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.

 


 
 
 

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

Jun 4 2018

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

 

Car tonneau cover

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

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

Euro Car Tonno Cover 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


 
 
 

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

Jun 4 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.


 
 
 

Factors to Consider When Buying a Tonneau Cover

Jun 4 2018

Factors to Consider When Buying a Tonneau Cover

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

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

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

  

Tonneau Cover Functions

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

Limitations

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Tonneau Cover Appearances

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

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

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

 

Tonneau Cover Manufacturing Time and Installation

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

 

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

 

 

Tonneau Cover Costs

 

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

 

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

 

Tonneau Cover Accessories

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

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

 

Tonneau Cover Add-on's

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

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

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

 

 

 

 


 
 
 

Soft Roll-Up vs. Soft Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers

Sep 17 2014

Top mounted tonneau cover.  

So you want a soft truck bed cover but aren’t quite sure what type you need? The two most popular soft covers are roll-up and tri-fold tonneau covers. There are snap covers, but those are kind of a pain compared to these other two. Walking around the whole truck bed snapping or unsnapping the cover isn’t so bad, unless it’s raining, snowing, really cold or really hot outside. The others take less than half the time a snap cover takes. That’s why most tonneau cover manufacturer’s don’t even make them anymore.

What’s The Difference Between Folding Tonneau Covers and Roll Up Tonneau Covers?

Both of these bed covers are installed on rails. The rails are attached to your bed with easy to use clamps. Full installation doesn’t take more than 20 minutes for either style.

A roll up tonneau cover sits either inside the edges or on top of the bed.  Top mount models will cover your stake pocket holes. So will all soft folding truck bed covers. With the flush fit, roll up covers, you can still use bed accessories (tie downs, ladder racks, etc.) that need the stake holes and it won’t affect the roll up cover operation at all.

The tri-fold tonneau cover sits on top of the bed and covers all of the stake pocket holes. You can’t use this bed cover with any other bed accessories without taking it off.

A roll up bed cover can stay on your truck bed at all times. When you don’t need it, it rolls up snug against the cab and can be secured there completely out of the way. A tri-fold cover either has to be removed and stored somewhere safe while you aren’t using it, or it “stacks” up covering roughly the front 1/3 of your truck bed. You can still haul cargo under it, but a motorcycle/quad/ATV is out of the question without removing it.

How To Use A Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

Soft folding tonneau cover.

A Tri-Fold tonneau cover uses built-in clamps and rails for the initial installation. The clamps are easy to put on your truck and will hold for years.

For daily use, the roll up tonneau cover is easy to use in most situations. Unlatch the cover at the tailgate and fold the cover towards the cab. Once you reach the cab, unlatch the cover from the bed and pick it up. You’ll need a safe place to store it while you aren’t using it. Depending on what you are hauling in the bed, you may have room to store it in the bed with your cargo, just make sure it’s secured from blowing out while driving.  This cover takes a few minutes longer to use than a roll up cover.

To use the cover again, sit it back near the cab, secure it underneath the cover to the rails and unfold it towards the tailgate. Reclamp the rear and you’re ready to go.

How To Use A Roll-Up Tonneau Cover

Roll up tonneau cover.

Installation for a roll-up tonneau cover consists of some clamps for the rails. They’re easy to install and just as easy to take off. Once your roll-up bed cover is installed the first time, you won’t need to remove any of the clamps unless you want to completely uninstall the cover.

Daily use of a roll-up bed cover is simple. If you want to use your open truck bed, just unlatch the cover near the tailgate and roll the cover towards your cab as you walk down the side of the truck. Secure the roll up cover at the cab with the built in straps and you’re done. The cover sits on the front edge of your truck bed and is out of the way of anything in the bed.

If you want to cover the bed again, just roll the cover back over the bed as you walk towards the tailgate and secure the latch. Then walk down both sides of the truck sealing the Velcro with the heel of your hand. You’re done.

What Kind Of Truck Bed Cover Do You Need?

Think about what you use your truck for on a daily basis. If you want a bed cover that’ll keep your cargo safe and secure, but you also need to use your entire bed a lot, go for a roll-up tonneau cover. It’ll be easier to work with than a tri-fold. If you want to secure your cargo under a bed cover and you hardly ever need to use your whole bed, a tri-fold tonneau cover can work perfectly.

If you have any questions or need to know more about these tonneau covers, give us a call, send an email, comment or come by one of our Chux Trux locations in Kansas City. We’ll help you figure out what’s best for you and your truck.


 
 
 

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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What?s Different About the Pace Edwards Switchblade Tonneau Cover?

Jun 9 2014

Switchblade Tonneau Cover on a Ford F-150.There are some pretty damn awesome tonneau covers on the market today, but if you’re looking for something unique or different you’ll have to really search around. Yeah, there are great ones, but there are also some pretty junky bed covers out there.

We aren’t opening that can today.  

But if you’re looking for a really awesome tonneau cover that’s unique, works even better than the “good” covers and is a change of pace from “normal” covers, check out the Pace Edwards Switchblade bed cover.

Sometimes you just want something different.

Doesn’t matter that the thing you’ve got works just fine. You want something that works just as good or better, but you don’t want it to look like anything anyone else has. The Switchblade tonneau cover is exactly what you’re looking for.

What’s So Different About It?

 

Technically, it works like other high quality tonneau covers in that it covers your truck bed, contains your cargo and keeps it all safe and sound. But that’s where the similarities end. The differences between the Switchblade tonneau cover and all the others will show you how this one stands out.

It’s fully retractable.

Yep, you read it right. This truck bed cover retracts with the flick of your wrist. It quickly and smoothly slides up towards the cab and rolls into the canister like a garage door. It slides back just as easily. You won’t worry about folding or flipping it open or snapping or using Velcro down the sides. The cover sits on the tracks on each side, slides into and out of the canister in the front without blocking any vision at all.

What else is different?

Pace’s ArmorTek construction.

Weather-resistant padded polymer is specially bonded to tough aluminum panels that make up the actual cover.  This stuff is super strong and like nothing you’ve ever seen. No other truck bed cover around has these aluminum panels, much less aluminum panels coated in weather-resistant material. The coating is black and gives it that “soft cover” look, but a second glance will let everyone know this isn’t your average bed cover.

It’s simple, fast and easy to completely install and remove.

Make the cover retract into the canister by the easy pull strap, remove the canister out of the truck, pull the tracks along the sides of the bed out and it’s gone. No truck bed cover to be seen.  Completely remove it from the truck for 100% access in less than 5 minutes.  That's faster than a lot of soft covers.

Want it back?

Put the side tracks in place, use a screwdriver and a wrench to tighten the four screws to hold the canister in place and pull the cover out. You’re good to go.  Again, less than 5 minutes!

Switchblade tonneau cover comes out quickly and easily.

What else is so great about the Switchblade Tonneau cover?

  • The continuous Tension Spring lets the cover retract as smooth as butter in just seconds.

  • There’s a full width handle along the rear so you can open it from standing on either side.

  • It's incredibly low profile.  It stands less than 1" above the bed rails.

  • You don’t need to climb into the bed to open the cover – there’s a pull strap for that.

  • The side rails clamp in, no need for drilling.

  • You need a Phillips screwdriver and a 7/16wrench for installation. That’s it.

  • The canister sits low so there’s nothing to block your visibility.

There’s really nothing that’s been left out on this tonneau cover except that it won’t load your cargo for you.

If you’re looking for the most awesome looking and probably the most unique, cool looking tonneau cover out there, check out the Pace Edwards Switchblade tonneau cover here at Chux Trux.

Like it? Hate it? Let us know what you think about this cover and why. Give us a call, send us an email or comment below to get us really excited.

 

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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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Tonneau Covers - Velcro Roll Up vs. Snap Covers

May 27 2014

Snap Tonneau CoverSnap VS. Roll Up (Velcro) Tonneau Covers

So you’re looking for a tonneau cover and need to know which is better – a snap tonneau cover or a roll up tonneau cover. You’re in the right place because we definitely know tonneau covers here at Chux.

Let’s dive right in and start with the major differences.

First Up

Both snap bed covers and Velcro bed covers are considered to be “roll up” covers. When you want to buy one or the other, make sure the roll up cover you get is the type you really want. There are big differences in the snap and Velcro types.

Snap covers are the old school roll up covers and not many people like them anymore, but for some reason they’re still being made. Kind of like CD players. Snap covers are also the cheapest type of tonneau cover you can buy. Velcro covers have pretty much replaced the snap covers because they’re better in most ways.

Roll up tonneau covers are pretty fast and easy to install, but there is a difference in the snap and Velcro types. Velcro will take you about 20 minutes or less to install and use. Snap covers take up to an hour.

