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API Clamps for Camper Shells

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Papa Tac, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    Papa Tac

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    http://apiclamps.com/ac110f.html
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/API-Truck-Cap-Camper-Shell-Canopy-Toyota-Tacoma-Clamps-/250682146738

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    I'm looking at these clamps for securing a camper shell and possibly some other bed ideas, like a DIY canoe rack.
    I assume others have used these... Can anyone tell me which of the three sizes is the best for our use? I'm guessing the medium (7/8") is the one.
    Anyone know offhand if these are available at any retail outlets in Canada?
    And does anyone know if regular C Clamps will work on our rails?
    BTW I'm a 2010 Access cab

    Thanks in advance for any advice
     
  2. Oct 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM
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    Crooked Beat

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    C clamps will not work. I have a Hawk Cap made by Paris Caps in Brantford ON. www.hawkcaps.com I am not sure they are still in business. They have special aluminum clamps made for Tacomas. Should be available at http://www.vanandtruckworld.com/. I saw a location in NL St John's last time I was there.

    You can see the clamps on the bed rack build thread
     
  3. Oct 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    cotruckin

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    I have something that looks very similar for my topper clamps. The one part of it doesnt go into the rail like this, but the rest looks the same and they work GREAT!!! Definately worth the money.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2012 at 6:34 AM
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    friction

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    Bumping an old one for anbody w/experience. Who has these?
     
  5. Mar 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM
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    12DblCab

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    Bump again to see if anyone has used these, including previous posters. I'm talking to a guy on Craigslist about buying his Leer shell, and these clamps look pretty easy to use.

     
  6. Mar 18, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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    AZBACKCOUNTRY

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    I have them on my ARE MX shell. They are easy to install in the deck rail,and easy to tighten and remove. So far shell has held well even in 4x4 rocky country .

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