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Pace Edwards Bedlocker Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover Installation - 2020 GMC Sierra 2500

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How to Install the Pace Edwards Bedlocker Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover on a 2020 GMC Sierra 2500

Ryan: Hey everybody. My name is Ryan and here at Etrailer, we install, test, fit and review a lot of different parts. That way we can try to answer any questions those of you might have. And that's exactly what we're doing here today on our 2020 GMC Sierra. We're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Pace Edwards Bedlocker Retractable Tonneau Cover. So using a tonneau cover is a great way to not only keep the weather out of the bed of your truck, but it's also going to keep anything inside protected.So I know a lot of guys have tools and material back here that they want to keep protected and secure.

And since this is an aluminum type cover, it's really secure. You're going to have a really hard time getting in through this cover. So used in conjunction with a locking tailgate, you're not going to have anything to worry about. All your stuff inside the bed is going to be locked up nice and tight.So that way, when you get off work, you're not going to have to sweat trying to grab your tools or anything else out, bring them in the house and deal with all that. So you can kind of rest peacefully later.

Another big thing is how the tonneau cover is going to look and actually function. And honestly, this one is top-notch in my opinion. It is more or less a flush mount design. So you're not going to see it sticking up over the set side of your bed and drawn a whole lot of attention to it. And even better is whenever you're driving, you're not going to have anything blocking or obstructing your view as you're going down the road.So with everything all closed up, we know it looks great in everything.

But honestly, I think the coolest thing about the setup is the fact that it is electric. So whenever you're ready to open it up or close it back up, all you're going to have to do is push a button in. I don't know if you've messed with other tonneau covers before. Some of them can count to be a pain where you're dealing with the straps and hooks and everything else trying to open and close it. It's not really all that much fun.This one's super easy.

