Chux Trux News

Oct
17
2018

How to Install a Cat-Back Exhaust System on Your Truck

Cat Back Exhaust Kit

So, you bought an aftermarket exhaust kit and want to install it yourself. Well, you can do it. BUT, you need to make sure you have the tools, time and know-how to get the job done correctly and safely.   Here’s a basic outline on what you’ll need and what it will take. 

 

Safety

First and foremost, you need to make sure you don’t kill yourself or someone else doing this. You’re going to need a garage or driveway with enough room on both sides to work. It doesn’t all happen under the truck.

Round up a quality floor jack, heavy duty jack stands (designed for a truck, not your wife’s Camry), safety glasses, gloves, a Sawzall or hacksaw, WD40 or your favorite lubricant, a good socket set, a dead blow hammer or mallet and a pry bar or two. If you don’t have all of these things, you should consider the cost of buying this equipment vs. having a professional do the installation for you. And, “Yes”, we do install parts you bought online or elsewhere.

 

Space

You’ll need a double garage or driveway because you’ll have your legs sticking out from under the truck as well as needing to assemble the new exhaust somewhere. So go ahead and double-check your new part now. Make SURE if fits your truck. 

Many systems are multi-fit, meaning on a truck, the same part number might fit an 8’ long bed as well as a 5.5’. You just have to cut a pipe to fit the shorter bed 

You don’t want to get your old one off and find out the new one isn’t the right fit. Unless your truck is brand new, you’ll likely end up having to cut off some of your factory exhaust so it won’t end up just bolting back on. And you don’t want to run without an exhaust or have your truck disabled while some internet company figures out what the right system for your truck should have been.

 

Let’s Get Started

Read the directions start to finish. Our techs read them every time. Why? Trucks change and parts change. Even if you’ve done this 100 times, there is a good chance it won’t be identical to the last time. And one of the worst things that can happen if you jump ahead or miss a step and have to try to undo some previous work. For many installs, this can be nearly impossible, so READ THEM.

Remove the old exhaust. Easy, right? Well, maybe. First, make sure your factory system is cool to the touch. Next, spray some WD40 on the rubber isolators that hold your factory system in, as well as where your exhaust meets the catalytic converter. Spray it from both sides really well to make sure it penetrates and helps your factory system come off more easily. 

Catalytic converterUnbolt it from the back of the catalytic converter. It’s incredibly unlikely that you can get your exhaust off in one piece unless you have a complete side-post lift at home, which is doubtful. So in that case, it’s time to start cutting.

A hacksaw is fine if you don’t have a Sawzall, assuming there is room for it. You may have to use it upside down since on many trucks there isn’t room between the exhaust and the frame rails for a hacksaw to fit. You could use it upside down but then the handle won’t be conformed to your grip. Awkward! Best to use a Sawzall or call someone like Chux Trux who has garages and technicians with all the right tools.

It’s easiest to cut just before or after an exhaust hanger bracket to make it easier to pull it out of the rubber isolator. Unhook the system from the clamps or stock brackets/hangers. These will vary depending on your make and model of vehicle, but most modern trucks are all very similar using a hanger rod that goes through a rubber isolator. They won’t just fall out. You may need to use a pry bar to coax it out of there. Do this section by section to make it easier. Most technicians agree it's easiest to disassemble from the rear and reinstall the new kit starting at the front (reverse order).

 

Assemble Your New Cat-back Exhaust Kit

Assemble this in sections, NOT all at once. Even if you have a garage with a lift, it’s too hard to twist this in over the axle. When assembling this, do it loosely. Keeping it loose makes it easier to move the next section around while getting it into place. You’ll go back and tighten things up later.

Work into place in sections, starting at the front of the truck (catalytic converter end). Every truck and every brand of exhaust will vary. Some have a Y-pipe, some of an "H" or "X" pipe in the front end, etc.  Again, they all vary and this post is just a general guide.  

