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Pace Edwards UltraGroove Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover Installation - 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install the Pace Edwards UltraGroove Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover on a 2021 Chevrolet Silv

Hello, everybody. Clayton here at Here at etrailer, we install, test and review a lot of different products to help you, as a customer, make a more educated decision before your purchase. Today we're gonna be working on a 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500. We're gonna be taking a look at, and I'll be showing you how to install the Pace Edwards UltraGroove Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover. There are gonna be a lot of benefits to using a hard tonneau cover, like we will have installed today.

We're gonna get full bed security with our tailgate lock. So, you don't have to worry about people getting in here, or cutting your soft tonneau cover to get in and steal whatever you have back here. So, it's gonna be nice and secure. You're gonna have that peace of mind. And this one in particular, does have drains.

So, you're gonna be able to keep everything you can leave back here and dry. That's gonna be awesome. You can throw your golf clubs back here, or your fishing rods. You're not gonna have to worry about them getting soaked in the rain. Something that I really like in particular about this cover, is how thin it is.

It only sits an inch above your bed rails, you're gonna have that nice, sleek, sporty look, while also offering all the great features of a hard tonneau cover. One more nice thing about this is, it is gonna contribute to your fuel economy. Our tonneau cover is gonna be constructed out of aluminum. So it's gonna give us that nice security, but it also has this vinyl on top, giving it that nice finished look. To retract your tonneau cover, We're just gonna flip this lever here, and let it retract all the way in.

