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ARE HD series advice

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Brokinarrow, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Aug 23, 2017 at 6:55 AM
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    $2000+ is a common price tag for a new cap/shell. Would recomend you keep on eye in the classifieds, as people are selling their fairly new ones all the time at a discount. If buying new, spring for all the options you think you might want, because they are more expensive later. Trying to get it sealed is the hardest part. Took me three times and two different shops. Was leaking from the front bed corners. Being out east like you, also check out Ranch and Century tops. Same molds as Leer and Snugtop without the inflated brand name price. I have a Leer 100XR as reference. Hope this helps
     
  2. Nov 29, 2017 at 7:07 PM
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    how much did you pay for your camper if you don't mind me asking? Im looking at picking up a used ARE CX HD for $1700 wondering if it is a good deal
     
  3. Nov 29, 2017 at 8:22 PM
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    I have the V series with the same setup as OP posted. Folding T handle locks, aluminum inserts for windows and a folding sliding front window, and roof tracks. Total was north of 3G. I have zero leaks on my cap and love it.
    Worth every penny.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM
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    Better profile shot for OP, truck currently sits like this.
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  5. Aug 15, 2018 at 7:12 PM
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    Very cool, I inquired about an ARE CX HD. Told the shell doesn't come with tracks to run a Topper Rack but has supports at each corner. Not very clear but what bar set up did you use. I assume it uses the supports at each corner. I plan to run an RTT. Any pictures of your bars and RTT?
     
  6. Aug 16, 2018 at 7:06 PM
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    Just got my ARE CX series. It's a basic cap, pretty much the same as I had on my 2008 Taco. Was "only" $1450.00 but it doesn't have any of the extras.
     
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  7. Aug 17, 2018 at 11:08 AM
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    Do the HD load bars have T-slots in them or otherwise able to support the mounting an awning? I'm deciding whether to get the HD load bars or just the rails + aftermarket bars/rack.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2018 at 12:34 PM
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    The reason a lot of these are more expensive is options. A base CX topper new is under $2k, but each windoor is an extra $250. If you do T-handles and fiberglass on the doors instead of glass, that's another $100+ each. The options add up.

    My ARE MX was $4k with all the options. Don't tell my wife. :anonymous:
     
  9. Aug 17, 2018 at 12:48 PM
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    My v series was over 3k lol. Windoors and aluminum inserts with folding t handles will do that.
     
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  10. Aug 17, 2018 at 12:51 PM
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    I like your functionality of the roof rack. Just a normal day with no adventures using what you paid good money for in practical, everyday life. You don’t see that often...

    Probably because most users on here seem to leave their RTTs up 24/7
     
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    Can't speak for ARE specifically as I ended up with a Leer. But yeah they get pricey when you start doing the add ons like sliding front window, windoors, etc. However. It's a completely different truck with a topper on it, capable of so many more things that are important to me and wouldn't be possible without. So yeah, buy once, cry once. For me, worth it.
     
  12. Aug 17, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    MX series here also. Worth every gold plated penny. My installer new about the gaps in the front and used butyl and silicone. I even helped with some extra butyl before it went on. So far, stays dry, and it rains here in Fl like crazy all summer....at 3pm.20180810_151548.jpg 20180812_182137.jpg
     
  13. Aug 17, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    Gaps here...lift the side rail up and jam butyl in the gap. Installer also removed front piece and siliconed it.20180808_132419.jpg 20180808_132943.jpg 20180808_132928.jpg
     
  14. Aug 17, 2018 at 2:26 PM
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    I've got a CX HD - ($2550).

    The internal bars are double slotted for T-nuts - make mounting things inside the frame super easy.
    The slots are perfectly suited for running LED strips on the top slot for an invisible inside lighting system.

    I used a set of Thule Rack Adaptor Plates from Front Runner Outfitters to mount a FR rack to the load bars from A.R.E.
    That rack along with their Quick Release Tent Mounts makes mounting and removing my RTT easy.

    The topper was really the core of my build - well worth the money.
     
  15. Aug 17, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    Thanks!
     
  16. Aug 17, 2018 at 4:00 PM
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    Best explanation so far. Thanks now I’m getting one lol
     
  17. Sep 24, 2018 at 4:04 AM
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    I would definitely recommend the A. R. E. caps, especially the HD Series.
    Originally had a small leak coming in from the top cross bar posts, but a free trip back to the manufacturer got it fixed up right.
    During a tornado that passed through CT back in May, an entire tree came down on my Taco. if it wasn't for the HD Series cap, my car would have been totalled. Instead there was a few paint scratches, and a dent in my roof. The cap got sent back to A. R. E., because the roof rack post got smashed through the cap due to the weight. All in all, the cap repairs were done by them, and cost me only 550$.
    If that doesnt convince you of A. R. E. 's quality, I don't know what will. especially their support has been great, they're straightforward, and honest about their costs. Worth every penny.

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    (These pictures are from after I got the car back from. repair.)
     
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  18. Oct 8, 2018 at 10:39 PM
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    Was looking at how you attached the rack from the bottom. Is there a way to attach it straight to the rack? Do you have close up picture of the mounting point on the top of the shell. Was looking at doing a similar setup
     
  19. Oct 9, 2018 at 7:26 AM
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    Hey! The type of material A. R.E. uses for the internal frame is the T-Slotted Framing McMaster Carr sells:
    https://www.mcmaster.com/structural-framing

    just find out what slotting size you have, and anything you want to build off of it is in your hands!
     
  20. Oct 9, 2018 at 7:53 AM
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    Thanks but I was looking at his setup with the fr rack. It’s mounted to the bottom slot. Seems like if you could mount it on top of the hd skeleton without the round crossbar. It would support the weight better and not rest on the underside bolts
     

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