It gives us two remotes. So it's actually wireless. So you can throw one on your key ring and whenever you're ready to open it up, you simply just push open. So you push a button once it'll open. And what's neat is it actually has a break. So let's say for example, you only wanted to open it halfway to maybe put whatever it is you might be putting in back there. You'd simply hit the button again and it will stop it.So pretty cool little feature there. I bet it would come in handy if I had to guess. If you need full bed access, not a big deal either you just continue to open it, it'll stop on its own whenever you're opening it and closing it. So you don't have to worry about anything like that. And as you can see even with it fully open, we pretty much have complete bed access. We're going to lose a little bit of space up front there, but in my opinion the trade off is well worth it.So just to kind of give you an idea on how flush this actually is. We got a pretty good view of it right here, and it pretty much has shoots straight across as far as the rails here on top of your actual bed rails. I mean, it comes up just a hair. If I had to guess maybe about a eighth of an inch, you can just about get your fingernail underneath there and that's it. So about as tight as you can get it and as clean as you can, in my opinion.And for those of you that are wondering how much space up here, we're going to lose exactly. Figure out, just take a quick measurement so we can figure that out. If we just go from the front of the cover there, back to the seal, it's going to be right at about 14 inches. So honestly not really a huge deal so plenty of bed space to work with. But keep in mind the canister isn't going to come all the way down to the very bottom of the bed like a toolbox or something wood for example, we're still going to have a decent amount of space here.So maybe if he had some lumber or something like that, you could still slide it underneath there without any issues. Now I have seen a lot of different tonneau covers. And to be honest, this one is probably the best fitting, what I mean by that is how tight and sealed everything is. But if there's a will, there is a way. And to be honest, over time, water and moisture could potentially seep through those seals and accumulate in your canister.And if that does end up happening, not really a huge deal, there's a drain on each side that'll allow that to run down and out underneath the truck. That way nothing's puddling up in there or you're not going to have to worry about anything rusting out. So inside you can be confident that it's going to be nice and dry and stay in good working order. And that's really important considering too that there's an electrical motor in there that needs to stay dry to function for years to come.Now, as far as the installation goes, it's really not too complicated or confusing, but it is time consuming. In between running the wiring and getting all that set up and then coming into the bed of the truck and actually in the tonneau cover on. It does eat up a little bit of time. But as long as you stay patient, you shouldn't have any issues getting it done at home. Speaking of which let's go ahead and put it on together now.So to get our drains in, in our case, we are going to have to enlarge a factory drain hole, which is right here. Some trucks have little plastic grommets, if you will, on the front of your bed here. And if that's the case that you can do is pop those out and use those openings for your drain plug. So if you have a grommet there, you don't need to do any of this drilling that we're getting ready to do.But that being said, since we don't have those grommets, we're going to enlarge this hole. We're going to do this on each side of our truck. So we'll take a step bit and create that opening with that being said, regardless of where you're drilling or anything, whenever you're doing any type of drilling in your bed, you want to be sure to check underneath it to make sure you're not going to hit something of importance. Do is make sure our drain fits in there. And now that we've verified, it does. And I'm going to do is describe some paint and put a layer over that bare metal. That way it's not exposed. And it'll be protected a little bit from rust and corrosion and things like that.Now that it's dry, go ahead and take our tube. We'll just push it down a little bit. We can kind of just let it hang out for now. So now what we need to do is start to route some of our wiring inside of the truck bed here. And that way we can eventually plug it into our tonneau cover. So over here on the driver's side, towards the very front of our truck, if we look we're going to have a small rubber grommet. We're just going to pop it out and to get our wiring in here, we're going to run it up from the bottom. So the way we're going to do that is we're going to use a pull wire. This is a piece of tubing, you could use a coat hanger or something like that as well.But we're simply just going to feed this down to the underside of our truck bed. That way we can go down there, connect our wiring to it and pull it up into position. So right here is where our pull wire dropped down underneath the truck. And you want to grab your harness and tape it to it. You want to take the side that has the small plug, that'll actually plug into the tonneau cover motor itself.Now, in our case, we also taped on the harness that allows you to control the tonneau cover from a switch. That is sold separately, but if you're going that route as well, not be a great time to run that wiring as well. So the both of those connected, we can hop back up in the bed, go ahead and pull our wiring up where it has to be. So back up top here if you work your fish wire and pull. We're able to get our connectors out and I'll remove them from the fish wire.And we're going to leave maybe about a foot or two of a wiring to work with up here so it don't fall back down in the hole. What I'll probably do is just kind of leave it around these little hooks here, that way it'll keep it secure. So now here underneath the truck, I went ahead and routed our wiring towards the front of our vehicle. And this is a path that I took just drop straight down and I'm more or less as followed the whole side of our frame