3.1.05

Shaving corners...

The front end of a truck makes all the difference. You need that smooth look that everyone wants. Shaving your corner markers does just that. From the side or the front it looks wicked. It's a simple modification that requires a bit of time and effort to get just right. Anytime you shave anything on a vehicle it has to look like it came stock that way. So, make sure it's flush and follows the body lines. You can start by removing the factory corner markers. Then sand around where the light use to be. You need to sand because you will be welding a new metal patch. You could also go fiberglass, but that eventually cracks due to body flex and slamming the hood. Take your time building the patch that will cover the hole. Make it so it fits flush with the hole. Now, start welding. Anytime you weld on the body, never run a bead around the filler piece in one continuous pass because you will burn and warp the metal. If this happens you have to use body filler. Body filler can bubble over time if it's used in excess, and it just doesn't look good. Start by making spot welds on different corners of the piece. This way you are making sure not to warp the steel. Once you are done welding, you can then grind down the welds so they feel flush with the body. Now start sanding until you get rid of any imperfections. A good way to find those imperfections is to use your hand. It might look perfect, but with your hand you can feel ridges or dents. Now that the patch is perfect you can primer and spray the paint on. It's always a good idea to do all body modification before the whole truck is painted. This way you don't have to color match and blend in the paint to make it look flawless. If you don't have a welder or have any clue how to do body work, take it to a reputable body shop. They can do this for a reasonable amount of money. Shaving corner makers might be illegal where you live, so check the law before you do it and start getting ticketed every time you go out for a cruise. Not that digging your frame in the road isn't illegal, but you don't have to do that around the cops anyways. If it's done right you should end up with something like this. This Toyota also has a phantom billet grill.

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2.1.05

Shiny billet grills...

A billet grill turns a plain jane trucks front end into a Cadillac, well maybe not, but it does look better. They come in many styles, including some with more or less space between grill rails and some with a larger or smaller thickness of the rails themselves. There is also the phantom grill which covers your headlights. Don't worry you can still shine the lights through them. Here's an Isuzu with the phantom grill.

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Installation isn't very hard at all. All you have to do is either cut out the factory grill or unbolted it, depending on what type of truck you have, then simply use the available hardware to bolt up the new billet grill. Easy as that. Just make sure everything is straight and solid. Here's an Isuzu with a regular billet grill.

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When you purchase the grill it sometimes comes with the installation hardware and sometimes it doesn't. Some of them are even universal, you have to cut them to size and use your own nuts and bolts to attach it. They usually cost around 75$, so just shop around for the lowest price.
Either way it's a very good investment to customize your ride so the heads start turning. This is what it looks like out of the box for an Isuzu ready to install.
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1.1.05

Lexan windows...

Lexan windows have been around for a while but they still look great. If you have a smoothed out tailgate and you don't want to ruin the look by putting a license plate on it, this is what you need. A license plate can be frenched-in crooked or straight, anywhere on it. Just make sure it doesn't interfere with your vision. You can even customize the window with L.E.D. lights. The range from 50$ to 150$, so they're not cheap, but they scream custom. You can get them here. Can Do Specialties

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