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Anybody have input on the following....

I am looking into getting a few things for my Ranger. All I really need before I go back to school is a tonneau cover, window visors, and a locking tailgate latch. I just wondered if any of you have installed any of those things on your trucks, what "brand" it is, and how well you like it.
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Some prefer hard or soft tonneau covers. There are alot of manufacturers out there for these and ranger from $200 on up, depends on the look and function that you want as well. I have the actual ford ventvisors on my truck and I like them. They are pretty thick and quality is pretty good. They are a little more but they are all made by the same company, ventvisor I believe. Tailgate lock I have had no experience with it.
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Thanks. So far, my first choices are the Auto Ventshade in-channel visors and a Lund roll-up soft cover.
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if you want a soft cover truxedo is awesome. ARE for hard covers
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I have a friend who owned a Dodge Dakota and had a Truxedo soft cover on it and he said it was awesome.
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I have a Pop N Lock PL8200 Power Tailgate Lock wired to the power locks in my Ranger. I like it because the tailgate locks automatically every time the truck is locked. Pop N Lock also makes key type tailgate locks - not as convenient but easier to install and less expensive.

Either one will help deter taillight, tailgate and bed extender theft.
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Here's what I am looking at right now. I am planning on heading down to summit's store on Saturday to pick it all up (its only an hour drive for me, not worth shipping costs).

Tonneau:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Window visors:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Tailgate Lock:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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Doesen't summit ship for free, or is it considered oversized, gas is expensive.
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I have a Pop N Lock PL8200 Power Tailgate Lock wired to the power locks in my Ranger. I like it because the tailgate locks automatically every time the truck is locked. Pop N Lock also makes key type tailgate locks - not as convenient but easier to install and less expensive.

Either one will help deter taillight, tailgate and bed extender theft.
^x2 on that one, I have the exact same tailgate lock, it is VERY convenient compared to the manual keyed lock. I also have an Extang tonneau cover, it made a good difference in gas mileage compared to stock tailgate up driving, and it's nice to be able to haul stuff in the rain!
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check out the extang full tilt... a little more but i think youll be much happier with that...


yea summits free shipping but they charge handling so it would still be cheaper then driving and youll hve it next day...
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I have a cap on the back :) They work great if you like to haul large items in all weather, but if you get one, stay away from Leonard.
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Ya, summit has free shipping, but not on the tonneau, its 6 bucks for the tonneau and then a $9 handling fee. So, total, it would cost 15 bucks to have it shipped, or I can spend 12 bucks on 4 gallons of gas driving to get it.

Caps are nice, but I just hate climbing inside one to get stuff out, its a hassle.

Thanks for the advice on the Extang cover, I will check it out.
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Ya, summit has free shipping, but not on the tonneau, its 6 bucks for the tonneau and then a $9 handling fee. So, total, it would cost 15 bucks to have it shipped, or I can spend 12 bucks on 4 gallons of gas driving to get it.

Caps are nice, but I just hate climbing inside one to get stuff out, its a hassle.

Thanks for the advice on the Extang cover, I will check it out.
Yeah I would probally go too. Summt stores are awesome we have one now in GA. I went when i went to visit my dad.
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Well, went to summit today and was fairly disappointed. It was fun to get out and drive on a nice sunny day though.

I start talking with a sales rep and the tonneau I was gonna get (truxport that I listed earlier) is out of stock. I did buy the window visors and the tailgate lock.

Got home, put the window visors in, should be nice, gotta wait 24hrs with the windows up before the glue/tape is set (that should be fun driving, no a/c and mid 90s heat + humidity). Got to work installing the tailgate lock and the thing is complete junk, just a bad design flaw, not the individual unit. Hard to explain in words, but the handle opens "past" the lock and gets jammed, so I wouldn't be able to shut my tailgate after opening it. So, now I have to send that back for a refund.

So, in the end, I drove an hour each way for $30 window visors. I am gonna try to pick up that Truxedo Truxport from a dealer about 20 minutes away, and I have to look into a different tailgate lock design, hopefully I can pick that up from the same local dealer.
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What kind of tailgate lock did you get? Mine has worked flawlessly, and keeps the tailgate locked tight..
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I got Summit's manual one. The one found on their website.
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Now, I just realized that I might not be able to keep the bedliner that came with the truck. It wraps up and around the bed where the bed meets the cab, and because of this, a tonneau might not fit.

So, any body have a tonneau and drop in bedliner or what/who do you recommend for a spray on liner?
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I have the Ford plastic bed liner and it kinda wraps around that wall that you mention at the back of the bed, and my extang tonneau fits fine.
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Now, I just realized that I might not be able to keep the bedliner that came with the truck. It wraps up and around the bed where the bed meets the cab, and because of this, a tonneau might not fit.

So, any body have a tonneau and drop in bedliner or what/who do you recommend for a spray on liner?
that spot shouldnt matter, mine did to and it worked out fine... as long as you can put a clamp in your siderails youll be fine....

or you could jsut cut the liner with a razor blade and remove that piece and youll be fine...
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thanks 4x2.
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i just got a wolf full tilt tounneau and i have the drop in bed liner. if you put the front bar rught up against the raised part of the liner youll be ok, it rained like a mother and it stayed completly dry.
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