Wondering if anyone has some actual experience with mounting a roof rack on a fiberglass topper? I am looking to mount a rack, possibly the one linked below, on the topper of my 2018 crew cab short bed. A few questions... How did you mount to keep rack as low and close to the topper as possible? I don't like the rails and bars with rack on top, puts way too much up high, limiting parking garage use and adds to wind noise. If I wanted to mount a light bar or lights to the front of the rack, with it being just at the back of the truck cab or maybe extending a bit forward of the back of the cab - would they throw the light forward or wash out on top of the truck cab? I can speculate all day long about the light question, wondering if anyone has any experience with light placement a little further back than front of cab. It's not a necessity, just wondering if it would be a waste of effort time and money. My main reason for the rack is some light cargo, side and rear light mounting point (functional for when I'm working past optimal light and want side and rear lights run off secondary battery), and looks. Here's the rack I think I may use http://www.smittybiltdepot.com/Smittybilt-Exterior-Parts-Accessories/Smittybilt-Defender-Roof-Rack-45555.aspx?t_c=3&t_s=82&t_pt=3426&t_pn=S%2fB45555
I have a gently used, Volant cold air induction setup for 2014-2018 trucks with 5.3. I believe the only thing different for the 6.2 is the silicone piece between throttle body and tube - easy to replace from Jegs or Summit. This kit is the top of the line kit from Volant, with the Power Core filter, good for 100,000 miles. Doing a little demod currently, so won't be using this anymore. Installation is a breeze. These are $341 new from Jegs, looking for $250 plus shipping from 35244.
They had a T5, tons of info on the net about those. And I agree, so many of these S trucks still out there, I would find a manual truck to build or piece together the best parts from both if a manual is wanted.
Um, no. Won't be doing that on my 2018. Did such on a 97 Z71 that was near 10 years old, but not worth it on a nice newer model truck. Sorry, I just don't see the point, or the point in wheels that have that much negative offset. To each his own, just not my style.
I can tell you exactly what I would do, and have been looking for a truck to do it with!! Bear with me....I have a 49 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe car that my wifes great grandfather bought new. Last on the road in 1970, and has all the stainless trim and doors shut like a bank vault. Minimal rust, but the family wanted to have it hauled away from the old homeplace. I jumped at the chance to grab it. Factory engine was a straight six, 216 cu. These engines had "babbit bearings", which are poured bearings and make this engine basically far too cost prohibitive to rebuild. So, I lucked into a 56 235 straight 6 from a one owner family 56 pickup to go in the 49. But, I want the 49 to be a driver, and the 235 isn't all that powerful and can't be built to be. So, still wanting to be different than the V8 SBC crowd, I got a Chevy straight 6 292 for it. So now, I have this great low mileage 235 inline six - can ya tell I just love these old straight sixes? There's one guy on an S10 forum that did exactly this - put an old straight 6 into an S10, and that's what I wanna do. Lightweight truck, reliable and basic straight 6 with plenty of torque to move it along nicely. Also have a T5 to put behind it, which obviously fits nicely with the idea of finding an S10 manual truck for the swap. Won't be like that same ole thing everybody else does with a SBC. Neat lil daily driver or fun around town truck, be fun to take to a car show and freak folks out. So, if you decide not to build it - which I am NOT trying to talk you out of doing, don't trash it!!!! Call me and I'll be on the way from Bham AL with a trailer!!
My thinking as well, and save on labor down the road if I decide to do a little more.
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