Purchasing new 79 series (can't wait) - Tray and Canopy advice..


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I stiill like the idea of heavy canvas for a canopy, on a simple (DIY) frame.
Sure there is a security issue but perhaps some sort of alarm would scare off most theives.
Wirh a roof tent for extended trips or tent/swag for everything else.


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Lazy dealership.
Talk to one of the custom builders.

Think of how many tinnies you see that are painted,
The alloy might possibly have to be lightly blasted before painting.


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The dealership advised me that I wouldn't be able to paint the alloy tray.

That is probably correct for a factory tray as they would not offer that option but they can be painted which you would have to do after install
Have a look yourself at what other tray options are available ( don’t rely on what the dealer offers only) , you can fit any tray you like, it is just less hassle for them to fit a factory tray so will steer you in that direction


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I made my tray only 1700 long and initially used my custom canopy from my Hilux
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We then went from touring with up to five back to just the wife and I so to reduce weight changed to this being only 1200 long

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I did this because we didn’t need all the extra room anymore and to get the weight forward with the spare at the headboard, I initially setup for two spares but now only carry one.

I have decided to change again and have just bought a 1500mm long canopy that will sit right up the front of the tray and my spare will sit at the back but still on the tray.
My main motivation to doing this was because it is easier and lighter to support my RTT with this setup and the weight gain between the two canopies is bugger all.

If you have the option with your tray manufacturer get the whale tail locks instead of the T locks. They are a much nicer product and have a compression action against your rubber seal when you close them
Sir Alby, do you have any images of your current setup?

How does it ride with the current weight distribution?


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Sir Alby, do you have any images of your current setup?

How does it ride with the current weight distribution?

I am just in the middle of a new setup. Took delivery of a new cruiser earlier this week and currently getting a new canopy built


This was my old setup and was very happy with the weight distribution



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In VIC Boss aluminium are a known performer in tray and canopy space. Another player in the last few years is Moxweld. Neither are budget operators. But they both invested in 4 wd aftermarket.