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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another Tonneau Cover Thread?

The last few months I've been trying to decide on a Tonneau cover, but there seems to be some different nuances with each one I've read up on. I also did a search on the tonneau cover threads here, read up on some of the ones that people have bought in the past 2+ years. I am still a bit at a loss on what to buy.

I have a 2016 Z71 Crew Short Bed with factory sprayed bed liner and I am looking for a Hard tri fold cover. I'm looking to spend $500-$850. I've narrowed it down to these and just trying to see which one would be the best to with.

  • Extang Sold Fold 2.0 (pricey, but seems like might be the best one)
  • American Hard Tri-Fold (on sale right now for $489 at RealTrucks....been reading that this a bit short on the ends)
  • Hard Hat Permier (Don't know too much about this one except for some videos I have seen on YT)
  • Gator FX (I didn't quite like that you have to install the rails)
  • TonnoPro Hardfold Tri-Fold
I am also looking into some side steps more so for the kids and my wife.

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First, what kind of look are you going for with the side steps? Are you partial to chrome style or something in a more rugged black side step like pictured below?



For the bed covers. Out of the options listed, I know that the Extang you asked about is a very rugged cover that is very well built. I have sold them to customers in the past and never had a complaint. Solid form and function overall and Extang is a brand that backs what they produce very well in my experience. I actually have that exact cover in stock ready to ship and can provide a discounted price for you if you are interested. Just send me a private message and I can let you know what my sale price would be. Of the other options, I have installed the Tonnopro and Gator brands and they are good quality overall, but not like the Extang. I haven't installed the other options on your list.
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There are many covers out there and most are good,

Where I work we sell most of them and the most popular one right now is BAK with my co workers.

I just bought one myself and love it. The key is to get it adjusted right and you should have no issues. Many people get them too far back or forward and then have issue.

I wanted a hard cover to be able to lock it up and have some protection for things vs. just leaving them open. Soft covers are out of sight and most hard covers can be pried but most never go that far as it is too much work and too noticeable.

You just need to decide what you want and what style you like.

Also buy a better model as the little things add up to longevity and durability.

One reason I went to the MX4 from back was you can open or close the gate with no issues and not have to open the top to shut the gate. This is a prime complaint on many covers.
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I have the Gator FX and can't say enough good things about it. I love the way it sits flush with the bed and the best feature is it folds completely up giving you 100% of the bed. My wife and I installed it in about an hour and the rails were no big deal.

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Gator FX is a great cover. Loved mine. Flush fitting covers rule - they are definitely the best looking :) Plus, you know, the Gator offers full bed access when you need it. The FX line also has the buckles now so you can open it part way and lock it down without bungees.
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I have the Gator FX and can't say enough good things about it. I love the way it sits flush with the bed and the best feature is it folds completely up giving you 100% of the bed. My wife and I installed it in about an hour and the rails were no big deal.
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Gator FX is a great cover. Loved mine. Flush fitting covers rule - they are definitely the best looking :) Plus, you know, the Gator offers full bed access when you need it. The FX line also has the buckles now so you can open it part way and lock it down without bungees.
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There are many covers out there and most are good,

Where I work we sell most of them and the most popular one right now is BAK with my co workers.

I just bought one myself and love it. The key is to get it adjusted right and you should have no issues. Many people get them too far back or forward and then have issue.

I wanted a hard cover to be able to lock it up and have some protection for things vs. just leaving them open. Soft covers are out of sight and most hard covers can be pried but most never go that far as it is too much work and too noticeable.

You just need to decide what you want and what style you like.

Also buy a better model as the little things add up to longevity and durability.

One reason I went to the MX4 from back was you can open or close the gate with no issues and not have to open the top to shut the gate. This is a prime complaint on many covers.
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First, what kind of look are you going for with the side steps? Are you partial to chrome style or something in a more rugged black side step like pictured below?

For the bed covers. Out of the options listed, I know that the Extang you asked about is a very rugged cover that is very well built. I have sold them to customers in the past and never had a complaint. Solid form and function overall and Extang is a brand that backs what they produce very well in my experience. I actually have that exact cover in stock ready to ship and can provide a discounted price for you if you are interested. Just send me a private message and I can let you know what my sale price would be. Of the other options, I have installed the Tonnopro and Gator brands and they are good quality overall, but not like the Extang. I haven't installed the other options on your list.
Thanks everyone so far, getting this feedback is really good. Chris has been PM'ing me with regards to the Extang.

Which Gator FX did you guys install since there is the FX, FX3, and FX5?
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In most cases the designs are similar and they all work well but the most expensive ones will have better materials and features.

The best thing to do is just check out the features and materials to get what you like.

I did the MX4 mostly due to materials and the universal tailgate seal that opened and shut with the top closed. Little features like this make a difference.
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Thanks everyone so far, getting this feedback is really good. Chris has been PM'ing me with regards to the Extang.

Which Gator FX did you guys install since there is the FX, FX3, and FX5?
I have the FX, I personally couldn't see the extra money for the FX5. Also, if you call Gator or chat online directly they will give you a discount.

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Thanks everyone so far, getting this feedback is really good. Chris has been PM'ing me with regards to the Extang.

