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Subaru Baja

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  • http://www.snugtop.com/p_snuglid.htm

    Scroll to the middle of the page

    Dave
  • Actually, only scroll down a little :o}

    http://www.snugtop.com/p_snuglid.htm

    D
  • Here's the note I received from Subaru:

    "I apologize for the delay in getting back to you regarding a hard bed cover for the 2003 Baja. Your patience is appreciated.

    I have been advised that two aftermarket companies should soon be offering hard bed covers for the 2003 Baja. These lockable hard top covers are not genuine Subaru accessories and Subaru is not in a position to endorse or recommend them. Therefore, it is up to potential purchasers to satisfy themselves that the covers meet their quality, safety, performance and other needs. Subaru cannot assume responsibility for any failure of these covers to perform properly or to meet purchasers' expectations.

    The first is a lockable hard bed cover manufactured by Penda. It is a stylish way to protect your gear. Gas filled struts allow for easy opening and trouble-free loading. This one-piece cover is easily removed to carry tall or oversized items. The other lockable hard bed cover is manufactured by SNUGTOP. It features a two-piece removable design. Gas struts raise the rear section for easy access. This cover is color coded to the Baja exterior for a custom look.
      
    The vendors will only sell the covers directly to dealers. They will not sell direct to customers. Potential customers must go to the Subaru dealer of their choice. The dealer can then order the cover for them. Since these are not genuine Subaru products, Subaru dealers are not obligated to stock or order these and some may choose not to do so. Pricing is strictly between the dealer and the customer. Subaru of America has no recommended retail price on these covers as they are not Subaru of America items and are not purchased by Subaru of America.
     
    I have been advised that these companies should soon begin to manufacture and offer these covers. Please contact your local Subaru dealer sometime towards the end of next month for updated information.

    While we cannot endorse these products, we hope that they will fulfill the needs of some of our Baja owners. I hope that this information is helpful."
  • It might be worth the trouble to contact a SNUGTOP or Penda dealer too.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    Subaru will soon offer their own version too. As far as I'm concerned, a hard locking cover is the only way to go.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Is it, though? The Lincoln Blackwood had one standard, and it sold so poorly they cancelled it within a year.

    It does look neat, but I'd like to have some way of removing it and storing it while still being able to carry tall cargo.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    failed for lots of reasons. The cargo cap wasn't one of them, IMO.

    What I meant by that was, if you are going to have a cargo cap, by all means make it a hard locking cap, and not a soft tonneau cover that offers little in the way of security.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Actually, there was a lot of criticism regarding how much that cap limited cargo capacity. Lincoln tried to pitch it as a luxury sedan with a trunk, but people thought it killed the utility.

    It basically has to be easy to remove, preferably with a place to store it (on board).

    -juice
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yes, sort of. My old neighbor Pete has one, and those are a little cumbersome, but worth the hassle. I'd like to see an even more elegant solution.

    How 'bout a semi-rigid cover that rolled out and over the bed? They should be creative.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    a cap that could easily be stored on the roof. Talk about the ultimate "wing!" ;)

    Bob
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'd like to see a roll-top desk-like setup, or a folding/accordian setup.

    -mike
  • jay_24jay_24 Posts: 536
    They have them for regular pickups. A friend of ours had one. It was basicaly 1" strips of aluminum that rolled up behind the cab. It was really nice but also a bit expensive... $1500 or so if I remember. That was 4-5 years ago or so.

    --jay
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bob: the kids would love it! That should be standard on the turbo model. ;-)

    -juice
  • kate5000kate5000 Posts: 1,267
    Our local IKEA had a 25% off sale on big items. Since our house was still quite unfirnished (3 years already), we decided to take advantage of this event and shopped 'till we dropped (literally). Well, we ended up making 3 trips to IKEA, to carry all those boxes.

    Forester performed flawlessly, but at some point I really wished I had a Baja, to just drop all the boxes into the cargo bed, instead of playing TETRIS every time we had to stick yet another box into the already-up-to-the-gills loaded Forester.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Did you use the roof rack? That's what I usually do.

    Though at some point payload becomes an issue. Baja has slightly more, I think, but maybe not enough to do it all in one trip.

    -juice
  • kate5000kate5000 Posts: 1,267
    No, we did not use the roof rack. We figured it will take us some time to safely tie 1-2 boxes on the roof and it won't save us that much space anyway.

    The issue was not so much a payload but just space and convenience. In the open cargo bed, we would have loaded a pile of boxes and be done. In the closed space of Forester, and with those struts sticking out, we really had to try different combinations before we could fit our boxes. It still was impressive how much Forester can carry.

    But the Forester roof rack really proved very useful when we carried mattresses helping our friends to move. Since that I've proclaimed the Forester The Official Mattress Transporter Vehicle.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Bob - I meant the roof rack on the Forester, which can carry more. On the Baja, I was talking about the overall payload being a bit higher IIRC.

    Keep in mind you should tie down any gear in the Baja so it doesn't fly out and become a projectile in a collision.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    Actually, the Baja has the lowest payload rating of any Subaru! No kidding! It's rated at 800 pounds, whereas all other Subarus have a 900 payload rating, if I'm not mistaken.

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You sure? Can any owners check the door jamb? I thought it was 900 or more.

    -juice
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  • kyrazykyrazy Posts: 6
    Has anyone out there figured out a way to lock the tailgate? I'm looking at the locking covers but even if I had one of them, the gate doesn't lock so what's the point. Besides that, I have the bed extender. To remove it, all you do is open the gate, rotate the bed extender to half flipped and lift. That's a pretty quick way to steal my $150 accessory! If the gate locked (like it does on my buddies Frontier) then the extender would be "locked" in as well. I know Subaru doesn't offer anything but I was curious if anyone has found an after market solution to this.

    Love my Baja
    Kyrazy
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    Your comment about the losing a bed extender, is an excellent one! I'm surprised SOA let that slip through. You're absolutely right, they should have a locking tailgate.

    Bob
  • yerfyerf Posts: 7
    The salesman at the dealership also pointed out how easy the bed extender was to steal. He said that I should be ok until this fact becomes common knowledge. Great.

    -Shawn
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    takes 5 seconds, if that! No kidding!

    Bob
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Isn't there a retaining clip or some sort of lock?

    Maybe use a cable lock and lock it to a tie down or something.

    -juice
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,676
    but if you don't use it (which most people won't, I bet) it will take about 5 seconds to steal. If you use the two clips, it will take about 20 seconds to steal.

    Bob
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