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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tailgate Lock Options for a 2002 Dodge Dakota 4-Door
  • The Pilot Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock # LH-005 that you referenced is a correct fit for all models of the 2002 Dodge Dakota. I verified this with Pilot. Please note that we also offer a power lock option for your truck (if it is equipped with power locks), the Pop and Lock # PAL8100. This lock wires into your truck's power lock system and installs without drilling.
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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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  • 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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  • How Long Do Batteries Last And What Is Lumen Output For Pilot Magnetic Tow Lights
  • 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. They also told me that the output lumens for these lights is equivalent to a 35 watt light bulb. That equates to about 130 lumens.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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