Hey Guys, long time lurker first time poster.
I leased a 2017 Double Cab in Aug 2017. Mostly because I wanted a pickup as a 3rd vehicle at the time, and didn't plan on doing all that much to it. All of that quickly changed. I did what I consider the "basic" mod package and learned a bunch along the way. In August of 2020, my lease was up, and I decided to buy the truck out, partly because I had grown attached to it, partly because I had it 75% of where I wanted it, and partly because I simply couldn't replace it for what my buyout was.
So here are the basics. 2017 Silverado LT Double cab z71 with the all star package and 2LT package. Factory leather, 8" infotainment screen, HID's and the 5.3. Got the dealer to throw in the factory GM bedliner.
Here's my initial setup:
First thing I did was get the front windows tinted 20% to match the rest of the truck:
Then I did a lift / level with a set of wheels / tires:
Motofab 3" front 2" rear leveling kit.
Hostile Alpha 20x10 -19 black wheels
Toyo Open Country AT 33x12.50 20 tires
This setup drove well and looked good, but at the time I didn't realize that it wasn't really right for the truck. At 17k miles I broke the passenger front ball joint.(in the middle of a trip no less) I guess the angles were just too steep. I started to do some research and I ended up with KSP Performance Tubular Upper Control Arms designed for a 2-4" lift I found on amazon, and had those put in. Ball joints were fine but I don't know if this was the shop that installed them, or what not but I come out one day and my alignment was WAYYYY off - I'm talking 30 degrees left for the truck to go straight. The passenger front tire had severe negative camber at this point. Back to the shop we go, and apparently the camber adjuster on the control arm let go and the alignment was screwed. It also chewed up the inner edge of the front tires pretty badly in rapid succession. I ended up having to replace the camber adjuster and got the truck re aligned, although I'm not 100% happy with the alignment even at this point because there is still a bit of negative camber on the front wheels. It drives / tracks straight at this point though. In retrospect I probably should have gone with the rough country forged upper control arms, I think they fix the angles a bit more.
So then I added side steps, a rear bumper hitch step, and a front tac bar (that mounts to the frame via tow hook removal) - oddly one of the bolts was inserted so it couldn't be removed without cutting it off because there was no clearance for it to back out). It has a single row 20" LED light bar in it, hooked up to the truck via a wireless controller with a remote. I also added a trifold soft tonneau cover to keep the bed dry. Greatest thing ever, but the clamps tend to catch on the bedliner so clamping it down is a PITA.
I also did an exhaust - a Gibson Metal Militia 4" Catback. Its LOUD, especially at cold starts.. And it drones some. At first I loved it, two years in I'm used to it but wish I had gone with something more subtle.
I drove it this way for a while and was happy. Eventually the side steps started to rattle something awful, especially the drivers side. I would tighten the bolts back up but it wouldn't last long. Disclaimer - I was around 360lbs when I started out with this truck. I eventually got into a fitness routine and am 243 right now, but the fat man damage to to the rocker mounting points was done already. Turns out the nutserts were pulling out of the body, and it was making a mess. I really don't know why GM went with a rocker / body mount for the steps but its a poor design in my opinion. I have seen a couple body mount steps that are rated to 500lbs, and I may go that route, but for now I just took the steps off and am living with it as is. My wife hates it and my kids especially my 5 year old needs help getting in, but we have a boring Honda Pilot for family duties.
At some point I scored a deal for the Kicker VSS Soundstage upgrade for the stereo. The one with the extra amp and the 10" sub under the rear seat. Installed that. Greatly improved sound but I still wish it had some more ummph on the front soundstage. I am considering replacing the OEM speakers to aftermarket units in the future. I also added a wireless charging pod to the center console lid - I have a jump seat truck, although the seat has never been folded up in my ownership.
So now that I own the truck and the warranty ran out, I can do more of what I want. The truck is now at 30.400 miles.The only thing I have done post warranty is the Range Technology AFM disabler. Stops the god awful helicopter noises when it goes into 4cyl mode, and hopefully will cut down on oil consumption. I also put a new set of tires on the truck went with a 305/55/20 Sumitomo Encounter AT this time. It still rubs in reverse on tight turns but other than that it's fine.
Here's the wishlist (or should I say to do list)
LED Tail Lights
LED Bed Lighting
Some sort of audio upgrade (possibly new speakers first)
Some BCM mods (fogs on with parking lights)
Cold air intake - Thinking SB or K&N
I'm considering a tuner to recalibrate tire size, disable AFM, and add a bit of power to the truck but I can't decide on which one.
I have a buddy of mine who owns a body shop and I'm thinking about spraying the wheels, or a portion of them bronze. He did my buddy's yukon denali wheels and they came out beautiful.
Eventually a REAL lift, probably a 6" and a jump to 35's.
Here's a quick before / after shot of as it stands now..