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Show me your shell!

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by Oscar 319, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. Jan 12, 2021 at 7:58 AM
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    Brake Weight

    Brake Weight But it hasn't rained in weeks...I'll make it.

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    Weld on sliders, fiberglass shell, 12k winch in an Elite Offroad bumper, front Aussie Lunchbox
    I have this done on my 1st Gen. It is just 4 cornered due to how low the windows are but I do plan on removing it soon to reseal it and add an additional bolt mid bedrails. So far so good with probably close to 60k miles and some of them quite brutal.
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2021 at 8:23 AM
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    Tacman19

    Tacman19 Well-Known Member

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  3. Jan 12, 2021 at 8:38 AM
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    Ha Ha, you found my 'I've never rebuilt an engine before' pictures.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2021 at 8:45 AM
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    Tacman19

    Tacman19 Well-Known Member

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    LOL...I did and very nice work. .0023+/- is pretty good in the hole. Ahahahhaha. Thanks for sharing and great truck Sir.
    Zim
     
  5. Jan 21, 2021 at 12:57 PM
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    mandog

    mandog Lesser-Known Member

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    Just completed a build 2.0 video a week ago, Here's the walk around tour of my camper shell...

    Cheers!

    :hattip:mandog

     
  6. Jan 21, 2021 at 2:04 PM
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    Black Out Trim Package Toyota Bed Mat ADS Suspension Front Coilovers with Reservoirs ADS Suspension Rear with Reservoirs Cali Raised Offroad Rock Sliders Gibson Exhaust Air Bags with Daystar Cradles U402 Stage 1 Deaver Leaf Spring Kit TRD Skid Plate TRD Cold Air Intake TRD Shifter Snugtop Rebel Shell Power Lock Tailgate Tinted Windows Rain Guards TRD Pro Tail Lights DMM - Dash Multi Mount Sequencial Turn Signals Raptor Lights in stock 2020 grill FN Wheels - Konig Countersteer Type X Dark Metallic Blue 17" x 8" - Thanks Dustin - Great guy to buy your next set of wheels from Nitto Ridge Grapplers 285/70/R17 - Americas Tire Cab Mount Chop - Beast Fab in San Bernardino Thanks Geraldo - You did a fantastic job https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGbT97SHBtg/ Dirt King Upper Control Arms
    Nice work on the Walk Around. Appreciate all the work you have done. Got to look at all of your media. I just got a good used Snugtop Rebel. I have to wire the 3rd brake light, add 12V, get Bed Stiffeners, add a wireless lock to work with my Key Fob, add Tracks on Top...and other stuff. Again - Nice work.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2021 at 4:40 PM
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    mandog

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    Kind words, thanks so much! Good luck with those projects.. Snugtop is top top!!
     
  8. Jan 25, 2021 at 8:06 AM
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    bdunna

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    I am really considering a shell topper. I had a lead on a color matched one in St. Louis, but it sold quickly before I could get there. The guy didn't have much info on it either. I have really been researching a lot, but I am now getting concerned I may be in over my head. My main concern is weight. How much do these shells weigh on average? Will I need to upgrade suspension eventually? I do use my bed to haul stuff.
     
  9. Jan 25, 2021 at 8:20 AM
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    mandog

    mandog Lesser-Known Member

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    I think my leer 180 (midrise, with windoors) came in around the 250lb mark, and hardly moved the springs when I put it on. I've seen pictures of people putting pallets of concrete load into their tacomas, and yeah, it looks awful but the truck took it and was fine after. A shell should be fine w/o any upgrades.
     
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  10. Jan 25, 2021 at 8:33 AM
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    christsay

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    I had a fiberglass shell (cab height, 'raven' brand) for over a decade on the stock TRD-OR leafs on my first gen and it was fine. Adding a large RTT to that definitely strained the system but again went for ~4 years before installing a Deaver 8-pack J59 at 170K miles. Shell was probably ~200 lbs and the RTT was another 150lbs.

