Buying a Used Camper Shell: Tips and Compatibility Info

Updated on September 24, 2019
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Tom Zizzo, a journalist, has also spent many years selling truck and SUV accessories.

Photo from an actual Craigslist ad. This shell was obviously NOT for this truck, but it seems to fit. You will see used tops sold like this a lot; always measure them before you buy.
Photo from an actual Craigslist ad. This shell was obviously NOT for this truck, but it seems to fit. You will see used tops sold like this a lot; always measure them before you buy.

A Guide to Buying Used Camper Shells

Given the overwhelming number of questions I have received about used camper shells, I thought it might be useful to write a little guide to buying used tops. First I'll tell you a few things to watch out for, and then I'll break down the major changes in truck bed dimensions for different makes in the last few decades.

A used top, selling for far below what it cost new, sounds like a great deal, but you should be aware of a few things before you buy.

What to Look for and Watch out for in a Used Camper Shell

  • A used shell that is damaged may not be cost-effective to repair.
  • A used shell may have come from a different truck than the one it’s sitting on, so you want to measure your own truck.
  • Truck beds, especially more recent ones, aren't necessarily rectangular; they may be narrower in the rear than in the front.
  • Sometimes the shape of the rails and the shape of the cab and tailgate may complicate the fit.
  • The third brake light has to be visible in trucks made 1994 and later, and may complicate the fit for mid-'90s trucks. New shells since 1995 have brake lights built in.
  • Tonneaus need to fit more exactly than shells do.
  • If a used Leer or SnugTop shell has a serial number, you can call the company and try to find out what truck the cover was made for.

A Damaged Shell May Not Be Much of a Deal

The window on this used top is separating from the frame. There is no way to fix this, despite what the seller says. Silicone will not do it, and you cannot replace a pane of glass on these windows; the window itself has to be replaced.
The window on this used top is separating from the frame. There is no way to fix this, despite what the seller says. Silicone will not do it, and you cannot replace a pane of glass on these windows; the window itself has to be replaced.

Keep in mind that if major parts of the top you are looking at are broken, you need to look into the price of replacing those parts before you take advantage of that "deal of the century." Far too many times, I have seen used tops for sale where the seller thinks the repair is simple. In the photo above, the glass is coming away from the frame leaving a big gap. This part of the window should be sealed. The repair in that photo is at least $250, and that's just for the parts.

The Seller May Not Even Know What Truck the Shell Was Made for

I saw the top above for sale on Craigslist. The ad says it came off a 2000 Ranger, and it now sits on a 2001 S-10. I can tell this is an old SnugTop—by the ridge in the roofline—and it probably came off a pre-'93 Ranger. The dimensions though are close enough.

It’s important to remember that sometimes people will have tops on their trucks that they themselves have bought used, and often that top was not designed for that truck. A dead giveaway is if the top is not the same color as the truck. If you think the fit looks good, and your truck is the same as theirs, no problem; but if you’re trying to make a top made for an unknown truck fit your own truck, you’re on your own, to a certain extent.

Truck Beds By Make and Year

Here is some information, broken out by make, about which years had which body styles. It will help you know what to expect when you shop for a used top to match your truck bed.

Ford Trucks

Ford 150/250

1980-1996. From 1980 to 1996, Ford F150/250 trucks had essentially identical beds.

1997-2003(4). In 1997, the Ford F150 was radically changed, most notably by making the bed tapered, meaning it’s wider in the front than it is in the rear. This was initially only done to the F150 line; the F250 and F350 heavy duty trucks remained the same until 1999, when Ford introduced the Superduty.

2004-2008. The F150 changed its body style and bed again in 2004 (except that in the 2004 F150 Heritage Edition, the bed and body are the same as the '97 to 2003 truck). The F150 would remain the same until 2009, when the bed changed; but it changed only slightly, check the top of the rear corners of a new F150 bed and compare it to a 2004-08, you’ll see what I mean. Superdutys really haven’t changed much, as far as the bed is concerned, except that in about 2008 some Superdutys, not all of them, began including a fold-out step built into the tailgate. If your truck has it, the shell door will need to compensate for it. Leer and SnugTop shells have special molded pieces on the bottom of the door to account for it.

2009 -2014. The F150 has gone through some changes, mainly the rear, and the bow to the tailgate area that most of the new trucks have now.
2015- present: If you look at the back end of the new F150's, you'll notice that the bow to the rear tailgate area is wider, and angled, in a way. Overall the bed looks the same from the previous generation, but this wider rear bow will most certainly affect top compatibility.

1999 - 2008 The heavier duty trucks, i.e., the F250 and 350s, came in the form of the new 'Superduty' in 1999. It pretty much remained the same, with the exception of adding a pull-out tailgate step in 2008, which is technically an option. This is important because tops on 2008 or newer Superdutys will have rear doors that can accommodate this step, that is if the truck has the option. If you try to put a top from a 2004, for example, on a 2009 that has the step in the tailgate, it's not going to fit over that bulge. Yes, most top manufacturers can change out that rear door, but beware, those rear doors are NOT cheap.

2008 - 2016 -the F250 and F350s in these years are mostly the same. The only footnote has to do with the step in the tailgate (see above). It wasn't until 2017 that Ford made in major changes to the Superduty-most notably, the rear tailgate that has that octagon shape to it.

2017 to current -The brand new Superduty trucks are slightly different than the previous years, most notably the octagon-shaped tailgate, there are other changes as well.