 

Rolling Up and Rolling Down

Velcro tonneau coversWhen it comes to actually using your roll up tonneau cover, Velcro covers roll up and out of your way in about 10 seconds. Snap covers take a few minutes to unsnap and roll up. Not a big deal, really, unless it’s raining and you’re getting soaked. Or if it’s freezing cold outside. Think about the coldest, wettest day in winter and picture yourself standing outside and unsnapping about 30 snaps on each side of the bed. And another 20 across the back.

With a snap cover, once you roll the cover up, you’ve got to remove the cross. You’ve got to find a place to store them or just let them flop around in your truck bed. That doesn’t sound annoying, does it? You’ve also got to take off the back rail and store it somewhere too. With a Velcro cover, the bows are attached to the cover itself so they roll up together with the cover itself. So does the back rail. Easy and not annoying.  All self contained with nothing to store

And when you want to put the cover back, Velcro pretty much seals itself when you roll the cover down in place. Just run your hand over the Velcro and you’re done. With the snap cover you’ve got to walk around to every snap (about 70 snaps on a cover), line them up and press them into place. Again, not a huge deal unless it’s raining or cold or you’re in a hurry. At that point, you’ll wish you went with Velcro every time you push a snap into place.   

And if it’s cold outside, then nature comes into play.  Most things contract in the cold and a vinyl tarp is no exception.   When you are rolling a snap cover back into place in cold weather, you almost always have to start at the rear corners and “stretch” the cover to get the first snaps to attach to the rail.  This can take some effort to “cam it over” and onto the rail.  Not so with a Velcro cover.  On a Velcro cover, since the tarp is attached to the back rail, you simply set the back rain into its set position on the side rails and push down.  No fuss, no muss and you are out of the cold in 15 seconds.

Another item you should be aware of is when it comes to sealing the sides, Velcro seals all the way down the rail of your truck. The snaps obviously only seal where each snap is located, leaving little gaps between each one for water to sneak in.   And for many of you, this is the reason you are buying a cover in the first place…to keep water out.

 

Looks

When it comes to what your roll up tonneau cover looks like there are a few differences between Velcro and snap tonneau covers. Snap covers always sit on top of your truck bed. Velcro covers have different versions so you can find some that sit on top and others that sit flush inside the bed rails so you get that clean, low-profile look.

Another thing keeping the snap covers from having the low-pro look is the arched bows. They arch in the center of the cover and make it stand taller instead of flat and straight across the top. The arch gives your truck a slight hunchback look and doesn’t look as clean as the Velcro covers. Velcro bed covers usually use a spring or tension control system to keep the cover tight. No hunchbacks needed.

 

Last But Not Least

Some snap bed covers use plastic snaps. That’s great if you don’t want to worry about rust on metal snaps, but not so great when the plastic loses its shape and you can’t snap it together anymore. Velcro doesn’t lose its Velcro – it just works. Same thing happens in very cold weather. Snaps can lose their shape and not be able to stay snapped. Velcro still works.

Velcro truck bed covers come in a few different styles, like roll up and folding. Snap bed covers don’t give you many choices. Snap covers start somewhere around $219. Velcro covers are about $40 more, but you can see the benefits are worth it. Another win for Velcro bed covers is they usually come with a lifetime warranty. Snap covers usually don’t.

Now that you’ve decided which roll up tonneau cover to get for your truck, you can come to us with any questions you still have or to get your cover on its way to you. Let us know which type of roll up truck bed cover you prefer and why. Give us a call, send an email or let us know in the comment section below. 


 
 
 

How Long Does it Take to Get a Painted Tonneau Cover?

Apr 25 2014

Undercover LUX painted tonneau CoverThe answer is plain and simple: It depends. We offer two different brands of covers that come painted. If you want the best of the best that you can customize any way you want, with all of the bells and whistles, you’re gonna have to wait around a week to 10 days. If you want a great truck bed cover that’s painted to match but don’t care as much about being able to add goodies to it the we might have it in stock or be able to get from our warehouse in 1-2 days. It’s up to you. If you go for more options and styling it’ll take a little longer. If you’re impatient, then we can get on quick.

Take a look at the painted tonneau covers we offer. The first brand of truck bed cover we offer is from A.R.E. You get four different styles of these fiberglass tonneau covers to choose from. And then you have to think about the options. You want carpeted headliner? How about lights under your new truck lid? Or you can order it with remote locks if you want to keep your stuff locked up tight with the push of a button. Add a spoiler if you like that kind of thing – it’ll be painted to match too.

