05Single's virgin build thread. 03 tahoe

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    05Single afraid of the dark Supporting Member

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    So I've been doing a couple of write ups and how-to's with a bunch more to show and tell so I guess the smart thing to do will be a build thread. Not crazy turbo systems or bagged suspension or anything but some simple easy mods anybody can do at home with basic tools.

    It's my first build thread so take it easy and slow on me guys :gayfight:

    Some of you make it look easy so feel free to add opinions, hard to hurt my feelings since I don't have any lol

    Anyway here it is in all its glory, 2003 tahoe LT with autoride. 4wd. I bought it from a old geezer who was the original owner. Been very well taken care of with a folder of every thing it's ever been into the shop for including a full tune up before the guy sold it. Garaged it's whole life, never wrecked or even in a fender bender. Every button and nob works in this thing. Paint is near flawless except the hatch has the famous corrosion spots around the wiper arm and handle. Interior is near flawless except only the famous rip area on the drivers side bottom seat.

    Day I brought it home (100% stock)
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    After year one
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    2 years
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    3 years
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    So remember kids - some have builds "finished" within a few months , others a few years. So I encourage you to not be shy and make your own build thread. It's always a good time
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    We're almost twins. I did a ton of work on mine. My paint is not nearly as nice as yours. Wow, great find.


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    Haha you're the evil twin with gmc :D
     
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    Ok it was pretty brutal taking off factory fender flares, mud flaps, and badges from 03 lol, but it's doable
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    After a deep hand wash and quick spray wax
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    Notice the swirl marks and outline of the flares :(
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    Yours looks pretty damn clean. My paint is perfect as in no dents or deep scratches. I had to really buff it out and bring back the life to the paint.
     
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    Some of the products
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    Me puttin in work
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    And I dreaded the moldings for good reason. That was a full day job on its own.
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    Luckily I have this. It's a lifesaver and a great investment for only $20 has lasted me 7 years and dozens of trucks and cars, snowmobiles and motorcycles.
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    It's messy tho
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    Then it was time for the buffing, polishing, and waxing...for now.
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    After....
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    Looking pretty good. Also got the titan/armada 18s on it.
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    Not bad for an 03. Will do a more thorough detail this summer, still not up to my standards:cool:

    Dont forget to detail the lights the same time when you do the paint to keep them fresh looking.

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    Upgraded from factory 16" LT wheels to factory nissan 18" titan/armada wheels

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    Went ahead and applied chrome tape (already had) on top along with custom made body color matched bowties from a local sticker shop $5.

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    I had to candy my turns in the rear. Can't stand amber

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    Gonna redo them this spring and spray the whole light instead of just the blinker for a even blend. But for now it came out good.

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    Not a fan of chrome either so for now I platidipped my grille and bumpers.

    Color matching this summer.

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    Said screw it and did the bumpers and lower valance too
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