Flexiglass canopies

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 16:25
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Hi, Looking for people who have Flexiglass canopies for comment on durability, service etc. Looking at a FlexiSport to fit on a Ford Ranger. Like the look and features, especially as about $800 cheaper than similar ARB version. However, seem harder to access as limited resellers.

Any comments much appreciated.
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Reply By: den57 - Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 17:49

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 17:49
Had a flexiglass canopy with a stipple surface to it. Couldn't polish it because of the finish and looked very second hand at the 4 year mark. It was brilliant as far as being water proof and dust proof, unless it rained or you went on a dirt road. Guess you could say I am not a fan of them.
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Follow Up By: blue one - Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 18:27

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 18:27
My experience the same with 14 utes in the fleet.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 19:14

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 19:14
Me too. Flexiglass has had plenty of our money. If the arb canopy isn't $800 better I'll eat my arb canopy.
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Follow Up By: Hilux fan - Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at 19:51

Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at 19:51
My 2006 Hilux came with a Flexiglass canopy and I have never been able to get it rainproof. Dust proof is OKish, but the slightest bit of rain means I have a wet tub.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at 21:56

Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at 21:56
Dust will normally come in around the tailgate and can be stopped/reduced by adding rubber seals.

SMM Steel canopy never leaks ;=))
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Reply By: RMD - Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 19:41

Sunday, Nov 06, 2016 at 19:41
I have a Flexiglass sport on a 2011 Dmax for around 4 1/2 years.
Nice looking and functional with hinged side windows. Airflow through rear wing is useless/does not clear window with airflow.
I made an internal brace for the rear roof mounts to hold the rated weight with more surety.

I located all wiring required myself and had a multi core cable run to the tub area to make connection of heated window and light and central locking easy to do.
The unpleasant foreman of the Melbourne (Northcote) dealer showed he didn't appreciate me doing the wiring. I didn't want bozos pulling my trims out.

The manager was incompetent and tried to charge me full price while ignoring the deposit I had paid. A good try by him.
They then would not accept cheque payment and made me go and get a bank cheque for the remainder. Ok I suppose, but I am from the country and they wouldn't give me my keys to drive to a bank.
I learnt a lot about crazy companies that day.

AT HOME
However, when parked uphill on my driveway it leaked at the rear window and water then wicked upward through the felt lining. Water would then drip off well inside the tub.
The drain system was not designed into the canopy.
They then sent someone 160km to fix it. He was just a beginner and using his gear I rectified the fault. Since then all has been OK.

Would I again buy a Flexiglass canopy. Yes, but only on my terms and not theirs.
They promote themselves as one of the best in the business. The disfunctional way their Melbourne dealership ran was amazing to see.

You decide after due consideration. Other canopy companies may be similar, all experts in their field until you find they aren't.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Nov 07, 2016 at 09:01

Monday, Nov 07, 2016 at 09:01
We had a Flexiglass canopy fitted to a Hilux dual cab over 30 years ago.

Good finish, good fit and never had any problems with it, except the dust ingress around the tail gate, a common fault.

Can remember some unusual payment method, wouldn't take Bankcard but accepted a personal cheque........or something like that? Had it fitted, from memory, somewhere along Parramatta Road, in Sydney.

Was a plain and simple canopy, no lights, no lift up side windows, no central locking. Probably buy one again......if we needed one.

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Reply By: Outback Epicurean - Monday, Nov 07, 2016 at 18:24

Monday, Nov 07, 2016 at 18:24
Many thanks to everyone who replied. This forum is a wonderful way to get information.
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Reply By: Member - alan m6 - Monday, Nov 07, 2016 at 23:02

Monday, Nov 07, 2016 at 23:02
Had a flexiglass-the f/glass became brittle & I had to buy bog to fix leaks.The locks are VERY expensive to replace,& Athere is no guarantee u will get matching keis if u only replace 1 lock.These canopies are not REALLY water or dust proof
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Reply By: Kazza055 - Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016 at 10:08

Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016 at 10:08
See my post under D-Max canopies for steel canopies.

They may cost a bit more but they are the best.
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