Everything posted by slide187
will do. i may not be able to provide long term data, as i'm parting ways with this truck in a couple months. but right before she goes i'll update and send pics. but yes, those quotes for line-x on the bars were crazy-pants... more than these bars even cost!!
So that was my exact thought before tryin this rattle can experiment. So I contacted one of the local line-x shops here and the dude I don’t think really read my message, cuz he was like “yeah it’s $599 to do your bed, and we can also do your step bars.” So I was like “actually the bed is already sprayed, I just need the steps done and a quote for that.” them: … so I tried the $15 method
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ finally got around to addressing these things… the OEM Step bars for the All-Terrain. Flaking like crazy. Took em off, power-washed them to get off all the loose stuff. I know there are people who swear by it, but I have yet to see something powder coated stay coated. And these are only 3.5 yrs old. Anyway, I don’t really have the means to fully strip them so I got off all the stuff that would come off. Cleaned them with some brake cleaner and then some simple green, then alcohol, and then used a can and a half of this stuff (3 coats) They Lk good, but we’ll see if it lasts. (That said they don’t have to last past March )
+1 on that question... i have the low profile tape ons and i've liked them so far because they sort of look like the in-channel... real clean minimal look, but even with my windows closed i hear them whizznistling on the highway.
I know a few of us are watching the topic of dash backlights being out (particularly in the hvac controls block) in this thread. to update you guys, i have ordered a bunch of LEDs that get here tomorrow and i'll try replacing the ones that are out (or all of them if there is a color mismatch with the new leds and the oem.) in the meantime i did some google searching and found a profile on here (and i hope he doesn't mind me linking his build thread here,) but bc-chris has a how-to on pulling apart most of the panels in the cabin that have the tiny LEDs in them when he changed the color of his by putting a gel over them. but the disassembly descriptions he gives are awesome! (so thanks Chris!) the one for the hvac controls is about halfway down page 4 in the below link.
haha holy dog sh!+... they DO! https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/surface-mount-smd/cool-white-2835-smd-led/1843/4456/ But also Digikey is in MN... i think either would be getting these from China anyway, and both list them as in stock and able to ship today.
awesome!! thanks dude!! i'll let ya know if i have any questions once i get into it, but it actually seems pretty str8 forward once getting the unit open as far as what's what. i'll just have to be patient with that since these plastics are brittle on parts like this, thanks a ton for the LED info tho, haha that was gonna be a long drilldown.
so was it easy enuff to pop off the buttons themselves to get to the spots where they are? or did you take it apart from the back? i'm gonna pull it this weekend and give it a look but i'm worried about breaking something and it not going back together. i too have quite a bit of smc and audio wiring soldering experience, so if this is a thing i would rather do that than drop a hundo on a new piece. any link to those leds you found? i just checked out digikey and there is an ocean of them hahaha
Yar, but this thing looks like you have to pop buttons off of it to get to the lights .... no telling if once you do that you can get the buttons back on.... i've tried to take one of these things apart before (years ago on my 89 S-10 Blazer ) and it was glued, AND some of the tabs broke off... ended up buying a new one anyway.
yeesh.... I've been rewiring a few of my guitars the last month or so, so i'm definitely up on my soldering technique haha but i'll pull the unit and see what they are and if it's worth the hassle before I order one. I almost feel like if TWO surface mount LEDs or lights can go on this one, others are likely to follow. so maybe a fresh unit would be the way to go.
I mean, I'd definitely wash my hands more then once a month. It's a pandemic out!!! hahah seriously tho i know what you mean... I had a silver truck for almost 15 yrs (one for 10 and the next one for 5yrs) and when I bought this Sierra in Dark Slate Metallic it's back to dark color problems that I almost completely forgot about with the silver. And when she's been dirty for 2 days, she LOOKS like she's been dirty for a year! at least that's the way it feels when I know she needs a wash haha.
Yeah I know a lot of people go that route but I’ve never been into the tuning thing. Tried the pedal commander only because when it’s unplugged it’s gone. And now trying this to see what difference it makes in how the truck behaves w/o dropping to/from V4 all the time. But again only because when it’s unplugged it’s gone. My mods usually stop shot of altering the computers haha.
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