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Soft Topper

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by roughnready62, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:28 PM
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    roughnready62

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    I recently purchased and installed a soft topper cap on my Taco. It was surprisingly easy to assemble and install, the frame was color coded, and the frame rails were clearly marked. The directions were pretty good, but could have used several more pictures detailing the orientation of the frame.

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    Just a few side notes:

    -the PVC material needs to be warm in order to snap it over the frame.
    -do not tighten the soft topper frame to the bed until you've got everything setup, in case you need to shim the top, or move it (hand tighten it first).
    -all I used was a drill (1/8" bit), socket wrench, and a screw driver

    I'm very happy with the way it turned out, it's a very light, easy to setup and take down, and is quality construction!

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  2. Feb 24, 2009 at 4:19 AM
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    Can't see your pictures!
     
  3. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:40 AM
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    there we go, just took me a few minutes to figure out how to do it
     
  4. Apr 22, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    Which company you buy from? How quick to set up and take down? Mind me asking how much you got it for? Looking into getting something similar
     
  5. Apr 23, 2009 at 8:25 AM
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    I bought from Softopper, IMO they have a better designed product than besttop. It took me under an hour to install, and the directions were easy to follow, and the frame was color coded. I believe it cost me just over 600 including shipping (also bought the protective storage bag). I love it and concerning weatherproofing, I drove it cross continent and never had an issue, as well as having taken it through the car wash several times, with good results.

    -it only takes about 2 minutes to erect it, and then another 2 mins or so to break it down


    AJ
     
  6. Apr 24, 2009 at 11:01 PM
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    Cool. I was thinking soft topper was just the type of top haha. Thanks for the info
     
  7. May 27, 2009 at 8:31 PM
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    Looks good man. What did you have to use the drill for?

    I'm probably going to be buying a soft top soon, and right now the bestop is infront of the soft topper, because bestop has a $100 rebate, plus other etailers have coupons, so I can get the bestop for around $420, whereas the soft topper would be around $600. I do love the fact that the soft topper has an optional screen rear window though, as I plan on using my bed as a tent if necessary.
     
  8. May 27, 2009 at 8:56 PM
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    hmm, did a little more research and found out bestop makes a mesh window kit for their supertops.

    I can get the bestop supertop + mesh window kit (for all 3 windows) for around $575. OR I can get the soft topper + mesh window kit (for 1 window) for around $650...
     
  9. Aug 29, 2009 at 6:26 PM
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    So now that you have had it a while, how is it holding up? I have been thinking of getting one as my fiberglass top is so freakin heavy to put on and off myself. I am concerned how it will hold up to the brutal desert sun here though.
     
  10. Aug 29, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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    Well, I bought it back in March and since then, it has traveled 4,500 miles through blizzard conditions, and temps going as low as -30. I have had it up in alaska now for about 6 months, and I have put it up, and taken it down many times, with no issues. In fact, everytime I had it up as a cap, I would find myself talking to someone almost everytime I stopped at a parking lot, because they wanted to know where to get one. I absolutely love it!

    The only disclaimer is that due to the topper being made of fabric, it is not wise to take it up, and put it down when it is very very cold, as the clear plastic windows will be much more prone to crack (however I did just to see if I could, and I had no issues).

    Hope that helps!
     
  11. Sep 2, 2009 at 2:39 PM
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    I really like the look and how light they are but the winters are very harsh where I live and was wondering how they hold up in the cold, or if it gets a good dump of snow?? thanx
     
  12. Sep 3, 2009 at 8:18 AM
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    Well I drove up to Alaska during the winter, and had that softopper on. I had no problems with it. I did not try to take it down, and put it up though, once it was on, I left it on. When it gets real cold (-10 and below) the fabric gets stiff. I opened and closed the rear window many times, and the zippers worked fine (even with snow and Ice building up) you just want to exercise a little caution so as not to crack the clear plastic window. I had lots of snow build up on the top of it with no issues. They say that the frame can support like 50 lbs, but I would say that I had more weight than that on it.

    I live in Alaska now, where the winters get to -50 for weeks on end, and it stills works just fine for me.
     
  13. Sep 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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    thanks for the cold weather info thats exactly what I needed to know if this thing can suvive Alaska it worth the money IMO. thanks
     
  14. Sep 3, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    Last thing how are they at sealing out the elements water being #1. thanks
     
  15. Sep 3, 2009 at 8:41 PM
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    Rain, wind, sleet and snow....this thing can take it. The manufacturer gives you a bottle of sealant for the seams (I didn't use it). The only time water got in the bed of the truck was when I was power washing it at the car wash. Even then, it wasn't a big deal.

    So unless you plan on driving through gale-force winds while it's raining sideways, this thing can handle anything you've got.

    Sidenote: Softtopper also offers replacement parts for the topper, whereas Besttop only sells complete kits.

    It's lighter, cheaper, faster setup/takedown, and more unique than ARE or LEER.
     
  16. Sep 4, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    It really is so nice when compared with a traditional truck cap. I remember how much of a pain in the ass it was when I used to help my dad put his truck cap on, and once he put it on, it stayed on for at least 4 months because he didn't want to do all the work to take it off. With the softtopper, it takes about a minute to setup, and maybe two minutes to takedown. LOVE IT
     
  17. Sep 9, 2009 at 6:30 PM
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    i got my best top today and will probably put it on tomorrow !!!!!!!
     
  18. Sep 9, 2009 at 8:29 PM
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    Glad to hear it! Let me know what you think of it. Did you get the clear window side panels, or the fabric ones?
     
  19. Sep 9, 2009 at 8:35 PM
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    thanks. it has the clear windows on the side the look kinda tinted in the box hard to tell.
     
  20. Sep 17, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    does the softopper "front" window open at all to allow access to the sliding rear window on the truck? or is it fixed? thanks in advance!
     
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