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    Default New to Trucks, What to do? 98 Chevy 1500

    Hey guys! I just got my first truck, a 98 Chevy 1500 Ext Cab! I just joined the site so im still trying to figure everything out, lol.

    But anyways, i got the truck, a new paint job, and $1,000 with the truck. I was wondering what mods you guys would suggest adding to the truck with that money. I am just using the truck to drive to school and back, to take fishing, and hit then mud every now and then!

    So, any suggestions on what to add?

    note: the truck has
    -3" body lift
    -35" Trail Grapplers
    -Dual flowmaster exhaust
    -Cold air intake
    -Gear 20" Rims
    -New paint job
    -110,000 miles

    Once agin, i'm new to the site (and trucks for that matter) so sorry if this is all irrelevant. Thanks guys!

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    Welcome to GMTC! If it were me I would use The $1000 for some preventative maintenance. I know that it does not sound fun, But nothing sucks more than your truck breaking down with a problem that could have been prevented. I would start with spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, distributor rotor or button, fuel filter, coolant flush, trans service, change fluids in T-case, front and rear diffs. Then I would move on to checking the brake pads, rotors and fluid condition. Check out your u-joints, Take it in for an alignment (it would stink to eat up those tires because worn front end parts). I there are any oil leaks I would fix them. Then, after you take care of all that stuff and if you still have money left, buy something fun. That is just my .02 cents!

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    Wise advice! And I would take it but the guy before me owned a body and repair shop and took care of all of that stuff when he bought it. He changed the spark plugs less than 300miles ago. also the wheels and tires are only around 1,000 miles old and he aligned everything at his shop. But thanks for the advice!
    Any advice for fun stuff? Haha

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    That's cool you got yr first trunk
    i know you may know this but, when you go muddying I would take a another person with a truck or at get a good witsh or at least some good long heavy duty chains, if you get stunk.
    mayby higher gear for those 20" that would bring up yr gas mileage.
    o be wared if you take it muddying be prepared to you may bent, break or at least scratch the paint

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