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  1. Zane & Josh Merva The Merva Brothers - Co/Founders, GM-Trucks.com GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Our last truck, a 2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain, continues to serve us well all these years later, but became outdated in 2014 when the K2 generation of trucks was produced. We never had a chance to purchase a 2014-2018 Silverado but had a half dozen close friends who let us work on theirs. So when GM announced that the 2019 model year Silverado and Sierra would be brand spankin' new, we knew we had to have one. Thus, a year long effort was set into motion during the Winter of 2017-2018. Internally, GM-Trucks.com declared war on the 2019 Silverado. We could cover it, we would own it, we would be THE place for owners of the T1XX generation to call home. To do that, we had to have one ourselves. We saw the surprise unveiling, followed trim level news, ordering information, factory startup, placed an order the first day we could, then waited (not so) patiently for it to arrive. In September 2018 we took delivery of our new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ. Here it is a few seconds after the first time we saw it. What’s the plan? We’re going to make our new Silverado work for us and you. Over the next few years we plan on transforming our truck, installing loads of aftermarket parts, and reviewing everything in the process. Our thought process behind this Project Truck is simple. We originally wanted to buy a Silverado Trail Boss but found that Chevy wouldn’t let us get it with the all new 6.2L V8. That engine and the brand new 10-speed transmission was reserved for those who purchased an LTZ or High Country. With the 6.2L being more important, we acquiesced and ordered a more expensive LTZ instead. Thus, our mission to replicate the Trail Boss’s off-road stance and beefed up attitude but with a legendary 6.2L engine and a more luxurious take on things was born. We've decided to call it…. Project Trail Beast More than just a name, Project Trail Beast is a set of core vehicle modification goals that we’d like to accomplish with our 2019 Silverado LTZ. The ultimate goal is to create the truck that Chevy should have made… a Trail Boss with a 6.2L engine. Thankfully, we’re not bound by factory parts anymore, so we can go a little more hardcore than Chevy would have. Our goals include: Suspension Lift: We’ll take our Silverado and raise it a modest 2-4 inches. More aggressive tires are a requirement and aftermarket rims are being considered to complement the higher stance without sacrificing driveability. Beefed Up Performance: 420-horsepower stock isn’t bad…. but isn’t nearly enough. We’ll explore adding a supercharger to our 6.2L and work with leading brands to install performance intake and exhaust systems. We’ll also check in on the custom tuning scene and how the 2019 models can be modified on the inside. Updated Lighting: Even though most of our Silverado has high tech LED lighting, there are still some conventional bulbs. We’ll replacement all with the latest LED tech and add additional illumination around our truck. Expect us to talk about and review industry players such as Sylvania and Baja Lights soon. Utility Accessories: We'll explore bed covers, floor mats, security products, custom keyed locks, ceramic coatings, and a wide range of other accessories that any truck owner may use or need on their vehicle. From Adams Polishes to Husky Liners, we’ll look at what works and what does not. GM Official Accessories: GM is upping their game and offering lots of performance and visual accessories right from the dealership. We opened up a parts account and immediately started buying. How do these products perform? Are they worth the price? We'll let you know Help Us Out! What Do You Want? Do you want a particular product reviewed? Can't decide on a truck safe? Or confused about Ceramic Coatings? Let us know! We’ll do our best to review anything we can on Project Trail Beast. Do you work for a company who has a product you’d like us to look at? We can do that too. What’s next? It's time to get installing. We have a fat pile of accessories we've already started to work on. Each product, each experience, we'll share with you. Stay tuned for more updates on Project Trail Beast.
  2. The Merva Brothers Founders, GM-Trucks.com February 27th, 2019 When you take delivery of a brand new 2019 Silverado, you'll be faced with a few choices beyond which trim level or options you want. You'll also be asked which accessories you want to be installed on your truck before it rolls off the sales floor. Most GM accessories can even be factored into the sale price and financed. So, we're setting off to try out some of these certified accessories that are available for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Our goal is to let you know if they are worth the cash or if you should take a pass. We've always loved the look of a blacked out bowtie and the idea of one that lights up seemed too cool to pass up. So we headed to our local dealership and ordered the 2019+ Illuminated & Blacked out front bowtie. Here's how it went and what we think. What is it? Chevrolet Illuminated Grille Bowtie Emblem in Black Part Number: 84069488 