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"New" A.R.E. canopy/topper for the F150

I picked up a used A.R.E. Z-series canopy for the F150 yesterday. I loved the cover I had on before, but a canopy better suits my needs. This one was a little rough, I think because it was stored on it's side. I washed and waxed it yesterday, buffed out some red paint (from laying against a shed for a while), and put some touch up paint on it today.
I also filled the cracks between the metal panels in the bed with white caulk, leaving a couple of drain holes, but sealing out more dust.

Eventually I will tint the windows to match the back doors on the truck (15% over stock) and will build something in back, some sort of sleeping/camping platform. I have a few ideas but I'm not 100% set on anything yet.

I'm also playing with the idea of keeping my Yakima Megawarrior, but I would have to come up with a mount that would not add any height when the rack is off.







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Such a hot truck!
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Looks good man, I like it.
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Badass truck man.
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Looking real good man
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I am mixed, sweet truck but not my style. you probably knew that though
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I like the truck better with it off, though, it does look really good with it on.
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I really hate caps, but in some cases... Form follows Function
sick truck either way!
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Thanks guys. I normally expect about a 50/50 mix of opinions when it comes to a canopy, lol.

I also think it looks better with it off, but I know the cap on the ranger grew on me and I thought the truck looked weird without it, so whatever.
This will give me a good place to crash on over-night trips and stuff.
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any lifted truck with a cap screams RACK!!!!!


looks good though!
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I like it, but I'm not crazy about it. I think it would look better if you had the 6.5' bed. Your truck still looks great though.
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it looks sick dude. Not sure where all the camper hate comes from. It is super functional. I use my truck more with the camper than i ever did without it.
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I like it, but I'm not crazy about it. I think it would look better if you had the 6.5' bed. Your truck still looks great though.
X2.

How far do the mounts for the megawarrior stick up? Even a few inches wouldn't hurt the looks or the function. I'd rather the mounts add a little high on the rack so it wouldn't sag down and touch the top of the cap.
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X2.

How far do the mounts for the megawarrior stick up? Even a few inches wouldn't hurt the looks or the function. I'd rather the mounts add a little high on the rack so it wouldn't sag down and touch the top of the cap.
The problem is that I park it in the garage. As you can see in the pics, my driveway is super steep. As I back in, the top rear part of the canopy clears by about 1/4", before the rear tires hit the 'flat' part of the garage and the back of the canopy comes back down closer to ride height.
Shouldn't be a problem, if I made a mount atleast 6-12" from the back edge.
The rack normally mounts on crossbars, so I would have to make my own mounts some how. I have some ideas, but not the tools and material to do it.
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The problem is that I park it in the garage. As you can see in the pics, my driveway is super steep. As I back in, the top rear part of the canopy clears by about 1/4", before the rear tires hit the 'flat' part of the garage and the back of the canopy comes back down closer to ride height.
Shouldn't be a problem, if I made a mount atleast 6-12" from the back edge.
The rack normally mounts on crossbars, so I would have to make my own mounts some how. I have some ideas, but not the tools and material to do it.
Ah yes. I didn't think about that at all.
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Stud Truck
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Dang i like your truck
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looks good, Grandpa.
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Looks good man. I like it.
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looks great, im thinking about getting one for mine. undecided though
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that looks really good. i've always wanted to further tint my camper, but i'm having a hard time backing up at night as it is. maybe one day
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they have such a great purpose but they are just dreadfuly ugly, yours def looks better than most, but eh
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