Round 2 of Mods/Repairs:
Air Box Mod, New Tires, T-Bar Crank and Low Profile Bump Stops, and a lot of Plasti-Dipping.
I had been wanting to add some contrast to my truck's look for a long time and decided Plasti-Dip was the best way to do it, after all if I didn't like it I could just peel it off. I did the rear bumper, tailgate lettering, fenders, grill, fog light inserts, and the rims. I did two coats on everything but the rims, which got five coats, and I can definitely say if you Plasti-Dip do 5+ coats for the best finish and best durability. I will be redoing all these pieces with a smooth finish bed liner later for a more durable coating. All-in-all I think Plasti-Dip is a great way to preview a look on your truck. I am looking at the Durabak Smooth Bed Liner to refinish.
Following this thread - HOW TO-get the most out of your stock intake.(1st Gen X)
- I did the Airbox mod. It was really very simple and only took maybe an hour and a half. My one complaint is that it actually made the truck quieter. I didn't notice much of an increase in power, marginal at best maybe. This will do until I decide on a CAI or a Snorkel.
I desperately needed new tires so for a pretty penny I had Discount Tire put on 31x10.5x15 BFG AT KO2s. They are amazing on and off-road and thankfully incredibly quiet compared to the 1st gen BFG AT tires. They really give the truck a great stance too. When I get around to getting my lift done I will hopefully upgrade to some 32" or 33" versions.
I also did a Torsion Bar Crank. I did a write up on it here - 1st Gen Torsion Bar Crank Guide
- but it was probably the easiest upgrade I have done to my truck. For the cost of low profile bump stops ( $8 ) I got a 1.5" lift up front. It was a real tease of what a lift would do for my truck, can’t wait to get that done some time soon!