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Old 06-08-2013, 05:42 PM
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I received my 2013 Laramie 4x4 CC on the 25th of May but the next day I had to go out of town on business for 1 week. Once I came back, through the help of this forum I just had to start adding some goodies.
The first thing to arrive was the S&B CAI, really fast shipping and an all around quality product. The install took about an hour and sounds great when you give it some gas. The butt dyno can tell as well as I'm seeing about a 1.5 MPG increase on my EVIC. This was the first to go on and I tried it out before putting anything else on.

The next to go on was the tonneau cover. I decided to go with the undercover flex over the bakflip because of build quality, price and warranty. Once again shipping was super fast and I got this for a really good deal I think ($695). The box was really well packaged too. The install was really quick, only took about 30 min. While I was at it I installed bullrings which required some cutting of the factory caps but I think it gives the truck a cleaner look and it allows me to tie stuff down without reaching into the bed.

What I really like about the flex is the details they put into the cover that bak doesn't. The pull cables have plastic guides rather than just a hole that can chafe the cable, there is a piece of felt under the cable so you don't scrape your hands, there are locking clips on both sides the will hold the cover in the down forward position...bak has you use a bungee cord and the front mounting bolt is hidden underneath the cover where bak has it through the cover.

The cover stays in the vertical position (90 degrees) by really nice prop rods bak has the cover lean against the cab which might cause some paint damage.

The next goodie to go on was the Solo Performance Mach-44 cat back exhaust. Once again shipping was super fast and extremely well packaged. Steve from Solo threw in a Solo T-shirt and gave me a good deal also. The install took 1 hour and you can tell this is a quality product. Everything is stainless steel, excellent welds, the muffler is polished and the tips are huge. Everything bolted right up and lined up perfectly. The sound the Mach-44 produces isn't super loud and obnoxious, it makes the hemi sound like an instrument and no drone at highway speed.


I noticed that with the undercover flex installed I couldn't see anything in the front of the bed. I decided to buy B-Lights by Truxedo. I got them from Amazon and because of Prime they were also shipped super fast. Install was fairly straight forward, I decided to tie into the 7-pin wiring harness for power that way I wouldn't have to run a cable all the way to the battery.

In the directions it said to wire a switch in the truck, that wasn't going to work for me 1) because I didn't want to run wire into the cab and 2) I would forget to turn it on when I got out of the truck and then would have to walk back and flip the switch...did I also mention I'm lazy. I went to radioshack and picked up a round lighted single pole toggle switch and inserted it into the round hole by the rear tie down. I didn't want to drill into the new truck and I thought this was a great spot for it...as long as nothing hits it, but with the tie down right there it should be fairly safe.

Here is a pic with the cover closed and in the dark. As you can see the 8 led bundles do a great job with lighting up the back.

Finally, I installed 3/8" chrome buttons that I picked up from Lowe's. This is pretty trivial but being in a one plate state I really didn't like the 4 holes on my bumper.

Well that's about it for now until I find some more goodies!
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:52 PM
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Cool, nice stuff, guess you caught the mod virus, thanks for the pics, very nice, Reps for sharing
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Nice thanks for sharing. Do you know if the on/off switch for the B-Lights can be ran into the dash stock cargo light switch?
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Good info and great pics. I have run those lights before and the definitely work with a cover. I would disagree a little on the cover info but great write up
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Great job and nice looking truck .... My truck is white also and I'm thinking about doing the flex, could you post a better picture of the entire truck so I can see how the flex looks on your truck.....thanks
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Great job and nice looking truck .... My truck is white also and I'm thinking about doing the flex, could you post a better picture of the entire truck so I can see how the flex looks on your truck.....thanks
Hi, also got the flex .. I personally think the features are better ..

Check this out if you have not done so already ..
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This video is good ...
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Nice thanks for sharing. Do you know if the on/off switch for the B-Lights can be ran into the dash stock cargo light switch?
Thats what I did, if I need them on for a long time I can press the cargo light switch and they will stay on.
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Nice thanks for sharing. Do you know if the on/off switch for the B-Lights can be ran into the dash stock cargo light switch?
It would defiantly work, once you have the power wire in the cab just run it up under the dash or even easier run it to the cargo light itself and find the right wire to tap into.
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