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It's slow - will adding a canopy make it a lot slower?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Owl, May 28, 2012.

  1. May 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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    Owl

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    I really need a canopy, as opposed to a tonneau cover, on my 2012 Access Cab 4cyl. I'm OK (most of the time) with how slow my truck is, but will a 200# (assuming they weigh that much) canopy slow me down much more? If this is a stupid question, I apologize in advance.

    Also, recommendations on canopies? I had a Leer on my previous Tacoma (2008 V6 Access Cab) and it was a great shell, but pricey. Any brands out there less than a grand? Are they worth it?
     
  2. May 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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    CantSitStill

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    Doubtful you'll be slower. Just carry one less passenger. Watch Craigslist. I got my ARE that way. Search "show your caps" and you'll find a lot of pics.
     
  3. May 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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    Dont think it weights that much
     
  4. May 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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    Johns Taco

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    Putting a cap on my truck made no difference performance or fuel economy wise in my 4cyl. Bought my top from a guy on here for $400.
     
  5. May 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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    4Wheelin4Banger

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    Your local shops might also have used ones.
    I got mine used and saved $$$
     
  6. May 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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    TacoDaTugBoat

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    Didn't hurt my mileage. My local driving and lead foot hurt it though.
     
  7. May 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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    You might notice it being a tiny bit slower off the line but I don't think the change will be noticeable. Might even make it better on the highway (less drag).
     
  8. May 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    So I wimped out and bought a tonneau cover instead. Not really because of the added weight, but because it was $400 as opposed to $1400+.
     
  9. May 30, 2012 at 1:18 PM
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    $400 tonneau?!?!

    If you looked used, that's not too much cheaper than you would have spent on a shell.
     
  10. May 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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    I put 240# of sand bags in back in the winter, no loss of power / speed. What Tonneau did you get?
     
  11. May 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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    I went with a Trifecta Signature Series from Extang. Seems like a great cover. I'm pretty happy with the price I got from AutoAnything - I called and they included a 10% off coupon, plus free shipping.

    You ain't gonna get a canopy near that price. Everyone wants an arm and a leg for them, then you have to get it painted to match. I wish I could've gotten a canopy for $400ish. I'll keep looking for a canopy, but I needed a cover now and the Trifecta fits the bill.
     
  12. May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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    It does take a bit of patience but I found a used one the same color as my truck. If you have to pay to get it color matched, I agree, it's not worth it unless it's damn near free. Keep your eye out on here, Craigslist and your local cap store (sometimes they get used ones in stock).

    Good luck with your search!
     
  13. Jun 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    I've got a SnugTOP SuperSport on my 2012 AC 4x4 w/ 2.7 and 5spd. found it listed on CL and drove 27 miles to Seattle to check it out. The ride going up I-5 was pretty choppy over all the expansion joints. Coming back with a couple hundred pounds extra on the back end, it was noticably smoother. I didn't notice any change in acceleration, though fuel economy seems to have dropped about 1mpg. This, however, could be the result of more city driving- hard to say with only ~2000 miles total.

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