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What dimensions for a camper top for my 1996 ext cab?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Bamahoyt, May 2, 2012.

  1. May 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM
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    Bamahoyt

    Bamahoyt [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for the dimensions I would need for 96 ext cab sr5 because I measured it and then looked at some measurements for camper tops on and they say they fit my tacoma but the measurements don't equal out so I am just tryin to see exactly what I need and how it should be measured both on the camper top and the bed. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. May 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM
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    Madjik_Man

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    With the extra cab you also have to make sure that the front of the topper matches the curve of the rear of the cab.

    The ext cab has a different shape than the regular cab (which is more vertical).

    So technically there are toppers that have the same dimensions (width and length) that are different for ext cabs and reg cabs.

    This is the best picture I have that shows the profile of the ext cab and topper. See how the line of the cab moves forward and the topper matches it? The regular cab is more vertical. So if you accidentally buy a topper for a regular cab, you will more than likely rub the cab with the topper

    [​IMG]
     
  3. May 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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    Bamahoyt

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    Thanks that helps for sure. So chances are, it needs to be directly from an ext cab tacoma?
     
  4. May 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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    Madjik_Man

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    Yes, assuming the previous owner understood the difference as well.

    You'll easily be able to tell the difference of the front line of an ext cab versus a reg cab topper

    Here's a pic (after a quick search) that shows the difference hopefully

    [​IMG]
     
  5. May 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    thatSchusterguy

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    Pretty sure you have that backwards, a regular cab topper will fit fine on an extended cab truck, but an extended cab topper will rub a regular cab truck.

    My topper doesn't have the slope forward and fits just fine, there's a bit of a gap but nothing terrible. OP get the best one you can find and definitely go for the windoors if possible!
     
  6. May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM
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    STLharry

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    Spot on. Although, I have sold a camper shell from my Xtra Cab to somebody with a reg. cab and it didn't rub really at all.
     
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