This guide serves as installation procedure for the BuiltRight Industries Bedside Rack System for the 2015 to 2018 Ford F-150. The system can be purchased a full set of four panels or as individual panels. This guide will cover the installation of the passenger side panels, but the procedure will be mirrored on the driver's side.
BuiltRight Bedside Rack System Installation - 2015-2018 Ford F-150
This installation is very straight forward and shouldn’t take more than 15-20min. A cordless impact driver isn’t necessary, but might speed up the process. If you’re not installing the full kit, but only one or two panels, the procedure is very similar. Consider laying out the clamps and such that you intend to use with the MOLLE and slotted features and then mounting them to the panels prior to installation. This will be substantially easier than fishing nuts and bolts behind the panels after they’ve been installed!
If you’re using a topper or tonneau cover with your truck, you may find that you need to reposition the clamps to suit the Bedside Rack System. You might find it helpful to flip the clamp(s) so that the bolt is towards the outside of the vehicle for more clearance as shown below.
- 1x Bedside Rack Driver’s Side Panel
- 1x Bedside Rack Passenger’s Side Panel
- 2x Bedside Rack Small Panel
- 2x Rubber bumper kit
- T30 Torx Socket w/ Ratchet
- Cordless Impact for T30 (optional)
1. The first step is to unpack your Bedside Rack System kit and ensure that you have the panels that you ordered. In this case, we’ll be installing the passenger side panels, shown below.
2. The second step is to prep the larger panel(s) by installing the rubber bumper in the lower forward corner. This is an optional step, but is helpful if your panel is warped at all and makes slight contact with the bedside, or if you’re carrying heavier loads. The bumper is installed using the included hardware of either a nut and bolt or a push-in tree clip. Both are shown below.
3. The next step is to remove the factory BoxLink brackets if equipped. Each of these brackets is held on by four (4) T30 Torx bolts. Remove these bolts and set them aside along with the brackets. We will reuse them all.
4. Wipe down the bedside where the racks will be mounted. Removing dirt and debris will ensure proper clamping force and a robust connection following installation.
5. Remove the two (2) T30 Torx bolts securing the rear tie-down point and set aside.
6. Position the first large panel in place and using the original bolts, loosely mount it and the BoxLink bracket to the bedside. Do not tighten at this point.
7. Replace the tie-down bracket and use the two original bolts to secure it. You may tighten these.
8. Position the smaller Bedside Rack panel along with the BoxLink bracket and use the original hardware to secure in place. Get all four bolts started before tightening.
9. Finally, you are free to proceed with mounting whatever accessories you may wish to use!
As always, please feel free to contact us via builtrightind.com with questions!