AutoModding Your Chevy Silverado’s Exterior

Chevy Silverado Accessories

The 2014 refresh of the Chevy Silverado made it one of the toughest looking trucks on the road, with beefier fenders and a big fist of a grille.  But now that they’ve been out for a few years and you see them everywhere, the latest generation of Silverado doesn’t look so unique anymore.  So we came up with some Chevy Silverado mods to make your truck stand out in the crowd, while adding more functionality than you can shake a light bar at.  For our purposes, we’ve gone with a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab with a 5.8 ft bed.  Your fitment may vary if you have a different year, cab style, bed length, or trim level, so be sure to give us a call us or drop a note in the comments if you’re not sure what part you need.  Onward to truck awesomeness. Continue reading “AutoModding Your Chevy Silverado’s Exterior”

AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 2

Do you have an idea for the next vehicle we should AutoMod? drop it in the comments, and if we choose it, we’ll send you $100! Details below.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

Yesterday we covered some of the mods Danny has added and plans to add to his 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab Long Bed.  Toyota makes some of the toughest trucks on the planet, and Danny wanted tough mods to match, so his Tacoma would be just as good on the trail as it is on the road.  In Part 1, we covered wheels, tires, suspension, brakes, and some performance upgrades.  Today we’re covering appearance, protection, and trail functionality, so strap in.  It’s Part 2 of Danny’s 2013 Toyota Tacoma mods in AutoMods. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 2”

AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1

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2013 Toyota Tacoma

It was crashed, smashed, drowned, dropped, burned, and dropped again.  And Top Gear‘s Toyota pickup still started and ran.  From then on our suspicions were confirmed: Toyota makes the toughest trucks on the planet.  Now Top Gear is likely dead, but we’re guessing that Toyota is still alive.  Your Tacoma is worth investing in.  That’s the conclusion Streetside’s own Danny came to when he started modding his 2013 Tacoma TRD.  That’s right, folks, for the first time in AutoMods history, we’re actually modding a vehicle, rather than just doing it virtually.  Real mods, real pictures, real performance. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1”

Our Next AutoMods $100 Gift Card Goes To…

AutoMods Winner #2 | Dodge Ram 2500

Brian Hampton for his suggestion of the Dodge Ram.  We’ll be virtually working over America’s Diesel, a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab!  We haven’t given a diesel the AutoMods treatment yet, and we can’t wait to see the kind of extra horsepower we can get out of it. For his efforts, we’re sending Brian a $100 StreetsideAuto.com gift card he can put toward his own AutoMods. Continue reading “Our Next AutoMods $100 Gift Card Goes To…”

Is the 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost the Future of Regular Cars?

2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

The 2015 Ford F-150 EcoBoost has been slowly permeating the American market for months now, but we haven’t really examined what that means. And it does mean something, because Ford snuck the future into this newest F-150, almost right under our noses. I say almost because we really seem to like it. America bought 17% more of its favorite truck last month. Ford has had to increase production. We like it despite how different it is, or perhaps because of it.

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$100 off Bestop’s Amazing Powered Running Boards from the Future

It’s a fairly simple idea, using fairly simple mechanisms.  But it’s changing the world of truck customization overnight.  Running boards are perfect for getting yourself into your truck or Jeep.  But they inhibit ground clearance, increase drag, and are exposed to the elements for the 99.99% of the time they’re not in use.  It’s not as if we don’t have the technology to solve this conundrum.  But Bestop actually did with their PowerBoards™.  Here’s how they work.

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When you need them, they’re down.  When you don’t, they’re up.  It’s that simple.  Bestop power running boards have electric motors that raise and lower them at need.  Bestop uses a door sensor to activate your running boards, so open the door on your truck or Jeep and the running board will swing out quickly so you can use it to step up into the cab.  Close the door, and the board will fold back up under your truck, flush and nearly invisible.  Front doors and rear doors work identically.

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AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Exterior Accessories

Do you have a suggestion for what vehicle we should virtually mod next? What about your own project? Drop your suggestion in the comments, and if we pick it, we’ll send you a $100 StreetsideAuto.com gift card to get the ball rolling…

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.

Chevy Silverado 1500 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: Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Exterior Accessories”

Husky Liners For Your 2015 Ford F-150

It’s a brand new 2015 Ford F-150.  With an aluminum body that has saved them 700 pounds and a new 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6, Ford has managed to build the most efficient F-Series truck ever, setting a new standard for the industry.  But they don’t do cheap.  That aluminum body is even stronger than the steel, and that 2.7 uses Ford’s EcoBoost technology which is time tested for durability.

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Ecoboost Intercooler: How to pull your boat better

Install Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30-60 minutes

When your forced induction truck needs to cool off what is a person to do?  Enter the BladeRunner.  I’m not talking about the old early 80’s film.  I’m talking about aFe Power’s series of intercoolers for today’s late model turbocharged trucks.  As a guy with a 2012 F-150 Ecoboost that likes to haul a heavy 22ft boat, I wanted to make sure my truck kept its cool.  Cool intake air, that is.

The Ecoboost intercooler in its stock form has been proven to overheat quite quickly.  As RPMs go up from a hard dyno pull or yanking a load around, the stock Ecoboost intercooler is quickly heated up and power of course is reduced due to the hotter intake charge being delivered.  aFe Power has the solution.

Let’s take a look at a side by side comparison of the stock Ecoboost intercoolerand the aFe Bladerunner below.

aFe Power Intercooler Install - comparing side by side

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The Strength Secrets of UWS Toolboxes

Cars have these lockable, secure metal boxes behind the back seats.  You can put stuff in there to keep it safe from weather, thieves, and road wind.  But trucks don’t have trunks.  It seems like they should, since trucks often carry the most valuables, like tools and supplies.  Thankfully, you can get your own trunk to put in your truck bed.  You can get a tool box.  And if you want the strongest tool box on the market, you can get a UWS toolbox.  UWS has a few secrets to making a stronger box, and we’re here to dish them up for you, because the real secret is that they’re not really secrets.

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