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Old 04-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #41
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It was 62.99 from truckalterations.com. I'm not terribly impressed with it.

Wrote a review here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/pro...te-review.html
not a bad price, but the review was disheartening. sucks!
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It was 62.99 from truckalterations.com. I'm not terribly impressed with it.

Wrote a review here: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/pro...te-review.html
I took a look at the pop & lock your writing about. Hate that it didn't work out. I went with the standard and it has done well. I'd contact pop & lock and see what they will do for you. Luckily the top is doing well at least.
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Thought I would wait for six months after purchase to do a review on my Extang Solid Fold Tonneau Cover to see if it was really a good purchase. I did a lot of research while still overseas on what I wanted to do with my DCLB before purchase in August 2012. A low-profile, hard tonneau cover was a certainty. It is not uncommon for me to travel across the US and I was looking for something with a low-profile, easy to remove, weatherproof, and provided security. Some of the low profiles had a wire latch in the rear that takes a hangar and literally minutes to open and remove. Not for me. It came down to the Fold-A-Cover G4 Elite and the Extang Solid Fold. They G4 provided better security with locking mechanisms in the front and rear and provided more bed space when secured open. The drawback was the removal process wasn't simple. It takes several minutes to remove and once the rails are in place you don't want to remove them. The Extang met all my criteria. The cheapest price I found online was with Truck Alterations. I called, ordered, and installed within a few days. I also ordered a Pop & Lock which Luke installed when I went to pickup the cover. If you don't get this with virtually any tonneau, the bed will still let down and leave your stuff unsecure. I do not know if the G4 requires this.

As you can see, the Extang is low profile. This is a big plus for me. I had a camper cover on my last Tacoma and didn't want that any longer.



There are no keys to secure the cover, but there are clamps at the front and rear of the cover. The clamps fit directly onto the rails. The front clamps are secured by easily screwing a handle. After initial install I bought five washers for each of the front clamps so it wouldn't take so long to secure (although it only takes approx 1 minute anyway). The rear clamps are spring loaded and a bit more difficult as the require you to pull and push to seed them onto the rail. I didn't mind this since the tighter the spring, the more difficult it would be to get into the bed of the truck.



After a few days and a washing, I realized there were gaps in the Extang and the bed. I put down weather stripping along the bed closest to the cab. There were still gaps, so I put another two inch piece of weather stripping in the front inside corners near the cab. Six months later, the cover is actually more waterproof than it was when I first bought it. Water does not come in at all when it rains and only a few drops when washing with a heavy spray. This has been better than I ever expected.



A big issue for many is whether you can use rails or not with the cover installed. You can use the rails except for where the clamps secure. I took a picture of a bed cleat to show they would fit. The front rail can be used in total since there are no clamps next to the cab.



Even when secured, the Extang can be folded open and secured to two clamps next to the cab. This allows use of approx 2/3 of the bed. This was a negative for me in comparison to the G4 that allows use of most of the bed. The positive is the cover doesn't block the field of view when secured open.



The Extang is lightweight and literally takes 2-3 minutes to install/uninstall with only one person. There are no additional rails. What you see, is what comes with it.
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i wouldn't recomende this cover I had mine for 6 months now and its leaking like crazy... today i left all my camping gear in the box, and took it out after a few hours of rain and everything was wet! the weather stripping on the side where the cover folds gets pretty beat up, it creates a gap and water is rushing in dripping along the edge all over the inside of the bed...

i know there not waterprof but I should have all my stuff soak every time its raining kind of sucks really.

he water I am having is coming front the middle section...
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i wouldn't recomende this cover I had mine for 6 months now and its leaking like crazy... today i left all my camping gear in the box, and took it out after a few hours of rain and everything was wet! the weather stripping on the side where the cover folds gets pretty beat up, it creates a gap and water is rushing in dripping along the edge all over the inside of the bed...

i know there not waterprof but I should have all my stuff soak every time its raining kind of sucks really.