Y-pipe on exhaust Custom Exhaust

Follow directions and reattach using the factory hangers (rubber isolators) until you get to the section behind the muffler(s). This is where some guys screw this up. As we said before, many manufacturers make 1 kit (part number) for a truck. Many times they are including everything in the box for a crew cab truck with an 8’ bed and saying this also fits a regular cab truck with a 6’ bed. You do to the math. If you put this kit on right out of the box (not that it would fit), it’s going to be about 3-4’ too long. Many times you have to either choose the correct tail section (behind the muffler) to install or, cut down the 1 long section they included.

Cat back exhaustOnce you get through this step, go back to the front and tighten everything up and check for leaks. While moving things around, you almost certainly made something more loose from all of the movement. After you’ve driven 500-1,000 miles (usually about 2-4 weeks), go back and recheck all the bolts. Heat and all the motion from driving can loosen clamps.

Pay attention, take your time and you’ll probably be just fine. Again, if this isn’t in your skill set, give one of our three Kansas City stores a call and we’ll get it installed for you.

DIY cat back performance exhaust system


Aug
7
2018

Chux Trux Launches 2018 SEMA Show Truck Build – “Lo Tech”

Chux Trux Launches 2018 SEMA Show Truck Build – “Lo Tech”

SEMA Show Truck Build Kansas City - Lo TechChux Trux is doing what very few Kansas City custom shops can claim. They are building a project vehicle for the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Oct. 30 – Nov 2, 2018. Lots of businesses want to do a build for the SEMA show, but unless you are a manufacturer who is exhibiting in the show, it’s very hard to secure a spot in the show.

As part of our build, we’ve partnered with the North Kansas City School District’s automotive tech department to include their advanced students as part of the build. We feel it’s important to get today’s young adults interested in the automotive aftermarket and show them an additional potential career path outside of the normal automotive repair world. The students will install many of the critical components under the supervision of their instructor, Jack Stow. Jack has been a friend of Chux Trux for years and has a critical eye for detail that matches up with what Chux Trux installers have ingrained in them. These students will also be promoting the build online, creating videos and much more.

The truck will be part of the Truck Hero, Inc., display. Their booth at the SEMA show is almost 20,000 sq. ft. making it the largest display in the truck hall. Truck Hero owns 12 of the biggest brand names in the industry, including Undercover Tonneau Covers, Extang Tonneau Covers, Husky Liners, BedRug, TruXedo and many others, all of whom will be represented at SEMA.

Our project truck is a unique one. Our stock truck is a 2017 Ford F150 Lariat 4x4 with a 3.5L Ecoboost twin turbo engine and Ford’s new 10-speed transmission. Unlike most 4-wheel drive trucks that get lifted for the SEMA show, this one will get a sport truck handling package while retaining full 4-wheel drive capabilities. Given the high tech nature of the vehicle and the lowered stance we're giving it, we decided to title it "Lo Tech".

Plans for the truck are wide-ranging from some extreme exterior modifications to some rarely seen performance mods. These include:

Performance Modifications

  • Snow Performance - Water / Methanol injection kit
  • Edge Products - CTS2 computer tuner & monitor
  • Edge Products - Amp’d Throttle Booster
  • Odyssey Battery - High-performance AGM battery
  • BBK - 73mm Power Plus Throttle Body
  • Mishimoto – Intercooler
  • Mishimoto - Radiator expansion tank
  • MBRP - Hot & cold side intercooler pipe kits
  • Design Engineering (DEI) - Intercooler water sprayer
  • Design Engineering (DEI) - Intercooler CO2 chiller
  • Design Engineering (DEI) – Turbo blankets
  • JLT Performance - Oil separator
  • aFe Power - Dual cold air intake
  • TurboSmart - Smart Port Supersonic blow off valve
  • TurboSmart – Boost Tee boost controller
  • Full Race - Oversized radiator
  • Full Race - Transmission cooler
  • AutoMeter – Dashlink Bluetooth gauge package with OBDII splitter cable
  • AMSOIL - Fluids including antifreeze, brake fluids, differential fluids, transmission fluid, brake fluid, engine oil

Interior Modifications

  • Katzkin Leather - Ebony & carbon fiber leather with heated and cooled seats
  • Built Right – Velcro tech 3pc under-seat organizer
  • Built Right – Rear seat fold down quick release kit
  • Built Right - Dash mount
  • E&G Classics - Locking center console vault
  • Husky Liners - X-act Contour custom-fit floor liners
  • Husky Liners - Gearbox under-seat storage
  • Cup Holder Hero - Interior compartment liners
  • Covercraft - Custom sunscreen
  • Bulldog - 45qt cooler
  • Carbon fiber dash kit & more!

