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Best Truck Cap brands

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by FD Harrison, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. FD Harrison

    FD Harrison [OP] "New Guy on the meat wagon"

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    Here is the deal. I am looking at modifying my Tacoma come this summer/earlyfall. It's a 09 reg cab 4x4 black. I have been looking to add a truck cap. It's either going to be a Leer or A.R.E. I need assistance in which brand looks best. So if you guys send some pictures of rides with caps on them that would be awesome.
     
  2. skidooman

    skidooman I'm your huckleberry

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    You didnt mention Snugtop. If you have ruled them out, no big, but if not, I would look into them too. I've only had mine a few months, but I am happy with it. I looked at Leer and Snugtop, and picked the snugtop because they do the vented windoors in a short bed, and also have a frameless rear window. Heres some pics.
    Theres also this thread that has a lot of pictures.
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/13598-show-me-your-shell.html
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  3. berg2065

    berg2065 Well-Known Member

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    Here is my reg cab with an ARE with vented windoors. Has been a great cap so far. If you are looking to carry heavy loads (up to 400lbs) on the roof, Leer has a great model for that.


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  4. NetDep

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    Not so sure about "best" since so many personal issues rule that decision -- but I have a LEER and really like it a lot! Pics of truck and one of the inside on my Tacoma set on my Flickr page....good luck - I love having a cap/topper/canopy..... :)
     
  5. MountainEarth

    MountainEarth Well-Known Member

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    Leer, ARE, Snugtop all make good caps. And they've all are susceptible to the occassional problem. Most problems are easy to fix. And if there is a problem with the fiberglass mold or paint, they all include lifetime coverage (at least in mid level caps and up). For what it's worth, I recently learned that none of them actually warranty the windows, door, and frames beyond a year. Only the fiberglass and paint. Just choose a good local dealer / installer who will stand behind the work if a problem arises. I have a Leer 100XR. Been great, no problems. Even took a beating with golf ball sized hail without a mark (couldn't say the same for the truck!). Only thing I wish I had done differently ... get remote keyless entry for the shell.
     
  6. FD Harrison

    FD Harrison [OP] "New Guy on the meat wagon"

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    Thank you all for your input so far. Snugtop is out as there is not any dealers in western NY (that I can find) or I would go with them. All of your guys trucks look awesome.
     
  7. Devilscar

    Devilscar What do you mean I can't go there?

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    What can I, Should I get for a 2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab with the extended bed?
     
  8. 2007 tacoma

    2007 tacoma Well-Known Member

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    I'd start here:

    http://www.4are.com/

    http://www.leer.com/

    http://www.snugtop.com/

    See which ones have dealers in your area. They also have configurators on the websites which show you which models are available for your truck with which options.

    Unfortuantely there are no SnugTop dealers near me. I've picked the a Leer and ARE that I'd be happy with and which options I want. I'm going see which one will give me the best deal next.
     
  9. Speck

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    You can get a Jason shell also, I just got one. It saved me about $1000 compared to the other brands. About $1400 painted/installed, slider/flip down front, flip up side, and warranty. A guy in Houston would do it for around $1000 but it wasn't really worth the drive/time for me.

    Call around and get quotes, then use them to negotiate a better price.

    http://www.jasoncaps.com/

    I just got the base model because I care more about utility than anything else, but they have several grades of shell.
     
  10. lucky73

    lucky73 Limited

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    snugtop is best for gen1 and get the oversized windows
     
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  11. 2007 tacoma

    2007 tacoma Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. There's not a Jason dealer local to me so I didn't think of them. Looking on their site, there's 3 within 100 miles so I'll talk to them.

    If anything it'll help negotiate with the ARE and Leer dealers, but I'll drive a couple hundred miles to save $1000 any day.

     
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