Diamondback HD Mounts - Crushing side rails!

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For anyone concerned with crushing the bed rails - I installed the DiamondBack SE without the shims. Zero crushing (That I can see while it's installed) after 10 days and re-tightened twice. Maybe if I ever remove the cover the bed rails will be crushed a bit, but taking off the rails to install the shims seems like a huge waste of time, IMHO. Before I installed the cover I did buy a set of rails from the dealership for $60 just to have on hand. I have a feeling I'll never need em.

Worth noting - During adjusting the locking rods, one of the little red sticky tape plastic pieces that the rod slides under, got a little un-sticky so I emailed DiamondBack, they mailed me a whole set of 4, no charge.

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Give it time my friend, give it time. You'll probably end up going through the process that we all have. Everything is great at first. Then you have some loose clamps, maybe the nut fell off during off roading, so you put them back on, then they loosen, then you tighten and then one day.... wait, isn't my bed trail deformed?





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Here are a couple of pics I took during the process so you guys can see what the clips look like. Once you understand them they aren't that hard to remove unless you've got zero patience. Also by looking at how the bed caps are made you can understand why they deform. There are thin ribs that run the length of the caps that maintain the distance and support the weight of anything on top. Not a great design.

Once I put the shims in, the dents in my bed cap ate coming back out but if I sell my cover I'm replacing my caps.

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I like your tools....easy install, I have to do the same....
Here are a couple of pics I took during the process so you guys can see what the clips look like.


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Here are a couple of pics I took during the process so you guys can see what the clips look like. Once you understand them they aren't that hard to remove unless you've got zero patience. Also by looking at how the bed caps are made you can understand why they deform. There are thin ribs that run the length of the caps that maintain the distance and support the weight of anything on top. Not a great design.



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Thanks for this. Very helpful. Where did you start? Did you take the taillamp off and start from the rear?
 

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Thanks for this. Very helpful. Where did you start? Did you take the taillamp off and start from the rear?
Yes, start by removing the rear tail light assembly and reach inside to do the first two clips by hand. You can then start moving forward one clip at a time. Patience is key, once you get the hang of it it's pretty easy to remove.
 

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The bed caps are actually pretty low cost - I bought the diamondback and the instructions for the spacer pads say to install when temps will stay above 50 for several days. Where in am in VT that's... not until July or August, so I have decided to install my Diamondback HD (hopefully this coming weekend), not worry if it mushes the rails, and then I went ahead and bought two spare rails for the ~ $30 each/ free shipping, so that when summer comes, I will have the new rails on-hand, to install with the spacers.
 

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Just ordered a DB HD. Appreciate the helpful info within this thread.

Looking forward to lockable storage in the bed.
 

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Congratulations! Once your DB HD arrives, check through the materials. Mine did not have the spacers, but when I wrote to DB they sent them quickly and at no extra charge
 

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My cover was delivered this week and I just finished installing it. I got 8 shims with mine.

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Is this the SE or HD? I noticed yoursonly has 4 cleats installed, but others I see have many more
 

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Is this the SE or HD? I noticed yoursonly has 4 cleats installed, but others I see have many more
That's an SE, like mine. It has a 400lb dynamic load capacity which, unless you're loading a small tank on it, it is more than enough for most uses.
Diamondback also sells the cleats separately so you can easily add more tie down points. That's what I did. Spaced equally at 18 3/8" o/c .
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Is this the SE or HD? I noticed yoursonly has 4 cleats installed, but others I see have many more

SE I ordered it with the cleats loose and put them on myself, was not sure if I wanted them where they put them but thats where I ended up putting them. I have four more that I ordered I am not sure where I am going to put them yet.
 

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Has anyone else ran into this issue? Of course Diamondback is closed at 2pm my time, so I can’t call them and I’m mid install 😑

I’ve attached a video explaining the problem. I’m not a YouTuber looking for views, the video is just simply too large to upload directly

https://youtube.com/shorts/dI6GjvI6GJ0?feature=share
 
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Has anyone else ran into this issue? Of course Diamondback is closed at 2pm my time, so I can’t call them and I’m mid install 😑

I’ve attached a video explaining the problem. I’m not a YouTuber looking for views, the video is just simply too large to upload directly

https://youtube.com/shorts/dI6GjvI6GJ0?feature=share
Yeah that panel looks warped/bent, my friend. Did it lay weird on a flat surface when you took it out of the box?
 

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Yeah that panel looks warped/bent, my friend. Did it lay weird on a flat surface when you took it out of the box?
I honestly didn’t even check it. I took it right from the box to the Jeep
 

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