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Do you have a Bull Ring to fit my Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra TOP RAIL?
Sorry, but no. The rear stake pocket is trapezoid shaped, and that is because it is designed to be a hand-grip and there is a corresponding step in the rear bumper for climbing on to the truck bed. We don’t want to cover a handgrip. In any case, the walls are flush (like an elevator shaft) and won’t accept a Bull Ring anyway.
The front holes are covered by the plastic rail cap, but we don’t recommend cutting them open. There is no repair for a cut rail cap, and the stake pocket holes underneath also have flush walls which don’t accept a standard Bull Ring installation.
If you have already cut your stake pocket holes open- there is a custom made, front bracket for the front holes of the 14-17 GM trucks. We can make a set and send them to you but we cannot warrant the cut of the rail cap. We can coach you through that process- call our installation team during the work week 8-4 Mon – Fri. Central time: 888-879-2855
The best alternative is our Bull Ring part # 1001– available one pair at a time- or in a handy 9 pack-(part # 1019). There are nine oval plugs in the bed of Silverado/Sierra Colorado and Canyon trucks- 3 down each side and 3 across the front. The Bull Ring part # 1001 –(also called Chevy Bullet) are every bit as strong as a Bull Ring, they retract out at a 35-degree angle, (which matches nicely, the angle of most loads) and then retract back flush, into the wall and out of the way. Search for Bull Ring 1001 or Bull Ring 1019.
What product will fit my RAM without trimming the rail cap?
You will need to trim the rail cap on every 09-17 RAM- no matter what you want to install in the stake pockets. It isn’t difficult and we can help you- (instructions below). Refer to the fit chart for all RAM choices- Low Profile is Part # 4066– Standard Bull Rings are Part #’s 4001 & 4003.
Here are the instructions for clearing the stake pockets to prepare for Bull Ring Installation:
Step 1 Rear Pocket
The 09-17 RAM rear pocket is covered by a plastic rail cap, flowing down into the opening on all 4 sides of the pocket making a channel in the stake pocket. It appears open at the bottom- giving the impression that the pocket is open- but the 4-sided plastic channel is preventing you from gaining access to the steel lip of the pocket hole on the left and right-and this is where the Bull Ring needs to mount. You’ll need to cut that box out with one of 2 methods: Box cutter or Router
A: Box cutter Method
(Mopar published an article on rail cap trim) Cut along the scribe line around the rear stake pocket hole. The box will come right out. Be careful not to allow the blade to go too deep- there is painted metal just below he plastic. Set your box cutter blade to its shallowest depth to avoid paint scratching. Once the “channel” or “box” is removed the Bull Ring will install and cover any unsightly cuts on the rail cap.
B: Router Method
NOTE: The router method is shown in an excellent, 4-part video series on this page. You can find that page again by clicking on “Install” > “Dodge Installation.” Be sure to watch all 4 short, informative videos. (well worth the 5 minutes to watch).
We have 2 router bits available which fit in any standard, American router. The first, Model # S 5567, is a tiny saw blade which cuts horizontally, parallel to the rail cap. It removes the channel or box and allows the trim router bit to clean the hole and prepare for the Bull Ring installation.
The 2nd bit- Model # P5566 cleans the stake pocket plastic and cuts flush to the edge of the stake pocket opening, making a nice clean, straight edge cut along the stake pocket hole. Once the pocket is clean and open- the Bull Ring will install easily.
Step 2 Front Pocket
The 09-17 Ram short bed will often have the front stake pocket covered by the plastic rail, preventing you from installing anything in that hole. Once again- there are 2 methods for plastic opening:
A: Box Cutter method
Drill a small hole in the middle of the rectangular scribe line on the front pocket location: (be careful not to cut out to the edge of the scribe line- this scribe line is too large and would remove too much rail cap material.) Ignore the scribe line except to find the middle- and test for a “soft spot” by pressing down firmly on the rail cap to be certain you are over the opening). From your new center hole, pull the blade out to each corner, making an “x” cut which extends to each corner of the steel hole underneath. Be sure the blade is inserted deep enough so that it will stop when it encounters the edge of the steel hole underneath. Connect the ends of the “X” with cuts from one to the other until all the pieces of plastic are removed exposing the open hole, which matches the now visible, steel hole. Install the Bull Ring as usual.
B: Router Method
Note: The front hole trim method is shown in the 4-part video series found on this page. Using Part # P5566 pocket cleaning router bit, in your router, insert the bit into your center drilled hole, and trace the hidden stake pocket hole by allowing the router bit to run along the edge of the hidden stake pocket –counter clockwise. Take your time and be deliberate and keep strong control of the router- (but not so slow as to melt the rail cap and gum up the bit- just deliberate and sure and steady.) Once the pocket is clean- install Bull Rings as usual.
Long Bed and Laramie front pockets
All 8’ Ram beds are made in Mexico and the front stake pocket hole is not a slim, rectangle- but a slightly widened out plus sign shape. It is a little tricky to tell at a glance because the plastic rail cap with open hole appears to hide this fact. If you encounter this widened stake pocket- we have a wide bracket for Ram- which installs the same way as a standard Bull Ring and solves the wide requirement quickly and easily. Please call to have a set made up to exchange your standard set of Bull Rings. There doesn’t appear to be any exact science on which trucks have this odd front pocket- other than it is most prevalent on trucks made in Mexico. No worries- we have you covered.
What if my FORD rail cap is out of alignment with the steel hole and my Bull Ring won’t install?
Some F Series 6-1/2 and 8’ bed trucks have rail caps which are misaligned with the steel pocket opening underneath. Some are worse than others and prevent the installation of a standard Bull Ring. (We know…that stinks). But we have tooled up an off-set Bull Ring for 2 flush fit Bull Ring models: 4025 and 4028. Please see fit chart for the best fit and style for your FORD truck.
The new, offset Bull Rings (4035 AND 4038) are Available Now!
Call 888-879-2855 for more info or go to Amazon and search Bull Ring 4035 or Bull Ring 4038.
Why can’t I find a fit for my 00-13 Tundra club cab/crew max?
There isn’t one. The stake pockets on the Tundra with solid rail cap would require cutting the rail cap to gain access to the stake pocket hole. Once cut- we find the stake pocket too close to the edge of the quarter panel wall to allow a Bull Ring to install properly.
For 2014-2017 Crew Max, we offer a product for the cut rail stake pockets, called the 9044. Please watch the Tundra installation videos for instructions. Call with any installation questions. 888-879-2855
Which Bull Ring fits my 97 or older F Series truck?
The 4001 or 4003 will both fit the “openings” of your truck. And they both go in the rear holes just fine. But look down inside the stake pocket holes on your truck in the front and middle holes. You’ll see there is a metal obstruction which prevents the Bull Ring base from getting down inside that hole. That metal has to be moved down and away with a good solid piece of hardwood or a steel chisel and a heavy ball peen or 3 lbs. hammer.
The good news is the metal is fairly light duty and moves pretty easily. Moving it won’t affect the integrity of the construction of the truck bed. You should make a few relief cuts on the metal down inside-parallel with the front and back of the hole-(not the opening mind you-just the metal down inside). It is also important to repair any lost paint with some form or enamel- touch –up paint or even fingernail polish- just to cover exposed metal- because exposed metal and oxygen is a bad combo. Once you have made open space inside the stake pocket, you can install Bull Rings as usual.