Bakflip MX4 - Improved Drain Tubes

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  1. breed

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    So I have really enjoyed the Bakflip MX4 on my 2018 Raptor, over the G2 installed on my 16 Lariat. The one issue I have is the drain tubes.

    Most of the Gen2 Raptors have factory holes in the upper sidewalls of the bed for drainage. The supplied drain tube lines were a very tight fit, very long for upper sidewall fitment, and crimped badly.

    For my setup, I chose to cut them significantly, but that left a pretty bad bend. Here's the before picture:

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    And a closeup of the "before":

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    Here is everything I needed for the install.

    The 90 elbows were bought at Lowes, 1/2" PEX and worked great.

    1/2" TotalPond Vinyl Tubing at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DL0Y9O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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    I ended up only using the black duct tape, did not need the pipe sealer tape.

    Here's the "after" install pics. Need to wait for a rainy day to test, but pretty sure this is a much better solution.

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  2. 0r30

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    I thought you are suppose to make a hole on the bottom corners in the plastic piece.

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    That’s where I did mine and seems to work fine though OPs looks super clean and out of the way - nice work!


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  4. breed

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    My 2016 Lariat had cutouts at the ovals and long drain tubes, which took up wall space with tubes running vertically on each side.

    The 17-18 Raptors have factory holes drilled in the upper sidewalls, so why drill a second set of holes?
     
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    Interesting, never noticed the upper sidewall holes. Need to check it out.


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    I just routed mine into the back corners...small gap there, and enough to drain the water that comes out of the drain tubes. But, your install/workaround is very clean. :waytogo:
     
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    Where does the water go once it enters those holes in the bed stake pockets? Does It just fall out under the truck bed inside the body?

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    Would this impede installation of the “Bakbox” at all?


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    It falls outside, in between the bed and fender. Did it myself, then looked underneath while I poured some water. I also just used the stock hose and it seemed to workout alright.


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