A 2008 Superduty.  Notice the molded piece on the back door of the shell that covers up the step that comes out of the tailgate on this truck.
A 2008 Superduty. Notice the molded piece on the back door of the shell that covers up the step that comes out of the tailgate on this truck.
Notice on this new F150 how the taillight is different than on the '04 to 2008 trucks, and that little corner flares out. This is really the only difference with the new F150s.
Notice on this new F150 how the taillight is different than on the '04 to 2008 trucks, and that little corner flares out. This is really the only difference with the new F150s. | Source

A 1997 F250 top on a 1999 F250

Technically this shouldn't fit, but the rails on the Superduty are wide enough that it fits on the inside rail. On the outside you can see the difference in fit.
Technically this shouldn't fit, but the rails on the Superduty are wide enough that it fits on the inside rail. On the outside you can see the difference in fit.
Notice how the bed on the Superduty tapers, and the shell does not.
Notice how the bed on the Superduty tapers, and the shell does not.

Superduty Top on a 97 - 2003 F150

Here you can see the differences between the 'newer' F150 and Superduty trucks, how much taller and wider the F250/F350 beds are.
Here you can see the differences between the 'newer' F150 and Superduty trucks, how much taller and wider the F250/F350 beds are.
Notice how much taller the Superduty top is, and how it 'hooks' in the rear corners to cover up the F250 bed caps.
Notice how much taller the Superduty top is, and how it 'hooks' in the rear corners to cover up the F250 bed caps.

Chevy (1996 Silverado) Top on Ford F150 (2004 to 2008)

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Ford Ranger

1983-1992. Ford Rangers have been around since 1983, and stayed the same all the way up to 1992.

1993-present (2012). Rangers haven't changed much since 1993, except that the flareside bed, also referred to as the Ranger Splash bed, is different. It should be noted that there isn't a huge difference between the 83 to 92 Ranger beds and the 93 to 2012 beds, in other words, an old Ranger top fits the newer Ranger beds, the cab is just a little boxier in shape.

Mazda Trucks

Any Mazda truck built from 1994 to now is identical to a Ford Ranger, for our purposes. In the 1998 to 2006 Mazda B-Series trucks, there is a slight difference: basically, the bed on those trucks has slightly narrower rails. Most shell manufacturers did not change their molds to deal with this variation. I think SnugTop is the only company that has a specific Mazda mold, if that is even still available. But honestly, it’s not that much different than the Ranger mold.

Older Mazda trucks, from 1985 to 1993 have three different beds, the long bed, short bed regular cab, and the cabplus bed. The standard cab trucks have nearly identical bed dimensions to the old Toyota beds, and even the first gen Tacoma beds. Most of the old import mini trucks are around 60" wide and 75-76" long, and the old Mazdas are no different. Just remember that the old extended cab Toyota trucks have a lean or angle to the front of the top.

Nissan/Toyota Shell on Mazda

This is MY truck, yes, mine. The shell was on an 89 Toyota, but it was actually made for an 80's Nissan Hardbody-standard cab. Most old imports are around 60" wide and about 76" long-19 to 20" tall. -cab plus beds are an inch and half SHORTER though.
This is MY truck, yes, mine. The shell was on an 89 Toyota, but it was actually made for an 80's Nissan Hardbody-standard cab. Most old imports are around 60" wide and about 76" long-19 to 20" tall. -cab plus beds are an inch and half SHORTER though.

Chevy / GM Trucks

Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

1973-1987. It’s important to remember that from 1973 to 1987, full-size GM trucks had perfectly rectangular beds. That changed in 1988 when they became tapered, much like Ford's did in 1997. If you have a crew cab 1988 Chevy/GMC, however, it still has the 1987 body and bed.

1988-1998. The full-size Chevy Silverado pickups and GMC Sierras are the same from 1988 to 1998.

1999-2006: The Silverado/Sierra changed in 1999; however, some '99 models, specifically the heavy duty 3500 model crew cabs, are the older body style. The full-size GM trucks changed again, like I said, in 1999. The 1999 to 2006 models are called the "classic" Chevys.

2007-2013. The full-sized GM trucks changed again in 2007, but you have to be careful with 2007, because GM introduced the new truck mid-year. Thus a few 2007s still have the ‘06 body, which GM refers to as the "classic" body. The heavy-duty trucks retained the classic body until 2008.
Up until 2007, the beds were the same between a GMC and Chevy, but for the 07 to 13 generation, the bed on the Silverado is actually NOT identical to the bed of the Sierra. The insides of the beds are the same; it’s the outside rails that are slightly different. The differences are very subtle, but they do affect the fit of most hard tonneau covers and bedliners. Try putting an over-the-rail GMC liner in a Chevy bed of those years and you’ll see what I mean; one is just slightly wider than the other toward the rear of the bed. Could you fit a new Sierra shell on a Silverado bed? Yeah, probably the fit would be fine, but for a perfect fit, you’ll want to match make to make.

2014 - 2018. The brand new trucks have this different shape to the rear (tailgate) area there, which for a brand new top means the back door is unique to this model year. Other than that, most of the dimensions are roughly the same. I know the lumber rack part numbers have not changed. Thankfully, the Chevy/GMC trucks are back to being the same in every way for fit and compatibility, unlike the 7 to 13 trucks.

2019- currrent. The new Chevy and GMCs are different, mostly the cab shape, and I have heard that the GMC and Chevy are different this time around. Similar to other generations, the heavy duty (2500/3500) trucks are the older body style.

Chevy S-10/Colorado, GMC S-15/Sonoma/Canyon

1982-1993: The "S-10 years." GMC called this truck the S-15 or Sonoma.

1994-2003: The S-10 totally changed in 1994 and stayed that way until 2004.

2004-2012: After 2004, the old S-10 became known as the Chevy Colorado or the GMC Canyon. The shell for a '94 to 2004 S-10 will most likely not fit the new Colorado/Canyons.

2015-present: The all-new Canyon/Colorado is a very different truck compared to its predecessors. Tops from previous years will most likely not fit these trucks.

Older Top on 2016 Fullsize Chevy

The shell on this new GM truck was originally for a 2007
The shell on this new GM truck was originally for a 2007
Notice how it sits on the back tailgate-where the rear door now, on new tops, molds over the top of that tailgate.
Notice how it sits on the back tailgate-where the rear door now, on new tops, molds over the top of that tailgate.

