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My 02 2500 HD
8.1L / Allison Trans
Amp Steps
Weld Wheels / Toyos
Snug Top
Cognito everything Front End
Bilsteins all the way around
Mag Hytec diff cover
New Upholstery
Weather Tech floor mats
Full Tint
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This is the front of the truck.

1) Grill: Polish it, chrome it, or leave it alone? I would prefer for it to shine a little more than it does, but I'm not sure how chrome will look on a stock truck. Polishing it seems like a lot of work to keep up on.

2) I will need tow mirrors. Probably go with the boost mirrors. Go Black, White, or Chrome? View attachment 986925

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Lights first. I polished mine a couple of times and even had them clearcoated afterwards but it just doesn’t last. I ended up replacing them.Obviously I still need to do the fog lights.
 

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I would not polish the grill because upkeep would suck. Imagine getting the polishing compound out of all those holes. Leave it or chrome it so you can just keep it nice with Windex or spray wax.
 

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I would not polish the grill because upkeep would suck. Imagine getting the polishing compound out of all those holes. Leave it or chrome it so you can just keep it nice with Windex or spray wax.
Agreed. The front of your truck looks bad ass.

I may just replace it with a billet grill like yours. I have always preferred the look of billet over everything else on the market. The one I have was on the truck when I bought it. It was probably put on there for better protection from road debris. It lived its life as a plumbing truck in Reno before I got it.

I noticed my lights have condensation in them, so I will probably end up replacing them. I think they are pitted a little from sand on the road in the winter. I need to replace the chrome ring also. It is a little sand blasted looking. LOL.

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I would never raise my truck again either. 2004 Silverado 2500HD 8.1L
315/70R17. 17 x 9 Moto Metal. Currently Sniffin around for a newer 2500HD.
Just out of curiosity why would you never lift again. I never lifted my 03 but always thought about it
 

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I need to watch some videos and figure out the best process.

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Just buy one of those lil kits....it will have a few different grades of sandpaper, a polish pad, and a small wheel with velcro back.....ez peezy to use on any drill. I like to use a spray bottle with water to mist between.
 

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Agreed. The front of your truck looks bad ass.

I may just replace it with a billet grill like yours. I have always preferred the look of billet over everything else on the market. The one I have was on the truck when I bought it. It was probably put on there for better protection from road debris. It lived its life as a plumbing truck in Reno before I got it.

I noticed my lights have condensation in them, so I will probably end up replacing them. I think they are pitted a little from sand on the road in the winter. I need to replace the chrome ring also. It is a little sand blasted looking. LOL.

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I tried a whole lot of aftermarket junk before I settled on TYC brand for headlights. They work very well...avoid the others.
 

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Just out of curiosity why would you never lift again. I never lifted my 03 but always thought about it

Getting tired of replacing parts here and there and the crappier ride. Like the level look now with the 33's. Plus I'm getting old!
 

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It's hard to see exactly how cloudy your lights are in the pics, but if they're not too bad, get some 3" foam pads for a polisher or drill. Use some buffing compound to start, then this.... 81j7d0jExBL._AC_SL1500_.jpg

Cheap, with very good results.
 

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Getting tired of replacing parts here and there and the crappier ride. Like the level look now with the 33's. Plus I'm getting old!
I’m getting old too. That’s why I wasn’t in hurry to lift mine..now having the truck 17 years it’s not gonna happen on my watch lol
 

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Getting tired of replacing parts here and there and the crappier ride. Like the level look now with the 33's. Plus I'm getting old!
That's why GM's suck with their independent front suspension. They aren't meant to be lifted.

A straight axle with coil springs rides the same as stock, after it is lifted. At least my F-350 did (my leaf spring F-350, not so much. LOL). I never had any parts wear either.

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2004 37s with Methods

Any trim to fit 37’s? I’m ready for tires on my 05’. Currently have 35”x12.50x17’s with a lift. I don’t know what kit it is as I bought it the way it sits. I’ll try and find a pic of my truck.


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Any trim to fit 37’s? I’m ready for tires on my 05’. Currently have 35”x12.50x17’s with a lift. I don’t know what kit it is as I bought it the way it sits. I’ll try and find a pic of my truck.


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Front bumper valance got a little trim back when I installed the lift and tires in 05
 

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Good products and great demonstration videos.
yup went to the shop they did a demo and have been using it ever since, the polish pads play a big part too.

funny note: since i got the kit i have cleaned up more of my elder neighbors headlight lens than my own.
 

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funny note: since i got the kit i have cleaned up more of my elder neighbors headlight lens than my own.

You know, I've been meaning to stop by for a beer. [emoji3][emoji3]

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Beers always cold and tequila or whiskey is always just a pour away
I meant I will be driving the truck, and you can show me how awesome your headlight polishing system works. [emoji106][emoji106] LOL

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I have found some on eBay and Amazon, but don't know which sellers sell good quality.

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use amazon...very liberal return policy as compared to ebay


BTW, good decision to keep stock wheels. I vote for no lift kit, no aftermarket...bone stock as much as possible...Maybe add a shell, lockable, so insurance covers your stuff inside if necessary. keep a low profile and less likely to get the redlight / blue light attention under most circumstances
 

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I am probably going to pick up a small travel trailer, so back to tow mirrors.

What is a good brand to purchase?

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