This is an instuctable to give you an idea of thing that you can do to your truck to make it customized or to upgrade it. The truck I was doing this to is a 91 chevrolet s10. I will show you stuff you can add to the exterior and interior. Most of this can be done to any vechicle.
before I got into moding my truck I started with wood working from this tutorial
Things your should know about your vechilce
automatic or manual
tire size 195/75 r14
tire bolt lay out
miles per gallon
rear wheel or front wheel
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Step 1: Hanyes Manual
Having a hanes manual is great if you work on your own vehicle. Yes using the internet is good and watching videos but having the in hand manual is great if your internet isn't working or don't have a computer close. This manual breaks down everything in your truck. It has pictures, diagrams,etc...
Step 2: Body
If your looking at up grading your truck or vechicle a good place to start is with the body of the vechicle. I had some rust spots so i decided to fix them. This can be a bigger step but will help in the long run of your vechile looking nice. There are many videos on how to do this out there. Of corse you could take it somehere. what i did was
sand down rust areas to metal around rust area
apply fiber glass cloth with 2 part resin. resin and a hardener
sand back down again
add bondo / body filler
sand down again
add clear coat
there a lil more to it than just that but thats the basics
Step 3: Tires and Rims
Another truck modification that can be made to help your truck drive better and look better is to upgrade your tires. If you have nice rims and tires already a simple cleaning is good. I repainted mine using white paint. I used primiier and taped off the tire and nuts valve cap, etc..
Snow tires are a good option
When having snow tires there is a couple options.
The best way I think is to have a second set of rims for your winter, and non winter tires.
Otherwise you can change your summer tires on the same rims you want to put your winter tires on.
Rims-alloy, allumiinum, steel
The bolt lay out on rims is pretty specific, even if you have five bolt pattern there are many different mesurment for the five bolt pattern.
also with rim the the center of the rim has a dimeter that needs to be correct.
They say smaller tires in winter are better because they distrube the weight of the veichle better.
Note: you can get locking nuts to lock your rims and tires so no one steals them.
Note rims you can get many dirrerent styles
Treading on tires,
Know when do change them
Get a tires patching kit, Know how to use it.
Step 4: Fender Flairs
Fender flairs are another cool thing to add to your truck. There are many different styles and colors you can choose from. Some are really big and some are smaller. These just give the wheel wells a cool look. The ones I installed I used screws to attach them to Wheels wells. I found a set off a truck at the junk yard for pretty cheap.
Step 5: Bullet Valve Tire Caps
Theses bullet tire valve caps are another way to add a little flare to your vechicle. Theses give it a cool suttle look. You might not notice them unless you were looking at the tire. Theses come in different colors, also there are many other things you can as a valve cap instead of the common black valve cap. These simply just screw on.
Step 6: License Plate Cover
A licenses plate cover is a cool feature to add to you truck. There are many different ones you can get, there are plain colored ones, or there are covers that have emblems on them sports teams almost anything you can think of. They also have those covers that are tinted to cover the license plate a little and give it a cool look.Theses scree in pretty easy and fit all licenses plates.They are easy to install as long as your old screws or bolts holding in the plate are rusted or stripped.Theses have caps on these to cover the screws which is kinda cool.
Step 7: Bull Bar
A bull bar can make a truck look pretty sweet. They make them custom for most vechicles otherwise there are some that fit a lot of vechicles. The bull bar gets mounted to the frame of the vechicle so that it is mount very strong to frame. Bull bars protect the front end of your truck so if you were to hit a deer or bull it wont dammage your front end. You can mount your fog lights, pa speaker, or winch to the bull bar. I found my bull bar off a truck the same year as mine. The bull bar was hard to take off old truck because the nuts were rusted.
To mount the bull bar I measured were I wanted it.
Then i drilled holes in the frame of the truck where i wanted it mounted.
The welds on the bottom of mine broke off so I added brackets held on by nuts and bolts.
Also the top hole mounts I bolted down with locking nuts making sure there very tight and mounted
Step 8: Fog/ Off Road Lights
After market fog lights or off road lights make a truck look pretty cool. Fog lights are pretty easy to install but there is wireing needed. Also you will need to mount the fog lights. I drilled into the metal grill of my truck. This will leave holes if you ever take them out. Drilling threw the frame is not to hard. Make sure you measure and mark where you want the lights mounted. Make sure you tighten the bolts very well so they dont come loose.
