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BakFlip G2 Tailgate Gap Fixed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Scooter, May 6, 2009.

  1. May 6, 2009 at 6:16 AM

    Scooter [OP] Canadian Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Manitoba, Canada
    08 Double Cab TRD Sport Short Box
    Pop n Lock Power Tailgate Lock, Bak Flip Tonneau Cover, Factory DLR installed, Defrost with A/C Off, EZ Down Tailgate Damper, Code Alarm Security System with Remote Starter, Rear Spring TSB, Ming rust proofing & paint treatment, 3M fabric protector, Cargo Mat, Scanguage II, DYI Illuminated 4X4 Switch, Versa-Gate box extender & cargo divider, Toyota Roof Rails, Grom USB Audio adapter with bluetooth, LED Bed lights, OEM Backup Camera with LCD Display Mirror
    I bought my BakFlip G2 in August 08 for $580. As all of you G2 owners know, there is huge gap where the cover meets (or doesn't meet) the tailgate as seen in the pictures below. (Sorry for the picture quality. They were taken late at night and the truck is pretty dirty since it has been raining here a lot.)



    To fix the gap, I bought a tailgate seal kit for $22. I cut the weatherstripping to length and made sure it was long enopugh to cover the unfinished edge of the side rails. It worked pretty well. I called Bak Industries regarding the gap, and talked to the owner and designer Ivan. Ivan was very helpful, and very proud of his product. He sent me three different types of weatherstripping to try out. One was the weather stripping that is exactly the same as the one at the front of the cover near the back of the cab. That looked too thin to work. The second one was solid foam. I tried it and it was too hard, and soaked up water and froze in the winter. I used the tailgate seal that I purchased all last winter, and it worked quite well.

    However, I got curious, and when it got warmer this spring, I pealed off the tailgate seal, and tried the third weatherstripping I got from Bak. It is the same tubular stuff Bak uses as "bumpers" on the BakFlip so the panels don't scratch each other or the back of the cab when folded up. That worked horribly. It was too soft, and not thick enough to cover the entire gap. I was so disappointed in it that I ripped it off right away without taking any pictures. I then put the weather strippping from the tailgate seal kit back on. I had a long enough new piece from the kit to do the seal again. You can see what it looks like in the pictures below.



    I think it looks pretty good, and works much better than any of the weatherstripping I got from Bak Industries.
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