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Attitude Adjustment for the Chevy SS

May 1 2019

Chevy SS suspension handling kit    Chevy SS lowering kit 

Since Chevy debuted the SS sedan in 2014, very little has been seen or heard from these sleepers.  With a 6.2L, 415HP LS3 V-8 motor and rear wheel drive, you’ve got a near equivalent of a Corvette-powered family cruiser.

 

And while there are other makes of high HP sedans on the road today that aren’t as “sleepy”, die-hard GM fans have mostly good things to say about this highway rocket.  But where this car is lacking is the sports car stance. Overall, this still looks like a sporty family car that might make the mother-in-law say, “Holy crap” when you nail the pedal to the floor while taking her to her annual Mother’s Day brunch.

 

The handling was fairly decent right out of Detroit, but it was no Lingenfelter Corvette. Some recent customers thought the same thing and brought their 2016 and 2017 SS’s to us for some handling and stance modifications.

 

 2017 Chevy SS lowering kit     2016 Chevy SS Eibach spring kit

This kit drops the front end 1.2” and the rear 1.3” according to Eibach’s engineering crew.  But it’s not just about the drop.  The springs are a progressive rate which means that they ride soft when floating down the highway with all the slight dips and shallow spots in the road, but they progressively get more firm the harder you make them work.  So if you are going down your street they ride great, but if you hit a corner hard, the springs start to compress slightly and as they compress they get progressively more firm to keep the car flat and level.

 

We installed an Eibach Pro-series spring kit to lower the center of gravity, reduce the squat you get under hard acceleration along with body roll in cornering and minimize nose-diving from harder braking. This kit also reduces the excessive fender-well gaps giving it a MUCH sportier appearance.  When you combine it with a slightly larger tire and rim setup, you get some subtle appearance improvements with noticeable handling upgrades.

 

Eibach Chevy SS Lowering Kit  

And there are no alignment issues with this high-quality kit. It aligns to the cars OEM specs without any issues.

 

The red 2017 SS pictured is running factory wheels and tires while the black 2016 is running a staggered fitment setup with 20x8.5” rims in the front and 20x10’s in the rear.

 

 2017 Chevy SS lowering kit Kansas City     2016 Chevy SS lowering kit kansas city

 

There are many ways to improve handling, cornering and overall performance. Chux Trux has lots of solutions for almost any car, truck or Jeep.  Contact us now at any of our 3 stores. We have locations in Independence, Mo., Kansas City, Mo. (Northland) and Olathe, Ks. 


 
 
 

Nitto Ridge Grappler Tires Near You - The Best Tire for KC Trucks?

Feb 5 2019

Nitto Ridge Grappler - The Best Combination (Hybrid) All-Terrain & Mud Terrain Tire?

The Nitto Ridge Grappler is a hybrid tire. That means it’s a combination of multiple things. In this case, it’s got the benefits of both an off-road mud tire as well as an all-terrain tire.

Here’s what’s worth knowing:

Alternating Shoulder Grooves 

The tread pattern is aggressive but quieter than a traditional mud tire. It has a variable pitch to the tread blocks. Nitto used advanced sound equipment to design this tire to be quieter than a mud tire and still perform off-road. There are “Z” shaped grooves in the shoulder where the lengths and widths alternate to help clear out mud giving you much better traction

Dual SidewallsLike most of the other tires in the Nitto Grappler lineup, the Ridge Grappler has 2 different sidewall designs.  This gives you some control over the overall look.  Just like you used to have a choice with white letters or blackwall sides facing out, now you have a choice on 2 completely different looks giving you an aggressive or more aggressive appearance!

Reinforced Tread BlocksThe tread blocks have reinforced foundations so you get reduced flex and rigidity where you need it

Stone Ejectors Built inThe bottom of the tread grooves have stone ejectors built in to reduce wear and tear on the tread compound

Staggered Shoulder LugsThe shoulder lugs are staggered so they “bite” better when you get into the thick or deep stuff (mud, snow, etc.)

Step Block EdgesThe tread blocks have tapered edges that alternate in location to help with traction even more.

To summarize, you get the performance of a mud tire in the mud, an all-terrain tire on the pavement and in snow, along with a noise level somewhere in between an all-terrain and mud-terrain tire.  Most sizes are backed up with a mileage warranty to boot!

Want more info? Check out this 30-second video:

Nitto Ridge Grappler tires are available near you at any of our 3 Kansas City area Chux Trux stores, with locations in Olathe, Ks., Independence, Mo. and Kansas City, Mo.


 
 
 

Nitto Trail Grappler M/T - The Best All Around Mud Tire?

Dec 14 2018

Nitto’s Trail Grappler MT may be the best mud tire that also works as a daily driver.  Why?  It has mud tire features but the ride of an all-terrain tire and a noise level that is quieter than most mud tires.

Its off-road capabilities are perfect for today's trucks. With its combination of off-road performance and on-road comfort and performance, the result is a great all-around tire.  Why?  Check out some if Nitto’s Trail Grappler M/T features:

Nitto Trail Grappler MT 3-Ply Sidewall 

A 3-ply sidewall and the construction is designed to improve resistance to punctures from rocks, branches, off-road conditions, curb rash or whatever gets in the way. Basically, this means that this tire holds up much better than your typical M/S rated LT truck tire due to the extra reinforcement provided by they 3rd layer that so many traditional tires don’t have.

Nitto Trail Grappler MT Tires Kansas City

The large tread blocks give you biting edges designed for maximum traction without sacrificing performance and stability on the road

The nerds (we say that as a compliment to the brains that design these tires and other things we can’t possibly comprehend) that designed these Nitto tires use some really cool, techy equipment to analyze sounds in order to make this one of the quietest mud tires on the market.  Very few off-road mud tires can claim this.

Another reason the Trail Grappler MT tires are quieter than many competitors is their engineers used 3d Simulators to adjust almost everything to do with the position, shape, and size of the tread blocks (the big chunks of rubber that make up the tread pattern). This simulation resulted in a tire that is 34% quieter at lower speeds and 36% quieter at higher speeds compared to their best selling Mud Grappler tire!

Nitto Trail Grappler MT Tires with Dual Sidewall Patterns

Almost all Nitto Grappler series tires use a dual design sidewall giving you 2 very different looks. One has a deep “V” shaped lettering on the sidewall and the other side has more typical (call it flat) letters

Nitto Trail Grappler Tires Quiet Comfortable Ride

Nitto uses a state-of-the-art facility in White, Ga. (just north of Atlanta) with highly computerized equipment to build incredibly uniform tires.  Basically, that means these oversized off-road tires balance out much better than others giving you a smooth ride.

Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires KC

Shoulder Grooves are reinforced to keep tread blocks still without giving up performance off-road or on.

Nitto Trail Grappler MT Tires in Kansas City

Siping is the tiny “slits” or voids in the tread blocks that improve traction in snow and on wet surfaces and helps to decrease hydroplaning

Nitto Trail Grappler MT Tires KC mud evacuation ports

A balanced void ratio (ratio of empty space between tread blocks) gives superior mud and dirt ejection for off-road traction

So no matter if you are hitting the trails or hitting the road, the Nitto Trail Grappler M-T off-road tires are sure to get you there with a smooth, comfortable ride and built to get you back on to the road for those times you want to get off the road. 

Want more info? Check out this short video or on our website here:

Nitto tires are available near you at any of our 3 Kansas City area Chux Trux stores, with locations in Olathe, Ks., Independence, Mo. and Kansas City, Mo.


 
 
 

15 Reasons Why the Extang Trifecta 2.0 Signature Series is the Best Soft Folding Tonneau Cover

Dec 5 2018

extang-trifecta-2.0-Signature-Series-Truck-Bed-Tonneau-Cover-Kansas-CityWhat’s the best soft folding tonneau cover? In our opinion, the Extang Trifecta 2.0 Signature Series soft folding truck bed cover is the best, for a lot of reasons. We’d even go as far as saying this is our store favorite. And in the 27+ years that we’ve been in business, we’ve pretty much installed them all.

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So what makes this one stand out? Here are 15 reasons:

  1. It has a heavier duty aluminum rail construction than many of the competitors, especially when compared to the entry-level (read that as “cheap”) covers.
  2. Any folding cover is only as good as the hinges and seals they use. Extang uses “WeatherTuff seals on theirs that exceed OEM standards. And, hinges are a water entry point. The Trifecta 2.0 covers seal at all contact points to help keep the bed drier than cheaper knockoff covers.
  3. The hinges are called “MaxHinges” and the name pretty much says it all
  4. Installation is very straightforward, with no tools required.
  5. Their patented EZ Lock clamps take very little effort to use and they lock in place.
  6. For the corer brackets, instead of using a cheap plastic like the wanna-be competitors, Extang uses a 45-degree steel corner bracket for strength and stiffness.
  7. The rails are a heavier gauge aluminum than most and the crossbows are what they call “monster bows” which give you unmatched strength for holding weight on top (snow can get really heavy, really fast).
  8. The front clamps are called “Jaw=grip” clamps and they hook under the inside lip of your truck bed, without causing any damage to your truck.
  9. The clamps are self-storing inside the rails so they don’t flop around when your cover is folded up.
  10. Hold tight straps (think of them as the straps on a backpack) keep the cover in place when folded and stacked up behind the rear window.
  11. You can remove the entire cover for full bed access in about 60 seconds
  12. Best of all, the Signature Series takes a big step up from the standard Trifecta 2.0 by swapping in a premium canvas tarp that looks like a convertible top fabric. It’s show-truck worthy and always turns heads.
  13. It’s available for almost every truck built in the last 15 years.
  14. They have a toolbox version. It’s one of the only tonneau covers that work with a toolbox in your truck.
  15. It has a lifetime warranty. Yup. Lifetime. It covers almost everything except Mother Nature, Acts of God and vandalism. It covers defective materials or workmanship on all truck bed cover rails, aluminum components, clamps, bows, hardware and covering.

 

If you want to learn more about this cover or any truck bed tonno cover, give one of our experts a call and we’ll help you find the one that fits your needs the best. We stock many of these at our 3 stores, located in Kansas City, Mo., Independence, Mo. and Olathe, KS.


 
 
 

Is the Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Hard Folding Truck Bed Tonneau Cover Right For You?

Nov 30 2018

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If you’re reading this then it’s safe to assume you are trying to find out what the best hard tonno cover is for your truck bed and for your needs. We’ll try to help you out. We’ve been selling and installing truck bed covers for over 27 years and we’ve tried almost every brand in the USA at some point or another.

The Extang Solid Fold 2.0 is just what the name implies. It’s the updated version of their original hard folding cover (1.0) and designed to out-perform all of its competitors. The original version was a solid performer. But after many manufacturers came out with their version of it (copycats), Extang decided to re-engineer it and make it better still.

When it comes to hard folding truck bed covers, there are 2 designs you can start with. One that sits on top of the bed and uses the bed rails for Extang Solid Fold 2.0support, or a flush fit model that is lower profile, but you have to install rails in order for it to have some place to “sit”.

For the flush fit models, they do look cleaner since they don’t stand any taller than the top of your truck bed, with the exception of the thickness of the rubber (EPDM) weather stripping or weather seal. Flush fit models use rails that clamp on to your truck bed, usually 3 clamps to a side unless you have a long bed, which would get 4 per side. With the cover firmly in place and sitting on the rails, these 6 clamps are what is supporting the rails (which is supporting the cover) and whatever weight you put on there (such as 200+ lbs. of snow), coolers or whatever you would throw up there.   There isn’t anything wrong with this design. They look great and perform really well for the most part. And none of these are meant to be stood on; they are for keeping your cargo secure and for the most part, dry.

With the top-mount covers like Extang’s Solid Fold 2.0, these sit on top of the truck bed and use the trucks OEM bed rails for support. This distributes weight over the entire truck bed and tailgate. Yes, that’s all 4 sides, not just down the driver and passenger side like a flush fit cover.  So as long as a top mount cover is built as a heavy-duty unit, these will hold a ton (not literally) of weight. For years, Extang marketed this with a 4-wheeler / ATV / Quad parked on top of it. They don’t recommend putting that weight on there, but it’s that Solid Fold 2.0 ATV Kansas Citystrong. In fact, Extang claims it will hold 750 lbs. if it's evenly distributed over the cover.

Another thing that makes this cover incredibly strong is the 1” thick Endurashield panels. What’s Endurasheild? Beats the hell out of me! Just kidding. It’s an automotive grade polymer that is incredibly tough, resists UV fading better than fiberglass reinforced panels (FRP) or aluminum. It’s also scratch and dent resistant so it holds up better to harsh elements like hail, sleet, etc. Did we mention this is a heavy-duty tonneau cover?

 

 

 

Extang Solid Fold 2.0 ConstructionWhile we’re talking about the panels, the Solid Fold 2.0 has aluminum rails built into the panels and a honeycomb construction which is where it gets its weight capacity. On top of that, they have a clean, matte black textured finish to compliment that factory bed caps and tailgate caps on today’s late model pickups.

