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What budget friendly mods have you done to your truck?

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by yotchie, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. SethroSilverado

    SethroSilverado New Member

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    I have a 2006 Silverado 1500 ext 4x4 Stealth Grey in color, and here's a list of the mod I've done for under $100:

    -Debaged emblems and door mouldings $10 in equip
    -Blacked bowtie free with paint laying around
    -Blacked out all three break lights $12 for the spray
    -Blacked out corners and smoked headlights $12 for the spray
    -Roll up Access tonneau cover free from family member. Then cut down for $100 to fit with took box
    -Low mount Delta tool box painted black $100
    -LED strip under headlights that cycle with turn signals $15
    -LED fire strip $15
    -LED blue door lights $10
    -LED white map and dome lights $15
    -All instrument and dash lights (radio, 4x4, dimmer, windows, ect) turned blue LED $50 (VERY tedious work)
    -LED reverse lights $20
    -ReadyLift leveling kit $100 (Installed myself)
    -20% tint and 5% brow $90
    -Color matched tow hooks, door handles and tail gate handles $25
    -Plastic truck bed liner $20
    -Removed step bars, mud flaps, and rear vent visors for free
    -Shaved anntena mod for free
    -Tow mirrors $90
    -Bug deflector $60
    -55w 10k HIDs in head lights and fogs for $80
    -HI4 mod for free

    Things over $100:
    -34" General Grabbers A/T2 (Minimal front end trimming)
    -20" XD Monster rims (Ordered)
    -CB radio $120
    -True dual exhaust $300


    Thinking about painting the chrome of front and rear pumpers to color match? Has anyone done this?
    Also working on homemade bull bar, with possibly 4 aux lights. and maybe, just maybe roof basket with aux lights? Also going to do this DIY mesh grille insert. Seen online and looks fairly easy and cool. Black of course. Any questions, go ahead and ask!
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  2. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

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    Some of my budget friendly mods are:

    $30 large floor mats
    $40 for 4 smaller floor mats
    $3.99 for velcro to attatch a clock/inside/outside thermometer that I have from my dads jeep.
    $10 for a 12v outlet extender and 3 12v outlet strip so the back seat has 12v outlets.
    $11.99 for aux under bumper lights
    $8.99 for my Navigator back up light
    And so much more that I can't remember... I love cheap mods that are feel worth more than you payed.
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  3. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

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    As long as you don't go over the budget you set for yourself, aren't all mods budget-friendly? (Duh...)
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  4. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

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    I think the point was mods that were cheap and could easily be done with out being considered an expense. i.e. my 12 dollar lights vs. 150 dollars in cable and lugs for my big three upgrade.
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  5. SurrealOne

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    [MENTION=52248]Conlan Rose[/MENTION]:
    Yea, well, look at Brandon.o's post where he mentions 20 bucks in material and 3 hours of labor. That's not cheap -- at least not if people value their time (time is money, after all ... especially in this society) -- and thus not necessarily budget friendly. But it was 'budget friendly' to him based on how he valued his money and his time.

    What I'm getting at is that 'budget friendly is a very relative term. I'm a good example -- all of my mods have been 'budget friendly' for me ... but other people might not find them friendly to their budget ... which makes posting about it kinda strange since there's an underlying assumption that we all perceive budget friendliness the same way -- when we don't. (My mods would NOT be budget friendly, to me, if I were, say, in college, unemployed, etc. Again, it's relative!)
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  6. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

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    [MENTION=50075]SurrealOne[/MENTION] I totally understand. To me mods like yours would be major expenses, not very budget friendly, but me installing the aux lights I did was cheap and easy there for budget friendly for me. (in total including wiring, relays and such it only cost $60 and took several hours of my free time)

    This thread would be better if it were named something like: Under 50 dollar mods or something of that nature.
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  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

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    Agreed....
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  8. Lucas.Garcia

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    I out some chrome door handles and a chrome fuel door cover. My truck is black and I love the way it looks. The handles were around $70 and the fuel door cover was like 30. Easy install and I think it really made my truck look mean.
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  9. mfleetwood

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    Sorry about that. Your post got hung up in our anti-spamming tool due to your low post count and link. All are able to view now. Please finish up your profile/signature info and post up a couple of pics and then once you've made a few posts, you will be able to use some links.
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  10. silverhobey

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    agree.......budget friendly depends on someone's circumstances and views...
    Brian
    :glasses:
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  11. yotchie

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    i gotta say this thread is an example of why these forums are so successful. i didnt get a chance to do much on the 04 i did get a blacked out aluminum bowtie for 20 bucks on eBay, and halo headlights on Kijiji for 100, catback dual exhaust 2.5 mandrel bent with a super 44 from flowmaster from ebay for about 325$ i fit 2 10 inch kicker subs under the rear seat by modding a sub box to fit. but i fell into a good deal on a 12 thunder edition Silverado over the summer. and am now going to have to sell the old one. but that just means that i have a clean slate.

    planned for this one when $ are available is a solid fold tool box tonneau, chrome ventshades, and a set of those digital fit floor mats but im not sure about brand name for the last 2. now i wanna do stuff but i dont want to void warranty. it is only a 1500 and id love to do a bumper, but most of what i see that i like is for larger trucks. i have been trying to find plans so i can make an aluminum bumper for it but not having much luck in finding something to start from and again i dont want to void any warrantys so im not sure what to do
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  12. stchman

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    My Silverado LTZ Crew Cab has chrome door handles, but the tailgate handle is black. :grrrrrr: I found a chrome tailgate handle on ebay for $23 with the rearview camera hole.

    I put an Airaid MIT under the hood for $115.

    Put an underseat storage box from HuskyLiners. Got the storage box for $105 shipped from Amazon.
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  13. yotchie

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    ya i was scratching my head at that. my thunder edition came with the chrome package and like you said the tailgate handle is still black, did they think no one would notice and/or question that?
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  14. gmfan21

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    great thread, really inspiring on what to do. And thanks for the pics too. I'm planning to mod my truck soon, but am low on funds :/
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  15. devil_doc7721

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    it doesnt fall under the 50 bucks category but rough country has a 2 inch leveling kit for 65 bucks and also a 2.5 inch suspensiion lift for 150 which is cheap thats for the new body style but i wouldnt imagine it would be any more expensive for the old body. and amazon is always the cheaper way to go i find what i want and compare it to amazon and most of the time they have it for cheaper
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  16. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

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    The LED lights I just installed were under $50. The purchase price for the kit was $30 and about $5 in wire loom.
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