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Fastening a Camper Shell

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by RustedTacos, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. Apr 28, 2021 at 12:26 PM
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    RustedTacos

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    What are the best clamps to fasten a camper shell to a second generation Tacoma with a 6' bed. How many of them should I use to fasten it down thoroughly? 4? 6? 8?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Apr 28, 2021 at 12:29 PM
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    What does the manufacturer recommend?
     
  3. Apr 28, 2021 at 12:31 PM
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    each brand had different hardware, some use a clamp set up and others use a bolt / j hook set up into the OE bed t-slot rails
     
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  4. Apr 28, 2021 at 12:46 PM
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    This would be an A.R.E. camper shell. Not sure if they have a specific recommendation for a clamp type
     
  5. Apr 28, 2021 at 1:29 PM
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    I would get on their website and shoot them an email, if it were me. You can either grab it straight from the horses mouth, or you can collect the opinions of 20 bubbas.


    :D
     
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  6. Apr 28, 2021 at 7:29 PM
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    The recent Leer caps have 4 anchor points, in the corners, that use straight bolts threaded into fittings on the accessory rails. I didn't think this was adequate, and I added 4 more clamps. You're going to need more than the recommended clamps (and also bed stiffeners) if you're going to put things on the roof such as racks and/or rooftop tents.
     
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  7. Apr 28, 2021 at 7:48 PM
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    My snugtop uses 6 that go through tabs in the shell lower lip and hook the bed rail tracks. I’d advise adding nylocks since the bolts can work loose otherwise.
     
  8. Apr 28, 2021 at 7:54 PM
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    Only thing I'll add is don't over-tighten the j-hooks. If the fiberglass gets bent down too far it can crack
     
  9. Apr 28, 2021 at 9:35 PM
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    This is why I like the nylocks, they stay where you put them.
     
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    Think I'll switch to the nylocks while I'm at, thanks for the tip Scott.
     
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    Thanks guys for the input. Do you by chance have a link to the NyLocks?
     
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  13. May 1, 2021 at 4:12 PM
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    Thanks all -much appreciated
     
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