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Anyone put a 1st gen canopy on a 2nd gen?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by whiteynut, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Feb 7, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    whiteynut

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    I've been looking since last fall for a canopy for my '06 DC long box. Cheapest price I've found new is $1850 and haven't seen one locally used. There is no way a new canopy is in the budget. Was curious if anyone has put a narrower canopy on?

    I see lots of the older models availible cheap but they're about 2 1/2 inches narrower. Put one on last fall but it was dark out & couldn't get a good look at it. The edge was sitting on the boxrail, but only 3/4 inch each side. I'm thinking 6 L brackets between the canopy & anchor rail would keep it secure. Has anyone tried this yet?
     
  2. Feb 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    i doubt it will fit, the first gen bed is smaller than the 2nd gen
     
  3. Feb 7, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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  4. Mar 23, 2011 at 8:49 PM
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    After almost 6 months of looking for a canopy made for my '06, I got a Unicover that was made to fit an older Taco. While I was looking, the cheapest canopy I could find that was made for a 2nd gen was $1700.That canopy was on a '05, purchased new when the truck was. No vented windows, no lights.......sweet f**k all plain jane. For lifting side windows I was looking at $2400 plus tax.

    Being the cheap bugger I am, I splurged $100 for this cap. I realize it is butt ugly. Don't really care. I prefer function over form. All lift shocks & locks work, no holes or major dents. It is all aluminum so is very light & has the side lifting windows I wanted. Paint might follow once things warm up here.
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    So if you're looking for a canopy with a low budget & aren't fussy, there are always options.
     
  5. Mar 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    ^looks just fine to me.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2011 at 8:53 PM
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    The 2nd gen are wider in the front, I got 1 1/2 overlap each side in the front. Back end is about the same width.
     
  7. Mar 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    I have to agree. I see a very practical canopy there - rack on top, side doors, and if you do give 'er a new paint job I think you'll be quite pleased with the results.

    Great job on finding something that works for you!

    Something to ponder for the future. I had a very limited budget as well when I was searching for a canopy. I ended up cold calling rental car places where I noticed that they had canopy's on their Tacoma's. I was fortunate and eventually, and I mean eventually, (it took over a year) found a rental car establishment that was turning over a few Tacomas and I was able to pick up a canopy for quite cheap.
     
  8. Mar 23, 2011 at 9:30 PM
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    Hey Halfling ,

    Is that a Leer DCC ?
     
  9. Mar 23, 2011 at 9:41 PM
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    Hey Canuckle head :D

    It's a Unicover.
     
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    Cool .

    Good scrounge .
     
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    Im in the same boat, I don't really care what it looks like as long as it keeps me mostly dry when im camping. Curious as to the width on that one, I suppose I could modify something to fit. Plenty of $100-$300 Canopy's. 6'3x5ft which is a bit narrow but perfect length.
     
  12. Mar 24, 2011 at 5:05 AM
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    I would say dont do it, I remember back in 04 when the 05's just came out someone tried it and it messed up the bed and cracked it. I will try and find the post on TTORA.
     
  14. Mar 24, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    I don't know how the bed would get cracked from the canopy... but I'm all ears. I don't want to mess up my truck.

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    Found the thread. http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/showthread.php?t=991&highlight=canopy+bed+crack
    The link in the 1st post by the OP with the crack. http://www.tundrasolutions.com/foru...ior/33103-cracked-my-05-tacoma-composite-bed/
    This does concern me because I do alot of firewood hauling. I have mine mounted with clamps to the C channel. Is this how the proper 2nd gen canopies mounted?
     
  15. Mar 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM
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    I made it through about 10 pages of the 2nd link. I do think I should be carefull on how I secure the canopy, but this explanation made the most sense to me.

    Thoughts?
     
  16. Mar 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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    The 2nd Gen Leer RCC canopy I have coming is secured to threaded blocks in the bed rails .

    I have a hard time understanding how the cap , mounted this way , could crack the bed .
     
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