I'm looking at adding a cap to my Dakota. I visited the nearby ARE cap
dealer today, he seemed pretty up front. He mentioned that because of
the Line-X liner my truck has, that it's "impossible" to ensure a good
seal between the cap and the bed rail. He adds some silicon to improve
the seal, but indicated it'd still leak "a bit".
How much is "a bit"? Anyone put a cap on a truck with Line-X on the top
of the bed rails who can tell me your experience?
Also, if you've got an A.R.E. cap, are you happy with it? I'm
considering the MX series. As far as that goes, I'm happy to listen to
any comments you may have on adding a cap to your truck - do you regret
the decision? Do you wish you'd done it years earlier?
Caps are funny, some days I loved mine others I wished it was missing!
Mainly on days I needed to put a large item in the bed.
What I did to get around this was simple, I made up a set of spacer
bars. They dropped into the pockets and lifted the cap to roof level.
Then just tied it down with ratchet straps.
As for the seal issue, even without a liner they can leak. What I do on
beds with liner is install the thicker weatherproofing foam you can get
at home stores, it squeezes into the nooks and such better and stops the
leaks. Install it on the bottom edge of the cap, then CLAMP the cap
down. Don't allow the cap to be bolted down, makes it a PIA to remove
easily and they don't stay as tight.
Also for easy removal rig up a lift in the garage, under the tree
whatever, I used a cheap boat winch with a 4 way cable with a spreader
bar (hunk of pipe) to make it easier to use. Just back under, hook up
the cables, un-clamp the cap, crank the winch to lift the cap off. In a
garage it also works as storage for the cap when not needed.
I had a cap on my old 2000 Chevy 2500 with a bed liner (different brand then
Line-X) when I sold it. I never had any leakage along the bed rails. I
enjoyed my cap it helped to keep my stuff dry and secured. They only thing
bad was if I wanted to haul something big, I had to pull one of my utility
Overall I was stultified more then not.
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