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Soft Topper

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

  1. May 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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    DoorDing

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    Rivets work well. My Velcro contracts considerably when cold, and the adhesive probably lost the ability to anchor it long ago.

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  2. May 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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    I found a soft topper for a t100 75 inch bed, my bed on my tacoma is just shy of that. What would I have to do to make it fit? The guy only wants 150 for it
     
  3. May 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM
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    Check the width of the T100 bed and compare. How long is your bed 72"? Length wise I think you could put the rails up far enough toward the front of the bed to make it fit. My concern would be the width.
     
  4. May 20, 2014 at 3:34 AM
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    CorrosiveTendency

    CorrosiveTendency When up to your nose in shit, keep your mouth shut

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    Buy a T100. Lol, sorry. If it doesnt fit close enough for your liking, there isnt much else you can do.
     
  5. May 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM
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    I'm going on 4 years with my Softopper so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts:

    I have taken it through a handful of automatic washes and through Hurricane Irene ahead of North Carolina Task Force 1 with no problems. I have driven maybe ~110mph with it. (Downhill run out west: truck doesn't drive that fast.) Its basic design is sturdy.

    I laced the doggy door shut using a hole punch and 550 cord. If you have the doggy door that is absolutely necessary if you are going to drive it through severe thunderstorms. I tried velcro on the vinyl first but summer heat melted the adhesive.

    Although the top leaks less in severe weather than my previous Leer top, I built a plywood shelf with skids (72 x 40 inches) in the bed that pulls out. The shelf keeps everything elevated an inch or so off the bed and bone dry. It also helps me load and access items deep in the bed. The shelf has a lip to hold things on it as I pull it out.

    I originally planned to replace the plastic brackets that hold the rear door bar in place with metal brackets. Instead, I incorporated step pegs on a cargo rack that also protect the brackets. (See picture.)

    I had an overhead rack built from 1.5" square tube, with four removable cross bars and a platform on top for camping on the roof, and stake pockets on the side rails to extend the rack upward if necessary. The rack is half the weight of the only quality commercially available rack I found for this application (Kargo Master). I might still have the plans I drew if anyone is interested.

    I trashed the bed clamps and screwed everything straight to my bedrails with sheetmetal screws. This keeps the aluminum base bars from bowing outward in the middle. The whole top fits and looks better now.

    At time of purchase I elected to have a white panel sewn in on top instead of getting an all black Softopper. (You have to catch them at time of manufacture to do this.) The white panel makes it more comfortable for camping, since it keeps the temperature down, but it is a total PITA to keep clean. It currently has a lot of mildew staining on it that I need to clean off.

    My fuel economy has suffered about 1 to 1.5 MPG with this setup. Interestingly, that loss was BEFORE the rack went on. The rack hasn't significantly impacted fuel economy.

    The top offers little security for items in the bed and poor visibility, but you all know that. You buy it for its versatility, and hopefully you buy some stick-on convex side mirrors too.

    My only major complaint is that the mesh and the vinyl windows are on two separate doors panels. This is a total PITA when traveling cross country through rain storms and camping in the back, when you need the functionality of both panels, but have to change the entire door out to either let the top breathe or protect your cargo. Softopper should really offer a 2-in-1 option.

    Here are some pictures from Hell's Revenge trail in Moab and other parts of the West. Since these pictures, I have gusseted the front corners of the cargo rack and changed the rear bumper. Enjoy.

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  6. May 21, 2014 at 6:04 AM
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    Nice write up!

    I put a tarp down at the bottom for the leaking issue, like you said the water runs down the channels and the stuff on top stays dry.
    I didnt go with the mesh window for the reason you gave, I didn't want one more thing to carry and swap out.
     
  7. May 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM
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    I just bought a used softopper and going to install it this weekend. I want to install new weather stripping on the side rails. Any buy anything at Home Depot or Lowes that is similar to the original material?
     
  8. May 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM
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    I was never able to keep the weatherstripping under the rails. No matter how square and even I make everythng, it always works itself out. I said fuck it and just ran a bead of silicone.
     
  9. May 29, 2014 at 7:18 AM
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    My weather stripping does the same, kinda squeezes itself out from under the rails. That being said, I still have a good seal all the way around, not much if any water gets through. The original weather stripping feels like foam mixed with a little rubber. I bet you could find some good stuff at Home Depot or lowes.
     
  10. May 29, 2014 at 7:27 AM
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    I use the 3M double sided foam tape. Silicon would work but clamping the rail right to the plastic would mark up the bed rail. Plus my skill with putting down a bead of silicon would look just as bad as the foam squishing out. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Jun 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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    I ended up using 3/4" W x 5/16" H Frost King Weather stripping from Lowes. I washed my truck with the top on and got no leaks with it installed! I will see how it does with the rain on the highway.

    I also kept the weather stripping closer to the inside of the bed so when it was pushed down it was not exposed to the exterior as noted by other people.

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  12. Dec 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM
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    Not finding any good prices. 777 at softtopper.com are there any coupons? Also shipping was another 40. Amazon is 779 and free shipping.
     
  13. Dec 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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    I have never found a discount, the best thing to do is find free shipping.
     
  14. Dec 9, 2014 at 5:45 AM
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    Thank you CVyota. Can you see out your rear view mirror in the cab? Or is that what the 79 dollar upgrade mesh window is for?
     
  15. Dec 9, 2014 at 7:05 AM
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    I figured this was a good place to post this, too. Using a magnetic strip on the rear flap is the way to go, and Chad at KB Voodoo has the tailgate caps on sale right now.
     
  16. Dec 9, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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    You can see out, the mesh is for air if you sleep back there or have dogs. I sleep in the bed but never have an issue with airflow.
     
  17. Dec 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM
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    i no longer have my softopper but enjoyed it for the year that i had it. buying new, you're not going to find many bargains, but they do pop up on craigslist. That's where I bought mine and how i eventually sold it. I actually ended up selling it for a little more than what I bought it for, but i did invest some money into it after i bought it, too (new rear window and new rear mesh window).

    I did like running the rear mesh window in the winter. I found that the vinyl window would get dirty quickly in the winter, making it hard to see. The rear mesh window definitely has better rear visibility, but with the downside of less overall protection from the elements. Also, the vinyl window is known to be pretty brittle when it's cold out, which made me a little nervous to clean (and scratch) or roll up the window in the winter.
     
  18. Dec 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM
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    That's a great idea. How strong is the shock cord? I had bed bars and a ski rack mounted inside the bed last winter. Had to roll up the rear window anytime I went skiing because the skis would hang out the back a little. Not sure how that shock cord would hold up with the flap up (and catching air) at highway speeds?
     
  20. Dec 9, 2014 at 6:48 PM
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    DoorDing

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    That's 1/8" cord. You can buy much heavier cord, but I wouldn't drive at highway speeds with the flap up like that. I think it'd catch too much air and chafe the window badly. If the skis ride low enough, maybe you could use the same idea to hold the flap down against the skis, hooking two bungee cords between the tension bar and the bed.
     
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