Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, it's Sarah from extremeterrain.com, and today we have a review and install of the BAK Industries BAKflip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover, fitting your '16 through '19 Toyota Tacomas. This Tonneau features a sturdy aircraft grade aluminum construction with fiberglass panels and a black powder coat finish. Its three-panel hard-folding design will keep cargo safe and easily accessible with its quick-release locking mechanisms.
Coming in at around $980, this cover is on the higher end price-wise. However, it is on par with some soft covers and for your money, you are getting the security of a hardcover in a convenient tri-fold design. I'm giving this install a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It can be done in approximately one hour and features a direct bolt up installation. All right. With that said, let's jump right into our install.
For this install, we used an impact gun, a T30 Torx socket, an extension, and a Phillips head screwdriver. All right, so the first step in our install, we do have to remove this accessory rail and reinstall it later. Grab a T30 Torx bit and remove the two screws at the center. To expose the two screws on the end, press down on these plastic caps and remove them. Repeat that at the back of your rail. Repeat that process on the passenger side.
Next up, we wanna grab this rail, which will eventually sit on the edge of the bed. Before we do that, we do need to install these four brackets right down this rail here. Finding the open slot and the pointed section, line it up with this slot here and slide it down your rail. You will need to repeat this with four to five of these, depending on your Tacoma. Once you have all of your brackets on the rails, slide them so they're even with the bolt holes that you just removed. Once you have that, place your rail on the side of the bed. Make sure the weatherstripping is on top and slide it down. Make sure your bracket is lined up to the holes in the bed and grab the longer hardware and thread it in.
Once all of your bolts are in place, grab your teeth, T30 Torx and tighten it down. We can now replace the rail that we took off earlier using the small included hardware. Line it up with the threaded hole on your bracket and install the hardware. Grab your T30 Torx and tighten this down. Make sure to replace the caps on the end of these rails. You can do so by pushing in and sliding back on. Grab your passenger side rail and repeat that process on this side.
Get your brackets to the area of the holes that you just removed. Once they're in the general area, put your cover over the edge of the bed at a 45-degree angle with the weatherstripping on top and pop it on. Make sure your brackets are aligned with the holes in your bed. Grab the longer included hardware and thread them in. Grab your T30 Torx and tighten these down. Line up your rail to the threaded hole on the bottom of the bracket. Grab your hardware and install them. Grab your Torx bit and tighten these down. Reinstall your end caps on the rails.
Now we can install our drain tubes on this tip on the end of the rail. Slide the tube over the tip, and then this is gonna route down into the bed, into the small hole that's already drilled here. Now you would grab a step drill bit and drill this out to the size of the end of this tube and just slide it right down there. Place your Tonneau cover onto the rails that you just installed. You do wanna be a little bit back from the front of your bed because we will unfold this to reveal a small section that attaches there.
Next up, grab the plastic brackets that hold the clips for storage. These are gonna be installed at the front of your bed facing backwards. The clips will be installed in this configuration, but first, flap the small section back. Grab these two threaded studs and slide them into the holes. With the studs in the backside, line up your clip, grab a Phillips head screwdriver and tighten these down. It may help to put a finger on the backside of the stud so it does not. So in the open configuration, you clip this in, repeat that process on the other side. With the studs in place, line up your plastic bracket and install the screw.
Next up, we're gonna install these three pieces of weatherstripping evenly spaced along our cover so that when it is folded up, it doesn't make contact with the back of the Tacoma. Place your first one a little bit off the edge here so that it clears the rail. Place the second one right in the center and the third one towards the opposite edge. Now, when this folds up, it should rest nicely against the Tacoma. At this point, grab the hardware that attaches your Tonneau cover to the rails. Make sure you're sliding a rubber washer over the end of this part. Remove this backing, and then you're gonna slide this stud through the Tonneau cover.
This is gonna go through the silver bracket on your rail, and then you're gonna thread this knob on from the bottom. Repeat that on the other side. Slide the remainder of the hardware, including the other rubber washer over the tip of this stud and then grab your knob and thread it on. You can tighten this down, but if for some reason your cover does not sit nicely, loosen these later and adjust it. Grab all your hardware, same as the other side. Slide it over the stud, grab your knob, and thread it on.
Now that our cover is bolted up, we do wanna demo these brackets because these are to hold your cover in the up position so that you can operate with it like this. Grabbing these two posts that are hooked along these rails, slide it up into this position, loosen this knob, push it down tight over these posts, and tighten this up. This should keep your cover in the up position. With our cover bolted in place, we can now fold it out. You should hear each section click as it locks in. At this point, you do wanna shut your tailgate before you close your last section.
All right, so that is gonna do it for the review and install of our Tonneau cover. Remember, for all things Tacoma, keep it at extremeterrain.com.
Practical Style and Superior Truck Bed Protection.
The BAK Industries BAKFlip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover comes with features making this the practical choice for your Tacoma’s truck bed. The construction of aluminum and fiberglass build offers excellent all-weather truck bed protection in a lightweight package. This tonneau cover is also designed to be inaccessible while the tailgate is closed, simplifying its security. Finally, this tonneau mounts flush against your bed rails, for a bold aerodynamic look.
Three-Panel, Tri-Fold Style.
The BAK Industries BAKFlip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover features a tri-folding, three panel style. This is ideal for easy access to your truck bed without having to totally open the tonneau, which helps keep your cargo away from the elements. Additionally, securing the tonneau when opened is accomplished using an integrated buckle and lock system, or a pair of prop rods.
Sturdy Aluminum & Fiberglass Build Quality.
The BAK Industries BAKFlip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover’s frame is crafted from aerospace-grade aluminum, while its tonneau panels are made from fiberglass with an EPS foam core. Together, these advanced materials provide optimal strength, while remaining lightweight. In fact, this tonneau cover comes with a load rating of 300 pounds. Finally, this tonneau is finished in a black powder-coating for extra corrosion protection and great looks.
Efficient Bolt-On Install Procedure.
The BAK Industries BAKFlip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover includes all the hardware needed for installation. The included rails use existing locations on your truck. Installation is essentially a one-man job, and can be completed in about an hour. Please note that minor drilling to provide the included drain hose with an exit point may be necessary if your truck doesn’t come with this provision.
Backed 2-Year Limited Warranty.
The BAK Industries BAKFlip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover is backed by a 3-year limited warranty covering manufacturing and material defects. Please visit the manufacturer’s website for more details.
The BAK Industries BAKFlip FiberMax Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover fits all 2016-2019 Toyota Tacoma models.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Tonneau Cover Assembly
- (1) Bulkhead Seal
- (2) Tonneau Cover Rails
- (2) Prop Rods
- (2) Drain Tubes
- (3) Cab Protective Bumpers
- Mounting Hardware
- Installation Info
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
- Will it fit my Tacoma?
- 2.7L I4 - 16, 17, 18, 19
- 3.5L V6 - 16, 17, 18, 19