Bigger tires or paint it black?

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by Chevyguy69, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Chevyguy69

    Chevyguy69 New Member

    Hi, I have a white 08 Crew Cab LS with 17" wheels on it and I want to do something about the fender wells. It really bugs me because all I can see is little tires and a whole lot of white!! I thought about if I spray some black undercoating or just flat black paint it may look better which would be cheaper or maybe go up to 20" rims and tires...but that would cost some big bucks and could make the tranny shift to often from drive to OD like it did my old 94.

    Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
  2. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    You could always buy some fender liners. GM sells them but maybe you could get them from rockauto cheaper or something.
  3. Chevyguy69

    Chevyguy69 New Member

    Thanks, that's a great suggestion I haven't thought about. Maybe some others with white trucks on this body style wil chime in. :great:
  4. ChromeSilver02

    ChromeSilver02 New Member

    I do not have fender liners on my truck but have definitely considered them. I would do the liners before painting the fenders. I would suggest doing the liners and the bigger wheels/tires to fill in the fender. But I never really like the height of the fenders on the NNBS, because like you said the wheel doesnt really fill in the fender.
  5. j cat

    j cat Active Member

    my white 2000 siL has the wheel wells painted with a brush on rust proofing sound reduction product. this is called rusfre comes in a gallon container about 20.00 . you can do 3 vehicles . I have found this to be the best product out there, flexible and sticks good .easy clean up just some mineral spirits paint thinner. thin product before use. thin coats work and are better. I did 3 coats .

    I got at my local body shop supplier. also internet it is available. product is stable. lasts in the metal container for years ..

    no rust where I used this. the spray cans are poor quality. product cracks and is too brittle after a few years.
  6. stchman

    stchman New Member

    My old 2008 LT had factory 17" rims and I ended up putting 20s on it. I had to get a Hyperytech module to tell the computer how tall the new tires were.

    While some flat black spray paint would be cheaper, it would wear off quickly. You can get some wheel well liners for that truck for not too much.

    http://www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com/Fender-Flares-Trim/Rugged-Rear-Wheel-Well-Inner-Liners

    Now if you could get your wheel wells done up with that spray in bed liner stuff, that should last.
  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    x3 on liners...
  8. 84thProblem

    84thProblem New Member

    Every time I'm walking home from the mail box, coming up on my red '04 Silverado LS, all I see is the frame rails and inner fenders on the bed. Been thinking of painting / using some sort of bed liner / under caot in there ...
  9. Chevyguy69

    Chevyguy69 New Member

    I'm glad I'm not the only one!! :lol:

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    Thanks, I think I'll go with the liners. If I put on 20" wheels, what does a Hyperytech module cost?

    Thanks
  10. dadngt

    dadngt New Member

    I vote for the liners also or just get a black truck next time :D
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  11. stchman

    stchman New Member

    The Hypertech module for the GM trucks with the 4.8L, 5.3L, and 6.2L engines is the 32501 and it can be had on ebay for $300 shipped.
  12. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida New Member

    I just bought a Summit White 2012 Extended Cab 1500 and it's my only styling complaint on this version of Chevy/GMC truck. From the previous models there always was a fair amount sheet metal over the rear wheels and it looked balanced, this model it seems that GM wanted to cut some weight and make the truck look taller. It is a big benefit for those who want 36" tall tires since clearance would not be an issue. I did see a white truck just like mine and it did have black wheel well liners but you do end up with a whole lot of black. I have 20" chrome wheels and the white wheel well doesn't look all that bad with the chrome but I live in Florida and I drive only on paved roads (no salt or snow to worry about). For now, I'm washing the white but I'm sure after a while it will get coated with road tar and stone chips here and there. If you live in snow country it wont take long for the wells to get really beaten up. I think one advantage of wheel well liners that it might knock down some of the road noise. Bed liner coating would be a second choice. I have seen them on-line but I cannot find any at this moment, but they are about $80 a set.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  13. Chevyguy69

    Chevyguy69 New Member

    I have just about decided to keep the 17" on because of having to buy the Hypertech module and the more expensive 20" mags and tires. I hadn't thought about the liners cutting down on the noise so that's a plus for me. This is my first crew cab and I hear a lot of wind noise around my right rear door...but feel no air. If you find that site for $80 a set let me know. I live in western SC so salt is not a problem. I just need to get rid of the ugly and noise! Lol! Sorry it took so long to get back with you but the email for messages I selected is not working for me.
  14. stchman

    stchman New Member

    Have you tried ebay, lots of folks are selling the entire new 20" wheel and tire combo with TPMS for GM trucks. Since your truck is a 2008, you can get the less expensive older Hypertech 32004 module, that should save you ~$100.

    I would suggest that you look into Hypertech Speedometer Calibrator, but they are just as expensive as the MaxEnergy module.
  15. Chevyguy69

    Chevyguy69 New Member

    I appreciate the info and will check out ebay. Even though my truck is just an 08, It's still high tech compared to my old 94 Z-71! lol. So if i bought 20" wheels and tires could I just get it "recalibrated" one time instead of buying a Hypertech? Also I see you have 123 posts, I set my account settings to receive emails when I get a reply and have yet to receive one. I contacted the administrator concerning this but haven't had a reply. I think I'm doing everything on my end correctly as I am familar with most forums.

    Thanks :great:
  16. stchman

    stchman New Member

    Yes, you can get it calibrated one time, that's all you need. Who is going to do the calibrating and how much will the calibration cost? My guess is it won't cost zero dollars.

    As far as getting email when you have replies to your thread, it works for me. Hopefully the admin will be able to get itsquared away for you.
  17. Chevyguy69

    Chevyguy69 New Member

    Yes I believe they just fixed it! I don't know about calibration or what it cost but any tips will help will be appreciated! lol. I don't think the stealers will do it fer free. :lol:

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