DiamondBack Covers are a well-known, durable tonneau cover brand, but a shrewd consumer knows the importance of considering alternatives. After all, there are other weight-bearing, durable, and lockable aluminum tonneau covers out there.
Renegade stands apart from the crowd, offering a legitimate DiamondBack cover alternative. After all, both DiamondBack and Renegade tonneau covers boast key features, useful for various applications. While both are heavy-duty and secure, it’s important to note the differences in their design, construction, build quality, and functionality.
DiamondBack vs. Renegade: How Are They Different?
The DiamondBack Cover is made with an aluminum diamond plating construction and covered with a rough bedliner material. DiamondBack has hinges on top of the cover so it is not a flat top. Tie downs and accessories also protrude on top of the cover. The height of the DiamondBack cover is about 2.75 inches measured from the top of the bed rail, excluding any hardware or accessories.
DiamondBack Build Quality
In terms of build quality, the DiamondBack Cover has external welds and keyed locks in the front and back to access the bed. There are 2 pins that engage for each of the 2 locks on this model for a total of 4 locking pins. Inside the DiamondBack cover, they’ve tack welded the cross member support bars to the cover.
DiamondBacks’ premium model can hold up to 1,600 lbs. on top of the bed cover. As for sealing, the cover comes with a tall profile soft EPDM seal and has good water resistance capabilities.
Upon unlocking and opening the DiamondBack cover, the struts lift and keep the cover sections open. Since it doesn’t fold on top of itself, it can prevent you from accessing the full truck bed.
You can remove each of the two clamshell panels of the cover by unhooking the struts and sliding them off. The middle section is not removable without tools. You can access about 1/3 of the end of the bed with the cover open and you can’t haul something too tall because of the clam section of the cover.
Similar to the DiamondBack Cover, the Renegade Cover is made with an aluminum diamond plating construction. However, Renegade’s bed lining is in the middle of the section, with powder-coated edges, and an L-track.
The Renegade Cover is about 1.5 inches tall, and overall has a cleaner appearance than the DiamondBack. It has a flat top without accessories attached, since the hardware providing its functionality is streamlined on the underside. This opens up the space on top of your truck bed cover for a variety of applications.
The Renegade cover also has an integrated L-track, compatible with all of the Renegade accessories (and most from other companies by using a Threaded Stud Attachment) for added functionality and security. You can attach anchors or create an overland system by adding accessories like the Renegade Racks. Other accessories include Aero Bars and Headache Stops.
Renegade Build Quality
Renegade Covers are designed without external welds, and have a keyless security mechanism. There is a rail system with 8 pins that engage to keep the cover secured to the truck bed. The support beams underneath the cover are friction stir welded across the entire width of the bed cover.
As opposed to the DiamondBack, Renegade Covers can hold up to 2,000 lbs. In addition, the Renegade cover uses a firm low profile P seal which has good water resistance capabilities.
The Renegade Cover allows for a richer diversity of uses, when compared to the DiamondBack. For example, you can unlock the tailgate end by about 2 feet and have no height restrictions, then fold open the cover further to get 4 feet of access to your truck bed.
The cab section of the cover can also be opened independently. Plus, the entire Renegade cover removes easily with no tools by folding it into thirds, releasing the cab pins, and lifting it off the bed.
While Renegade and DiamondBack have a lot in common, the Renegade Cover is lower profile, yet more secure, capable, and versatile. The Renegade design unleashes your truck–and you–for whatever’s ahead. No one can predict the future, but with Renegade, you can be sure your truck is ready to handle it.
Renegade Tonneau Cover (original)
Renegade cover is a highly modular, heavy-duty tonneau cover for your truck with top in class for security and functionality.
- Weight Bearing up to 2,000 lbs
- Made with military-grade aluminum construction
- Integrated L-Track for multiple accessory mounting
- 4 Heavy-Duty anchor points included with the purchase
The Renegade Aero Bars are perfect for the individual who wants to stow and transport a bike. They are modeled after the high-end bike racks that are sold for car rooftops. If you have accessories that fit these car roof systems, chances are it will fit the universal Renegade Aero Bars. Easily attach most bike racks onto the Aero Bars. The installation is very straightforward. Requiring only 4 bolts and no drilling. The aero bars mount to the L-Track system anywhere on the cover crosswise.