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|10-24-2010, 04:00 PM||#1 (permalink)|
SnugTop Hi-Liner review
I recently purchased a Snugtop Hi-liner canopy and thought it might be worthwhile to write up a couple of my thoughts.
First, I was very specific as to what I wanted and my requirements outweighed my desire to save money. I wanted a canopy higher than the cab but not one of the really tall ones. I didn't want my truck to look to "grandpa". I also decided that I wanted a single handle in the middle of the door, not one on each side. My other deciding factor was that I wanted integrated clamps, I really dislike the clamps that must be used if they are not built in.
My list was what narrowed my choice to the Snugtop.
I also considered Leer and ARE, both have a shape I like, in fact I like their shapes better than the Snugtop. The Leer is nice but the center handle was not available in the 180 model. Leer does have built in clamps. Leer has great fit and finish, in fact from what I have seen, they are the nicest for fitting on the truck and integrating into the lines. ARE was a strong contender with the MX line, offering the center handle, but no built in clamps. I believe their fit and finish is not as high of quality as Leer and Snugtop.
As for price, I found them to be within a couple hundred $$$ of each other. I will note that the Snugtop dealers had quite a price spread on the same model, I was quoted from $1350-$2100 as a base price on the same canopy from 4 different Snugtop dealers. I ended up purchasing from All American Truck and SUV in Portland, OR. This cost me a 200 mile drive but what I saved on price and sales tax more than made up for the difference. This canopy ended up costing $1480 with options (coat hanger, 12v light, carpeted headliner) and installation.
So back to my new Snugtop, it meets my requirements of a center handle, integrated clamps, and more than cab high, Snugtop has some aerodynamic styling done to the top front of the canopy that I am not crazy about, but it wasn't bad enough to drive me away. The finish of the canopy is top notch, and with a lifetime warranty on paint and structure it should be around for a long time. As for fit, the Snugtop sits between the Leer(best) and the ARE. The ARE sits atop the bed rails, the Leer wraps over the bed rails, and the Snugtop looks like it may wrap slightly over the bed rails as the seal settles a little bit.
FWIW I logged my best fuel mileage yet on my way home with the canopy. I have been getting a consistent 15.9 on the highway, and it was 18.2 on the return trip. We'll see if that stays around and wasn't a fluke.
2005 LLY CCSB 4X4
H2 w/Toyo M-55 265/70/17
Edge Juice w/Attitude CS
EGR blocked, Fingerstick, PCV rerouted
LBZ Donaldson air filter and turbo MP
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Snugtop HiLiner canopy
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