Exterior Modifications

  • Extang - Prototype hard folding tonneau cover
  • Undercover - SwingCase
  • Husky Liner - Wheel well liners
  • Truxedo - Truck Luggage bulkhead trays & tailgate seal
  • RK Sport - V2 Ram air hood
  • Striker Trucks - Custom front grill, bumper cover and roll pan
  • Air Design - Fender vents & tailgate spoiler
  • All Sales Mfg.- Billet license plate frames & antenna
  • Bedrug – The world’s best truck bed liner & TrackMat
  • Billet Badges - Custom made billet front and rear Chux Trux logos
  • FuelpaX - 2.5 gallon spare fuel tank
  • Built Right Industries - Bedside rack 4-panel system with custom mounts for FuelpaX and other accessories
  • Curt Mfg.- Rear hitch mounted license plate holder
  • EGR - Cab spoiler
  • PIAA - Silicone wipers
  • Fastway Trailer - Fortress coupler lock & Flash solid tow ball mount
  • 3M - vinyl wrap
  • Croftgate - Detailing kit

Suspension & Chassis

  • Airlift - Slam Air airbags, compressors & Smart-Air II auto-leveling kit
  • Bell Tech - 3”/5” lowering kit
  • Hellwig Products - Front & rear (anti) sway bars
  • Power Stop - Extreme series brake rotors, pads & calipers
  • Calvert Racing - CalTracs traction bars
  • G2 Axle - Brute series differential cover

Wheels & Tires

  • Niche Road Wheels - RS10 forged Monoblock wheels 22”x9.5”
  • Toyo Tires - 305/40R/22 Proxes STIII
  • Schrader Performance - TPMS wheel sensors
  • McGard - Spline Drive lug kit with black PVD

12-Volt

  • Diode Dynamics - Stage Series LED light bars, Bluetooth Demon Eyes & Switchbacks
  • PIAA - RF-18 Ion yellow widespread LED light bar
  • Rigid Industries - D-Series SAE compliant clear LED fog lights & D-series amber LED driving lights with custom fit brackets
  • Switchpros – SP9100 8-switch panel power system
  • Kleinn - Onboard air & train horns with a vehicle-specific mounting kit
  • Redcat Racing - Dukono series 1/10th scale 4x4 R/C truck
  • Waylens - Secure 360 video dash cam with video alarm

Our F-150 will have many small details that may not jump out to the average person but will be noticeable to enthusiasts with an eye for details. For example, the front bumper mounts will be lowered 3” to accommodate the oversized Striker Trucks grille shell and bumper cover. It’s subtle, but a major modification all at the same time.

Click the links above for more info on each of the products we’re adding for our build!


Jun
5
2018

Trust Chux Trux for Your High-Quality Spray-In Bedliner in Kansas City

Trust Chux Trux for Your High-Quality Spray-In Bedliner in Kansas City

Best Spray in Truck Bed Liner Kansas City

We know that it can be hard to choose the right service provider for your truck - especially for a product like a spray-in-bedliner. In a place like Kansas City, there are many companies that claim to be experts - but you do not want to trust your truck to just anyone.

Our mission at Chux is to provide the highest-quality products at the best prices with the best customer service, to make your decision easier. We use Ultimate Linings for our spray-in liner because they are the best. They are the longest lasting and most durable product on the market. That is why manufacturers like Ford and Toyota exclusively use Ultimate Linings spray-on bedliners for trucks that leave the plant.

Chux is the best place to get spray-in bedliner in Kansas City for another reason - Because the product is installed and backed up by the most trusted name in Kansas City - Chux Trux.

 

What is the Chux difference?

 

27+ Years in Business

We launched Chux Trux in 1991, so we’ve been providing great vehicle services for decades. We’re a small business that’s grown up in the industry by selling and installing everything from window visors to superchargers. We have multiple stores and an online presence that no other Kansas City retailers can match.

