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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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  • Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock LH-007 Installation Requirements and Durability
  • To install tailgate lock # LH-007, you will need a 30mm torque bit or ratchet, and a 8mm socket to remove and re-install retention nuts and screws. Though the design of the lock places the locking strength on one side of the handle, the zinc-coated steel locking mechanism and OEM style plastic make this lock very durable, and, as my contact at Pilot confirmed, tampering should not be an issue. The tailgate lock would be the best option we offer for locking your vehicle while using...
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  • Replacement Tube Step Pad that has 5 Pins and is 21 Inches Long and 3 Inches Wide
  • It sounds like you need replacement step pad # 23-0001. It is 21 inches long, 3 inches wide, and the pin measurements are nearly identical. I say nearly because as you can see in the picture I have included they are not exactly the same. But as you know the pins can be hard to measure perfectly so there is a little wiggle room for the measurements. You will also need 5 barrel clips, # 23-0002. The clips are sold as singles so you will need to change the quantity to 5.
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  • Bull Bars/Grille Guards for 2014 Toyota Tacoma That Do Not Require Removal of Factory Skid Plate
  • All of the bull bars and grille guards offered for your 2014 Toyota Tacoma will require removal of the factory skid plate for installation. However, the skid plate may be re-installed after some necessary trimming to accommodate the mounting points for the bull bar. Westin offers their Ultimate Bull Bar in both chrome-plated-steel, part # 32-1600, and in black powder-coat finish on steel, part # 32-1605. My contact there confirmed these will fit your 2014 Tacoma. The installation instructions...
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  • Wiring Harness is Needed to tow a Boat Trailer with Surge Brakes with a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica
  • You will not need a brake controller to tow a boat trailer with surge brakes. Surge brakes are actuated by an actuating coupler on the trailer, so all you will need is a trailer wiring harness for the lights and an electric lockout, if your actuating coupler has an electric lockout. You can tell if your actuating coupler has an electric lockout by looking at the trailer connector. If you have a 5-pin trailer connector, then you likely have an electric lockout on your coupler. If you have...
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  • Is the Install of the Bully Round Bar Tube Steps # NB-1216X Difficult
  • Running boards like the Bully Round Bar # NB-1216X that you referenced are not overly difficult to install. Basically you end up bolting the hardware of the boards to the vehicle and then the bars to the hardware. I attached an install video that shows a similar set of steps on a different Ram truck for you to check out as well.
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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 Determine if Toyota Tacoma has Deck Rail System
  • If you had the deck rail system on 2006 Toyota Tacoma you would most likely know you did, but it is a rails system that runs right under the bed rails that allows for accessories to mount to. It looks like a c-channel. The good news is the # MT70386 is a fit for either configuration.
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  • What Are the Dimensions of the Pilot Replacement Step Pad # NB-PAD for Bully Nerf Bars
  • The Pilot Replacement Step Pad for Bully Nerf Bars, part # NB-PAD, measures 19-5/8 inches long tip-to-tip and 3-1/8 inches wide on the underside. The photo provided shows these dimensions. The ends of the step pad curve upward and the pad has four mounting posts with barrel clips on the underside. The video provided shows the curvature of the pad. The two outermost posts measure 18-1/4 inches apart center-to-center. The two center posts measure 6-5/8 inches apart center-to-center. I...
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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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  • How to Hardwire Pilot Automotive Tailgate LED Light Strip into 2008 Chevy Silverado
  • Before removing the 4-pole connector from the LED Light Strip, you should label each wire (see photo). You would then tap each wire into the proper circuit. The wiring harness that feeds the tail light assemblies or the harness that feeds the trailer connector would be a good point to access the correct circuits. You might need to use a circuit tester like part # 40376 to determine which circuit serves which function. The loose white wire would tap into the reverse lamp circuit, which...
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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-007XLAM.
