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Tonneau cover question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Raylo, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Jul 13, 2017 at 6:35 AM
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    Raylo

    Raylo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Looking to get a tonneau cover and liking the Bakflip models. But these apparently rely on the tailgate lock for security. I have a Dynolock electric setup that has worked great for 6 years but has failed on me once where the actuator came loose and jammed the lock. That time I had to remove the inner tailgate plastic cover to repair it. It seems that if this happened with a Bakflip I'd be SOL and have to cut the tonneau cover off to get at the back of the tailgate to repair the electric lock.

    Can anyone with a Bakflip chime in... is there any way to open it non-destructively if the tailgate gets jammed? Otherwise I may go with one of the Undercover one piece flip up tonneaus that have their own separate lock.
     
  2. Jul 13, 2017 at 7:58 AM
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    I have a Bakflip and I really like it. After owning this, I would never own a 1 piece tonneau. I have the popnlock and I have had the same thoughts as you. I am 98% certain that you can make a hook, slip it under the rubber seal and hook the cable to unlatch the tonneau. However, any lowlife theif that has seen a Bakflip, probably realizes this too.
     
  3. Jul 13, 2017 at 8:13 AM
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    Raylo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    This is really a dilemma. I suppose we could replace the electric locks with a Pop and Lock manual keyed lock to be safer. But also not liking the idea that a thief could possibly open the Bakflip. Whichever cover I go with I will connect up a pin or tilt switch to my alarm system.
     
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  4. Jul 13, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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    Yeah, it's impossible to predict what the tweaker/thief is gonna do. Are they gonna open the tonneau the "professional" way, by hooking the cable or are they gonna just take a prybar and rip it open? I think the key here is don't keep thousands of dollars worth of stuff in your truck and leave it parked in Harlem.
     
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  5. Jul 13, 2017 at 1:50 PM
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    Tcomaboy

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    I tied a piece of string to the pull line on the bakflip and ran it to a place between the rubber seal between the bakflip and bed that only I know of. This way if it my pop n lock fails I know I can pull the string and open the bakflip. I also removed the screws that are the left and right side of the inside tailgate cover while leaving the upper middle and lower middle on the tailgate cover, so I can unscrew them and reach the locking lever if needed.
     
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  6. Jul 13, 2017 at 2:25 PM
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    MRPVette

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    Tinted windows, alarm, leather interior, retraxx bed cover, 3" lift,17x8 moto medal rims,275/70/17 bfg tires
    I have a retraxx now but will be replacing it with a bakflip in the near future.
     
  7. Jul 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM
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    Raylo

    Raylo [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Muddin and Tcomaboy. Knowing how the release works is very helpful. I really like the hidden string (or 22G wire) failsafe idea.
     

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