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    Question First truck...looking for reasonably priced upgrades

    Hi all, new to the site and actually just bought my first truck a month ago. It's a dark blue 2006 Silverado LS with a 4.8L V8 and 59k miles, extended cab, short bed, 2wd. I love the look of chrome on dark vehicles so I have installed chrome door handle covers, mirror covers, tailgate handle cover, fuel door cover, bug deflector, and a cab brake light cover.

    There are still a few things I would like to add to the truck.
    1. Chrome tail light bezels/covers
    2. Either chrome fender trim Or chrome rocker panel molding (I would remove the stock black plastic molding if I went with the rocker panel molding) looking for input here
    3. Exhaust, or maybe just a muffler. I really just want it to sound mean. Looking for advice as to which option and what muffler sounds best
    4. Tires and rims, I was thinking about 20" (6 lug) chrome rims with some meaty tires. I don't know the biggest size tire I can fit without lifting the truck, but I would like something about 34"
    5. Nerf bars
    6. Suggestions on how to improve gas mileage (I am only getting 17mpg on the highway)

    I am from the Toledo area, but will be in New Mexico, Cincinnati, Charleston (SC), and Minneapolis over the next four months. If anyone knows of places I can get good deals on the above items or has any other suggestions I am all ears.

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    Welcome to the club.

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    WElcome aboard


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    welcome from SC
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    Sr. Engineer Sam_A's Avatar
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    Welcome from MS. I usually get any/all upgrades online. Google the part you are looking for and compare prices. I recently bought a tonneau cover for my 03 2500HD 6.6L Duramax from AutoAnything and was really happy with their service. They also had a wide selection of other upgrades to include exhaust systems.

    Good luck with the upgrades.

    2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LT 4x4, Crew Cab
    6.6L Duramax Diesel (LB7) with an automatic Allison 1000 5 speed.
    Spray-in bed liner, S&B Air Filter, Homemade CAI ram scoop, ball hitch for Gooseneck
    Black toolbox, metallic-black bowtie, 5.5" NV-200C Bumper Off-Road lights behind a blacked-out grille
    285/75R16E BFG A/Ts
    Future Upgrades: Exhaust, CAI, programmer, intercooler, torque converter

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    Hi, and welcome to the site!
    Eddie , 2000 Chevy Tahoe Z71 (old style)

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    Welcome to the GMTruckClub!

    2010 Z/71 Colorado C/C
    Black 4X4 w/5.3L V8
    2007 Winnebago Adventurer
    w/8.1L Chevy & Allison 6spd.
    Canyon Lake, Texas

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