A 2010 Shell on a 2018 Chevy: Doesn't Quite Work

This is a 2011 shell on a new 2018 Chevy-hard to notice it doesn't really work (fit)
This is a 2011 shell on a new 2018 Chevy-hard to notice it doesn't really work (fit)
It's very close, but as you can see, the rear is different, enough that the door will not shut
It's very close, but as you can see, the rear is different, enough that the door will not shut
The door will not shut, no matter how hard you try, it was not made to fit the new Chevy
The door will not shut, no matter how hard you try, it was not made to fit the new Chevy

07-13 Chevy on a 07-13 GMC bed

Notice the subtle differences to the shape of the bed. They look the same, until you try to fit one top from the other.
Notice the subtle differences to the shape of the bed. They look the same, until you try to fit one top from the other.
From a distance, it looks pretty good, but look closely, the GMC bed is different than the Chevy shell.
From a distance, it looks pretty good, but look closely, the GMC bed is different than the Chevy shell.

F150 Top on a Chevy/GMC

This is a 1997 to 2003 F150 top on a classic body Chevy/GMC (1999 to 2006)
This is a 1997 to 2003 F150 top on a classic body Chevy/GMC (1999 to 2006)
Here's another 97-03 F150 top on a 07 to 13 Chevy/GM bed.
Here's another 97-03 F150 top on a 07 to 13 Chevy/GM bed.
This is a Tundra shell (current body Tundra) on an 88 to 98 Chevy. The fit is not good, too wide and too much front angle.
This is a Tundra shell (current body Tundra) on an 88 to 98 Chevy. The fit is not good, too wide and too much front angle.
Notice the front slope, great for the Tundra, but not for this truck.
Notice the front slope, great for the Tundra, but not for this truck.

Toyota Trucks

"Toyota Truck" (SR5), Tacoma

The basic Toyota Truck is sometimes called the SR5.

1984-88. Some pre-1989 Toyota Trucks have have what is called a "Japanese" bed, meaning the bed rails roll to the outside. On just about any truck today, you access the underside of a bed rail from the inside of the bed, but a "Japanese" bed rail is only accessed from the outside. I don’t know much about what will fit Japanese beds, since by the time I started selling camper shells these trucks were fairly old and I rarely saw one come into the shop looking for a shell.

This is a 1985 Toyota with the imported or "Japanese"-style bed. Notice how the rails roll to the outside. Earlier years of this truck only used Japanese beds, but for this year, both Japanese and non-Japanese styles exist.
This is a 1985 Toyota with the imported or "Japanese"-style bed. Notice how the rails roll to the outside. Earlier years of this truck only used Japanese beds, but for this year, both Japanese and non-Japanese styles exist.

1989-94: From 1989 to 1994, the basic Toyota truck didn’t change much, except for the addition of a third brake light in '94, something I already talked about. The bed is essentially the same as on the 1984-88 truck.

1995-2004: Midway through 1995, Toyota introduced the Tacoma, a name still used today, and the Tacoma stayed the same up until 2004. Will a shell from an older SR5-type Toyota fit a 1996 to 2004 Tacoma? Kind of. It will sit lower than the height of the cab, but the inside of the bed is actually the same as the older SR5 trucks. There are also differences between extended-cab shells and standard-cab shells on the 1989 to 2004 models.If you take a shell built for an extended cab and try to fit it to a standard cab, it will most likely rub the top of the cab, since it has an angle to it to compensate for the angle of the extended cab.

2005-2015. In 2005, the Tacoma changed a lot. The new Tacomas have a composite bed: basically it’s all plastic, except for the outer skin and rear pillars. You cannot fit anything on these trucks that is not designed specifically for the post-2004 Tacoma. Whether you have an "access" cab, crew cab, or standard cab, there is no angle built into the shell, so you can swap one over to the other—just make sure you have the right bed length for the crew cab.

2016 - The all-new 2016 Tacoma IS different than the previous body style, the bed went through the same type of change we saw on the F150's and other types of beds.

Current Tacoma vs. 05 to 15 (2nd Gen)

Notice on a 2016 Tacoma, the rear of the bed, and the top of the tailgate, now flare out the way many new trucks do. You can the flared out piece on the door of the shell where it meets the top of the gate.
Notice on a 2016 Tacoma, the rear of the bed, and the top of the tailgate, now flare out the way many new trucks do. You can the flared out piece on the door of the shell where it meets the top of the gate.
Here is a 2015 Tacoma, notice that it's different than the 2016 and newer models-near the rear of the bed.
Here is a 2015 Tacoma, notice that it's different than the 2016 and newer models-near the rear of the bed.

Toyota Truck Shell on Tacoma

This shell was technically built for a 1990 Toyota, but it's now on a 2003 Tacoma. As you can see, it's not a bad fit. Because it's a high-rise style, you can't really see where it doesn't match the cab roof.
This shell was technically built for a 1990 Toyota, but it's now on a 2003 Tacoma. As you can see, it's not a bad fit. Because it's a high-rise style, you can't really see where it doesn't match the cab roof.
Here is an 89 to 94 Toyota shell on a Tacoma-you can see it fits the bed, but sits lower since the cab heights were different between those body styles.
Here is an 89 to 94 Toyota shell on a Tacoma-you can see it fits the bed, but sits lower since the cab heights were different between those body styles.

Chevy S-10 Top on a Tacoma

This top -a SnugTop highliner, was originally made for a Chevy S-10, or GMC Sonoma (1994-2003).
This top -a SnugTop highliner, was originally made for a Chevy S-10, or GMC Sonoma (1994-2003).
Cab high S-10 shell on a first-gen Tacoma.
Cab high S-10 shell on a first-gen Tacoma.
You can see it rubs the cab and sits low.
You can see it rubs the cab and sits low.

