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  • Recommendation For Tow Lights For 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited
  • With a plastic roof on your 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited, your wireless tow light options are limited. One option to consider is to stick magnetic wireless lights like the Pilot Magnetic Tow Lights Item # NV-5164 to either the metal side of your 2018 Jeep or to the bumper if it is metal. You will have to experiment with mounting to see if you can get a secure enough hold for the wireless option to be effective. If the side or bumper will not work then I recommend adding something...
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  • Install Instructions for Tube Steps that Fit 2019 Nissan Frontier
  • 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 as they are a universal type install. I did attach a video of these steps installed on a similar truck as yours though to give you an idea how they install. For a set of steps that are custom fit for your 2019 Nissan Frontier we have the Aries steps part # AA209018 which are custom fit for your vehicle. I attached a link to the install...
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  • Comparing LED Light Bar for 2013 Ford F-150 Between Pilot and MaxxTow 21-1/2 Inch Options
  • The Pilot Automotive Off-Road Light Bar # PL-9705 has two beams. One with a 90-Degree flood beam that is great for seeing out in front of you as well as off to both sides and the other has a narrow 8-degree spot beam that is great for seeing at a distance. So it has both broad and focused options. The MaxxTow Off-Road Light Bar # MT80632 is very similar with the biggest difference being the hour lifespan of the LEDs. The Pilot mode has LEDs with 50,000 hour life and the MaxxTow has...
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  • Ladder Rack That Will fit a 2017 Toyota Tundra With 5-1/2 Foot Bed and Deck Rail System
  • There are a number of ladder racks that are confirmed fits for your 2017 Toyota Tundra with deck rail system. I recommend the Rola Haul-Your-Might T3, # 59799, which has a carrying capacity of 800 lbs, and will clamp onto your Toyota's side rails, so there is no need to drill into your new truck. It offers aluminum construction, has 25 inch uprights and load bars which are 65-1/16 inch long x 3-1/16 inch wide. If you do not need a rack with a large weight capacity, there is also the...
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  • Trailer Error Message with Hitch Light on a 2018 Ford Escape
  • I do not believe that there is an issue with your 2018 Ford Escape or there is an issue with the Oval LED Brake Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover part # CR-017. Unfortunately, the electrical systems in newers cars today are very complex and they do not like when aftermarket accessories are used. The issue you are having is that the vehicle thinks there is a trailer attached when you have the hitch light plugged in. The power draw from the hitch light is not comparable to that of a trailer...
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  • Options for Smiley Face Trailer Hitch Covers
  • We have several smiley face hitch covers but they are not lighted. Below are the options available: 2 Inch # AUT-SMI-C # HCC11489 # AUT-SMIG-C # AUT-SMIT-C 1-1/4 Inch # AUT2-SMIG-C # AUT2-SMIT-C # AUT2-SMI-C
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  • Available Steps and Nerf Bars for 1979 Ford F-250
  • Although this would be a very sturdy mounting point for welded-on steps of some kind the truck's frame is so far inboard of the doors that there would be excessive stress put on those welded mounts and they would be very likely to fail. Although the rocker panels are not as strong as the frame the steps that mount to them, such as DeeZee # DZ3700301 and those shown on the linked page, would be further to the outsides of the truck and so have less physical stress on them once mounted. Select...
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  • Is there a Side Step that Fits a John Deere Gator
  • We do have universal step # AS-400 that could work for your John Deere Gator. It basically bolts to the bottom of a structure strong enough to support someone stepping on it. The capacity of the step is 300 pounds when attached to an adequately strong surface.
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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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  • Available Masonic Logo Trailer Hitch Cover
  • We do not manufacture the hitch covers we sell but we do offer many types, all of which I have linked for you. Although not a lighted model we do offer Masonic hitch cover # HCC11487.