 

Plus, we’re Kansas City born-and-bred. We’ve lived our whole lives in the Kansas City area, and grown from a tiny store run by 2 employees to multiple locations with over three dozen employees. We’ve been a part of this community for almost thirty years, so we know exactly what Kansas City truck owners need. We aren’t part of some conglomerate that is run by a bunch of suits who live 2500 miles away and drive a Lexus.  We’re truck and Jeep guys.

 

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We’re here to help, and we treat all our customers like family. We want each Chux Trux customer to leave feeling satisfied and confident in our high-quality products and service. Don’t like what you bought? Changed your mind? Doesn’t look like you wanted? We have an easy exchanges and returns policy that guarantees satisfaction for all our customers.

 

Award-Winning Customer Service

Retailer of the Year Award

Excellent customer service is our highest priority. High-quality materials and products are important (and we have those too), but we also guarantee that every customer feels like family. We emphasize clear communication, honesty, and integrity to deliver the best customer service. And the industry has recognized our efforts--Chux Trux was voted SEMA’s “Retailer of the Year” by our industry peers. Chux offers and experience that cannot be matched by online stores or other retailers.

 

We Match Price

We offer all our customers a best price guarantee--so if you love our team but found an identical item cheaper somewhere else, we’ll match that price.

 

Plus, even if you find a lower price somewhere else after you’ve already purchased our product, we’ve still got your back. If you find a cheaper price on an identical item within one year of your purchase date with us, we’ll refund the difference! For more information on our best price guarantee policy, click here.

 

Lifetime Warranty

Chux Trux offers a lifetime warranty on almost everything we sell that was purchased after Dec. 1, 2017, regardless of the manufacturer’s warranty.  That tonneau cover with a 3-year factory warranty you bought from us? It has a lifetime warranty because you bought it from Chux, not 3 years. This is a big deal, and Chux Trux is the only Kansas City company to offer it.  If you find someone else in KC that’s doing it, we’ll, imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery, right? (Copycats will be copycats, and haters gonna hate, so they say).

 

The bottom line is this: Let us help you protect your truck with the best service, the best price, and the best warranty in the Kansas City area, guaranteed.  All by a great bunch of Kansas Citians. For more information about how we can help you, contact us.




Jun
5
2018

Why Chux Trux is Kansas City’s Best Spray-On Bedliner Provider

Why Chux Trux is Kansas City’s Best Spray-On Bedliner Provider

Best Spray in bed liners in Kansas City

Finding the right spray-on bedliner (also known as spray-in bedliner) for your pickup truck can be challenging, which is why Chux Trux is here to provide you with the highest-quality product and the best customer service in the Kansas City area. We know that quality matters--which is why we offer Ultimate Linings spray-on bedliners. Ultimate Linings is a top-of-the-line product--Ford and Toyota equip many of their new trucks with Ultimate Liners before they leave the factory--and the Chux Trux team are experts in Ultimate Linings application.  

We provide a wide variety of high-quality products, services, and great customer service...

Numerous industry magazines have labeled Chux an industry leader and trailblazer when it comes to spray-on bed liners. And customer service is our highest priority--we build strong relationships with our customers based on honesty and integrity.  

Best Spray In Bedliner EquipmentWe are experts in the Ultimate Linings application process--our team has more than 100 years of experience combined. We take care of your vehicle like it’s our own. We invested in the higher end “Extreme Liner” equipment of Ultimate Linings application, so we can put the best quality spray in liner in a truck bed. Stop by any of our 3 Kansas City Chux locations to find out more.

...at the best price  Best Price in Kansas City

 

We treat our customers like family, which means that we provide the highest-quality service at the best price. We offer all our customers the best price guarantee--so if you love our team but found something on an identical item that’s cheaper somewhere else, we’ll match that price, no matter how low it is.

Before Photo Finished Bed

Examples of Before and After (different trucks, but same result)

Plus, even if you find a lower price somewhere else after you’ve already purchased our product, we’ve still got your back. If you find a cheaper price on something within one year of your purchase date with us, we’ll refund the difference! For more information on our best price guarantee policy, click here.