Tacoma Shell on Toyota Truck

Here is the opposite of the above picture-a 1995 to 2004 Tacoma shell on a circa 1990 Toyota. Notice the slight angle to the front of the shell, and how much taller is than the cab.
Here is the opposite of the above picture-a 1995 to 2004 Tacoma shell on a circa 1990 Toyota. Notice the slight angle to the front of the shell, and how much taller is than the cab.

01 to 04 Frontier shell on a Tacoma

The Nissan Frontier shell -from 01 to 04, sits a couple inches lower than the cab, but the width and length are almost the same.
The Nissan Frontier shell -from 01 to 04, sits a couple inches lower than the cab, but the width and length are almost the same.
You can tell the top came off a Frontier because you can see how it has the cut-out in the door skirt for the Nissan cladding.
You can tell the top came off a Frontier because you can see how it has the cut-out in the door skirt for the Nissan cladding.

Toyota T-100, Tundra

1993-1998: In 1993, Toyota introduced the mid-sized truck called the T-100 (which later became the Tundra). It came as a short-bed extended cab or long-bed standard cab.

1999-2006. In 1999, the T-100 became the Tundra. Now here’s the confusing thing to remember about the 1999-2006 Tundra models. They made both extended-cab or "access cab" trucks, and crew cab trucks. The crew cabs had slightly larger rear doors, and the beds are technically different, although they look very similar. The only standard-cab 1999-2006 Tundra was a long bed.

2007-2013. In 2007, the Tundra completely changed. It’s not only larger in overall size than the previous years, but comes with a long-bed access cab, standard cab, short-bed access cab, or even a short-bed standard cab. The CrewMax (Toyota’s name for the Tundra’s crew cab model) only comes with the extra-short bed.

2014 - present The Tundra, like many others, has seen some subtle changes to the bed in 2014 on to the brand new trucks.

Dodge Trucks

Ram Truck

Pre-1994. It’s not very common to see a 1993 or older Dodge Ram truck. There just aren’t as many on the road as the older GM and Ford trucks, unless of course you’re cruising a badass old Power Wagon.

1994-2001: The 1994 Dodge Ram is so different from the older Rams, including a tapered bed, that I can guarantee those beds are not compatible with the older Ram beds. The new Ram style lasted through 2001.

2002-2008: The 2002 Dodge Ram went through some design changes and some bed changes. The front of an '02 to '08 Ram bed bows quite a bit.

2009-2018: The 2009 Dodge Ram made a lot of changes, including factory plastic bed rails and a strongly curved rear tailgate.

2019 - The all-new Ram is here, stay tuned, very little is even available for this truck, and it IS different than the 2009-18.

Dakota

1987-1996. The Dodge Dakota, born from the Dodge Ram 50, has the distinct honor of being the only "mid-size" truck around. Model years 1986 through 1996 all have the same bed dimensions. One cool thing about the 1994 to 1996 Dakota is that the brake light, now required by law, was placed in the tailgate—meaning the shell itself doesn't need a brake light.

1997-2004: In 1997 the Dakota body style was totally redone to resemble the more popular full-size Ram truck.

2005-present: The Dakota changed again in 2005, to the current body and bed style.

2002 to 2008 Shell on a 1994-2001 Ram

You can see it sort of fits, but sits taller than the cab.
You can see it sort of fits, but sits taller than the cab.
Here you can see the shell is actually a little wider in the front as well as taller than the cab.
Here you can see the shell is actually a little wider in the front as well as taller than the cab.

Rams May Look the Same, but They Aren't

Top: 09-18 QUAD cab, short bed. Middle: Crew cab short bed-1500, Bottom: 2500 crew cab short bed. -all of these shells are different.
Top: 09-18 QUAD cab, short bed. Middle: Crew cab short bed-1500, Bottom: 2500 crew cab short bed. -all of these shells are different.

Dodge Ram has Curves

This is the front (sits behind the cab window) of a top for a new Ram bed. Notice how curved it is.
This is the front (sits behind the cab window) of a top for a new Ram bed. Notice how curved it is.

Nissan Trucks

“Hardbody”/Frontier

1986 (and a half)-1997: The most popular Nissan trucks were the infamous ‘hardbody” models, which later became the Frontier. Those body styles were around from 1986 (1/2)—the change was made in mid-year 1986—all the way to 1997. The 1994 Nissan presents a special problem, because, like I said before, that was the year it became law that all pickups have an additional brake light. On the 1994 Nissan, the brake light is highly obtrusive. In fact, you cannot remove it to install a shell; there’s a bracket inside that just can’t be taken off. That means your shell has to have a huge notch in the top of the roof to compensate for it. This is only an issue for the '94. Nissan did make long-bed standard-cab trucks for these years, but they are not very common.

1998-2001: The Nissan changed for 1998 and became the Frontier, and for the most part, stayed the same all the way to 2004, except that:

2002-2004: In 2001, Nissan put this bulging plastic cladding and logo toward the top of the tailgate, which affects shells and tonneau covers. So if you have a 2001 to 2004 year Frontier, and want to fit a used top from a 1999 Frontier, you will have issues with the back door. It will not sit flat on the tailgate. Hard tonneau covers will not work at all in this scenario.

2005-2019: The Frontier has not changed much since 2005, but it does have this wing-style tailgate piece, which in most cases has to be removed.

Back of '98 to 2000 Frontier

Here is the back tailgate of a 98 to 2000 Nissan Frontier. You can see it does not bulge out like the 01 model does.
Here is the back tailgate of a 98 to 2000 Nissan Frontier. You can see it does not bulge out like the 01 model does.

'01 Frontier With an Older Shell

This is the back of an '01 Frontier; notice how it has changed from the earlier truck in the last photo.  This owner has managed to fit an older top on it, and you can see the door kind of works, good enough I guess.
This is the back of an '01 Frontier; notice how it has changed from the earlier truck in the last photo. This owner has managed to fit an older top on it, and you can see the door kind of works, good enough I guess.

