Re: Truck Caps. Any preferences?
WaldJager, I believe the only differences are as you stated and at most the contour of the shell. Like the higher end models may blend with the truck better / be less boxy. I don't care about that and if it wasn't raining I'd go take a pic of my rig for you. Regardless, I think the shells are all made of the same material / process, just using a different form.
As for the Leers, I had my last truck for 11+ years. I bought it new in 2004 and immediately put a Leer 100XR (I think) on it. Regardless, it had frame-less glass. The only trouble I had was some leaking around the rear window. Those struts are a wear and tear item, so after so much use they need replaced. They're pretty cheap at the auto parts stores and take about 2 minutes to swap out. I think I put 2 sets on my old truck?
Anyways, I'm 6'1" and never had any trouble hitting my head. My guess is the struts just needed replaced.
I found that when all was said and done, depending on what / if you get any options, they will work out to be near the same price. Priced out with my options, and the available coupons (Look at leer.com and ARE.com, as they both have coupons / deals!!) I came out a couple hundred cheaper going with ARE.
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