BAK BAKFlip MX4 Hard Folding Tonneau Cover Review

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Last Updated on August 29, 2021

People usually try to choose the best tonneau cover in terms of design, features, and durability for their vehicle. After buying the product sometimes they find one little fault or disadvantage which they didn’t know before and kind of hard to ignore. So, it is better to know every little detail before buying the tonneau cover. In this part, we can help you decide because in our in-depth review we talk about all the features as well as all the advantages or disadvantages you may experience from a certain product. This is our review for BAKFlip MX4.

Specification:
Brand: BAK
Material: Aluminum
Item Weight: 71 pounds
Weight Capacity: 400 pounds or 180 Kg
Type: Hard Folding
Finish: Matte

BAKFlip MX4 Review

Bakflip MX4 Prices

2009 – 2021 Dodge Ram 5.7′ 6.4′ 8’BedCheck Price
2015 – 2021 Ford F-150 5.7′ 6.7′ 8.2’BedCheck Price
2014 – 2019 Legacy Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra 5.9′ 6.7′ BedCheck Price
2019 – 2021 Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra 6.7′ 8’2″ BedCheck Price
2016 – 2018 Toyota Tacoma 5.1′ 6.2’BedCheck Price
 2017 – 2021 Ford F-250/350 6.10′ BedCheck Price
 2017 – 2021 Ford F-250/350 8.2′ BedCheck Price
2007 – 2021 Toyota Tundra 5.7′ 6.7′ BedCheck Price
2020 – 2021 Jeep Gladiator 5′ BedCheck Price
2015 – 2021 Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon 5.3′ BedCheck Price

Features:

  • Doesn’t increase the truck bed height as it fits inside the truck bed rails and sits flush with the tailgate
  • Molded and die-cut aluminum panels ensure durability
  • Foldable and drivable in four different positions.
  • Automatic latching panels locks the cover in any mode for better security
  • Improved rubber seals provide a better seal against water and dust
  • Integrated prop rods hold the cover against the truck in fully flipped position
  • Integrated buckles hold the flipped cover firmly while it’s in flipped flat position
  • New universal functionality allows user to open or close the tailgate without opening the cover in fully closed position
  • Simple pull-cables on both sides ensure unlocking and folding from both sides of the truck
  • D-shaped bumpers protect the cab or glass from scratches while in fully opened position
  • Doesn’t cover the third brake light

Build

This sturdy cover has a great look without compromising any durability. BAKFlip MX4 comes with a full aircraft-grade aluminum frame which ensures long-lasting durability. The black powder coating on the frame protects it from rust and corrosion. The panels are made out of aluminum with the BAK industry’s heavy-duty premium density core. The textured aluminum exterior also gives them a great look. These matte-finished panels are scratch, rust, and UV resistant.

Fit

BAK industries are popular for their low-profile design in tonneau covers. BAKFlip MX4 is also a low-profile cover. The cover doesn’t add any extra height to the truck bed as it fits inside the truck bed rails and also sits flush with the tailgate. In fully open position this tonneau cover will not cover your third brake light.

Installation

BAKFlip MX4 tonneau cover is quite easy to install. It neither requires a drill nor any professional tool. You will only need a wrench and socket to install the cover. All the other required hardware is included in the box. Though installing the tonneau cover doesn’t require any drill, you may have to use one to drill holes (if there aren’t any) in your truck bed for the drain tubes. Following the instruction provided by the manufacturer will help you install it within 15-20 minutes. You can also read our article on how to install a tonneau cover.

Security

Usually any type of hard tonneau cover provides good security for your truck bed. For this tonneau cover, it is even better. As the frame and also the panels are made out of aluminum there is no confusion about the high security. The cover locks with the tailgate in fully closed position and can’t be opened without unlocking the tailgate. So, while locked you can drive or leave your truck anywhere without thinking about your cargo. These panels along with the rubber seal installed between the truck bed and tonneau cover will also provide a good seal against water and dust for your cargo.

Access

This tri-fold tonneau cover folds in four different positions and in each position the cover is locked with the integrated latch system. This tonneau cover also offers 100% bed access in fully open position, so you will get full access to your truck bed. If necessary, removing the tonneau cover is also quite easy.

Pros:

  • 100% bed access
  • Solid and increased durability
  • Easy and no-drill installation
  • Improved latch system
  • Integrated drain tubes
  • Integrated prop rod
  • Good seal against water and dust
  • High security for truck bed

Cons:

  • When the cover is fully closed it cannot be opened without unlocking the tailgate.
  • No integrated lock, it locks with the tailgate.
  • The drainage channel is open at the tailgate end and can dump a little water while driving in a rainy situation

Important Features

Despite being quite lightweight than other hard tonneau covers it can hold up to 400 lbs. or 180 Kg of evenly distributed weight. There are two drainage channels built into the frame. These channels help draining water outside through the drain tubes. BAK includes a weather-stripping tape with the tonneau cover. The weather stripping is pretty easy to apply and gives a good seal against moisture. If your truck has a drop-in bed liner you might not need the weather stripping. The MX4 also has two integrated prop rods. These prop rods hold the cover up-against the cab when it’s flipped up or in fully open position. You can drive your truck at highway speed by locking the prop rods correctly, while the cover is in fully open position. New improved cab bumpers are also included to protect the cab from scratches. The triple-fin tailgate seal is also a notable feature for which you are capable to close the tonneau cover whether your tailgate is open or closed. There is no integrated lock for the cover, it locks with the tailgate. Which also gives you the disadvantage of not being able to open or flip it without unlocking the tailgate.

Disadvantage

All the good products can also have some small disadvantages and BAKFlip MX4 is one of those good products. There is a small issue of drainage channels built into the frame. These channels are open at the tailgate end, so if you drive at high speed during rain a small amount of water may get inside because of the wind. Adding some caulk (or, anything that will hold the water) at that side can easily solve the problem.

Verdict

At this point, you may have already understood that the BAKFlip MX4 is an overall champion in every category. BAK industries didn’t do any compromise with their built, design, or material choice. The mentioned disadvantage is also a rare thing to happen and it’s solvable in a minute. And the cover locking with the tailgate is your decision to choose it as a feature or downfall. Though we will recommend this tonneau cover to anyone, it’s always your decision to buy or not.

Charles King

The author, Charles King is an automotive enthusiast with a keen interest in the latest technologies and products. He likes to educate himself and help other car lovers by sharing his knowledge. This website is a place for him to share his thoughts and expertise.

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