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Leer Soft Tonneau Cover Installation - 2022 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Leer Soft Tonneau Cover on a 2022 Ford F-150


Hey, everybody, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Leer Soft Tonneau Cover here on a 2022 Ford F-150. So this will what our cover is gonna look like installed. Now, this is a soft tonneau cover. It has a dual construction here. It's gonna be made of vinyl. The vinyl is gonna be the top.

And the aluminum is gonna be the side rails and all the other bracing. Now, this is a fairly low-profile cover, so it doesn't stick above the bed too much, only about an inch and a half. So this is a soft tonneau cover. As we said, there's also another type of tonneau cover on the market being a hard tonneau cover. So these are both great options.

They're both gonna keep everything nice and dry inside the truck bed. The hard tonneau cover is typically more expensive. They're gonna be more geared towards people who are keeping expensive tools in your truck bed here because they're a lot more durable as opposed to the soft covers here. Pretty much anyone can come up here with a knife, just cut the vinyl and get your tools out. So if you have expensive tools, I definitely wanna steer you guys towards a hard tonneau cover.

But for everything else, the soft tonneau cover does an excellent job. If you guys are frequently getting in and out of your truck bed or carrying those larger items, the soft tonneau cover is definitely easier to use, and it rolls up a little bit more compact. It's also much more cost-effective. So when you need to carry those larger items, whether you need to help a buddy move a couch or a fridge, something like that, it's very easy to roll this cover up so you can get those larger items in here. Now, if we look underneath here, there's gonna be some pinchers.