...with a lifetime warranty Lifetime Warranty at Chux Trux

Chux now offers a lifetime warranty on just about everything we sell (as of Dec. 1, 2017). Buy with confidence knowing that if something goes wrong we will repair it or replace it for the original purchaser.  If we installed it the first time, we will do it again. No charge. There are some limitations, see store for details.

Let us help you protect your truck with the best spray-on bedliner in the Kansas City area. For more information about how we can help you, contact us.

 


Jun
4
2018

Why Are They Called Tonneau Covers? Or Tonnow Covers? Tonto Cover? Or Tonno?

Why Are They Called Tonneau Covers? Or Tonnow Covers? Tonto Cover? Or Tonno?

 

Car tonneau cover

The word tonneau is French, meaning 'cask' or a large barrel like container made of wood, metal, or plastic, used for storing liquids, typically alcoholic drinks. 

A tonneau (US: /t??no?/ or UK: /?t?no?/) - that is how it is spelled - is traditionally an auto term for the area of a truck or car behind the driver that is open at the top. A tonneau can be used to store cargo or people.

Euro Car Tonno Cover 

The term was originally used to describe an open passenger compartment behind the driver. It was rounded and open - manufacturers back in the day incorporated the tonneau into the designs.

 

A tonneau cover describes the device to cover up and protect whatever is stored in the tonneau - passengers in a car or cargo in a truck or pickup truck.

 

Today, the term is primarily used to describe the cover of the back of a pickup truck. Tonneau covers come in a variety of styles, materials and covers.

 

If you are looking for a pickup truck tonneau cover in Kansas City, give Chux a call. Our experts can get you what you need with a money-back and price-match guarantee.

 


Jun
4
2018

Ultimate Linings vs. Line-X Linings vs. Rhino Linings

Ultimate Linings vs. Line-X Linings vs. Rhino Linings - Which Is the Right Choice For You?

Ultimate Linings best spray in bedliner kansas city

There are many different options for spray-on truck bedliners (also known as Spray-in bedliner or spray-on bedliner), and it can be challenging to identify which is the best fit for your vehicle. There are three main players in the spray-on liner market. All are sprayed on with industrial spray equipment and provide a durable finish.

 

Here’s a quick guide to the biggest spray-on bedliners:

 

Rhino Linings

 

Rhino Linings was one of the first companies to use polyurethane, polyureas, and polyhybrids in the form of spray-on bedliners. This product was more durable than drop-in bedliners and better at preventing corrosion and other damage than traditional bedliners. Rhino Linings were originally soft and rubbery, but they now offer both hard and soft options. Rhino lining are not used by major manufacturers but are popular for small shops.

 

 

Line-X

 

Line-X was created as harder alternative to Rhino Lining’s product. Line-X is applied “hot” (between 130-210 degrees) using a high-pressure spray system. Line-X linings can be sprayed thin or not, which conforms to the contours of the truck bed but has a very hard, rough surface. Most Line-X linings are harder than Rhino’s and therefore more resistant to tears, but can be hard on the knees when moving around the truck bed and can damage cargo.

  

Ultimate Linings

 

Ultimate Linings is the brand used by Ford, Toyota and others for their new trucks before they leave the factory. The largest truck manufacturers have identified Ultimate Linings as the highest-quality bedliner on the market. Ultimate Linings provides the most durable and hardest spray-in liners available in the market, which is why we spray that at Chux Trux.

 

Ultimate Linings are easy to clean and resistant to gasoline, diesel fuel, chlorine and paint. Plus it is environmentally friendly with 100% solids and VOC Free

 

Franchises

 

One reason you can buy a spray in liner for less at Chux Trux than you can at the other places, is we don’t have to pay high franchise fees. We don’t pay Ultimate Linings an annual fee, monthly fees, a percentage of the profits or anything else. Why? Ultimate Linings is a “chemicals” company, not a franchise company. Chemicals have always been their focus and likely will be going forward. They are heavy into the industrial coatings and then got into the pickup truck market. Line-X and Rhino Linings are franchises. These local Kansas City operators buy a franchise (just like one would buy a McDonald’s franchise) and the corporate office does lots of marketing and other things that are hard for small businesses to do on their own. The downside? These shop owners usually have to pay big fees up front along with paying them a small, but costly percentage of the annual profits. What’s this mean to you? That fee has to be passed along. We know. We used to own a Rhino Linings store. We know how it works.

