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  • Where Do the Bully Black Bull Side Steps, # BBS-1103, Install on a Truck
  • The Bully Black Bull Side Steps, # BBS-1103, will actually mount to the vehicle rocker panels, not the frame. Many steps like this and the longer types as well install on the rocker panels on many vehicles. The rocker panels do provide a secure attachment point.
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  • Will a Resonator Exhaust Tip Make My Car Sound Louder
  • Using a resonated exhaust tip such as part # PM-5104 would make the exhaust sound more crackly, for lack of a better term, than the stock exhaust and it might be slightly louder. A resonator exhaust tip causes the air to vibrate a certain way in a hollow cavity which produces a certain sound. If you want to keep the exhaust pitch the same then a tail pipe like part # MF35212 would be a better way to go. The width of the tailpipe will not noticeably change the sound of the exhaust system.
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  • Lighted Trailer hitch Cover that has Tail Light, Brake Light, and Turn Signal Functions
  • Usually, people want the exact opposite; for it not to blink with either turn signal. The reason that it blinks with just the right turn signal is because the 4-Way connector for a trailer has combined brake and turn signals and only one wire and a ground is used to power the light, in this case the green right turn/brake light wire. For a lighted cover that has turn signal functions you could use # CR-007XL.
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  • How Can I Seal The Tailgate Gap On A 2017 GMC Sierra 1500
  • I do have similar options that will allow you to seal the tailgate gap on your 2017 GMC Sierra 1500. I called my contact at Pilot Automotive at they informed me that they are no longer making the Truck Bed Tailgate Gap Cover part # TR-101 therefore, they will not be producing one for a 2017 model. In order to seal the tailgate gap on your vehicle, you can choose from either the Extang MaxSeal Tailgate Seal part # EX1140, the TruXedo Universal Tailgate TruxSeal part # TX1703206, or the...
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  • 7-Way to 4-Flat Trailer Connector Adapter for Volkswagen Touareg
  • We do have adapters that plug into a 7-Way on the vehicle and provide a 4-Way that can be used with the Round Tube Stainless Steel Trailer Hitch Receiver Step with LED Lights, # CR-600LED. We have some that are just 7 to 4-Way, and others that allow you to have both at the same time. I have included a link to all the 7 to 4-Way adapters below. The most economical is the Pollak 7 Pole to 4 Pole Connector Adapter, # PK12716. This is strictly a 7-Way to 4-Flat.
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  • Is There a Replacement LED Strip Available for the Bully LED Hitch Step # CR-600LED
  • For a replacement LED light for the Bully Round Tube Stainless Steel Trailer Hitch Receiver Step, # CR-600LED, you will want the Replacement LED Light, # CR-600L-LED.
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  • Off-Road Lights for Use on Rola Roof Cargo Basket 59504
  • The Rola cargo basket # 59504 does indeed have a curved front top tube that is the mounting point for it's included wind fairing. The round and curved surface and the presence of the fairing make this a less-than-ideal mounting point for the Pilot Automotive LED Light Bar # PL-9704. It's hardware is made for a flat mounting surface. Yes, you COULD mount it there with a bit of effort (making sure you drill all the way through both sides of the tubing). Note this will void the basket's warranty....
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  • How Does the Tow Strap Cinch Bone BC-902 Fit on a Strap
  • There is more than 1 way to use the Cinch Bone, # BC-902, with a recovery strap. But, you are correct, the strap does not go through the center slot of the Cinch Bone. There is a retention cable that comes with the bone that does go through the slot. The recommended method is to first loop the strap through the clevis hook or tie down point and push some of the slack of the long end of the strap through the looped strap end. You will form a loop with the strap you passed through the...
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  • How to Make the Exhaust Louder on a 2017 Ford F-150
  • The Bully Round Resonated Bolt-on Exhaust Tip part # PM-5104 has a resonated body which will provide a slightly more "crackly" sounding exhaust but adding just an exhaust tip to your 2017 Ford F-150 will not really make it any louder. As long as your factory exhaust piping is between 1-3/4" to 2-1/2" in diameter then the above exhaust tip will work well for you. In order to really increase the sound of your truck, you will want to install either a new muffler or cat-back exhaust system....
