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Old 04-06-2005
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bed ideas

as u all can see i have a 2003 2x4 edge and im wondering if i should put a bed cover on it... its not 4x4 so im not thinkin i wanna put a tool box on it.. i jus want it to stick with a street truck look... im wondering if i realy need to put on a bed cover and if i want a hard top or just that leather crap on it... so yall jus tell me what u think...
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toolbox is functional...

you dont have to be 4x4 to need to carry stuff in a toolbox...


but since you are going street look. i like the cheaper soft tonneaus... but the nice fiberglass ones are cool too..

just expensive..
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i have a soft tonneau that i have for road trips... its nice cause its easy to remove and looks good... with a hard tonneau its very difficult to remove it if you need to carry something large back there
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I love my soft tonneau. Had one on both this and the last truck ('99 XL Sport). I too am not a fan of the hard top covers. They are quite expensive, and as has been mentioned, they are hard to remove/store. My soft cover is great for moving weather sensitive things (ie keeping the groceries dry), but is easily rolled up for moving big stuff too. I seriously think they should be standard equipment on pickups..
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I really like the hard tops, but I like my soft tonneau cover becuz i go from this:



to this, A LOT:

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Hard tonneau's look really good but after having a toolbox come with my truck I can't live without one. I need it!
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I think i might put a softy on mine but i dont know...
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WOWak has a nice one I like...it's not a softy but it sits relatively flush with the bed. From the side you can't really tell he has a tonneau at all. I also like the automatic rollout one but that's WAY too expensive
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I have a soft tonneau as well from a local company called Tonneau Masters
(I think I can't remember LOL) anyway its a really cool design.

No snaps, no mounting on top of the bed rails. It clamps to the inside edge of the bed and is completely within the inner dimensions of the bed. Its also velcro instead of snaps and has this really cool unlock and rollup feature, there are two handles mounted to underside of tonneau that you access from open tailgate...pull handles and release tailgate support rail, roll it up!

The other really cool thing is it's a traditional vinyl like black exterior but the inside/backing is a very heavy rubberized fabric liner, the same stuff Zodiac International uses to make RIB's and stuff for the military. It comes with a lifetime warranty!!!
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Heres the info on above Tonneau Cover from Sport Masters...not Tonneau Masters...my mistake duh!

http://www.sportmasters.com/tonneau.htm#rollmaster

I really like'm cuz they are made in Twinsburg, Ohio which is a 45 minute drive from me...I love local stuff! BUY AMERICAN! (If that still means anything)
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No snaps, no mounting on top of the bed rails. It clamps to the inside edge of the bed and is completely within the inner dimensions of the bed. Its also velcro instead of snaps...
See, I like that my cover's frame mounts to the top of the bed rails. When the cover is open and I am hauling things I use the toneau frame to protect the bed rails. My theory is anything anything inboard of the tonneau frame is subject to as much abuse as is needed, while stuff outboard of the frame I try to protect. The aluminum frame is kinda like a free set of bed rail protectors..

Also velcro bothers me for this application. I can't believe it will hold up as long or as well as simple snaps.. But that's me.
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I like my hard tops security no one can get into my bed now bcz of it, but as for use of my bed as far as big items go thats completely gone. I never use my bed for anything anymore except for items that will fit. I hate to raise it up or try and take it off its a very big pain and it wont raise up that high the shocks they sent me were cheap and have gone bad i need to get longer ones.
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Yeah, mine has quick-release hinges, too.. it takes me and one other person 30 seconds to get my top off, and theres barely any evidence it was ever there.

Mine is the CheckmateFX from Checkerpro.com.
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I checked out that hard cover like you got Wowak and that is nice at first i was like, wheres the step side cover and noticed the Ranger SS (Super Sport lol). These are A LOT cheaper than they ******** I was looking at and looks flusher than the ********. This is really in my price range.
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My dad, back when he had the Lightning, experienced with one of the soft ones and it's probably your best bet if you need to use your truck to move things with. But, if it's just strictly for looks and all, I like the flush mount fiberglass lids, even though they do come pricey. I'm looking at one from this place:

http://www.calconcepts.com/SolidBedC...lushmount.html

It sits completely flush, comes with carpet underneath already, gas shocks, and quick release hinges for whenever I need to take it off. Pretty expensive though, about $600 for the lid and about $120 more for them to paint it to match.

By the way, does anyone know where to find a cheaper completely flush hard tonneau cover besides this one?
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