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MLariviere
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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
Registered: May 99

posted 03-27-2006 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere        Reply w/Quote
I purchased one of these and put it on my new truck. There were some issues with broken parts and fit quality. They were happy to send me free replacement parts for what was broken.

I kind of think it wasn't on their end,since the end of the box was opened. There was another cover next to it for a fleetside for the dealer I bought my truck from. They said the dealer got the wrong one,so the one I got may have been sent there.

I had to work at getting the side rails level,because of the bedcaps. I had to take the shimstock they provide and work different shim combinations till I got it right.The cover had a ton of wrinkles in it when I put it on. This morning I let it sit in the sun for a few hours and the cover adjusted out of it.

They were kind enough to send replacement parts,and it took only 3 days to get them! So I guess I am more content with it now it's on the truck right. It looks alot better now too.

I like the fact you open it from inside the bed. It is also alot better sealed than the last cover I had,even though it sits flush with the top of the bed,not capping it over the top. From the side of the truck you have to really look to see it.

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
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posted 03-27-2006 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Here it is:

68 Coop
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From: Mesquite, NV. 89027
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posted 03-27-2006 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 Coop        Reply w/Quote
Looking good.

BLstangin
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From: St. James, MN
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posted 03-28-2006 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLstangin        Reply w/Quote
Ya, my dad has one of those extang covers on his 98 f-150, it looks real good and has been on there a solid year now with no problems and the box always stays dry on the inside. Plus it sits flat and looks pretty good.

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1986 f-150, 5.0, factory towing package with original c-6 trans


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MLariviere
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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
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posted 03-28-2006 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere        Reply w/Quote
These guys really stand behind their product! There is a torn stitch on the cover,so I emailed the zone rep to see what I can do. He replied and said to fax the reciept,and they will send another cover! I would definitely buy another from them just for their service!

GTRocks
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From: Lusby, MD
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posted 03-28-2006 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks        Reply w/Quote
Very nice, except now you're not going to be able to see the spray-in liner! Or, was that the point?

hwyman3
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From: Southern Maryland, USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 03-28-2006 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3        Reply w/Quote
Those covers are nice. I had one on my 96 Ranger. It did a great job of keeping the bed dry and even survived one hack of a hailstorm! My only complaint about it was if it is cold and you roll it up, don't think about unrolling it until it warms up. Those covers do shrink!

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GTRocks
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posted 03-29-2006 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTRocks        Reply w/Quote
I had one of those on a '99 and I agree with Greg. They were hard to close when it was cold. I actually ended up snapping a handle from pulling on it so hard. I loved it otherwise tho.

MLariviere
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posted 03-30-2006 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere        Reply w/Quote
This cover has a tension system in it that you can back off if it's cold and shrinks. Te cover comes off easy anyway,so I could set it aside or roll it up for a while. It's alot easier to roll up than the one from Covercraft I had on my last truck. Those plastic clips were a pain!

MLariviere
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posted 04-24-2006 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere        Reply w/Quote
Well,I wasn't impressed with the performance of this cover. I opened the tailgate after a good rain,and it was like there was no cover at all. It also turned into a swimming pool when it rained,and the velcro down the sides always worked loose.

I went back to the dealer, and he gave me the option to exchange it. I ended up getting one from Tekstyle,the Quickhatch model. It sits on top of the bed rather than in it,and it does a better job of keeping the water out. It also has a hinge a foot from the cab end and gas assist struts for easier access to the front of the bed. It was also $50 cheaper. I also gained about 1 1/2" from bed floor to the cover since it sits on top of the sides.

I will say that the Extang cover looked great,if not better on my truck. Their warranty service was second to none. It's just too bad it was only there for show. I need to have a cover to keep water out.

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