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Thread: Vanilla: 2005 Chevy Silverado 1500 build.

  1. #11
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    Nice progression on your build - we have similar taste in vehicles. I have a 00' white ext cab silverado that I have began to modify for overlanding trips. Check out my build thread.
    1995 Tahoe build
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    Prior to putting on your rims/tires in the first photo with them, did you lift/raise your truck in any way or is that stock hieght witht he 33's? Also, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get and how much were your towing mirrors.
    All around great truck!. It's nice how small things can make a large improvement.
    -Seth

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    I like your truck. Its coming along good. I like the location of your antenna vs. the traditional dual whips like all the yuppies I see around my area. Makes your truck unique, and you centerconsole is neato too!

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    Nice truck. I am someone who prefers the lower ride height so I'm curious why you're choosing to do a lift?
    Todd

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    Great build! I have the exact same truck but mines an 02. Same color-same package- white leer topper with yakima rack. I run black wheels and 285/75-16 A/T's. I put herculiner on my rockers and flares a couple of years ago- i love the way it looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethro4x4Chevy View Post
    Prior to putting on your rims/tires in the first photo with them, did you lift/raise your truck in any way or is that stock hieght witht he 33's? Also, if you don't mind me asking, where did you get and how much were your towing mirrors.
    All around great truck!. It's nice how small things can make a large improvement.
    -Seth
    That was stock ride height with the 33/12.50's. They rubbed backing up and turning to the right, but that was about it. My 285's actually rubbed more then the 33's did. I got the tow mirrors off of eBay for roughly $175 shipped IIRC.

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackClassic View Post
    I like your truck. Its coming along good. I like the location of your antenna vs. the traditional dual whips like all the yuppies I see around my area. Makes your truck unique, and you centerconsole is neato too!
    It's funny because a friend of mine was considering the idea of getting dual whips, but after he saw my setup he has been bugging me about where I got the mount. I like the location as well, but plan on changing it to the top of the cab when I eventually get a roof top basket.

    Quote Originally Posted by BCHauler View Post
    Nice truck. I am someone who prefers the lower ride height so I'm curious why you're choosing to do a lift?
    I installed a 1.5 inch body lift to allow more clearance for a larger tire, which in turn gives me more ground clearance. I also prefer a lower stance for two reasons: 1) I'm short and don't want to have to jump into the truck and 2) Lower center of gravity. I have considered the idea of doing another 2 inch suspension lift just to be able to stuff a 35 inch tire under the truck, but I think that will be quite a ways down the road. If it were a dedicated expedition truck and not my daily driver, it probably would be lifted just a little bit more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Seabass View Post
    Great build! I have the exact same truck but mines an 02. Same color-same package- white leer topper with yakima rack. I run black wheels and 285/75-16 A/T's. I put herculiner on my rockers and flares a couple of years ago- i love the way it looks.
    Do you happen to have any pictures? I just got my can of Durabak bed liner on the front porch today and am wondering how it will look. Did you have to do anything special for the liner to adhere to the plastic fender flares?

    Thanks everybody for the kind words! We finished the body lift install this past weekend and so far so good! The 4 hour process turned into a 7.5 hour job due to a few difficulties and fuddled minds thanks to my friends brother in law bringing us some adult beverages, but the job was complete! I still need to do a couple of things, but anyway, here are just a few pictures:




    And one of it parked to my dads stock 2000 half ton with a 21 foot boat attached to the rear:



    As you can see, we were able to re-use the brackets for the front brush guard. We are now sitting at 40 inches from the ground to the top of the wheel well in all 4 corners. I'll be removing the front mud flaps to install my fender flares hopefully next weekend (painting them this weekend with the bed liner and hopefully doing the rest of the truck next weekend [weather permitting]!).
    2005 Chevy Silverado Base 4X4: 4.8L, Auto, 4 door ex cab, short box, AEM Brute Force CAI, Flowmaster 40 SI/DO, 285's on 17 inch Helo's Summer and 265's on 17 inch Devino's for winter, custom made center console, custom engine tunes, custom headache rack, Kobalt contractors tool box, color matched grille and sport mirrors, HD towing mirrors, no power options but I got A/C!

    1992 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4: Needs a lot more done to it!

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    I used a scotch pad to give some rough surface for the herculiner to stick- and wiped it down with acetone. Taped my lines off and applied two coats. I did the same on the flares. It has been good. Ive used others-herculiner seems to last the best. I did my dually about 8 years ago- still good as new. All i have is an iphone- cant figgure out how to post a pic- but ill post one as soon as i figgure out how.

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    Decided to do another solo run today and run one of the shorter powerline trails. Ended up being a lot shorter than I expected due to a locked gate, so I check out another one that had yet another locked gate! Anyway, here's just a couple of pics:





    Now I got the wheeling bug bad! Unfortunately, I can't do my favorite trail at the moment because there's too much snow, and I am going on a trip to Washington state here in a couple of weeks to visit family so I have to not break anything until after that!
    2005 Chevy Silverado Base 4X4: 4.8L, Auto, 4 door ex cab, short box, AEM Brute Force CAI, Flowmaster 40 SI/DO, 285's on 17 inch Helo's Summer and 265's on 17 inch Devino's for winter, custom made center console, custom engine tunes, custom headache rack, Kobalt contractors tool box, color matched grille and sport mirrors, HD towing mirrors, no power options but I got A/C!

    1992 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4: Needs a lot more done to it!

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    Looks real good. I have an 06 ext cab, much like yours and I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the towing mirrors, love them, but I'm sitting stock height with 265's, would look better if I was sitting higher. What did you do for your body lift? Or is there a way to just lift front end for mine to sit more level? Also, did you do any shaving of anything to allow tires to fit without rubbing?
    Thanks, Seth.

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    The body lift didn't require much modification other than grinding off the stock front bumper mounts on the bumper itself for the new mounts. It's pretty straight forward but will take some time if you've never done one before or are doing it on your own. You can lift the front end more by getting a leveling kit or cranking your torsion bars, which I would suggest the first option. Stock ride height (prior to leveling kit and body lift) I was running 33X12.50/17's with minimal rubbing on road, and quite a bit off road. After the leveling kit it helped on road a lot, but still a bit off road. I didn't trim or shave anything though, and I'm sure a guy could and be fine at stock ride height, but I just didn't want to do that. Where it will rub will be the plastic inner fender on the front end for the most part, and a guy could just remove or trim that, though I don't recommend removing it since then a lot more road debris could get into the engine compartment.

    I have a feeling that I could probably stuff 35's under the truck if it was only an on road rig with minimal rubbing, but I'd rather keep the 285's for now and maybe do 35's when I do more of a lift later on in the future. Keep in mind that depending on what gears you have, running the larger tires might bog the engine down as well. I'm not sure what gears I have in mine stock, but I know that even with the engine cammed and tuned it's a little more sluggish than it was with the 265's.
    Last edited by Jimmeh; 05-17-2012 at 11:40 PM.
    2005 Chevy Silverado Base 4X4: 4.8L, Auto, 4 door ex cab, short box, AEM Brute Force CAI, Flowmaster 40 SI/DO, 285's on 17 inch Helo's Summer and 265's on 17 inch Devino's for winter, custom made center console, custom engine tunes, custom headache rack, Kobalt contractors tool box, color matched grille and sport mirrors, HD towing mirrors, no power options but I got A/C!

    1992 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4: Needs a lot more done to it!

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