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Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:12:36 PM »
So for my birthday a few weeks ago, a very awesome and gorgeous woman bought me a DiamondBack HD Tonneau Cover for the new truck.  I actually settled on this cover because of shawn's recommendation based on him having the SE Tonneau Cover.

I went with the HD version because of the weight capacity and the 12 tiedowns.  The instructions say that it should take about 45 minutes to assemble, I took my time, fiddled around a little bit and end result was about 2.5 hours. 

A few things I noticed about this cover are.  The panels are super light (all aluminum) and slide on the hinges very easily.  All of the edges on the low profile cab guard and the aluminum truck box are nice and rounded and covered with rhino lining so you don't cut yourself.  All of the welds look pretty good, and the Rhino Lining that is sprayed on this thing if pretty thick and evenly applied.

so here are a few pictures of how the cover came when picked up at fedex.
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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 06:26:08 PM »
upon taking the pallet off the truck and opening things up, everything is wrapped nicely and enough padding to keep things from shifting and scratching other parts.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 06:28:14 PM »
the installation instructions were pretty straight forward and easy to understand.
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 06:28:58 PM »
the bod box fits very snug.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 06:29:53 PM »
and here is everything installed.  yeah yeah, I know I got foot prints all over it..... :facepalm:
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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 06:32:14 PM »
here is the website for Diamondback Tonneau covers

https://diamondbackcovers.com/

here is a video about their company from 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSMSiArXwh4

here is a video of how they became who they are and how they got to where they are now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiAbB7AMA4w

and here is a video of the installation that I found on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj8o4HoNaDQ
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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 06:41:33 PM »
No rain in any of the photos, how did you manage that? My son and I got very wet out hunting this morning but did manage to bring one buck home.

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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 06:45:59 PM »
I now live a few states away bob, there was no reason for me to stay in the PNW.

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 06:58:08 PM »
Looks good Nate but you need to wash that black truck....
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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 07:23:57 PM »
Looks good Nate but you need to wash that black truck....
Why?

Dirt protects the paint from harmful UV

Someday when I wash mine off, I'll prove that theory!

Nice cover Nate

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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2017, 07:38:14 PM »
Looks good Nate but you need to wash that black truck....

once I get back from a little travel, I will get a few clean pics.

Looks good Nate but you need to wash that black truck....
Why?

Dirt protects the paint from harmful UV

Someday when I wash mine off, I'll prove that theory!

Nice cover Nate

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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 07:46:16 PM »
That HD cover is rated to hold 1600# which is really cool IMO, obviously it holds Nate with all those foot prints. My SE model is only rated for 400# and thank goodness I don't weigh that much......

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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 09:46:25 PM »
That HD cover is rated to hold 1600# which is really cool IMO, obviously it holds Nate with all those foot prints. My SE model is only rated for 400# and thank goodness I don't weigh that much......



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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2017, 11:52:40 PM »
All I can say is I?m glad I don?t live near you because I would weigh 400# with all those fixins you?re constantly posting pics of......


On another note, I really like that tool bin. I didn?t realize those were an option. Not sure I like the price so I may have to weld up my own version in the future. :likebutton:
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« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2017, 12:09:28 AM »
Nice review.

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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2017, 07:02:17 AM »
Looking good Nate - your reflection looks to be a shadow of your former self
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2017, 10:36:50 AM »
Looking good Nate - your reflection looks to be a shadow of your former self
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The reflection is the only thing I could find wrong with that pic!! :P






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« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2017, 10:11:59 AM »
Is this the setup they advertise can be used to haul an atv?  I am looking for a way to get the wife, kid, dog, all the supplies and the atv up north without hooking up the trailer.  I've been thinking about building a sled deck type support to load the atv on and still be able to get all of our supplies under the tonnue cover in the bed of the truck.  Something like this would work well though.

It looks like the bed rails fully support all of the weight?  Most of the commercial sled decks I have looked at have support legs to the bed of the truck. 
Is it just clamped to the rail in the center?  Is it secured to the truck at the front or rear at all?

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« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2017, 11:25:13 AM »
I checked out this contraption the other day on Nate's city truck. It's beefy, I have no doubt it can hold the weight of a ATV. I do think it would require a ramp angle that would be challenging wet/snowy. A ATV winch would likely make loading safe and easy...just thinking out loud here LoL

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« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2017, 11:30:08 AM »
I checked out this contraption the other day on Nate's city truck. It's beefy, I have no doubt it can hold the weight of a ATV. I do think it would require a ramp angle that would be challenging wet/snowy. A ATV winch would likely make loading safe and easy...just thinking out loud here LoL


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« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2017, 12:12:21 PM »
The ramp is the difficult/ expensive part that I am still trying to work out.  They sell 10'+ aluminum ramps specifically for this application but they are spendy.  I think I could get by with just a set of regular ramps if I load/ unload in the right spots.  At home I can back right up to the ditch and drive directly into the bed of the truck.  I could do the same and with a pair of regular ramps get on top of the deck safely.  Up north at the cabin we have a loading ramp I could use in a similar matter.   

