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Hey, guys. It's Joe from ExtremeTerrain. And today, we're gonna be taking a closer look at the BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Folding Tonneau Cover, fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for a high-quality aluminum tonneau cover that's not only gonna keep yourself safe from the elements but people as well.Now, first things first, we're gonna dive into what this thing is made out of and that is high-quality aircraft-grade aluminum, this is some really tough stuff. This tonneau cover is rated to withstand up to 400 pounds, so, even in the worst snowstorm, this thing is gonna be able to take it no problem. Comparing this to a regular old vinyl tonneau cover that you'd pay a couple hundred bucks for security is at the forefront with something like this, those regular old vinyl tonneau covers, it only takes a pocket knife to get into them, but, something like this, once you have it locked down and the tailgate locked, there is no way to get this thing off, you're gonna need some serious tools to get through something like this.So if you're planning on carrying anything of value in the bed of your truck regularly, this is gonna be a great option for you. It's finished in an awesome UV-resistant black powder coating which perfectly matches the black finishes on our '16 Tacoma, this thing looks right at home on the back of our truck. One thing I personally like about the MX4 is just how quickly you can roll it up and down, basically, once you open the tailgate, you can pull on a wire, this thing folds up in three sections, three wires for each one and then you have some prop rods at the back to secure this up against the rear glass as well as some rubber bumpers on there to make sure you don't scratch anything up, and that's pretty much rolling it down. Rolling it out is even easier, you put the prop rods down and this has some teeth to hold it in place and they just click right in.So, rolling this up and down in a pinch is gonna be extremely easy. This thing pretty much does it all and because this thing does everything, you have speed, you have build quality, you have security, ease of use, it's got to surfer in one area and that area is gonna be price. The BAKFlip, it's gonna cost you around a thousand bucks, there's no way around it, this is an expensive tonneau cover. However, you are getting a lot. Like I said, this is pretty much the end all be all, if you're looking for a hard tri-fold tonneau cover, this is the one and it's even backed with a three-year manufacturer's warranty from BAKFlip.Now, the install for this is going to be pretty simple. Nothing but some basic hand tools. There is a little bit of drilling if you want to route the water's range channels out from underneath of the bed, I would highly recommend doing that to make sure everything in the bed stays dry, but other than that there's no modifications required. Definitely a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, if you come with the right tools, I think this will take you about an hour or two in the driveway. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to include an impact or a ratchet, small extension, T30 Torx bit, Phillips head screwdriver, and if you want to mount that water drainage, you will need a drill, a drill index, or a step bit to do so. So, before we start the install, one thing I do want to point out is our truck did come with a factory tonneau cover, so, we're gonna be removing these guideposts as well. If your truck did not come with that, you won't have to remove those. But, other than that, the first step here is we're gonna take a T30 Torx bit. We're gonna remove the screws all along this factory rail right here, that's gonna be relocated by our new mounting brackets. We're gonna do that for both sides.Now, for the mounting posts, again, you might not have these on your truck, we're just gonna pull out this little plastic insert and that will reveal the hardware which is also T30, we're gonna remove those and pull off the studs. Just for safekeeping, I'm gonna run those back in. Next, we're gonna take off the rail at the rear here, we're gonna install these steels on either side of it and then we're just gonna drop it right back into place.For our next step, we are gonna grab the rails included in the kit. Now, you want to make sure that this prop rod is toward the inside and this slotted hole is up by the bulkhead, and what we're gonna do is we're just gonna flip it over like so then we're gonna grab the clamps and we're just gonna feed these down the rail. For our short bed truck, we're gonna be using four of these, if you had the long bed, you'd be using five.Now, you just want to spread those clamps evenly along the length of the rail to line up with the threaded holes on the bed. And then we're just gonna come in at a 45-degree angle with the weatherstripping down. And we're just gonna turn that down in place then we're gonna use the longer bolts included in the kit, they're still a T30, to tighten that to the truck. Now we're just gonna use the smallest T30 bolts included in the kit and we can re-secure our factory rail to the new mounting brackets and you can see that gets relocated about an inch lower.Now we're gonna jump over and do the same thing for the other side, and we're gonna start by installing our new clamps. Now we're gonna come in at a 45-degree angle, push that as far forward as we can, and then rotate that down into place and we're gonna secure it with our new bolts. Then we're gonna reinstall our factory rail again with the shorter T30 bolts. So, after that, we're just gonna put the tonneau cover on the truck, you want to make sure this hitch panel is up toward the bulkhead.So, next up, we're gonna have to install this female