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Love me some craigslist. got me a Topper

Paid 50 bucks for it. its tan but gona drop it off somehwere monday to get painted. gave me new foam things so it wouldnt scratch my bedrails and it has new shocks for the rear glass, and the carpet it in really good shape. now i need a sliding rear window lol
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went to the locksmith today and got a set of keys made for 20 bucks going to start priming it this week may spay it while im home for easter decided to try painting it myself first rather than paying someone . my buddy used to work in a body shop and hes 100% certain we can do it lol we shall see. was quoted 189 to have a 3 piece slider rear window installed on my truck.
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good find you sucks ive been looking for months but everyone around here think just because they cost xxxxx that they are still worth alot of money or if i find one cheap the windows are busted out
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went to the locksmith today and got a set of keys made for 20 bucks going to start priming it this week may spay it while im home for easter decided to try painting it myself first rather than paying someone . my buddy used to work in a body shop and hes 100% certain we can do it lol we shall see. was quoted 189 to have a 3 piece slider rear window installed on my truck.
I wouldn't pay that much. If anything find a member on here or something that wants a solid back glass and trade them. Installing the window isn't hard at all.
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yeah i know i almost bought a blue one a couple months ago they wanted 300 and it didnt have a back window. the only thing i have found wrong with this one is one of the latches for the side window needs to be superglued back together it kept sliding open when we were offroading. it came with the screens too just poped em out.
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buy new glass, pull back the headline, and body panels a little bit to access 8 small 3/8 bolts and undo em, pop out the glass and intsall the new slider window,
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p.s. rear sliders are like 40-60 bucks at the junkyard
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I wouldn't pay that much. If anything find a member on here or something that wants a solid back glass and trade them. Installing the window isn't hard at all.
ive never done it before. would i need new seals? im gonna call around to some of the no name shops tomorrow and see if one will buy my window or credit me towards the slider because theres nothing wrong with my glass. the shop i went to Southwest Auto Glass cant buy used glass but im sure one of the smaller shops will.
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i keep trying to find a good camper shell here. but everythign is either the nasty aluminum jobsite lookin ones or they have all the glass missing n ****.
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I have my 01 slider for sale, 50 bucks....just not sure on shipping, might kill the deal for cost.
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Thats a pretty good deal.
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I have my 01 slider for sale, 50 bucks....just not sure on shipping, might kill the deal for cost.
thats what i was thinking lol . my dads calling the dealer he buys a new truck and my stepmom a new mustang every year so they love him he gets alot of stuff free or really discounted so hes gona try to have them hook me up.
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Nice find! I did the same thing. Paid $60 for mine. It was missing the rear window, but I just made one from plexi glass and it looks freakin sweet now! I just need to get some plastic tiniting to match the other windows. (I have sliding windows with screens :) )Keys cost me 9.75 for 2 of em at a locksmith.
I also have the 3rd brake light on mine. I just picked mine up middle of last week.

Good find though on yours!

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i like how yours is flat on the roof . gona test fit my cot to see how much headroom i got lol
i argued with the guy when he made me keys and told me 25 for making one when last time i went to him it was 10 for two for my old toolbox that didnt come with keys. so i talked him down to 20 for 2 lol . im not going to wire up the third brake light unil im done painting it. im running four white led 12" strips and 2 12" blue ones back there for lighting blue to match my interior leds and white for light to find crap at night
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Very nice! I like the idea of lights in your cap. I should do something like that too.

The locksmith I went to said it was $8.50 for the first key and then $1.25 for the second, being that I didnt have one to model the first one off of. I took a picture of the lock and the number combination that was on there and he whipped one right up! It was pretty sweet, but kind of scary cause anyone could take a picture of it and get keys made to fit it. Oh well.

I have yet to wire my 3rd brake light too. Havent had time and I also need to paint my cap. The paint on top is loosing the clear coat, so no matter what I'm going to have to repaint mine. I kinda want to do it myself. Im in L.A. until the beginning of may though, so I'm going to wait until i go home to Illinois, then bombard my dad's garage.

Im also wanting to make a rack that comes out around the cap like a ladder rack to put a spare tire up there and other stuff for camping. I of course first need a lift kit, lol.

Anyway, I'll quit ranting.

Your cap looks good too though. Takes pics of the lights and the paint job when you get it done! I might have to steal some ideas off of you.
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sure will man.
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Really dumb question, but how are you running wire back there to power the lights inside the topper?

THat is a genius idea, and i want to do something like that to mine too so i can see in it at night. Just curious. Wiring up the 3rd brake light is easy, just bridge it off one of the tails.

Thanks for any incite man!
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just run a trailer wiring harness extension
it should already have a internal wiring lead
just tap into the + and - power leads and run wires to the lights
just make sure that you are running LED`S or you will blow fuses
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oh i forgot

i will be doing the same thing
just need to save some cash for it
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Thanks,

Sorry to jack the forum, lol.
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im running a grommet through the rear cab and front of bed with a wire harness but going to use a quick disconnect/ prob a trailer harness so i can unhook when i remove the topper. The switches are going on the switch panel under my radio where i have the switches for my interior leds. also going to run a relay with atleast one 12V acc outlet back there.
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you do not have to drill a hole in yer bed
on the side cross member just below where yer tail gate latch is on the inside is factory hole.
just run a trailer harness extension ( you will have to cut off the other end )
buy a replacement connector ,,
wrap the extension in plastic conduit ( wrap with electrical tape )
feed it through the factory hole ( install the replacement connector )
and then plug the factory topper light cable into that .
then just run a extension wire ( + & - ) to the lights you installed

( basically the brown wire feeds power to the interior topper lights )
assuming the lights have their own on/off switch
the white wire feeds the ground to the lights and the brake light

the yellow/ green wire activates the topper brake light
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you do not have to drill a hole in yer bed
on the side cross member just below where yer tail gate latch is on the inside is factory hole.
just run a trailer harness extension ( you will have to cut off the other end )
buy a replacement connector ,,
wrap the extension in plastic conduit ( wrap with electrical tape )
feed it through the factory hole ( install the replacement connector )
and then plug the factory topper light cable into that .
then just run a extension wire ( + & - ) to the lights you installed

( basically the brown wire feeds power to the interior topper lights )
assuming the lights have their own on/off switch
the white wire feeds the ground to the lights and the brake light

the yellow/ green wire activates the topper brake light
brake light is already wired not worried about that. im running led strips on the inside that i dont want to have power all the time. 4 white 12" long and 2-4 blue 12" long like i have throughout my interior.
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I lucked out and got a gold topper shell made by hop cap for $125 that matches my gold 2000 XLT 4.0L. Only thing missing are the keys to the locks. Searched eBay for said locks and found a complete set of "Heavy Duty" T-handles to replace the set in the topper. Thank you Craigslist!
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