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Diamondback Topper thoughts?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Wtsmith, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. Dec 26, 2018 at 8:42 AM
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    Wtsmith

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    they seem like they are amazing. What is the collective thought?
     
  2. Dec 26, 2018 at 8:57 AM
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    For me, they are too heavy, bulky, and I don't need that level of security/toughness. I got Rugged Liner trifold. I like the fact that I can remove the whole thing in 5 minutes if I needed to but it still provides a good level of security.
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    I’m getting one soon. Since they are aluminum, pretty light for what they are. The HD and normal model vary a little in weight, but nothing too crazy. The HD version weighs 115lbs and can take 1600lbs on top. The SE version weighs 80lbs and can take 400lbs on top. I like the added weight in the back to aid in driving during bad conditions. No sandbags required. Plus the HD has black hardware. The price difference between the two is around $400 but the load capacity is substantially different, so I’m going with the HD.
     
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  4. Dec 26, 2018 at 9:46 AM
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    My thoughts as well. I like the security living in Memphis TN. I saw one but haven’t lived with one yet so I want to see some real life testimony.
     
  5. Dec 26, 2018 at 9:49 AM
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    I can vouch for them as I have a buddy who has one. It’s a beast on the protection side, but not on the weight side. Very easy to disassemble and go, once it’s open. He typically has his locked, but he also has the top shackled down on the inside as well, so it’s not opening unless he wants it open.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2018 at 9:53 AM
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    It’s nice to have IMO. I got Dakar EL096R heavy leaf springs in the back. So the added weight is a bonus to help keep the back down!
     
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  7. Dec 26, 2018 at 9:59 AM
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    Those leaf springs look nice! Do you have more weight in the back than just the diamondback cover and some gear?
     
  8. Dec 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    Yea I got a full steel rack, RTT, tools, awning...
    Here’s the whole setup.
    https://youtu.be/pROtfj4IFDE

    But yea sometimes I need to take alll that stuff off when not camping so the added weight helps.
     
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    I have the SD and love it. All the parts together are heavier than many other options, but each part is light enough that I am able to install and remove it myself easily.
     
  10. Dec 26, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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    I have a near identical set up. I am curious where you got the hardware to mount your awning?
     
  11. Dec 26, 2018 at 10:48 AM
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    So I kind of jimmied one together with parts that aren’t necessarily supposed to go together but I think it works.

    KBVooDoo/max modular makes an awning bracket, but it doesn’t lift it very high above the rack system. Also, if you have the premium rack like me; you’ll have to drill holes into the rack to fit these awning brackets.

    https://www.max-modular.com/shop-max-modular/universal-awning-brackets

    I wanted to raise the awning higher, so I found these 1/2 thick steel brackets made for holding up 200 pound granite slabs. I figured that would be strong enough!

    But yea... drilling through 1/2 in steel isn’t fun so be prepared!

    Countertop Support Bracket 12" Steel L-Bracket https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S5HLEQE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_iW8iCbTNMBX84
     
  12. Dec 26, 2018 at 10:49 AM
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    I have the HD and I love it, though admittedly there is some sticker-shock at first.
    It's sturdy as hell - I feel like it turns my entire truck bed into a giant safe.
    With the veterans' discount I bought the storage bin to keep all my camping gear easily accessible and organized.

    Edit: haven't had it long enough to know if the added weight will help driving in snow, but if so, that'll just be a bonus.
     
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  13. Dec 26, 2018 at 11:13 AM
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    The only reason I'm not getting a Diamondback is because it's difficult, if not impossible, to access a large portion of the bed area when used with a rack+RTT.

    As a result, I'm installing a retractable cover instead. Doing so will allow me to access the entire bed area regardless of what I have mounted above.
     
  14. Dec 26, 2018 at 11:52 AM
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    Thank you very much!
     
  15. Dec 26, 2018 at 11:59 AM
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    Happy to help! but yea, I added a few holes to the KBVooDoo Rack system to make it work. Specifically holes for the short end of the bracket to bolt into the horizontal portion of the rack. I also used 3 bolts per bracket to hold the awning. Here's another video just showing the brackets

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iggWcQGdF8w
     
  16. Dec 26, 2018 at 12:07 PM
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    Thanks again - I have the same cover, rack, and RTT - was not happy with the height of my awning and this will be a nice change for next camping season.
     
  17. Dec 26, 2018 at 2:56 PM
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    Diamondback HD cover ; weathertech ; Carhartt seat covers, ride rite bags, RTT , general X3's, fab fours rear bumper
    I have the HD and love it. Run a cross bar/ RTT setup myself. I also store a lot of firearms related stuff in the bed for 2-3 weeks at a time so the security is necessary. Mine is mostly waterproof too which is nice.
     
  18. Dec 26, 2018 at 3:41 PM
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    Thanks for all the input!
     
  19. Dec 26, 2018 at 3:42 PM
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    I second the security for gun storage... big reason I went with the diamondback
     
  20. Dec 26, 2018 at 4:04 PM
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    I've had the SE on my truck for two years now, including the cab guard, rear rack and tool box. I have been extremely happy with the setup, but needed to make one modification. The rack on the cab guard sits just above the cab, so I had to add a cross bar 4" to 5" higher so I could get my canoe on without rubbing on the roof. Also, if you live in a cold climate with a lot of snow and ice, sometimes a panel my freeze to the bed rail, thought it helps some if you spray silicone on the gaskets. The security is awesome, and I have no problems leaving my expensive fly rods, gear and tools in the bed. I don't think you will be disappointed, the customer service is top notch as well.
     

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