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Stake Pocket Rails Installation Instructions

July 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Before installing any bed rail on any vehicle, you must insure there is adequate clearance for the installation. Some vehicles do not have a protective “inner bed wall”, and rough treatment can result in a distortion created from within the truck bed. Daws Manufacturing Co. Inc. will not be liable for any installation damages created by the installation or installer. Prior planning and care are the installer’s responsibility.

1. Read and understand these instructions before beginning the installation.
2. Attach the adjustable feet to the rail making sure the beveled side of the foot matches the bevel of the flat head screws. You must use 2 screws per foot to keep the foot straight. Use the chart on the reverse side of these instructions to set the correct length or gently set the bed rails in position being careful not to scratch the truck. Use the plastic gaskets for protection. Adjust the flat feet so the mounting hole is centered over the stake pocket hole. Tighten the screws securely.
3. Look at the truck from both sides and the rear to be sure you are satisfied with the appearance. NOTE: Ford F150 ’97 to current and 2001 Tundra will need to have the stake pocket covers marked for hole location where the bolt will pass through. When you are satisfied with the rail position, mark the hole location on the stake pocket cover.
4. Place the button head bolt through the protective plastic washer, rail foot, and rail gasket (now is the time to install the ’97 Ford or 2001 Tundra stake pocket cover if necessary). Thread the proper locking bar onto the bolt, just a few threads deep. You will need to keep the locking bar loose at this time.
5. Carefully place the rail on the truck bed while inserting the locking bars into the stake pocket hole. The locking bars must fit under the lip of the stake pocket hole so when the bolt is tightened, they hold the rail to the top of the truck’s bedrail.
6. Refer to the warning note at the top of the page. The locking bars must not contact the outer fender wall of the vehicle, or they may create a distortion in the metal when tightened. To help prevent this from happening, tension can be applied to the locking bar by lifting up the bed rail while tightening the button head bolt. This tension must be held to prevent the locking bar from turning in the hole and contacting the outer skin of the fender.
7. Tighten the bolts enough to secure the rail to the truck without unnecessary torque. Excessive tightening on the button head bolts can distort the fender top.

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