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Very Stylish and Functional
on July 18, 2013
Installed on a 2011 F-150 SuperCrew with Tailgate Step and the dealer-installed garbage drop-in plastic bed liner. Overall, I am very happy with the Roll-X and would definitely buy again. Quality, functionality, and aesthetics appear top notch. Visually, it looks much better installed than any of the ones that sit on top of the bed rails. Minimal bed space is lost due to the side mounting rails or when the cover is rolled up. I doubt I would ever have loose material (mulch, gravel, etc) dumped in the bed with the cover installed though since pieces would fall into the rail system and jamb it. But the cover is simple enough to remove...once you get it installed the first time...
Weather tightness: I have only driven through one significant storm. But the one did have blinding rain blowing sideways. I opened the tailgate under a canopy when I got gas. The front of the bed (cab end) appeared dry. Minor amounts of rain appeared to enter at the tailgate corners, which should be expected due to the gap between the tailgate cap and the bed rails. The weather stripping around the perimeter of the cover does benefit from some hot sunny days. Initially, it did not seat tightly all the way around, but that only lasted a few days.
Install was more difficult than expected...mostly due to my plastic bed liner. Note that not all plastic liners are identical, so my experience is not necessarily the same as others have experienced.
First Issue (product): As others noted, instructions are near useless. But the internet contains all you need to know on installation. Extra nuts and some unused hard plastic spacer shims are included in the kit. The foam weather stripping is only needed if you do NOT have a drop-in liner. Very confusing without instructions!
Second issue (not the product): The bed liner is not tightly shaped to the bed at the corners. This resulted in the rail's spring mechanism at the front of the bed (next to the cab) binding on the junky bed liner. As a result, I had to cut out (dremel with a grinding disk) a notch in each corner so it wouldn't bind. You could also possibly shift the whole rail/cover closer to the tailgate. However, the roll-x now comes with plastic twist knobs for adjusting the locking mechanism at the tailgate end. This knob is a great improvement by BAK, but I found that shifting the cover resulted in the knobs hitting the tailgate. So the better solution was to notch out the liner. This should not be an issue if you don't have the plastic liner.
I used short pieces of the included (but otherwise not needed) foam weather stripping under the Roll-X rails where they extended over the front of the bed. This sealed the gap under the rail since the bed caps are higher than the drop in liner at the front of the bed.
Third Issue (not the product): I noticed the back corners of the cover (at the tailgate) were raised slightly. Close inspection revealed that the rails appeared to be twisted upwards at the back of the bed. This slight twist raised the weather stripping enough to expose a clear path into the bed under the cover. I found this was due to the design of Ford's plastic bed rail caps combined with the plastic bed liner being shoved under the bed rail to hold it in place at the back. I pulled it out from under the bed rail and reinstalled the roll-x rails. The liner now rests between the bed rail and a gap created by the Roll-X rails. This is not an ideal solution, but again, is not an issue if you don't have the garbage plastic drop-in liner.
Fourth Issue (product): Even after fixing the rails as noted above, the left corner still was raised slightly. I saw no flaw in the product to create this and could not figure out why. My solution was to fit a small piece of the unused hard plastic spacers under the normal spot that the Roll-x latches under the rail. The spacer had to be ground thinner to fit. I also had to grind down an unused groove in the rail to allow the latch to fully extend under this spacer. I assume this unused rail groove is for the accessory toolbox that can be installed with the roll-x. I may try to upload photos of this fix. Doing this lowered where the latch rests below the rail which results in the corner of the cover and its weather stripping being lowered as well. Modifications were easy enough, and in the end, this fixed the gap. It annoys me that installation required this modification, but my guess is that it is not necessary for all installs since the right side was okay without modification. Since I was able to easily fix the issue, I did not lower my rating.