have been researching this and other products to make the best possible decision on my purchase of a new tonneau
for my 06 taco DC SB. Ran across this and thought people would find it interesting (esp those who hate this product - might like that direct email addy!!). happy reading......
My name is Julian Maimin and I am the owner of BAK Industries.
After reading many comments and questions on this site about BakFlip, I thought I would share the most up to date information on BakFlip G2
with all of you.
After sending out a few thousand BakFlip G1 covers between Feb and June of this year, we unfortunately came to find out that many of the components used were ultimately failing. This was largely a result of defective rubber seals / 3M adhesive combination which we only found out about due to failures in the market. There were a few issues with gas struts as well on the G1, which put an uneccessary amount of strain on the covers, but the seals seemed to be the primary plaguing issue.
After much hair pulling, frustration and effort, I, along with my key staff sat down and decided to re-engineer the BakFlip from top to bottom, rather than try to put a bandage on the G1. The result is the BakFlip G2 which we introduced late in July of this year.
The new G2 is a far more robust product. The first change made was to the seals. Rather than rely on adhesives, we redesigned the panel frames to accommodate a rubber seal that applied with a tongue and groove design. Kind of like a lock and key. The rubber is fed onto the frames and has resulted in a superb finish which is as strong as nails and absolutely cannot fail.
Next we got away from having to use any tools. All you need now is a single wrench. The install is far shorter and the components used are professional grade knobs etc.
We also changed the Aluminum on the cover, adding 28% more aluminum. The result is heavier panels. In addition the aluminum panel frames have no tape under them. The design underneath encompasses integrated drains, rendering the G2 almost 100% water-tight.
The gas struts never did lock properly on the G1 and as mentioned, put unecessary strain on the unit. We therefor changed to a locking arm-stay on each side. This puts no pressure on the cover and will also keep the cover locked in place so you can drive with it open.
The latches under the cover are now modular. They can be slid fom side to side which allows a real tweaking of the locking feature if required.
All in all, the new BakFlip G2, although similar looking in appearance, has undergone a complete overhail. The result is a phenominal cover that will surely walk away with most awards in it's category this year at SEMA.
I have posted a video of the G2 on YouTube at the following link: [/URL]
I invite all of you to review it and share your comments and suggestions with me at my personal e mail address : firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd like to leave you with an assurance that I, along with my entire coimpany is 100% dedicated to producing the finest truck bed covers on the market. If we are not, I need to hear about it. I believe in this new G2 with all of my being and trust that you will as well.
Thank you all for the support you've shown over the years and thank you for your honesty. It's allowed us to make a brilliant product.
Julian Maimin - CEO
7307 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
N. Hollywood CA 91605
(818) 764-0031 Fax (818) 764-4750