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Tonneau thoughts/impressions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by thebottomline, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Feb 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    thebottomline

    thebottomline [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I finally got my tonneau back from the body shop.
    It is the Undercover SE Smooth, yes the one that needs to be painted.
    I am very happy with it. Install was a breeze. It actually was identical to the pictures in the manual, and no adjustments were needed. Measurements were exact too.

    I know several of you have the SE and are happy with it, but I wanted to add my 2 cents on the Smooth as well. One has to factor in paint costs which run between 3-400 dollars depending on the shop.
    The only irregularity was the main brackets on the cab side were actually shaped different than the instructions showed. No big deal as everything still fit fine. The locking mechanism works great.

    One downside is that you can only use the rail tie downs cab side of the piston bracket. Towards the rear side rails they hit the piston and it won't close. That was the only real downside as most people suggested the tie downs will work after install (technically they do I guess, just not over the entire rail system).

    I would really recommend this cover. To me having a paint match was important so it was worth the extra money. Post install pics...

    The open pictures are obviously when I got it home, dirty because of the initial drive. Once it was cleaned up it looked great. The jumper cables were just thrown in there to test the rail tie downs.

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  2. Feb 13, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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    rex99

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    looks sharp!! :thumbsup:
     
  3. Feb 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    cool looking man
     
  4. Feb 14, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    Looks really good! I went with a fold up one but yours looks awesome.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    Yah I considered the foldup. It looked fine but I wanted the security of the fixed size, and also the color matching. A lot of people in my area have the Undercover SE, which influenced my decision for sure.
     
  6. Feb 14, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    daggertats

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    nice cover..........i got the other undercover and love it. didnt know they had a smooth one or i mighta went that route. if ya dont mind me askin that net in your bed,where did you get it? im lookin for one like that to hold down some of my stuff since the bed is so slick.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    I got the netting on ebay. it was from a cadillac but since those things are big vehicles, I figured it would meet my needs.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    You are getting good use out of that hanging tennis ball. :)
     
  9. Feb 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    Got any better ideas? It is simple and works.....Plus the price was right.
    Just hope the neighbors dog isn't too pissed I took it.

    ;)
     
  10. Feb 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    Looks great! :thumbsup: I called a couple of places a few weeks back to check prices for the undercover smooth. Those pics make me want it even more. :drool:
     
  11. Feb 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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    Looks very good. If you have a chance could you give me the height measurement when the cover is in the "up" position at its highest point to the bed?
     
  12. Feb 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM
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    When up it is 45 inches from the bed, just measured...
     
  13. Feb 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM
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    Thanks - I appreciate it! I have to haul my garbage cans down to our trash bin each week and wanted to make sure they would still fit on the back of the bed/tailgate. I know that it is not recommended to drive in the up position but It's not a long distance and I go fairly slow.
     
  14. Feb 17, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Nice looking...I prefer that type but could not do it since I haul snowblower and lawnmower....rollup type sealing via velcro works just great for me and I deal with the lack of security




     
  15. Feb 19, 2011 at 6:28 AM
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    Nice looking cover, I'm looking for a tonneau for my LB BSP. Any chance |I could get a picture zoomed out of the whole side of the truck?
     
  16. Feb 24, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    I will get a picture on the next nice day. The weather has been terrible here lately.
     
  17. Feb 25, 2011 at 1:12 PM
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    Just had a Roll N Lock installed on my 2011 DC...it is great. Not only is it the most versitile cover available, but it also takes care of the tailgate theft problem and the storage cubby lid lack of security. Plus, I got the Cargo Manager, so no more having stuff bouncing around in the bed.
     
  18. Feb 26, 2011 at 7:10 AM
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    I'm considering getting a cover but wasn't sure which one, and after seeing those pics, you have made my mind up for me. Looks great!!
     
  19. Feb 26, 2011 at 7:24 AM
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    I have to chime in on this. I have done the tennis ball trick, in fact, still haven't taken it down yet. I had it for my Dodge Ram quad cab that I traded from, and I had to have it to park in the garage. I had to get within 1 inch to the wall and that left me with another inch from the back bumper to close the door. It was a life saver. Part of the reason I traded for the short bed. The long bed was barely any shorter than the Ram. ;)
     
  20. Feb 26, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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    Oh yeah, the cover looks great! Had the Under Cover on my Ram. It was a love/hate relationship. Loved the cover, water tight and lockable. But there would come the time when I needed to haul and didn't have anyone to help me remove it. Comes off in just a couple of minutes, but on the Ram it was too big and truck set too high to handle it by myself. So I am leaning towards a soft toneau this time.
     
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