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Old 11-10-2005, 09:37 PM   #1
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BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Here is my review of the BasicKoncept Bed Cover that I ordered from http://basickoncepts.com.

The cover is constructed of Marine Plywood sandwiched top and bottom with fiberglass, over which vinly is applied. Some would call it homemade. I prefer to think of it as hand crafted.

The cover took about two hours to install, of which probably 30 minutes was spent removing from the box, and preparing the garage floor and gathering tools. It was a one person job, but two people would have made it easier.

This cover looks great. Several of my enginering buddies at work gave it the once over, and all have complimented it. The vinly is stretched very taught, and provides a nice rich texture. While it may not have the perfected, polished look, of a manufactured cover, it does have a one of a kind "Custom" look to it. I am very proud to wear it on my Ridgeline. It gives it a much smoother flowing look, in the back end. I like how the mounting rails follow the slope of rear of the truck.

I washed the truck last weekend, and had just a few drips of water in the bed when I finished. I would not say it is waterproof, but it is probably as water-tight as the other hard cover's that are out there on the market that cost a lot more.

Becuase of its hardness it offers security of your cargo, assuming that you also purchase and install the Tailgate Lock. I plan to install mine soon. (Review to follow).

It weighs about 60 pounds. By lifting the built in handles, it can be removed with one person. It takes all of two minutes. After removal it can be stowed in the passenger cargo area of the truck if need be. This featue makes it nice, when your caught with the cover on and you need to haul your latest aquisitions that you just picked up at the local auction, flea market, yard sale, home depot, etc.

I have the Honda Bed Extender Accessory and it is still usable with the cover installed.

One of the nicest features, is that it does not interfere with opening of the In-Bed Trunk. It retains it's full range of motion. All you have to do, is fold back the rear panel upon itself.

It does not seem to make any wind noise that I can tell. I am anxious to see how it does with a little snow and ice on it.

For $260.00 plus shipping, it is a very good value. I wouldn't want to try to build it myself, for that amount of money. Once I get the chance I'll post some photos.
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Old 11-10-2005, 10:37 PM   #2
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Thanks for posting that review. Of course, photos are always appreciated.

I am still up in the air about whether or not I want to get a cover. And then which one?
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:14 AM   #3
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Great post RLW. I thought about the value of this product when I decided to purchase.....so its good to know that Brian's desire to produce quality will be worth the wait.
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Old 11-11-2005, 04:49 AM   #4
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

So far, Brian's Concept is at the top of my list. I really need waterproof and so far it sounds like his is the best.
Thank you so much for the review and please post pictures as soon as you are able.
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Great review! How long did it take to be delivered? How exactly is it held down to the rails?
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Old 11-11-2005, 04:03 PM   #6
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Here are some pics. As I'm sure you will all agree Steel Blue is the best!!

Ladyridge, I wish I could have showed it off in Cleveland...

The rails are pre-drilled in four places. Brian provides two throw away guides, formed out of sheet metal, that position the end of each rail where it needs to be at the tailgate area on both sides. The other end of each rail, goes right up to the top, front tie-down on each side. Self tapping screws are provided, that can be driven in with a cordless drill. Go slow so that you don't strip any. I applied a bead of silicone on the backside of each rail before attaching. The silicon, also makes it easier to work with, by holding the rail steady while drilling. This makes it doable by one person.

I now believe Brian is pre-drilling in 6 places and supplying more screws, to make sure that the rail doesn't go anywhere.

It took me approximately two weeks to get my cover.

Enjoy the pcis!
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Thanks for the pics! Looks like the handles are on the side so its easy to fold back and forth? Also, how exactly is it held in? I read something about locking pins?
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Old 11-11-2005, 07:55 PM   #8
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

If you look at the pic below you can see the pins. The pins lock it under the rails.

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Thanks for the pics! Looks like the handles are on the side so its easy to fold back and forth? Also, how exactly is it held in? I read something about locking pins?
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Old 11-11-2005, 08:20 PM   #9
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

Brian....I love it. It's incredibly sturdy looking and the lines are perfect. I'll be contacting you soon as soon as I can convince the boss I should have one more accessory on Ridgena for the winter.

Ridgelinewannabe...I sure wish you could have been there to show off that bed cover. I bet Brian would have made you a salesman. Nice pictures.
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:52 PM   #10
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Re: BASICKONCEPTS Bed Cover Review

ridgelinewannabe,

Thanks for the great post..... great pics and great detail on installation and practical usage! I'm also "steel blue" and am looking hard at this cover.

By the way, I see you are in Louisville. I grew up outside of Lexington and went to grad school at UofL. I just watched part of a football game on TV where UofL was thrashing Rudgers (it was like 45 to 5 with 9 minutes to go in the 4th)! I went to undergrad at UK.... I'm glad that at least one of my teams can win a football game!

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