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Camper shell sizing

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by kyle3278, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. kyle3278

    kyle3278 [OP] New Member

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    Just bought my first Taco! 07 4x4 4 cyl, 2.7 L AC. Low on cash right now so I'm wondering if I can find a used shell to work for the moment. Will shells off other trucks (s10, ranger, etc.) fit? My bed is 73.5x56.7. How exact does it have to be? Any help would be great, thanks.
     
  2. lawnrevenge

    lawnrevenge Well-Known Member

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    I would like to know this too. I mean I can measure any old shell on craigs list but are there other concerns?
     
  3. boshak

    boshak Well-Known Member

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    guys, be patient with craigslist and look for a shell that was made specifically for your truck... i've bought 2 camper shells off craigslist under $600 each and both Snugtops. These things retail at $1300+ base model. I also recommend getting it color matched vs painting it... too much hassle and $$$ IMO.

    I literally had a routine to check every morning and night... i guess if you want something, you'll do what it takes. i searched (tacoma camper silver, tacoma camper, tacoma shell silver, tacoma shell) in all surrounding cities.

    GL!
     
  4. RZRob

    RZRob Well-Known Member

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    It needs to be specific due to the contours and height of the cab. Anything else would look ridiculous. Personally I liked the cab-height type like SnugTop etc., but my truck came with this taller unit. Now, I like it both for style and use and prefer it more. It would be difficult to access a roof rack without a ladder.

    RZ Rob

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  5. tuckr2

    tuckr2 Well-Known Member

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    LT265/70/17 BFG A/T's, Disabled Seat Belt Buzzer, Black and Gray Covercraft Seat Covers front and rear, Matching SnugTop Supersport Canopy, undercoat, bed mat, window vent shades. Black Weathertech Liners. Trans TSB, Rear Spring TSB Installed.
    On late model Toyota trucks the difference I have found is whether you have a regular cab or extended or double cab. Extended and double cabs take the same canopy/shell. Regular cabs have a straighter cab at the back and won't accept a canopy from extended or double cab trucks. I bought my SnugTop for 600 bucks from a guy who made this mistake. Had mine color matched at Maaco for 200 bucks. The only way to know if other truck types are similar would be to speak with your local shell installer, but I fear you may not have much luck.

    Best place I found to look for used canopy/shell is SearchTempest.com . This searchs by distance from your City or zip code. It searches Craigslist without having to click on each city in your area.
    good luck in your search. Ken
     
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