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Debating between a Tonneau Cover or Bed Cap

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by okie7481, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Oct 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM
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    okie7481

    okie7481 [OP] Okie Boy

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    I have been wanting to add either a tonneau or a cap to my 06' short bed for a while now, but having a tough time makin' up my mind! Does anyone have any words of wisdom on this decision? Any opinions are appreciated as always.

    :)
     
  2. Oct 15, 2008 at 2:30 PM
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    lsocoee

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    can you fit all of your stuff under a tonneau? If you can, then I'd get the tonneau.

    Personally, I don't like the blind spot or look of a shell, but there are times when I would like to have that much covered storage. I've been looking at picking up a cheap used one, and installing it when I need it.
     
  3. Oct 15, 2008 at 4:02 PM
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    +1 also how much $$$ do you have to spend??
     
  4. Oct 15, 2008 at 4:06 PM
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    jrw1965

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    I got a low profile Leer, love it so far. It locks, so everything under it is secure, unbolts in 5 minutes. And with the low profile you dont loose much out the rear view.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2008 at 5:09 PM
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    lsocoee

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    $200 would be ideal, but if I could get a nice one that matches the color and is made for the Tacoma, then I could go up to $600.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2008 at 5:29 PM
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    jrw1965

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    I'm sure you can find them cheaper, but mine was $880
     
  7. Oct 15, 2008 at 6:34 PM
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    CanTac

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    I would go with a nice Leer tonneau cover too! JMHO you can still use the box for most things. Works out great for me.

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  8. Oct 15, 2008 at 7:32 PM
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    taco@you123

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    go with the A.R.E. LSII , ive had mine for a while and i never had problems with it , i love the look and every thing, and it also looks better then the LEER:p[​IMG]
     
  9. Oct 16, 2008 at 5:01 AM
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    SHunter080703

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    Right now I have a bed cover, but plan on getting a cap in the next few years.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2008 at 5:08 AM
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    genxer36

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    This is the one I have. Very well made. I've had mine since I bought my truck in 05. I like the low profile better than the caps. But that is just my opinion. It came painted & installed for $800

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  11. Oct 16, 2008 at 5:16 AM
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    I use to always run a cap/shell on my trucks but opted this time to put a tonneau on my 06 Tacoma. Something is nice to have back there to keep the snow and rain out of the truck bed.
     
  12. Oct 16, 2008 at 8:56 AM
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    If you're like me and move a lot of things that are taller than the cap or hard tonneau cover, a canvas tonneau cover would be your best bet. I've had trucks with caps and hard tonneau covers and I always ended up with things that didn't fit. I'm hoping that Santa is nice this year and wants to bring me a nice canvas tonneau cover but I'm highly doubting it.
     
  13. Oct 16, 2008 at 8:59 AM
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    you could probably get one from http://www.truckalterations.com/ for under $200.
     
  14. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:18 AM
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    I was actually going to post a similar question today...

    I got a quote on a Leer 700 painted to match, installed for $1009. Seems like a lot...

    The A.R.E.s... Did you get them locally or buy them online?
     
  15. Oct 16, 2008 at 4:41 PM
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    I had a fiberglass cap on my 1st gen Tacoma for 12 years. I bought it in 96. I found it to be more of a pain than useful. Taking it off required 2 people and re-wiring the brake light. I had to take it off every couple of years to replace the rubber seals between the bed and cap. I had to limit of what I could carry because it couldn't fit underneath the cap.
    I have a soft tonneau cover on my 2nd gen Tacoma now and I love it. I can just roll it up and carry whatever I want, especially my motorcycle.
    I would never get a cap again.
     
  16. Oct 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM
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    The only thing that concerns me about a soft cover is the fact that the stretch out over time then look like crap. Very convenient, just thought the hard cover painted to match the truck looks great.
     
  17. Oct 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM
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    pics? Does it help with wind drag as the tonneau does?
     
  18. Oct 17, 2008 at 7:39 AM
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    Lots of good advice here guys....I appreciate it. Does anyone know of a good tonneau cover that is hard/can carry weight on top of it if needed/can easily be removed/able to bend and fold toward the front or the back? Kind of like this one.....

    http://www.bakfliptonneaucover.com/
     
  19. Oct 17, 2008 at 8:30 AM
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    Sorry, no pics. I never took a pic of my truck for the 12 years I had it. I wish I did. And yes it does help with the wind drag.
     
  20. Oct 17, 2008 at 7:50 PM
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    I like the look of the hard cover. Have you considered a roll-n-lock cover? I have it on my truck and really like being able to lock it or open it to carry anything large.
     
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