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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:31 PM

An idear for perusal:

2012 Silverado LT regular cab longbed
black with tan cloth
factory accessory 20" 6-single spoke wheels
5.3/posi 3.73
protection package (mainly for the rear wheelhouse liners which should be standard on these trucks)

After sale:

rear end 3" drop
silver/gold painted pinstriping around bodyside contours, tailgate handle and hood contours
blacked-out windows
Flowmaster muffler with dual tailpipes straight out back
folding soft tonneau cover

I'm thinking the old-skool "tail dragging" look would be cooler with the longbed. Thoughts? :)

Edited by ocnblu, 05 August 2012 - 03:53 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 03:46 PM

Can't say I've see a taildragger pickup, except maybe for '50s trucks.
Sounds interesting.... but with the newness, the unwashed will interpret it as 'something wrong'.
I'd play with it as a chop first... but it could work.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:21 PM

We deal with a lot of performance customers and I have to agree the tail dragger on a truck is not something many want or like. They lower the tail to level but I can't say I have seen a tail dragging truck outside a small truck with hydraulics.

If it was my project I would say do all of it but just level the truck and not drop it. If you want a tail dragger get a 64 Impala. But that is just me.

Edited by hyperv6, 05 August 2012 - 04:22 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 06:42 PM

Yeah I put 2" leveling shackles on my '07 Sierra shortie (with help from 2 friends), improved the look of the truck immensely. I understand GM has an engineering rule with pickup trucks: the rear bumper must be 2" higher than the front when unladen. This looks worse on the shortbed, with an embarrassing amount of wheelwell showing, imo. The longbed has more length so it doesn't look as severe. Just leveling it would make it look different enough, maybe, without taildragging it, but I was thinking just one inch lower than level might look cool.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:53 PM

:lol: I see it hasn't taken you long to find the new vehicle lot at your new job :P
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 03:52 AM

I have it as built from the Chevy website as my wallpaper, replacing a brilliant white ZL1. :lol:

BUT, I think a longbed might be too long for my garage. And it's too expensive, at $33k with the $3000 GM Accessory wheels.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:08 AM

Yeah I put 2" leveling shackles on my '07 Sierra shortie (with help from 2 friends), improved the look of the truck immensely. I understand GM has an engineering rule with pickup trucks: the rear bumper must be 2" higher than the front when unladen. This looks worse on the shortbed, with an embarrassing amount of wheelwell showing, imo. The longbed has more length so it doesn't look as severe. Just leveling it would make it look different enough, maybe, without taildragging it, but I was thinking just one inch lower than level might look cool.


Nearly all trucks are a few inches higher in the rear. If not they all would be tail draggers iif you have anykind of a load.

Most people do not like the tail low as in a truck often it is mistaken for a bad set of springs or a load in the bed. That is why I think this look is not seen outside the small low riders.

God knows the second gen short bed S10/Sonoma had rear spring issues and for a few years they were seen with the tail down on nearly all. The first question always was whats wrong? I think GM put out a TSB but never recalled them.

I am not sure how soon you need a truck but GM kicks in a good sale are rebate in Oct every year. Often it is enough to buy you the wheels. The GM SPO wheels are a must on these trucks.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:28 AM

This 2009 Dodge Ram "Mr. Norms Red Express Truck" here has a 2" drop in the front and a 3" drop in the rear and looks "sporty":

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Edited by GMTruckGuy74, 06 August 2012 - 08:30 AM.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:32 PM

I know hyper, trucks are higher in the back end, that's elementary. It just seems the 2WD GMT900 shortbed reg cab looks awful without being at least leveled out.

Cool Ram, GMTG!
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:47 PM

I like it, just needs some airbags in the back so it can still perform its duties as a truck and a smaller front bumper. A tube one like this would be cool, minus the skid plate.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:12 AM

That's a sweet rig, Joseph, but purty much opposite of the theme I'm conjuring here.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:20 AM

Yeah I put 2" leveling shackles on my '07 Sierra shortie (with help from 2 friends), improved the look of the truck immensely. I understand GM has an engineering rule with pickup trucks: the rear bumper must be 2" higher than the front when unladen. This looks worse on the shortbed, with an embarrassing amount of wheelwell showing, imo. The longbed has more length so it doesn't look as severe. Just leveling it would make it look different enough, maybe, without taildragging it, but I was thinking just one inch lower than level might look cool.


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:46 AM

I've liked the look of the current GMT-900 Sierra 2WD's with a larger tire & rim set-up, and have been a big fan of the Sierra Denali's 20" 8-spoked chrome rim. While searching for the two pictures above, guess what I find?

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Link: http://www.leegmctru...h-FL/1699663203

So hot!! Very tempted to pass on a 4WD Sierra for something like that (of course that depends on what the new '14 Sierra looks like in 2WD with larger tires and rims).

Edited by GMTruckGuy74, 07 August 2012 - 09:32 AM.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:39 AM

I've liked the look of the current GMT-900 Sierra 2WD's with a larger tire & rim set-up, and have been a big fan of the Sierra Denali's 20" 8-spoked chrome rim. While searching for the two pictures above, guess what I find?

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Link: http://www.leegmctru...h-FL/1699663203

So hot!! Very tempted to pass on a 4WD Sierra for something like that (of course that depends on what the new '14 Sierra looks like in 2WD with larger tires and rims).


That is freakin HOT GMC! Nice ride. that would be so awesome to have. Just have to LineX the bed and get a cover for the bed. Then it would be perfect for me. :P Love the color too. :D
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:04 AM

I would need to add in the chrome door handles and chrome mirror caps (factory accessories) in addition to a folding hard cover for the bed (and a bed mat to prevent scratches & sliding items) and I'd be set. 2012 I'd want it in Midnight Blue Metallic; 2013 I'd want it in Sonoma Red Metallic (since the dark blue is gone). I'd also look to add a Flowmaster exhaust, retaining the stock exhaust pipes, and add a chrome tip to it (again, GMC factory accessory).
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:12 AM

:lol: I see it hasn't taken you long to find the new vehicle lot at your new job :P


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:24 AM

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:52 PM

Cool trucks, GMTG. I see that one there with the HD hood and bumper. And it looks like a tail dragger in the rolling photo, only the whole thing is way more involved than I'd go for, pretty sure it's bagged. That stock white shortbed Sierra looks terrible without wheelhouse liners, and it's too darn high in the ass end. Only one thing wrong with the red Chevy... it's red.

That gray Sierra with the Denali wills is just a purty truck, man.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:27 PM

That's a sweet rig, Joseph, but purty much opposite of the theme I'm conjuring here.


I know what you mean, it's just that the way the front bumper sticks out so far is even more noticeable when the truck is lowered. I just wish there was a way to suck it in or replace it with something smaller that doesn't make it look like the truck got punched and now has a fat lip.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:28 PM

Ah... got ya.
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