bing tracking image

Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover Installation - 2019 Ram 3500

content loading

Customers compare 311-SWD7936 to these similar products

Products Featured in this Video

How to Install the Pace Edwards Switchblade Retractable Hard Tonneau Cover on a 2019 Ram 3500

Colin: Hey guys, it's Colin here at etrailer, and today we have a 2019 Ram 3500. We're going to take a look at it and show you guys how to install the Pace Edwards Switchblade Hard Retractable Tonneau Cover. Now this tonneau cover is going to be able to cover the bed of your Ram. It's going to provide a nice enclosed area to get all of your cargo loaded up, safe from theft and from the elements.With this cover we're kind of getting the best of both worlds when it comes to a hard folding cover verse a soft roll up cover, because we have that nice slick look that we get from a soft cover, but we get the durability and the protection that a hardcover provides you with. That durability comes from the aluminum panel design, and it actually has an Armortech vinyl top to it. That's kind of how you get that sleek look that you see from a lot of soft covers with aluminum construction below it, is making it very durable, very rigid, and safe from potential theft.When we want to access it, all we have to do is open up our tailgate.

It's going to be couple of knobs right here, to our switch. We just pull it in, and it's actually kind of a spring loaded system to where it's going to open by itself all the way. I kind of just like to hold onto it just from my peace of mind. Now our side rails right here are held in by two of these aluminum clamps that are clamping onto our truck bed side rails.One thing I really liked that Pace Edwards has started including on all of their switchblade covers is that they have this kickstand right here, basically what this does for you is once you tighten it down, it brings up the inside of your rail to where it's level completely with the front of the rail. A lot of times with these retractable covers, whenever you get all that here, especially in an 8 foot bed, which is what we got on this Ram right here, it's going to sometimes get locked up because it's kind of bent down.

I'll show you what I mean, if we loosen it up, you can see it kind of close to the inside a little bit like that, but with our kickstand engaged we can raise it up to make sure it's level and that our cover operates smoothly.When you want to close it, all you have to do is grab hold of this trap. You can see I have it wrapped around this inaudible 00:02:11 point right here, just to kind of keep it out of the way. You don't even need to take that off to be able to close the cover, just grab ahold of the strap, and then you can just pull it closed whenever you're ready to close up the cover. You can see when I close the tailgate right here, we have a weather seal on the back that engages with the tailgate, helps keep out all that dirt, moisture and other debris from the truck bed. We're also going to have seals on the side rails right here, all the way from front to back on both side rails, as well as a seal on the lid and up front right here.

It's really doing a great job of keeping our truck bed safe from the elements.We're also are going to have two drain tubes. You can see we have them installed underneath our canister, so if water does accumulate inside the canister it can drain out through the tube and then outside of the bed of the pickup.Whenever you get a tonneau cover installed, I always recommend adding some lights to the inside of your pickup. You can see our Ram right now is equipped with lights already installed, so if you already have that then great for you. But if you don't, I would highly recommend picking up some here at etrailer so that whenever you open up your tailgate you can see inside the bed of your pickup without a flashlight or anything at nighttime.Now overall I really like this cover. It's nice and simple.