Which Gator FX did you guys install since there is the FX, FX3, and FX5?
Hey George, thank you for the opportunity to earn your business! Your new bed cover should be arriving on Monday. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about it overall!
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Hey George, thank you for the opportunity to earn your business! Your new bed cover should be arriving on Monday. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about it overall!
Thank Chris for the good deal and look forward to receiving the tonneau on Monday. I'll report back once I have it installed.
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I just installed the Extang Sold Fold 2.0 on my Colorado with a sprayed in bed liner. The rear speed clamps when locked down, I can still lift up the tonneau slightly from the rear when the tailgate is locked. Am I missing something, shouldn't this be locked down pretty tight? Someone can place a crowbar in that rear and snap this off.
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You do want a little play along the back so that you are not tearing out the rubber as you open and close the tailgate. But, if someone is using a crowbar, nothing is going to keep someone out.

PS, I keep mine adjusted to that a piece of paper come move between the rubber and the tailgate.

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Following the thread.. Trying to decide between the Extang Solid Fold, or the Bakflip MX4 (or F1, which just seems to be a bit more heavy duty than the MX4??)

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So I ended up running the truck through the car wash after the installation. I have some leaks in the front of the bed, it appears to be an issue with the spay in the middle section where the gasket would sit.

Does Extang sell a gasket that I can place in the middle section in the front of the bed by the rear window?


Then I also had some leaks towards the rear left side. I might need to pull this off and readjust it again.

Here are pics, maybe someone can tell me looking at these what am I doing wrong. I feel like I might need to bring this over a little to the left, the left handle shows a little but is covered on the right side for climbing into the bed.




















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George, looking at your pictures, your cover isn't centered and that could be the reason for your pics. With all covers there is some playing around to be done to het them centered properly. On the driver side pic you can see where the seal isn't covering a hole in the bed cap? That could be the source of the leak there. Play aith it a little more and that may solve the leaking. Testing with spray from a water hose can usually show the leaks if they are present. I will double check first thing in the morning to see if Extang makes a secondary seal for the front.

The biggest difference between the Extang and rhe Bakglip MX4 or F1 is how they sit on the bed
Both Bak covers are a little more low profile so to speak than the Extang. The biggest difference between the F1 and MX4 is that the F1 is fiberglass and the Mx4 is aluminum. They have several similar features and are rated at the ae 400lb load rating. I have owned F1 and it is a great cover. Never personally owned the MX4 so I can't say anything about durability over time.
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George, looking at your pictures, your cover isn't centered and that could be the reason for your pics. With all covers there is some playing around to be done to het them centered properly. On the driver side pic you can see where the seal isn't covering a hole in the bed cap? That could be the source of the leak there. Play aith it a little more and that may solve the leaking. Testing with spray from a water hose can usually show the leaks if they are present. I will double check first thing in the morning to see if Extang makes a secondary seal for the front.

The biggest difference between the Extang and rhe Bakglip MX4 or F1 is how they sit on the bed
Both Bak covers are a little more low profile so to speak than the Extang. The biggest difference between the F1 and MX4 is that the F1 is fiberglass and the Mx4 is aluminum. They have several similar features and are rated at the ae 400lb load rating. I have owned F1 and it is a great cover. Never personally owned the MX4 so I can't say anything about durability over time.
Chris, thanks for the reply. I went back outside about an hour ago and got the cover to a point where it seems to be centered. We are supposed to get some rain tomorrow, so we will see if this works.

Please PM tomorrow if you find out that Extang makes a secondary seal for the front. If not, I'll have to find one to modify since there is a gap. It's all due to that spray in bedliner, really wish they had an option for non-spray-on and spray-on.

I was planning on contacting Extang tomorrow morning to see if they have another set of the front tie down clamps......I was actually thinking of using ones for the rear and replacing the speed clamps, that way nobody can mess with trying to lift up the rear of the cover.
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Chris, thanks for the reply. I went back outside about an hour ago and got the cover to a point where it seems to be centered. We are supposed to get some rain tomorrow, so we will see if this works.

Please PM tomorrow if you find out that Extang makes a secondary seal for the front. If not, I'll have to find one to modify since there is a gap. It's all due to that spray in bedliner, really wish they had an option for non-spray-on and spray-on.

I was planning on contacting Extang tomorrow morning to see if they have another set of the front tie down clamps......I was actually thinking of using ones for the rear and replacing the speed clamps, that way nobody can mess with trying to lift up the rear of the cover.
I'll find out about the seal and clamps tomorrow for you.
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Following the thread.. Trying to decide between the Extang Solid Fold, or the Bakflip MX4 (or F1, which just seems to be a bit more heavy duty than the MX4??)
I sell both at work. It comes down to do you want a frame work or not. Both have advantages and disadvantages but none are enough to discount one. It is more based on needs and expectations.

I went MX4 due to the more flush fit and the frame. As for the F1 vs. MX4 it comes down to do you want an Aluminum top or Fiberglass top. The real game changer is hail. Do you get large hail and often? Then go F1 of you want more long term durability of aluminum go MX4.

keep in mind most hoods will dent at the same rate as the MX4. So you would have more damage to deal with,.
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I readjusted the tonneau yesterday, luckily we had a rain storm this morning which allowed me to see if there are any other leaks. There is leaks still at the rear on the right and left sides of the truck, but not as bad as yesterday.

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I readjusted the tonneau yesterday, luckily we had a rain storm this morning which allowed me to see if there are any other leaks. There is leaks still at the rear on the right and left sides of the truck, but not as bad as yesterday.

Ok, as it stands, I believe you need their optional tailgate seal kit. You also mentioned additional clamps in an attempt to better secure the cover for your needs. I have both in stock ready to go. I will send you a private message with the details.
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