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Purchase the W/T package and upgrade to better than LTZ through 3rd parties?

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Talk & GM News' started by PantheraUncia, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

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    Buying anything through the stealership is expensive. So I am going to ask the question. Would you buy the basic work truck W/T package, and then send the truck to a third party outfitter to have the LTZ upgrades done better and cheaper custom then what GM offers and wait 3 more weeks before the truck is in your hands?

    I am thinking along the lines of front bench seat to 8 way power seats with heaters, turn signals in the side mirrors, stereo system with nav unit, wheels, receiver and wiring for the trailer, custom built center console between the new captains chairs, etc..... You can get a W/T for about 20-30k cheaper than an LTZ.
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  2. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

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    i dont think you could get a full ltz package for cheaper then buying it, but i bet you could pick and choose the things you want and maybe stay cheaper. something ive never thought about.

    Alex
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  3. aloxdaddy99

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    IF you could do it cheaper and get what you want it would seem better. But, I don't think you could. The things you are asking about come with some heafty price tags. A custom center console that is built well and blends in with the rest of the interior sounds expensive. Now if you have friends that do that kind of work the price could be reduced.
    As far as the radio goes I would not get it from the dealer. As you know you can get better for less buy going the aftermarket route.
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  4. Enkeiavalanche

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    Buy the WT Check Yards for a LTZ that has been hit and see what you can get.. I believe the LTZ has 12 way seats (which you don't need) My Av is a LT2 Z71 with 8way seats and I am happy. Center console too I'm sure you can find. You can do it and if you are handy do it all and save some $$$ BUT will they still be covered??

    You can add Katzskin Leather kit with heat and massage for about $1000, Radio with Nav $500-800 with blue tooth and everything else, Nice set of rims and tires $1200-3000, Muth Mirrors with turn Signal and heat (what I added) Retail about $260,Hitch and all the wires Which use a T harness in back you can get for about $250-300 installed..
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  5. SurrealOne

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    @nakranij,
    I've never known you to tear down segments of your truck to undriveable condition on a weekend and have it ready to drive to work before Monday -- so I don't see you doing the work, yourself. You also seem to want a warranty ... and your aftermarket work will NOT be warranted by the stealership -- no matter who (beyond the stealership, itself) does it.
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  6. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

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    You are right, but Centurion and Southern Comfort do interior upgrades and are factory authorized by GM. So save the money upfront going with the base triuck (W/T) and have the upfitter upgrade it.


    http://www.mcmvehicles.com/blackwidow/
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  7. SurrealOne

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    You should find out if it's covered under warranty...
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  8. stchman

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    Let's start with a base Silverado W/T 2WD Crew Cab and upgrade it to a 5.3L with 6 speed trans. You are looking at 30K.

    In order to transform the W/T base model into an LTZ type interior the shop you are taking it to will have to completely remove the entire interior and start from scratch. Remember, the LTZ has the different dash with faux wood accents.

    What about the power windows/locks/mirrors, then they would need to add in heaters and turn signals into the mirrors.

    Do you want remote start? Not available on a W/T.

    They they would have to replace the front end of the truck to get rid of that all flat black grill and bumper.

    Then you would need to get better wheels and tires (at least $1500).

    IMO you're going to spend at least 15K in parts and labor.

    My 2013 LTZ had a sticker of $44K, I was able to negotiate the truck down to about 36K. The only options my LTZ did not have was nav, sunroof, and sliding rear window. I am adding an Advent nav unit ($1000) and I am really thinking of putting in a sunroof ($1200).

    Now granted, when you do a customization of a truck like you are talking about, you will have a really nice one of a kind truck.
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  9. Enkeiavalanche

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    Just keep an eye out in the Junk yards.. You should be able to find a truck with most of what you want for a good price..
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  10. aloxdaddy99

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    This is true. But as was mentioned before doing that swap is time consuming and may not get completed in a weekend to be able to drive the truck to work on monday. Oh and no warranty.
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  11. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

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    It's called a Modding Party....:party: Bring the Pizza and drinks and the rest will show up to help....
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    [MENTION=34858]Enkeiavalanche[/MENTION] I like the way you think. But it would turn out to be more beer or should I say consumed that work being done.
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  13. PantheraUncia

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    I like what I am hearing and what I have gotten out of this is:

    1. I can get most of what I want to upgrade out of a junked truck to replace parts on the new one, As alox and surreal have stated, this will be a daily driver and I can't be consumed spending my spare time ripping off the w/t parts and replacing them with the ones I find in the junnk yard, so I am willing to pay someone one.

    2. Parts from the junk yard don't have a warranty, then again, if they are GM parts, the dealer really can't say much

    3. I avoid all that mess going with a factory authorized vendor for the upfitting and I maintain the warranty and it will still be a unique one of a kind truck and I don't spend my spare time changing parts out.

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    Yeah I like that.... have like 15 people over and do all the mods in 8 hours ...... provide alcohol and food.... but then no one will get anything done. :)
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  14. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

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    Hey I don't drink......:gasp: Just give me some dew....
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  15. Conlan Rose

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    Same.... Guess were be doing alot of work in this situation :lol:
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  16. SurrealOne

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    I don't drink when I mod -- but with the right company I'll drink a beer or two afterward, when I've earned it.

    As far as mod parties, usually such parties entail a gathering of individuals who have differing skillsets (with some overlap, of course). The trick is that the host of such a party has to be among those bringing skills to the table and doing work, too. It's generally offensive to do nothing, yourself, and want to pay people with pizza and beer ... specifically because the value of the experience and labor people bring to the table is worth a HELL of a lot more than pizza and beer. No one cares about it if the host is working just as hard as everyone else ... but if it's a stand back, hands-off, pay people with pizza and beer approach, that's an epic fail and an insult.

    Also, if you host such a party you have to be willing and able to attend such a party and help someone else by lending your experience/labor to their cause just as they did your own. That's what's right and proper...
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  17. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

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    vipers gtg 001.jpg vipers gtg 015.jpg vipers gtg 024 (Custom).jpg vipers gtg 078 (Custom).jpg vipers gtg 018 (Custom).jpg Well I gotta say When we used to do a TON and Av Modding we had HUGE GTG's and did everything from Chrome stick on's to Vette Servo's FLDRL's Everything you can think of...

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    Then we Ate.:party:.. AB (Custom).jpg vipers gtg 067 (Custom).jpg vipers gtg 048.jpg Just good friends with things in common.. HAVING FUN MODDING TRUCKS...:great:
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  18. SurrealOne

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    That's how it should be!
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  19. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

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    looks like a good time to me.

    Alex
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  20. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

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    Yes they were Some Good'ol times...
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