DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - General Discussion > 2011 Dodge Ram Forum


Notices

2011 Dodge Ram Forum For specific discussion of the 2011 Dodge Ram!


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
United Radio
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #21  
Old 08-14-2013, 01:58 AM
Roadhog14 Roadhog14 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lakewood Oh
Posts: 10
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2013 ram 1500
Trim Level: Tradesman
Color: Pearl blue
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
Roadhog14 is on a distinguished road
Default

This is regarding a 2013 quad cab w/rambox 6' bed 4x4.



I am new to the site but want to comment after just installing my own bakflip f1, I also want to say in case my write up comes off as hostile, it's been several hours since the install, a shower and a meal just to be fare.


I too had the same issues with the latches being wider than the crude metal brackets but only in some locations. The prop rods are cheap but tolerable, the instructions I think are one of the biggest issues. I am a electrician with a large amount of tools at my disposal and they did not solve my difficulties that arose when I relied on proper instructions. The kit has differences from the actual step by step let alone if I would have followed them there would be L brackets where none are needed(no latch/catch) which is the 62" reference for all you about to get a f1, the 44" was also two inches off in my application. I received one two page manual with pictures barely big enough too see and definitely not big/clear enough to show the kind of detail we should get with a $900 item. The front drain cups are extremely tight to the "elevator bolt knobs" so much so that I don't think the double sided tape and silicone that you must supply/install will keep them in place very long. The rear drain cups also had to be trimmed in my kit. The clear drain hoses supplied(4) are all one size, they shouldn't be in my trucks application. I chose to step bit(like a drill bit) the rear hose locations in the bed to a bigger size, yes I drilled my brand new truck for the first time. You may want to check where yours hoses came out underneath as I made sure they pointed down, they won't on their own. My truck has no bedliner only spray in, Bak supplies a seal for trucks without a liner to prevent water entering at the cab end of the bed but they don't bother to show a picture of that at all. In my case there was nothing in the instructions to tell you how to position the cover from front to back whatsoever or any adjustment info period, none. Because of this I decided to lay the cover in place and find the best location/seals tight etc and then tighten the "elevator bolts" as they are the ONLY thing keeping the cover in place for all intensive purposes. My parts that resemble hood or trunk struts where also different as the other member posted a pic of and no where in instructions do they show this either, in one the first steps these ball and socket parts should have been installed so I had to go back and disassemble something already done since Bak is sending parts that don't match their instructions. The bolts to hold the prop rod catch/holder in place when not in use don't actually fit thru the ram factory rails holes as shown, I had to drill these too.

Once I finished I do like the covers appearance and functionality, tonight anyways, need to use it. I had done my research and expected some hiccups during install and new that people where not getting a perfect watertight seal but I've had tonnue covers and didn't want the one piece fiberglass option either. We need constant access to the bed in our field, and occasionally have to carry very large items too.

Had the instructions been vehicle specific install time could be an hour plus, it took me well over two hours,closer to three really, which would be fine if it were expected.

Generally you get what you pay for and I go by that for things like this as I need them to last and the hassle just isn't worth it to me. Hopefully we just got the shaft on the instructions and not the cover as there are others out there for half the price.

If I can help anyone else I will do my best and apologies if this posting lacked the structure I see in many others.

S&b cold air on the way, want a programmer but won't take the chance on bullydog after what I've read here, hoping Diablo will be ready soon., I sent bully's performance an email regarding their add stating they have diablo's for ram thru 2013 but got no response. Thanks to all !!
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-14-2013, 04:16 PM
RedSmart's Avatar
RedSmart RedSmart is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Toronto
Age: 48
Posts: 1,056
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2013 Ram 1500 Hemi 8-speed
Trim Level: Big Horn
Color: Black
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 3
Rep:883
RedSmart is a splendid one to beholdRedSmart is a splendid one to beholdRedSmart is a splendid one to beholdRedSmart is a splendid one to beholdRedSmart is a splendid one to beholdRedSmart is a splendid one to beholdRedSmart is a splendid one to behold
Default

Yep you are spot on with your comments.

Great cover, customer service should be shot!

I hate a company that makes a good product, but only shoots themselves in the foot by not backing it up. Or in this case BAKing it up!

Send a pm message to FastnUgly @ Bully's Performance, he has always answered quite quickly.

I will also send him an email to this link so that he reads what you are looking for.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-14-2013, 06:01 PM
huntergreen huntergreen is online now
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: nj
Posts: 6,107
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2011 dodge sport 1500 hemi
Trim Level: sport
Color: green
Engine: 2009-2010 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 8
Rep:636
huntergreen is a name known to allhuntergreen is a name known to allhuntergreen is a name known to allhuntergreen is a name known to allhuntergreen is a name known to allhuntergreen is a name known to all
Default

nice write up. with all th BF covers ran owners buy, maybe they will see this and correct these issues.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-14-2013, 07:55 PM
fastNugly @ BP's Avatar
fastNugly @ BP fastNugly @ BP is offline
Bully's Performance