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  • Recommended Wiring for the Pilot Brake and Tail Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover # CR-007A
  • Pilot does not offer a wiring diagram for the Brake and Tail Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover, # CR-007A, but the wiring is pretty simple. The hitch cover has a 4-way flat connector that was designed to work with typical 2-wire systems, meaning the brake light and turn signals are combined on the same circuit. The hitch cover has a converter to prevent the turn signal function from reaching the light. In other words, the turn signal function will be reaching the hitch cover connector,...
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  • Why Aren't There Install Instructions for Bully Black Bull Side Steps # Bully Black Bull Side Steps
  • Bully doesn't offer online versions of the install instructions for the # BBS-1103. They recommend taking the steps to a professional to have them installed. I did attach a video of these steps installed on a similar truck as yours though to give you an idea how they install.
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  • Solution for Newer Ford with Bulb Out Error Message When Using LED Hitch Cover
  • This is a problem we normally see with German vehicles when they try to tow a trailer with LED lights. The issue is that the lower amperage draw of the LED lights is just enough to confuse the vehicle that it is drawing too much and because of that it wants to tell you that you have a bulb out on your vehicle. Normally the fix for this is to use the # TR20141 which has diodes in it that increase the amperage draw to what an incandescent bulb would draw on a trailer which eliminates the...
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  • Chevrolet Bowtie Replacement Stick-On Logo Kit for 2011 Chevy Equinox
  • We do indeed offer replacement Chevrolet Bowtie logos like part # ST-175 made specifically for your 2011 Equinox. Putco offers several versions of a 2-piece logo set that you can view by clicking on the linked page. Part # P99999GMB is a black-powder-coat finished logo kit, part # P99999GMC is chromed stainless steel and part # P99999GMG is gun-metal-chrome finish over stainless. Each kit comes complete with peel-and-stick adhesive to let you install them right over your faded OEM logos.
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  • Roof Rack to Carry Kayaks on a 1999 Chevy Express Van with HiTop Fiberglass Top
  • The van ladder rack # CG-903 will not go as high as 15 inches. Modifying it would cause the load to be unstable. I do have a recommendation but it does require drilling into the fiberglass top. You could install Thule artificial rain gutters # TH542 above the existing rain gutters. Then you could use the 11 inch tall Thule gutter feet, # TH953. For the bars it would depend on the width needed. Thule offers bars in various lengths. 78 inches, # THLB78 65 inches, # THLB65 58...
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  • Recommended Tailgate Lock and Backup Camera for 2006 Dodge Ram 3500
  • I do have a couple options for you, however there is not a tailgate lock available for your 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 that features a built-in backup camera. For just a tailgate lock that is confirmed to fit your truck, I recommend looking at the Pilot Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock # LH-007. This lock is custom-fit for your truck and features an OEM design that will secure your cargo and help prevent theft. 2 keys are included. If you would rather have a power lock for your tailgate, I recommend...
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  • Will the Pilot Swing Out Step Fit a 2011 Ford F-150 Super Crew
  • According to the application information available, the Swing Out Step, # AS-550, should fit your 2011 Ford F-150 provided it is not a dually. I have included a link to a video review of this step for you. A step that is a confirmed fit for your truck is the Bestop step, # B7540215, as long as the bed is longer than 5-1/2 feet.
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  • Tailgate Locking Options for 2004 Chevy Silverado
  • We do indeed have some tailgate lock options for your 2004 Chevy Silverado, which you can see by clicking the provided link. The Pilot Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock, part # LH-003 is a good economical choice that is highly rated by our customers. The Pop & Lock power tailgate lock, part # PAL8110 is also a good choice if your truck has power locks. If you do not have power locks, the optional Switch Kit, part # PAL9520 will allow you to install a power lock for the tailgate that is...
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  • Bed Step for a 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab
  • For your 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab you can use bed step # B75306 for the back of the bed or # B7541315 for the side of the bed. Both of these products are made by Bestop. The bed side step # B7541315 can only be installed on the driver side of the truck. And the rear step, # B75306, will not work on models that have dual exhaust. I have included a link to all of the step option that will fit your Ram. Something else to consider is a tailgate step such as # CAB-SG-2R that will attach...
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  • Is there a Tailgate Lock Available for the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and does it Replace the Trim
  • Yes, we have a tailgate lock for your 2001 Chevy Silverado. The Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock - 1999-2007 GM Full Size Pickups, item # LH-003, will work on your truck and replace the handle trim while adding a lock on your pickup tailgate.