'01 Frontier with Correct Tonneau Cover

Notice how the hard tonneau cover compensates for the bulging tailgate. Trying to fit a tonneau not meant for this truck will not work.
Notice how the hard tonneau cover compensates for the bulging tailgate. Trying to fit a tonneau not meant for this truck will not work.

Compatibility Tips for Older Trucks

  • If you have an older S-10 type Chevy, 1982 to 1992, a shell from a mid-1986 to 1997 Nissan should fit it pretty good,. Of course the opposite is true as well.
  • Shells from 1984 to 1994 Toyotas will generally fit the old Mazda B-Series trucks, before the latter essentially became Ford Rangers. If you do have a pre-1993 Mazda, before it became a rebadged Ranger, remember that the length of the bed on the cab-plus truck is different than the length on the standard-cab short-bed truck.
  • For the older fullsize GM trucks (1973-1987), finding something very specific can be tough, but remember the beds on those trucks are almost the same dimension as a 1980 to 1996 F150. This helps too when you’re looking for a lumber rack for an old Chevy/GMC.

The information I provided here should cover at least 95% (OK, I’m totally guessing, but honestly it’s a good guess) of the trucks that are currently on the road. The LTAA has proprietary information on truck bed sizes, and other information is out there.

Always remember to measure your bed, front width and rear, and the top you’re looking to buy. Feel free to ask me a question if you have any, I have always responded.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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      Tony K 

      5 hours ago

      Tom any opinion on a Ranger Cap on a 1999 Tacoma? The Ranger seems to be about 1.5 inches shorter, but I cannot find anything online if that difference will look ridiculous or not, thanks again.

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      Shannon chamb 

      13 hours ago

      Will a 2014 Ford F150 leer 6.5ft topper fit a 2015 GMC 2500 HD 6.5ft box?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Sheila -sorry, the Titan is not very common. I could probably count on two hands the number of shells I've sold for those trucks over many years. I know they have weird body lines that mate to the cab, they're different than everything else, for the proper fit anyway. They also have like four different bed lengths: 5.5, 6.5, 7 and 8 foot. They should be around 71" wide, not much different than like a Ram bed, but I honestly don't know what else would fit on that truck.

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      Sheila 

      3 days ago

      Soooo nothing about titans! LOL

      I’m trying to find out if anything is compatible with a 2012 crew cab Titan.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike -it sits on the bed, sure -because the dimensions aren't that different, but the rails on the 2011 are wider and have a different shape, the cab heights are also different. It might work, not sure what it would look like.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Van -not sure. I would think the Dakota should be a little wider, but probably not that much wider. It might work.

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      Mike 

      6 days ago

      Will a ARE Canopy from a 1995 Chevy Short Box work on a 2011 GMC Short Box?

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      Van 

      7 days ago

      Will a leer camper top from a 5ft bed on a 04 Toyota Tacoma fit a 2008 Dodge Dakota with a 5ft bed

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      Tony K 

      8 days ago

      Tom I apologize it is an Extra Cab the owner of the cab did not state if it was an hombre or not. Ok I saw that picture and didn’t know those vehicles were the same platform. I appreciate the information I guess I’ll have to see if I can deal with the rubbing I just wanted to make sure the added width wouldn’t cause an issue.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tony K -double cab? They only made an extra cab and a regular cab in '99, both of which the bed is the same length. A 1995 Isuzu? That's pretty rare, and it may be the one made off the S-10 body, is it an Hombre? That shell sort of fits, the bed on that truck has a slight taper to it, and sits very close to the cab, I have a picture of it posted here where it's actually rubbing the cab. Scroll up, it's own a white Tacoma

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      Tom Zizzo 

      8 days ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Donna -pretty much any shell made for a Ranger, so long as it's the same bed length. That's 1993 to 2012, you should be able to find something. Import bed shells like one off of Tacomas are going to be a little longer than your bed, if you have a shorted, but honestly, search for a Ranger shell, they're probably one of the most common.

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      Tony K 

      8 days ago

      Tom I have a 1999 Tacoma DBL cab and have had zero luck finding a good cap in my area. I have found though a nice cap for a 1995 Isuzu short bed. When I look at all of the dimensions they look to be very close, but the the Isuzu has an Outside box width of 61.5 verse the Tacoma at 60.25 do you think this would be a big deal? Thanks for the help.

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      Donna 

      9 days ago

      Looking for a shell for a 1994 Ford Ranger, what can be used?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @fordbonneville. -if you scroll up and see the pictures showing an F150 shell from that gen (97-03) on a Chevy, it would kind of look like that if you tried to put it on a 04-08 F150.

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      fordbonneville 

      2 weeks ago

      a lot of great info. but couldn't find my scenario in 300+ comments and got tired of reading. lol. tom I have an 07 f150 6.5 foot bed. cant find a topper for it locally, just need one for 2 weeks of use then going to go back to a roll up cover. I found a topper from an 01 f150 6.5 foot bed. it seems like it will work. just wanted your opinion. thanks, matt

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @jdfandodge. - The Ranger (93-2012) is about 57-58 inches wide and like 74.5 inches long. You'd think you should know an exact number on the width, but that rail swoops wide and low. The 05 to 15 Taco bed is like 63" wide and like 76 inches long. The Ranger cab height is also like 21 inches, about the same as the Taco. Will that shell fit? Probably, but it will stick out the sides, and it will be a little too long. You should be able to find something for a Ranger, that bed didn't change in many years.

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      jdfandodge 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Tom, You seem to be the cap guru!

      I just bought a 2009 standard cab 6' bed ranger and I'm looking at a ARE DCU deluxe commercial cap that came off a 2014 Tacoma

      Any idea if the bed sizes are similar or any info on the base of that particular cap?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Andy -it is, look at the lock, should be a number printed on it-right where the key would go. Common prefixes are PRM00, J000, K000, TEM, etc. Once you have that, you can do a search in eBay for a replacement, I have seen them there, or contact your local camper shell/top dealer to see if they have any spare keys. It might be easier to just replace the lock itself, which will come with new keys.

