Just a heads up for anyone putting vinyl on paint. In my experience with GM in the past any vinyl or magnet left on will cause noticeable marks from washing around the outline and also tend to fade different if left for a long time. Assuming it's a "permanent" mod then whatever but if you plan on trading in frequently it's best to keep to glass. Edit: meant to add that I'm looking to add these to my paint as well. Thanks for sharing the link!
I've recently started having issues with the head unit on my 2016 sierra 8". Turn the truck on, no head unit display, no audio, nothing. I can use the steering wheel controls to get the radio from the dash but nothing from the head unit itself. The dash only displays the radio, no bluetooth or usb. This has happened twice now and seems to reset itself after I leave it alone for a while but I'm not sure what's going on and it's extremely aggravating. Of course this has only happened since the truck has crossed 36k miles, not sitting at just under 42k. Should not be happening on a truck just over 2 years old. Anyone have similar problems? Haven't contacted the dealer yet but that is prob my next step. Worried they are going to try and get me for a new head unit just outside of warranty.
Haven't hooked up the lights yet. Will post photos when I do. I am waiting to get the surround painted gloss black so that it looks a bit more OEM. It is the matte black version. Not sure if the fit isn't amazing in general or just mine but as I posted there is a bit of extra space on one side of the grille next to the headlights.
Just to add some info to the topic of stubby antenna. Length/height is going to be the primary indication of quality of reception. In most urban areas you can install a stubby with no real issue. You might notice a slight degradation in performance but nothing drastic. It's the rural areas you have to worry about. There is no replacement for height since it has to do with the size of the radio wave and speed at which is travels at. The smaller you go the more degradation in signal quality. Personally I swapped for a real short one because I kept hitting it on the roof of my works parking garage (I sneak in but not by much) so I got a short one. I almost never listen to FM but the reception is trash by me (more rural) but when I drive into work (urban) it's fine.
Quality is better than I expected but less than I hoped. As I said it's prob 80% of what OEM is. To elaborate, the left and right sides don't seem to have the same spacing between the headlights and the grille, the led lights seem pretty crappy. That said it bolted on without any problem and seems pretty sturdy. Only time will tell but it's nowhere near the quality plastic that the OEM grille is, or at least seems to be. At the moment I like the look so I'll keep it but with time I may change it to something else. I'll be keeping the OEM grille regardless.
Installed a new grille. I went back and forth for a long time but felt like this was a good look at a great price. Paid $112 shipped. Haven't hooked up the lights yet, need to figure out how to wire them so they come on with the amber running lights in the mirrors. Also unsure about the color. I like the black but it sort of reminds me of people who slap on fender flares without painting them, just looks unfinished. We will see. Before After Little more info on the grille. It is a two piece, so you can have each part painted separately if interested. Install was easy enough once you got the old grille off, but holy crap is that a pain. Fit and finish is nice but not quite OEM quality. If GM is the standard this is maybe 80-90% there, just a little more gap in areas than I'd like but worth the compromise for cost and all things considered for me. Led running lights look super cheapo, we will see how they work but I'm not expecting much, held on by the most tiny screws and the center one wasn't even bolted in right, I had to adjust. They do come with some of those waterproof connectors which is nice and seems to have enough wiring to route it nicely.
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