Newb from Michigan - 2011laserblue's brother

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by 11redz71, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    Hi All.

    My brother (2011laserblue) showed me this site. I've been a lurker for quite awhile, and tonight I thought i'd change that! Amazing amount of information here, not to mention some awesome looking trucks!

    Here is a pic of my truck

    2011 Silverado 1500 4X4
    Z71 Appearance Package

    Current Mods:

    OEM 20" Wheels
    OEM Chrome tube steps
    OEM Mud Guards
    GM Chrome Exhaust tip
    Flowmaster Super 40 Series Muffler
    Advanced Folding hard box cover.

    Planned Mods:
    275/55/20 Cooper Zeon LTZ tires...actually getting installed tomorrow! :happy:
    Rigid Industries LED light bar
    TSC crossover Lo-Profile Toolbox
    Color matched Chevrolet emblems

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  2. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    She's a beauty! :glasses: Welcome brother! :great:
  3. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Welcome! :great:

    Good looking truck. I have a question, though -- when you say 'color-matched' emblems ... are you matching to your chrome, your black, or your red? (You're basically running three colors and those are they.) I am asking because red on red might be impossible to see.
  4. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    Thanks SurrealOne!

    To be honest, i'm still trying to figure that out. I was actually thinking black at first, but then I thought about red. I know if I went red I would leave the black outline around the front bow-tie and the chrome outline on the rear one. Do you have a suggestion? I need all the help I can get!
  5. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Look at your pic in this thread. Follow the chrome from back to front. It moves from rear wheels, down the nerf bars, to the front wheels, and then to the headlights and fog lights. Billet chrome might be a good way to go. (I think AMI makes them, too.)

    Also notice that everywhere you have chrome you have black very close to it providing contrast. (Black wheels on chrome rims. Black steps on chrome or polished stainless nerf bars. Black lines in the chrome headlights.) If you went with a chrome emblem it might provide contrast with your black grille ... and also tie the center nose of the truck in with the chrome you have down the sides (in the already-mentioned forms).
  6. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    Thanks for the reply! Billet Chrome is now back in the running. I totally agree with the contrast comments, other than the lighting in the picture is deceiving (cell phone cameras, gotta love 'em) grill inserts are actually chrome (a part of the Z71 Appearance Package) and not black..I was once worried about too much chrome with the addition of a chrome bowtie...but now you've got me thinking!

    Here is a better picture of it out in the sunlight

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  7. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    You know what Cody, Surreal makes a great point.

    And, billet chrome grille would look SWEET to pop over your grill now - check out this black truck (take note of the chrome bow-ties as well)

    I think this would look AWESOME in red.....


    The horizontal lines look great...put a chrome bow-tie in there and wow..that would really make it pop.
    Just some food for thought.

    I found one on autoanything made by carriage works for $148.00. Remember, autoanything ALWAYS runs 10-15% off promotions with free shipping...could be a steal. Those chrome bow-ties are not expensive either.

    You might consider those chrome mirror things that go on the bottom like what the escalades have. Joey's got that stuff to help the 3m stick...won't be a problem...

    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  8. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    Hmmm...Billet Grill and Chrome Bowtie may happen....that looks awesome on that black truck.

    Also, Surreal, You have an awesome truck!
  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member


    Two colours is generally easy to do -- which is why you see a lot of white and red trucks that are blacked out ... or why you see a lot of black trucks that use minor chrome for contrast. Tastefully working with 3 colours (usually some base colour plus a mix of black and chrome/stainless) is generally tougher, as it's very easy to go too far with either the black or the chrome; they have to be balanced.

    You've got a really good balance going for you, right now, down the sides. If you can subtly duplicate it on the nose and arse of the truck it'll be rockin!

    Food for thought: Aftermarket Z71 decals exist -- and they are cheap! The red Z on red truck is tough to read. Debadging is one route but a tweaked aftermarket Z71 sticker might also be considered. (Be careful, though. Decals are one place where it can get very busy ... very quickly.)
  10. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    You could go this route too? No Bull Bar.


    '13 LTZ Grille with the mesh painted black, black bow tie? That might be be cool. I gotta say my vote is for the chrome billet grille/bowtie...I think that would look really sharp and clean.
  11. Welcome to the club, sweet truck you have there!
  12. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    Thanks! You too have a sweet truck!
  13. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Damn, that's busy. Even taking the bull bar out of it, mentally, it's busy. It's the chrome edge around each grille that is throwing me off. IMHO, it'd be fine without that chrome edge.
  14. donyms

    donyms New Member

    Like you Brother I see you also have good taste. Very sweet ride you have there, love the red. I am with Surreal on the bowtie but I like the grill that is in there better than the billet. Billet has just been done to death and to me makes a truck look older. Just an opinion. Anyway, Welcome to the club, it's great to have you aboard. :glasses:
  15. 2011laserblue

    2011laserblue New Member

    Ha yeah it's one of those rocky ridge conversions...they look cool but they put a lot of stuff on there. See, I like the chrome around the edge...with the black and red I think it looks awesome. The slim amount of chrome kind of adds up with the chrome silverado badges down the side while the black ties in with the black underneath the mirrors etc.

    I don't know...personally I vote for horizontal grille and chrome bow-tie. I was just trying to throw some things in the air.
  16. 11redz71

    11redz71 New Member

    Thanks for the warm welcome and all the compliments guys. I'm really not sure which color i'm going to go with on the bowties......but you're all making my decision harder with all the great ideas! That's one of the things I love about these Silverado's...very customizable. When I decide I will definitely post a pic!
  17. Bighornkid

    Bighornkid New Member

    Welcome to The Club.
  18. retired2001

    retired2001 New Member

    Welcome to the G M T C !
  19. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Moderator

    Welcome to the Club!!!

    Red or Blue...which is the better color? :neutral:.......Another reason for friendly brothers to banter.

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