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      Andy 

      3 weeks ago

      Looking at a camper now in which someone doesn't have the key for it. How hard is it to replace this? Is that even conceivable?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Shawn0086 -it's very difficult to mix match parts from other manufacturers like that, you'd think it wouldn't be, but it also depends on the brand of top. If you had a SnugTop, for example, made in the late 80's to mid 90s, all their shortbed tops, full-size or mini/mid size, used the same side windows.

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      Charles 

      3 weeks ago

      I've 2004 GMC Canyon extended cab looking to increase my options.

      Would a similar year and style Ranger or Tacoma fit?

      Are there differences in gate widths (if even a concern) in these trucks?

      Thanks, appriciate the efforts you have put into your post.

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      Shawn0086 

      4 weeks ago

      Does anyone know if the side glass is the same for a 6.5 ft topper on different brands such as a.r.e, leer ect or interchangeable between ford, chevy ?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Curtis -well, truck beds and shells were never designed to 'cross over', but I have seen shells for a 97 F150 on a classic (1999-06) Chevy/GM truck, so, the reverse may also be true.

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      Curtis 

      4 weeks ago

      97 f150 , so pretty much relegated to finding a shell that was made for that body , no other year or will cross over?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jonathan -no, won't fit the tailgate, among other problems.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Bill, not sure what you're asking, but if you're wondering if a top from a Dakota will fit own a new Ram truck, the answer is no.

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      DS MARTIN 

      4 weeks ago

      Hey Tom, looking for a canopy for my new 1997 Chevy Silverado 2500 Ext. Cab. not a lot of these trucks around and having problems finding a canopy. What would the canopy god recommend?

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      Jonathan 

      4 weeks ago

      Will a 2004 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Cap fit on an 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

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      Bill 

      5 weeks ago

      Will a 2001-2011 Dakota cap for a 2017 ram Rebel reg bed not a ram box

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      Tom Zizzo 

      5 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @riesencub07 -sorry for the late reply, I was out of town for a few days. The Dakota bed is wider, it might sit on a current Tacoma, but probably not a first gen Taco.

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      A.L. 

      5 weeks ago

      I can answer my own question now - Nope

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      A.L. 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Tom - will a canopy from a 2010 ford F250 long box fit on a 2008 dodge 1500 long box?

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      riesencub07 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Tom. I have a '96 extended cab Tacoma pickup and I found a good deal on a canopy off of a 2000 Dodge Dakota in the adjacent county to where I live and was wondering if you knew or could maybe help me with determining if that canopy would fit my truck before I take the drive over there to see it. Any help I'd greatly appreciate. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @WillamsJoe -the big sort of odd shape to that will be the front. Tops for Tundras have a steep slant to the front of them, so keep that in mind. It WILL leak, look odd and probably won't lock if it's too long or short for the bed.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @MCROCK -While the dimensions of the box are pretty close, the rails on the 07 to 13 bed are wider and the cab is taller, so, fit is ok, but it will look off, like clearly it's not for that truck.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Matt s -very good question and I'm fairly certain a top for that generation would fit (fleet side) and that bed, although those Denali beds DO look different with that flared out wheel well.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      6 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @markus -not sure, are you referring to an S-10 crew cab? In 01? Didn't think those existed until like 2003. I do have a picture posted above with an S-10 shell on a 05 to 15 Tacoma.

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      WilliamsJoe 

      6 weeks ago

      Unfortunately an ad is covering the information about the Tundra toppers. A 2007 GMC 2500 has very similar measurements to my 2008 Tundra. The GMC is a half inch longer and the GMC is just over an inch wider. Do you think a GMC topper would fit my tundra well enough?

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      MCROCK 

      6 weeks ago

      How well does a topper from a 2013 Sierra fit on a 2004 Chevy Silverado both are 6.5 beds

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      Matt s 

      7 weeks ago

      Cant seem to find anything about the early gm models with quadratseer. Will a regular model camper top fit on these?

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      Robert j Meyers 

      7 weeks ago

      Thanks for the ray of hope your article brought. Once I got to the GMC section it was gone . I bought a 09 Canyon extended cab SLE and haven't been able to find a used white one anywhere. My Toyotas all came with shells , I figured it would be easy to find one , Nope , new ones (which is all I can find) are about 25% of what I paid for the truck.

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      R J Meyers 

      7 weeks ago

      Thanks for the little bit of hope you gave me. But after reading your article I think I'm screwed trying to find a used shell for my 09 GMC Canyon extra cab Sle. I would think finding a white one would be easy. New ones are 25% of what I paid for the truck.

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      markus 

      7 weeks ago

      would an 01 S10 ARE shell that fit an s10 LS quad cab fit an 08 Tacoma ?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @tamela ketusky -well that's the crux of everything that's posted here. If a shell is too wide and won't even sit on top of the bed rails, all the 'fudging' in the world won't matter will it. I can only provide so much info. I hope that all that I provide will help, but ultimately, you have to use a little common sense. Just because a shell is on the ground, doesn't mean you can't find out what it was for. If the seller doesn't know, think about what that may mean. Why don't they know? Where did it come from. If it's been sitting in their back yard long enough they forgot what it came off of, you probably don't want to buy it.

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      tamela ketusky 

      7 weeks ago

      We want a shell for our 2003 chevy s10. Looking at craigs list I see many used shells just sitting on the ground. How do I get the dimensions of a shell that is made for my truck? I know the bed is tapered and I read here that no other trucks in that era had such shape so, how much fudging can one do to make something used and inexpensive work?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      7 weeks ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jill Badon -kind of difficult with a bed cover, kind of depends what type of bed cover. While a hard fiberglass bed cover from a different make will sit on the bed, because it's not designed for that bed, the necessary hardware may not line up correctly. The entire cover becomes like a door. The dimensions have to be really close to the same. You can try something for an older Tacoma (95-04), but the S-10 beds tapered, meaning it's wider in the front than the rear. Other mini trucks of the era did not taper. I'll save you some time, unless it's specific, don't bother. A shell might be a different story.

