Tonyrodz's Tahoe Build Thread

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    Ok guys, I've bowed to the pressure and I'm starting my build thread. I'm going to try to remember them in order, but it's been an ongoing process, so I'm a little foggy. I started with a bone stock 03 Tahoe, with 212,000 miles. Did duty as a real estate shuttle vehicle, so I'd have to assume all required maintenance was performed as I didn't receive any maintenance records. Came with the 4.8, 4wd and as a nice bonus the 3.73 rear. All the usual options, no onstar, Bose or moon roof, which is perfectly fine with me.
    On to the mods.
    Very first mod I did was to replace my front bumper, my original had a big dent in the center. Replaced it with a good used one. 2nd mod was to plastidip my stock Tahoe rims. Had the usual clear coat issues. WP_20160603_001.jpg
    I figured I might as well do my belt mouldings, as they looked a little faded and I hated the fake plastic chrome. I also dipped the stock chrome grill, as it had seen better days. IMAG0251.jpg WP_20160416_019.jpg I then removed the lower plastic plates that blocked some vent openings. Get some more air flow in there. Can't hurt, right?
     
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    Oh shit! Never thought this day would come lol. Tapatalk says this was posted 5 mins ago, so i must be first to witness the rarest build thread on earth! Lol


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    I left it alone for awhile. Saw these on cl, and they looked much nicer then the stock lights, which I think are super ugly--no offense to those who like them. WP_20160117_016.jpg So much nicer.
    Threw these bulbs in there for the brake lights. Don't know what they are, got them for free. IMAG00038.jpg IMAG00040.jpg
    I think they look much better then the stock bulbs. I tried leds, but weren't bright at all, really hard to see behind the red lenses.
     
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    Yeah, I figured I might as well do it. I lost a lot of my original pics, so I'm just gonna use what I have. :D
     
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    I always liked the look of the hids. I grabbed a set and put them in. Install was super easy, but didn't make sense. WP_20160117_020.jpg WP_20160531_003.jpg Usually the tabs-plugs-only go one way. Not these. I plugged them in and they didn't work. Once Redrocket pointed out that I should turn the plugs around, they worked like a charm. Thx Red.
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    Forgot how many k's they were. Had the blue tint to them. They we're the 35 Watt ballasts. WP_20160531_004.jpg
     
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    Thx. :waytogo:
     
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    After all this and reading the ty forums, I started to get the mod bug! Thx guys:waytogo:.
    I really liked the rear Escalade appliques. Hard to find in my neck of the woods, and at the time no one was selling a set on the forums. Saw an ad on cl for a set. Score! Guy was parting out an Escalade and was selling a set for $100. Only thing was I had to drive 2 hrs one way to pick them up. No biggie. Came home with these. This was after the color match, which I bartered some other work for. Came out great. Perfect match. WP_20160325_007.jpg
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    Couldn't be happier with the look.
     
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    I scored these stock Denali 17's for a song from my buddy. WP_20160601_001.jpg As usual they have the usual GM clear coat issues. Plastidip is my friend! IMAG0018.jpg IMAG0023.jpg That wheel well gap looks terrible. More on that later.
    I also grabbed a set of Bose A pillars in my gray interior color. No pics on those. I'm thinking of doing something with them at a later date.
     
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    I then swapped out my interior lighting to leds. I like it. Much brighter and cleaner, whiter. For some reason the map lights look blue in the pic, but they're white. WP_20160613_007.jpg
    I saw this trunk organizer in a Crown Vic and it looked like it would fit. WP_20160613_002.jpg WP_20160613_003.jpg WP_20160613_001.jpg WP_20160613_005.jpg
    Fit the bill perfectly.
     

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