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Broken Ford soft tonneau

Well I managed to break two of the corner pieces that go between the rails at each of the corners. Does anyone know what brand the Ford cover is or where I could get replacement pieces? I think it's Extang but I'm not certain.
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I broke mine as well. I repaired it with glue and screws. lol.

If you find out who makes them I would like to know. but i figure it might just be cheaper to buy a new cover all together. at least for me...
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i got extang soft cover... but idk which one ur talking about
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I broke two of these pieces. There should be 2 'ears' on it, but one of them broke off.

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oh my tonneau doesnt have any pieces like that, sry i cant help
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yep that is what i did to mine. kyle get a short screw and some good glue and screw that one corner back on if you still have it.
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Well I found something on ford's website, the base part number is 501A42, but I don't really know what that means. I will have to go to a dealer sometime and see what I can find out.
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Kyle, I have my old tonneau which was damaged and one of those corners (or two, don't remember) is broken. I should have a couple of good ones though. Let me know if you don't find what you need or it's too much money to be worth it and you can have these for a pittance, lol.
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Extang uses a grey metal that is very similar but it is not an Extang. Most likely since Extang uses a different lock system in the rails they will not work. Shouldn't Ford have a replacement?
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For what it's worth, mine was "genuine Ford" -- whoever makes it, lol.
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Yeah mine has a Ford tag on it. It came with the truck so I don't have a clue what brand it actually is, but since the previous owner was a Ford mechanic I'd imagine it's "genuine Ford" also.

John if you know where your corners are, I've got my paypal ready and I wouldn't mind taking them off your hands. I'm sure they'd be an arm and a leg from Ford.
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from what i know ford doesnt make them they bought them in a huge amount there was something on this on the old GE and you couldnt get parts
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Yeah mine has a Ford tag on it. It came with the truck so I don't have a clue what brand it actually is, but since the previous owner was a Ford mechanic I'd imagine it's "genuine Ford" also.

John if you know where your corners are, I've got my paypal ready and I wouldn't mind taking them off your hands. I'm sure they'd be an arm and a leg from Ford.
Let me go in the basement and dig out the rails and make sure I've got them.

[...time passes...]

Here they are. I didn't clean them up, but they're in fine shape. They've just been downstairs gathering dust and spiders -- but I won't charge extra for the spiders. The hardware is there also.

I'll put you on the spot: offer me a pittance, but be sure to include enough to ship them, lol. Whatever you want is fine with me -- maybe I'll get a lunch at McDonalds out of it...
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Those look different than the ones from my truck... Mine don't have any screws in them?
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ya there not even close to being the same...

like i tryed to say ford buys these in bulk from company's and rebrand them as there own..
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That being the case there could be SEVERAL manufacturers. What holds yours in then? These are the "set screws" that hold the corner in the rail.

Good thing I took the pics before we went to all the trouble, lol!
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Actually, I don't see much difference in them. What differences there are appear minor -- screws not withstanding.

To clarify: those screws never end up that far in. They just go in far enough to clamp against the rails. There is no threading or anything in my rails.
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mine uses a small pressure clip in each rail to hold them in. Just to be safe, I think I'll take a look at what the dealer has, and then I may try Zach's advice to use a screw and some glue and hope that holds. If worse comes to worse I may take a chance on those. Thanks so much for the offer and the effort of finding them though John!
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Not a problem. They weren't actually "buried" strangely enough, considering all the junk I have, lol.

I repaired one of mine with good epoxy and a small screw used as a "pin" to hold the broken end to the main body. It lasted until I took the cover off and it's still good -- but I wouldn't advise using it, lol. Still, I would try a repair before you spend any bucks -- you might be just fine.

It think it's different for "tilt tonno's) an stuff like that -- but this style I think you can get away with it. I did for about 6 months anyway.
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I also had this "breaking" problem on my F-350. I bought a retractable hard cover made by Retrax. Kept it for 5 years and it looked and worked as good the day I sold the truck as the day I bought it.

I ordered one for my Ranger. They are kind of spendy (about twice the cost) of a soft tonneau cover, but since my old tonneau only lasted about a year and a half - well - you can do the math. I especially like the fact that you can lock it anywhere along the track, and the cover itself is lockable. I'm just waiting for a break in the constant rain here to install it. Install only takes about an hour and keeps the bed 99.9 percent dry, even in Or-E-Gun rain!
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