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My build for a truck that can haul / tow almost anything. A lot of what I have done already is just for show.
Starting out with a 2013 Chevy LT Cab & Chassis with 9' aluminum flatbed.

Added front mud flaps running boards.

Bug shield from Stampede added and screened the front grill

Eliminated rear mud flaps add fenders under bed and mud flaps added to fenders


AT Tires were removed and Bridgestone R500 tires added. Along with TST tire monitor system with internal sensors.

http://tsttruck.com/product/tst-507-internal/
Rear window graphic added


To do next is to mount 115 gallon fuel tank on bed and add CB antenna.
 

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Looks good. What webbing did you use for the grill? I already had to pay $480 for a new trans cooler on my 2013 after it got damaged by something driving to Houston
 

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I never liked that GM put that huge gap in the bumper with no guard or how big the gaps are in the grill.

Its 1/4 galvanized Screen. Called Hardware Screen found at local farm and fleet store. I have a piece of scrap metal shelving to keep the screen in the bumper in place. The screen on the grill is cut around the stock grill and tied on with galvanize tie wire.
 

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I installed a cheapo $35 grill (ebay) in front of my trans cooler after the new cooler was installed. Painted the cheap grill black since it was polished. I don't plan to keep the 13 much longer and will drive my 08 from now on, so might start looking into putting some screen in the front of the 3500 after I remove the bugs and dead bird from in there
 

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Nice Kodiak.
 

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Nice Kodiak.
Thanks we sure like it a lot. And makes trips pulling our camper like sitting at home.:thumb

Did you know that your truck is on fire?? :poke[1]:
Yes we were camping below Pickwick Dam on the Tn river. And some guy had a big camp fire, caught it on fire.:rofl:drink
 

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Chrome mirror and louver covers. Parked next to the 2010.

I'm thinking of attempting to chrome paint lower trim piece on front and roof cab lights.
 

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How do you think this looks? I painted a old roof marker changed out from the other truck before I attempt this for real.
 

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5,171 miles - oil changed Mobil Delvac 1300 15w-40, greased.
 

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What have you done mechanically for more power and mpg? I have done a few things to my tow rig but always looking for more power and cooler EGT's....
 

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I'm really not a power junkie. My attitude is more power = more problems. Besides more filtration to fuel and oil I leave the engine alone. I tried the oiled air filter on my 2010 but it got to a point filters weren't affective after cleaning truck would throw MAF codes. Back to stock air filter and problems went away. I have a FASS for the new truck. A 95HD, it gives better throttle response and pre filters the fuel. So stock fuel filters last way longer. I might add a oil bypass filter not sure which one to choose.

For MPG I think tires are huge, Highway tires aired up. Also slower speeds. I tend to drive 60 mph when pulling and 65 max when empty.
 

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Found some stainless trim for front fenders
 

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I'm really not a power junkie. My attitude is more power = more problems. Besides more filtration to fuel and oil I leave the engine alone. I tried the oiled air filter on my 2010 but it got to a point filters weren't affective after cleaning truck would throw MAF codes. Back to stock air filter and problems went away. I have a FASS for the new truck. A 95HD, it gives better throttle response and pre filters the fuel. So stock fuel filters last way longer. I might add a oil bypass filter not sure which one to choose.

For MPG I think tires are huge, Highway tires aired up. Also slower speeds. I tend to drive 60 mph when pulling and 65 max when empty.
I use the Amsoil 110 Bypass filter mounted horizontal on drivers side outside of frame rail. Servicing is super easy...and install was a piece of cake with the oil filter sandwich adapter and billet oil cap return.
 

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Installed CB antenna today. But not sure on where to access the Cab. I know of 2 spots One is rear vent on back of cab, thats where I ran into the 2010. The other is under hood through firewall near steering wheel. Is there anywhere else thats better?


Used stainless heavy duty mount drilled hole in center of headache rack. Have a Wilson 5000 antenna. The tip reaches 11' 4" off the ground. And an 18' Wilson cable.
 

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Is there anywhere else thats better?
The plug in the floor on either side front is large enough to angle in without a kink?
 

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Since when was a truck plastered with cheesy cheap/fake chrome everywhere considered an "ultimate" hot shot truck? If anything you are bringing more attention to yourself...which is the complete opposite of what you want when hauling loads
 
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