rail here. So they come up and along through here, there's actually some factory wiring that I just followed. This continues on, kind of behind this body mountain here and continues on. And then right here, there's actually a factory plastic grommet. And I drove a small hole through it and are separate switch wires.And that the harness goes up through there, which I'll show you that in a moment once we get underneath the truck. But with that being said, the two power wires, I came with the cover itself continue along straight, kind of behind your wheel well liner. And again, there's a factory harness that runs right up and to the engine compartment next to our driver's side battery. When you're doing this make sure to avoid any hot or moving parts. And you're also going to want to make sure to use some zip ties to keep everything secure.So here's where our wires come on up into the engine compartment. And now we can hook them up to our battery. Before you hook them up to the battery though, you want to make sure to come to your fuse holder and remove that fuse. We're going to be installing this at the very end once everything is hooked up. That being said, we'll first start with our black ground wire. It's going to have a pre-attached ring terminal. So I'll come here to the negative terminal on our battery and remove this bolt. It's going to be a 13 millimeter socket that we're using to do that. Once that nut's removed, can slide on the ring terminal and tighten it back down.We'll sack when it's tight, we can then move to this post here. That one is going to be a 10 millimeter. So once you have that one removed, we can just take our positive lead wire, put the red one here, take the ring terminal, slide it over the starred. And again, just tighten that nut back down. So now moving back to the switch wires that I said, I'd show you that ran up through that factory grommet. To get to that grommet, you're going to have to come here to the driver's side, pull out this threshold and this plastic seat plate here. And these are super simple. You can literally just grab them and pop them free. Really not much to it, there's a couple of clips there that secure them. Same thing with the threshold here. You just kind of lift up on it and work your way and they're just all going to pop free.Once you have those out of the way, what you're able to do is grab your carpet and lift it up. And our customer actually already has some wiring running through here. They've got a power running boards and some other lights and things like that. But this is the grommet here, but these two wires coming out that we used. So what I did was, I just drilled a small hole on it from up here, went down underneath and push your wires through. And then I just kind of shot them up under the carpet a little bit, where they come out right here under the dash.Now we can do is get ready to hook up our extra switch. So we're just going to prepare our wires. So I'm going to strip the ends of the installation off and give them a good twists, make sure they're nice and tight. Then grab the spade terminals that came with the switch kit. This is going to slide over there under the wire. We're going to crimp it down. Same thing for this wire here. So now what I went ahead and did is I actually just mounted up this little bracket here for switch that came into the switch kit.And when I did, there's actually a factory bolt right there that kind of helps secure the dash. I pulled that out. I slid our switch bracket in there behind it, and then ran that bolt back through so everything's nice and secure. Once you have it like that, you want to take your two wires and run them through the switch opening itself they're in the bracket. Now we can grab our switch and the kit comes with a small length of black wire here with a spade terminal and a ring terminal already attached.This will be a ground wire. You're going to want to attach that to the middle prong here on the switch. Let's take this end and just run it through our bracket like we did the other wires. Kind of let this hang for now eventually we'll find a spot to ground this. Incident a time being, we can move back to our switch and hookup our other two wires. It does not matter what color wire goes on, which terminal, if you want to change the orientation of the switch, which way makes the open and close, you'll just switch these two wires to the other terminal. But that being said, we'll just put this one here, the bottom through this one here on the top.And then we can start to feed all the wires through. And what you'll do is push the switch into the bracket. It'll lock in place. I'm not going to do that just yet. I'm going to make sure once you get everything together, everything's working the way it should be and once I verify that I'll just come back and just push it in it'll lock in place. So I went ahead and attached our black ground wire here coming from the middle of our switch. And it turns out just right behind that threshold panel that we popped off. There's actually a factory ground post, which is this here. So you remove that nut using 10 millimeter socket, slide that ring terminal over it and tighten it back down.Now we can actually start to assemble the cover itself. So I went ahead and put the whole assembly and the bed. And what you're going to want to do is make some type of stand here that way it'll hold our whole assembly, maybe a couple inches above our bed rails. So if you didn't destroy your box, that this came in, you could use that. In our case, I just use a few pieces of wood and some paper towel boxes. So it gets the job done just fine. And now that we have it in this resting position, but you're going to want to do is grab your cover and just pull out on it, you want about a foot hanging like this. So with it like this, I think it would be a good idea to actually connect our drain hoses and plug in our wiring to it before we go any further.So to get everything plugged in really straightforward, everything's labeled. So the power wire should be red and black. We'll just push them together. And the switch wire will be the remaining one it'll say cover switch, plug that in together as well. Now for the drain tubes, how these are going to work is there's a hole in the bottom of our container