With the A.R.E. painted tonneau cover, we help you decide what style you want and add or take away the different options and accessories. Then you choose your color, the truck it’s going on, the size of the bed and we place the order. It’ll take about 10 days for your truck bed cover to be custom built, painted and delivered.  It can vary. Their busy season is from April-September, which can cause a little longer delay.  The reason for this is they are delivered an custom 18-wheelers that have space for 60-80 units.  During the busy season, that truck gets filled more quickly so an order may get pushed back to the next availabe truck which will come the following week.

This process isn’t made to give you a headache, it’s meant to get you the tonneau cover of your dreams. Who wants to go through all this picking and choosing and not end up with the perfect tonneau cover? We sure don’t.  Sometimes it's worth the wait.

But now you can see why we don’t keep painted tonneau covers in stock. We could have 1000 of them sitting around and not one would be the exact thing you wanted. We could have over 100 of them with the options you want, but they might not fit your specific truck bed. This way you get the tonneau cover you want and a factory fresh paint job all delivered in less than 2 weeks.

And if you don’t mind going with one that has a few basic options, like a dome light and a pull strap, then we’ve got Undercover LUX painted tonneau covers. These are lightweight ABS covers, not fiberglass like A.R.E. There is only one style available and no features to add like carpet, fishing rod holders, etc. You choose the color, what truck it fits on and you’re done. We actually keep some of these in stock in popular colors so you may not have to wait at all.

What are the differences in these two painted tonneau covers? For starters, A.R.E. bed covers flow with the body lines of your truck. The top of these covers mimic the lines on the hood of your truck so it looks like it was made from the factory to fit. The top of an F150 cover looks like the top of an F150 hood…get it?  Undercover bed covers all look the same, no matter what truck you’ve got. They’re sporty and stylish, but they’re all the same design.

There are some great pros and cons to both covers. But make no mistake, these are both top-of-the-line brands.   Besides the lack of options or styling with the Undercover LUX, it’s only got a 3 year warranty. A.R.E. comes with aARE LS2 tonneau cover lifetime warranty. However, the Undercover is lightweight enough (about 68lbs.) that it’s easy to take on and off.  And it’s has built in holders so you can hang it on the wall of your garage when not in use.  Pricing for these truck bed covers are similar and you’ll get an excellent fit with both of them. The difference in the beginning is of course the wait time for an A.R.E. being 1-2 weeks, versus the 1-2 day wait on the Undercover covers.

So again, it’s up to you and what you really want out of a tonneau cover. If you just need one that’ll cover your be with an excellent fit, maybe you only need to wait a day or two. If you’re in this for the long haul and want a truck bed cover that’ll last and be as useful as possible, 1 or 2 weeks really isn’t that long.

Let us know your thoughts right here. If you’re thinking about getting a painted tonneau cover just give us a call, send us an email or comment below. We’d love to hear from you. 


 
 
 

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. 


 
 
 

Are Tonneau Covers Waterproof?

Mar 12 2014

Access Cover WetA tonneau cover is not a miracle worker. It’s a great addition to your truck if you frequently carry cargo that needs to be safely contained. It keeps your gear out of the weather, and under lock and key, and out of sight from petty thieves. But a tonneau cover doesn’t make your truck bed completely waterproof, no matter what anyone tells you. That’s crazy talk.

Water creeps in though places you didn’t even know were there. Like across the front of the bed. If you’ve never noticed, the corner where the front of the bed meets the sides of the bed in the corners has a little space. Just a teeny tiny little space that may even look level to the naked eye, but water can and will get through here, including under your tonneau cover.

Another place that’s great for water but bad for you is around the tailgate. The seams along the sides of the tailgate are pretty wide when it comes to allowing water and dust pass through. The great thing about that is we’ve got tailgate seal kits from Access, Extang and TruXedo. These kits act like a gasket around your tailgate to seal it up really good, blocking the water and dust from sneaking it.  And there is usually a little extra material left over that you can use to plug areas in other spots

There is a BIG difference between water PROOF and water RESISTANT.

Water proof means water won’t penetrate. Water resistant means it resists water, but won’t totally block all water. If you want a complete water proof truck bed you’ll have to get a large metal plate and weld your bed and tailgate shut. No water is getting into that, but the only downside is you can’t get into it either. So if you want a tonneau cover, the best thing to do is, first, figure out what you’ll be using your bed for, and second, find a tonneau that’ll fit those needs.

