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Hello all! It was suggested I start a build thread so here I am starting one! My truck is a 2016 Silverado Regular Cab with the 5.3L v8 and 6 speed automatic. It has the IOB 7" infotainment center with Apple Play/Android Auto, trailer hitch incorporated into the rear bumper, cruise control, 40/20/40 seats etc and although I originally thought it had 3:42 gears based on the standard items listed on the sticker I somehow missed that my option column shows that it actually has the 3:08 gears. The LT interior was a little too busy looking for me and had a bunch of stuff I didn't really need and about the only option the LS didn't have that I wished for is the steering wheel audio/phone controls but I think I can get by without those especially after finding out from the dealer the cost as well as what it would take to install.

I had modifications in mind before even getting the truck such as lowering, tire/wheel upgrade, increasing performance/handling, upgrading to a competition level audio system (my hobby and side business) and of course plans to personalize it to my tastes. Here's what I have done so far and the more I read this forum the more I add to my list so future plans are below!


Day 1




Before installing 2" drop shackles and removing spacer block (shows the chrome door handles I installed but did not like so they got changed quickly)




After shackles installed/spacer block removed and color matched handles as well as mirror caps installed




The gold Bowtie looked out of place to me so I color matched the front one using the rattle can custom mix kit you can get on eBay or Amazon along with Duplicolor primer/adhesion promoter












I didn't like the look of the rear Bowtie at all even after color matching so I removed it and I also added the LS emblem to balance out the rear somewhat since now only the LT and LTZ trucks get those emblems for some reason. (I also plan to color match the tailgate handle)







More coming in a few minutes!

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I added the DeeZee Tailgate assist and I'm in the process of converting the tailgate to automatically drop open remotely from the factory key fob using instructions I found on the forum here






Wheels are 22"x9" OE Replicas in PVD chrome with a 24mm offset and I color matched the bowties on those as well




Based on some info here I upped the recommended optional 285 45/r22 tire to Falken Ziex s-tz05 305 40/r22's






Came across these little frame tube hole covers while searching for wheel well liners and I think they cleaned up the look a bit






Added the OEM Wheel house liners to keep it looking uniform front and back





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This is what it looks like now and future plans after the audio system are to lower it a couple of inches more using drop spindles up front and lowering springs in the rear, upgrading shocks and struts, adding rear anti sway bar, adding the full bedrug kit and some type of tonneau cover (way too many choices making the decision a little difficult!). Instead of doing a tune I plan to add a Whipple Supercharger down the road when the mad money replenishes and hopefully a quiet performance exhaust to keep it in "sleeper" mode. :)







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Thanks for the offer Nasty. I'm thinking about replacing the Silverado on the doors with LS badges but maybe someone else who sees this can use your LTZ badge.

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Hopefully it's OK to post an eBay link here and if it doesn't show up below search for paint code WA409Y (you will find it under several different color names for Silverados and Sierras however they are the same).




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Do you still have the handles, or a PN? I have a white reg cab that I added chrome tow mirrors to and the black door handles look out of place. I also added the rear wheel liners and some tint, but with the chrome steps and white, I think the handles would look good. post-157509-0-86224800-1480919730_thumb.jpg







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