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Bed Cover Installation

One of the great features of a Summit Rack's Bracket System is the ability to install a bed cover, allowing you to Rack all your equipment and still be able to Pack your gear under the bed cover.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I install a bed cover over the Summit Rack's Bracket system?

A:  In order to install your bed cover over the Summit Rack's Bracket System, simply mark the bracket locations on the bed cover rails and install a second layer of closed cell foam to the rails, avoiding the marked bracket locations.  The second layer of closed cell foam will fill the gap created by the brackets.

acrobat readerCheck out our Bed Cover Installation Guide (PDF document) for more details.
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Q: Where can I purchase closed cell foam tape?

A: Closed cell foam tape can be purchased at most auto parts stores or on-line.

Q: Which is the best type of cover to use with the Summit Rack's Bracket System, one that mounts to the top of the trucks bed rails (horizontal surface) or one that mounts to the inside edge of the trucks bed rails (vertical surface)?

A: In general, bed covers which mount to the top of the bed rails (horizontal surface) are easier to install.  The main reason is that the cover simply sits on top of the brackets, which does not affect the spacing of the bed cover frame rails.  Bed covers which mount on the inside edge of the trucks bed rails (vertical surface) will be affected as the bed cover rail will be push in by the thickness of the brackets, approx. 1/8”per side.  Depending on how the bed cover interfaces with the bed cover rails this may or may not be a concern.  If you are uncertain if this will be an issue with your bed cover, you should contact the bed cover manufacturer for guidance. 

Q: Will the Summit Rack's bracket system work with my bed cover?

A: Due to the vast number of different bed covers on the market, Summit Racks LLC cannot guarantee our brackets system will work with every bed cover. 

If the bed cover is currently installed, you can loosen the bed cover rail clamps and insert 1/8” thick shims in the approximate bracket locations to simulate installed brackets and test bed cover function. 

For tips and suggestions on how to install a bed cover over our bracket system see our Bed Cover Installation Guide (PDF document). 

For questions on bed cover mounting and function, contact the bed cover manufacturer. 

 

 

 

 



 

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