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Hey, everyone -

I've got parts fever kinda bad and would like to get something for the truck soon.

I'm eventually going to do both but cant decide what i want to do first and just keep debating...heres where you come in!

Option 1: Truxedo Lo-pro tonneau cover
Option 2: Kenwood double din head unit with a Kicker Hideaway underseat sub (my brand new L7 10 i had in my car unfortunately wont fit without taking up too much room)

The week i bought the truck I did: new anntenna, tinted front windows to match the back, kn filter, rockford fosgate tweeters in the dash, kicker front speakers, and kicker rear speakers.

The truck is my daily driver (when i dont have the bike out) and will not be an offroader. Just a nice all around truck i can camp with, tailgate with, haul my R6 with, and drive without issue.

All votes welcome! If you vote for option 3, please let me know what that "other" is.

Cliffs notes:

Should i get the tonneau cover for looks and the camping/tailgating season starting or should i go with a new head unit and underseat to finish the audio...
 

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yeah stereo. i would be careful with those under the seat subs. i tried one before in a car and it didn't sound to good. i ended up getting a sub box instead to put in the trunk.
Unfortunately its pretty much my only option...

i've got a brand new Kicker L7 10" with a ported box and Rockford Fosgate amp that was in my car just sitting in my closet but it will take up too much room in my King Cab. I want to keep the jump seats in the back as well as have the room for my dog and my disc bag or whatever else i put in the back.

I've not personally heard the hideaway but the reviews for it seem to portray it as a decent sounding sub for what it is.

My prior sub setups have been:

Kicker L7 15" with 3 cubic foot ported box and a directed 1100d amp
Dual MTX Thunder 7500's with ported box and mtx amp
Kicker 12" comp with ported box and Kicker D amp
Polk Audio MM 12" with ported box (and a sealed box for a bit) and JL audio amp
Alpine Type R 12" with ported box (and a sealed box for a bit) and Kenwood amp

Currently have that Kicker L7 10". I had it in my car but then spur of the moment traded my car and bought my truck.
 

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Had a Kenwood double-DIN unit in my Frontier for a while, and absolutely hated it.

Also tried a Pioneer and an Alpine, and didn't like them, either.

Seems like all the name-brand manufacturers don't give a crap about user interfaces nowadays - Features are either difficult to access, or absent altogether.

Finally settled on a Joying unit, and couldn't be happier.



Since it runs the Android OS, you have a tremendous selection of apps available for playing music, running GPS and navigation services, watching movies, etc., etc., etc. If you don't like how one particular app works, there are probably thousands of other similar apps to choose from.




The Joying unit has been very reliable, and doesn't cost any more than your average name-brand double-din unit.
 

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Had a Kenwood double-DIN unit in my Frontier for a while, and absolutely hated it.

Also tried a Pioneer and an Alpine, and didn't like them, either.

Seems like all the name-brand manufacturers don't give a crap about user interfaces nowadays - Features are either difficult to access, or absent altogether.

Finally settled on a Joying unit, and couldn't be happier.

Since it runs the Android OS, you have a tremendous selection of apps available for playing music, running GPS and navigation services, watching movies, etc., etc., etc. If you don't like how one particular app works, there are probably thousands of other similar apps to choose from.

The Joying unit has been very reliable, and doesn't cost any more than your average name-brand double-din unit.
Appreciate the suggestion - i'm not set on the head unit just yet so can add that to the mix.
 

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I want to keep the jump seats in the back as well as have the room for my dog and my disc bag or whatever else i put in the back.
Over the Winter I bought a Zuca brand backpack cart. It cleverly/narrowly fits between the passenger seat and the rear jump seat. VERY PLEASED with this purchase. Will add I'm more than tempted to remove my jumpseats altogether as I never need/use them...or at least remove the passenger side jumpseat.

https://www.zuca.com/control/product/~product_id=12340
 

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Cover

The first thing I purchased was a Bakflip bedcover cover so I could keep stuff in the bed. I chose the bakflip cover because it folds up so you can use the whole bed. I keep my stuff in plastic bins so I can move them to the back seat if I need the bed for hauling something big
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Over the Winter I bought a Zuca brand backpack cart. It cleverly/narrowly fits between the passenger seat and the rear jump seat. VERY PLEASED with this purchase. Will add I'm more than tempted to remove my jumpseats altogether as I never need/use them...or at least remove the passenger side jumpseat.
looks like a good purchase for sure...

i'm not too concerned about the jump seats i guess, mainly just want my dog to have enough room in the back so shes not having to maneuver around a sub box (rottweiler - i dont put her in the bed of the truck)
 

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Hey, everyone -

I've got parts fever kinda bad and would like to get something for the truck soon.

