Production due to start soon on my gfc and trying to get the truck prepped.
I have a 2016 tacoma with a factory tonneau cover. Was thinking about selling the trifold tonneau before heading out and definitely need to remove it in either case but I am seeing that there may be some rubber caps and other things that have been done to prevent water from entering the bed with the cover and for install.
Has anyone removed one of these tri fold hard plastic oem tacoma tonneau covers for the install of their gfc and have any tips for me?
If you are going to sell the cover, swap bedrails with the buyer. The bedrails are notched for the tonneau. You don’t need notched bedrails without the tonneau and they will.
Seal the front bed corners before gfc install. The tonneau comes with “sealing” for the front corners. The buyer may want those sealing blocks. Either way, you can seal your truck bed corners without those sealing blocks.
Seal under the bedrails before gfc install.
If you are keeping the cover for some reason, keep the original bedrails that came with it.
If you’re going to swap bedrails with the sale of your cover these are my recommendations in prepping your truck for your install. Here’s a link for my detailed write up on prepping your truck for install.
I had leaking from the camper section, mostly through capillary action. That’s been mostly solved by new hinges (old design) and a warranty seal application. As well as replacing from and rear bar to the new design because mine were rusting internally, known issue.
I’ve never had any leaking around lower door seals or the seal around the frame though. I don’t even have issues in the cubbies or tailgate gaps.