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PLEASE READ THESE SECTIONS BEFORE INSTALLING YOUR COVER:
Word About Installation....
Hardware Pictures (click here for links to All Hardware
Pics and Closeups)
- Installation Tips
- Safety and Operating Instructions for Your Cover.
Importance of Mailing The Warranty Registration Form In
Immediately After Installation
Overview for Ford
Explorer Sport Trac (Drill-Less)
A WORD ABOUT INSTALLATION:
These covers are designed within very tight engineering
and manufacturing tolerances and are designed to fit exactly
onto your specific vehicle. Correct and careful installation
is absolutely essential for your cover to perform correctly!
Each cover comes with a very specific set of detailed installation
instructions to ensure proper installation on your vehicle.
However, if there are any questions about your specific
installation and because installation is so important, K
- Covers offers all of its customer's access to our Toll
Free Installation Help Line available from Monday thru Friday,
10AM to 6PM EST.
TIPS BEFORE INSTALLATION:
The following tips are "lessons learned" from
installing a number of covers ourselves as well as from
our "professional installers" and customers who
have passed these tips on to us. These tips are not in the
instructions that come with your cover. Please read these
prior to installation of your Advance Cover:
- DO NOT USE A SOCKET
WRENCH: Do not use a socket when tightening the stainless
steel screws. Use a Nut Driver (looks like a screwdriver
with a socket end). The reason for this is that stainless
steel is a little softer than regular steel. Using a Nut
Driver will help to ensure that you will not strip these
screws. Also, when done with the Nut Driver, put it in
your glove box so you will have it handy to loosen the
2 lockscrews to easily remove your cover!
- BE CAREFUL WHEN USING A CORDLESS DRILL!: For the same reason above, be very careful when using a cordless drill! Make sure your torque setting is appropriate....otherwise you can bend or twist the stainless steel bolts. The safest thing is to NOT use a Cordless Drill and use a Nut Driver instead!
- PETROLEUM JELLY ON SNAPS: The straps and snaps that hold the cover in position when
folded open come from the factory with a snug fit that
can make them a little difficult to snap/unsnap. To make
this task easier, dab a small amount of petroleum jelly
on the male and female portions of the snap. This makes
snapping and unsnapping "a snap."
If you have learned something
after installing your cover that could benefit other K-Covers
customers and you would not mind having your ideas posted
on our website, please submit your "installation tip"
SAFETY AND OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR COVER:
AFTER INSTALLATION OF YOUR COVER (BUT PRIOR TO DRIVING),
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:
Please pay special attention to the following safety/warranty
notice, which comes in the form of a yellow sticker that
is attached to the inside back lid of your cover. This is
applicable to virtually all tonneau covers but to make sure
you understand any and all safety issues regarding your
Advance Cover, please read the following:
ALL STRAPS MUST BE FASTENED WHENEVER COVER IS FOLDED
When Vehicle is in Motion:
- Front & Rear panels
must be locked, front & rear latches (and locks) must
be locked and the right front safety strap must be attached
and strapped securely (if applicable).
- Before moving vehicle,
make sure all straps are snapped when cover is folded
- Be especially careful &
hold cover tightly when folding in windy conditions.
- Never leave cover unattended
with front or rear panel open and NEVER move vehicles
with panels open and unsecured.
- Never force cover to open
or close. If cover fails to open or close easily, operate
latches by hand (manually). If this does not work, remove
cover completely & check with installer to correct
- Cover must always be closed,
latched, and locked OR open all the way forward &
- Do not wax cover. Just
wash with soft cloth.
To Remove Cover Off of
- Open front panel to 180
- On the driver's side:
a. First, loosen the lock nut with 3/8" open end
b) Next, loosen the screw with 5/16" socket wrench
(or nut driver), just enough to allow the curl on the
third leg hinge to lift out of the slot.
- Close the front panel.
- From the rear of the truck,
fold all panels forward.
- Go to passenger's side
& repeat steps a & b.
- To lift panel completely
off of truck, lift the rear of the cover (which is folded)
up just enough so that the third leg hinge is completely
out of the slot. Now slide back about 2 inches & lift
up and off (this is so you will not damage the front latch,
Opening & Closing of
4- Panel Cover - Instructions below:
- To open the front panel,
unlock the first panel & remove the key. Next, push
the latch release lever (the spring wire latch) toward
the passenger side & at the same time lift front panel
by using the lift handle.
- To open from rear, first
unlock cover & remove key. Second, push rear latch
lever inwardly toward front of truck & lift rear panel
using your index finger on left hand under lift handle
and lay fourth panel forward onto third panel.
- Next, place your index
finger (left hand) under lift handle on second panel &
lift up & at the same time place your right hand under
the rear edge of the cover (which is now 2 panels) &
lift up & move forward with all 3 panels touching
each other & lay all three (folded flat) onto the
front panel. At this time, make sure you SNAP the two
tie straps, which are on the front edge of the first panel
& goes on top of the fourth panel. Also, on the driver's
side, under the rear of the first panel is a strap hanging
down - place it on the snap of the fourth panel.
To Replace Cover:
- Place the cover (with the
cover folded) on the truck approximately 2 inches back
from the front edge of box & center cover left to
- Lift rear of cover (which
is folded) up approximately 2" & slide forward
under the spring wire latch, which is on the front lip
of truck box (align the third leg hinges into the slots
& lay cover down.)
- Finger tighten the screw
on the passenger side & then reach under cover on
the driver's side & finger tighten that screw.
- Next, unfold cover &
adjust cover left to right.
- Open front panel (make
sure the lock nut is against the HEAD of the screw) -
now tighten the screw. Once screw is tightened, THEN tighten
the lock nut with the open end wrench.
- Fold cover forward &
tighten screw & lock nut same as other side (screw
& lock nuts MUST be tight before moving truck, etc.)
The Importance of Mailing
The Warranty Registration Form In Immediately After Installation
Please mail in the warranty form as soon as you have installed
your cover! Without receipt of the completed warranty form,
your warranty will not be valid. The sole reason for this
is that the person who does the actual installation must
be the person to sign this warranty form certifying that
the cover has been installed EXACTLY as prescribed in the
installation instructions provided. The manufacturer assumes
no liability for a cover that was not installed exactly
as prescribed in the installation instructions.