    I think you'd be fine with the shell alone but if you consistently carry a heavy load you may want to upgrade suspension just as you would if you didn't have a shell.
     
  11. Jan 25, 2021 at 8:41 AM
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    Love what you have done with your truck, looks fantastic!
     
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  12. Jan 25, 2021 at 1:11 PM
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    daltondrose

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    • Victory 4x4 front Strike Bumper • Warn Winch Zeon 10 Synthetic • White Knuckle Offroad Rock Rails • Prinsu Full Rack System front and rear • ARB On Board Twin Air Compressor • Nitro 5:29 gears w ARB Air Lockers • 315 70/17 BFG KM3 • 17” Wheels KMC XD with Matching Spare • Decked Storage System • SnugTop Canopy with Windoors • Expedition One Rear Bumper with Dual Swing Outs • Baja Designs Rock Lights • Switch Pros SP 9100 • Victory 4x4 LED Light Bar • Front Baja Designs Driving Lights • Rear Baja Designs Flood Lights • Body Mount Chop (installed by Accessory Outfitters in Aloha, OR) • OME Rear LEAF Springs (soon Deaver Stage III w/ Archive Hammer Hanger) • Ride Rite Airbag System with Daystar airbag free floating cradle • Tailgate panel, Black Mountain Hatch • Tacoma Bed Stiffeners, Chaos Fab • Spindle Gusset, Chaos Fab • ICON 2.5 (58735c FR / 57805P RR) Suspension
    Thank you very much! More to come!
     
  13. Jan 25, 2021 at 4:41 PM
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    Snug top Rebel, Thule tracks, ditch tracks, Bagged rear suspension, F/R anytime camera, intermittent wiper switch...
    Get the topper and install add-a-leafs or air bags. AAL or Sumo springs are install and forget but not load adjustable. Air bags need frequent refills to maintain minimum air pressure but ARE totally load adjustable so you’ll never have a harsh ride or be bouncing of the bump stops which will wreck your leafs. For most I’d say leafs or Sumo’s would be preferred. I did OBA so it was one more use for it.
     
  14. Jan 25, 2021 at 6:43 PM
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    I have the Decked system too so I went with airbags with the daystar floating system. I also upgraded my springs. I love the airbags because I tow a 4K lb Opus trailer too.
     
  15. Jan 25, 2021 at 6:54 PM
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    loyaltothetaco

    loyaltothetaco It's part ATV, part SUV, and certified by the DMV

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    Killer truck man!
     
  16. Jan 26, 2021 at 8:59 AM
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    B2B63570-DA23-431E-85A0-BC6E08D3840F.jpg ATH rear bumper, and shells go hand in hand in my opinion!
     
  17. Jan 26, 2021 at 2:15 PM
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    Loving this thread! Been waiting for 4+ months for my mid rise ARE to arrive and just got the call. It’ll be installed this weekend.

    any advice from your guys experience that I could pass along to the installer?

    I’m pretty sure he’ll be running 12v into the bed for the led light strips. I’ve got a drawer platform already built and ideally would like it as water tight as possible. Especially living in the PNW.

    thanks and will post some pics once it’s installed
     
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  18. Jan 26, 2021 at 2:48 PM
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    Okay, here's what to do.
    a. Have 911 pre-dialed on the phone.
    b. Bring a folding chair if you've got weak knees.
    c. Do not enter the garage unless invited. (insurance reasons)
    d. If you see a small scratch, ignore it. It will cost you another 6 weeks and it will happen again.
    e. Don't eat taco's the night before.
    f. Congrats on the choice, and remember we're all here waiting on pictures. If you fail to post pics, we will hunt you down....
    LMAO
    Zim
     
  19. Jan 26, 2021 at 3:20 PM
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    Andocalrisian

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    g. Turn wallet upside down so all savings falls onto counter.
     
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  20. Jan 27, 2021 at 11:27 AM
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    The transition between front rail and side rail caps is always problematic for the seal. Other leak points are the screw holes where roof mounted tracks penetrate and sealant or bitumen patches aren’t used.
     
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