I'm eventually going to do both but cant decide what i want to do first and just keep debating...heres where you come in!

Option 1: Truxedo Lo-pro tonneau cover
Option 2: Kenwood double din head unit with a Kicker Hideaway underseat sub (my brand new L7 10 i had in my car unfortunately wont fit without taking up too much room)

The week i bought the truck I did: new anntenna, tinted front windows to match the back, kn filter, rockford fosgate tweeters in the dash, kicker front speakers, and kicker rear speakers.

The truck is my daily driver (when i dont have the bike out) and will not be an offroader. Just a nice all around truck i can camp with, tailgate with, haul my R6 with, and drive without issue.

All votes welcome! If you vote for option 3, please let me know what that "other" is.

Cliffs notes:

Should i get the tonneau cover for looks and the camping/tailgating season starting or should i go with a new head unit and underseat to finish the audio...
Does it rain that often or a lot up in Denver, Colorado? Do you have your truck parked outside most of the time? Have you ever had those days when you wanted to use your bed but you could not because it was soaking wet due to the lack of drain plugs? Have you ever wanted to leave something in your bed but you could not because you were worried that somebody would steal it? After all this, have you now considered on buy a Tonneau cover? Just to give my 2 cents worth, the audio can be upgraded anytime. you are going to need the tonneau at some point of your truck life so... ::wink::
 

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If you carry stuff in the bed, I'd reccomend the tonneau cover. Personally I have a low profile and wish I'd gone with the regular/hi profile... Then I'd be able to fit a jerry can in the bed with the cover closed... now I have no good place to fit one (mounted in bed)... and yes, I know you don't want to travel with gas can in the bed with the cover closed.
Also for the bed you can get one of these for secure storage... works well, pretty decent space. you can get it for driver's side or passenger side. they stick out a little from the side but not bad. They're removable and lockable. When installing, be sure to use a piece of 1/2 or 3/4"plywood as a spacer to get everything to line up where you want it. Otherwise it drags across the bed floor instead of swinging nicely...

As for your sub quandary, your options are only limited to your (lack of) desire to mod the back of the cab... One option is to build a custom floor box, another is to remove the jumpseats and build a custom box to sit where the seats were, and better yet is to remove the rear plastic wall and custom fab a rear wall with subs... Currently I'm in the design phase of removing the rear wall to give a bit more space and (more importantly) MOLLE wall.... gives lots of flexibility in securing gear in the back...
 

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Does it rain that often or a lot up in Denver, Colorado? Do you have your truck parked outside most of the time? Have you ever had those days when you wanted to use your bed but you could not because it was soaking wet due to the lack of drain plugs? Have you ever wanted to leave something in your bed but you could not because you were worried that somebody would steal it? After all this, have you now considered on buy a Tonneau cover? Just to give my 2 cents worth, the audio can be upgraded anytime. you are going to need the tonneau at some point of your truck life so... ::wink::
1. Yes it rains but not a ton
2. No, have an attached garage and at work i park underground
3. Not yet - only had the truck a few weeks - that will most likely change with the concert and camping season coming up, though (coolers, beers, etc)
4. I agree with the logic of needing one eventually...hence why i keep going back and forth. The audio will cost me a little less at the moment (will probably just do the head unit first) and then sub later but i dunno...might wait for any sales next month for the holiday and see if that sways me.

If you carry stuff in the bed, I'd reccomend the tonneau cover. Personally I have a low profile and wish I'd gone with the regular/hi profile... Then I'd be able to fit a jerry can in the bed with the cover closed... now I have no good place to fit one (mounted in bed)... and yes, I know you don't want to travel with gas can in the bed with the cover closed.
Also for the bed you can get one of these for secure storage... works well, pretty decent space. you can get it for driver's side or passenger side. they stick out a little from the side but not bad. They're removable and lockable. When installing, be sure to use a piece of 1/2 or 3/4"plywood as a spacer to get everything to line up where you want it. Otherwise it drags across the bed floor instead of swinging nicely...