It's got a really clean look to it, and that Armor Tech on top gives it a really clean look. You can see there's not a lot of seams in it at all, which is something I really like about it, and it's very easy to use as well as to install. We'll go ahead and walk you through that right now.Now the first thing we're going to do is install the bulkhead seal. I do want to point out that the instructions do not specify to install the bulkhead seal, but they provide you with one, so we're going to go ahead and install it. It's not going to hurt anything, it just gives you some extra protection to make sure that your truck bed is safe from the elements.We've already cleaned off our bulkhead seal with some isopropyl alcohol. From here we're just going to peel back the sticker a little bit, press it up against the cap of our truck bed side rail. Make sure we're on the edge of the bulkhead, press down on it, and then we're just going to follow it all the way to the other side. When we get to the other side, you can see we've got some excess right here, I'm just going to cut that off with a razor blade right here. You also want to go ahead and go back along the seal and just press it down all the way. make sure that adhesive is really sticking to this bulkhead.Now we can get our canister set in place up against our bulkhead. You can just use this strap I wrapped around the canister a couple of times. Going to have grip on that. Just pick it up like so, scoot it up to the cab of our pickup. You want to make sure you get that strap out before you continue any further, just so you don't get it stuck in there. There we go. Then you want to make sure that it's centered in your truck bed, so just go on each side, if you want to, you can grab a measuring tape and measure how much we have sitting on each truck bed side rail. I already know that I have to scoot it over a little bit. I'm going to go ahead and do that.Now we can get our side rails installed. We already have the driver's side installed. The passenger side going to install the exact same way. First, we're going to peel off this white backing that is on our seal. You can just toss that away. Now real quick, I'll point out how you can tell which side rail goes to which. They do label it, so there is a label right here that says right, this little white sticker right here letting you know it's for the passenger side. If for some reason your side rails do not have those stickers, you can tell because the backing right here, the side that has the cap, it's going to go towards the tailgate, and then you want to make sure that this seal is on top of your truck bed side rail.Now we're just going to set it into place on top of the side rail, and then we're going to come up front and scoot it up so that we can get the cover into the tracks, and we need this bracket right here sitting on top of this plastic bracket. To do that we kind of need to guide it in just like that, as far as you can get it. Then we'll take the included hex bolt with a lock washer and a flat washer and feed it up through here, and just thread it on. Once you've kind of gone as far as you can, tightening it with your hand, you can take a seven sixteenths inch socket, tighten down the rest of the way. Just go until that lock washer is fully engaged and then you can stop there.Now we can start getting our clamps installed real quick. I want to point out there's two different clamps, at the front it's going to be the one with the longer edge right here. You can kind of see the difference when I put the shorter one up next to it, there is a difference in that length, this is going to be for the back end towards the tailgate. What we're going to do is slide it up here into the opening, and slide the clamp all the way towards the bracket right there should be holding itself up. Now we'll take our pivot piece right here, and then we're just going to insert that onto our pivoting point. Might be a little tough at first, there we go, we got it, all the way.Now we've got our included hardware right here. We have our bolt with the handle on the end. You want to make sure you grab the longer bolt. There are two different sizes, and you can tell pretty clearly, and we're going to put a lock washer and a flat washer on, and then feed it through all of the holes. We'll take our cylinder nut right here, and we're just going to press that on the other side and then thread it on there. Once we got it threaded on, we can go ahead and just get it pretty snug. We don't tighten down all the way yet. We'll get the rear clamp installed and then we'll tighten this down. At this point it might be a little tight, because we do have the other one installed, but you can see I've got it on there just okay. And then same thing, bolts with a lock washer and a flat washer, feed it all the way through. And right here with cylinder nut we'll just thread it on.Now we'll just get our kickstands installed. You can see this is what it looks like right here. It's just going to slide through that hole. You want to find a solid surface for it to mount to, so right here we're just going to get it loosely installed right there. On the other side we're going to take a flat washer and a lock washer and put that on. Then we'll grab the wing nut and thread that on there as well. We're not going to tighten down all the way until we have our kickstand properly adjusted. Up at the front is going to twist this knob, and what that's doing is lifting up our side rail so that it's level from front to back, and that's going to ensure that our cover slides as smoothly as possible in the grooves right here. Just eyeballing it from the outside, and you go back a little bit, that's about level right there. I'll just tighten down this wing nut all the way, and then just repeat this process for the other side.Underneath the cover that goes on top of the canister, you're going to have this little packet that has a lubricating seal in it. This is just going to be for lubricating the sweep seals underneath the cover, so we can get that off. Just pull the package out, and basically what we're going to do with this is lubricate the sweep seals, which is right here on the top where my thumb is, and we're also going to lubricate the inside track right here to ensure that our cover just rolls smoothly in the track. Kind of wiping on the seal right there, back and forth a couple times, and then we'll do the track, going to get my finger up in there, and then we'll just go down the entire cover.Now we'll just get our canister cap and set it in place. This is just going to help protect all of those components from the elements. We have four screws, two for each side, and all we're going to do is drop them through those top two holes. We're going to try to get him into those two slots right there. It should line itself up, almost dead on. You may need to adjust it around a little bit. Right there, we know that one's ins. We'll take just a Phillips head screwdriver, would highly advise using a screwdriver and not a power tool when installing this. Then we'll repeat this process for the other side.The last step is going to be to install our drain tubes. Now you can see that our customer right here had it his truck with a spray-in bed liner, they sprayed over top of the these plastic caps. Usually we just pop those off, but instead we're going to go ahead and just drill a small hole through that plastic cap and not through any of the metal frame of the bed. I've just got a step drill bit right here, just going to get to the middle of the cap, and then I'm just going to start drilling. There we go. We'll just route that as far as we can.Now you can see on the top of the tube there's two tabs right there that's going to go up into the two cutout slots. Then what we'll, we'll do push up as tight as we can and we'll try to twist it so it locks the cap in place up there.From here just go ahead and test out your cover a few times. Make sure everything is functioning properly. See it locks into place. Lets open it back up. Let it open up with that spring loaded canister. You can see that it goes all the way back in pretty easy. Close it again. Everything seems to be working properly. It's a nice cover. Now we can just close our tailgate. We see our seal is engaging. That'll complete our install.Well, thank you all for watching, and I hope this information help you out. But that'll do it for our look at, and install of the Pace Edwards Switchblade Hard Tonneau Cover on our 2019 Ram 3500.

Info for this part was:

Employee Andrew K
Video by:
Andrew K
Employee Zach D
Video by:
Zach D
Employee Jacob T
Video Edited:
Jacob T
Employee Dustin K
Video Edited:
Dustin K
Employee Colin H
Test Fit:
Colin H
Employee Randy B
Installed by:
Randy B
Employee Hayden R
Installed by:
Hayden R

At we provide the best information available about the products we sell. We take the quality of our information seriously so that you can get the right part the first time. Let us know if anything is missing or if you have any questions.