I'm not an expert or anything or even mechanically savvy, but I thought this might help anyone who is deciding on a flip style tonneau cover.
I was shopping around for new tonneau cover and it came down to a Bakflip Fibermax and a Undercover Flex. I couldn't find a Fibermax but I was able to check out the Flex. The opening mechanism on the passenger side is a bit awkward and I don't like how you can't rest the top against the cab of the truck. While both covers are new, the Bakflip Fibermax is the best things from the G2 and the F1, while the Flex is entirely new and built from the ground up and that makes me nervous about potential, unforeseen "bugs."
I decided to get a Fibermax because the price was so good and it's basically an F1 (The really expensive Bakflip cover)! Plus everyone who likes the regular G2 seems to love the G2, and this a hybrid version of the G2 and F1.
I'm so happy with my purchase.
The cover comes packaged really well.
I am not mechanically savvy by any definition as mentioned above, but the install is really cut and dry. Most of you won't benefit from the couple of pointers I'm about to give because you already know what you're doing. For those of us that don't know what to do, the instructions are pretty much worthless, so here is something to consider.
#1 Make sure when you're attaching the bed rails that you put the notch (there are three of them on a DBL Cab Short Bed) between the two washers on the brackets you slide into the rail system (see picture).
#2 Put the seal on the front of the truck bed first (see the Youtube video below, I didn't find this till after I installed it.)
#3 For a better seal make sure that the cover is as close to the cab as possible. You might have to force down the small panel, but as long as it closes it's for the best.
#Make sure when you're tightening your bed rails down you pay attention to where the seal is stopping. I noticed there is a little clearance and give as to where you tighten the bed rails (vertically). Make sure the seals aren't positioned over the textures where they might leak.
The install is so easy. I'm not a big guy and did the whole thing by myself. In about an hours time (honestly it would have been less but I had to take a couple of breaks to do other things).
If you're worried about the case being too heavy to take off by yourself... First, you almost never will because you have your whole bed with this cover and Second, it literally takes me 4 minutes to unhook the locking handles, take it off, and carry it up 3 flights of stairs to my condo.
I love the cover, it's light but sturdy and feels more rugged to me than the Undercover Flex. Between the G2 and the Flex, get the Flex. Between the Flex and the Fibermax, get the Fibermax!!!
The best part about the cover is the price I paid! I had to do a little shopping around, asking about group buys etc. The best deal I found was this guy named Scott that hooked me up at $650 with FREE SHIPPING and NO TAX (SHORT BED ONLY, LONG BED IS MORE)! This was better than the group buy prices! We got to chatting about places I did my research and I mentioned our forum. After shooting the breeze for a while I told my buddy would be interested too. He said to just mention "Tacoma World Price" and he'll give my friends the same deal! You're all my friends Haha. I don't know how long this will last but I would jump on it if you're thinking about a bed cover!
Give him a call
1-800-388-8637 xt1167 mention Tacoma World to get the deal. And please, for Pete's sake, don't beat him up anymore on price. On the Weathertech forum we lost a couple of deals because people still want to squeeze a couple more dollars out of these guys. Don't blow it for the rest of us!
***This video is for the G2, but the installation is very similar so I thought it would be helpful (as it would have been for me if I would have found it before installing my cover).