Chux (Link) looked at all of the options on the market and selected Ultimate Linings because they are the best value in truck bed liners. And you can imagine how hard it is to get Ford and Toyota to approve your product for OEM use.  If they have tested it to the hilt, then you know they got ran through the ringer.  Let us help you protect your truck with the best spray in bed liner in Kansas City- Ultimate Linings--contact us today.


Jun
4
2018

Factors to Consider When Buying a Tonneau Cover

Factors to Consider When Buying a Tonneau Cover

Hard Folding Tonneau CoverChoosing the right tonneau cover for your truck can be a daunting process, especially given the vast number of styles, options, and prices to consider. Luckily, the team at Chux can leverage our in-depth knowledge and decades of experience to make the selection process as easy as possible, and ensure that you end up with the right product to keep your truck protected and secure.

If you need a refresher about what a tonneau cover is or why you should purchase one, check out our previous blog posts.

When choosing a tonneau cover, it is important to consider the following to ensure you get a tonneau cover that meets your needs:

  

Tonneau Cover Functions

Tonneau covers are a great way to protect cargo in your trucks bed from theft and adverse weather conditions, but different types of tonneau covers offer different unique advantages. Here are a few common uses of tonneau covers:

 

Security: The good news is that almost all high-quality tonneau covers on the market today offer a high level of security - they will all keep your cargo safe from wandering eyes and potential thieves. While hard tonneau covers are the most secure, the only way to get into a locked high-quality soft cover is with a sharp knife.

 

Access: Traditionally, soft tonneau covers have provided the easiest access to your truck bed. Today however, hard tonneau covers come in several folding and even roll-up styles that are as easy to manipulate as a soft tonneau cover.

 

Are you going to need to access your truck bed with your hands full multiple times a day? Consider a roll-up soft folding cover, which takes less than 10 seconds to roll back. If you often need to haul cargo taller than the side (depth) of the bed, consider a roll-up or retractable cover, which saves you the effort of completely removing a cover every time you need to load or unload.

  

Water Resistance: All tonneau covers offer some protection against water damage, but no tonneau covers are truly water-tight. If you are looking for the best solution to keep water out, look at a hard tonneau cover with edges that roll over the side of the bed, which will keep almost all water out. This means a 1-piece, hard tonneau cover.

 

Strength and Stability: Do you need to be able to stand on your tonneau cover? If so, make sure you look at hard tonneau covers designed to hold weight. There are only a few choices if this is important to you.

 

Limitations

 

Every truck is different, and some aspects of your truck bed might restrict the style of tonneau cover you can have. For instance, most 8-foot truck beds are used primarily for professional, rather than personal, use, so manufacturers do not make many covers for these longer truck beds.

 

If you have a tool box on your truck, you will need to select a tonneau cover specifically designed to work with your specific tool box.

 

If you have a 5th wheel or gooseneck hitch in your truck bed, consider a retractable or folding tonneau cover. This will allow you to choose how much of the truck bed is covered, and also helps with gas mileage.

 

 

Tonneau Cover Appearances

Many truck owners want their tonneau cover to both work great and look great, which is why appearance can be an important consideration when choosing a truck bed cover. Painted covers can help add a stylistic flair to your truck bed (although they are often more expensive). 

Another style feature to consider is whether you want flush fit or top-of-the-bed-mount covers. Flush fit covers sit inside the edges of the truck bed, while top mount models will usually cover up most or all of your stake pocket holes. While most truck owners agree that flush fit covers look better, top mount models give you extra clearance and hold more weight.

Top mount covers also limit you on adding other accessories like truck ladder racks, bed rails, sport bars and more. Make sure you let your salesperson know if these other accessories are in your future customizing plans.

