Originally Posted by edd5
Hmm, mines got 4 panels, so I must have got heads 4 times in a row, everything aligns. But seriously, I thought the panel grain was side to side across the bed, I didn't even look for or see a diagonal grain pattern until you pointed it out. At least Bak is trying to work with you, maybe 3rd time will be the charm.
For the guy saying it doesn't lock, maybe not by itself, but it is locked down. After you latch down the back panel you have to open the tailgate to get the cover open, and the tailgate locks. So, it doesn't have a separate lock, but it is secure.
Hey, edd5, I'm assuming you are referring to me?
Here's what I found with my Bakflip: it is very easy to get a coat-hanger under the rear seal, and then "hook" the release cable. I fixed that issue by running an airline cable inside the square tube that runs the width of the cover. I then secured each side of the cable to the "hooks" in the bed. No way in hell anyone could get in at that point (at least not without doing a lot of damage.)
Another thing I found with the Bakflip is the cover can be shimmied left to right, which means the cover could be opened if the locking pins don't "catch" enough. My OEM cover cannot be moved left to right whatsoever!
I'm not bashing the Bakflip cover, I'm just telling you the experience I had with the cover. I don't feel the cover is worth the money I spent. Although the idea of a cover "folding" onto itself is good, I didn't like how the rubber strip started to show wear, and this wasn't that long after I installed the cover. And I also did not like that the cover has to rest against the rear window in a fully-opened position.
The OEM is not without issues either. I think it would be easy for someone to get into this cover (from the center of the cover, where it does not lock.)