Diamondback HD bed cover ... worth the extra bucks?

Veer_G

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That's what I'm back and forth on is the outside the bed, on-top cargo factor. Don't need it constantly but it'd be useful as hell every once in a while.
 

pmclaine

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The fact it appears rated to strap gear on top, hence the anchor tie downs, would make it worth while in my book.

Stuff that needs to be dry goes inside while other stuff gets packed on top.

If there were a bike rack that would allow strapping bikes up on top of the cover that would be ideal.

Luggage under bikes on top.

I never liked a cover because it prevented me putting tall stuff in the truck bed.

My wife hated the pickup because she worried about weather on shit in the back.

With this maybe I could have kept my pickup.

Someday when I get my testicles back I will have a pickup again.

Miss my Ranger FX4 Level II, standard transmission, with the off road package, fun truck. Not too big for getting around in the city/woods, yet still fit a full 4x8 sheet of plywood.

Im the pilot of a Pilot now :(, More made in the USA than the Ford Ranger and no UAW support but still.
 
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sirhrmechanic

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I have a cheap Tonno-pro off of eBay. First one cost me <$200 lasted me 4 years until I was helping a friend move car parts... and we didn't lock it down... it 'flopped back' on the parts and broke its frame. Lasted another year before I bought another. That includes using all winter with, sometimes, a foot of snow falling on it. The diamond plate stuff looks cool and is very thief-proof (my cover could get slashed... but not likely here in Mayberry.)
For the price of almost 10 Tonno-pro covers... unless I had just hit the Powerball or was getting a truck ready for the SEMA show... I'd just go with the vinyl cover!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/TonnoPro-T...627164&hash=item1ee27ddba9:g:mk4AAOSws5Bah9u~

Cheers,

Sirhr
 

lash

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I do not have that cover yet I still have an opinion, of course. I have been using one of the hard tri-fold covers for 6+ years now and have been satisfied with it versatility and utility.

I believe that mine is the Undercover:
https://www.realtruck.com/undercove...MIr4zNscPG2wIVC16GCh2algeuEAQYASABEgJiHvD_BwE

I like it because I can lock it back and carry large items in the truck and only lose about 6" length of the truck bed.

The Bakflip is another solid brand worth considering:
https://bakflip.com/bakflip-g2-tonneau-cover.html

There's also this one, which is aluminum:
https://www.weathertech.com/alloycover/#productInformation

These all have the advantages of a hard, lockable cover but with much better access to the bed for full use of your truck bed.
 
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I have one and love it. Seals tight and liner is shiny after three years. I stand on it frequently and haul lumber, etc. Great product.
 

kabarNC

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I do not have that cover yet I still have an opinion, of course. I have been using one of the hard tri-fold covers for 6+ years now and have been satisfied with it versatility and utility.

I believe that mine is the Undercover:
https://www.realtruck.com/undercove...MIr4zNscPG2wIVC16GCh2algeuEAQYASABEgJiHvD_BwE

I like it because I can lock it back and carry large items in the truck and only lose about 6" length of the truck bed.

The Bakflip is another solid brand worth considering:
https://bakflip.com/bakflip-g2-tonneau-cover.html

There's also this one, which is aluminum:
https://www.weathertech.com/alloycover/#productInformation

These all have the advantages of a hard, lockable cover but with much better access to the bed for full use of your truck bed.
That Bakflip is awesome, had one on my old truck. New truck got a folding hard tonneau cover from Line-x, same design as Bak but better quality and lifetime warranty. These allow you to use 100% of your bed with it folded up, vs alot of designs leave a shelf behind your back glass..

http://www.linex.com/accessories/truck-gear
 

mcameron

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......i just use a tarp.....

if i wanted a SUV with 1/2 the storage space i would have bought a wrangler
 
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I had one- loved it. Two four wheelers would go up top and all the camping gear/fuel/gear/clothes/food//ramps/stuff would be locked up in the bed staying nice and dry and locked away from thieves. I had mine Line-X coated to better match my dark blue truck.
 