 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Toronto
Posts: 17,889
Gender: Male
Vehicle: '15 Ram 1500 Longhorn EcoD
Trim Level: CC, 6'4", 3.92, LSD
Color: Granite Crystal
Engine: 2014-20?? 182.3ci (3.0L) L630DOHC V6 240hp 420lb/ft Eco-Diesel
Rep Power: 14
Rep:1787
fastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant futurefastNugly @ BP has a brilliant future
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roadhog14 View Post
S&b cold air on the way, want a programmer but won't take the chance on bullydog after what I've read here, hoping Diablo will be ready soon., I sent bully's performance an email regarding their add stating they have diablo's for ram thru 2013 but got no response. Thanks to all !!
Hi Roadhog14,
Not sure if we got this email. But if we did and did not answer, my our apologies.
None the less, pls do email me personally and we can discuss further

fastNugly@bullysperformance.com

Andrew
__________________
for the best pricing in the business, email me @ sales@bullysperformance.com
2014 Ram Hemi Tuning now available from DiabloSport get yours today!
OB-Trinity T-1000's only $489!
100% Guaranteed to work or we will replace it for free!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-19-2013, 03:13 PM
blackpearldodge's Avatar
blackpearldodge blackpearldodge is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton
Age: 49
Posts: 361
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2011 Crew Cab 1500 Sport 4x4
Trim Level: Sport
Color: Black Pearlcoat
Engine: 2009-2012 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:19
blackpearldodge is on a distinguished road
Default

Thought I would add my thoughts on Bakflip:
(This post is not meant to be taken as hostile; I have owned one and have a right to review)
For the record, the Bakflip I had installed was not on a RAM; it was on a GMC Canyon (smaller truck, same concept)

I had my cover installed locally (so as to retain warranty, etc.) I know the installation process is quite simple though. I thought I had done my research, and I thought I was thorough...apparently I was not.
Almost immediately, I had issues with the cover. The one thing I disliked was how the cover "flipped" onto itself. The rubber strip (on either side, the one that runs the length of the cover) began to wear. I figured it wouldn't be long before it split apart. I - like other posters here - didn't care for the rudimentary brackets, etc. Cheap design.
I hated the positioning rods...who employs rubber "C" grommets? They have a good idea..they just fail to deliver on the quality of the product.
I had to call Bakflip personally to complain. The owner said he would send out a replacement set of gaskets (but I would have to install them.) I said No Way! That's why I paid to have the cover installed in the first place. Eventually got the installation company to fix...but then they said "No", they would just order in a new cover. Fine by me. That's when things went South. The positioning rods didn't align properly. Guy takes it off and tries drilling new holes. He missed and went through the aluminium rail instead. Then he cuts one of the rods down to compensate for his mess. In the end I made them replace it with another new kit.
I eventually sold that truck, and was replaced with my current RAM. I did not go with another Bakflip product (once bitten, twice shy). Instead, I went with the OEM Dodge 3-panel cover. I know.. I know.. it's not really OEM...it's made for DODGE. But it is better (IMHO) than the bakflip. I believe it was cheaper too.

I'm not knocking those of you that have or are considering a Bakflip product. It wasn't for me. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone either. IMHO I feel the rubber gasket that runs the length of the cover (on the outside) looks too "Home-made". They have a good product, too bad they couldn't make a GREAT product.

Cheers!!
__________________
Once you have Black you'll never go back!
-----------------------------------------------------
Sport Performance Hood, OEM Mud Flaps, Engine Cover (Hemi Orange), Factory Spray-in Bed Liner, 50 watt - 6000k HID Headlights (low-beam), 35 watt - 4300k HID Fog Lamps, LED License Plate Lights
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 08-20-2013, 12:34 AM
Roadhog14 Roadhog14 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Lakewood Oh
Posts: 10
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2013 ram 1500
Trim Level: Tradesman
Color: Pearl blue
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
Roadhog14 is on a distinguished road
Default

I understand, see this is what happens when you follow the book(get it installed), it's still a pain in the rear. My center brackets still don't latch correctly, sometimes they don't catch or release. Like earlier in the thread I too had to cut/mill my brackets to be thinner because the cover latches were installed to far apart. I'm going to have to shave them some more to get it just right.

I'm doing my best not to modify something that will void the warranty but sending it back or getting a different one at this point is too much frustration.

Also there are several places that some additional weather stripping is very very beneficial. These things are not water tight nor should anyone think there perfect but you can improve on some of areas very easily.

my best suggestion to all with any type of cover is at night, preferably with a friend in the bed and a bright light, close it all up tight and start shining the light, anywhere you see light, water will find it too.

I have the ramboxes so I don't expect perfection but what's a piece of weather stripping really cost? too bad for $900 they couldn't throw in a little more thought.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 08-01-2014, 11:16 AM
newgate newgate is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Newcomer
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Hope Mills, NC
Age: 60
Posts: 1
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Ram 1500
Trim Level: Laramie
Color: Blue
Engine: 2014-20?? 392ci (6.4L) Hemi V8 410hp 429lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
newgate is on a distinguished road
Default

After looking I had decided to go with the VP version, and like others have posted the instructions left a lot to be desired, good thing there are a couple of videos showing an install. For the most part I had no issues that is until I got to the part of installing the elevator bolts, only to find out then that the holes in the cover do not line up with the forward mounting plates. So I sent Bak Industries the email to both customer and warranty department with pictures and even called them. Been waiting for two days for reply to email and when I called was told when they get to the email they will decide what to do. About ready to drill the rivets out and redo the mounts myself.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BakFlip F1 Review for those Curious Folk LeKy411 2011 Dodge Ram Forum 30 06-07-2012 01:29 AM
BakFlip tonneau covers for RamBox equipped trucks Dan 2009 Dodge Ram Forum 8 02-04-2010 12:01 AM


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:30 PM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum