Exterior Accessories

Hoo boy, there's a lot here. Grilles, chrome trim, heavy duty bumpers, grille guards, window visors, car covers, tonneau covers, body kits, spoilers & wings, camper shells, nerf step bars & running boards, fender flares, bed accessories, mirrors and more!
 
 
 

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 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.




 
 
 

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.

 


 
 
 

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

Jun 3 2018

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.


 
 
 

Why You Need A Grille Insert Right Now

Jul 30 2014

Get Yourself A Custom Grille Insert From Chux Today

DJ Grille

A grille insert is one of the quickest, most noticeable ways to customize your truck without going into debt. A cool custom paint job or some giant chrome wheels definitely make your ride stand out, but unless you just won the lottery, you’ll appreciate the less expensive way to make your vehicle stand out.

Why Should You Want a Custom Grille?

When you’re driving down the road, pulling into a driveway or parking near the curb, everyone sees the front of your truck, SUV or car. A grille insert lets them know who has arrived on the scene. They won’t mistake you for the other guy who drives a truck that color.

There’ll be no mistaking whose ride this is. And unless you plan on robbing a bank or pulling a few drive-bys in your vehicle, a new grille insert is a great way to go.

What Is A Grille Insert Anyway?

A grille insert does not replace your entire front grille. Your grille is made of two pieces – the grille shell and the grille insert.

You only need a new grille shell if your original shell is damaged, old or just messed up looking. If your original grille shell is in good shape, all you’ll need is a grille insert to really update your front end.

The grille shell fits inside or between the outer lines of the grille shell. Take out that factory plastic insert and replace it with the pure awesomeness of a grille insert from Chux.

What Kind Of Grille Insert Do You Need?

There are lots of options when it comes to grille inserts these days. Here’s a list of most of the popular grille inserts Chux carries for just about any vehicle you can roll down the road.

  • Billet Grille InsertBillet Grille Chevy Silverado
    • A billet grille insert is probably the most famous type of aftermarket grille insert. You’ve definitely seen one rolling down the street at some point in your life. The original billet grille inserts are thin horizontal lines of billet aluminum spaced an inch or less apart and stretch across the grille. Some modern versions of these billet grille inserts have vertical lines. These make the opening in your grille look really tall and look especially good on skinny, tall grilles like those on a Jeep. 

  • Phantom Grille InsertPhantom Grille Phantom Grille
    • A phantom grille insert is really just a billet aluminum grille insert, except it covers the whole grille area, including the headlights. The billet lines are spaced a little closer together too. These give your vehicle a totally different look from the factory grille.

  •  Sheet or Mesh Grille InsertMesh Grille Insert Putco Sheet Grille
    • Sheet grille inserts are also known as mesh grille inserts. These look like mesh that fits between the openings in your grille shell. The mesh can be found in lots of different designs and patterns, depending on the brand and specific vehicle you’ve got.  You can also find the mesh in bare metal or painted different colors.
    • Mesh grilles that fit your specific vehicle are sturdy, strong and will last like a factory grille. These are some flimsy mesh sheets that you can find in your local hardware store on a roll. These are upscale, classy looking grilles that’ll upgrade your front end the minute you install it.

  • Grille Inserts With Lights RBP LED Grille
    • A cool trend is taking grille inserts a step further. Not only does an insert with LED lights look badass, it’s functional. There are grille inserts equipped with LED lights and/or LED light bars built right into them. Turn these on in the daytime to be seen by ignorant drivers or turn them on at night to get a better look at things.
    • Grille inserts with lights in them are on the rise, especially with off-road vehicles. You can’t beat having your vehicle hold the flashlight for you when you’re working on something in the dark. And these grille inserts look great in the daylight too. Most are made of stainless or powder coated mesh with the LED lights built into a slot on the grille.

Custom Grille Inserts

Custom grille inserts can mean a lot of things, but mostly it means something that isn’t common and you don’t see much on the road. A custom grille can really set your truck apart from the sea of factory grilles out there. Pick a grille insert for your grille shell and then the matching grille insert for openings in your bumper. Add a grille emblem to your grille insert and you’ll get an extra touch of custom.

No matter what vehicle you drive, there’s a grille insert for it.

Chux Trux carries lots of grille inserts in their Kansas City stores, plus a lot more. And we’ve got the right size to fit your specific make and model. If you want to customize your front end, you’ve come to the right place.

Get your grille insert today from chux trux. And let us know what you like and what you hate about any style of grille inserts. Comment below to sound off.

 

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Why You Need Bushwacker Fender Flares Instead of Other Guys

Jul 14 2014

So you’ve decided to get some fender flares. Bushwacker Boss Style Fender Flares

Good choice.

Fender flares keep rocks, mud and other stuff from the road off of the side of your truck. This is especially bad if you’ve got tires that extend farther than the edge of your fenders.

Mud gets thrown down the side of your truck and you get mud on you every time you lean in to get something from the bed. Rocks and gravel get thrown down the side and can really wreck your paint job.

So yeah, fender flares are a great decision.  Know what’s even better than that?

Choosing Bushwacker fender flares.

Instead of going on and on, we’ve made a list of all the good things about Bushwacker flares. And so we aren’t guilty of being biased, we’ve also made a list of reasons why Bushwacker may not be the flares for you.

Read on.

Reasons to get a set of Bushwacker fender flares for your vehicle:

  • They’re durable and made to last.
  • The Dura-Flex 2000 coating makes them 100% resistant to harmful UV rays.
  • They stay flexible no matter the temperature extremes.
  • They aren’t hard or barely bendy like other brand name fender flares.
  • They come with a limited lifetime warranty.
  • Most styles install very easily with no drilling needed.
  • Even the Street or OE flares give your truck a finished look.
  • Extend-a-fender, Pocket Style and Cut Out flares give your vehicle a unique custom look.
  • Bushwacker is fun to say.
  • They’re made to take daily punishment and keep looking like new.
  • You can easily paint them to match your truck.
  • The matte black finish looks awesome without any paint.
  • They protect the side of your truck from gravel, road debris and mud.
  • They keep you legal by adding material over your wide tires.

Why wouldn’t you want Bushwacker Fender Flares?

No idea. But in case you want an unbiased, fair opinion, we listed the only down sides we could find:

  • They’re a little more expensive than most other flares.
  • They aren’t one-size-fits all.
  • They won’t fit on a Toyota Prius.

That’s all we got.

So there ya go. All of the pros and cons of Bushwacker fender flares right here in a neat little package. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when you come back in a year and your other fender flares are broken, ripped, not protecting like they should or they just look ugly.

We’d love to hear from you about why you love or hate Bushwacker fender flares. Call, email or comment below to let us know what’s up. If your'e near one of our Kansas City locations, drop in and check out Bushwacker flares for yourself.


 
 
 

How To Install Bushwacker Flares ? The Right Way

Jul 14 2014

Install Bushwacker Fender Flares Correctly - The First Time

Bushwacker fender flares are pretty easy to install.Installing Bushwacker Fender Flares

Why?

One reason is because they fit so good. A lot of aftermarket fender flares just don’t line up. You’ll spend hours trying to figure out why they just won’t line up with the bolt holes.

It’s because they’re cheap. You get what you pay for.

They’ll never line up or look just right.

But another secret is most fender flares don’t fit perfect.

Believe it or not, even factory fender flares don’t line up just right. But they’re a whole lot better than the cheap fender flares.

And if you want to get close to that almost perfect fitting fender flare, you’d better go with Bushwacker.

Wanna know how easy it is to install Bushwacker fender flares?

We’ll tell you anyway.

It’s so easy, you can do it in your driveway.

It’s so easy, your mom could do it in your driveway.

But we’re sure you’d rather do it yourself.

So here’s what to do.

They’re all pretty easy to install, but the details depend on the style of Bushwacker flares you have. The Street Flares and OE Flares are obviously easier to install than Cut Out Flares.

Let’s do this by the style of Bushwacker flares you have.

How to Install Street Style Fender Flares

1. Remove any existing fender flares, fender trim or mud flaps from your vehicle.

2. Clean the area where the Bushwacker Street Fender Flare will go. It’s great to wash the whole vehicle, but if you’re not feeling it, several inches from the edge of the fender will work.

3. Jack your vehicle up, put it on jack stands and make sure it’s solid. You don’t want your truck sitting on you because you didn’t feel like securing it on jack stands.

4. Remove the wheel/tire to give you more room within the fender well.

5. Install the edge trim on the back of the fender by removing the red backing a few inches at a time. It’s easier to handle a small section at a time rather than the adhesive catching your arm, shirt, fender or landing in the dirt.

6. Place the adhesive side of the trim on the back/inner edge of the flare and put a little pressure on it. This keeps the fender flare from rubbing the paint on your vehicle.

7. Put the Street Style flare in place in your vehicle. Use the provided drill tip screws to screw the flare to your vehicle’s inner fender well. The flare has indentions in the plastic to show you exactly where to place the screws.

That’s it. You’re done and can now enjoy your new Bushwacker Street Style fender flares.

How to Install OE Style Fender Flares

Bushwacker OE Style Fender Flares are installed the same way as Street Style fender flares. Follow those instructions to get the perfect set of OE fender flares on your truck or SUV.

How to Install Extend-A-Fender Flares

The Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender flares are installed using the same steps as the Street style and OE style fender flares. Follow the same instructions to enjoy your extended protection from rocks and road debris.

How to Install Pocket Style Fender Flares

1. Remove any existing fender flares, fender trim or mud flaps from your vehicle.

2. Wash your vehicle or at least around your fender wells so you have a clean place to put the new fender flares up against. 

3. Jack your vehicle up so you can remove the wheels. Make sure it’s secure on jack stands or you risk being crushed by your truck. Bushwacker fender flares are great, but you don’t want them to be the last thing you see.

4. Remove the wheel/tire so you’ve got enough room within the fender well to work your drill.

5. Install the edge trim on the back of the flare by removing the red vinyl backing strip. It’s easier to handle a small section at a time instead of ripping the whole thing off at once.  

6. Place the adhesive side down against the back side of the flare and press it in place. This trim keeps the fender flare from rubbing the paint on your vehicle.

7. Install the bolts and washers around the flare. Use one bolt, one washer and one nut in each hole. Make sure the bolt head and washer are on the outside.

8. Tighten them so they won’t come off and leave one empty hole on the flare. That’d be pretty annoying. Use a ½ inch wrench for the nut and the supplied Torqx  bit for the bolt.

9. Remove the bolts along the inside edge of your inner fender well on your vehicle. Keep them scews/bolts because you’ll need them again.

10. Place the included clips over these holes. Just slide them into place.

11. Put the Pocket Flare in place and start the screws back in the holes. Don’t tighten them all the way because you may need a little wiggle room for each one. Once they’re all on place, go ahead and tighten them all the way.

Done! Now feel free to drive through mud and gravel without killing the sides of your vehicle.

How to Install Cut Out Fender Flares

 Cut out fender flares are a whole different ballgame. For these, you’ll need to actually cut the sheet metal on your vehicle. If you don’t know how to use a grinder or cutoff wheel or if you don’t feel comfortable cutting on your truck, take it to a shop. You could seriously hurt yourself or your truck if you mess this up.

Since each make and model has specific measurements to follow so you don’t totally hack up the metal on your truck, you should pay close attention to the directions included in your set of Cut out fender flares. You can also check out Bushwacker’s website, look up your particular make, model and year to find the exact directions. They’ve even got step by step pictures so you don’t have to guess which part to cut.

Guessing where to cut never turns out good. 

Since we don’t know your exact make and model, these are the general directions so you’ll know what you’re getting into.

1. Pull the red vinyl backing off of the edge trim. Place the adhesive side down on the back of the flare and press it into place. This keeps the fender flare from rubbing on your paint.

2. Go ahead and install all of the nuts, bolts and washers in the holes around the edge of the flare. Make sure the nut is on the outside. Tighten them down.

3. Jack up your vehicle and secure it on jack stands. You can do this one wheel at a time. No need to take them all off at once.

4. Remove any screws, bolts or fasteners holding the splash guard in place inside your inner fender well. Keep the hardware because you’ll need it again later.

5. Use a grease pencil and measuring tape to mark the exact measurements you need to cut. Follow the directions with your Bushwacker flares because each make and model will use different measurements.

6. Cut the sheet metal on the edge of the fender from the bottom to the top of your measurement marks.

7. Drill through the spot welds holding the inner sheet metal to the wheel well. Bend the edges out and away from the fender to pull it off.

8. Mark and cut the inner fender support metal.

Then you’ve got about 16 or so steps of cutting, bending metal, drilling and more cutting. Again, you’ve got to follow the measurements and steps for your specific vehicle.

In the end, your splash guard is replaced and your Cut Out Fender flare is installed on a neatly trimmed fender.

In The End

Installing Bushwacker fender flares isn’t a big job, unless you go for the Cut Out flares. And then that’s not too bad unless you don’t feel comfortable cutting your truck. In that case, it’s super easy because you take it to a shop and let them do it.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, bring it right here to Chux and we’ll do an outstanding job.

No sweat.

We’d love to hear from you about your Bushwacker fender flare install, or if you need help deciding which set of flares to get for your vehicle. Give us a call, email, shout, comment below or come by one of our Kansas City locations and we’ll help you out.

 


 
 
 

What Are The Different Styles Of Bushwacker Fender Flares?

Jul 11 2014

Bushwacker No Pocket Fender FlaresBushwacker fender flares are pretty popular, despite the obscenely silly sounding name.

Why? Well, let’s see.

They’re made from space age material that is incredibly tough, but lightweight. They fit better than most other fender flares, you get a wide selection of styles to pick from and they add a ton of style to your truck.

If that isn’t enough…

These fender flares are flexible so they retain their shape and hold up to just about any terrain you can drive them through.

Not naming any names here, but some brands of fender flares are stiff and unforgiving. They’ll break like a two year old cookie you find underneath the back seat. Then you’re out one cheap flare with only three crappy flares to roll around with.

Cheap fender flares are cheap for a reason.

Bushwacker builds their fender flares with one thing in mind...quality.  They want to build the best flares, not the cheapest ones.  Bushwacker flares come with complete UV protection so they look great even after you put them through years of mud, sun, rain, cold and miles on the street.

On top of that, Bushwacker gives you a limited lifetime warranty for any warping, cracking or factory defects. That shows you they aren’t trying to hide anything.

The real question is why shouldn’t you go with Bushwacker fender flares?

We got nothing.

That’s why we recommend Bushwacker if you’re looking for flares that fit good, will last longer than a paper bowl holding hot soup and come in all the styles you like.

That’s another great thing about Bushwacker flares. There are five different styles for trucks and SUVs and two styles just for Jeeps. You aren’t stuck with just Flare A or Flare B here.

Let’s look at each of the Bushwacker fender flare styles to see which one fits your needs and of course, your wants.

Bushwacker Street Flares

Street Flares sound like something that blocks the road during a DUI checkpoint. But it’s not. This style of flare is for you if you want a little more coverage than no flare at all, but aren’t ready to jump into the custom scene with both feet.

Street Flares look good if you’ve got stock-size wheels and tires or low-profile tires. They also work for lowered vehicles to give them protection from rocks and road debris without looking dumb. Big wide fender flares on a lowered vehicle sitting on big wheels with low-pro tires just wouldn’t look right. Plus these fender flares install without any drilling.

These Bushwacker flares come in a matte black finish that you can easily paint to match your ride. When painted to match, this style of flare blends in with your vehicle like they aren’t even there.

Kind of like the quiet guy who sits in the corner at a party picking at his sweater. No one notices him unless he’s really needed. You know, like to answer a Star Wars trivia question. Then he’s got your back. Kind of like how Street Flares have your back in adding road debris coverage to your ride.

OE Style Fender Flares

This style of fender flare is like the stuck-up but good-looking friend everyone likes to have around. They don’t blend with your vehicle like the Street Style, but they don’t cause a scene like larger fender flares do. The OE Fender Flares give your vehicle the look of an upgraded version of itself. You know, like the trim option that you’d pay a couple thousand for at a dealership.

Yeah, that one.

And since the Bushwacker OE fender flares include the high quality material and fit you’d expect to get from factory parts, it’s a win-win here. And you can install them yourself without any drilling. In most cases. A few automakers had to make it difficult and ruin it, but even then, it’s not that hard.

Extend-a-fender flares

These extended fender flares step up the protection in a big way – but not too big. These are the fender flares you get when you need serious road debris coverage to go with your large wheels and tires, but you don’t want to jump to the big, in-your-face fender flares.

The Bushwacker Extend-a-fender flares are up for the big job of protecting the paint down the side of your vehicle without looking like a rally vehicle. Perfect when you want to protect your vehicle and enjoy some off road action, but still want to drive your truck without attracting off road groupies.

Pocket style fender flares

These are the iconic Bushwacker fender flares people talk about around the water cooler at work. First of all, they have a big presence so if you get these babies you’d better not be shy. Secondly, they’ve got the stainless steel bolts that give them the badass Frankenstein-type vibe that both off-roaders and classy-turned-country women go for.

These Bushwacker Pocket fender flares give you lots of coverage from road trash and rocks without any drilling involved. Yep. They look this awesome and you can install them all by yourself in your driveway.

Cut-out fender flares

These are the big daddy fender flares your mom told you to look out for. You’ve been told to stay away from anything that requires you chopping off factory sheet metal from your fenders…but once you see it in person you won’t take another breath without wanting to hack up your own truck.

These Bushwacker Cut-out fender flares let you chop off part of the fender to give your truck and big tires maximum turning room. The flares then give you the coverage you need for the wider tires and cleans up the look of the fenders. You won’t feel like a real off-roader until you’ve got Cut-out fender flares on your ride.

Pocket style fender flares for Jeep

These Bushwacker Jeep fender flares give you more road debris coverage than factory flares. They also give you the cool/hot/badass look with the stainless steel bolts along the flare. No one will mistake your Jeep for the one owned by the grandpa down the street. Pocket style fender flares are for hardcore Jeep owners who know what a real Jeep should look like.

Flat style fender flares for Jeep

Flat style fender flares give your Jeep maximum coverage for extreme off road adventures. Throw on the big wheel and tire package because these fender flares reach out and slap the vehicle next to them. You get maximum coverage and minimum back talk from those around you.

So now what?

Don’t get stuck with some cheap, junky fender flares when you can go with Bushwacker and get real quality and style. Look around Chux Trux to find the perfect Bushwacker fender flares for your vehicle. Now that you know what each style can do for the looks and function of your vehicle, come pick out your set today. Come in to one of our Kansas City locations and see the Bushwacker flares in person and have them professionaly installed right here.


 
 
 

What Makes Bushwacker Fender Flares Better Than The Rest?

Jul 11 2014

Bushwacker Fender FlaresWhy are Bushwacker fender flares better than some of the other big names?

We’ll start out by saying there are big differences in these top brands versus the cheap fender flares you can find at chain stores that also sell groceries. That should go without saying.

But we’ll say it anyway.

Don’t buy auto accessories at the same place you buy your milk and toilet paper.

To compare those cheap flares to the high quality brands would either take a lot more time than we have right now or we’d just laugh too hard to write down coherent ideas. So let’s compare apples to apples here and stick with comparing Bushwacker vs. Lund to keep things close.

We know there are other quality fender flares on the market. Hell, we sell quite a few other brands. They’re all good for some reason or another or we wouldn’t keep them on our shelves at all. But right now we’re comparing the top brands of high quality fender flares we’ve seen.

Quality

Let’s start off with the material used to create a Bushwacker fender flare. They’re made of unicorn hair and angle dust.

Okay, so they’re not made of that, but they may as well be because you can’t get much better than what they’re really made of.

It’s like magic.

The material is somewhat flexible at all times so bumps, scrapes, drive-bys and tough back roads are less likely to crack or shatter the flares. Unlike cheap, junky fiberglass flares that’ll break off and splinter like it’s made of old chewy glass. Yeah, get that mental image. Or how about those urethane ones that are impossible to install, rarely fit will and cost an arm and a leg.  Just becuase some of those so called "premium flares" cost more, doesn't make them better.

Bushwacker flares stay flexible even in extremely cold weather when even your ears may want to harden and fall right off. They also won’t fade anywhere near as much in the sun which is pretty great since they come in a nice matte black finish. These flares are coated with 100% UV protected Dura-Flex 2000.

So what does Lund say about that?

Lund fender flares are made from ABS thermoplastic. It’s flexible and scratch-resistant, but isn’t the same as the Bushwacker material. The flexibility isn’t the same as Bushwacker and scratch-resistant is great, but doesn’t guarantee the flares will last through the same conditions as Bushwacker.

How Do They Fit?

There isn’t a set of fender flares on earth today that fit on your vehicle like they were made there. It’s just not possible unless they’re a one-off custom made set in your local fabricator’s shop.  Even the factory fender flares that come on your truck from the dealer didn’t just magically meld onto your truck’s fenders like they belong there. Don't believe us?  Go to any new or used car lot and look close at any truck on the lot with factory flares.  You'll see what we mean.

Or ask your dealership for the most expensive, highest quality fender flares available to them. Take them home and attempt a flawless install and you’ll learn even more.

They’ll fit pretty dang good, but you’ll have a little gap here or there, a misaligned screw hole or foam tape that just won’t hold right. But that’s to be expected from almost every aftermarket part you buy. You’ll get a great, almost perfect fit from the top quality parts.

Just like Bushwacker.

Bushwacker flares will fit as close as possible and you won’t notice any major flaws in the fit. They’ll install like OE flares (or better) and look just as good.  No. We take that back. They’ll look a lot better because they’ve got better style than any factory fender flares we’ve seen.

How do Lund fender flares fit?

About as good as Bushwacker. You won’t be disappointed as long as you aren’t expecting perfection.

Style Selection

Sure, fender flares all basically do the same job. They’re all made to fit along your fender to block road junk and keep the side of your truck unharmed. But do they all look the same?

Nope.  Bushwacker knows you don’t have the same tastes and style as everyone else. You want your truck to look different than the other cool guy in the parking lot. That’s why Bushwacker fender flares come in five different styles for trucks and SUVs and two different styles for Jeeps.

There are Street Flares, OE Style flares, Extend-A-Fender flares, Pocket Style fender flares, Cut-Out fender flares, Pocket Style for Jeep and Flat style for Jeep.

If you can’t find a style you like from that list, you may as well rip your fenders off and go full out rally truck.

Lund offers three styles: Sport, Extra Wide and Riveted.

Yeah, it’s more than one style, and each one is pretty different. So you get a little variety. Bushwacker gives you a little more variety. Plus, the Bushwacker fender flares cover your wider tires vs. Lund fender flares to protect your body from mud slinging down the side.

Price

So now we’ll talk about price.

You’re thinking here’s the catch. Well, yeah, Bushwacker is a little more expensive than some of the other top brands. It’s a lot more expensive than the junky, cheap brands. But just like anything else in this world that’s worth a damn, you get what you pay for.

You get what you pay for.

Don’t know who coined that phrase but it’s probably the truest statement ever spoken.

But what if you don’t look at it like that?

Fender flares are just objects you stick on your truck to block some rocks, right? Who cares if they break or don’t look all that great?

Well…

That’s kind of the whole reason you’re here.   Isn’t it?

You aren’t riding around town in an old Dodge Neon with three hubcaps and a paint job that hasn’t been a whole paint job in a decade.

You’re here because you’re into what you drive. It’s your passion. It represents you without having to say a word. That’s why you want Bushwacker fender flares and not the cheap imitations.   You are not a cheap imitation.

When it comes down to paying a hundred dollars more for Bushwacker than you would Lund and getting what you really want, getting what you really want is always worth it.

So why Bushwacker fender flares instead of the others?

Bushwacker just goes the extra mile.

That’s the facts.  

Sure, you’ll get some great fender flares from Lund and even Rugged Ridge and EGR. But they won’t give you that sure, smug feeling you’ll get riding around with Bushwacker fender flares on your ride. Plus Bushwacker is way more fun tç

Check out our huge selection of Bushwacker flares we carry for your truck or SUV. We also want to know what you think about Bushwacker and any other fender flares. Call, email, comment below or drive on over to one of our Kansas City locations. We’ll be waiting for you.   

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Solid Side Camper Shells - Things You Need to Know

May 27 2014

Things You Need To Know About Camper Shells Without WindowsSolid Side Camper Shells

If you’re looking into buying a camper shell, truck topper, canopy or a truck cap there are a few things you need to know. First off, camper shells, truck toppers, canopies and truck caps are the same thing. Different words, but they’re all describing the same thing. No, not the flat lid-like bed covers that cover your cargo. These are the tall, roomy caps that turn your truck bed into a spare bedroom of space. Throw an air mattress, cot, sleeping bag or blankets back there and it’ll beat a tent on the ground any night. You have enough space to easily store all of your gear, cargo, supplies or mother-in-law back there. Or add a level of security and protection to all the tools that contractors use.

Whatever you want to use yours for, you need to know the difference between truck toppers with and without windows. Lot’s of people ask about “Solid side camper shells”.  The solid sides modes and those with windows have different pros and cons.  The purpose of this article is to set your excpectations.  All too often, customers think "that won't happen to me", or, "My last one wasn't like that so why would this one be any different?".     Since most camper shells are custom built to order, the manufacturer doesn't allow returns. We want to help you make an informed decision when it comes to spending your hard earned cash.

Don’t buy your camper shell without knowing the differences.  

  • Let’s start with the most important thing – cost. That’s easy. The cost is usually about the same for camper shells with or without windows. With windows on the sides, the metal frame around each window gives the topper extra structural support. Without windows, truck cap makers have to add extra fiberglass to make up for not having the window frame support. So you either pay for windows or for extra fiberglass.
  • If you’re a perfectionist, you might want to steer clear of full fiberglass sides. With window sides, there aren’t a lot of large areas of fiberglass since the sliding windows eat up most of the real estate. On the solid sides it’s nothing but a fiberglass highway. With that large of a space, it’s nearly impossible to get that much fiberglass smooth and completely flat. You’ll end up with ever so slightly wavy sides, which is absolutely normal on all solid camper shells, no matter what brand. If you can stand the slightly wavy sides, go for it. If you think it’s going to be as smooth and flat as a sheet of glass you’ll be highly disappointed.   If you want to sand them flat every time you look at them, (which is impossible) you may want to go for windows.  They will look pretty good from 10' away, but if you are looking down the side of it, it will be rather obvious.
  • Most camper shells and truck caps weigh between 180 to 250lbs. Fiberglass weighs more than window glass so throw an extra 50lbs or so to a smooth, windowless side.
  • If you want a solid side to your camper shell, you’ll probably end up with an entry-level cap. You can only get the solid sides on one that wasn’t designed to have recessed windows, and since most are, you’ll likely be stuck with the plain-Jane model in most cases.   Although you may still have the ability to add options. Ask our sales pros for advice here.
  • Without windows, the solid sided truck caps have much less visibility than caps with windows. But you could have figured that one out on your own.
  • If you live in the Midwest, it gets HOT here.  But we don’t have to tell you that. Solid side camper shells don’t have anything to open so it’s almost impossible to get air in.  So inside your bed becomes a 6.5’ long oven.  So don’t even think about putting your dog in there in the summer.
  • Since there aren’t windows on the solid sided style, you’ll want to order yours with extra lights inside. Nothing is worse than losing something in the bed of your truck and having to search for it in the darkness of a window-less camper shell. Well, there are probably lots of worse things, but you’ll want to skip it anyway.
  • If you want a solid side camper shell to use for advertising your business, you may be better off getting one with the glass side windows and having the perforated decals put on them to promote yourself.  You’ve seen these on city buses, shuttle buses and more.  They look like a giant painted ad, but they have tiny holes in them allowing you to see out.  Good visibility for you, but privacy from potentially unwanted prying eyes.

Solid Side Truck Cap

So now that you know the differences between camper shells with and without windows, only you can decide if it's right for you and your truck. If you need any help at all, shoot us an email, give us a call or come on by our stores if you’re in the Kansas City area. We’ll be more than happy to help you choose the perfect truck cap. 

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Does Chux Sell Accessories for Cars?

Apr 23 2014

Does Chux Trux Have Car Accessories?

With a name like Chux Trux, lots of people ask if we sell car accessories. We get it. The name sounds like we only deal with trucks. But since we’re really into just about everything on four wheels, we can definitely hook your car up. We got this. We got it locked down. Your car will be off the chain. And on the top. Okay, so we’re the best at accessorizing cars, trucks and Jeeps, but we’re terrible at slang. We’ll stick with the vehicles.

Camaro body kitSo what can we do to your car to get it looking awesome? All kinds of things. It all depends on your style, what you want, what you like and how much you want to spend. Tell us what kind of car accessories you like, or a style you like, and we can definitely get you there. It doesn’t even matter what kind of car you drive. You may like muscle cars like Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes or Chargers. Maybe you’re into imports like Hondas, Mercedes, Audis and Volkswagens. We’ve even got car accessories for you if you drive a 1997 Crown Victoria. We love car accessories so much we’ll do our best to find exactly what you’re looking for no matter what kind of car you drive.

The good thing is, we handle a lot of car accessories that’ll work great no matter what make or model you drive. We do full vinyl wraps for cars down to just the hood, roof, half wraps, racing stripes or whatever you want. We can take your car and wrap it in a new color, making it look like you got a new paint job. Car vinyl wraps can be just about any color with almost any design or picture on it. Get them in flat black (also called matte black) or turn it into a picture of Hello Kitty if that’s your thing, we don’t care. We’ll create the car of your dreams.

Then we’ve got stuff like rims and tires. No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, when it comes to customizing it, you’ve got to go with aftermarket rims and tires. Custom rims and tires make a huge difference in the looks of your car. Rims are a big deal on their own, but then you’ve got choices in the finish, color, size and offset. And if you don’t have a clue what offset means, don’t worry, we’ll help you with that too. We won’t recommend getting spinners or 28 inch chrome behemoths, but if that’s what you really want, we’ll try our best.

And you can’t have custom car accessories without having the windows tinted. Window tint just makes sense. It blocks out UV rays, keeps your car cooler and makes it look better. We can definitely tint your windows on your car. Oh, and if you have old tint, we can take it off and replace it. You know who has old tint…it’s purple instead of black, has enough bubbles in it to make you think you’re inside a fish bowl looking out and it’s probably peeling at every corner. Let us replace it with new window tint and you’ll feel like you’re in a new car.

What about performance? Do you like to go fast? Or maybe you want better gas mileage. Or both. Either way, we can help you with that too. From cold air intakes and exhaust systems to programmers and chips, we’ve got em. And if you’re into performance and looks, go for a lowering kit for your car. The right lowering kit can make your car handle better than stock and look great doing it.

So yeah, our name is Chux Trux, but we do cars too. If you’ve got a vehicle with four wheels and you want it to look awesome, bring it. We don’t specialize in trucks, we specialize in awesome. 


 
 
 

Heavy Duty Bumpers - 7 Things to Know BEFORE You Buy

Feb 12 2014

Top Gun Bumper Fab Fours PreRunner Iron Cross Jeep Bumper

Are you considering adding a heavy duty bumper or off-road bumper to your truck or Jeep? If you are, there are lots of things to consider before you buy. There are literally hundreds of types, styles and most importantly, quality levels of replacement bumpers and heavy duty (off road) bumpers on the market. So it’s best if you know what to be on the lookout for before you make that all important choice and lay out the bucks.

We all want to save a few bucks, but these aren’t the old $99 bumpers you used to find at the Cheapo Depot.  These are built for extreme duty.  The manufacturer’s web site is a good place to start your search. Fab Fours, Ranch Hand, and Thunderstruck are three of the most popular brands for trucks and Jeeps.

Things to consider:

  • What style do you want? 
    • Do you want a Texas or “ranch look” with a grille guard or screen, or are you going for that all-business, off road appearance? 
  • What cutouts and options do you want?
    • Will you be adding off-road lights? 
    • Square or Round?
    • Size
  • How about a winch?
  • Tow hooks?
  • Finish
    • Glossy, matte, textured or diamond plate?
  • Clearance
    • A heavy duty bumper might interfere with tire clearance depending on the make and model of your truck. Especially if you mount some monster off road tires, so be sure to check that out as well
  • Logo
    • Most of the replacement bumper manufacturers cut their logo into the bumper somewhere. Are you going to be okay with that or would rather not have a logo?
  • Matching rear bumper
    • Even if you are only in the market for a front bumper right now, check out the matching rear bumper for your truck too. Not all rears may look as good as the front and you need to know that now before you buy
    • Also think about the amount of drop for the rear bumper.   If you have a lift kit and huge tires on your truck, a lot of off road bumpers have an 8” to 10” drop the get the tow hitch at the right height. Also ask if it will hold a hi-lift jack, and does it have tow hooks?
  • Jeep Guys
    • Check out if the rear bumper has a built in tire carrier for that heavy, oversized, off road tire and wheel combination
    • How easy is it to open the rear glass and gate with that spare tire carrier in place?
    • Most manufacturer’s make both of these, but some work MUCH better than others
    • See if the rear bumper mounts with an an OEM mounting system, or does it actually bolt to the body (some do)?
  • Weight
    • These things are heavy! The front end of your vehicle will most likely drop a little due to the weight.  You should consider adding a leveling kit (ReadyLift is an excellent brand) to restore the ride height
You can avoid all of the hassles of buying an off road bumper by simply stopping in or calling Chux Trux and let the experts here guide you on your selection and do the installation for you and get you out the door and off-road in no time!  No one in knows more about off-road, heavy duty bumpers in Kansas City than our team here at Chux Trux.
TFX Bumper with Grille Screen Iron Cross Bumper Fab Fours Black Steel Bumper


 
 
 

Get in Easily With Step Bars, Running Boards & Nerf Bars

Feb 11 2014

Chrome Stainless Steel Nerf Bars 

You know the problem, your 4-wheel drive truck or SUV looks and works great, but without tube steps, nerf bars or running boards, it’s tough to get up in the cab. And some of the other members of your family (or that cute girl you’d like to get to know better) can’t get up there at all.

 

Well guess what, there are a whole variety of products out there that can solve these problems. And even if you don’t have any problems like these and just want to add a little class to your truck, we can help you out.

 

They have different names and come in lots of styles but they basically all do the same job. Nerf bars, step bars, running boards, or truck steps, whatever you call them, they can all make it easier to get in and out of your truck. Even straight from the factory a lot of new trucks and SUVs are higher than ever so providing a little boost up can be handy. In nasty weather the non-skid step pad can provide safe secure footing when entering or exiting your truck. A nerf bar, running board, or truck step can also be a good place to knock some of the mud and dirt and crud off your shoes before you get in helping to keep the inside of your truck cleaner. And finally they can add a touch of custom elegance and a custom look to your truck that will turn heads wherever you go!

 

But let’s talk about nerf bars first. Nerf bars come in two basic styles. The most common are the cab length nerf bars. These run from the length of the cab and provide a step for each of the seating rows in your truck.


Wheel –to-wheel nerf bars are a little longer, running from the front door to the rear wheel well. This gives you the added convenience of an extra step for access to the front of your bed. Both of these types of nerf bars come in either round tube or oval tube, with the oval design giving you a little bit wider foot pad for better stability.

 

Most nerf bars are made from 3” or 4” diameter thick- walled, cold-rolled steel or stainless steel tubing for strength. Oval bars are usually 5” wide.

 

The most common finish on nerf bars is polished stainless steel, but they are also available in chrome plated and black powder coat versions.

 

The latest and greatest thing in running boards are retractable running boards that stay out of sight until you open the door, then retract again when you close the door. 

These retractable steps have an OEM look like they came right off the assembly line with the truck or SUV.  In fact, some higher end vehicles have these as optional equipment.

 

Traditional diamond plate or extruded aluminum running boards are typically wider than nerf bars and can support more total weight.

 

AMP Research Power Steps      Step Boards      Dee Zee Diamond Tread Running Boards

 

 

Finally, custom molded running boards will blend in with the design of your truck almost seamlessly and can be color matched to your existing paint. Most running boards are made from a molded polymer material that is supported underneath by an aluminum frame. Depending on the design, many running boards feature a black or dark gray foot pad that runs either door length or the length of the cab.

 

Individual nerf bars or truck steps are just what the name implies. Rather than running the full length of the truck cab, they are short, usually 8” to 24” wide, and are designed for one foot. If you have a crew cab or 4 door truck you will require four steps.

 

There is one more type of truck step and that’s one that is mounted on the side or rear of your truck for easier access to your bed. If you find yourself constantly getting in and out of the bed of your truck, a step back there can be a life saver over the course of a long work day. Just like the cab steps, bed steps can be fixed or retractable.

 

The good news is that most of these truck steps, nerf bars, and running boards are easy to install. In most cases you can do it yourself in your own driveway using only basic hand tools. Many OEM manufacturers sell their own running boards so you’ll often find the necessary mounting holes are already there. You just need to bolt ‘em in place! Some of the larger, heavier styles however are best installed by professionals.

 

So now that you know a little about the different styles, which type is right for you?

 

The first thing to consider is length. Do you need secure footing for you and your passengers? Do you need the extra length of a wheel-to-wheel nerf bar for better access to your cargo bed?

 

What about capacity? A typical nerf bar or truck step can support about 300 pounds. This should be plenty for most applications. But if you need more, the typical running board can hold about another 200 pounds.

 

Finally we come down to which type will look best. Do you prefer chrome, powder coat, or something that matches the paint on your truck?

 

Probably the leading brand of truck steps, nerf bars, and running boards is DeeZee. They offer the most popular styles today and they carry a variety of sizes and finishes. They have nerf bars in 3” or 4” round, 4” and 5” oval, chrome, polished or powder coated. Their running boards are styled to compliment your truck and they have a sturdy, diamond plate design for a rugged product that can take all the abuse you can dish out.

 

Westin Automotive is another top brand that can provide you with a full line of products to choose from. Their oval tube nerf bars come in several universal lengths and are a full 6” wide to give you a safe, secure stepping area. Weston’s running boards come in six universal lengths and feature an extruded aluminum base board and slip resistant rubber step area. The molded end caps give their running boards a nice finished look.

 

Luverne Truck Equipment has stainless steel side steps that feature a wide 7” step and are available in sizes to fit regular, extended, super, and crew cab pickups and SUVs. Most models have factory installed brackets and feature no-drill installation.

 

For the ultimate in cool, you might want to consider power retractable nerf bars from Amp Research. These are slip resistant and fully lighted steps that extend when you open any door and smoothly retract out of sight when the door is closed.

 

Amp Research also features retractable bed steps that mount on the side or rear bumper of your truck. These can be a real back and leg savers if you and your truck work hard. The fold out of the way when you don’t need them, and then provide a wide secure step up when you do.

 

Now that you know everything you ever wanted to know about nerf bars, truck steps, running boards, etc., you need to know where to get ‘em! That’s easy, if you live anywhere in the greater Kansas City area just stop by any one of three Chux Trux stores. There you’ll find expert help to make your decision easy and we can even install your new running boards or nerf bars for you. Can’t make it to one of our stores right away? Just gives us a call, you’ll talk to a real live person, not voice mail or one of those annoying automated menus, but an actual human being. (How rare is that these days?) Finally, you can always send us an email and let us know what you need.

 

So now there’s no excuse for you not having the latest in safety and design in steps, nerf bars, or running boards for your truck that will also make it easier and more convenient to use for you and your passengers.

 

By: Chris Ripper


 
 
 

Top 5 Reasons to Get a Bug Shield on Your Truck

Feb 11 2014

 

Rock chips on hood

There are a gazillion reasons why you should have a bug deflector on your truck.  The simple reason is you spent a buttload of money on your truck and want to protect it.   Nothing feels worse than getting that first ding in the door or chip in the hood.  You can’t always prevent door dings do to other people who are idiots and couldn’t care less if they damage your truck.

 

Lots of things can cause paint damage to the front of your truck, especially the hood.  Here are the top 5 reasons to put a bug deflector on your truck or SUV:

  1. Bug deflectors block pebbles and small rocks from pelting the front of your hood when thrown by tires of other cars, trucks and 18-wheelers while driving on the highway
  2. Bug Shields minimize damage from sleet and hail Bugshields protect against small road debris Hood shields minimize damage from salt on winter roads hitting your hood
  3. Bug shields divert air OVER your cab and minimize the number of bugs and small debris that hit your windshield 

  4. Almost any of these things can be hurled at your shiny new truck while driving.  Throw in a windy day and highway speeds and the force of the impact is amplified. 

Once the paint is chipped, you now have the potential for rust, not to mention it looks like someone took a BB gun to your hood.  Repainting your hood is one option.  Chux sells custom hoods so we know what it costs to paint one.  Most reputable shops charge between $325 - $450 to repaint the hood of a full size truck.  That’s a pretty expensive repair for some tiny little chips.  Even if you get the chips, repaint your hood, you’re right back in the same boat.  No protection!

 

However, you can control the dents and dings on your hood and some chips in the windshield.  There are 2 ways to protect your nose without damaging your ride.  A bug shield (or bug deflector / hood deflector as some people call them), or a clear bra (clear Mylar tape that is custom cut so your vehicle) are easy fixes for this problem all vehicles face.

 

Bug shields sold by Chux Trux protect your truck or SUV in several ways:

  • 99% of them install with no drilling
  • Ours are high quality and are car wash safe.
  • Most wrap around the front corners of the vehicle to protect the front of the fenders
  • Depending on the design, most redirect the air flow upward to direct small pebbles, bugs, etc. up and OVER the cab (hence the name “bug deflector”).  This protects both your hood and windshield from expensive dings
  • Bug deflectors from Chux are very cost effective, costing well under the $100 or more that dealerships charge
  • Bug shields at Chux carry a lifetime warranty.  Even if a rock cracks it, Chux will replace it.

 

Paint protection film (PPF) is another option for protecting the front of your truck or SUV.  PPF is made of an industrial mylar tape that is custom cut to the shape of your year, make and model of vehicle.  These nearly invisible paint protection films apply directly to your paint without glues or any damaging chemicals.

Paint protection films look awesome and have been used in the high end market for nearly a decade (think Porsche, Mercedes, Ferarri, etc.) But they are now available to us blue collar types at an affordable price.


Chux invested in the equipment, supplies and materials to do this in house for our loyal customers 

 

By: Chris Ripper


 
 
 

Truck Bed Protection - Knowing Your Options

Feb 7 2014

 Bedrug with dog

You say you just spent $40,000 on a new truck and you want to keep it looking great? Wonderful! The problem is, that new truck has to work just as hard it will play. Loading tools and supplies for the job site in and out of the bed every day is going to take its toll. Even if the only work your truck will do is those weekly trips to the home improvement warehouse, it won’t be very long before your new truck’s bed looks like they reenacted the battle of Gettysburg back there.

Dents, scratches, and rust can really drag down the trade-in value when that time comes, even if the rest of your truck is pristine. Fortunately, there are lots of solutions out there. Unfortunately, there are advantages and disadvantages with each and some are expensive while others are not so expensive and you have to figure out which one will work best for you. But you’re in luck because you’ve come to the right place for some advice. We can’t do anything about your love life, but truck bed liners? We’re all over it!

Truck bed liner

 

 

The first type of bed protection that became popular is the good old molded plastic drop-in bed liner. The most popular brand is Rugged Liner.  Usually one piece in design these are available to fit either over the bed rails or under the bed rails for those of you who sometimes use a shell. Rugged liners have reinforced corners and sides and they feature special slots for 2x4s to create two-tier loading. They will protect the bed from dents and scratches, but the plastic surface is usually slippery and your cargo may slide around some. Not good if you’re carrying home that expensive antique curio cabinet your wife just bought at auction.

And while a drop in liner will protect your bed from damage from the load, the points where it actually comes in contact with the bed can eventually rub bare spots in the paint over time. It’s also possible for moisture to become trapped in between the liner and the bed and that will promote rust.

Drop-in bed liners are, however, very cost effective, can be installed without drilling any new holes. And if you’ve already got a truck that you’re selling or trading in you can cover up that beat up bed quickly and easily with a drop-in liner and boost the overall appeal of your truck.

  

Spray in bedliner

 

 

 

The next type of bed protection to consider is the spray in bed liner from companies like Rhino Linings and Line-X. Rhino Linings being the premium brand, they offer a lifetime warranty. The big advantage to a spray in lining is that, because it’s likea thick coat of paint, you don’t lose the couple of inches of cargo space that a drop-in liner takes up. A spray in lining also has a more textured surface that is much better at preventing the load from shifting around. Spray in bed liners will cover the entire bed, sides, and tailgate and they are very resistant to damage from chemicals, fluid spills, and heat. You should also consider a spray-in liner if you routinely carry very heavy loads.

Be aware that this is a permanent solution to the bed protection problem as once it’s been applied it will not come off. Most spray in bed liners do require professional installation but that can usually be accomplished in only half a day.

 

 

Bedrug soft bed liner

 

 

Okay, we’ve seen solutions for work trucks, but what about play time. You want to take your truck camping or tailgating at the game or you need something with a little more padding for those antiques your wife keeps buying!  This is where a carpeted bed liner like those from BedRug or a rubber bed mat is the perfect answer. The BedRug will give your truck a show quality look but it has commercial durability. It resists damage from chemicals, oils, and even battery acid and yet you can just hose it out. The BedRug acts like a shock absorber for your load and prevents it from sliding or shifting. It features a carpet-like texture over a foam bottom. It’s great for camping if you sleep back there and it is easy on the knees if you have to crawl in and out of the bed. And it won’t flop around or blow out on the highway right in front of that state trooper that’s been following you for the last two miles. 

 

 

 

 

ProMaxx is one of the tob brands of rubber bed mats that we sell at Chux. This is a virgin rubber mat that is 5/16” thick and made from the same rubber compound used in heavy duty tires. It too will not move around in the bed or fly out on

truck bed mat the highway. These are custom fit to your truck so there’s no cutting or trimming and they have a finished edge all the way around.

Another advantage to a BedRug or a ProMaxx rubber bed mat is portability. If you sell your current truck and replace it with the same make and model, just move your BedRug or bed mat over to your new truck and get on down the road.  The only disadvantage to a rubber bed mat is that they do not cover the sides of your bed. 

 

Okay, we’ve given you some ideas on the various ways you can protect your truck’s cargo bed from damage and protect your load from shifting or sliding and making your bed more suited for things like camping and tailgating. So now what? Where can you get some more information or better yet, where can you buy one once you decide which type you want? That’s easy Sparky, just go to chuxtrux.com, send us an email, or pick up the phone and call any one of the Chux Trux stores in the Kansas City area. When you call you won’t get an answering machine or have to wade through twenty menu options, you will actually talk to a living, breathing human being.  This person can not only help you decide what you need and set you up with the right bed liner for your particular application but can handle the expert installation too!

So now you’re all set. You’ve got your new truck, the bed looks great and is protected, the work week is over, your wife’s antiques are safe and sound, and now it’s time for that fishing trip or tailgate party. You’re welcome!

By: Chris Ripper