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OEM Hard Bed Cover Replacement

Discussion in '2001-2005 Explorer Sport Trac' started by JimInRadfordVA, January 2, 2016.

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      JimInRadfordVA Elite Explorer

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      I have a 2002 Sport Trac with the factory hard tonneau cover. Being handicapped, it is getting increasingly difficult to use.

      Can I get some suggestions on a lightweight soft cover to replace it?

      Anyone interested in my original hard cover and all the hardware? I'd like to get enough out of it to buy a soft cover.

      Thanks, one and all.
       
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      I like my advantage hard hat tri fold cover. It looks like a vinyl cover but has aluminum sheet metal underneath to keep in more secure. Since it's an aluminum construction and has 3 sections I think it's easier to manage. You can probably find pics of it in my registry.
       
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      Any chance I can see a picture of it? I can't find any in your post anywhere.
       
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      My most recent picture of it but I don't have any of the inside. [​IMG]
       
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      Is it still waterproof after however long you've had it? It looks like it might be bowing up in the middle? They supplied you with rails to bolt on the inside? Sorry for the list of questions but unfortunately it's things that websites that sell then won't answer for me. I'm looking to buy then soft top version
      https://tonneaucoversworld.com/shop.../advantage-torza-top-tonneau-cover-22316.html

      It's only $400 on other sites
       
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      Yup it's still waterproof after about 6 years of being outside 24/7 and all the crap I put my truck through. It is a little bowed but I think it's from all the frame flexing twisting the support rails and the skin underneath the vinyl.

      Idon't remember mine being that expensive. Maybe like 450.
       
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      Yea yours is $650+ now or I'd buy it. I'll get 5he soft version of it
       
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      Wow that's crazy it's gone up that much!
       
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      I went and ordered one. Do you know if the bed extender can still be kept in the truck?
       
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      Congrats! Yes it can be. You just have to flip the back up in order to flip the extender one way or the other.
       
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      Thanks again. Was hoping the clamps wouldn't be in the way
       

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      Which holes did you use for mounting the rails? The middle of the three? Or one of the upper ones? Also, is your tailgate really tight to close?
       
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      Hmm I can't remember. Let me get some pics today and I can show you better.
      But yeah the tailgate is hard to close for a little.
       

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