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Discussion in 'Chevy C/K Truck Forum' started by motonerd, Dec 5, 2011.
Saw this on a Jeep Cherokee site.
What mod do you regret?:grrrrrr:
I don't regret any of the mods I've done to my truck. I DO regret not having a professional install my headlights, as they were a pain in my backside to install, wire, and adjust properly!
I first put a 6" superlift kit on my 95 silverado. It was total crap. If the tires wore beyond 50% the front end would hop all over the place. I was actually pulled over one time and the cop asked, "what the hell is wrong with your truck, I have never seen a vehicle hop all over the place like that?" I took that kit off and put the BDS kit on. World of difference and never had another issue. I wasted a crap load of money putting the superlift crap on my truck.
If I had to do tires/wheels/brakes again I'd do 18x9's for the wheels instead of 17x8's. What drives this is that big brake kits need at least 18" wheels and I wanted to install one ... and learned I couldn't due to my wheel size. Aside from that I like my wheel size just the way it is ... but not being able to squeeze bigger rotors and some 6-piston calipers under there bummed me out a bit.
On my '05 Silverado I wish I had gone with long tube headers and not shorites. On my '96 'Burb I put a ProComp 6" lift on when the 'Burb was new and hated it. Replaced a year later with a Rancho that is still on the 'Burb.
Its not the mods i regret doing, its the parts i break while doing them:gasp: hahaha jk.
But I dont really remember regreting any. I do recall some though, Im pretty sure some of yall watch Xtreme-4x4. Well i seen them buff off the haze on their headlights with toothpaste and a buffing wheel. I was like IMA DO THAT!! i went out side, did it, i was impressed, i did it again maybe 5 months later (aka a week ago) and i held one part of the headlight case on the buffing wheel too long and it scarred part of the headlight and melted a part of it. Me being me, i tried buffing it out more,making it worse. So i just used a damp cloth and rubbed it out. took me an hour but its still kinda there. haha
The only mod I regret doing was the only thing I never did myself, I took my s10 to a "professional" installer when it was 6 months old and had a Viper pager system alarm bloah blah blah. $599.00 later and all I had were major problems, dead battery all the time, several in cab fires result of shoddy wire "taps". I eventually just cut all the alarm wires I could see and just dealt with the loss, honestly I would rather have my truck stolen and stripped before I would ever have another alarm or anything like that installed.
I could install one myself today no problem, BUT I still don't like how much hacking you do to the BCM wiring...
I have heard a bunch of remote start/alarm horror stories in the last week. I just had one installed on my 03 yukon! luckily the guy that did it has been doing it for more than 20 years. You can't even tell he was there. He did my 02 silverado 6 years ago and I never had an issue. When I worked in the garage we would have people's cars towed in all the time with alarm issues that would not allow the car to start. We did the same thing, just cut them out. Most of them had the system installed by some hack at a big box store.
I had issues with my viper alarm on my Grand Cherokee. I had it installed at Circuit City. I was leaving Ocean City going back to PA and the truck wouldn't start. Waited a few minutes tried again and it started. Get on the road try to put the windows down and they wouldn't move. Tried to turn the A/C on. Nothing. Luckily the sunroof worked. But I did look like a fool trying to pay the toll by opening the door. I got home took the jeep back and told them to pull the alarm out. They were baffled at why I would want to do such a thing. Once it was pulled out I never had another issue.
I agree remote starters/alarms can cause problems when they are poorly installed, which is why I like to do it myself. The one on my last truck had a minor (irritating but not inconvenient) computer incompatibility, and that was in the bypass module rather than the starter itself. On my Avalanche, the remote starter causes no issues and works perfectly so long as I never try to remove it, as I learned when I accidentally cut one of its wires.
With the interface modules available for GM vehicles now though (which can use a pre-made 4 wire harness to connect to certain remote starters) you connect power, ground, starter, and one data wire and you're in business. I might be missing 1 or 2 wires here, but the right system can basically be a 5 wire install since its all through the computer - and the modules that work through the computer (like mine) can turn your heated seats, rear defrost, etc. on for you too. If you do it yourself carefully, its tough to not get good results from them. That's just my view on it though.
Anyway, back to this thread. I don't regret anything I've done to the Avalanche... on the other hand I haven't done much to it yet.
The only mod I regret doing is the throttle body spacer and cold air intake. Until I had my tune done, it did absolutely nothing for the truck (and IMO, still doesn't unless I romp on it which I don't anymore). Luckily, I bought both of those, a brand new battery, a set of wheels (now my winter wheels) and a set of tires all for $300 so it wasn't like I wasted a ton of money. Still though, every time I open the hood, I see them and shake my head in displeasure.
And me personally, if I don't feel comfortable doing something on the truck, I'll have a professional do it. For instance, I am terrible at wiring stuff, both home and auto so for my head unit, I had a local place do it and for my soon to be power windows they will also do it. I'd rather spend the money and have it done right with a warranty than me hack it up. It was the same with installing my leveling kit and the custom tune from the local customs shop. Just didn't think I could do it by myself since I don't get much help on truck mods. Everything else I have done on my own, though. If it's mechanical, I can work on it, lol.
Not that it was much of an upgrade or anything. But at one point put those Bosch +4 spark plugs in my truck and they were about 9$ a plug and after a couple months they crapped out on me as the space between the electrodes bridged themselves with carbon. Come to find out they aren't really any good in the Vortec engines and its a problem they had. Put some AC Delco rapidfires in it and its been working great since.