Thanks puttputt56! the rear tailgate latch stud is in the way of opening the lid.
We measured it out and took it into account before making cuts, but somehow we managed to forget about it when the actual cutting time came. thats when i learned to measure 50 times and cut once. haha. now you just have to open the lid up an inch or two before fully sliding it out. i'll get some pictures of it slid out of the tailgate as soon as i get around to stealin my dad's camera and snappin some.
im interested in the battery operated lights for the inside. where would i find these? have a link?