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Old 08-05-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Tuffy Cargo deck vs Aries security deck

Need some advice on which one to go with. *Picking it up tomorrow so any words of wisdom on your likes or dislikes will be greatly appreciated. *I am picking this up tomorrow to install before a road trip this weekend.

Aries Security Cargo Lid, Aluminum, Black Textured Powder Coat AAA-ALC25001

Tuffy Security Deck Enclosure Black 275-01

Or one more option

Bestop Instatrunk 4 Piece Kit, Matte Black, (For vehicles With or Without Factory Subwoofer) 42703-01


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Old 08-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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I have the Tuffy. It's OK, certainly sufficient to deter the opportunist. I haven't seen the Aries, but I believe from when I researched the two that it is perhaps slightly more robust, but much more difficult to remove the back and lid for a larger load area.

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I don't have the Aries and have never seen it so I can't comment on it.

I went with the Tuffy and have ZERO complaints. The deck lid is secure when the tailgate closed and easy to remove if you need to. It went in easy and comes out pretty easy too. I have no fears about leaving anything locked in my cargo area. The only way someone is getting something out is if they have tools with them.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:33 AM   #4
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I have the Tuffy. Echo what Rusty said. No complaints. Use it very frequently.
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I have Tuffy also and it does what it's supposed to do. You can even add your own touch to the exposed deck to customize it for your needs (eg tie downs). Definitely would recommend it for any Jeep owner.
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Another vote for the Tuffy. It does a good job of securing the space underneath and you can also place items on top if necessary to increase carry capacity. I put 8 boat cleats around the edges and keep a bungee net to pull over anything I place there.
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Another vote for the Tuffy. It does a good job of securing the space underneath and you can also place items on top if necessary to increase carry capacity. I put 8 boat cleats around the edges and keep a bungee net to pull over anything I place there.

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I have the Tuffy and really like it. I have modified it so that I can strap stuff to the top of it as well (I also bed-lined the top to give it some grip).

My only concern with the Aries is how easy is it to pull out. The Tuffy is very secure when installed, but very very easy to pull out when I need to haul something larger. This flexibility has come in very handy several times.

Here is my install:
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I installed the bestop last night on a 14 unlmited....
I can say its pretty good.. Only thing is if you are going to run without carpets & the lid for the well you will need to make a panel to fill the forward part of the well that the lid covered..
With lid/carpet its nice though..
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Bio, would you please post some pics of your Bestop? Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:25 PM   #12
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tuffy, love it. I put out door carpet on top and little side boxes. works great. Also put tie downs for bungee cords. got and earth strap works great.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #13
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Unfortunately, I don't think the later model design has the side boxes.
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Went with the tuffy and it goes in tomorrow! Thanks for all of the input guys.
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U r correct. 2011 or 12 and newer do not have the side trays.
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:59 PM   #16
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I'm gonna sell my Aries Lid and probably get the Tuffy #275. The Aries lid works with the soft top and Trek NX, but the hard top not so sure. By that I mean, the hard top sits on top of a portion of the Aries lid thereby raising it a tad bit. Sure I can shim the rest of the top to even it out, but I felt that the added height would cause alignment issues with the freedom panels and probably leak water.
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Turns out the Hard Top and Aries Lid do work well together. I've communicated with a couple other people who have used the Hard Top with the Aries Lid and it works fine; no issues, no leaks. Just thought I'd share the info.
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I am guessing that the Aries mounts on top of the hard top lip when the hard top is installed not under?
Anyway I have the Tuffy and would say its ok. The older version was better my new one rattles and the fit and finish is just not there. I would seriously consider the Aries unless you feel like you will need the cargo area a lot not sure how easy it comes out. The Tuffy comes out kind of quick however it is a little bit of a PITA as you have to kind of play with the angle and the seats to get the top out due to size and the little "wings" on it.
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Actually the Aries Lid is sandwiched between the lip of the tub and the Hard Top.
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The Aries is not as simple as the Tuffy. It needs to be removed to utilize the cargo area for large items. Topless the Aries is awesome. It's extremely secure and provides a nice, flat surface.
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The tuffy also sits sits between the hardtop and the tub, but there is no problems with fit or wind noise. The Tuffy comes out easy if needed. Btw - The deck is extremely useful, unless you have large items, it essentially doubles your storage by giving you a place to put gear 'on top' of the gear under the deck. I will be installing tie downs on mine to prevent movement of gear in the event of an accident or other sudden stop.
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I have the Tuffy and really like it. I have modified it so that I can strap stuff to the top of it as well (I also bed-lined the top to give it some grip).

My only concern with the Aries is how easy is it to pull out. The Tuffy is very secure when installed, but very very easy to pull out when I need to haul something larger. This flexibility has come in very handy several times.

