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Old 08-14-2015, 02:31 PM   #15
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If buying a cap, I would get the ARE Z as well.

Researched this recently and that's where my reading led me. Very sharp looking profile and definately not grandpas truck topper. I wanted same things you mention as far as options, but also the heavier duty pet screens for side windows.

A factory rubber bed mat in a spray on lined bed would be pretty spiffy storage or pet transport with an ARE Z above. Lots of folks rave about the bed rug, but I would prefer the heavy 1/2"+ factory rubber mat.



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Old 08-15-2015, 01:00 AM   #16
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The Leer on mine is now nearly 12-yrs old at 200k plus. Bolted down with stainless fasteners (clamps aren't adequate). No side windows. And no worries.

Past that I'd take the ARE today.

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Old 08-15-2015, 05:45 AM   #17
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Do some research on the brands - Leer and Century are the same company, and they make several other brands, so the caps differ in badging only. I don't remember the other brands that are in the same company, but it turns out there are really only about 3 actual makers of caps in the U.S., not the 8-10 the brand names would make you think.

Our Century caps have been reasonably good. We have the Windoor option on one side, and it's great. Our front window slides open.

Note - caps aren't totally waterproof. We have some plastic totes we keep in the bed for stuff we want to keep dry and out of sight.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:50 AM   #18
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Decided to pull the trigger on an ARE Z series with fold down front window, Yakima racks and single LED light strip. ARE has a $100 coupon for the Series Z until the end of August.

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Old 08-18-2015, 10:59 AM   #19
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We have had a Leer "Browning Special" topper on my wife's 2007 Lincoln LT truck and it came with 2 inside lock compartments and a Thule rack with the wind deflector. We had it painted the "pearl" color of the truck and it has been flawless since December 2006.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:25 AM   #20
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I've got the low-end ARE on my '11 F-250. The cap is fine. The gasket material along the sides is rubber with a figure-8 cross section. The front gasket is adhesive foam because the figure-8 stuff wouldn't fit. No leaks etc.,,, except when you get to the rear flip-up opening. On the Ford SDs since '08 the tailgate is somewhat curved and the plastic fitting pop-riveted to the flip up door fits poorly at it's very ends. A driving rain from the rear gets in. Also the lower part of the flip-up opening collects water and apon opening it will drip.

I've got no idea if ARE's competition is any better at dealing with the curved tailgate.

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