 

Tonneau Cover Manufacturing Time and Installation

Customized built-to-order, painted, and fiberglass covers can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks to manufacture, while popular covers are immediately available in most stores or take less than a week to ship.. Once your new cover has arrived, it’s important that it be installed correctly so they fit properly, operate properly, and protect your truck bed and it’s cargo. We recommend hiring a professional to install your tonneau cover so it is correctly adjusted and fits your truck.

 

Some tonneau covers require holes to be drilled in the truck for installation and drain tubes. While these covers often do a better job of keeping the truck bed dry, some truck owners don’t want to drill holes in their vehicle. Before purchasing, make sure you understand how the tonneau cover will be installed and, if you choose to,stay away from covers that require holes.

 

 

Tonneau Cover Costs

 

For many truck owners, price is one of the biggest factors to consider when choosing a tonneau cover. Like most facets of vehicle accessories, you get what you pay for. Generally speaking, the cheaper soft tonneau covers range between $245-$300 with the top quality soft, roll-up tonneau covers running $350-$500. While the more expensive hardcovers can reach up to $3,000, there are hard tonneau covers that cost as little as $499. But keep in mind, you do get what you pay for. If you’re just looking for basic protection, soft covers are the most budget-friendly solution.. On the other hand, if you need extra protection and security, a more expensive hard cover is recommended. Also, note that American-made covers generally cost more but offer better fit, better components and hold up better long-term. Chux Trux carries 2 import brands and 12 domestic brands.

 

Your new tonneau cover will undoubtedly be exposed to many different weather conditions, along with normal wear-and-tear. So along with the cost of the cover itself, consider what kind of warranty you want for your tonneau cover. When you buy products from Chux Trux, we offer a lifetime guarantee, which covers manufacturing defects and wear.

 

Tonneau Cover Accessories

When buying a tonneau cover, it is crucial to notify the salesperson if you are planning on adding accessories to your truck in the future. These accessories can include (but are not limited to) bed rails, tie downs, sport bars, headache racks, light bars, and bike racks. The salesperson will be able to help you pick a cover that is compatible with these accessories.

Your truck bed liner can also impact your choice of tonneau cover. If you have or plan to install a plastic drop-in bed liner, for instance, you should avoid purchasing a retractable tonneau cover, which will require the bed liner to be cut and modified heavily and leave gaps and potentially lead to water damage. Make sure to consult with a Chux expert about your bed liner before purchasing a tonneau cover.

 

Tonneau Cover Add-on's

Reaching sticks are helpful for grabbing cargo that has slid to the front of your bed. Trucks are tall and it's hard to reach over the side of the bed and grab things, and nobody wants to crawl into the bed on their hands and knees (it's sort of like walking on Lego's barefoot).  These handy tools let you reach about 2/3's of the way into the bed using a steel rod with an "L" shaped hook on the end to drag it back toward the tail gate.  Convenient, pain free, affordable, and you'll want one.

And don't forget to ask about cleaners and protectants.  Depending on the material yours is made of you'll need specific cleaners.  Vinyl covers need a UV protectant, painted covers need detail cleaner and wax, rubber seals need 303 (awesome stuff) plus a whole lot of other options, depending on what cover you buy. 

Given the many factors to consider, it is easy to see how choosing the right tonneau cover for your truck bed can be a big decision. It is important to take into account functionality, cost, accessibility, style, and installation before investing your time and money into a tonneau cover. Let the team at Chux help you find the perfect cover to customize and protect your vehicle.

 

 

 

 


Jun
1
2018

Why Chux Trux for Tonneau Covers in Kansas City

Why Chux Trux for Tonneau Covers in Kansas City

Top tonneau cover dealer in Kansas city

Finding the perfect tonneau cover in Kansas City for your pickup or truck can be a confusing process. There are literally hundreds of options and dozens of brands. Do you want a hard tonneau cover or a soft tonneau cover? Do you need a trifold tonneau cover? A rollup tonneau cover? A locking tonneau cover? How about a fiberglass tonneau cover… or is a plastic tonneau cover or aluminum tonneau cover better?

The good news is that you do not have to figure it out yourself. You just need to stop by your local Kansas City Chux location and talk to our experts - they know trucks and they know tonneau covers. It doesn’t matter if you need a tonneau cover for a F150, Silverado, Ram, Tundra or Tacoma, we have you (and your truck) covered.

