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Soft Topper

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

  1. Nov 25, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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    MrGrimm

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  2. Nov 25, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    Thanks, he would be a lucky boy! I almost didn't build my truck. I almost wound up with an 08 white taco. Xtra cab manual, charged with the locker a d sport hood. I backed out last minute and sunk the money (and then some) in my 87.

    Still would like one for a daily
     
  3. Nov 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM
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    Alright, so i just read through 9 pages of nothing but good words about the soft topper.

    I'm looking to get one for my 2010 Access cab but the only question to you owners is this....


    The only thing i am worried about is waking up one morning in Tahoe and seeing 3 feet of Sierra cement (Heavy tahoe snow) crushing the frame like a soda can.

    Does anyone have any experience with just how much these things can hold?
    I know ideally i would put the top down if i knew it was going to dump a few feet of snow but like we all know sometimes things dont go as planned.

    Thanks in Advance!
     
  4. Nov 26, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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    I can say that the structure is strong, but "strong enough" is harder to define. I think you'll need to determine the average weight of a cubic foot of "heavy Tahoe snow", and find out what the good folks at Softopper say is the maximum weight the top can support. They recommend that you "clean it off before there is too much accumulation."

    If you're really concerned about having three feet of wet snow on it, this may not be the topper for you.
     
  5. Nov 26, 2012 at 1:20 AM
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    They are strong but I'd say 3 feet of snow may be too much. I know they have kits to mount racks on top so you may look in to that. I have had a foot maybe two on my old soft topper with no issues but it wasn't super damp snow. My truck rarely sits out but a few times I had it at work and forgot a scraper so had to drive home with it on top.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2012 at 6:46 AM
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    Anyone have a solution for the small gaps at the front corners of the bed? Does everyone have these? Or do I need to stretch it forward more?
     
  7. Dec 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM
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    I can see light on mine too, but because of the loop of fabric I never see water come in there.
    You can always add velcro
     
  8. Dec 18, 2012 at 7:26 AM
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    I sold my truck and have a gray long bed topper available. PM me if you're interested.
     
  9. Dec 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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    There is a small gap at each corner, I just live with it and have yet to get any water inside the bed while camping. IMO this is the ONLY area where a hard topper outperforms in that it is sealed.
     
  10. Oct 12, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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    This seems to be the best thread for the soft topper so I'll ask my question here.

    How much of the sliding bed rail system functionality is reduced with this thing installed?

    Thanks
     
  11. Oct 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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    The middle of the side rail is blocked by the softopper frame. There is a flap of fabric that covers the rail behind the cab, but I unsnap the flap if I need to attach something, there is velcro that holds it to the top rail.
    [​IMG]
     
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  12. Oct 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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    Like Andy said. Some, but the rail system is still useable.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Oct 13, 2013 at 5:19 AM
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    I'm sold. That's not bad at all. Still plenty of places to tie down cargo.
     
  14. Oct 14, 2013 at 6:43 AM
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    Add some D-rings to the forward bed bolts and you'll have plenty of options.
     
  15. Dec 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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    I'm on my second tacoma. First was 1999 that I bought new and modded with pretty much everything at one time or another for 14 years. Toyota bought it back due to frame rust. New tacoma is exact same truck down to the black color with alpine nav/dvd, tint, de-badged, and softopper, so far.
    Wore a Softopper on my 99 taco for over 5 years with no problems. Lots of camping in it in all weather conditions and nary a leak or problem with big snow. In hot weather the sides roll up for ventilation. The only thing it couldn't stand up to was that 2 ton delivery truck that destroyed my truck. One of the first additions to my new 2013 taco was another Softopper. Extremely versatile and tough. I love em.
     
  16. Dec 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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    I'm on my second tacoma. First was 1999 that I bought new and modded with pretty much everything at one time or another for 14 years. Toyota bought it back due to frame rust. New tacoma is exact same truck down to the black color with alpine nav/dvd, tint, de-badged, and softopper, so far.
    I actually found that it reduced drag a bit on my 99 and I gained a bit of MPG. Since the new one on my new 2013 sits "in" from the cab a bit I expect the same. Kind of like a boat-tail bullet effect.
     
  17. Dec 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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    Mine works well
     
  18. Dec 18, 2013 at 8:29 AM
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    hey everyone.

    For a quick refresh and touch up, wash the topper thoroughly, let it dry completely.

    Head to walmart, in the camping section they sell a heavy duty water proof spray, has an orange cap and is usually next to the 3m scotch guard.

    Spray it really good, it'll "rewaterproof" it (not like it's needed but can't hurt) but it will really bring back the color and newness look. Great move for under 5.00.
     
  19. Dec 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM
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    Reduces drag? On my '99 and my '05 I saw/see a significant reduction in MPG.

    On another topic: Who has filled the gap between the cab and front of the top? What did you use? I'm sick of digging the snow out of the gap and listening to the ice rattle against the window.
     
  20. Dec 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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    A wide enough piece of backer rod would work, or maybe a pool "noodle".

    [​IMG]
     
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