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      Jill Badon 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello from Texas. I have 1996 chevy s10. Im looking for a camper or bed cover. What would be compatible? From article i got 1994-2003 Sonoma's. But was t sure about Toyota tocoma. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Nelly -I remember when those trucks were new. The Eddie Bauer edition was a trim level package, probably two-tone in color with these molded fiberglass steps. Nothing is different about the bed or cab configuration on that.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Mike -It will sit on the rails ok, little narrower as the 07-13 bed rails are wider, and it will also sit lower than the roof of the cab, could work.

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      Nelly 

      2 months ago

      Hello I was reading and just wanted to make sure: We have a 1995 Ford F 150 but it's a Eddie Bauer and a 8 ft bed, is that going to change our search if we look for a top? I'v searched but never got any answers if you could respond that would be wonderful thank you for your time =3

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      Mike 

      2 months ago

      Will a 04 Silverado long box fit a 13 Silverado long box?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @TheLandingEagle -is it up to over 2K already? Wow, well, unfortunately the shell has to be fairly specific for those Rams, and it has to do with the curvature of the tailgate, mostly. Try to picture if you were to look down on the bed from above, you would notice that the tailgate bows out so much, it's like they difference between a Hemi piston and a flat head piston. Does that make sense?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @James- not sure exactly, the LTAA says your bed should be 63" long and about 57.375" wide.

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      TheLandingEagle 

      2 months ago

      Hi Tom, I tried to do you a favor and find my answer in the previous 2,000 comments but could only bare to read about 200. I have a 2010 Ram 2500. Are there any other make/models/years toppers that will fit my bed besides the 2010-2018 models? I have the 6.5' bed crew cab. Thanks in advance for the help!!

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      James 

      2 months ago

      Do you know the size of a 04 or later dakota crew cab topper

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @James Falch -good luck with that. Flareside beds, or step side beds are impossible to find anything used for. Leer or ARE might still have a mold for that, not sure. Your truck is likely the 03 body style, like the Lightning, if it isn't, not sure what to tell you, never even sold a shell for any type of flare side Ford bed after that generation.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Joe -depends, if you have a Supercrew, forget it, nothing fits that bed that was not intended. Check in this blog post. There's a picture of an 04-08 F150 with a shell on it from a 96 Chevy. There is no book on this crap, this blog is your best bet. Measure everything, front AND rear, and cab height and angle. Bed rail width too.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Dillon- That would probably work. The rails of the Ford will be a little wider, but it might work.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @AKEX -yeah, don't waste your time, the new Rams are not square in the rear. It's got nothing to do with look.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @AI -yeah, problem with that, if you look at the pictures I posted here, if the Tundra tops have a lot of slope to the front, it has to do with the shape of the cab. You could probably get away with doing the opposite though.

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      James Falch 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2004 regular cab F-150 with a Flareside box. can anyone tell me where i can find a new topper? Also what other makes will fit this truck?

      Thanks!

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      Joe 

      2 months ago

      I also have a 2001 Ford F150 XLT. Is there any resources that can tell me which shells (perhaps not intended for my truck) are still close enough in size that they could work for my truck?

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      Dillon 

      2 months ago

      I have an 01 Ford F150 xlt 6.5ft bed and was wondering if an 05 chevy/gmc 6.5ft topper would fit?

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      ALEX 

      2 months ago

      I might buy a 6'1/2 canopy from a ram 98 for my ram 2017. You're absolutely 100% sure that it won't fit ? Even though that I don't mind the look in the end.

      Thanks

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      Al 

      2 months ago

      Great info here!!! Any thought on 13 F150 truck with a 13 tundra cap?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Just remember, the 05 and newer Tacoma have a composite, plastic bed. You HAVE to clamp it down to that inside track or risk losing the top while you're driving.

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      Jennifer 

      2 months ago

      This is great information...we have a 2005 Tacoma double cab, short bed 5' and trying to find a topper for it, its not easy! Wondering what other options might work. In reading your post, 2003 and newer s10 or a 01-04 frontier, anything else? Thank you so much.

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      Andrew 

      2 months ago

      Thank you! That makes total sense. This entire article/comment section is amazing by the way, you've saved a lot of people a lot of time and money, so thank you

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      Tom Zizzo 

      2 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Andrew -it will sit on the bed but it will stick out, a little over an inch. That may not sound like much, but it's enough that nothing will lock or even remotely seal the bed. It would be like if you put on a suit, and then out stretched your arms and coudn't see your hands. If that makes any sense.

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      Andrew 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2013 Tacoma and found a great deal on a topper currently on a 2017 Tacoma. I know you said they changed the dimensions on the tailgate with that flare out, would this one still fit on mine or is it likely to overhang the tailgate now?

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      Topher 

      2 months ago

      Just saved me alit of money and headaches.

      Thank you

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      Tyler 

      3 months ago

      Tom,

      Thanks for the response. I look forward to seeing those pictures.

      And as for "perfect fit" that is the long term goal, but right now. I have a trip coming up and I just need something that will work.

