I have a 2009 Tacoma Double Cab with the short bed and am thinking of getting a cap for the bed. The threads in this forum have been very informative but there were a few questions that I could not find answers to. This is the first truck I've owned, always had compact cars in the past, so I'm starting from scratch in terms of knowledge.
A friend told me that the tailgate is easily stolen if I do not have a lock on it. If I get a cap with a locking rear door, will the door overhang prevent the tailgate from being opened so that I do not have to install a lock on the tailgate as well? Or will the tailgate still be open-able and I still need to get a tailgate lock to prevent someone from taking the tailgate?
What are the plusses and minuses of framed rear doors and frameless rear doors on the truck caps? I like the way the frameless ones look better, but was wondering which is more secure and which type of hinge is less likely to break.
In one of the threads I read, someone said ARE caps do not use the bed rail system to install. How are they attached then?
For those caps that do install using the bed rail system, can I still use the D rings from the dealer that fit in the rails if I get one of those caps?
Does adding a truck cap require drilling any holes in the truck?
If I get a sliding fold down window, will the bars of the sliding window on the cap match up with the bars of the sliding windows on the truck? Does that vary from brand to brand? Leer and ARE are sold locally and there is a Snugtop dealership about 2 hours away.
I did go and talk with a dealer that sold Leer and ARE truck caps, but the salesman was kind of vague in his answers, e.g. didn't know if the sliding window bars would match up with the sliding window of the truck, so I wasn't sure how dependable his answers were.
Also, the salesman told me that the bolts that bolt bed rail system to the side of the bed are the same bolts that hold the bed together. That if I tried to take the rails off, the entire bed and fenders would come apart. I wasn't planning on taking the rails off, but was wondering if this is true, that those bolts are holding the fenders on? So then there is not a metal bed under the plastic? The plastic is the actual bed?
Thanks in advance!