We go to El Mirage mostly and sometimes Ivanpah. I’ve recently started the Landsailing sport the last couple of years . We started with kite buggies in the late 90s and still take them out with us on the Landsailing trips.
The updated ones have a threaded type shaft that locks the hook in position so it can't be pulled up. The original ones had a smooth shaft that allowed one to pull up on the lid once locked in place. In this pic the old style is on the top and the new style on the bottom. You can spot the threaded shaft in the gap on the new style one. The new style also uses an oval track slider so when it is in vertical position it cannot be shifted or slid into place. That was the issue for my bed extender as I have to be able to open the clamp and slide it under the bed lip, which I can do with the old style but not this new style. They are just sitting here. If anyone wants them cheap send me a note.
I had a drop in liner in my previous truck and now have a spray in factory liner that came with my 2015 Silverado. The drop in is easier to slide things in and out, the factory spray in has a rough finish so items hold in position better. it can be rough on the knees though. I use my trucks to carry audio equipment and the spray in liner really can wear the finish on anything that it touches. I added a BedRug to save my knees and the finish on the amps and speakers I transport. With the drop in it was easy to push and slide stuff around in the bed, with the drop in and bed rug I have to climb in and lift things to move them. For construction materials either liner approach would probably be OK,. I like the look of the spray in liner, but I think the drop in was more appropriate for my use. Also, there may be other spray in types that are not as rough as the factory one, but I am not familiar with any others.
I've had the SolidFold 2.0 on my truck for over 3 years now. It's still working well. I updated the latches to the newer ratcheting type but found those weren't easy to use with my extender cage, so I went back to the original ones. They work fine for me and don't lift much at all as others have reported. Here's a pic where it is folded it and I'm using it as a shelf for the front wheel of my landsailer.
That looks a lot like my SolidFold 2.0. I get a little bit of water at the tailgate and through the seam closest to the gate, but I’m in So Cal and rain is a rare occurrence. After 3 years it’s holding up great. Good luck!
I considered all the others like Bakflip etc. but I went with the SolidFold because it doesn’t require a rail so when you remove it there is nothing left on the truck. For the two reasons you mention this lid fits the bill.
I didn't compare the sound between the two, but the JL is less $ and more power. The JL sounds great to me. I'm not a bass freak just wanted good fill in the bottom end the bose didn't have. The GM uses factory harness so it may be an easier install, but you should check into that yourself. Personally I also didn't like the plastic look of the GM but that's just me. BTW if a 10 isn't enough for you, JL also has a 12 that might fit. http://www.jlaudio.com/car-audio-subwoofer-systems-amplified-powerwedge Just realized I posted pictures of my install at the JL review here http://www.jlaudio.com/acs110lg-tw1-car-audio-powerwedge-amplified-subwoofer-systems-93334
The JL Audio I have in my signature does a fine job and is an easy install to fit under the right side rear seat. You WILL need to run separate power from the battery though, so there's that. You will need to get a signal from the rear door speakers somehow as well. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13693334/JL-Audio-ACS110LG-TW1.html
2 years later my Extang Solid Fold 2.0 that I bought for my 6.5 foot CC is still going strong. Cons: The pebbly finish has turned slightly duller as I don't do anything special to protect it in the hot So Cal sun. Slight valleys have appeared under the front clamp locations. (They say don't over tighten to avoid this but tight enough to hold will cause it.) Cover is not completely water tight as it gets small leaks during rare heavy downpours around the first fold area. Been this way from the start and I expect any folding cover will get leaks. Pros: Easy to remove and replace by one person. When the cover is removed there are no rails in the way, you get full bed access. Very light weight to open and close. Overall I am pleased with the investment. The quality of the cover predicts it should last a few more years. Even with the extreme sun, heat and UV exposure we get here the rubber parts are still soft and pliable and all other components seem to be holding up well. Coming from a solid fiberglass cover on my previous truck I am grateful not to have to ask for help to remove it, or having to keep the lid tilted up in the air when I needed to carry something taller than the bed sides. https://www.extang.com/p-36824-solid-fold-2-0.html
Took my truck in for the Driver Assist Service Warning (beep instead of shake) issue. They replaced the haptic motor actuators referenced earlier in this thread and it appears to work fine now.
I have the SolidFold 2.0 for a year now. Likes: security and convenience of the lid, light weight for easy handling, able to open/close tailgate without opening lid, no rails to get in the way, ability to open it for 2/3 access to bed with it on, and easy to remove when I need the full bed. Dislikes: has developed slight dips in the top where the front clamps are located, can let in a little bit of water on heavy rain along one side of mid hinge. The dislikes are minor compared to the overall utility and convenience of the lid. Construction is good, but it remains to be seen if it will last as long (13 yrs) as my previous one-piece fiberglass lid from my old truck. I suspect not but if I can get half that time with this one it will be worth the investment. The old one-piece was heavy, cumbersome and hard to remove/store so I will never go back to that design.
crewl1 replied to 99-ls1-ss's topic in 2014 - 2018 Chevy Silverado & GMC SierraMy BedRug Mat is working out fine for addressing the rough factory sprayed in liner issues. It is light and easy to remove when I need to carry dirty stuff, but protects my delicate cargo when installed. Since I have a SolidFold cover I did not need to use the Velcro to keep it in place. It was a great investment IMO. https://www.realtruck.com/bedrug-bed-mat/
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