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Bestop Velcro Issues

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by AZtacoma05, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Feb 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM
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    AZtacoma05

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    I bought my Bestop used a few months ago and have had the worst time trying to find velcro that would stay stuck along the front of my bed and when I drive down the freeway the vynel slaps against the window and annoys the hell out of me and I recently noticed it was causing the topper to wear out where its hitting the window. I didn't see any other threads on here with people having the same problems so it might just be me or because it's so hot here the adhesive just isn't strong enough to stick through the heat. In any case I figured out a simple solution that also seems like it's going to hold onto the topper much better so might be worth doing even if you aren't having trouble with the Velcro as it's much more secure. I ended up buying a few fasteners used to hold down boat covers and installed them along the front of the bed on top of the Velcro so it now Velcros on and locks. I used 5 fasteners which ended up putting them about 13" apart.

    Here's the fasteners I used
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    And a few shots installed

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    Hopefully this saves some people some trouble if they are having trouble with theirs. Fasteners were about $1.50 each and took less than an hour to install them all.
     
  2. Feb 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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    Great idea :thumbsup:
     
  3. Feb 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM
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  4. Feb 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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    Oh nice well hopefully this will help some people out I love everything else about it but I can't believe they thought velcro would be enough to hold it down. When I first put the velcro on it lasted about 2 days before it started flapping hah.
     
  5. Feb 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM
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  6. Feb 13, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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    Wow... i wonder if leaving the back window off while driving at high speeds would help that or some thing like that.. I drive with mine on the freeways all the time but I usually have all the windows off.. dk if thats better or not though..
     
  7. Feb 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM
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    I don't know. Your method of attaching the front is the best I have seen though.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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    Well thanks we'll see how it holds up.. I did about an hour and half of freeway driving yesterday and everything looked great afterwards so hopefully it stays that way.
     
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    Thank you for the idea. I am having this issue with mine both with the adhesive coming loose and the Velcro not being as strong as it once was. I got frustrated with it and have had it off the truck for about a year. I have a trip coming up which I will need the topper back on so this should work well. Thanks for the post!!
     
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    Awesome. I have two extra clamps and a thin piece of metal clamping it down.
     
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    I decided on the marine button snaps just cause I wanted it flush. Will report back after a couple of day since I just finished and haven't put any miles on it.
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