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  • Adding a Second 7-Way and LED Light Strip to the Back of a 2011 Ford F-150
  • A 4-Way would not work anyway because a 4-Way flat trailer connector does not have a reverse light function. What you could do is use wiring harness # 41157. It will tee in line with your factory connectors and provide an additional 7-Way trailer connector. For an LED light strip for the back of your 2011 Ford F-150 that has a reverse function we have # BLS-1103 from Pilot. These are all 60 inch long models. All of these products would normally plug into a 4-Way and then you would...
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  • Is a Blue LED Ford Hitch Cover Legal
  • I have also heard that in some states and/or local areas it is illegal to have blue lights on a vehicle. They used to hassle my dad for having blue dots in his tail lights in his 1967 pink Cadillac. What you will need to do is check with local and state law enforcement to determine if a hitch cover that lights up blue is acceptable. If not, we have a really snazzy red LED Ford cover, # 86065.
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  • Availability of Stake Pocket Tie-Down Anchor to Fit 2016 Chevy Colorado
  • As long as the stake pocket is open under the bed rail for a 1-15/16 inch wide x 2 inch long plate, the pop up truck bed tie down, # WTD-810, should work well for you. These are a retractable tie-down anchor that would fit your stake pockets and work well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will a Resonated Exhaust Tip Change the Sound of my Exhaust
  • A resonated exhaust tip such as the Bully Round Resonated Bolt-on Exhaust Tip part # PM-5104 causes the air to vibrate a certain way in a hollow cavity which produces more of a crackle sound. Though the sound of your exhaust will change it will not be by much.
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  • Replacement Step Pads for Nerf Bars on 2005 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
  • Thank you for including a photo of your tube steps for which you need replacement step pads. The measurement of the mounting posts (12-1/2-inches apart) is helpful too. Unfortunately without knowing the manufacturer of the bars I cannot be absolutely certain of the fit of replacement step pads. Somewhere on the bars there will be a manufacturer name and/or part number. We do offer several pads near your specified length, but these use 4, 5 or 6 posts for mounting, not two as yours do, for...
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  • Truck Bed Step Availability for a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually
  • We do carry truck bed steps that will work with your 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dually, but the Pilot Truck Bed Step, # AS-550, will not work with dually models. Instead, take a look at the Bestop TrekStep Side Mount Step, # B7540015, or the Rear Mount Step, # B75300. I confirmed with Bestop that both of these steps will work with your 3500 dually and they have a convenient spring-load design that allows you to pull the step out with your foot. The also offer a much larger step platform...
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  • Are Replacement Foam Gaskets Available for 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Covers
  • We have a thin foam gasket that you could use, # AMG-FM. with a 2 inch hitch cover. They are thinner than the gasket that came with hitch cover # CR-007A so you may need more than 3. We also have neoprene pad # BWTS35020 that normally fits on B&W 2 inch ball mounts but could be used for a hitch cover as well.
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  • Hitch Mounted Third Brake Light Recommendation for a 2 inch Hitch
  • Yes we do, it sounds like you would want the Brake and Tail Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover # CR-007A. This is designed to fit a 2 inch hitch and will plug in to a trailer 4-way connector to provide you with an additional brake light. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Options for Supplementing Reverse Lights on a Vehicle
  • The lens of the Pilot Square Brake Light Hitch Cover, # CR-007, is red and would not work as a reverse light option. If you are looking to supplement your reverse lights, I have several other options that you may be interested in. If your vehicle has a 7-way trailer connector, then you could use the Blazer Light Buster Backup and Utility Light, # C8020. This light simply plugs into your 7-way trailer socket. Another option is the Pilot Ball Mount Hitch Light, # CR-607. This light...
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  • Light Function With Turn Signals Engaged on Trailer Hitch Receiver Step LED Lights # CR-600LED
  • As it just so happens, I was outside testing the Round Tube Stainless Steel Trailer Hitch Receiver Step with LED Lights, # CR-600LED, recently. When either turn signal is engaged, all of the lights will light up on the step. Consider it as extra warning to the drivers behind you that they need to pay attention to the road in front of them. The light will be compatible on any vehicle as long as it has a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver and a 4-Way flat trailer connector.
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  • How Would the Magnetic Tow Lights part # NV-5164 Attach to a Boat Trailer Frame
  • I attached the picture you referenced that shows the # NV-5164 installed on a boat trailer. It actually is using the magnet base of the light to attach it to the trailer's frame. The light below the frame is not part of this product. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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