One of the best benefits to using a retractable cover, is you're still gonna have full bed access. And it's gonna be super easy. Whenever we push this all the way up, it's not gonna be blocking our window. So, we're still gonna be able to see, we're getting all of that bed access. And it's gonna be super easy to use. Just simply flip that lever, and the whole thing retracts. Our canister dimensions are gonna be nine and a quarter inches tall, and nine and three quarter inches deep. Now, it does add a little bit when we add our rails. So, we can measure our canister here. And with everything put together, we're sitting at about 10 and a half inches deep, and a little under 11 inches tall. So, it does take up a little bit of space, but you still have all this room underneath that canister. Then, our front cover here, is gonna have these bristles on it to protect the cover. Whenever you slide it in and out, it's gonna refrain from scratching that vinyl. Our rails in our canister are gonna be totally sealed. We're gonna have this nice gasketing that runs all the way down the rails. And on the front we're gonna have some foam. So, it's gonna help keep all that moisture out of our truck bed. Whenever we're ready to close our tonneau cover, simply just pull back on the strap until it locks into position. And, as I was talking about, this is the lever that's gonna control the tonneau cover locks. So, whenever you're ready to slide it back, open that up and it will slide. And, then if you just need to open up part of your bed, there is gonna be 12 inch locking intervals. That way you don't have to have this totally open, or totally closed. Let's say you go to the hardware store and pick up some lumber. You just stick that out right here. You're not gonna have to worry about opening up all the way. When you're tonneau cover is fully extended in a locking position, all you have to do is close your tailgate, and you're already to hit the road. Whenever you're dealing with a tonneau cover , and let's say a kayak or a ladder, it may be kinda irritating sometimes getting those in the bed, because you have to decide if you're gonna open or close your tonneau cover. But, with this tonneau cover, you don't have to worry about that. We have our T-channels here on the right, so we can pick up a roof rack, or a ladder rack, or cargo or kayak carrier, I should say. You can get all of those items mounted up above our tonneau cover, and still having that lockable feature with our tonneau cover. So, it's gonna be super easy to live with if you're using it for work. Our T-channel is what's actually gives our tonneau cover the ultra groove. Though, all the other tonneau covers on the market, aren't gonna have this. So, having that in the name, really speaks a lot to how usable this tonneau cover is gonna be for you. And, one thing I really like about this tonneau cover, it being so dry with the drains, is it's gonna be really great for bed rugs. If you haven't checked into bed rugs, basically it's a carpeting system that goes into the bed of your truck, to protect those more sensitive items. If you are curious about the bed rug, you can check those out here at etrailer. And, in my personal opinion, this tonneau cover is pretty awesome. I really like the retractable feature of it. I actually have a folding cover on my truck, and it is kinda irritating when it blocks that back window, when you do need full bed access. And I really liked the T-channels. You know, if you're using ladders or kayaks, anything big that you wanna get up on the roof, and out of your bed, it's gonna be awesome, 'cause we still get all those nice safety features of having a hard tonneau cover. And, as far as installation, it's really not too bad at all. There's no drilling or anything like that. With that being said, we can take a look at the installation now. To start our installation, we need to clean off our stake pockets. We're just gonna do this with some rubbing alcohol, just to get a nice mating surface for our covers. You wanna make sure to do this on both sides. We're just gonna peel our protective coating off of the back of our cover. Then we're gonna line this up with our stake pocket, and stick it down. Make sure to push around the outsides, so you get a nice mating surface. You do the same process over on the passenger's side. We are now ready to grab our canister. We're gonna lift it up, just kinda slide it into as close to position as we can get it. If we move this up to the front of our bed, we wanna grab some five gallon buckets, or really anything you can use to support your canister, just to get it raised above the rails. We're now ready to slide our rail onto our canister. This part is gonna be kinda tricky. You're gonna have to give it a little bit of time and some patience, but you can definitely get it. Moving up here to the front, we're gonna have this little beveled edge with a channel. We wanna line that up with the hook on the inside of our bracket here. We're gonna turn that down, line it up, and then slide everything forward. Then, once you kinda get that channel in place, you just wanna slide everything forward. Just like so. We're gonna repeat that same process on the other side. With our rail lined up to our canister, we're now ready to add our hardware. We're gonna add our Phillips head screw with a split lock washer and a flat washer. Now, if you kinda follow the end of this rail up to your canister, there's gonna be a threaded hole. So, we're gonna take our Phillips head screwdriver, and get that screw started. Next, we wanna carefully remove our buckets, and let our canister and rails fall onto our bed rails. As you can see, where we lowered our rails down our gasket kinda folded under here. We're gonna lift up on our rail, and make sure we just pull all of our gaskets out on both sides, so they seal to our bed rails nicely. We're now gonna jump back out of the bed of our truck. We're gonna close our tailgate. We're actually gonna pull our rails back a little bit. We wanna make sure we're gonna have good coverage from our tailgate caps. Next we wanna measure our bedrail ends with our tailgate. We're gonna have a little flange down here. We wanna make sure there's a quarter inch gap between this flange and our tailgate. Right there should be about good. It's this flange right here. And if you need to, you can slide it forward or backward, to get it in that variance. We now wanna mark where our front rails are gonna sit. We're gonna do this using some blue painter's tape, or masking tape, really, whatever you have at home. We just wanna