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Cap / Shell installation procedure?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Stig, May 12, 2017.

  1. May 12, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Stig [OP] New Member

    May 29, 2016
    I'm searching for a used cap for my Tundra.

    I understand that when a dealer installs a new cap, they line the cap with a gasket seal and wire up the third brake light.

    If I buy a used cap, is it usually a good idea to replace the gasket seal?

    And is the wire for the third brake light accessible to wire up after the cap is installed?

    Basically wondering if I buy a used one, is it as simple as lining up the cap on the bed and using the clamps and hardware to secure it? Can be done in 30 minutes with 2 people?

    Any prep work to be done on the bed before the install?
  2. May 12, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    BestGen New Member

    Jan 30, 2017
    First Name:
    Haunted Turnbull Canyon CA
    '05 RCLB, 2UZ-FE, 4wd / '88 4RNR XTE 22RE/W56/RF1A
    Fabtech 2.5" coilovers, BFG KO2 34/10.5/17, 17x7.5 TE wheels, add-a-leaves, 4.56 gears, Rhino-lined
    You should definitely replace the gasket seal. It's usually foam-backed tape that's used once. You can get replacement seal at Home Depot. It's Frost-King I believe. Some shells have a thicker rubber seal that can be reused. The wire for the 3rd brake light will be accessible and may need hooking up before final clampdown. Make sure the rails are clean then line'er up and clamp it down. I used double nuts on the J-hooks my shell took to secure. Wash your bed prior to installation. 2 guys, 30 minutes... no problem!
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