How-to: Checkmate Tonneau Cover Clasp Install (MMP) - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
 
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How-to: Checkmate Tonneau Cover Clasp Install (MMP)

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All in all, the installation instructions for the Checkmate Tonneau covers are absolutely terrible.

It's not difficult, but if you haven't installed one before, it will take some time and having a helper handy is almost a must.

Anyhow, what's really vague is how you're supposed to install the clasps that secure the Tonneau down. The instructions tell you to look for the pre-drilled holes, but there are none, so don't bother looking for them.

Here, we'll go over how to install these clasps.


Skill Level: Easy.

Modified GMT355:
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado WT 2WD
Year: 2006
Body Style: Regular Cab, Long Bed
Bed Liner: BedRug

Necessary tools:
1/8" drill bit
Corded/cordless drill
Screw driver attachment for the drill
Measuring tape
Zip knife (utility knife)
A marking utensil (Sharpie)
Supplied sheet metal screws


From the end of your tonneau, measure out 6 1/4" and place a mark over the small groove. This groove will act like your center punched marking and by positioning the clasps here, it should allow them to clear the bed rails.

But before you drill your hole, place the clasp over the marked location and double check to make sure it clears the edge of the frame. Obviously if it doesn't, your cover wont shut.

Once you're sure it'll clear, drill your 1/8" hole. This hole will be where the leading screw will go into.




Screw in that one screw and using the other free hole, mark the second location.

Drill and drive in screw number 2.


Now for those who have a BedRug you will need to pull the rug back.

Next, close the lid and place the latch over the clasp as shown.




Mark around the latch as best as possible while holding the Tonneau down to ensure as flush of a fit as you can get.




Open the Tonneau and place the latch in the outlined location. Since the clasps are rubber which means they're stretchable, I shifted the latch a hair further down so that when I go to lock it in place, I can stretch the clasp down to make sure I have a super tight fit.

Then mark and drill your holes.




Secure the latch in place.




Start reapplying the rug in place and press against the latch so it can mark it's location into the foam backing.




Pull the rug back and make your incision from the rear (foam side).




Then reapply the rug making sure the latch pokes through.




And there you have it.











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well done!

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Great write-up with a lot of detail!

How long did it take?
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so is the black arm part there made of like a stretchy rubber to let you pull it down under the clasp or something?



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Great write-up with a lot of detail!

How long did it take?
The clasps themselves only took maybe 15 min.

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so is the black arm part there made of like a stretchy rubber to let you pull it down under the clasp or something?
Yeah, the black piece is rubber and is what stretches.

I have mine set so you don't have to pull too hard to get it to fit under the latch. It really isn't there to secure the tonneau down either, it's just a lock. The shocks hold the tonneau down all by themselves very well.

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do you know if this Checkmate Tonneau will fit over an installed bedliner??

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I don't see why it wouldn't.

Even an over the rail plastic liner shouldn't hinder it from closing properly.

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Re: How-to: Checkmate Tonneau Cover Clasp Install (MMP)

How much did you pay for that cover and where did you get it? btw nice truck

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nice, i like it.
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Re: How-to: Checkmate Tonneau Cover Clasp Install (MMP)

I have the exact cover the only problem with this system is if you make the latch too tight you end up rubbing off part of the tail gate as it opens and closes. The paint is going to rub off the cover and the tail gate. To avoid this put some heavy duty clear masking tape.

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if you install the rubber gasket that comes with the cover, you shouldn't have any issues with rubbing. i have zero rubbing and i've had mine for 2 years now

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Re: How-to: Checkmate Tonneau Cover Clasp Install (MMP)

I'd love to have another one of these bed covers. I have had three of them on other trucks. but one day I drove by there factory in benton KY, and they were gone. look it up on the net and found them to be in tx with a fat price tag on them as well
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