Progress on my 08 Silverado Z71

Discussion in 'Photo & Video Gallery' started by 2k8z71, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    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)
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    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)
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    4th mod:
    Rough Country leveling kit and 18" Fuel Boost 5.5 B/S rims with Falken Wild Peak tires (285/65)
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    5th mod:
    LED interior lights
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    6th mod:
    Bakflip G2 bedcover plus locking tailgate (which I bought at 4wheelParts and not a stealership)
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    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)
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    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.
  2. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    its lookin pretty good there bud. keep up the good work.
  3. Curky

    Curky New Member

    looking real good... :great:
  4. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Member

    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!
  5. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    The cargo lights are brighter than the incandescent bulbs I had in there before. These LEDs have the projector style lens so it puts the light to better use than the reflector ever did. Overall I am happy with them. I have been considering the Hella 3rd brake LED light and tail lights to finish my LED swap. I'm still waiting on my Cree 7w reverse bulbs from VLed. They are supposed to be 3x brighter than the stock bulbs.

    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. :)
  6. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Member

    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).
  7. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    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.
  8. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Someone has been busy.... Look'in good....
  9. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    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).
  10. redneck70

    redneck70 New Member

    I'm wondering did you ever get your reverse lights, I was thinking about upgrading my interior lights with LED's from Vleds but recently I've noticed that alot of there stock either is back ordered or gone from there site all together. They also seem to have alot of "overstocked" sale items which seems to me more like a going out of business sale.
  11. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    Yeah, I received them, installed them and they worked fine for a day but then the LED that's behind the projector assembly stopped being so bright. Lost about half it's intensity. So I sent them back a week ago and they shipped new ones which arrived yesterday and I won't be putting them in until I find out weather GM will de-rust my truck since there's rust on the body, frame, axles....basically all of it lmao
  12. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    So to update on the reverse lights. I got the new ones and put them in and they lasted a week and then started messing up. So I think I am done with the Cree ones. One of LED's behind the projector lens stopped working altogether and the other one stopped putting out full light. The ones that are on the sides of the bulb worked just fine. I thought about going HID for reverse bulbs but I hear that since the HIDs would only be on for a short time, it would be bad for the ballasts. So I might look into finding a brighter incandescent bulb. I haven't really done much else to my truck since I am trying to save money just in case I move back to the east coast for a job. But I am thinking on picking up a dremel and eventually ordering a complete HID retro kit (projectors and all) from TRS. This is the ones I am looking at: http://www.theretrofitsource.com/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=227
    And yes, I plan on buying a set of headlights too so I dont hack up the only set I got lol
  13. nikkeshelton

    nikkeshelton New Member

    Please keep us posted on your headlight mod. Would like to tackle that my self. Don't really like the headlights that supposedly have HID Projector lights, they look cheap to me.
  14. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    Yeah those eBay projector ones don't work for HID lights and don't look that great IMO. I was thinking on buying a set of the factory looking ones that are already painted black. I saw some on the k2motor website that all I should have to do is bake the light for a few to loosen the glue then pull them apart and retrofit as needed (and VHT the reflectors some while I'm at it) then put them back together and call it a day lol
  15. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    A little update: I went ahead and ordered my TRS retrofit kit. The kit contains Morimoto Mini H1 bi-xenon projectors, Gatling Gun 2.0 shrouds, Morimoto 35w ballasts running the bulbs at 5000k, angel eyes, wiring harness (which I think may be too short but wont know for sure until I mock it up in the truck). I also have the sealant stuff but I am not sure I will be using that or not, but got it just in case. I will be ordering a pair of headlights in the next few weeks. I think I am gonna order some off of CarID or something. I haven't decided if I will just get the factory look-a-likes or go with the black painted ones. But leaning towards sticking with the factory looking ones. I hear that the replicas don't have the perma-seal stuff on them (correct me if I am wrong) Anyways, here is a few pics.

    First up is them outside of the shipping box
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    Second pic shows it all laid out (with the exception of the harness)
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    Third pic shows the backside of the shroud with the shroud centric rings installed (had a hard time getting one in but finally got it after like 30 min and sore fingers lol)
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    Fourth pic shows the mock up with the shrouds on the projectors.
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    I can't wait until I have all my stuff together to install. I gotta figure out how to get the angel eyes mounted into the back of the shroud so the light comes thru the holes. I am thinking that TRS sent me the wrong size because I think the angel eye rings are supposed to slide/mount onto the projector itself. I am going to email them and see what they say. Stay tuned....
  16. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Member


    hopefully you dont beat me! im doing the same thing just have been distracted lately!
  17. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    Don't worry man, I am sure you will beat me to it. I probably wont be able to afford the headlight housings for a few months. The past few days I have been in the Bishop Ca area for a week of off roading and hiking. Might as well throw in a pic. This one was processed by a professional photographer.
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  18. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Member

    i got my housings off amazon real cheap! just look around.
    that is a pretty sweet picture you have there!
  19. Brent2741

    Brent2741 New Member

    very nice......
  20. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    This is a really well put together thread.

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