First off let me tell you that i typed this last night and my laptop died and i lost it all so this is my 2nd attempt. I will be writing this up and adding to it as i go with pictures of the projects that i do on the truck, also updates of break downs, off road adventures, and trips. I got the truck for my 16th birthday, My brother bought it brand new and drove it till 2005 when he sold it to the construction company my dad and him worked at. My dad used it as his work truck till 2010 and then bought it from the company for 3k. Then it was given to me shortly after. When i got the truck it was bone stock besides having an A.R.E topper. Sadly i have to pictures of the truck stock to compare it to but i have tons of pictures now. Let me know what you think of my mods as i do them as well as the ones i have already done. Suggestions always welcome! Thanks for reading.
-5 speed manual
-2v 5.4l 3000k as of 7/2/2014
-Rebuild at about 300k
-Rear shackle flip
-3.5'' of lift total
-35x12.5x16 Nitto Mud Grapplers
-16'' Raceline Renagade wheels
-Windows tinted 5%
-Ceiling Mounted CB
-Dual bed mounted Whips
-Stock exhaust pipe with Magnaflow cat and Flowmaster Super 10 muffler 5'' tip exiting before rear tire
-Front sway bar removed
-Mossy Oak seat covers
- Pro comp 6'' leaf springs all around
-Pro comp or fox shocks all around
-Drop track bar
-extended brake lines
-Gear to 4.88 from 4.10
-Air lock front and rear
-Black tool box
-Viair on board air
-New updated bed, tail gate and bumper
-Fix door rust
-Fix exhaust by buying mandrel bent pipe
-BBK shorty headers
-5 star tuning with sct 5015
-Black out bumper's, Grill, and badges
-Possibly Cold air intake but its low on the list for a reason
I first mocked up the lights with black tape to make sure i liked the look, i made sure both sides where the same by doing a little measuring to see how far i dropped the tape down. Once i realized i liked the look i reversed the tape and used black acrylic enamal. I decided paint was better as i have used headlight black out paint and it always has a misted purple look. i wanted it to be pitch black. I will be adding a few more coats of black and then a clear coat and i will add finished pictures once im done. I tested out my lights and it seems that it hasnt affected them at all.
MODS: Tractor supply low profile tool box, dupli color bed armor.
I havnt posted in awhile but i got some new pictures. Went ahead and got a tool box and did some rock chip guard on the lower part of the doors and box. Came out good. I already posted a thread about that but havnt really used the tool box enough to do a review of it but heres the pics. Also have this build posted in the 4x4 section but thought id show you guys to.
new tool box
new tool box
Then came the primer
Sanding. yeah i hated this part it just didnt feel right haha.
Here is the damage i had to cover.
After of the damaged side, still need a new bumper
1: What did you use for your rock chip guard? Rattle can or roll on?
2: How did you mount the CB? I'd be afraid of putting screws up through the roof, lol.
Dupli color makes a roll on kit. Comes with 1 gallon, a brush, roller, and tray. It needs a good 15 minutes of stirring when you first open the gallon otherwise it is super thin. And the dupli color brand i have heard is thinner than others. I needed about 8 coats just so i couldnt see the primer through it any more. And i did my cb a long time ago and if i remember right there is 2 layers on the super duty roof and we used really short self tappers and a homade bracket bent to form around the cb. Other options are to mount it on the dash like a trailer brake but i like it on the ceiling for looks haha.
A little update here, tailgate fell off this weekend. Not on the road but in the trail. I didnt even notice and then backed over it hahahaha. Michigan really did a number on it and it was 70% rust anyways. Well i am looking at some of those nets until i can get a new box and tailgate.
Truck is now stalling when downshifting and engine braking and the brakes are being applied at the same time. Have no idea whats going on now but it seems to be miss fireing alot at idle not sure if thats connected or not. It threw a code when it first happened so as soon as i get that read i will start from there, and post pictures and details of getting it fixed as well
I know not to many people are following this but i know someday someone will have a truck of the same year and be able to use this as a guide to fixing and modding theirs. But to those who have been reading along thanks alot, cody
Well it has been awhile. One of my other hobbys is nitro rc cars and that has been taking up alot of my time. The stalling problem sort of fixed itself i guess. It hasnt done it in about 2 months. The latest mod that ive done is a new sony head unit. I hate hate hate listening to the same songs played over and over on the radio so this was a mod done just so i could plug my phone in via usb and listen to what i want. Some speakers may come next and i will post some pictures of the new head unit once i get a new phone as my camera is broken. Another thing ive done is finnally got some decent wiper blades i went with rainx lattitude which are by far better than the old 16 ince blades i had on the truck. "way to small" but where free.
New wiper blades are nice. Next time you might upgrade to the 24" driver and 23" passenger. Makes a huge difference. For mine ill be skipping the head unit and going with speakers. I ended up getting one of the tape adapters with 3.5 audio cable. Definately neccessary for cruising or long hauls.