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What have u done to ur GM truck today?

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  1. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member

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    I replaced my backup camera yesterday since the crack in the lens caused the first one to get water damaged. It's nice to be able to see the small cars that can hide behind my truck again.

    I've also been working on building a set of projector fog lights. I picked up a pair of fog light projectors from a 1997 Audi A6 for $6 at the junkyard, put some 100W H3 bulbs in them and now I'm mounting them into my factory fog lights. They're really bright, won't glare other drivers and put out a really nice useful beam pattern. The first one is almost done. I'll post pictures soon.
  2. reggiecab2000

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    pulled my ranch hand grill guard off and my lower valance, trying to motivate myself to start my prerunner bumper project
  3. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

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    I ordered the following lighting accessories, today:
    * Rigid Dually D2 Flush Mount LEDs (set of two - wide beam pattern)
    * Rigid 10" SR-Series Specter LED Light bar (set of two - 5100 lumen driving pattern)
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    I got a little crazy on some beautification projects on Saturday, Took off some ugly door molding that was rusted and made my truck ugly, taking the adhesive off was terrible but way worth it. Then i took off all the pinstriping on the side and dealer decal on the tailgate. Took out my grill assembly and taped off the chrome and painted parts and painted the grill itself gloss black and made it look awesome. Needless to say my '04 silverado is a sleek shiny beauty now.
  5. pmf608

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    Here's a teaser picture of my fog light project. I should have the first one pretty much done today if all goes well. I'll post more about this project once I have them both done.
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  6. PantheraUncia

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    Started testing my replacement under hood light setup......

    Here is a picture of the "junk" that GM used...... You can buy these at the dealer for $120

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    This is the direction I am taking:


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    In that picture I am just making sure that the lights will actually work and it sure looks like they do :lol: If I use the complete reel of LED's I will be sitting at around 5100 lumens, which is more than halogen high beams which are about 2500-3000 lumens or just under 3 x 100 watt incandescent blubs or 3 x 26 watt daylight compact fluorescent bulbs.

    Reel of LED's $35. On/Off Switch.... $5.95.... Heat shrink tube (if I end up using it) $2, Factory quick connect pigtail... I got mine free.

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  7. Pikey

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    Wow, that should look pretty sweet when you finish it. Be sure to post some pics. I would love to do that to my truck, but there is no factory under hood light. I guess that I could just wire the entire thing. Where did you get the reel of LEDs?

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    When you finish would you mind posting some details about the project? I am interested in doing the same to mine, I have no idea where to start. My fogs only use tiny 880 bulbs
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  8. PantheraUncia

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    Hi Pikey,

    I ordered directly from http://www.hitlights.com/. I found them on Amazon first, but they did not have all the "individual" parts I was looking for as I am going to be ordering some RGB reels also.

    I went with the "High Density" (300 LED's) on a 16.4ft reel in 6000k daylight with IP65 waterproof/water resistant housing.

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    [TD]LED Strip-to-Strip Connector - SMD 5050 And SMD 3528 (3-Color) - Any Angle - 4 pack[/TD]
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    It looks like they also carry some that are IP68 which can be used in swimming pools, hot tubs, etc.

    I think the photo I posted shows them a little brighter than they actually are, but they are bright and they do work.

    In 2000, the trucks came with under hood lights s my wiring was already there. I did a line mans splice and put a 9005 headlight quick connect on it after removing the factory hood light that stopped working. and then took the other end of the quick connect and line man spliced it into the led strip.

    I should have time this weekend to start and finish the project, I will be taking pics along the way and posting a guide.
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  9. pmf608

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    When you finish would you mind posting some details about the project? I am interested in doing the same to mine, I have no idea where to start. My fogs only use tiny 880 bulbs[/QUOTE]

    I'll do that. I have the first one almost done, and the second one shouldn't take nearly as long now that I'm familiar with it. The projectors I used have tiny little h3 bulbs but the 100W H3 bulbs I'm using only cost $6 each and put out a lot of light. And its all focused on the road, not all over the place.

    **For getting a general idea of how to do projector retrofits, go check out the hidplanet.com forum. Its a forum dedicated to people who do lighting projects, and most of them are installing HID projectors in normal headlights so they can have HIDs with no glare.
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    Got the bad purge valve replaced by the dealer. Glad to see that CEL gone!!
  11. whiteboye

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    2" Zone Offroad leveling kit and Painted door handles. BAM
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  12. Sierraowner5.3

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    looking good!

    Alex
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    Thanks, I appreciate the comment =)
    Long time lurker, first time poster. Love the site, everything you need to know is right at your fingertips.
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    My (1/8" steel) dual 2.5 gallon air tank carrier was finalized, today. Here it is prior to painting, tank installation, or bolt-up:
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  15. Pikey

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    looks nice, where are you mounting it? I was thinking about doing something similar. I have a bunch of mounting options as the yukon xl has a lot of open under body real estate!
  16. SurrealOne

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    @Pikey, I have surprisingly little under body real estate for a long bed. Why? The 34 gallon fuel tank chews it up on the driver's side ... and the exhaust runs down the passenger side. Down the center is the drive shaft .. and I have a full-size spare tire that matches the shoes my truck wears. The bolt-up locations of my wheel-to wheel nerf bars preclude mounting tanks along the driver's or passenger's side of the truck just below the door sills.

    This left precisely one location to work with: behind the driver's seat, through the floor of the extended cab (basically forward of the fuel tank). In that location the image in my previous post would have the edge closest to the camera bolted to the bottom of the frame rail while the (removable) side farthest from the camera faces the drive shaft. The right side faces the front portion of the fuel tank and bolts up to an existing support located there. The left side of the box is toward the nose of the truck and the welded-on flange of the box bolts up to the top of the frame rail for support. The twin 2" holes are so that I can access the tank draincocks without removing the carrier from the truck -- and I have plugs that fit them which will be removed only when I need draincock access.

    There's intentionally about 1/4" gap above the carrier's walls (between the extended cab floor and the top parts of the carrier sides). I left the top open so that condensation would not steadily form and be trapped in the carrier, however, I fear that dirt/debris will accumulate in the carrier because of the gap I left for air flow. By the same token, the wheel of my spare is also upwardly exposed, like this, and seems just fine ...but it's also not right next to the drive shaft which might fling/deflect things. The gap's small. Do you think it needs a top/dust cover?
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  17. Sierraowner5.3

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    maybe some sort of wire loom cover? something to keep the larger debris out, but still have airflow.

    without being able to look at it mounted, im not sure what i would do.

    Alex
  18. FrigginNoodles

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    Got to try out the plow this morning. Only got 2" of the white stuff, but it made for a good practice run down the road.
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    [MENTION=43318]FrigginNoodles[/MENTION] Well how did it work?/
  20. FrigginNoodles

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    It seemed to work well. The driveway is a dirt road. It was little more bouncy and loud than I expected it to be. Can't wait for more snow though. I think it will be easier to see where I plowed compared to doing such little snow.
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