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A.R.E overland topper owners

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Teecoma, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. Nov 14, 2018 at 2:27 PM
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    Teecoma

    Teecoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone confirm that the sides do not touch exterior paint? Meaning does it hang over the plastic bed rails or rub cab anywhere? Thanks in advance for answers.
     
  2. Nov 14, 2018 at 2:31 PM
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    they do not. that said, I highly recommend putting some kind of foam/rubber in between bed rail and topper.... available on Amazon.
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2018 at 2:37 PM
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    Because of scratching bed caps or for sealant?
     
  4. Nov 14, 2018 at 3:37 PM
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    On my 2nd gen it rubbed on the front of the bed near the cab, and wore the paint away. I think this was more of an issue with the cap moving because of off-roading vs it just touch all the time.
     
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  5. Nov 15, 2018 at 8:53 AM
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    both.

    FYI, if you are looking for 100% waterproof you will need to plug certain holes and gaps in your truck bed.
     
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  6. Nov 15, 2018 at 9:29 AM
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    I'm not sure about the overland specifically, but I would recommend some paint protection on the top few inches of the tailgate. The rubber flap on the rear door is likely to rub there.
     
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  7. Nov 15, 2018 at 10:53 AM
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    I researched about sealing the Tacoma gaps at the front. I’m also wondering if people have removed caps and saw damage. This is my first topper. I don’t want to harm the truck if I end up going back topless.
     
  8. Nov 15, 2018 at 11:11 AM
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    https://www.amazon.com/ESI-Premium-...308557&sr=8-3&keywords=truck+topper+seal+tape

    I was in your same position, my first truck and first topper. some advice:

    use something like this rubber tape. if you are having it professionally installed, you must INSIST that they will put this tape on. my dealer didn't. I added it on after.

    mounting the cap is easy, if you have 2-4 dudes help out. its not too heavy, just awkward.

    the cap is secured by 4 C clamps. these clamps may shift over time, like when you go wheeling, so make a habit of check their tightness regularly. I don't foresee any damage to your truck body UNLESS these clamps have shifted over time or you don't use the rubber tape.

    I ordered mine pre-installed with the tracks on the roof. this gave me the option to put a rack/rtt/whatever in the futre without me having to drill into the cap itself.

    having the LED light is very useful. I have a dog that sheds like hell, so no carpet for me.

    I love my cap, great quality. great looks, imo. the one draw back is that it does NOT have auto locking feature. keep that in mind. it's kind of a hassle to carry 2 keys to open every time. I know there is a Pop N lock for the tailgate, and I believe there is a Pop N Lock for the cap now too... all for about $200.

    good luck.
     
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  9. Nov 15, 2018 at 11:47 AM
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    Great information that is one reason why I love this forum.
     

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