We’ve added power. We’ve jacked up the suspension and upgraded brakes. But unless you’re going for a sleeper, we’re not done with our 2014 Chevy Silverado, because there are plenty of ways to trick it out and beef it up with some easy-to-install exterior accessories.
Exterior mods for trucks are myriad. It’s the biggest modding category on the map. So we’re going to keep this simple with seven bolt-on mods, and we’ll pick our favorite selection for each. Here we go, bumper to bumper. Including bumpers:
Bumpers: Aftermarket bumpers provide a tough, tactical look, but they’re good for more than that. Heavy duty bumpers can add protection and light mounting options. For this truck, we’ll bolt up these N-Fab tube frame bumpers with included skid plates. For the front, this model offers mounting points for four round lights, and this one offers mounting points for a straight LED light bar. For the rear, there’s this rugged unit. All include aluminum skid plates.
Grille Guard: Westin’s extreme HDX Grille Guard is like a six pack for your truck. It’s the first thing anyone will notice. Westin can’t say how much it will actually guard your grille, for liability reasons, but we can say, after seeing the one-piece construction and wide-gauge brackets that it’s more than window dressing. Take notice: You probably can’t install a Westin Grille guard and an N-Fab bumper, but grille guards also offer lighting options.
It’s easy to install, too:
Fender Flares: Remember on Wednesday when we jacked up the truck so you could put bigger tires on there? If those tires stick out farther than your fenders, most states will require you to put on some fender flares. But that’s okay, because fender flares are awesome. For this build we’re going for the coolest looking flares on the market: the Bushwacker Pocket Style, front and rear. However, if you’re on a tighter budget, you can go with this set from Lund.
Step Bars: Okay, go check you cab and bed length. Go find out right now. Because it’s important when you’re installing nerf bars, nerf steps, step bars, running boards, or whatever you want to call them, to know how long your truck is. We’ll wait. Got it? Awesome. Step bars are especially great for lifted trucks like this one. Westin’s Pro Traxx bars should fit our extreme look nicely. Black, of course. (This example fits a crew cab.)
Let’s move on up to the bed. Not like that. Get your mind out of the gutter.
Tonneau Cover: Tonneaus are great for keeping your cargo safe from the weather and prying eyes. But their coolest feature is their sleek, integrated look, making you feel like you’re hitting turn three at Pocono. For this we’ll go with Access Cover’s super value.
Bed Liner: You can go back and forth about the merits and demerits of spray-in bedliner, but your best option will always be a Bedrug. It’s durable (soak it in battery acid all day with no effect), easy to install, and cushioned. Get a piece for the floor and another for the tailgate.
The final mod isn’t exterior at all, but it’s too cool to pass up. This DU-HA underseat gun storage unit is perfect for the hunting crowd and keeps your valuable long guns out of public view and puts that underseat space to good use.
This week we’ve covered a vast array of accessories that can give your 2014 Silverado more power, improve your handling, and beef up its appearance and functionality. Now, we obviously couldn’t find an exact image of every mod we’ve done, but we came pretty close. In essence, we’ve gone from this:
to something approaching this:
The most incredible things about all of these mods is that you can do them yourself, right in your driveway or garage.
Do you have an idea for the next AutoMods candidate? Drop it in the comments, and if we pick your vehicle, we’ll send you a $100 gift card to get you started on your own AutoMods project!
Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.