Thread: Austrailian-style flat bed canopy options for Tacoma in US?

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    Default Austrailian-style flat bed canopy options for Tacoma in US?

    I tried searching on this, but came up short. If I missed something, please feel free to point me in the right direction.

    One of the great things about flipping through Australian 4wd Action is seeing really well thought-out builds. It seems that there are a number of manufacturers that build flat bed metal canopies for various platforms. For example:

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    and...

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    They look so dang cool

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    Any outfits doing something similar to this stateside? If not, anyone try a custom build that is similar?

    Edit: Sources for above images include CSM Manufacturing and Metal Form Industries

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    I dont know, but I would love to have one on my reg cab. The link is the closest I can find.

    http://www.uteltd.com/pg-bed/16-ute-top.html
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    If I don't sell my truck, I'm heading that way. I already have the modeler rear section to put canvas on.

    Bed was designed and built by me in shop. Its a great way to go and you gain a lot of usable space...

    I love mine.
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    JWP58, thanks for the link. It's a shame their website is a bit crummy - not tons of info that I could find.

    zolo - why are you selling? It looks like you have a great project so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zolo View Post
    If I don't sell mine, I'm heading that way.

    Bed was designed and built by me in shop. Its a great way to go and you gain a lot of usable space...

    I love mine.
    Damn I wish i could weld or i'd do the exact same thing. I wonder how much a custom canvas cover would cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWP58 View Post
    Damn I wish i could weld or i'd do the exact same thing. I wonder how much a custom canvas cover would cost?
    Depends on material. Sunbrella would be 1K I'm betting..
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    2006 Toyota Tacoma Ute. Traded
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    2008 KTM 990 ADV-sold
    1972 Toyota LC FJ-40-sold
    1992 SWB RR Classic-sold
    2006 BMW GS1200-sold

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    These guys can build you a nice ozzie style tray with self contained camping box... and do it to unbelievably sweet standards

    http://www.vmioffroad.com/

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    Very cool, Dumpolina! Thank you for the link. Looks like they do exceptional work.

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    Check out what LX450LandCruiser did to his Second Gen Taco:

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...2ng-Gen-Tacoma

    I saw this in person this past fall at the regional Expo event. Nice setup.
    This post was most likely made from my Tmobile Droid so spelling and punctuation errors are expected.

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    Those UTE beds are cool and all, would be cheaper and stealthier if you went with a drawer system and a topper with windoors. I like
    to blend in, rather than sticking out. Lessens the chance for thieves.

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