A tonneau cover WILL keep water out of your bed…

…About 98-99 percent of the time, in normal conditions. But nothing in life is perfect, right? And the better suited your tonneau cover is to fit your needs, the more likely it will live up to your expectations. What we’re saying is, if you haul old lumber around and don’t really care if it gets damp on occasion, get whatever truck bed cover you want. If you have stuff in your truck bed that’ll melt or explode or otherwise be ruined if it gets wet, then you may need to look into a hard tonneau that wraps over the edge and tailgate of your truck bed. Unless you like living on the edge, of course.

The thing is, most tonneau covers will keep your cargo dry most of the time. Decent covers that seal along the edges of your truck bed will deflect most water, even rain, from getting inside. Heavy torrential rains, driving down the highway in the rain and washing your truck will put your cargo in danger of getting wet. The best thing is realizing your truck bed is full of water even though you’ve got a tonneau cover and realizing you just washed it at the car wash, holding that 150psi pressure washer just a few inches from where the cover meets the bed of the truck. Common sense will tell you that type of pressure behind the water is going to win over any foam or rubber seal.  Of course that’s going to force water through the cracks like wind through a screen door. But tonneau covers were designed to handle the basic elements like rain falling down vertically, not water being forced in under 150psi from a few inches away.  Use your truck bed cover like it was designed, don’t expect miracles when you only pay a couple hundred dollars, and you’ll live worry a lot less about the tiny amount that may seep in.

The best part about a truck bed cover of any kind is…

It’ll still protect your gear from bad stuff other than rain. We’ve still got snow, ice, sleet, dust and harmful UV rays on this earth that’ll beat your cargo up every chance it gets. Any truck bed cover we’ve got here at Chux will keep those things out of your truck bed. Fiberglass covers, hard covers and even soft roll up covers will work if that’s all you’re worried about.

If you want even more protection from possible water or even dust getting in underneath the tonneau cover, we sell tailgate and bed seal kits that seal up the seams like a gasket. This helps keep a lot of that junk out without you worrying at all. Again, these tailgate seal kits are made by awesome tonneau companies like Access, TruXedo and Extang, so they’re fully informed of how tonneau covers work.Tailgate seal

And then there are the gas savings.

All truck bed covers can save fuel when it comes to highway mileage. Why? Because of the way the wind blows. When driving down the highway the wind goes over the top of your cab and dips down into the bed. It’s blocked by the tailgate (like a small parachute) and that slows you down ever so slightly, making your truck work just a little harder and drink more gas. With a truck bed cover that wind glides right off the cover without slowing anything. You’re welcome.

What kind of tonneau cover do you need?

There are several different types of truck bed covers, all made for different purposes. Choose what best fits your needs. Don’t settle for a cheap tonneau cover that doesn’t fit your needs!  Most cheap tonneau covers are cheap for a reason (common sense, right?).  The reason they are less expensive is they either are missing some important or desirable features, they use lighter weight components that may not hold up as well over time (like the seals), or both!  Focus on your needs, and then find the cover that fills that need.  Most soft tonneaus are great if you’re looking for a sturdy, water resistant way to lock your bed and keep your gear dry and safe. Then again, if you’re only looking for a way to keep the sun off of the stack of firewood you haul around, you won’t need to go for the expensive hard locking tops.

Soft tonneau covers roll up, fold up on frames, snap, peel or Velcro closed and some are hinged to open in one piece. These are usually easy to install, easy to remove and are more affordable than hard covers. Most of these require you to drop your tailgate to open, so if you have a lock on your tailgate, you have a reasonable amount of security.

Hard covers keep water and thieves out more than soft covers do. Hard covers fold or flip up on hinges. They can be painted to match your truck and look like a higher end product than the soft covers. Some are lightweight and can be installed easily while others are more permanent, require more tools and time to do a complete install and adjust them properly to keep them from rubbing on your paint.

We carry a ton of different styles and brands of tonneau covers right here at Chux. If you have any questions about truck bed covers don’t be scared to give us a call or send us an email. We can even give you more tips on how to best seal your truck bed to get it close to being water proof.

We’d love to hear from you in the comment section. Drop us a line, hit us up, give us a ring (or a type?) and give us your thoughts and opinions.  


 
 
 

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


 
 
 

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


 
 
 

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


 
 
 

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