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Ford Factory soft tonneaus

Anyone here care to comment on how they like their factory tonneau covers?


I am looking into the possibility of replacing my fiberglass tonneau for a soft top from my dealership, and I'd like to know what people think of theirs so far.


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Just the price....they charge around 300+ more than at an aftermarket place for the same kind of cover.
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The $$$ I'm not too worried about, I knew they would hose me already based on other stuff I've had to buy from there.

But in terms of durability/value/quality......

Oh, and would you get the snaps or the snapless model?
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Ford Tonneau's are Snap type and they suck! Save the money and buy and Access tonneau or a Truxedo. They roll up cross bars and all. they Have a lifetime warranty too, and the best part is you don't have to be afraid of opening them up on a cold day. I loved the one I had and it lasted through three trucks and I gave it to Grant when I sold him my last truck, so that is almost a ten year old tonneau. Worth every penny I paid for it. Factory ford ones are alright as long as you never use you bed for anything taller than the tonneau, becasue they suck to open.

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I have the velcro kind. They are supposed to last longer cause the snaps wear out. Plus they are a PITA to take off and on, especially in the winter when the tonneau shrinks, it's almost impossible to get back on if you take it off.

I have the Truxedo and it's a cinch to open and close when I need to use it.

http://www.truxedo.com/original/truxedo.html

Ford wanted 700 for the same velcro kind, I got it for around 400 I think at my local aftermarket place. Come on Aftermarket, don't buy it from Ford. :)

Even if you buy it online, you might even still save money including shipping to Canada.

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I have a small credit with the dealer I'd like to use....otherwise anywhere but there would be preferred...
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I have a small credit with the dealer I'd like to use....otherwise anywhere but there would be preferred...
The dealer should be able to sell you any tonneau you want I bought My Access at the dealer I bought my truck from.

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i like my ford tonneau, and i think its worth it but yet i only paid 25 bucks for it. lol
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Any closeup pics of yours, Zach?
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I've got the snap on one. it sucks. 40% of the snaps are busted and it's starting to tear. I'm ready for a new one, but snapless this time. whatever you do, don't get snap on.
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Any closeup pics of yours, Zach?

no closeups really. i could take some tonight if you like. mine came off an 01 so its not really new. i got it used, for 25 bucks, only thing wrong with it is the crossmember which i need to get fixed.

it works pretty good but idk that i would give up a hard tonneau for a soft one. i wish i had a hard tonneau cover.
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Yours leaks water? Or your box still keeps dry?
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it lets water in. im prolly going to have to take it off for winter soon. as the snow piling on it without all the braces wont be good.
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i had a ford snap one it sucked! in the winter when i would have to roll it up to put my portable ice shanty and gear in it i hated it cuz i knew what it was gonna be like when i had to snap it back on. it would take me and my stepdad a while stretching it out so it would snap back and on. it was a pain the ****!
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I guess I'm in the minority here. I like my Ford tonneau. Admittedly, during the winter it can be a pain to get it on (I have the snaps), but all you have to do is park it in the sun for a few minutes. Even with temps in the teens, I never had to let it sit more than 15 minutes in the sun, and it was easy to get back on.

The only thing I don't like about it is that you have to roll it up at the front of the truck instead of taking it completely off.

Overall, I like it. I paid $90 shipped from Ebay (it was brand new, still in the shrink wrap) 2 1/2 years ago. About once a month, I put some vinyl conditioner on it, and it still looks good.
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i have the snapless kind. Had it for almost 2 years... and it still looks like new (except the ford logo is fadded on the tag).

oh and i dont regret buyin it
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after dealing with the snaps on our boat cover, i will never buy another snap down cover unless i have to. mine uses the tongue-groove approach, and works amazingly well. I am alil apprehensive about the velcro covers since, seems to me like it could fly off at any moment and that would be bad. the tongue and groove cover however is a pretty damn nice cover, tho, i found out the hard way that the lil nylon ears in each corner are made for looks, not for you to tug on cause i almost tore mine off when i first put it on.
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after dealing with the snaps on our boat cover, i will never buy another snap down cover unless i have to. mine uses the tongue-groove approach, and works amazingly well.
I think that's the "snap-less" one the guy at the parts desk keeps telling me about......a few more bucks than the snaps model.
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I have a snap one and i like it, ive had it for over a year.....none of the snaps are broke, paid 200 for it....it is a pita in the winter, but not that big of a deal......guys at work have the hard tonneau that you just pull off the truck and they swear by it....but what if your somewhere, where you didnt know you needed your bed and had to run home, take it off, and come back? where as i just have to roll it up...

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I can't speak for the factory ones but by far the best soft one i have ever seen is by access.

http://www.truckaddons.com/Catalog/s...tion_cover.asp

I have a cheaper version by truxedo its basically the same as the access ones but the access one has a lot of little features that make it better.

Either one is nice. NO SNAPS ! ! !
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the tonneau I got from my dealer was the Downey SST. It's the same one I've bought for two of my other trucks and I like them a lot. I like the snap anywhere on the rail feature so you don't have to line up the individual snaps.
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I can't speak for the factory ones but by far the best soft one i have ever seen is by access.

http://www.truckaddons.com/Catalog/s...tion_cover.asp

I have a cheaper version by truxedo its basically the same as the access ones but the access one has a lot of little features that make it better.

Either one is nice. NO SNAPS ! ! !

Ben, Is there a good website that I can order the truxedo from?

And when it's installed, is the tonneau really tight like the snap on's are?
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The truxedo that uses velcro is really tight and if it ever becomes loose, there is a tensioner that you can adjust to make it tighter. I've never had to adjust mine since I installed it.

FMD - Ain't no way the velcro tonneau's will fly off. They are really tight, it camps and locks down at the end.
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Thoughts on Extang?
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I know rideac1 has one and it's nice.

I'm going to pick a full tilt extang up tonight.

Reasonably too, 269.00 out the door.
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