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Thread: Progress on my 08 Silverado Z71
08-28-2012, 11:24 PM #1
Progress on my 08 Silverado Z71
Just thought I would put together a thread of what I have done. Bought the truck used back in May 2011 with 36,500 miles on the clock. Its a Z71 extended cab. Came factory with the step bars and rain guard things. Currently has 56k or so miles and hasn't let me down yet!
The day I picked her up (they let me test drive it to lunch and back so that's why it still has the stickers on it)
1st mod: A set of 55w 5000k HID Low beams.
2nd mod: A K&N intake but I don't have any pics of that. Whenever I get around to it, I will take one and post it here.
3rd mod: Switchback LED turn signals. I bought the SMD ones and they seem to light up really well in shaded areas and at night but I am not happy with the daylight brightness of the signals due to the safety (hard to see the signal flash in the daytime)
4th mod: Rough Country leveling kit and 18" Fuel Boost 5.5 B/S rims with Falken Wild Peak tires (285/65)
5th mod: LED interior lights
6th mod: Bakflip G2 bedcover plus locking tailgate (which I bought at 4wheelParts and not a stealership)
7th mod: Cree projector LED cargo lamps (also bought Cree switchback turn signals for the front at the same time) In the video, pay attention to the tree to see the light output from just the cargo lights. The light doesn't dim like it shows, that's just my iPhone auto focusing lol)
Note: I will be switching out the tail lights for LED ones eventually and either swapping for LED 3rd brake light or just swap bulbs for LED ones. I still need to do an exhaust and tune but that will happen as funds allow. I will be updating this thread as I add more mods to the truck so stay tuned.
08-29-2012, 07:48 AM #2
its lookin pretty good there bud. keep up the good work.
2010 Silverado Z71
"Fueled by Haters"
TCS front box 7"-9" set at 8.5" | FTS coilovers(blue coil) with resis and FTS shocks with resis| 20" Fuel Off-Road Revolver Rims | 35x12.50 Nitto Trail Grapplers | Halo Projector Head Lights by Recon- Black | Led Taillights by Recon- Smoked | Dumped Straight pipe | Volant CAI | Ranch Hand Front Bumper | DiabloSport Trinity Programmer | Tow Mirrors with Turn Signal | Cervinis Ram-Air hood | 4.56 USA gears with tru trac locker | Longshot Lighting 6000k 55w low beam and 6000k 35w fogs HIDs | 7" lift leaf spring | Blue TCS traction bars
Future Mods: Long tube headers | Custom tune | Cam | Stall Converter
08-29-2012, 07:49 AM #3
looking real good...Tim Walters (Curky)
Wrangler AT/S 265/70R17 - Trail-FX window vents - Husky fitted splash guards - Silver Star zXe - Leveling kit -
08-29-2012, 10:42 AM #4
how would you compare your cargo lamp light output to the stock light output?
Other than color because it obviously looks better...
Just wondering because when i put putco led 3rd brake light on my truck years ago,it looked great!, however i did not notice till i just replaced it with HELLA led tailights and 3rd brake light how ****ty the light output of the cheap LED cargo lamp really was!
given the Hella 3rd brake light only utilized the led brake light and the cargo lamp is 2 incandescant bulbs, more than likely same as OEM,(which was way brighter than those cargo LEDs) is there actually any leds for these that are superior in light output to our factory incandescants??? just wondering...
also, I noticed in your signature that you stated you have 2-12" type-R's with your M-1000, that must be great! however I am curious to know how exactly you made such a deep mount sub fit in an extended cab silverado? alpine type-R's are amazing! just never heard of anyone fitting them in a single, ext, or crew cab before without having to add some customization to either their seats or entire back row.
Id love to see some pics of that and im sure others might as well.
good luck with your future endeavors!2000 Chevrolet Silverado
4.3L V6, 4L60E, 2WD, Single Cab
Poweraid TB Spacer
Flowmaster 10-series exhaust (dumped)
Edge CS insight monitor
LS-1 Dual Electric fans
Corvette tranny servo swap
Head Unit: Alpine
Speakers: Alpine SPR-60C 6.5" component set, 4X6 Infinity Kappas
Subs: 2-12" Kicker CVT's
Amps: Alpine-M1000 (subs), Alpine MRX-F65 (Speakers)
305/70R16 NITTO Terra Grapplers
16" PROCOMP 7089's
2" leveling kit
3" Fabtech Spindle Lift Kit
Front/Rear-Bilstein 5100 shocks
35W HID Low Beams
RECON LED smoked roof cab lights
HELLA LED taillights and 3rd brakelight
HELLA FF-75 Aux. Reverse Lamps
RIGID dually D2, flush mount, wide beam
Hawk HPS Brake pads
Russell braided steel brake lines
Powerstop-red powdercoated brake calipers
Powerslot Cryo brake rotors
EGR in-channel window visors
08-29-2012, 03:07 PM #5
As for the alpine subs go, I had my 2 Type R's in a fairly large box in my Explorer and when I traded for my truck, I just folded up the rear seat and put the box there. I did buy a single 12" box and put one of the subs in it so I could have some rear seat space. The box is sitting on the passenger side where the single seat section folded up. It's temporary until I can figure out how to remount the rear seats higher to allow for more room. There is a new type R full sized sub that's a inch and a half more shallow than last years model. So might need to raise the seat an inch if at all. One thing for sure, I need to dynamat my roof haha
Thanks for the comments everyone. This truck is costing lots of hard earned $$ to mod but its worth it.
08-29-2012, 10:52 PM #6
are those the bulbs you have pictured there???
definitely post of pictures and/or links to the bulbs you used, thanks!
oh and FYI HELLA discontinued all of its LED tailight line, (not enough demand, so a sales rep. told me) so if you want them you better hurry up, it took me going through 3 different websites that showed them in stock only to find out they were actually sold out, and the 3rd was the charm (tirerack.com).
08-30-2012, 03:54 AM #7
The bulbs in the packages are the new ones. The smaller ones on the left went into the cargo lamp. The larger ones on the right are going in my front signals (replacing the 360 degree SMD ones.
Sucks to hear about the Hella lights. I am sure if they woulda advertised more, they would of had people buying them left and right. I only found them by accident lol.
08-30-2012, 05:19 AM #8
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Someone has been busy.... Look'in good....08 Z71 Avalanche Mods to date: K&N CAI,Hellwig Swaybars and End Links, Corsa Sport Exhaust, Superchips Programer,IPCW LOF & 3rd brake light and tails, AMI Gas door,Show Hooks and Door locks, Enkei Wheels, with Pirelli tires, StreetScene Bowties, Grant Steering wheel,Muth signal mirrors,SSBC Big Brake kit,Huskyliner Mug gards,Floor mats and Hood shield, McGard Lug nuts and locks, Bedrug, Cervini's Ram Air hood,35watt HID Fog lights, Sylvania bulbs all around ZXE's Highs and Lows, WhiteNight Back up lights,Sirius and HD Radio, SnugTop sitting on deck now Got a Softopper on now,Tempress Boat Hatches.... New Bilstein shocks are on... New Mods coming soon..... X
08-31-2012, 07:45 PM #9
Thanks. Yeah, been busy as of late. Still got to do my exhaust then tune. I think I'll be able to get the exhaust within a few months but tune will have to wait until next year I'm afraid lol. And maybe sometime next year I can get a 4" lift. I do think I'm gonna have to contact VLEDs about my reverse lights. They were supposed to ship by the end of the month but still show as back order. Maybe if I gripe long enough, I'll get a discount on a future purchase (which would be the vanity lights in the visors).
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