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Hey, guys. Today I'm here with the Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Retractable Bed Cover fitting all 2016 and newer Toyota Tacomas. So if you're in the market for a tonneau cover or a bed cover and you're looking for some heavy-duty security and protection to the items inside your bed while also getting a very sleek and low profile look, this option by Pace Edwards is gonna be a good one to take a look at.So there are a number of different choices when it comes to tonneau covers or bed covers including tri-folds, rollups, hardcovers and softcovers. This is going to be a hard retractable cover. So this will have a polymer pad on top giving it the look or the illusion that it is a softcover but it's gonna have a heavy-duty aluminum base to it so it is gonna provide some good security and protection to the items inside your truck bed. Not to mention it is going to be incredibly easy to use. So this is going to have a spring-loaded tab on it so when you drop your tailgate all you have to do is pinch the tab and it will retract into the canister. Once you wanna cover your bed back up, all you have to do is grab the handy strap that's available and it will click into place and then you can close up your tailgate. Now that's gonna make it perfect for the truck owner who's looking for a no fuss tonneau cover. It's very easy to use instead of something that will take a little bit of extra work to close up the tonneau cover and cover the items inside your bed area. Not to mention like I said before, you are getting a very sleek look to the back of your truck with this, especially with that black powder coat and that polymer pad up on top.With all of that being said, this is going to be at a more premium price point considering all of the features that it has at roughly $1,000 but in my personal opinion I think that that's definitely worth it for what you're getting out of this bed cover. In comparison to some other choices, this is gonna be very user-friendly in my opinion. Other choices for tri-folds or rollup covers or even options that will have buttons around the sides of the truck are gonna involve a little bit more work when it comes to closing up and covering up your bed area. With this like I said, all you have to do is pinch two tabs and it will retract into itself making this a no fuss tonneau cover. Not to mention you are getting the illusion that you have a soft bed or a softcover here but this is going to be very durable in comparison to some other choices that are for strictly a softcover that are just a vinyl material which are really good at protecting from the elements but not so much with a ton of security. With this cover you are getting that. You're getting more or less the best of both worlds. So for $1,000 I think that that is a pretty good price point, especially for the sleek look that this provides to the back of the truck.Now install is going to be a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This is going to be incredibly easy to install in about an hour with some very basic hand tools. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.Tools that I used for my install were an impact wrench, a pair of scissors, 3/8 inch drive ratchet, a Philips head screwdriver, an 11 millimeter socket and a standard Allen key.So our first step is to hop in the bed of our truck with our canister here. We're gonna place this on first up against the cab of our truck and then we can put on our rails. Now if you have a factory tonneau cover, there is a bracket here. You will need to remove it with a T30 Torx but if you do not have them, we can push this up all the way against our cab and now we can attach our rails.So you're gonna have a left and a right side rail. If we take a look at this, this flat part is gonna sit on the side of our bed here and it's gonna have a curve down at the end. That's gonna sit where the tailgate is. So what we can do is slide our rail into our tonneau cover. There's gonna be a tab here. This is gonna be the spring release. So this is gonna sit flat on the side of the bed. We're gonna slide it in between and making sure that this tonneau cover sits in the actual rail here and there's gonna be a threaded hole on this sidepiece here so we can go underneath and attach that with an 11 millimeter bolt. So once that's threaded in, we can tighten that up. I'm using an 11 millimeter socket. And then we can repeat that on the other side.So now we can attach our clamps. We're gonna start with our factory rail. There is going to be a little cap here. We can take that off. And we can slide in our studs. You're gonna have two per side. Once those are in there, you're going to grab the actual clamp piece. This is gonna sit on top of here. We're gonna bolt it down with a nut, a lock washer and a flat washer. We wanna make sure that this narrow side is facing down, can grab our provided hardware and bolt that up.After we're finished with our factory rail, we can move to our Pace Edwards rail. You're gonna have two smaller clamps, one with a step, this is going to have an extra hole for a setscrew to make sure that this is all staying in place and then you're gonna have one for the back. We're gonna put this up towards the front with this one and keep this one towards the back and this is just going to slide into the rail in the back here. Same with this one, making sure that the more narrow step is towards the side of the bed. We can line those up. Now for these, we're gonna use a lock