Years ago, if you wanted protection for your truck bed, you had one, maybe two options: aluminum-shell topper or drop-in bedliner. Today, however, truck buyers looking for a little extra versatility and capability have a wealth of choices, ranging from spray-in bedliners to single-piece fiberglass tonneau covers, rolling bedcovers, and utility bedcaps.
A friend of ours found it difficult to choose between each of the various options on the market for his ’15 GMC Sierra 2500HD, so he came to us looking for answers. We turned to Truck Hero, Inc. for solutions, which came in the form of the BedRug bedliner, BAKFlip MX4 hard-folding tonneau, and BAKBox cargo organizer.
In the case of the BedRug and BAKFlip, each product is specifically designed for the 6.5-foot bed of the Sierra in question. The BedRug is custom-contoured to the GMC, and its foam backing fills in the bedfloor’s grooves, yielding a flat, cushioned surface that protects cargo and prevents it from sliding around the bed. It also finishes the bed off nicely.
| With the BAKFlip MX4, BAKBox, and BedRug laid out and ready to install, we acquainted ourselves with the instructions to make sure we knew what we were doing before heading into the workshop. We set aside two hours to install all three products, which turned out to be a good estimate.
The BAKFlip MX4 is one of the company’s newest products. It sits nearly flush with the top of the bedrails, giving it a smooth, sleek profile that looks great. The releases for the tri-folding bedcover are nestled under the cover, meaning a secured load when the tailgate is up and locked. And the aluminum panels are rated for 400 pounds of evenly distributed weight, so they stand up to some punishment as well.
Finally, the BAKBox is an accessory that can be added to any folding BAK Industries bedcover. This simple-to-install piece of equipment helps organize tools and bits in the bed of the truck, and it fits seamlessly under the MX4, hiding valuable gear behind the locked tailgate and secured tonneau.
With our ingredients in place, we headed to the kitchen to cook up our versatile hauler. A couple hours later, we were left with a useful space to securely store cargo.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bakflip
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bakbox
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Equipment
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bedrug Bakbox
| We started with the BedRug, knowing it would be easier to install without the BAKFlip’s rails in our way. As a fringe benefit, the BedRug’s flat, padded surface made for a really nice place to kneel while installing the other two products.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bedrug
| Three strips of hook-and-loop fastening material are fixed to the backside of the BedRug. We attached the corresponding adhesive-backed fasteners to the BedRug, and we’ll remove the adhesive backer once we get the BedRug in place.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Adhesive Backer
| With the BedRug ready to drop in place, we washed the truck and cleaned off the GMC bed’s surface with a lint-free microfiber towel and some cleaning solvent. This ensures the hook-and-loop strips’ adhesive can make a strong bond with the bed surface.
| To install the BedRug properly, we needed to remove the cargo hooks from the bedsides. This makes it possible for the BedRug to sit flush with the GMC’s contours. Once the bedliner is installed, we’ll cut some strategic holes in it so we can reinstall the tie-down cleats.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Cargo Hooks Removal
| We do a dry fit of the BedRug then peal back portions of the rug to remove the adhesive backers. The adhesive will get pressed against the GMC’s existing spray-in bedliner, and the hook-and-loop fasteners make the BedRug removable if need be.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Adhesive Pressed
| The fastener strip that runs along the tailgate’s top rail is full width, so we have to attach it very carefully to both the BedRug and the tailgate. We had to take our time with this step, and getting it right took a few tries.
| We used a utility knife and some heavy-duty scissors to cut eight holes in the BedRug: one in each corner for both the upper and lower tie-downs. The BedRug is designed for cuts like these, with sturdy construction that prevents fraying.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Tie Down Holes
| Once the tie downs were reinstalled, we were done with the BedRug! With everything fully installed and tucked away, the bedliner looks smooth and provides a more polished finish to the cargo area than even the GMC’s factory spray-in bedliner. After letting the fasteners’ adhesive cure for a few minutes, we knelt on the BedRug’s cushy surface to start installing the BAKFlip.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bedrug Completed
| The only tricky part of the BAKFlip MX4 tri-fold tonneau’s install was making sure the rails were well aligned. We took our time here, checking our work frequently.
| This shot shows that when the BAKFlip is removed, it still leaves the entire bed open for big cargo. The MX4’s rails hardly intrude at all. With both rails installed, the BAKFlip MX4’s three-panel aluminum covers simply snap down in place, with the narrowest panel sitting nearest to the cab.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Rails
| Installing the BAKBox couldn’t have been easier. The side panels hang from the BAKFlip’s already-installed rails. The box’s front, rear, and bottom panels are hinged, and the front panel (facing the cab) is attached to the side panels using screws. The bottom panel sits in the side panels’ U-shaped notches, and the panel facing the tailgate gets attached in the “up” position using hook-and-loop fasteners. When the cargo box is in the way, this panel can be unattached and folded down onto the bottom panel, then both panels fold up to sit flush with the front panel. This turns the useful toolbox into a low-profile single panel if the owner ever needs to haul larger cargo.
| The comfy, protective BedRug is just the foundation to this truck’s newly secure, newly stylish cargo solution. The BAKFlip MX4 provides low-profile protection to the bed’s contents, completely securing cargo when the tailgate is up and locked. And the BAKBox is a simple, easy way to organize and store smaller items, with a low profile, easy removability, and light weight adding to its attributes.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Rear View
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bakbox Store
| We love the way the BAKFlip MX4 securely conceals the bed, and the low-profile styling looks great. The matte black finish is both cool looking and subtle, but it’s almost a shame to cover up the whole kit and caboodle! The owner was very pleased with the smooth, seamless look, and we’re sure he’ll enjoy using the durable, convenient products in the future.
| Bedrug Bakflip Install Bakflip Mx4