here. And these are just going to push in and then you're going to rotate them. And they're going to lock into place.Now we can do is grab our side rails. These are side specific. So check the diagram in your instructions, make sure you have the correct one. And you can see this machine and down here. Let's cut out, that's it I go towards the front of our truck. So the way it's going to work is the channel here. Our cover is actually going to slide into that. So what we're going to do is this get it started. So just kind of a quick tech tip. There's a track just like this one out here on the inside as well.And so when you're working in the sun, make sure that you're in both of those tracks. It's pretty easy to tell if you're not, you'll feel it kind of bind up and get hung up. But when I found it's easier to start on the outside track and kind of pushed down and work your way into the inside track as well. So I got them in both, we'll work our reel forward until it stops. So now with both rails in place, you install the other one just like we did the other side. What we can do is lift up, pull the supports out, let this rest on the bed rails, and we want to push it as far forward as we can.And you also want to make sure that everything is centered. So in our case, one more or less dropped right in the place almost exactly how it needed to be. So now we can do is get ready to clamp our rails to the bed itself. So these are specific whether you're working at the front of the bed or the back, this on here is for the front and that's the one we're going to start with. So if you look on our rail there's actually a portion here that has been removed a little bit, and that's kind of a relief that way we can get our clamp on. So what you're going to do is put the clamp on there and slide it all the way back until it hits this little bracket here, that's kind of a stopper. And it'll slide on, like so, and then you can take the other portion here.Let's the slide onto this. We'll take our hardware assembly, push it through, take our barrel nut. It's tricky to see when you're doing this. So you're going to kind of have to go off, feel it. Once you get that in place make sure everything is lined up good. And then we can tighten the stuff. You don't need to really crank on this by any means just nice and snug by hand is usually all you'll need. So now moving on the one closest to the tailgate more or less the same process. Again, the brackets are specific though. So make sure you have the right one. Here's that little relief there, slide it on and get that started and ran down.Now we can do is install what's called the kickstand, and the way this is going to work here closest to our tailgate, it's going to slide through this opening here like this. And you can actually adjust this plunger here to kind of apply side pressure to keep your rails nice and level. Now, when you do this you want the foot to be on a surface that is flat as possible. In our case, it's not optimal, you can try to flip it to the other side too. That's better. Our case decides that she better and to help kind of push us a little bit further out and get more on that flat portion there. What I'm actually going to do is add a couple of washers. So these are extra ones I had at the shop. And I'm going to take four of them, slide them on, put it through. That leaves enough bolt exposed on the other side.It's on the side of the bowl. Pretty straight forward here, take a flat washer, a split lock washer and the wing nut. And I'm not going to tighten this all the way down just yet. I'm going to get it started that way we can get our kickstand kind of lined up. And that way we'll be able to make our adjustments. Once we got that started, we can turn this, get it as square as possible and rotate that nom.Get a little bit of pressure going on it. Once you have some pressure going on it you can come back and tighten down your wing nut. And we can get out of the truck, look at our rail, make sure it's nice and level. If it is, we don't have to come back and mess with our kickstand. If the rail is visibly on level, you can turn this style and make your adjustment because that's going to put pressure on it and push our rail either off or let it come further down.So when you take a look at it, make sure it's straight. If it is, you can go ahead and repeat this whole same procedure over on the other side of our truck. So now we can take our top cover, which is this piece here. This is pretty simple how it works. If you look there's going to be a opening in our cover, that's going to line up with this nut here in this track. And this is actually adjusted, we can slide it. It's like this on each side. So what I like to do is kind of start them all the way towards the back.You can line everything up. They're just going to use a Phillips head screw. This suggests using Loctite. In this case, it already has some on the threads right out of the box so you need to get lined up. I guess this one started just a couple of turns. I'll get the other side, started a couple turns and then we can push it forward exactly where we want it and then just snug them down. And now that we have everything hooked up, we can move back to the engine bay, where our fuse holder is and install.Include fuse into it that way the tonneau cover can have power forget to close up that dust cap. So now before we test everything, the kit does come with some lubricant and you want to make sure that you lubricate all the parts it suggests a very importantly, these sweep rails here. That way the cover will operate nice and smooth. So once you have that done, we can grab a remote and test it out. So go ahead and hit the close button.So you can see it comes out towards us at a nice and smooth pace. And when it gets towards the end here, it should stop, which it does. And not be verified it's closing correctly. We can go ahead and open it and try it that way. So now that we know the remote works, we can come here to our switch, try that out and make sure it is functioning properly as well. So I'll go ahead and push down on the switch. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the pay sidewards Bedlocker retractable tonneau cover on our 2020 GMC Sierra 2,500.

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