      Knowing it won't be perfect. As long as it will actually fit, that's really all I need right now. So that's why I wasn't sure what my options were. Because finding a used model specific to my truck has been surprisingly hard.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Tyler -so, that's a tough one. That generation the Chevy and the GMC are actually different-I'll post pictures of it. I've seen people put the F150 tops on there, and while it fits the box ok, it doesn't even come close to matching the shape of the cab.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Shelby Ellis -so, I think the difference is the Crew 6.4 bed mold has more of a curvature to the front of it than the quad cab. You'll see gap between the two, but it should cover the bed ok.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Good luck with that, I tried to fit a Leer 100XL door for a Ranger on a Century shell for a Ranger and it was totally different, funny thing is, they came from the SAME manufacturer (Leer and Century is like Chevy and GMC) -damn near impossible to mix match doors

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Maybe, I've seen the opposite of what you want to do, and I posted pictures of it. The 02 to 08 Ram bed is a little wider and taller than the 94 to 01 bed.

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      Tyler 

      3 months ago

      This is great. And have been looking over this while trying to nail my topper down. But I was curious, what are my options for trying to get a cover for a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with the 5.5' (Short Bed)?

      It seems trying to find a chevy specific for that year/model has been tough. And was curious if one of the F-150 options might work?

      Thanks,

      Tyler

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      Shelby Ellis 

      3 months ago

      Hi Tom, this is awesome information and thanks for helping us all with this.

      I'm looking at used caps for my 2011 Ram 2500 megacab 6'4" and I found one for a 2014 Ram 1500 quad cab 6'4". I'm fairly certain it's going to be close but may be some mismatch at the window curvature? The model IDs I found on a Leer fit chart are really close:

      Ram 1500 Quad Cab Short Bed = 64DRQC09

      2011 Ram 2500 Megacab (no Dually) = 64DR09

      Am I looking at a possible cosmetic gap or a significant mismatch here?

      We appreciate you!

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      Louis 

      3 months ago

      I broke the glass on the back lift up panel for a 2009 Mazda B4000 Leer truck cab. May be cheaper to buy a second hand Leer truck cab and swap out the doors. Any models with similar back lift panel, ie Ford Ranger and ...

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      Jim Hargrave 

      3 months ago

      will a 94-01 ram topper fit a 05 ram short bed? i knoe the lenght is ok

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @James -Ford what? Ranger, F150 or F250/350. If you're referring to an longbed F150, the 97 bed is very different than the 05. If it's an 05 Superduty, forget it, and you can see the picture I posted showing that.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Thorne -your best bet is a top from a Tacoma 95-2004. Remember that a shell for an extended cab taco has an angle to the front of it, but the beds are similar. The height of it will sit a little taller than your cab as well.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Buster -it kind of fits. The Ranger bed is a little shorter than most of the old import beds. It fits better on the old cab plus mazdas and the mitsubishi/min-dodge truck beds.

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      James 

      3 months ago

      will a long bed 97 ford shell fit on a 2005 long bed

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      Thorne 

      3 months ago

      How about a 2000 Nissan Frontier...What will fit?

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      Buster 

      3 months ago

      Wow, thanks for all the great info. I noticed your nissian/Toyota shell fits onto your mazda pick up pretty well. Would that mean that a shell off of my 2005 Ranger would fit into a 1990 Toyota ok?

      Thanks

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Well, yeah, I mean there's wiggle room with width I guess, but not much, if the rails stick out the back, nothing will really lock or seal, so what's the point?

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      Hunter 

      3 months ago

      Ive got a 03 Tundra extended cab. A lot of the gm caps are 2" longer and wider. Will that make them not fit?

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Best bet honestly is a used one that was made for another Frontier-that truck hasn't changed in over a decade. I have not personally seen anyone try anything else on that truck.

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      Chris S. 

      3 months ago

      To add to this, I have found a slant back shell off a Chevy S10 that has identical dimensions to my '80 Toyota pickup Japanese bed. My intention is to drill out holes in both the aluminum base of the shell and the lips of the bed, utilizing bolts and nuts with washers to hold it all together. If you want a shell for a Jap bed, you better be ready to modify in extreme ways. It appears to be the only way I've found thus far without locating one properly built for such.

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      Kenny B. 

      3 months ago

      What topper/shell WILL fit on my 2017 Frontier king cab (6 ft. bed) other than a new made-to-order one?!? Thanks. Kb

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Debord97 -if you scroll up and look at the pictures I posted of the Ram trucks you'll see the difference between the crew 1500 SB, and crew 2500 SB-yes, the beds are the same, the 2500 has a bit more of a curve to it, so if you put that shell on your 1500, it may rub the top of your cab, and make sure you have the 'crew' and not the quad cab, the angles to those cabs are different as well.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Jeff -I don't know, haven't seen anyone fit something else on one of those trucks, the good thing is that truck hasn't changed much for over a decade, so you might find an older top, you can also try looking at similar vehicles for sale and see if the seller will part with just the shell.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      3 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      Don't know Brian, truck beds are not the simple rectangular boxes they once were, I know the dimensions are closest to the F150, or so I'm told, the biggest problem is fitting a door to the tailgate.

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      Terry Kurth 

      4 months ago

      What other 5-1/2' top will fit my 2005 F150 CrewCab with 5-1/2' box?

      I have looked at many of your questions and answers but must have missed it. I got to think this came up before?

      Thanks for your time Sir.

      Terry

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      Debord97 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2016 ram 1500crew cab. I found a good price on an are topper for a 2017 ram 2500 crew cab. Bed sizes are the same. Do you know if the back of the cab is the same on those two trucks? I can tell any difference looking at pictures online.

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      Jeff 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2016 Frontier Pro 4-X with 5’ box. What kind of canopy might work for me? Thanks kindly

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      Brian 

      4 months ago

      Have a 2015 Tundra with 6.5 ft bed, looking for topper on Kijiji. The task is daunting to say the least. Canopies from what other trucks will come close to fitting my Tundra? The fit doesn’t need to be exact only close. Topper just being used once to move from west coast to east.

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      Tom Zizzo 

      4 months ago from Santa Clara, CA

      @Reuben W -yes, the tailgate will be a problem, especially if you're looking at a shell from a 2015 and newer F150, it has a very distinct shape to it that is nothing like the GM tailgate.

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