These are actually located on either side, so we can open it up from either side. We're just gonna simply pinch those, gonna pop the locks loose, and then we're just gonna begin rolling the cover back. So you will notice these little support bars here. So these are gonna keep the cover nice and conformed. When you're rolling it up there, it doesn't get offset to either side there, just makes things a lot easier. I'm just gonna continue rolling it back here until we get up to the cab here. And you're gonna notice that we have some buckles. So what these buckles are gonna be used for, when we do need to haul those larger items, say we have a couch back here, we do need to secure the cover in this position here. So all we need to do is grab the buckle on the front side there, can be kinda hard to find, but we're just gonna simply clip it into the buckle underneath, and this is gonna hold our cover in a nice compact roll here so you don't have to worry about it flapping around in the wind. Now, we have one on this side. There's also another buckle on the other side. So now when we have both sides secure, ready to take off, load those items up in our truck bed, and hit the highway. We don't have to worry about our cover flapping around here. It's gonna have this nice little compact roll just directly behind the cab. Now, this doesn't really stick up too far either, so you're not really giving up any visibility there throughout the back window either, which is great. Something else that's nice with this tonneau cover is you're gonna have full access to your stake pockets. Granted, you would have to take that cover out. But if you wanna add an extra tie down, there's also some ladder racks that attach to the stake pockets. So nine out of 10 times, you're not gonna be able to use a ladder rack with a tonneau cover like that because most of them just clamp inside. We actually do have a few options here at etrailer that attach to the stake pockets, therefore they're gonna let you secure those accessories with your tonneau cover still in place. In regards to installation, this is very simple. It's completely bolt-on, there's no modifying to the vehicle whatsoever, and it should only take you around 30 minutes depending on your experience level. We look inside here. We can see the rail are held into place with these three clamps on either side and, again, completely bolt-on, no drilling, and then we install the cover, and that's pretty much it. So the first step of our installation today, we're gonna come up to the bulkhead in our truck which is basically this rail on the bed directly behind the cab. And if you have a nice painted one like us, we wanna make sure that we clean that off so there's no dust on there. And then we're gonna take our bulkhead seal, peel off the adhesive backing and just place it along this edge here from one side to the other and then trim off any excess that you did have. Now, we're not actually gonna be doing that today 'cause we're just gonna be doing this for demonstration purposes, but this is a required step for you guys at home. Now that we have our bulkhead seal installed, we're gonna be installing our driver-side rail, also known as left rail. So the end of your rail is gonna look like this. This is the clamping mechanism here. And the front of the rail is gonna look like that with the hole in it. So now that we have the correct rail, we're gonna take three of our mounting clamps here. We're gonna take the included Allen key and just loosen those up a little bit. I'm gonna do that to each of these because they come already attached. Now, once I do that, we're gonna begin sliding them into our rail. So if we look at the top of the mounting clamp here, so you can see there's gonna be a little groove there and this one has more of a rib side. So this groove side is actually gonna slide into our rail. It will take you a second to get it lined up, but then this is gonna slide all the way through. We're gonna do this for three of our clamps there. Just roughly position them where we want them in the truck bed. We're gonna have one towards the front, one in the middle, and then one towards the rear. Once we have our three clamps into position that we want them roughly, we'll go ahead and place the rail on the bed. Now, you do kinda have to hook the rail sort of in an angle, so you get this back part of your clamp to catch. So make sure they're all lined properly as well. Then you'll kinda see here you have to come up and over like so to get the rail to sit properly. Now, once we've done that, if you have an extra set of hands, it's certainly gonna help you, but you can still do it with one person. You're gonna hold the rail there, just sort of clamp it around the bed like I am, then we'll go ahead and tighten down our clamps. So here's the rear one. We're gonna do this exact same thing for the middle and the forwardmost one. So before we begin tightening the clamps down there, we just have them loosely installed now in about the general location we want them, we're gonna take another Allen screw that comes in your kit here. You're gonna thread that into the bottom. Thread that in. And this is basically gonna push this clamping mechanism up, so it's grabbing the correct part of the bed. I'm gonna hand-tighten that. I'm gonna come back with my tool and give it another quarter to a half a turn or so just until it's snug. And once I've done that, I can come back and tighten this clamp here. And once I get this one snug, we can remove this lower screw now. Now, we're basically just gonna repeat the same process for our remaining clamps on this side. Next, in your kit, you're gonna get these hex bolts here. These do come assembled there with the thumb screws on there, the flat washer, and the split lock washer. Go ahead remove all that. The only thing we need for this step is the actual hex bolt. Then we're gonna come to our tonneau cover here. So this is gonna come rolled up just like this. We wanna locate the side here that has our rail. We're gonna take our hex bolt, go ahead and slip that into this little groove, the slot here. You may have to rotate it and bring it over to either side here. And it's pretty much just gonna sit in place there in this little keeper. So we need to do that on both sides. Ready to go ahead and flip it over and secure it to the rail. So these bolts here are gonna be lining up with the oblong holes. So now that we have the cover in place, we need to make our adjustments. So per the instructions, we need to count these little notches here. We need to place the edge of this rail with that fourth notch. We're gonna go ahead and make sure it's the same on both sides, count the correct number of notches. Now, we're ready to secure the cover to the rails. So in your kit, you're gonna get some hardware. We're gonna start with a flat washer. Follow that up with a split lock washer. And then we are going to screw on our thumb screw. Once we get that on there, go and snug it up. I'm gonna come back with our barrel nut on the bottom here. This is gonna stop that thumb screw from coming undone. I'm just gonna go and snug this up a little bit more with our tool as well. There we go. Now that we have this side done, just go ahead and repeat those same few steps over on the other side. Now that we have both sides secure, we're gonna go ahead and unbuckle the cover. There's one on either side here. And then we're gonna begin rolling it back towards the tailgate, pulling on the cover so we get good tension on it. Now we're gonna try to push down on our cover here to lock it in place. I'm havin' a tough time with this. I actually can't lock it in place. That's because the cover is too tight. So now we'll go ahead and show you how to loosen it. So in order to loosen the cover, we need to go ahead and roll it back up, and I'm going to loosen this barrel nut here. I'm gonna loosen the thumb screw. And this is gonna allow us to lift up on our cover and move it back towards the tailgate. So if you remember, our initial adjustment was four notches. So we're gonna come back a couple here, and then we'll resecure it and do that same thing on the other side. Now that we've adjusted the tonneau cover a little bit, we're gonna go ahead and try this again. And there we go. That's what we want to happen. Now, you can see here we have a good tightness on our cover here. It's not too tight that we can't close it, and it's not so loose, we're getting a bunch of slop. If, you guys, this is loose, then you can actually just tighten it by moving the tonneau cover closer to the cab. But as you're seeing, for ours is a little bit too tight so we had to move it closer back towards the tailgate. So now that we have the tension adjusted correctly, go ahead and shut our tailgate. That's gonna do it today for our look and installation of the Leer Soft Tonneau Cover here on a 2022 Ford F-150..


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