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Old 02-21-2008, 07:58 AM   #1
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Default Converting From OEM Soft Cover To OEM Hard Cover

Hi, guys. I just bought a 2006 Baja Sport yesterday. This is actually my fourth Subie, but my first in 7 or 8 years. Anyway, I love the vehicle, but HATE the soft cover that's on it now. What a PITA especially when the temperature is 6 above zero like this morning! I want a setup that I can EASILY lower the tailgate with, NOT one that makes lowering and raising the tailgate a 10-15 minute project like it was today.

I read about the hard cover in the owner's manual and it seems like it would do the trick for me. Now I've seen on here that removing the soft cover leaves a bunch of 1/2" holes around the perimeter of the bed. Does the OEM hard cover use these same holes? If not, can I buy replacement parts for those that are now drilled? Are they just plastic strips covering the bed perimeter?

Thanks for the help!

P.S.- If you have other/better suggestions, feel free to recommend them. Thanks again!
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Old 02-21-2008, 08:43 AM   #2
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I've never had to deal with the OEM hard or soft covers. I've got a Snuglid which is rather costly but it came with mine when I bought it. Personally, I don't like it. It's all fiberglass and stiff. You can stand and walk on it true! But heaven forbid you ever have to actually remove it. And removing the front section (seperate from the section that hinges up) is an ABSOLUTE biatch. And it will tear up your paint on the sides if you're not super careful (which btw is impossible because it's just that difficult to remove)

You should be able to buy some little black plastic cappers that will fill the holes if you switch covers. Not sure if hard will use them or not - see statement above (before rant)

EDIT: P.S. congrats on your purchase! Welcome to the freak show.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome!

After some reading, I'm leaning towards the Ozzbros cover.
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Old 02-21-2008, 09:31 AM   #4
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I have the OzzBros, and am happy with it. Now I just need to figure out the best way to install an "ez down" on the tailgate so it's not so heavy when I have a bunch of stuff in my hands!!!

http://www.pickupspecialties.com/Tai...ate_damper.htm
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Old 02-21-2008, 10:54 AM   #5
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get the ozz cover and get the "upgraded latch" for it. I have the standard latch and it is ok but the upgraded would be better.
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Old 02-21-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I'm going to be going with the Ozzbros.
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Old 02-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
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Ya because you need an act of god to get the OEM hard cover..
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:19 AM   #8
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I want to work this issue. I will let the group know what I find out from OzzBro's
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:40 AM   #9
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I want to work this issue. I will let the group know what I find out from OzzBro's
Presently, it's a pretty pathetic situation.

Subaru's refusal to sell these hard covers and/or the supporting parts and hardware for them, two years after the last Baja was built, is illogical and indefensible.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:29 AM   #10
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I was told by the all mighty JOGN MERGAN " it's to hard to install the hard top your self...."
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:40 AM   #11
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I was told by the all mighty JOGN MERGAN " it's to hard to install the hard top your self...."
Well, even if true, this excuse is obviously a red herring. Hell, if they'll sell me a crate motor, there should be no issue in selling these covers.
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Old 03-04-2008, 09:22 AM   #12
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Naw it's not true the hardest part was drilling though the bed pannels...

I love mine...
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:01 PM   #13
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Exclamation Drilling of holes

I just installed a Hard Bed cover on my 06. When I removed the bed liner sides I noticed that there was a marking for the 1" dia hole that needs to be drilled through the plastic for mounting the bed cover. Also the slot for the small bolt on the front mount is also there. I took photos if anyone is interested. This marking makes it very easy to add the OEM hard bed cover
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:29 AM   #14
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I'm happy with my Snugtop. If you go that route, pay the extra to have them install it for you.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:04 AM   #15
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I just installed a Hard Bed cover on my 06. When I removed the bed liner sides I noticed that there was a marking for the 1" dia hole that needs to be drilled through the plastic for mounting the bed cover. Also the slot for the small bolt on the front mount is also there. I took photos if anyone is interested. This marking makes it very easy to add the OEM hard bed cover
I'm interested in the pics if possible. I just bought a used OEM hard tonneau and need to install it.

Thanks
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:34 PM   #16
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Putting a snugtop on is a PITA. Nice thing is tho, it's solid for sure. Just wish it could open up further... I've been contemplating an ozzbros cover or perhaps an OEM hard cover for a while.

My question is tho - can you stand on either one? I weigh in at 200lb and I can stand on my snugtop.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:30 AM   #17
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...and you need to stand on it why??

I'm very happy with my OzzBros cover. It's held up well, does a decent job of keeping the bed "water resistant", removes and stores easily.

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...can you stand on either one? I weigh in at 200lb and I can stand on my snugtop.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:14 PM   #18
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I have the OEM Hardcover, I am not thrilled with it, it leaks, it is heavy and the lock system is a PITA. The internal frame takes up a lot of room and it does not come on and off easy. I have actually been thinking about a snug lid or Ozz brothers...

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:42 PM   #19
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One of the Bajas I looked at before I got mine had the OEM hard cover on it and it leaked like a sieve. The locking mechanism was also so rusted that it literally fell apart once we finally managed to get it open. I'm hoping to put my tax return towards an ARE.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:44 AM   #20
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Our OEM hard cover didn't leak at all (perhaps since it was put on at the Factory and not dealer?). The locking mechanism on the front half stopped working, and it was a pain to have to open the top to drop the tailgate. Removal/reinstall of the hard cover is doable by one person (5'5 and determined) however two people is much more enjoyable.

That said, love our ARE cap. It's much more versatile. Uses the same bolt on holes as the OEM hard cover.
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