Here is my install:
What ties downs are these?
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:10 PM   #23
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ORV has something like this but its pricy
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:57 PM   #24
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The tiee down is the Tuffy 158. I installed them on the top of my Areis Lid
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Another vote for the Tuffy- very solid unit. I especially like the raised side rails so stuff cant slide off. I run tube doors so a secure trunk is essential. I thought the Tuffy was expensive until the box arrived, per pound its very reasonable.
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Update...I went with the Aries cargo lid. I chose the aluminum over the steel version for the following reasons: Weight, Rust resistance, hold less heat, and the fact that the aluminum is a newer "better" version. Their website only list the aluminum version...unknown if they are still producing the steel version.

I just opened the box and the finish looks and feels superb. I will install it on Saturday and will let you know about the final product.
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Update...I went with the Aries cargo lid. I chose the aluminum over the steel version for the following reasons: Weight, Rust resistance, hold less heat, and the fact that the aluminum is a newer "better" version. Their website only list the aluminum version...unknown if they are still producing the steel version.

I just opened the box and the finish looks and feels superb. I will install it on Saturday and will let you know about the final product.

Question for you Jeff, I just received the same alumalite aries deck lid and I unboxed very part and inspected everything. Check the center folding section mounting bar. It will be one of the last things you unpack out of the large box and the end of that bar has tabs on the end that are supposed to be flat horizontal but when it gets banged back and forth from being stood on end and such the weight of the door parts crushes the crap out of those two tabs. It's not uncommon at all for those tabs to be bent all up or broken off completely. Mine were bent all up.



Even though I think the Aries looks best, has great features, is nice and light weight, etc... I'm concerned about build quality. They are supposed to be sending me out a new center section but I haven't heard confirmation on that yet or have any tracking in hand. I'll withhold final judgement until I get the unit on but I will be another one of the "had a Tuffy Security Deck last year and thought about trying the Aries this year" people and I believe the other guy sold the Aries and stuck with Tuffy.
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Question for you Jeff, I just received the same alumalite aries deck lid and I unboxed very part and inspected everything. Check the center folding section mounting bar. It will be one of the last things you unpack out of the large box and the end of that bar has tabs on the end that are supposed to be flat horizontal but when it gets banged back and forth from being stood on end and such the weight of the door parts crushes the crap out of those two tabs. It's not uncommon at all for those tabs to be bent all up or broken off completely. Mine were bent all up.

Even though I think the Aries looks best, has great features, is nice and light weight, etc... I'm concerned about build quality. They are supposed to be sending me out a new center section but I haven't heard confirmation on that yet or have any tracking in hand. I'll withhold final judgement until I get the unit on but I will be another one of the "had a Tuffy Security Deck last year and thought about trying the Aries this year" people and I believe the other guy sold the Aries and stuck with Tuffy.
Sorry to hear that and thak's for letting me know. I hope you get your issue resolved soon. Yeah...I saw one on ebay, but when I contacted that seller I did not like the reason he had to sale and he didn't have to many transactions completed as to be trustworthy. I ended up paying $40 more, but I got it from Autoanything. They back up their products 100%.

I just checked the part described by you and the two end had in fact punctured the box. One of them didn't make it completely through and luckily the one that did was not damaged at all.

I haven't seen the the Tuffy Deck #275, I downloaded the assembly instructions and I wasn't convinced on how it bolts on by fewer screws and the several statements from different owners saying that it's very easy to remove. I'm buying this to make it harder for people to break in. I want something that is hard to be taken off. It seems that the Tuffy Deck #173 is built a lot better and harder to pry, but it doesn't fit the Wrangler 2011 or newer. Also the Tuffy enclosed area is a lot smaller than the Aries.

I will install the Aries and let you know how it fits. Depending on how it strengthens when put together, I might or might not reinforce those two end, but I heard that once put together it becomes a whole solid piece that will give the average thieves discouraging thoughts about even trying it. Not that I will leave the Jeep unsupervised if anything important is left in the cargo area.

Here are the pics...they definitely need to come up with a better packaging system.



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Here it is...first I bough a rubber tape. It's more durable and a little wider .063mm vs. .050mm The one included is made out of foam. The finish of the lid is nice, but not as tough as Rhino. No need to strengthen anything here...once put together it becomes a very solid piece. I was able to place my Quadratec cargo liner without having to do any trimming to it. I also put my soft top folded on top of the lid. I added rubber pads to protect the finish from metal to metal contact as the soft top sits on it. Took it for a spin and can't even tell it's there. Very satisfied. Also I was able to fit the soft windows, which are kept inside of a Smittybilt bag along with the rear window bar.



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Jeff, did you use the foam tape you bought extra to line the top of the Jeeps tub before putting down the side panels? You didn't like the foam tape that came in the kit?

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