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  • LED Trailer Hitch Cover Sending Turn Signal Light Bulb Is Out Message On 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat
  • On your 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat, the problem you are referencing with your Brake and Tail Light L.E.D. Trailer Hitch Cover # CR-017F is only seen on certain vehicles. We normally see this issue 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, then with no amperage...
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  • Fit and Compatibility of Truck Bed Tie Downs with a Hard Plastic Bed Liner that Covers Metal BedRail
  • It sounds like you are wanting to know if the Pilot Bully Clamp Truck Bed Movable Tie Downs # WTD-823 can be installed over the hard plastic bed liner that covers the rail. I spoke to my contact at Pilot and he said that the inner rail would need to be connected to the bare metal rail while the rail that you can see in the bed of your truck would be fine to have the plastic bed liner installed over. I have linked an image for you to better see which part will mount on the inner underside...
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  • Will the Bully Round Resonated Bolt-On Exhaust Tip Increase Horsepower
  • The Bully Round Resonated Bolt-on Exhaust Tip part # PM-5104 will slightly change the exhaust note (more crackly) of your 2014 Mazda 3 but it will not increase horsepower/torque. In order to increase horsepower/torque you will need to obtain a cat-back exhaust system, MagnaFlow Cat-Back Exhaust System part # MF15297 for hatchback or part # MF15294 for sedan models which does so by reducing restrictions allowing the engine to breath better. According to MagnaFlow, the above systems will...
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  • Combined 7-Way and 4-Way Flat Connector for Motorhome
  • There is a way for you to replace the 7-way on your motorhome with a combined 4-way and 7-way so you can plug in the Pilot Magnetic Tow Lights # NV-5164 to the 7-way and your Kar Kaddy to the 4-way, though you will not be able to use the parts you were referring to because you do not have the wiring harness connector (also called a U.S. car connector). Instead what you can do is use the Adapter 4-Pole to 7-Pole # 37185 and cut off the 4-way connector. All you have to do at that point...
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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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  • 7-Way to 4-Way Adapter Recommendation to Connect to Bully LED Hitch Step part # CR-605LED
  • The Bully LED Hitch Step part # CR-605LED is designed to attach to a 4-way trailer harness. If you have a different connector it's most likely a 7-way so you'd need the part # PK12716.
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  • 7-Way to 4-Pole Wiring Adapter to Allow Use of Pilot Oval LED Brake Light Hitch Cover CR-017
  • It sounds like your 2014 Toyota Tacoma has a 7-way RV-style blade trailer connector, like the part shown in the linked photo. To connect this type of trailer wiring to the 4-pole flat type used on the Pilot Oval LED Brake Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover # CR-017 you will need an adapter such as # HM47065, # HM47365 or # MT70086. These and all such adapters are shown on the linked page.
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  • Truck Bed Gap Cover for 2014 Chevy Silverado
  • The Truck Bed Tailgate Gap Cover # TR-101 is not a fit for the 2014 Chevy Silverado although there is an option for you; I recommend using the TruXedo Universal Tailgate TruxSeal # TX1703206, which is an adhesive that works as a seal in the same manner as the gap cover you referenced. It is a universal fit so would work great with your '14 Silverado.
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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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  • Is Bully Alpha Series 5" Adjustable Side Step # AS-9000TX Sold Individually and Is Drilling Needed
  • The Bully Alpha Series 5" Adjustable Aluminum Side Step # AS-9000TX that you referenced comes in a quantity of 1 step. If you are needing 2 steps you will simply change the quantity to 2 before ordering. Since this is a custom fit step design there would be no drilling required.
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  • Cab Step Options for a 1993 Ford Bronco
  • The Bully Black Bull Adjustable Side Steps part # BBS-1101S-2 is a cab step and will not fit your 1993 Ford Bronco as you mentioned. We do have similar options which I have attached a list of for you. Out of these options I like the Carr Custom-Fit Side Step part # CARR120251-1. This step is a confirmed fit for your 1993 Ford Bronco and comes in a black finish just like the Bully step. The step is also larger at 5" wide compared to the above 3" wide step which will give a much larger usable...
