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What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby quecmo [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 6:02am

I have an '06 Silverado 2500HD Reg Cab Long Bed WT 6.0 2wd. It's bone stock. No rust but not without it's blemishes. I'm looking for some suggestions on what to do with it. I want to make it a little less boring in the looks department. I've never modified a vehicle in anyway so don't be afraid to talk to me like a child. I want to replace the rusty steel wheels. That's the first step. I started looking for something I liked and got lost trying to figure out what offset would work. So I decided since half the trucks on the road have aftermarket wheels I'll just pick up some chrome OEM's on Craigslist but apparently everyone is hoarding those. I don't want to "slam" it. I'd still like it to be useful as a truck. I also don't want to lift it since it's just a 2wd. I'm not opposed to lowering it a little to make it look a little less like it's on stilts. Or maybe bigger tires would accomplish that look, I don't know. So I turn to you, the internet experts. Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated.
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby ASTE25 » Apr 21 2017, 10:37am

Can you post a pic or two of it?
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby quecmo [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 1:54pm

Sure. (Should've done that originally)
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby GXPWeasel » Apr 21 2017, 2:13pm

To me, some nice polished aluminum (try to avoid chrome, unless you're fond of polishing / waxing your rims) 18" wheels, with a nice all terrain tread pattern would look good. 18's will be a step bigger than stock, but give you plenty of room for a nice selection of tires, for a fair price. Then, a headlight restoration kit, to bring those puppies back to new looking. Do some polishing on the body to bring that red paint back to life, then possibly add a nice sounding cat back exhaust system. Then if you still have some cash in your wallet, I always like the look of color matching fender flares and bumper pads. That would really set your truck apart.
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby quecmo [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 2:20pm

Thanks so much for the tips. These are great ideas and not too flashy. Hadn't even thought about the headlights. The fender flares don't bother me in black. Seems to fit with the red. The picture doesn't show it but the rear steel bumper has some rust. So that's something else I'll likely change. I was going to stay with 16" wheels but you think 18" would be better? I'm open to it. I mainly want to fill that space between the wheel and the fender. But I don't want to get too much into trimming modifying a lot just to accommodate a tire.
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby BCZ71 » Apr 21 2017, 2:28pm

Some window tint, especially to the back window would look good.
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby Cowboy2563 » Apr 22 2017, 2:44am

Leveling kit to go along with the wheels and tires would look great!
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby quecmo [OP] » Apr 22 2017, 2:52am

Leveling kit? I was thinking about lowering the rear to get rid of the jackrabbit look. Would I be better off leveling it, raising the front? Would this create a 4wd wannabe?
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby Cowboy2563 » Apr 22 2017, 3:11am

quecmo wrote:Leveling kit? I was thinking about lowering the rear to get rid of the jackrabbit look. Would I be better off leveling it, raising the front? Would this create a 4wd wannabe?


Well that is up to you. You could lower the rear or raise the front. Either way would get rid of that look. Would it create a 4wd wannabe? Well it depends on who you are and how you look at it, but I put a leveling kit on my 2wd just so I could get rid of the front being so low. Although I do get a lot of questions asking if it's 4x4 I never did it to make it look 4x4. So really just up to you and what you like best.
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Re: What to do with a 2500HD....2wd.

Postby quecmo [OP] » Apr 22 2017, 3:36am

Cowboy2563 wrote:
quecmo wrote:Leveling kit? I was thinking about lowering the rear to get rid of the jackrabbit look. Would I be better off leveling it, raising the front? Would this create a 4wd wannabe?


Well that is up to you. You could lower the rear or raise the front. Either way would get rid of that look. Would it create a 4wd wannabe? Well it depends on who you are and how you look at it, but I put a leveling kit on my 2wd just so I could get rid of the front being so low. Although I do get a lot of questions asking if it's 4x4 I never did it to make it look 4x4. So really just up to you and what you like best.



Thanks for the advice. I genuinely appreciate it. The front end clearance seems ok. But I'll explore the leveling kit. I might just do whatever is cheaper. My biggest concern right now is getting rid of the space above the tires. (See pic) This drives me nuts.
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