side of the buckle to this small panel up at the bulkhead. If I grab the male side, you can see exactly how this is gonna work, that's how the tonneau cover secures once it's in the folded-up position. And in order to do that, what we're gonna do is we're gonna take these threaded inserts, they're gonna come up from the back, and there's one for each hole, and then we can put our buckle over top.And we're gonna take the Phillips head screws and just get those started in the threaded inserts. And we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. We're gonna start with our threaded inserts, then we can put our buckle on top and secure it with the Phillips head screw. Now, with both of the buckles installed, you probably notice this hole right here off to the side and that's actually how this last panel attaches to the rails.What we're gonna do is we're gonna take this bolt with this flat head right here, I'm just gonna open that up. And that's gonna press in right like so. And that's gonna meet up with the slotted hole on our rail, and then from underneath we can secure it with this thumbscrew, but before we do that, we're going to install some rubber bumpers to keep our tonneau cover from hitting the glass. To install these bumpers, you just have some 3M tape on the back, I'm just gonna remove the cover and aim right for the middle.The two on the sides, they're gonna be the same exact process, however, you want to make sure they're in an inch or two just so they don't interfere with the side rails when the tonneau cover is unrolled. Now, from the underside, you can see where that bolt comes through, that slotted hole right here. And to secure that, we're just gonna apply our couple of washers, there's a rubber one, a metal one, and then a lock washer, and then we're just gonna thread on our thumbscrew. And we're gonna do the same exact thing for the other side.Now, while we're under here, we're gonna install our water drainage, that's just gonna push up onto this barbed fitting like so. Now, there are no holes to route this tube out of the bed, you can either drill a hole through the back here, but what I recommend doing is drilling a hole through the floor of the bed and routing this tube through it, that way any water that does get through will be routed right through this tube and away from any stuff in the bed of your truck. There's one of these hoses on either side.So, for our purposes, this thing is pretty much installed as it sits just rolled up. If you want to keep it in this rolled up position, all you'd have to do is grab the prop rod, loosen up this thumbscrew, slide that piece down around the prop rod to lock in place, and then tighten that back down. There's another one of those on the other side, but, for what we're gonna do, we're gonna show you how to unroll it. So we're gonna loosen that up, move the plastic piece, put our prop rod back into the hook here.So then we're just gonna simply roll this thing down and it's gonna catch on our rails with these white teeth. All right, guys, that's gonna do it for me. It's also gonna do it for the BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Folding Tonneau Cover, fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Thank you guys for watching. If this video helped you out at all, leave us a comment down below. Subscribe for more like this one. Keep it right here at ExtremeTerrain for all things Tacoma.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Tonneau Cover Type||Hard Folding|
|Tonneau Cover Installation||Clamp On|
|Tonneau Cover Locking||Locking with Tailgate Lock|
|Toolbox Compatibility||Not Toolbox Compatible|
The Pinnacle in Truck Bed Protection. Give your Tacoma’s bed the best all-weather protection with the BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover. This all-aluminum tonneau cover is engineered to keep your bed and all its contents protected against rain, snow, and dirt, all while maintaining easy-to-use characteristics. This tonneau cover is also designed to be inaccessible without unlocking the tailgate, simplifying its security. Lastly, this cover seats flush to your bed rails providing your bed with a sleek, low-profile look.
Three-Panel, Tri-Fold Style. The BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Tonneau Cover is a tri-fold, three panel style tonneau cover. This design enables you partially or completely open the tonneau to access the truck bed. When opened, this tonneau utilizes two methods to secure the cover, namely an integrated buckle-lock system, and two prop rods.
Long-Lasting Aluminum Build Quality. The BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. Its tonneau panels feature outer aluminum sheets and an inner core made from premium EPS foam. This results in a tonneau cover that’s capable of supporting 400 pounds, while remaining easy to open and close. Lastly, this tonneau is finished in a UV-resistant matte-black powder coat for a bold look and added durability.
Hassle-Free Bolt-On Install Procedure. The BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover comes with all the necessary hardware for a hassle-free installation. Installation is largely a one-man job that can be completed in about an hour, and less if you have a helping hand. Please note that minor drilling may be needed to provide the included drain hose with an exit point.
A 3-Year Limited Warranty Backing. The BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 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.
Application. The BAK Industries BAKFlip MX4 Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover fits all 2016-2023 Toyota Tacoma models.
Technical Note. Not sure of your bed size? Click here for an instructional video explaining how to measure your bed length.
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