Thoughts on Diamondback SE?

  1. LongTimeListener

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    I've very nearly talked myself into getting a Diamondback SE for my hard tonneau. I love the functionality -- particularly being able to transport things on top and the way it opens -- but worry about the value a bit. It's $700 more than the Mopar cover, and $550 more than the Rugged Ridge tri-fold.

    I would welcome others' thoughts and experiences, recognizing that it's still early days for Gladiator accessories.
     
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    I have had a Diamondback HD on my Ford F-250 for about 5 years now. I have no major issues with it. It’s not weather or dust proof but I’ve had no major issues with anything stored under it. No issues with the coating on the exterior holding up to abuse from ATVs on top, etc.

    I will be looking at one for my JT once it’s ordered.
     
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    Can you elaborate a bit on the weather/dust issue? I don't need one that's 100% water tight, but 95% water tight would be nice. I plan to use this rig mostly for overlanding. The stuff in the back can take some water and dust, but I'd rather it not get saturated.
     
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    I think they worked out the bugs for fitting the diamondback. The company has been good about helping with a cover with a small measuring mistake.
    I think it will work well, my new one came today, and will be installed this weekend. I have the ladder rack which should slow for a roof top tent, and space under for more storage. It is expensive, but I won’t have to worry about theft of my fly fishing gear. Tacomaworld has great builds on over landing with this cover.
    Down side is using cover with rack systems and opening the cover. kB voodoo has comparable racks, but can’t open the cover.
     
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    Mine will get some minor water during downpours where the central gutters are. I believe it’s more related to small gaps in the weather stripping joints. Dust is minor but will be there if you run down long dirt roads.
     
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    Do you have the Diamondback ladder rack?

    Any chance of seeing a picture of it installed?

    Also, any more experience Re: weather/water resistance if that Diamondback cover? I’m thinking of doing the same setup as you for the bed cover...
     
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    The diamondback is great, water tight, it has rained the last few days with no issues. Large yeti coolers won’t fit under though mostly due to the height of the gladiator bed. I am installing the rack hopefully this weekend, some drilling involved on the tonneau cover itself, and a part still has to come in. Tacomaworld has a diamondback modification thread which really got me into this cover, and different builds
     
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    what exactly needs drilling?
     
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    totally wanted a diamondback HD HARD, then realized I can't even pack enough shit into the bed under my $147 tonneau to fix my deer stand. I need a full topper like an Alu-Cab. time to move on for this hombre. Amazing capability though, quite nice.
     
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    #10 Sep 12, 2019 at 1:46 AM
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    Load the top of the DB too

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    I want more weather protected coverage.
     
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    I'm thinking about getting the diamond SE now that I see this can be used to secure and haul a 14' kayak. Does this fit with the trail rail management system? Also, how easy is it to remove the entire cover? How much does it weight?
     
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    #13 Sep 12, 2019 at 11:21 PM
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2019 at 11:32 PM
    It does use the tracks.

    From the product specs page:

    Hauling Capacity 400 lbs.
    Dimensions Cab/Tailgate Panel: TBD
    Center Panel: TBD
    Total Cover Weight: ~70 lbs.
    Construction .080” 3003 alloy aluminum grade
    2 structural studs
    4 tie-down cleats pre-installed
    Neoprene compression gasket
    Stainless steel hinges and external hardware
    3/8“ steel lock rods
    Die-cast zinc, keyed lock handles
    5356 alloy TIG welds
    In the Box DiamondBack HD (assembly required)
    Gas springs (4)
    Cap clamps (4)
    Bed rail edge trim (4)
    Safety catch
    Bulkhead weatherstrip
    1/8" hex key
    Installation Time 75 min
    Removal Time 10 min
     
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    FYI I got an email from Diamondback saying they will not be making the 270 (even tho they make them for the Taco & Colorado)
    Me Sad
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    Thanks! That was very helpful. Just to understand, you can't use the trail rail system unless you fully uninstall the diamondback cover correct? And to fully uninstall the cover it takes 10 mins to do.
     
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