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« Reply #21 on: December 12, 2017, 12:55:08 PM »
They show two large atv?s loaded on Nate?s version. Quality company, if it works for your application I would take a hard look at them. I?ve had my cover for 10 months or so & haven't had any issues from it yet. I don?t count on having any either....
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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2017, 02:33:59 PM »
What does "hevemt" mean,,,,,,,,,,,,, :facepalm:
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2017, 05:06:04 PM »
Is this the setup they advertise can be used to haul an atv?  I am looking for a way to get the wife, kid, dog, all the supplies and the atv up north without hooking up the trailer.  I've been thinking about building a sled deck type support to load the atv on and still be able to get all of our supplies under the tonnue cover in the bed of the truck.  Something like this would work well though.

yes, this is their HD version and it will actually hold 2 ATV's/1 side-by-side/or 1600lbs.  yeah I am sure that one could (if they had access to aluminum welding equipment) make their own ramps, tire stops, extensions and what not if they wanted to. 

It looks like the bed rails fully support all of the weight?  Most of the commercial sled decks I have looked at have support legs to the bed of the truck. 
Is it just clamped to the rail in the center?  Is it secured to the truck at the front or rear at all?

yes the cover supports all of the weight.  there are no center support legs.  it is clamped onto the bed rail in the center because both ends of the cover open.

give me a minute and ill go snap 2 pics for you, so you can see the cross beams welded to the underside of the covers and how both covers open.

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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2017, 05:07:28 PM »
What does "hevemt" mean,,,,,,,,,,,,, :facepalm:

figures........... :facepalm:  you comi-fornians don't know how to spell either..................... :cool:
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« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2017, 05:17:48 PM »
here you go bear

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« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2017, 05:40:20 PM »
My SE model doesn't have the formed and welded channels on the underside. I think Nate's HD version is a bit thicker than mine as well.
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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2017, 05:56:07 PM »
here is the SE info:

PRODUCT SPECS

Hauling Capacity 400 lbs.

Dimensions
Cab/Tailgate Panel: 33.375" | ~32 lbs.
Center Panel: 12" | ~16 lbs.
Total Cover Weight: ~80 lbs.

Construction
.080? 3003 alloy aluminum grade
2 structural studs
4 tie-down cleats pre-installed
Neoprene compression gasket
Stainless steel hinges and external hardware
3/8? steel lock rods
Die-cast zinc, keyed lock handles
5356 alloy TIG welds

In the Box
DiamondBack HD (assembly required)
Gas springs (4)
Cap clamps (4)
Bed rail edge trim (4)
Safety catch
Bulkhead weatherstrip
1/8" hex key

Installation Time
45 min

Removal Time
10 min

here is the HD info:

PRODUCT SPECS

Hauling Capacity 1,600 lbs.

Dimensions
Cab/Tailgate Panel: 33.375" | ~46 lbs.
Center Panel: 12" | ~23 lbs.
Total Cover Weight: ~115 lbs.

Construction
.100? 3003 alloy aluminum grade
7 structural studs
12 tie-down cleats pre-installed
Neoprene compression gasket
Stainless steel hinges and external hardware
3/8? steel lock rods
Die-cast zinc, keyed lock handles
5356 alloy TIG welds

In the Box
DiamondBack HD (assembly required)
Gas springs (4)
Cap clamps (4)
Bed rail edge trim (4)
Safety catch
Bulkhead weatherstrip
1/8" hex key

Installation Time
45 min

Removal Time
10 min
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Re: Diamondback HD Tonneau Cover
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2017, 05:57:26 PM »
the cover they show for the ATV hauling is the HD cover, they just have it priced with all of the stuff you will need to haul an atv on it.
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« Reply #29 on: December 13, 2017, 10:18:42 AM »
Thanks for the info Nate.  The wheels are a turning now.  My good buddy has a nice tig setup.  I'm sure he is capable of welding aluminum.  I don't want to spend nearly that much on a system but thinking I can build something purpose built to my needs for under $100 and 40 lbs.

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« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2017, 11:19:06 AM »
That truck needs some tree branch scratches Nate  :laugh:

I never have loading docks where we use ATV's. But ditches do work ok at times agreed.

Novel concept "flatbed" LoL

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« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2017, 12:24:20 PM »
I didn't misspell it! I just made fun of it.

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« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2017, 02:40:21 PM »
That truck needs some tree branch scratches Nate  :laugh:

I never have loading docks where we use ATV's. But ditches do work ok at times agreed.

Novel concept "flatbed" LoL



oh there are a few scratches on her already
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