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Bestop Supertop Tailgate Bar/Gap

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by benk0, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Jul 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM
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    benk0

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    I just installed the Bestop Supertop on my longbed and have one question for other owners... do you have a gap between the tailgate bar and the top of the tailgate or does your bulbseal touch the top of the tailgate?

    I have a 1/4" gap all the way across.

    Anyone have images of the ends of their bedrails and how the tailgate bar attaches? The instructions were a little lacking in that one department.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jul 11, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    lndcrzr

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    my bulb seal does not touch the tail gate you can slide it down on the metal flange it is on so it will touch i think but was afraid it would off.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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    just a couple comfort items.
    My seal just barley hits the top of the tailgate. The metal crossbar slides onto the bottom of the soft window with the bar facing forward and the bulb seal down if you get what I mean.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    Timber,

    Are those the factory spare steelies you have on your rig?
     
  5. Jul 11, 2010 at 10:02 PM
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    just a couple comfort items.
    Yes they are but off a tundra base model. I have never measured but I think the backspace may be a little different than the taco wheels. They seem to be a little farther out or away from my uca than even my stock trd alloys ???
    Edit, I just reread you question and they are not the spare wheels they are off the base model Tundra truck from 3 or 4 years ago. The way to tell the difference is the stockers have round holes all the way around and the spare wheels have all round holes except where the valve stem is, that one is oblong
     
  6. Jul 11, 2010 at 10:04 PM
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    Where did you get them? I would trade my Mojave's in a second for those!
     
  7. Jul 11, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    just a couple comfort items.
    Craigs List $ 75.00 for the 4 of them.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    Sweet score.
     
  9. Jul 12, 2010 at 7:17 AM
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    The gap.... it's more like 1/2". Pretty big for the instructions saying the bulb seal should rest on the top of the tailgate.

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  10. Jul 12, 2010 at 7:36 AM
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    This happened to mine when i first installed the top. Check the spacing on your C clamps that you install in the track to secure the metal rails. I had to move mine down a bit close to the tail gait, but it solved the problem. This created a perfect seal that is snug every time i open and close the tail gate. I hope this helps!!!
     
  11. Jul 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    Thanks for the info... mine are as far as they can go to the end with the caps.
     
  12. Mar 30, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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    not sure if you ever found a solution to your problem, and i know this is an old thread, but i had this same issue when i first installed the tailgate bar. i looked at it for a bit, then i realized i had it in backwards. if you flip it around, the little lip that hooks into the hooks on either side of the tailgate is poorly designed, as it can be easily installed backwards. like i said before this is a very old thread, and if i dont help you to figure out whats wrong, at least i might help future bestop owners. good luck
     
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    I agree with jack. I fought with the tailgate bar for what seemed like ages. Stupid instructions aren't much help. But after an adult beverage to calm down, I suddenly saw it! haha
     
  14. Apr 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    yea the instruction are little to be desired. Should have come with a CD Video Install instructions
     
  15. Apr 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    lol for real... at least some better pictures
    i mean i figured out eventually but i definitely had a few wtf moments
     
  16. Apr 2, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    there should totally be a bestop sticky somewhere. there are a ton of threads all with different issues in them.
     
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