Treat your cap well

Oct 1, 2010

From A.R. E., Massillon, Ohio:

  • Wash the cap frequently using a pressure washing system.
  • Don’t wax it for the first 60 days.
  • Brush off snow and ice.
  • Do not use a scraper on the cap or the rear door glass.
  • Lubricate all locks and moving locking parts with lithium grease.
  • Do not use any lubricants or solvent cleaners on the shafts of the gas struts. If necessary, clean them with water only.
  • Check the gap between the LSII/LSX edge and the painted surface of your truck regularly, making sure that the LSII is not contacting the painted surface of the truck and wearing away paint.
  • Adjust the height adjusters in the base rails up to prevent paint wear.
  • Use a UV protection product on all vinyl, plastic and rubber components to maintain the luster and extend the life. These products should not contain petrochemicals, petroleum distillates or silicone oils. Products like Armorall or 303 Protectant are recommended.
  • Lubricate all locks and moving locking parts with lithium grease. Lithium-based spray lubricants are well suited to this application and will not attract dirt and grime buildup.
  • Do not use penetrating oils in the lock cylinders unless you follow up with lithium grease.
  • Do not use any lubricants or solvent cleaners on the shafts of the gas struts. If necessary, clean them with water only.

From Jason Industries, Elkhart, Ind.:

  • General mounting recommendations: On short-bed, full-size and compact trucks, a minimum of four clamps should be used; on full-size long beds, six are needed. The rear clamp set should be located as close to the rear as possible; the front set as far forward as possible.
  • Mounting Recommendations for heavy-duty trucks and/or use: Caps and lids installed on severe-duty vehicles should be bolted to the truck using 1/4″-3/8″ bolts, with flat washers top and bottom, secured with either a lock washer or Ny-lock type nut. For long-bed trucks, use four bolts on each side; for short beds, three bolts per side. Customers should periodically check to make certain all bolts are tight. Important: Whether the cap or lid is bolted or clamped, your vehicle should never be driven with the rear door open or the lid in open position. Customers need to periodically check to ensure all clamp bolts are tight.
  • Do not use abrasives chemicals or materials on painted surfaces.
  • When carrying large or heavy cargo in your truck bed, firmly secure to prevent shifting. Cargo shifting could cause damage to your cover.
  • Check the materials used to seal the windows and trim; exposure to weather may in time cause shrinkage. If this occurs, reseal with a silicone base sealant.