he water I am having is coming front the middle section...
Went to the car wash today to see if something changed that I hadn't paid attention to. Used the high pressure wand all around the tonneau (truck was dirty like it is supposed to be). Still only had two small areas where water barely trickled in along side of bed. Nothing in the bed was even close to wet. You may have a bad cover or install isn't quite right.
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I'm in the same boat, mine does leak. I've been meaning to put in some extra weather stripping but I always forget to pick some up. I may just call Extang and see what they say.
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When I camp I use a truck bed tent, so the Tonneau comes off every single time. From removing it and putting it back on I've totally munched the weather stripping along the edges, but you know what's funny is, even in crazy rain it is still totally dry. Had mine probably a year and a half now ? There is 0 leaking in the centers where it folds, and tiny trickles maybe where the folding it along the edges. None of my camping gear ever gets wet though.

My main gripe is, after using the many washers technique to make the front clamps work with the bed rails, they are both a bit bent and are now hard to tighten.

Just because I remove and replace mine so often, I am actually going to look into getting two more of the rear spring clamps for the front. They seem to hold very securely and will let me take the thing on and off in seconds.

Loving it so far though.

OH, OP, if still monitoring, have you closed your last flap, only to discover that you hadn't clicked the spring clamps in securely and ended up with two little dents? I sure have haha.
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When I camp I use a truck bed tent, so the Tonneau comes off every single time. From removing it and putting it back on I've totally munched the weather stripping along the edges, but you know what's funny is, even in crazy rain it is still totally dry. Had mine probably a year and a half now ? There is 0 leaking in the centers where it folds, and tiny trickles maybe where the folding it along the edges. None of my camping gear ever gets wet though.

My main gripe is, after using the many washers technique to make the front clamps work with the bed rails, they are both a bit bent and are now hard to tighten.

Just because I remove and replace mine so often, I am actually going to look into getting two more of the rear spring clamps for the front. They seem to hold very securely and will let me take the thing on and off in seconds.

Loving it so far though.

OH, OP, if still monitoring, have you closed your last flap, only to discover that you hadn't clicked the spring clamps in securely and ended up with two little dents? I sure have haha.

LOL. Typically don't have the cover open, but when it happens I've been lucky enough to remember to secure it. I'm still at only 11 months with and have no bending on the front clamps. Still dry inside regardless of the situation though.
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I've been looking pretty hard at the Extang Solid Fold. It seems to be fairly water tight, I can still use the Toyota rail system, & if I need the truck bed, it takes all of 2 minutes to remove. My only concern is how durable is the finish on the cover? Does is scratch easy? Will the finish last the life of the truck or will it fade, chip, etc?
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It doesn't scratch easy but will if youre not careful. it will dent easy if you're not careful. If you don't stow the clips and let it call on itself you can put a nice dent on it.

Can't comment on the finish since I've only had mine two months. Nie thing is there is a 3 year warranty which I hope it will cover if I do have any issues. Their CS is amazing.
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It doesn't scratch easy but will if youre not careful. it will dent easy if you're not careful. If you don't stow the clips and let it call on itself you can put a nice dent on it.

Can't comment on the finish since I've only had mine two months. Nie thing is there is a 3 year warranty which I hope it will cover if I do have any issues. Their CS is amazing.
Their customer service is quite good. I had an extang trifecta on my previous truck & had to use their customer service & they are definitely top notch.
I'm just planning on having the truck & cover for the next 10 years & dont want the cover to look like crap by year 4 or 5. Thanks for the heads up on it denting easily.
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@krob: I have the Extang Trifecta (the soft tri-fold style) and the dealer mounted four brackets for the front and rear clamps! I didn't know it would fit directly in the Tacoma's tracks... The four brackets make it easier to mount back on (you'll maybe save 2-3 minutes) because you already have the location to mount the clamps...

Didn't you have those 4 brackets?



