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Old 08-05-2013, 10:16 AM
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Which is the better of the two covers? Durability wise? Is one stronger than the other?
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:23 AM
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The panels of the Fibermax are a bit thinner, so it would stand to reason that the F1 would be a bit more durable.

That said, my Fibermax has been on my truck since February and looks brand new. My 9 year old son loves to climb on the bed of my truck and he walks all over it, though he obviously doesn't come close to the 400 pound max weight (I think the F1 is rated to hold 500). Of course, those weights are assuming it is evenly distributed. Before long my kid's gonna have to find a new jungle gym!

I'm not sure I'd ever come close to putting 400 pounds on mine, let alone 500, so saving a few bucks (and pounds) was worth it to me.

Edit: I just took a look at the BakFlip site and see that the F1 has a handle on the pull cable that my Fibermax doesn't have. I hope they don't charge extra for this because it doesn't need one. That said, I'm going to make one now just because it put the idea in my head

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The F1 is the "contractor grade" cover and I believe uses metal panels, where the Fibermax (I have) uses FRP or Fiberglass reinforced plastic. Overall, they are about the same despite the small change in material makeup in that one area. Unless you need the ruggedness of the F1 I think most are fine with the Fibermax. Be mindful however if you have Ramboxes, the hardware they send is garbage. I'm on my second set as the first one would not let me snap close the sections. The second works, but is less than desired and looks like it came out of someones garage. I'm in the middle of a discussion with BAK on this as I am very disappointed with the quality of the mounting hardware. I'm not sure, but don't think this is the case with the non-rambox hardware as it is a long continuous strip. The Rambox brackets are angle iron cut and filed down to fit the Rambox hardware. The cover itself is awesome and I love. PM me if you have any other concerns, I don't want to continue my rant here.
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Thanks for the quick response. I usually go for the best built one just for piece of mind. And as long as the cost isn't too drastic.
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I appreciate the advice.i did not get the RamBox so I am good there.
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Here is a comparison chart borrowed from http://tonneaucoversworld.com/bak-bakflip-vp.aspx
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Good find! I wonder what it means by "Refined Operating Components?"

I wonder if that's the technical term for this handle?
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That was actually very helpful. Thanks
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Had one other question. When installing the cover, where do I put the drain hoses since I have a bedliner? Do I have to drill it out?
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On mine I located the two plugs in the bed wall that runs parallel to the cab (even with the bed liner you can still see the plugs). I used an X-acto knife to carefully cut an outline around the plugs through the bedliner (sounds worse than it is) and then was able to pop them right out. I then just ran the tubes through those holes and have had no problems.

If memory serves I think I had initially planned on using a sealant around the tubes where they went through the holes but found that the fit was so good that I didn't need to, however it probably wouldn't hurt to put a little where around where the bedliner was cut if you think there's a chance that area will ever see water. I ran mine through the car wash a few times, saw none, and stopped worrying about it.
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