Other benefits are their Jaw-Grip front clamps that secure it to the front of the truck bed along with the EZ Lock clamps in the rear that let you open/close it in just a few seconds. No tools required. It’s basically just a big wing nut up front and a spring-loaded, pull down clamp in the rear that is adjustable and snaps into place. And when you stack/fold the cover up or remove it completely, both the rear EZ lock clamps and the front Jaw-Grip clamps are self-storing inside the underside body of the cover. Sweet!

 

 

Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Front Clamp   Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Rear Clamp   Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Rear Clamp Self Storage

    Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Front Clamp                Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Rear Clamp            Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Clamp Self Storing

The cover uses a hard, polymer rubber in the corners and on the ends of the hinges along with snap-on (replaceable) weather seals to help keep moisture out. The most common question we get is, “Is the Extang Solid Fold waterproof”? The short answer is “No”. No tonneau cover is waterproof. But you can make adjustments, add tailgate seals, and do a few other things to get it pretty close.

Extang Solid Fold 2.0 hinge   Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Hinge and Weather Seals   Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Hinge and Fin Style Seal

Truck beds are built by Ford, Chevy, Ram and all the other OE’s to haul stuff. For people that want a perfectly dry cargo area, these guys build SUV’s with decent sized storage areas that keep water out (think Tahoe, Suburban, Expedition, etc.).   We always tell people that every truck is built differently. Tonneau cover manufacturers design these to fit over a completely stock (empty) truck bed.   When you put a plastic drop-in liner in a truck, it changes things. Plus, no 2 trucks, even of the same make and model, are exactly alike. Tolerances around the tailgate vary. Bed caps that stick up slightly higher on one side more than the other get things out of kilter, etc.

The Extang Solid Fold 2.0 will keep out 98% of the rain for most trucks. It has seals on all 4 sides and will keep most of the rain out from these areas. But depending on the make and model of your truck, you may get some water in, especially in the front corners. Please also notice that we said rain, not water. Water from an automatic car wash or one where you wash it yourself with a wand is shooting water at a ridiculously high pressure from 12” away, is going to force water into the bed. Maybe even a LOT.   High-pressure water + close distance vs. small rubber and foam seals = water in the bed of your truck.   Also, rain mostly comes straight down from the sky, not in horizontal streams like a fire hose. So you don’t get a lot of rainwater in but plan on an automatic car wash pushing some through the seals.

Extang Solid Fold 2.0 3 fin blade seal   

And speaking of the seals, Extang uses a triple “fin” style seal. If you look at this photo, you’ll see that water has to get past not 1, but 3 different seals to get into the bed. So while no cover is waterproof, the Solid Fold 2.0 has lots of obstacles in the way to help keep more water out than those cheap tonneau covers claiming to be the best.

On many trucks, the bulkhead rail (front of the bed, up on top) isn’t the same height as the side rails. It’s shorter. On some trucks, such as newer Toyota Tacoma’s, it’s a big difference. So water can get in here. It isn’t the cover’s fault. It’s just the way Toyota designed the bed.   You can add foam or rubber seals to build this up more and that definitely helps. A good quality tailgate seal will further help keep the elements and car wash on the outside of the truck. Don't buy the cheapest thing you can find or that's what you'll get. And when you add a tailgate seal, there's always some left over.  You can cut a small piece and use it to plug the gap in the front corner of the bed or wherever water is coming in!  Bonus.

Extang Solid Fold 2.0 Water Entry Point   Extang MaxSeal Tailgate Seal Kansas City

And what about security? Does this cover lock? No. At least not on its own. But is your cargo secure? Absolutely. Just make sure you lock your tailgate and your cargo is protected. You can’t open a Solid Fold 2.0 cover without opening the tailgate. So if you lock your tailgate, then you are secure.

Does this allow for full bed access? Yes! You can completely remove this cover in about 2 minutes. Maybe even 60 seconds after you’ve done it a time or two.

Can you drive with the bed open and the cover still installed? Yup. Just make sure you use the attached straps to secure the “stack” to the front clips that are built into the front rail. As long as these are secure, drive away.

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We also have people asking if the Extang Solid Fold 2.0 will work if the user has a toolbox mounted on top of their bed. You bet! Extang makes a toolbox edition of the Solid Fold 2.0 to work with standard size (19-20”) toolboxes. The only thing that is different (besides the length) is that you mount a front rail that connects to the driver and passenger side. On the standard model Solid Fold, the cover sits on top of the front bed rail. But if there is a toolbox in the bed, you have to mount this cross rail to give the cover something firm to sit on for support.

