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Shell Help !!!! A.R.E MX or Jeraco Mid rise

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by ksavage523, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Jul 30, 2009 at 5:51 AM
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    ksavage523

    ksavage523 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am looking at either the ARE MX series or Jeraco Mid Rise for my 06 DC shortbed. I am getting either with the Yakima rack to transport my Kayaks and have a place fr my dog.

    Do any of you have the MX series? how do you like it?
     
  2. Jul 30, 2009 at 7:08 AM
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    I would do a search! Not trying to be a jerk!! I know that I remember seeing a thread devoted to shells. I think it was called "Show me your shell"?? Good Luck!
     
  3. Jul 30, 2009 at 7:16 AM
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    Rtrn2taco

    Rtrn2taco Go Vick ??? Go Birds !!!

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    Being in the truck cap business, I would suggest staying away from the Jeraco. Not so much the quality of the product but the stability of the different truck cap manufacturers. You want to make sure that replacement windows are and will be easily available in the future. I'll save you all the details but I would stick with a LEER, Century or ARE if you are buying a truck cap.
     
  4. Jul 30, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    X 2...there was a thread called show me you shell...good thread lots of pics
     
  5. Jul 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM
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    Thank you everyone I saw that post and there are some nice ones on there. I am not sure now if I should get a midrise or cab high. I want to put my Kayaks on the rook and I am not sure how that will look with the shell being very short and higher than the truck with the kayaks on top. any thoughts?
     
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    for snug top the turn cable that opens the window is stainless steel... on leer its just a wire/cord.... i did months of research before i got mine.... i was back and forth between leer and snugtop... and st notices the little impoertant details..... just my $0.02
     
  8. Jul 30, 2009 at 8:38 AM
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    For me, I would go with a cab high. I like the looks better, but that is my opinion.
     
  9. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:05 AM
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    So ksavage523,

    What did you end up with? I'm also looking at a mid rise top (Leer, A.R.E., Unicover).

    Thaanks in advance.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2010 at 5:34 PM
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    I needed the height to haul my bikes or I would have went with a cab high.
    I've got the ARE MX because Snug Top did not make their Hi Liner for the 2nd Gen Taco at that time. My last Snug Top for my 1995 and 1999 Tacoma was a little better quality than the ARE but it's been good for the last 4 years.
     
  11. Mar 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    Geowheeler More reading=Less need for posting

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    I've had my ARE MX cap for nearly a year. No leaks, sharp and agressive looking, plenty of head room when camping. I travel a lot and am most satisfied with my thoroughly researched shell. $1900 included roof rack and windoors which allow you reach all areas of the bed without crawling in. Do look into how many your local installer has done for 2nd gen tacos. There is no standard install procedure provided by ARE. My installer removed the rail caps so cleats are not useable. Instead, put in extra D-rings.
     
  12. Mar 13, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    Any pics with the topper on your trucks?
     
  13. Mar 14, 2010 at 9:33 AM
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    I think it's always better to go larger, as you never know when you'll need the room.
     
  15. Mar 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    3m clear bra or Venture, stant locking gas cap, Shield, front windows tinted, weathertechs, ARE "Z" topper. Sockmonkey decal, Billy 5100's x 4 corners, Eibach coils, Toytec 1.5 AAL. Michelin 265/75/16 MS2's, Grillcraft MX series/TOYOTA badging. FJ/SE TRD Anthracite gray wheels. Katzkin leather/heated seats.
    After much research I went with the ARE "Z" series with fold down slider.

    I have owned an ARE before and the fit and finish was very impressive.

    For what its worth...buy what YOU like.:)
     
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