As for your sub quandary, your options are only limited to your (lack of) desire to mod the back of the cab... One option is to build a custom floor box, another is to remove the jumpseats and build a custom box to sit where the seats were, and better yet is to remove the rear plastic wall and custom fab a rear wall with subs... Currently I'm in the design phase of removing the rear wall to give a bit more space and (more importantly) MOLLE wall.... gives lots of flexibility in securing gear in the back...
Its not so much my lack of desire to mod the back of the cab...regardless of what custom box is built, i'd take up too much room in the back. The Kicker L7 likes room to hit so whatever custom configuration i go with i'd take up at least half of the back (already been talking to box builder about doing this) since my 10" L7 wants a bit over 2 f^3 for a ported box...

we'll see...
 

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Does it rain that often or a lot up in Denver, Colorado? Do you have your truck parked outside most of the time? Have you ever had those days when you wanted to use your bed but you could not because it was soaking wet due to the lack of drain plugs? Have you ever wanted to leave something in your bed but you could not because you were worried that somebody would steal it? After all this, have you now considered on buy a Tonneau cover? Just to give my 2 cents worth, the audio can be upgraded anytime. you are going to need the tonneau at some point of your truck life so... ::wink::
I agree with this... security is a good point you bring up.... My feelings with a cover is it keeps things out of sight keeping the honest, honest. BUT I'm not in a high crime area or parking on the street... I've seen some more expensive "hard" covers that roll up and provide pretty good security and hard tri-folds that give great security... heck, there's even one I looked at recently that you can park your ATV on top of...

So if you just need water resistance, a cheap rollup is good enough, but if you think a break-in is a possibility or need to carry cargo...

... since my 10" L7 wants a bit over 2 f^3 for a ported box...

we'll see...
2 cubic foot?!?! wow.... I was just considering a small thing... like .5 - .7 cubic space....
 

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Hard Hat Tri-Fold Bed Cover for all the reasons listed above was one of my first add-ons...
 

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I agree with this... security is a good point you bring up.... My feelings with a cover is it keeps things out of sight keeping the honest, honest. BUT I'm not in a high crime area or parking on the street... I've seen some more expensive "hard" covers that roll up and provide pretty good security and hard tri-folds that give great security... heck, there's even one I looked at recently that you can park your ATV on top of...

So if you just need water resistance, a cheap rollup is good enough, but if you think a break-in is a possibility or need to carry cargo...



2 cubic foot?!?! wow.... I was just considering a small thing... like .5 - .7 cubic space....
For the cover - i basically just want to keep things out of sight, keep them covered if it rains out of nowhere, and just like the look of the bed cover to be honest. I have a garage and very rarely park outside.

As for the box...yeah...those L7's want room lol. Hence the problem lol. My L7 setup is brand new - i had it in my car for like a month before i spur of the moment traded it in and bought my truck. It hits, though. The 10" wants 600rms (the new l7's want 750 for a 10") but i have it running on a 500rms rockford fosgate as well as the 2ft^3 box.

The underseat kicker is a 150 watt 8" so it should still be a good addition if that is the route I go...

Heres the box i currently have my 10" in:
 

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I agree with this... security is a good point you bring up.... My feelings with a cover is it keeps things out of sight keeping the honest, honest. BUT I'm not in a high crime area or parking on the street... I've seen some more expensive "hard" covers that roll up and provide pretty good security and hard tri-folds that give great security... heck, there's even one I looked at recently that you can park your ATV on top of...

