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    Lightbulb What budget friendly mods have you done to your truck?

    just wanting to see how resourceful some fellow chevy owners are. what are some cheap simple mods you have done that dont break the bank.

    for me so far i have gotten ventshades. and i had the 4x4 decal on the back changed with something a little more me lol. looking for ideas and some general pointing in the right direction lol

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    Default What Budget LOL!?!

    Well I looked through all of my albums, and I only found one thing that was budget friendly for anyone on here. It also happens to be my best and most friendly mod I have done on any of my trucks, it had to be my home made halo's for my headlights. Here's a list of stuff I needed for this mod.

    Home Depot

    2- 36" acrylic blind adjusters $1.99 each

    Radio Shack

    4- 4004 diodes $0.97
    8- 4mm white LED's $20 for all 8
    4-330 watt resistors $0.97

    Total Cost- $28.00 for both headlights

    Basically just cut the acrylic rod into two pieces of equal length, and put them in the oven and softened them up enough to bend easilly. Then I formed them around objects such as soup cans or drinking glasses, and then snipped the ends of them off to leave for the LED's. They look just like the factory one's except they cost hardly anything to make, and it was fun at that! Here's a pic of them fresh out of the oven

    Those are the miniature version of the halo's, here are my one off 6" halo's that I put on my off-road lights behind my grille. I have never seen anything like this before, which Is why I did it. Cost me about $20 to make the set of 2 halo's, but I thought they were cool as hell! I am going to make a set of blue one's for my S-10 next summer, check them out!

    Last edited by TRPLXL2; 12-12-2009 at 07:54 PM.
    2004 Chevy Colorado
    LS1 5.7 swap/TBSS rear axle swap

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    paintmatch the bowtie. Theres a write up on it here. Looks great and cheap too.
    Michael, 17, CA

    2005 Silverado - See my garage for my mod list

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsrtne1 View Post
    paintmatch the bowtie. Theres a write up on it here. Looks great and cheap too.
    I agree, paint matched bowties look great. You could also debadge or paint match your lettering.

    Bobby - North Carolina
    2008 4x4 5.3L V8
    6" Suspension Lift and 1.5" Body Lift
    20x9 Ballistic Jesters w/35" Toyo Open Country MT's & 1.5" rear wheel spacers
    4:56 Yukon Gears
    Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator
    Baja style bed mount spare tire carrier
    Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust
    Recon Smoked LED tails/3rd brake lights/black projectors w/switchback LED's in the corners
    N-Fab Nerf Steps
    K&N CAI
    No Fear Pedals
    Tint, Line-X bedliner, Window visors, Rear wheel well liners
    Painted front grill, bow ties and door badges, de-"lettered" tailgate
    Powder coated front and rear bumpers

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    One of the cheapest mods I did is actually one of my favorites! $40.00 for paint and $8.50 for the Silverado decals!

    Very easy to do and I think it looks great!

    Last edited by adampaul1964; 12-16-2009 at 11:20 AM.

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    I colormatched my whole grill. Maybe $20 + 3 hrs labor.

    Red 05 Silverado. Ram-Air Hood w/custom paint. Cold Air Intake, Black 20" Wheels w/Polished Lip. Lowered 2" in rear, Tint, Custom Front Bumper, Flowmaster Dual Exhaust, Color Matched Grill w/Billet Inserts, Debadged Tailgate, Red LED Underdash Lighting, DDMTuning HID's - 8000k in lows & fogs. Smoked Foglights

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    Default RE: smoked tail lights

    Smoke the tail lights, I got the kit on Ebay for like $15, free shipping..then paid a guy who tints windows to do it for $ total it was $35 for both...I just got mine done..check it out on my pics
    2001 Silverado 5.3L
    13% tint all around
    7" Fabtech lift kit w/ leveling kit
    HD front end conversion
    Blacked out Billet Grille w/ Black Bow-Tie
    33x12.5x20 on 20x10 Fuel Hostage
    Smoked out tail lights
    Dual Flow Masters/ Exhaust Cut outs
    K&N CAI
    Custom Tuner
    Corvette Servo
    180 Stat
    10K HIDs

    "Spending money on things we dont need to impress people we dont know"

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    Get a heat gun and heat up the seals around your headlights and you can take the orange reflectors out then seal them up cost like 30 bucks heat gun costs like 25 at kragens and 5 bucks for the clear caulk.

    99 Chevy silverado
    6.5 inch FTS lift
    16x12 weld cheyennes
    31x12.5 boggers
    electric fan conversion
    flowmaster 10 series exhaust with 5 inch tip dumped
    autopage remote starter

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    Haven't done it on the truck yet but on the you can also paint match the engine cover, fuse box cover, any interior trim that you want, the bow ties on the wheels. Did all this and then some on my Cobalt ss/sc. Got a lot of compliments on it. I think it cost all of $50 for materials: sand paper, primer, alcohol pads gm spray paint, and clear coat.
    2008 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab 4wd LT1 Package with 20" wheel upgrade,K&N CAI, Magnaflow Catback Dual Side Exit, Tuff Country 2" Leveling Kit, Blackbear Tune, 6k HIDS Low and High Beams, 3K HID fog lights, LED tailight bar

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    Here's a $20 mod: A Lowe's/Kobalt PCV oil catch can that all GM V8's could use. Simple to make and hook-up.
    The Cheap-*ss Modder & Thread Killer
    The Realist says, "The glass is too big".

    2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Z60 4WD Crew Cab
    Mineral Green Metallic w/ Tan Leather Interior
    5.3 L FLEX w/AFM, 6A, Cheap-*ss Mods
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