover in place, we need to code our key from our vehicle to the lock on the tunnel cover. We're just going to open this up, remove the sticker, and now we'll insert our key. Once your key is inserted, you'll want to turn it back and forth five times. When you're turning it, make sure you're doing just a twisting motion and you're not putting any pressure sideways, forward or backward on the key. Turn it until it stops. Turn it back, turn it in until it stops, turn it back. And we've now coded our lock to match our key. Then you'll want to make sure that you have it unlocked before we put it on. After you've got your lock coded on the back side, remove the plastic yellow clip.We can now put our title cover in and if you need an extra set of hands with this, go ahead and grab that now as it is a little bit heavy. I'm going to start by getting mine just slid into the back of the truck and then I'm going to hop back in there so I can get it in place. You want to make sure you've got the side with the lock on it facing towards the cab. We're now lining it up so that these hooks line up with the beams here in our rail, where there's two right next to each other. We also want to make sure on the tonneau cover section that goes towards the front of the vehicle also lines up with the hooks.We can then fold down our rear section and make sure that it latches down all the way. You'll now want to check your latches underneath and see where they clip into your side rails. You want to make sure that it's fully engaged. You can see here on this one that we're just barely engaged on it, so we're going to loosen up the two screws here. There's one on each side of the latch and we're just going to push that until it's fully engaged then tighten those screws back down. You'll repeat this for all of your latches that are not fully engaged. And while you're down here adjusting your latches, you'll see some yellow straps hanging down with a carabiner style clip on it. You want to make sure you latch that onto your side rail. We're going to do that on the other side also.Now that our covers all latched in, we'll want to close our tailgate and make sure it closes properly as well. We'll then want to check the operation of our front, make sure that opens, closes, and locks in place. Now if your panel seems to have a little bit of vibration or rattle and it seems like it's loose, there are some spacers that come in the kit and you just slide it on the rail to where it's going to line up with your latch. And this will just make our latch secure tighter against our side rails. And that completes our installation of Extang's Encore Tonneau Cover on your 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.

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