Extang Solid Fold 2.0 with Toolbox Kansas City   Extang Solid Fold 2.0 with Toolbox Kansas City   Extang Solid Fold 2.0 with Toolbox Kansas City

And with all the hullabaloo about tariffs, cheap Chinese knock-off products and everything else, you should know that Extang is American Made! Ann Arbor, Michigan to be exact. Built by Americans and backed by Americans with a full 3-year warranty to protect you from manufacturing defects.

If you think this is the right cover for you, or you have more questions, contact any of our 3 Kansas City area Chux Trux stores located in Independence, Mo., Olathe, KS and Kansas City, Mo.


 
 
 

Truck Bed Tonneau Cover Styles on Display in Johnson County, Kansas

Nov 21 2018

Truck Bed Tonno Cover Displays Kansas CityIf you live anywhere near Olathe, Kansas and are looking for a truck bed cover, you need to get to Chux Trux. We’ve got more truck bed tonno covers on display than anyone in the Midwest, not just in Kansas City! 

Our Olathe, Ks. store just doubled the number of tonneau covers we have to choose from at this store, bringing our in-store display total to over 22 tonneau covers! Yup, roughly 2 dozen manufacturer’s working truck bed tonno cover models are now on display inside this store! You can see them, touch them, feel them and see how they all operate before you shell out your hard earned cash.

 Don’t know what you need? That’s why we’re here and have been since 1991 (that’s over 27 years if you didn’t stop to do the math). Want the best tonneau cover for keeping stuff dry? Our guys will show you. Want a hard tonneau that’s easy to remove? We’ve got them.   Need a tonno with show-quality looks? Yup, we’ve got ‘em. How about someone needed a truck bed cover with an entry-level price point? (I didn’t want to say “cheap tonneau cover” because even our entry level ones are pretty good). Regardless, Chux Trux has this model also.

What do we have to show you? Here’s a breakdown, by category, of all the best covers, in every price range that we offer. And if you already did some research and don’t see the one you thought you wanted, give us a call. We probably have it in our warehouse! Here’s what we have on display at our Olathe, KS store: 

Hard folding tonneau covers kansas city 

  • Hard Folding Tonneau Covers
    • Undercover Ultra Flex
    • Extang Solid Fold 2.0
    • Access LoMax
    • A.R.E. Fusion (painted)
    • Advantage Hard Hat
    • BAK MX4

 

  • Hard Roll Up Tonneau Covers
    • Truxedo Sentry
    • BAK Revolver X4

 

Painted truck bed tonno cover Kansas City

 

  • Painted Tonneau Covers
    • ARE LS2 / LSII
    • ARE Fusion
    • Undercover LUX
    • Undercover Elite

Hard retractable truck bed tonneau cover Kansas City 

  • Hard Retractable Tonneau Covers
    • Retrax One MX
    • Retrax Pro MX
    • Roll n Lock M-series
    • Pace Edwards JackRabbit / Full Metal Jackrabbit
    • Pace Edwards Switchblade
    • Truck Covers USA
    • A.R.E. Double Cover 

 

Hard tonneau cover display kansas city

  • Hard Hinged Covers 
    • A.R.E. Double Cover
    • Undercover Ridgelander
    • ARE LS2 / LSII
    • Undercover LUX

 

  • Soft Folding Tonneau Covers
    • Extang Trifecta 2.0 Signature Series
    • Extang E-Max

 

 

Soft roll up tonneau covers Kansas City 

  • Soft Roll Up Tonneau Covers
    • Truxedo ProX15
    • Truxedo LoPro QT
    • Truxedo Deuce
    • Truxedo Truxport
    • Access Vanish
    • Access Limited 

As you can see, we’ve got a truckload of tonneau covers to choose from. And our highly-trained sales team can help you choose the one that best suits how you use YOUR truck. One size does not fit all, which is why we rounded up the best quality tonneau covers on the market.

Give our crew a call today at 913-829-8789 or email us below and we’ll get you covered!


 
 
 

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

Oct 16 2018

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


 
 
 

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

Aug 7 2018

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!


 
 
 

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

Jun 5 2018

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 an 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.




 
 
 

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

Jun 5 2018

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.

 


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