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Veer_G

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I had one- loved it. Two four wheelers would go up top and all the camping gear/fuel/gear/clothes/food//ramps/stuff would be locked up in the bed staying nice and dry and locked away from thieves. I had mine Line-X coated to better match my dark blue truck.
Did you get the plain silvery metallic finish one and Line-X over that, or did you spring extra for the black-finished one and then Line-X? My bed is already Line-X'd, so I know how good it is.
 
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Did you get the plain silvery metallic finish one and Line-X over that, or did you spring extra for the black-finished one and then Line-X? My bed is already Line-X'd, so I know how good it is.
I had DiamondBack Line-X it prior to shipping to me. This was in 2009.
 

Veer_G

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I had DiamondBack Line-X it prior to shipping to me. This was in 2009.
Line-X dealers out here are typically body and speed shops. I'll probably just order it, have them Line-X it, and then install it. Better their headache to figure out if the Line-X throws off tolerances.
 

Rthur

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Looks solid, more than a bit pricey.
Dunno if you need the top load capacity.
You'll have to answer the above question.
There are some paint matching versions that look factory for less than the above.
Some are sleek and dress the truck up.

R
 

vh20

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I had one- loved it. Two four wheelers would go up top and all the camping gear/fuel/gear/clothes/food//ramps/stuff would be locked up in the bed staying nice and dry and locked away from thieves. I had mine Line-X coated to better match my dark blue truck.
How the heck did you put TWO four wheelers on top of a truck bed?

Edit: Nevermind, I looked it up. There is some BS trickery involved, but I guess if it works, it works. I'd rather trailer them.
 
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How the heck did you put TWO four wheelers on top of a truck bed?

Edit: Nevermind, I looked it up. There is some BS trickery involved, but I guess if it works, it works. I'd rather trailer them.
It worked, and it worked great. Keep in mind they were sport quads and not monster utility quads. I'd post a photo but I don't have any hosting since the PhotoBucket crash, and don't really care to bother with it. With a bit of skill and some courage until you figure it out, two sport quads can drive right up the ramps onto the deck.

I did the trailering thing for awhile prior to getting the DB cover, and it was just not as smooth of an operation. Insurance, tires, storage, parking, tolls (east coast), while I had an open truck bed with nothing on top of it. I had no other reason for the trailer than to haul quads and sold the trailer within two months of getting the DB cover. Selling the trailer indirectly paid for the bed cover.
 

vh20

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It worked, and it worked great. Keep in mind they were sport quads and not monster utility quads. I'd post a photo but I don't have any hosting since the PhotoBucket crash, and don't really care to bother with it.
You can upload photos direct from your computer/phone here now. No need for hosting anymore. I told PB to jump in the lake.
 

kabarNC

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Kabar, which line x do you have? They look pretty close to what I'm looking for. The other option is lomax.

I like the diamondplate but no need for something that heavy. Quads on top are cool though.

I have the LXP hard folding tonneau, part of the Truck Gear line by Line-x. Has worked well for me. My dealer talked me into this over the Bakflip, because the warranty is lifetime, and its rated for 400lbs evenly distributed weight.

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I just see a lot of crap spilled down the road and cars crashing into your dropped stuff that you thought was strapped down. Plus you have to lift your stuff even higher. As a load platform, it seems like a really bad idea. As a bed cover, it seems like it would work great but man that's a lot of money for a bed cover. Why not get a topper?

EDIT: the covers that Lash linked to make sense but this one with a load on top just seems sketchy as hell for dropping loads but also in a head on crash your load is going to come through the window and take your head off...my $.02
 
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phxfa

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I’ve had the Backflip G2 for 2 years now. 97% waterproof, 90% dustproof. Has held up well so far. The buckles that hold down the panels are for shit though. I’d buy another one
3 beer install time FYI, one guy
 

Veer_G

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I’ve had the Backflip G2 for 2 years now. 97% waterproof, 90% dustproof. Has held up well so far. The buckles that hold down the panels are for shit though. I’d buy another one
3 beer install time FYI, one guy
Huh?!
 
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