Okay so I wanna bring things up to speed and catch things up to the present. In the past few months I have obtained a Bedrug with tailgate section from Craigslist for $100.
https://www.amazon.com/Bedrug-BRC07SBK- ... rds=bedrug
I also have added a topper and LED lights inside on a relay harness and switch. The topper came with a light, but it only works if the cargo light switch in cab is on and it shines in the wrong direction.
I went to the Factory Outlet to buy it.
Didn't have to, but it was a good excuse for a road trip. Including gas and food, I still saved $ over buying local. I use the bed of truck for camping with the wife while ATVing or if we venture too far from home so I needed control of lights in the rear and don't want them blinding me from above either. I tied into the 12v constant on 7 way circuit by pulling tail light and running through there to bed. I sealed the connection with liquid electric tape. In two different colors. I use black and white. It takes a few coats to create a good insulation barrier over soldered connections. I stagger the color to better see coverage of each coat, starting and ending in black. It dries quite fast. Re coat in minutes if it's dry and warm or 20 min. if it's wet outside. If you want strong and water tight, try it out on your connections.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F ... UTF8&psc=1
I also installed a hood protector recently.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CE ... UTF8&psc=1
It serves it's purpose and looks good doing it.
Presently I am waiting on good weather to switch out my headlights. I have some moisture issues in one of the current ones. After finding clogs in the air vents of housings one by spider and other by defect, I still found it has a bad seal anyway and keeps fogging. 1aauto is warrantying them under lifetime warranty. Only problem is they no longer make the ones I have so they gave me the comparable option available. The new lights and a Diff drop kit I ordered showed up in the mail today. I may have to go to my buddy's shop to work on the truck because it's not getting any better weather wise with all the rain and cold on it's way. My 1.5 car garage is more of an extended living room with A/C, wood burning stove, fridge and cable TV along with tools. Might have to steal a bay on a Sunday when he is closed. He lives right around the corner from the shop and is there all the time. A few more recent pics and a peak at the new headlight.