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madhatr02 05-20-2013 04:55 AM

BakFlip G2 Review
 
This is my second Bakflip. I had one one my F-250 and loved it.

I have had this one since the day I bought my truck, I literally left the dealership and drove over to 4WP and picked it up.

Installation - I have to take into consideration I had done 1 of these before but with the help of my 8 year old (I have turned my daughter into a gearhead) we had it on and finished in about 30 minutes.

Fit & Finish - I have to say this one fits better than the one I had on my Ford. That truck had a longer bed though. I am not a huge fan of the "cut to length, plastic tube drain lines", but as you never see them, they do seem to work just fine. This one seems to fit against the tailgate better that my other one. It is almost water tight LOL. What I mean by that is on the bedrails there are stake pockets. The front ones are covered and you would have to cut out the bedrail cover to use. The rear ones are open. We had a rain storm and there was some water by the tailgate and what happened is the rain got blown in the stakebed hole and got in the bed. I sealed the inner hole to the bed and even in a car wash have had no issues. Also with the back of the cab being curved when folded up the cover only touches the cab in the middle not all the way across. No issues yet but will be watching to make sure it fits flush and tight against cab on a long trip.

Performance - Works just as advertised. "There when you need it, gone when you don't. I also like the trifold effect. Does it help with MPG, I don't know that is not why I got it.

Durability - Lowe's helped with this test. I bought a new BBQ grill and I tried to load it with my wife but Lowe's insisted on helping. The 2 teenagers got it in the back and then slammed it home and dented the crap out of it. I am sure it wasn't on purpose and it did test it. I will say it did not crack or puncture and since it is on the inside and last panel no one will ever see it. I would just be aware on the outside if you set things on top of it or use it for a lot of work.

Overall - Great product at a great price. Very versitile and user friendly. I can remove it if need be and there are just a ton of uses. This is not the top of the line model but I am MORE than happy. I would highly
recommend.


Top View
[IMG]http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps5bc25092.jpg[/IMG]

Folded View
[IMG]http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps69655e8b.jpg[/IMG]

Back View
[IMG]http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps7bc3c2f1.jpg[/IMG]

Side View
[IMG]http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps34bbf14a.jpg[/IMG]

Dents (2 sets)
[IMG]http://i975.photobucket.com/albums/a...psaa1de955.jpg[/IMG]

Kcbigbadram 05-20-2013 06:03 AM

They are great covers but the g2 does dent easily. Mine had small hail dings you could easily see.

Sucks lowes screwed up your cover, should of made them replace it, or at least give you some money

LostAtSea85 05-27-2013 04:15 PM

Nice. Looks level and clean. I might consider this since the flapping in the wind noise of my soft tonneau does get old after a while.

The Crow 1994 05-27-2013 11:02 PM

madhatr02,

Did you install the gasket that runs along the top of the truck bed closest to the cab? I just installed a BakFlip VP and that is the only place I seem to be getting water coming in from. Thanks!

hemidon 05-28-2013 12:39 PM

I have the Bakflip Fibermax on my truck, and the weatherstripping by the cab is needed since the plastic side rail covers sit higher than the bed lip by the cab. The weatherstripping fills this void so the cover can get a good seal all around. Make sure you clean the surface thoroughly before installing the weatherstripping to ensure you get a good seal. It's also important to make sure the (2) bolts that hold the cover on by the Cab are secured pretty tightly. You may have to re-snug them after a couple weeks once everything has settled itself in. The bolt heads should make a "slight" impression/dimple in the cover when they're tight enough. Other than the stake pocket holes, a good aftermarket tailgate seal will also help keep some of the other water leaks you may encounter at the tailgate end. Of course this would be with any cover. I also wasn't a huge fan of the drain tubes, and was worried they would kink and not drain properly. So I bought some 90 Plastic Plumbers Elbows with the Ribs on them. I slid the Tubing onto it and clamped both ends with Hose Clamps. Then I drilled a hole through the plastic plug near the bottom of the bed and inserted the ribbed Elbow through the hole. I have a slight leak in the corners where the cab side weatherstripping meets the side rails. I'll probably put some caulking in there to seal it up better once I have some free time.

Bully's Performance 05-28-2013 02:19 PM

these are very nice covers! We have recently took off the Undercover on our company truck and replaced it with a G2, Very easy install and very good quality bed cover!

Anyone else needing a Bak Industries product let me know I would be more than happy to get one out to you, we have almost every part number in stock and shipping!

Thanks
Jeremiah
Bully's Performance

Grubrunner 05-28-2013 03:36 PM

They are great covers indeed but..... I enjoyed your write-up just as much.

Thank you.

The Crow 1994 05-28-2013 06:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hemidon (Post 1109823)
I have the Bakflip Fibermax on my truck, and the weatherstripping by the cab is needed since the plastic side rail covers sit higher than the bed lip by the cab. The weatherstripping fills this void so the cover can get a good seal all around. Make sure you clean the surface thoroughly before installing the weatherstripping to ensure you get a good seal. It's also important to make sure the (2) bolts that hold the cover on by the Cab are secured pretty tightly. You may have to re-snug them after a couple weeks once everything has settled itself in. The bolt heads should make a "slight" impression/dimple in the cover when they're tight enough. Other than the stake pocket holes, a good aftermarket tailgate seal will also help keep some of the other water leaks you may encounter at the tailgate end. Of course this would be with any cover. I also wasn't a huge fan of the drain tubes, and was worried they would kink and not drain properly. So I bought some 90 Plastic Plumbers Elbows with the Ribs on them. I slid the Tubing onto it and clamped both ends with Hose Clamps. Then I drilled a hole through the plastic plug near the bottom of the bed and inserted the ribbed Elbow through the hole. I have a slight leak in the corners where the cab side weatherstripping meets the side rails. I'll probably put some caulking in there to seal it up better once I have some free time.

Thanks for the info, hemidon! I'm going to install the weatherstripping right now. :smiley_thumbs_up:

Here's what I did with my drain tubes (actually it was my Linex installer's idea). He drilled holes through the plastic plugs in the front of the truck bed before spraying the Linex.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...DrainTubes.jpg

hemidon 05-28-2013 09:17 PM

Crow....those are the plastic plugs i was referring to. For another $10 you can get the plastic 90 ribbed male Elbows (the 3/4 tubing slides over the male ribs) and tube clamps I mentioned above at Lowes or Home Depot. You'll be able to cut the clear tubing shorter, and keep everything running tight to the bed wall. Plus it sevures everything so it doesnt come loose. I can post you some pics if needed.

hemidon 05-28-2013 09:51 PM

Lowes has them listed as
Genova 1/2" Insert Elbow - item# 22520 & model# 350705, and sell them for less than a buck each. Just buy 4 hose clamps, cut the tubing shorter and your set. The only issue you might run into is that you probably drilled a bigger hole in the plastic plug to fit the hose. You may need to use a male 90 elbow fitting that adapts from 1/2" to 3/4". This way the ribs keep it locked into the hole you drilled in the plug. If not, some silicone caulking should do the trick. Ill post some pics tomorrow...too dark tonight.


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