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Favorite Toppers?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Northwoods_Taco, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Jun 1, 2020 at 12:07 PM
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    Northwoods_Taco

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    Hey Tacos, what are your favorite Topper brands/models - and why?? I'm shopping!

    (Really looking for a smooth seamless look, i.e. not like super intricate sleepers or drawered out tool organizers, etc.....)

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Jun 1, 2020 at 12:24 PM
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    Lt. Dangle

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    I own an ARE, but I personally just don't think there is really that much difference in the top of the line brands. I bought what I did because the place local to me sold ARE. Most are probably good with the occasional bad one.
    I'd just get whatever you can get the best deal on myself.
     
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    This soft top looks siiiiiick. I have a quicksand tacoma myself. Unfortunately I think the sap in my area would ruin this soft top, as it did my tonneau cover. Thankfully sap seems to come off regular clear coat finish pretty easily and permanently, if you get to it fast. This is the main reason I'm going for the topper next.

    PS - is you Taco lifted?
     
  6. Jun 1, 2020 at 2:57 PM
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    Any idea of the brand and "model" - (do they even go by "model"?)
     
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    boston23

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    Cant go wrong with ARE, leer, or snugtop

    I got ARE
    Just dont be stupid like me, buy a reinforced model so u can mount heavy stuff on top if u decide you want too, like a roof top tent or fuel
     
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    This is the Leer 100XQ. I like how the side window coordinates with the passenger window.IMG_0402.jpg
     
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    Just a little lift with 6112 in the front, 5160 with Dakar springs in the back.
     
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    Softopper.
    I absolutely love it.

    Cheers
     
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    Arf05233

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    GasPowered, can you post more pics of the topper? I have a cement tacoma as well and am really considering the soft topper. Also, is it easy to fold down and put back up again?
     
  12. Jun 1, 2020 at 6:15 PM
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    I put mine down in under 5 minutes, loaded my motorcycle in the bed, unloaded it halfway across the country and put the topper back up in under 5. Very easy.imagejpeg_0.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the info!
     
  14. Jun 1, 2020 at 6:24 PM
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    It's actually a dirty Silver Sky Metallic...

    The top is extremely easy to fold down and put back up... Less than 5 minutes.
    After you do it once, to take it ALL the way off takes about 5 minutes and to put it on takes about 10.

    Here's another pic in the sun.

    Cheers

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    Also wondering, how long do these soft toppers last under "typical" conditions? Is this something that will last as long as the truck, or will it need to be replaced every 5 years?
     
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    Thanks for the info and pic
     
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    I too am a softopper guy. For me and my neighborhood, the out of site out of mind works well

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  18. Jun 1, 2020 at 7:02 PM
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    This has become a soft topper thread...haha - they do look awesome!
     
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    I've had mine for about 2 years now.
    I treat it a couple times a year with 303 just to protect it a bit from UV exposure. I'd say it'll last an easy 7+ years if you do some basic preventative maintenance.

    Cheers
     
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    What's the 303 you are talking about pls?
     

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