 

At Chux, we provide a wide variety of high-quality tonneau covers, services and great customer service...

 

At Chux, we are all truck guys - we own them, we work on them, we drive them and we take them off-road. When you come into our stores, you talk to a truck guy… not a sales guy.

Numerous industry magazines have labelled Chux an industry leader and trailblazer when it comes to supporting truck owners with the best products in the industry. We offer hundreds of different tonneau covers - we can get you exactly what you need. We probably sell more tonneau covers than anyone else in the Midwest - all from our 3 locations in Kansas City. 

...at the best price guaranteed Chux Trux best price guarantee

 

We treat our customers like family, which means that we provide the highest-quality service at the best price. We offer all our customers a best price guarantee--so if you love our team but found something cheaper somewhere else, we’ll match that price, no matter how low it is.

 

Plus, even if you find a lower price somewhere else after you’ve already purchased our product, we’ve still got your back. If you find a cheaper price on something within one year of your purchase date with us, we’ll refund the difference! For more information on our best price guarantee policy, click here.

 

...with lifetime warranty 

Chux Trux Lifetime Warranty

Chux now offers a lifetime warranty on just about everything we sell. Buy with confidence knowing that if something goes wrong we will repair it or replace it for the original purchaser. If we installed it the first time, we will do it again. No charge. There are some limitations, see store for details.

Let us help you outfit your truck with a high quality tonneau cover in Kansas City. For more information about how we can help you, contact us.


May
7
2018

Will Aftermarket Truck and Jeep Accessories Void My Factory Warranty?

Consumers of aftermarket products are protected by The Federal Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. Magnusson Moss Warranty ActThe Act states that if something breaks on the car and the consumer takes it in for warranty repair, the dealer must honor the warranty unless they can prove that whatever modifications have been added actually caused the problem. Please keep in mind that towing in anything higher than level two and hard driving in levels four and five are not recommended.

While consumers have strong legal protection with regards to their vehicle’s warranty, there is also a practical reality that different automotive manufacturers and dealers have greatly varying views on aftermarket products, in particular those that produce horsepower, such as performance enhancement chips, modified intake manifolds, or aftermarket exhaust systems. There are dealers and manufacturers that will use the presence of a horsepower upgrade to void the vehicle’s warranty, regardless of whose product the customer is using. Any aftermarket company that does not acknowledge this is misleading the consumer.

Bottom line: while the law protects the consumer and provides for enforcement of the warranty, it is very difficult for most people to hire an attorney and fight a voided warranty.

If you have any more questions on this topic, please feel free to contact us.


May
7
2018

Chux Trux Best Price Guarantee

If you find a lower price at another local store on a new, identical item, show us the lower price at the time of pChux Trux Best Price Guaranteepurchase in the form of a quote or a call to the competitor and we will match it on the spot. Or show us the lower price within 30 days of your CHUX purchase and we will pay you the difference.

Our price is the final price you pay after any discounts, coupons, instant savings and mail-in savings are applied. We will match the other store's price after deducting their instant rebates and coupons. We will not match the other store's mail-in rebates nor will we deduct the value of any gift with purchase.

We reserve the right to modify or cancel the Best Price Guarantee at any time without prior notice. Any modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the modified Best Price Guarantee Terms and Conditions on chuxtrux.com. We reserve the right to verify the authenticity of any other stores' offer or Competitors' offer.

These terms are effective as of March 1, 2013. Our price guarantee does not apply to installation labor, to the competitor's closeout, discontinued, clearance, liquidation or to damaged items. Limited to reasonable quantities.

* Refunds are paid by the same method as the original payment (credit card, cash, check, etc.). All refunds require original invoice, customer name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and customer signature.

Are Your Prices Really as Good as Buying Online?

Pretty, much. While our goal isn't to be the Walmart, low/no service company in our industry, our multiple locations and buying power usually make us priced right around the internet guys and Amazon, and in a lot of cases we're even WAAYYY less than they are. Give us a shot. If we aren't let us know. We're good guys and easy to work with.

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