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Learn me about soft tonneau's

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Zac808, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Oct 27, 2009 at 9:09 PM

    Zac808 [OP] Custom User Title

    Aug 31, 2009
    First Name:
    Viva Las Vegas
    08 TRD DC SB 4x4
    In my sig
    I'm looking to take the plunge on a soft tonneau for my 08 DC SB. I have just a few questions.

    1. How do they handle the desert heat and sun?

    2. What kind of regular maintenance is involved?

    3. Can it be driven through a car wash?

    4. What brand and where to buy? I'm looking for something with crossbars that will be able to handle a few inches of snow. Also, be able to roll up to fit my quad in the bed.

    Thanks TW,

  2. Oct 27, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    WilsonTheDog Kylie's dad

    Nov 17, 2007
    First Name:
    Myrtle Beach SC
    07 Prerunner SR5 DC/SB V6
    Magnaflow 12576 muffler & chrome tip, Westin step bars, 27% tint, Pop N Lock, AFE ProdryS, bed mat, Husky liners, D-rings added, Access Literider tonneau, Pioneer 4-ways all around, GY Wrangler Duratracs 265/75/16, 5100's @ 1.75", 1.5" AAL
    1. Can't tell you about the desert but it gets pretty hot here in SC and they stretch some in the heat so you want one you can adjust.

    2. Maintenance, just wash it. I also use 303 Aerospace Protectant on mine.

    3. Yes, it can go through a car wash (I have).

    4. Any of the Access brand covers. I have the Literider. Contact truckalterations.com. The Truxedo tonneaus are also good.
  3. Oct 27, 2009 at 9:50 PM
    JJ Customs

    JJ Customs Supreme Leader!

    Feb 24, 2008
    First Name:
    Sparks, NV
    2011 TX TRD 4x4 DC
    OME Lift W/886 Coils/LR UCA's/BAMF LCA Skids/Daker Leaf Packs Fab Fours front bumper/Warn M8000 winch Relentless Fab Rear Bumper/Tailgate Skin/Front skid plate DB Fab Grille Insert with Baja Designs Cube LED's 285/75/16 Nitto Terra Grapplers N-Fab Steps Compustar remote start UWS low pro box Carhartt Seat Covers/Door Inserts/Console Cover OEM Bed Mat Bulletproof Fab Engine Tray/Lower Grille Insert .50 Cal Antenna/Valve Stem Covers Custom Fab Console Lock Box Custom Shift Knob Dash Mat Window Tint Rugged Ridge Floor Mats Blacked Out Emblems Color Matched Grill Surround G-Tek Door Sill Protectors Wheelskins Steering Wheel Cover EGR In Channel Vent Visors FJ emblem on the tailgate Northstar battery TRD battery tie down Illuminated 4X4 switch Bed stiffeners/Bed Extender with custom mounts Redline hood struts Relocated rear diff breather Console Molle Boards Lot's of patches!
    I have the Extang and have had it through two summers with an average temp of about 117 during the summer. I use the extang spray on it about once a month and it has held up well. It has three cross bars and the rear detaches to open up the bed so it will fully function. If you get the snap model you can flip the snaps in the summer to pull it tighter then back in the winter. I got mine from http://www.truckaddons.com at a great price with the protect-ant and tailgate seal for free.
  4. Oct 27, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Mar 25, 2007
    First Name:
    Lancaster, PA
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    I have an Advantage Torza top. It's not a roll up, but a tri-fold.

    I've had atleast 2 other rollup covers (w/snaps) and I'm much rather have the tri-fold. You don't ever have to worry about needing to attach the vinyl to the frame (especially in cold weather). The vinyl on the tri-fold is part of the frame - you bend the frame. You can remove the entire cover anytime for hauling or whatever.

    Because its vinyl, it gets softer & expands (so to speak) in the heat. It gets hard & contracts in the cold.

    I keep mine clean and put vinyl protectant (whatever is laying around the house, usually Armorall).

    Mine has multiple bows. It'll handle many inches of snow - although, I ALWAYS clean the snow off because its just dangerous for other drivers behind me. The snow always flies off.... I wouldn't necessarily let the snow on it....cuz it adds weight as it melts. It's not a question of whether it can hande it, but how to keep it maintained so it'll last longer.

    I bought mine locally. Some picts in my gallery...
  5. Oct 27, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    rzimm001 Tearmytaco

    Mar 16, 2009
    First Name:
    08 PreRunner SR5 Long-Travel
    King 10" coilovers w/ resi. 3.5" over long travel kit. Factory spindles w/ ALLPRO gussets. Total Chaos tower gussets. Energy Poly cab mounts and steering rack mounts. Glassworks fenders and bedsides. Home fabbed bed cage. King 2.5x16 bypass shocks in the rear. DMZ long travel rear end. Race radio (2meter). Removed secondary carbon air filter. Exhaust dumped before the axle / no muffler. Phram fresh air cabin filter. K&N replacement filter, After market stereo, Grillcraft grill, custom fabled roof rack with 7" HID's, PRP race seats.
    They are awesome. I love mine. Simply wash it with the rest of the truck and wipe it down with armoral when your done. Gives it that jet black glossy shine and also keeps it front getting fried by the sun.

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