Extang make good products... I had a Trifecta on my old Ranger for three years, and it was still in mint shape... I still take good care of my stuff...
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My clamps did not bend because I drove with them off. They bent because I am tightening the thing sort of against the rail, caused them to bend that way. 4 spring clamps would be perfect though.
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@krob: I have the Extang Trifecta (the soft tri-fold style) and the dealer mounted four brackets for the front and rear clamps! I didn't know it would fit directly in the Tacoma's tracks... The four brackets make it easier to mount back on (you'll maybe save 2-3 minutes) because you already have the location to mount the clamps...

Didn't you have those 4 brackets?



Extang make good products... I had a Trifecta on my old Ranger for three years, and it was still in mint shape... I still take good care of my stuff...
Those brackets didn't come in my box that I saw.
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I got those brackets. I only use them in the rear of the bed.
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Those brackets didn't come in my box that I saw.
Oh ok... Well if they fit in the Tacoma's tracks, why bother
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Thought I would wait for six months after purchase to do a review on my Extang Solid Fold Tonneau Cover to see if it was really a good purchase. I did a lot of research while still overseas on what I wanted to do with my DCLB before purchase in August 2012. A low-profile, hard tonneau cover was a certainty. It is not uncommon for me to travel across the US and I was looking for something with a low-profile, easy to remove, weatherproof, and provided security. Some of the low profiles had a wire latch in the rear that takes a hangar and literally minutes to open and remove. Not for me. It came down to the Fold-A-Cover G4 Elite and the Extang Solid Fold. They G4 provided better security with locking mechanisms in the front and rear and provided more bed space when secured open. The drawback was the removal process wasn't simple. It takes several minutes to remove and once the rails are in place you don't want to remove them. The Extang met all my criteria. The cheapest price I found online was with Truck Alterations. I called, ordered, and installed within a few days. I also ordered a Pop & Lock which Luke installed when I went to pickup the cover. If you don't get this with virtually any tonneau, the bed will still let down and leave your stuff unsecure. I do not know if the G4 requires this.

As you can see, the Extang is low profile. This is a big plus for me. I had a camper cover on my last Tacoma and didn't want that any longer.



There are no keys to secure the cover, but there are clamps at the front and rear of the cover. The clamps fit directly onto the rails. The front clamps are secured by easily screwing a handle. After initial install I bought five washers for each of the front clamps so it wouldn't take so long to secure (although it only takes approx 1 minute anyway). The rear clamps are spring loaded and a bit more difficult as the require you to pull and push to seed them onto the rail. I didn't mind this since the tighter the spring, the more difficult it would be to get into the bed of the truck.



After a few days and a washing, I realized there were gaps in the Extang and the bed. I put down weather stripping along the bed closest to the cab. There were still gaps, so I put another two inch piece of weather stripping in the front inside corners near the cab. Six months later, the cover is actually more waterproof than it was when I first bought it. Water does not come in at all when it rains and only a few drops when washing with a heavy spray. This has been better than I ever expected.



A big issue for many is whether you can use rails or not with the cover installed. You can use the rails except for where the clamps secure. I took a picture of a bed cleat to show they would fit. The front rail can be used in total since there are no clamps next to the cab.



Even when secured, the Extang can be folded open and secured to two clamps next to the cab. This allows use of approx 2/3 of the bed. This was a negative for me in comparison to the G4 that allows use of most of the bed. The positive is the cover doesn't block the field of view when secured open.



The Extang is lightweight and literally takes 2-3 minutes to install/uninstall with only one person. There are no additional rails. What you see, is what comes with it.
Thanks for the awesome review of this tonneau cover! This review swayed my decision to purchase Extang Solid Fold. I too was torn between the Fold-A-Cover G4 and the Extang Solid Fold, mainly because of the fact that you get to keep the Toyota rail system with both covers. The main features that made my mind up was how fast the cover was removed if the entire truck bed was needed, and how simple the installation was compared to the G4. Also, the AMAZING deal from Luke at Truckalterations.com didn't hurt either. It should hopefully be here Monday/Tuesday & I'm looking forward to installing it.
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