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  • How To Increase Exhaust Sound on 2014 Mazda 3
  • The size of the exhaust tip has very little if at all to do with sound so the exhaust tips you just purchased are more or less for show. However, if you were to use a resonated exhaust tip such as the Bully Round Resonated Bolt-on Exhaust Tip part # PM-5104 then this would produce a slightly more crackly sound. With that being said, the best way to really change the sound of your exhaust for the better is with a cat-back system, the MagnaFlow Cat-Back Exhaust System part # MF15297 for hatchback...
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  • Free-Standing Step and Nerf Bar Steps for 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
  • We can offer you both free-standing steps that have at least the 400-lb weight rating you need, and also steps that will install permanently on your 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. In free-standing steps Stromberg Carlson offers their 1000-lb-rated 14 x 19-inch non-slip step # PA-100 which offers two height adjustment options. This is offered in black too, as part # PA-250. We also have the larger but similar 16 x 24-inch Safety Step # SASXLA-09C-G, again with adjustable height and a 1000-lb...
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  • Compatibility of LED Tailgate Light Bar with Spare Lowering Input Location on 2017 Ram 1500
  • The Bully Light Strip - Stop, Tail, Turn, Reverse - 4-Pole Flat # BLS-1103 doesn't really compensate for the tire lowering input at all. You will just need to mount it so that it will allow for the clearance you need. I've attached a photo of a similar truck install for you to see the access point you are referring to with a similar light bar installed for a reference.
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  • Solution for Turn Signal Error Message on 2017 F-150 When Using Lighted Hitch Cover
  • The only way to use your Pilot Skull Lighted Hitch Cover # CR-018 with your 2017 Ford F-150 without getting the turn signal error message would be to hardwire in a new 4-Way connector like # HM48030 to use with the cover. This will allow you to bypass the trailer tail light sensors on the truck so that the error message doesn't come up. I realize this sounds like silly workaround since you already have a working 4-Way but it is unfortunately the only option that would prevent that error...
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  • Grated Step Needed for 2016/2017 Ram ProMaster for Snow and Ice
  • We do have the Carr Step for Cargo Vans # CARR501090 which uses the same style of "grate" step that you mentioned. This is 24" long, mounts to your frame, and is easily stowed and released by pressing it in with your foot! As you mentioned, there are no steps like the Pilot # BBS-1101S-2 with this grated design so this is what you are going to want to use.
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  • Is the Oval L.E.D. Brake Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover Supposed to Blink with Turn Signals
  • The Oval L.E.D. Brake Light Trailer Hitch Receiver Cover, # CR-017, is working correctly. It will blink with the turn signals but should only blink when the brake is applied and the turn signal is on. If you look at the 4-Way on the light, you will see that it has a white, brown, yellow, and green wire. White is ground and brown is running lights. Yellow is combine brake and left turn signal, and green is combined brake and right turn signal. To work as a brake light it will need...
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  • Interference Between Wireless Magnetic Tow Lights and Portable Proportional Braking System
  • I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and he said if you are using wireless magnetic tow lights like # NV-5164, or any other wireless device or product, there is a good chance you will get feedback or interference with the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Proportional Braking System # RM-9400. The interference can cause false readings or false signals, therefore wireless magnetic tow lights are not recommended. As an alternative you can use a magnetic tow light set which plugs into your...
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  • Battery Life of the Pilot Magnetic Tow Lights # NV-5164
  • I spoke with my contact at pilot and they told me that the life of batteries in the Pilot Magnetic Tow Lights, part # NV-5164, would depend on the usage. They said if you were to leave the lights on, you could expect to need to replace the batteries after 12 hours of use.
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  • Hitch Step Recommendation for a 1-1/4 inch Step
  • For a hitch step designed to fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch the Pilot Step part # CR-605 would work well for you. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out as well.
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