align that up. You can tear your tape off. Make sure to do this on both sides. We'll now pull our cover back just a little bit, and grab our foam. We'll start by peeling back the protective coating. And, we just wanna grab our foam. We're gonna line it up with our bedrail caps and that tape. Just kinda give it a little stretch. We're gonna run it across. Get it as straight as possible. And then, once we have it up to the end, we'll grab our utility knife, and we just trim off the excess. We just wanna line our rails up with that foam, right on the line of our masking tape. And again, you wanna make sure that you don't pinch any of your gaskets along your rails. We're now ready to add our cover. We want our Pace Edwards Leer logo facing the back of our truck. And that's gonna be located on the right corner. We're just gonna lift this up and set that front channel on our foam, lining up our screw holes. Then, we can grab our provided hardware and get this screwed in. We now grab our back right bracket mount. We're gonna take this, and slide it into our open channels here on our rails. We have to kinda slide these over a little bit. We're gonna slide that back, to where the end of that channel lines up with our mounting bracket. We do the same thing for the front. We're gonna make sure that the plastic outside is facing the outside of our truck. We are now ready to tighten down our clamp. Like I said, we want that right against that back edge of our channel. We'll grab our 5/32 Allen key and get that tightened down. You don't wanna over-tighten these, because it's just tightening into the rail. As long as it's nice and snug, you'll be good. So, we'll repeat that same process for our three remaining brackets. We are now ready to mount up our clamping brackets. We're gonna take this one that has the two separate openings. We're gonna slide that onto the bottom of our bracket, like so. And then we can take our clamping bracket. We're just gonna slide that over the other end of our clip. Make sure that that's making contact with our bedrail. Now we went to grab our turn knob. We'll add our split lock washer, our flat washer. Then we're gonna add our cylinder knob on the backside. We're just gonna take this, slide that through our bracket, add that nut on the backside, and tighten it down. Our two rearmost clamps, being this one, and the one on the driver's side, are gonna get this same bracket on the front. And then the one without that, is gonna go on the front two brackets. We're now ready to add our kickstand to our bracket. We're gonna slide that through the rearmost hole. From the backside of our kickstand, we're gonna add our flat washer, our split lock washer, and our wing nut. Now, we just wanna get this started for now, and get the distance set on our kickstand. We rotate or kickstand, and spin it down to where our rubber pad makes contact with our bedside. Just like so. You can grab the rubber pad, and turn it down here. You just wanna twist it to where it's nice and tight. You don't wanna over-tighten it. You kinda shake it and make sure it's not gonna go anywhere, With that nice and tight, we will now snug down our wing nut. We'll be adding a kickstand in the same spot on our driver's side. We're now ready to mount up our drains. To start, we're gonna be back here. There is a factory opening here, so we just wanna grab a flat-headed screwdriver, kinda pry this off. Then, we can grab the part that goes onto our rail. Simply gonna take our tube, just kinda thread it onto that bracket. At the end of our channel, we're just gonna take this, we will slide that onto our channel, we'll run this tube down into our opening. There is some framework behind here, so we're not gonna be able to run the entire tube down. But, we can definitely cut this off, and just kinda poke it through that hole. That is all open, so it'll drain. We just wanna grab our tube. We're just gonna cut this with some airline cutters. We'll cut that off. Feed this down into our opening. Now repeat that same process on the other side. We're now ready to run our drain tubes out of our canister. We're gonna have our hole down here in our bed. Now we have a couple of options here. Our drain tube actually isn't going to fit through that hole. So, you can enlarge that, if you'd like, using a step bit, but in our case, we're gonna grab one of our adapters. We're gonna stick this into the end of our drain tube. And this will fit right through that hole. So, we're not gonna have to drill any holes in our bed. The hole on our canister is gonna be located right here. We're gonna take our drain, push it into our canister, and then twist it to lock it into place. With our drain tube in place, we're gonna lower that down, and just push the end through our whole. No it will drain, no problem. We'll do the same process on the other side. We now wanna use our hook and loop material provided to mount up our strap. Now, we want this to where it's accessible, but also out of the way. So, we're gonna take this, stick it to the end of our softer hook and loop here. Just kinda hold this out and get a good spot. Now, if I mount to the rail right here, like I said it's gonna be accessible, because we can just leave this in the back. Whenever we need it, we'll just grab it, and it'll come right off of our bedrail, but also keeping it high and out of the way. So we're gonna remove our covering here, and peel off our protective covering. We'll just stick this to our bedrail. Now, this is totally up to you where you put it. Our customer wanted it right here, but you can always mount it down here more, if you don't wanna have to reach as far. We now wanna grab our UV protectant provided. We'll open that up and grab our cloth. And we're just gonna take this, and wipe it up and down the inside of our rail here. This is just gonna protect our sliding system, and help it lubricate just a little bit better. You can do this on both sides. We can now grab our strap, pull our cover back and see how our alignment is. Now, we can throw our strap in the bed, and we close our tailgate. Now, this is a great time to make any adjustments. To do so, we're gonna make sure our tailgate opens and closes properly. And, in our case it does. And our gasket lines up with our tailgate, keeping any moisture out. But, if yours is a little off, you can always go back and readjust it. And that's gonna do it for our look at, and our installation, of Pace Edwards UltraGroove Hard Tonneau Cover on our 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500..

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