MSRP: $275.00 Manufacturer Website: https://accessories.chevrolet.com/ Main Features Doesn't effect your factory warranty Direct replacement for the standard gold bowtie Same quality as original parts Wiring harness is plug & play and matches factory wiring Here's the bowtie and grille as it came from the factory. Installation The first step to install the illuminated bowtie (or the non-illuminated black bowtie) is to remove the front grille. The grille on our LTZ was easy to take once we understood how it was fastened to the body. The entire process runs around 30 mintues We'll be covering how to remove the grille on the 2019 Silverado in detail soon. A plastic trim removal set makes this process much easier. After a little bit of pulling and careful prying, the entire front grille section comes off. Note the grille can be removed without having to take off any body panels or reach under the vehicle. This is a huge improvement over past Silverado generations, which required more disassembly to access the grille mounting hardware. The grille is a solid unit. Switching it out with another trim level's grille would be easy at this stage. This is also a good time to clean up the grille. To remove the factory bowtie, release four tab clips on the backside of the grille. One is inside of the support post where you will also run the bowtie's wiring harness. We popped out the bowtie and cleaned behind it before installing the new one. It was filthy underneath! The included wiring harness plugs into the driver's side headlight harness. It then snakes through the radiator opening and clips to the bumper. We found it easier to run the wire through the grille and connect it to bowtie, THEN snap the bowtie to the grille afterwards. Attempting to plug the harness into the bowtie after it is mounted on the grille turns out to be extremely difficult. We tested the bowtie to make sure it lit up properly before we attached the grille back onto the truck. Our Impressions Installation of the illuminated bowtie turned out to be pretty easy provided we used the right tools. Our plastic trim kit was invaluable during the process, allowing us to pry and remove pieces without scratching them. The kit also didn't come with instructions, so make sure to ask your dealer for a set of them when you buy it. They can print it out for you. The quality of the bowtie is on par with other factory parts and matches accordingly. The wiring harness looks similar to those already running under the hood giving the final fit a factory feel. So while the look and feel of the product is excellent the actual performance of the illuminated bowtie left us wanting more. We expected an illumination effect with a similar brightness to our DRL lighting. Instead, the bowtie glows a dull white at light. During the day or bright sunlight the illumination effect disappears completely. We do appreciate that the color temperature of the bowtie matches the headlights and DRLs. The MSRP of $275 is steep for the eventual lackluster performance. Excellent build quality, plug and play performance, a factory look, and no warranty interference offset the price to an extent. If you want a quality replacement for your gold bowtie that adds a little more flare to your 2019 Silverado, the Illuminated Black Bowtie could be right for you. If you're looking for a bright centerpiece that stands out with the same intensity as your other lighting, this may not fit your bill.
  3. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  4. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  5. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  6. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  7. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  8. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  9. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  10. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  11. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  12. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  13. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  14. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  15. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  16. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  17. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  18. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  19. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  20. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  21. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  22. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  23. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  24. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

  25. From the album: Introducing Project Trail Beast - A 2019 Chevy Silverado LTZ

    GM-Trucks.com is always trying to stay on the bleeding edge of General Motors vehicles and the aftermarket accessories that owners install on them. That’s why we occasionally purchase long term pickups to better understand the ownership experience of these extremely popular vehicles. Stay up to date on what's new with Project Trail Beast Here: Read about our 2019 Silverado in the GM-Trucks.com Garage

    © Zane Merva & GM-Trucks.com 2019

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