washer and a flat washer since they have a threaded hole. We're not gonna tighten anything down yet. We wanna make sure that everything's attached. Now for the front one, you are gonna have a setscrew.What we can do next is install our setscrew. I'm just using a standard Allen key. We're not gonna tighten it down just yet. We just wanna make sure that it's in place and we can move our clamp to where we want it. I'm gonna keep one towards the back of the rail here and then move one up towards the front. Then we can tighten everything down with an 11 millimeter socket. Because of the wheel here, I'm gonna just use a hand ratchet. Then we can tighten up that setscrew with our standard Allen key. And repeat that same process on the other side.So our next step is to add a piece of foam up against our cab here because we are gonna be putting a cap and we wanna make sure that everything is sealed. So you wanna make sure that this is prepped and clean. I've already done that. And then we can lay our foam strip, the length of the bed. So once you've reached the other side, just grab a pair of scissors, trim it off and then we can attach our cap.Next we can add our cap. You wanna make sure that the seal is in the back and the little brush is at the front. We're gonna line it up on either side. If I pull this up and show you guys there is a little clip retainer for our screws. I'm gonna put the screw in each of the sides of the cap. Then we can go ahead and tighten that down with a Philips head screwdriver. Same for the other side. Once those are tightened up, we can go ahead and lubricate our rails.Next we can go ahead and lubricate our rails. This is going to allow our bed cover to open and close very easily. You're gonna get a packet and it's just gonna be a little wet wipe here and we're just gonna run it through the inside of our rail. Do it for the other side.So next we have a piece of Velcro that we're gonna put on the side of our bed here. I already pulled the piece of tape back but this is going to hold our strap so make sure that it's easily accessible for when you want to close your bed cover. Just gonna put it on the side here.Last but not least, you're gonna have two drain tubes. There's two holes on the underside of the canister where these attach. Now these are gonna go either to the factory drain holes or really wherever you want to put these. So we do have factory drain holes in the back there. They are a little bit too small to fit these tubes through so in order to do that, you will have to drill those out. We are not going to drill those out of our plastic bed cover here so what we're gonna do is just attach these and line them up with our factory drain holes. On either side of the underside of the canister, you're gonna have two holes. Now there are gonna be two tabs on each of the top drain tubes, they are just gonna pop right into place. We can do the same thing for the other side.Last but not least, we can pull our strap and close up our bed cover. It'll lock into place. We can Velcro our strap right here for when we need it next. Close up our tailgate. You're all set to go.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. 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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Tonneau Cover Type||Retractable - Manual|
|Tonneau Cover Installation||Clamp On|
|Tonneau Cover Locking||Locking with Tailgate Lock|
|Toolbox Compatibility||Not Toolbox Compatible|
Truck Bed Load Protection. Travel with peace of mind on your Tacoma knowing that your cargos are protected and secured by this Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Retractable Bed Cover. The low-profile design of the SwitchBlade allows full rear visibility. The covered truck bed also improves fuel economy by reducing wind drag, while enhancing your truck’s exterior without the exposed cargos.
Retractable and Fully Removable. This bed cover is an excellent investment as it features a removable canister for total truck bed access and maximum cargo capacity. You can also conveniently cover your truck bed even when you are at the tailgate end by using the built-in pull strap and the full-width handle. The Continuous Tension Spring aids in the smooth and easy retraction of the bed cover. It also features two drain tubes to keep water from entering your truck bed.
Weather-Resistant Design. This SwitchBlade Retractable Bed Cover is made of a weather-resistant padded polymer bonded to rigid aluminum panels for a soft-cover look. This material can hold up well with time under various outdoor elements such as intense sunlight, rain, dirt, salt, and dust.
Quick, Drill-Free Installation. This retractable bed cover is designed by Pace Edwards for a no-drill, clamp-in installation that completes in just a few minutes. It requires light to moderate mechanical skills and basic hand tools.
One Year Warranty. Pace Edwards offers a 1-year limited warranty for the SwitchBlade Retractable Bed Cover against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship. It does not cover rips, tears, or discoloration of the fabric panel material, seals and gaskets, water intrusion, and dealer or purchaser installed parts and accessories. Please see the terms and conditions for details.
Application. This Pace Edwards SwitchBlade Retractable Bed Cover is intended for use on 2016-2023 Toyota Tacoma models.
Technical Note. Not sure of your bed size? Click here for an instructional video explaining how to measure your bed length.
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