1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Camper shell adhered to the bed...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mikracer, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM
    #1
    mikracer

    mikracer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Member:
    #45664
    Messages:
    294
    Gender:
    Male
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 RC | 4x4 | 2.7 | 5 speed
    So when I bought my Tacoma, it came with a Leer camper shell. I've been wanting to take the shell off to be able to move larger things and thought it would be an easy process. I took off the 4 clamps holding the shell on and proceeded to lift the shell to remove it. Turns out, it appears the original owner decided to somehow adhere the shell to the bedrails. Anyone know of an easy and effective way to remove/cut the seal? I dont care about retaining the seal on the shell at this point, because I can always just get some new stuff at home depot. Your suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM
    #2
    NorCal Taco

    NorCal Taco Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Member:
    #53442
    Messages:
    25
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mitch
    Misawa-Shi Aomori, Japan
    Vehicle:
    Black 09 DC Sport
    Same thing happened on an 03 Sierra I had with a Leer Topper. Turned out it was never taken off (cause of the shitty CA rules for camper shells) and it was just stuck REALLY good. I got in the bed and had to put my back against the roof and "squat" the thing loose. It always came off easy after that. I think Leer uses some pretty squishy gasket material that tends to do that after long periods of time. Same with my brothers Leer.....
     
  3. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM
    #3
    mikracer

    mikracer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Member:
    #45664
    Messages:
    294
    Gender:
    Male
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 RC | 4x4 | 2.7 | 5 speed
    Damn, maybe I'll try to give it some more force this weekend. I was pushing pretty hard and it was just lifting the back end of the truck.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM
    #4
    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Member:
    #12478
    Messages:
    16,670
    Gender:
    Male
    SGV, CA
    Vehicle:
    07 TRD Offroad
    winch it off
     
  5. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM
    #5
    brettb

    brettb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Member:
    #26587
    Messages:
    1,524
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brett
    Laramie, Wyoming
    Vehicle:
    '99 Tacoma TRD Offroad sr5
    3" fabtech fox front, 2.5" DAKAR/Bilstein 5100 rear
    When i was adjusting mine by myself i would lay down in my bed and put my feet on the top off the topper and leg press it up. I bet you could break the seal that way.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:38 PM
    #6
    derekp

    derekp giddy up!

    Joined:
    May 16, 2009
    Member:
    #17281
    Messages:
    437
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Derek
    Grand Forks, ND
    Vehicle:
    2001 X-Cab 4x4 TRD V6 5Spd
    Deck plate, Flowmaster Delta-Flow 40 series, 265/75-16 Wrangler TDs, more to come...
    You could try fishing line, kind of like you are taking off emblems.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2011 at 5:58 PM
    #7
    MowTaco

    MowTaco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2009
    Member:
    #22530
    Messages:
    3,820
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    South Dakota
    Vehicle:
    03 GMC Sierra
    Naah... It's way more manly and fun to push on it till it goes flying off... Makes you feel like the hulk :D
     
  8. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM
    #8
    mikracer

    mikracer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Member:
    #45664
    Messages:
    294
    Gender:
    Male
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 RC | 4x4 | 2.7 | 5 speed
    ^^haha!
     
  9. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:32 PM
    #9
    Nightstr

    Nightstr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Member:
    #28125
    Messages:
    5,223
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Felipe
    Sacramento CA
    Vehicle:
    05 prerunner sr5
    BLHM BLWM 3" TOUGH COUNTRY LIFT TRD SEAT COVERS THULE RACK M/T KM2 265/65/16
    Do you guys take the shell completely off by your selfs or do you have a few people help?
     
  10. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM
    #10
    Pol500

    Pol500 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2011
    Member:
    #50180
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    Duluth, MN
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD DC 4x4
    Deck plate, grey-wire, blue plug, alarm mod, clear corners, moved/painted badges, color matched grill, topper, 5100s, wheelers 5 leaf + 1.5 aal , OME coils, All-Pro rear bumper, Methods w/ 32's, converted HID Hellas, supercharger
    I just took mine off too and it was the same thing. I left it in the sun for a couple of hours and then did the squatting thing and it came right off.
     
  11. Jun 15, 2011 at 9:43 PM
    #11
    VanillaGorilla

    VanillaGorilla Itsnevertoearlytostartbee fingupyourobituary

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Member:
    #50504
    Messages:
    1,291
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Erik
    East Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    09 BSP Pre Runner SR5
    Tint. (DONE) Soon to come. 3in Llift (OME) Color matched grill (DONE) BHLM (DONE) Tail tint (DONE) Pro comp rims (8069) End goal: Murdered out truck
    I was gonna say if you have a heat gun just heat up where it touches the bed and squat that bitch off the bed......
     
  12. Jun 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM
    #12
    mikracer

    mikracer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2010
    Member:
    #45664
    Messages:
    294
    Gender:
    Male
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Vehicle:
    2008 RC | 4x4 | 2.7 | 5 speed
    I have a heat gun...I can try heating it up, but none of the seal is exposed, so I dont know how well it would work.
     
  13. Jun 16, 2011 at 2:04 AM
    #13
    Taco4Fish

    Taco4Fish Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    Member:
    #46977
    Messages:
    162
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    j
    na you gonna need at least two ppl these things are 100+lbs. I had three to put mine on and was allright. Two would be hard, one would be your a beast!!!
     
  14. Jun 16, 2011 at 4:52 AM
    #14
    NegroTundra

    NegroTundra Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2010
    Member:
    #45227
    Messages:
    652
    Gender:
    Male
    Land of Enchantment
    Vehicle:
    03 Tacoma TRD 4WD 5 spd
    I have a pulley system in my garage that allows me to take mine off and on by myself in 20 minutes. Its a must have!
     
  15. Jun 16, 2011 at 5:03 AM
    #15
    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    Member:
    #39131
    Messages:
    30,825
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Massachusetts
    Vehicle:
    '13 Ford F-150 SCREW
    F-150 Mod
    3 people to move a camper shell?? They're not that heavy, just bulky. It's fairly easy with 2 people, one on either side. I suppose you could have a 3rd spotting if you really wanted to be safe...
     
  16. Jun 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM
    #16
    VanillaGorilla

    VanillaGorilla Itsnevertoearlytostartbee fingupyourobituary

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2011
    Member:
    #50504
    Messages:
    1,291
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Erik
    East Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    09 BSP Pre Runner SR5
    Tint. (DONE) Soon to come. 3in Llift (OME) Color matched grill (DONE) BHLM (DONE) Tail tint (DONE) Pro comp rims (8069) End goal: Murdered out truck
    Ya if its exposed it helps a lot but heat guns can get pretty damn warm so id try and aim it at the rear corner by the tail gate for 10-20 seconds and try and lift it. Like other people said though it'll be much easier with some buddies helping.
     
  17. Jun 16, 2011 at 8:30 AM
    #17
    JLee

    JLee The Man! Vendor

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2010
    Member:
    #40461
    Messages:
    16,762
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jerry
    Bay Area NorCal
    Vehicle:
    02 Extra cab SAS Linked front and rear
    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.

    X2 me and my tiny ass girl friend can take mine off and put it back on. I was lucky with my shell because I had the dumb drop in bed liner it didn't really stick so i just pushed up on it from inside the bed and broke the seal.
     
To Top