So if you just need water resistance, a cheap rollup is good enough, but if you think a break-in is a possibility or need to carry cargo...
^^^I totally agree with your advice @mtyler and I really appreciate that you agree with mine. ::wink:: For the OP, I would just find and get a really damn good deal on a good quality tonneau so that you can spend more money on a upgraded audio system of your choice. It really comes down to what you value more: a tonneau or an upgraded audio system. ::grin::

I hope that my advice helps and hopefully you make the best decision! ::laugh::

1. Yes it rains but not a ton
2. No, have an attached garage and at work i park underground
3. Not yet - only had the truck a few weeks - that will most likely change with the concert and camping season coming up, though (coolers, beers, etc)
4. I agree with the logic of needing one eventually...hence why i keep going back and forth. The audio will cost me a little less at the moment (will probably just do the head unit first) and then sub later but i dunno...might wait for any sales next month for the holiday and see if that sways me.
Refer to the post that I quoted above. >:D
 

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^^^I totally agree with your advice @mtyler and I really appreciate that you agree with mine. ::wink:: For the OP, I would just find and get a really damn good deal on a good quality tonneau so that you can spend more money on a upgraded audio system of your choice. It really comes down to what you value more: a tonneau or an upgraded audio system. ::grin::

I hope that my advice helps and hopefully you make the best decision! ::laugh::



Refer to the post that I quoted above. >:D
Is both an option lol...thats what credit cards are for, right???

I'm pretty set on the lo-pro tonneau cover - i like the auto tension as well as the lower profile look. The lifetime warranty is nice as well.
The audio - that will just be nicer to have it come alive inside the cab. Going from the setup in my car (8 speaker setup plus the sub) to my stock king cab was less than impressive lol.

both of these are eventually going to happen...probably sooner than i'm planning - hell, when i decided to get my truck i decided i wanted to get it by end of year. I got it the next day.
 

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Is both an option lol...thats what credit cards are for, right???
True. True. Valid point there lol::laugh::

I'm pretty set on the lo-pro tonneau cover - i like the auto tension as well as the lower profile look. The lifetime warranty is nice as well.
The audio - that will just be nicer to have it come alive inside the cab. Going from the setup in my car (8 speaker setup plus the sub) to my stock king cab was less than impressive lol.
I made the mistake of not getting a tonneau even though I was given the opportunity so that is why I warn others. It has been raining a lot here recently so not getting a tonneau is not a good idea for a truck user :crying::crying:My bed is full of water:crying::crying::serious:

both of these are eventually going to happen...probably sooner than i'm planning - hell, when i decided to get my truck i decided i wanted to get it by end of year. I got it the next day.
hahahaha lol. Same with me. It is like I have ants in my pants and that i am always in a hurry to get things done ::grin::
 

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I made the mistake of not getting a tonneau even though I was given the opportunity so that is why I warn others. It has been raining a lot here recently so not getting a tonneau is not a good idea for a truck user :crying::crying:My bed is full of water:crying::crying::serious:
Yeah, you guys have been getting some decent rain lately - i do commercial claims and one of my states is Texas.

i've never liked tonneau covers. i use the bed of my truck though to haul stuff around. i don't use it as a trunk like a car. i have to get stuff in and out of the bed reaching over the side.

that's what the back seat is for to put anything you don't want to get wet or whatever. :laugh:

as for the dog he would go in the bed if it were me. i would never put a dog in my truck on the inside. no way no how. same thing as keeping a dog in the house. no way. they will destroy everything. :laugh:
I get it...both the hauling and the dog thing.

I dont haul a ton - i'll put my motorcycle in the back when needed, put some camping stuff in, throw a cooler in back for tailgating, and then just some golf clubs during the nice months and my snowboard stuff during the winter. For me, the tonneau will fit what i need.

As for the pup...she doesnt sleep with me and isnt allowed on furniture but i cant bring myself to throw her in the bed lol. When shes in the cab she just curls up on the passenger side with the jump seat up...sometimes forget shes in there.
 

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... as for the dog he would go in the bed if it were me. i would never put a dog in my truck on the inside. no way no how. same thing as keeping a dog in the house. no way. they will destroy everything. :laugh:
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Cover for sure. The truck already came with a radio. I love the way the cover looks and it is extremely useful. I picked up groceries and tons of other stuff in bad weather. My car alot of the times is packed with the Fam so it's nice to toss any unnecessary luggage in the bed and not worry about it getting wet. Also the cover makes a nice place to hold items while I am putting the kids in and out of the truck, just don't forget to grab them before you drive off :). I'm yet to do that but I know its coming. Lastly depending on which cover you get it will secure items from theft. I remember we had a cooler stolen once out of a buddies truck. Had he had a nice cover the cooler would still be with us today.
 
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