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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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  • Attaching License Plate to Cargo Carrier
  • The legalities regarding a cargo carrier obscuring a rear license plate can vary widely by state. Your best bet would be to directly contact the State Police or Department of Transportation in the states in which you will be traveling. The Pilot 20x45 Cargo Carrier, part # CR-114N does not provide a dedicated place to attach a license plate. You could drill two holes through the rear rail in order to bolt the plate in place, or simply use zip-ties to temporarily attach the plate, if...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier Recommendation for Behind or In Front of a Pop Up Camper
  • You can use a cargo carrier like Pilot Automotive Hitch Cargo Carrier, # CR-114N, on the back of a pop up camper. You will need to make sure the cargo is secured using bungee straps, # 3044DAT, or a cargo net, # 7330, because there is a lot of bounce and movement at the back of a trailer that could jostle around the cargo. Also, you would want to make sure the camper had a frame mounted trailer hitch because they offer the most secure connection. If you are looking for something to have...
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  • Installation Procedures for Pilot Bully Chrome Plated Fuel Door # GD-302C on 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • The Pilot Bully Chrome Plated Fuel Door # GD-302C is pretty easy to install and comes with easy-to-read instructions. I have posted a video explaining the installation process for your 2008 Dodge Ram Pickup. You will need a 4 mm Allen wrench, a T-30 Torx driver, a 10 mm open-end wrench, and a Phillips screwdriver for the installation. The fuel door comes with all the mounting hardware necessary such as nuts, spacers, etc. You will remove the existing fuel door by removing the bolts that...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Wire the Pilot Navigator Off-Road Light # NV-802C
  • There are two wire leads, red and black, on the Navigator Off Road Light # NV-802C. Red is for power, black is the ground. The black wire needs to have good metal to metal contact, preferably to the the truck frame or even the negative terminal on the battery. The red wire needs to be run to a 12V power source via a switch like, # D16740. This switch is meant to be used with a radiator fan, but would work perfectly for driving lights.
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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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  • Are Truck Bed Tie Downs Compatible With A Tonneau Cover On A 2005 Dodge Dakota
  • Yes, the Bully Clamp Truck Bed Movable Tie Down part # WTD-823 will work on your 2005 Dodge Dakota with the Tonno Pro Tonno Fold Soft Tonneau Cover part # TP42-203 I have attached a review video of the bed cover for you.
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  • How Would a Bully Chrome Plated Billet Fuel Door # GD-103CK Install on a 2011 GMC Sierra
  • First, you will need to open the gas door and remove the 2 factory torx bolts and push clip fastener that holds the gas filler bezel to the truck. Push the bezel off to the side. Save the bolts and the fastener. Next, drill out the 2 factory gas door rivets to detach the factory gas door. Once the factory door is removed reattach the filler bezel with the torx bolts and push clip from the previous step. Remove the 2 rubber door stops (twist and pull). Attach the billet gas door and...
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  • Will the Bully Three Light Trailer Hitch Cover, # CR-007XL Work on a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • I did not have a 2010 Grand Cherokee with OEM 7-Way trailer wiring on the lot today to check, but we did have an older model. I took one of the CR-007XL lights out to that vehicle to show you how the light fits in the receiver see attached video. Although the light covers most of the OEM 7-way, there was plenty of room to install it. For your specific vehicle, I put together a photo, see attachment, that should help you determine if the light will fit and pin in the receiver without...
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  • How to Adjust Height of Bully Adjustable Ladder Rack for Full-Size and Compact Trucks CG-902
  • The Bully Adjustable Ladder Rack for Full-Size and Compact Trucks, part # CG-902, has an adjustable two-position top section. The top T-brace section can be installed on the vertical extension arms in either of two positions. One provides height of 23-1/2-inches and the other 26-1/2-inches. What you read may have referred to the rack's height above the bed of a particular truck, rather than above the bed rail where it mounts. The rack's width is also adjustable and it offers a 500-lb...
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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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  • 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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