When it comes to building trucks for show, as well as daily enjoyment, generally the first modifications we make are to ditch everything that looks factory. We go through the entire truck and shave everything we can possibly pull off and lay it out as low as possible. However, the one thing that we've always enjoyed from the factory is the phat hole in the roof that offers unlimited sunlight and a cool breeze in the cab. In years past, it was a difficult decision whether to add a sunroof or ragtop due to a fear of leaks. Now, the products available are of a much higher quality and you can enjoy a factory-style quality sunroof in your mini-truck no matter what make or model you cruise. Installation techniques have also been stepped up to ensure years of trouble-free operation.
We teamed up with Advanced Specialties in La Habra, California, and the guys showed us just how easy it was to make this factory luxury an everyday reality in any type of mini-truck. Advanced Specialties uses Webasto Products' sunroofs, which supply more than 42 percent of the OEM market and offers an excellent warranty on its products if installed by a dealer. Webasto supplied us with a SolAire Model 3430 Spoiler Sunroof that features a rolling sunshade, a generous look-through opening of 27-1/4x10-1/4 inches, and a factory-installed appearance. This sunroof offers one-button electric operation with an illuminated switch and a vented position. Advanced Specialties is one of the largest sunroof installers on the West Coast and has all the right tools and parts to do the job right the first time. Follow along as we see just what it takes to execute a factory-quality sunroof installation. For more information, contact the companies listed in the source box.