The wiring is pretty straight forward. There is a ground wire. this gets mounted to the frame grounding it.
There are instructns on the fog light kit.
You will need to have the power wire going to the battery on your vechicle.
There is a third wire that need to be add to the switch.
I had to run the wires from the hood to the battery
and then will need to get them into the cab.
I ran mine threw the door.
You will need to find a spot to mount the switch.
Step 9: Deer Whistles
Step 10: Bug Flector
A bug flector is another thing people add to there vechicle to get it a cool look. This also does kill bugs that would hit the windshiield. This is fairly easy to install. Get the correct model for your vechicle. and mount it. The bug flector comes with double sided sticky tape that applies to under the hood. It also has holes already in it so that you drill it into the hood to make sure it is mounted good into hood and not fly off. Again it should come with instructions. Make sure you put it on straight. You can get thees with words on them also and in many different coolers.
Step 11: Bow Arrow Antenna
The Bow arrow antenna is a less seen feature on a truck. This is more for if your a hunter bow in particular. Also for people into archery. This is pretty easy to install. 1 Out of 5 on a scale. Just measure your antenna and get an arrow that length. I left a little room on top for the antenna.tip. Make sure you get an arrow where the inside diamiter is big enough to get over the antenna. This did not effect the signal of my radio at all.
Step 12: Paint Wiper Blades
I got this idea from a friend who painted his wipper blades this is a nice way to add color and make it look a little cooler. There are a couple ways to do this, I taped the rubber part on the actual blade and spray painted the plastic part and added a clear coat help keep the color. Otherwise you can take the arm off the truck and just paint the arm and not the blades. or could paint both.
Step 13: Window Rain and Wind Gaurds
Window rain guards look cool and also surve a purpose by keeping the rain out when the window is cracked. Also these will help with the wind cutting down noise as well. You can get them for all types of windows and moon roofs. Simply take of the flilm exposing the sticky part that will attach to the frame of the door. Make sure to mount them straight. Make sure the surface where they attach is cleaned before putting them on.
Step 14: Blind Spot Mirror
Blind spot mirrors are helpful feature to have on your truck. Theses come in great if you have a bed topper on your truck. Also they are good if you are hauling something with a trailer. Some vechicles come with theses standards but if yours doesn't you can purchase them and put them on yourself.
Step 15: Tint Windows
Tinting the windows is one of the most common things people do to make the truck look better. Many states have laws against to dark of tint so make sure you don't tint it to dark. Applying your own window tint can be kinda hard but can be down with some time. Otherwise you can pay to get it done.
Step 16: Running Lights
Running lights are another thing that you can add to your vechicle. These are mainly added to trucks compared to cars. Theses lights come in a few different colors They go ontop of he roof of the cab. Theses screw down to the frame of the roof. These need to be powered with one of the wires of each light runs to the battery and the negitive wire goes to a grounding location. Some lights when screwing them to the frame grounds the light depending on what kind you buy. Running lights can be mounted straight accrsss or at an angle. When doing the wiring you will want to hook them up to a switch as welll.
Step 17: Caution Light
A flashing caution light is another thing that goes on the roof of the cab. This can also be mounted on a pole in the frame of the bed. This is used for when working on the side of the road helps people see your vechicle and lets them know to drive with caution when passing you. Some people put these on the dash board inside there truck. This has a magnet on the bottom to stick to hood. Then it has a cigarette outlet that you plug into your cig port.
Step 18: Roof Rack
There are many different types of roof racks. This style is a universal mounting kit that comes with two sets of bars. Im putting on one set of the bars on my truck. These can be used to transport, canoes, kayaks, SUPs, Ladders, wood, etc...
These attach to the roof in between the doors. It came with an allen wrench to assemble them. The instructions that came with them wern't very good.
When mounting make sure it is mounted evenly over the hood.
Step 19: Wind Fairing
If you have a roof rack some of them make noise, having a wind fairing will help reduce the noise of the wind. Also some say that since it is at an angle it will reduce draft from from the roof rack. They give a cool look as well to your truck or vehicle. Lots of people put stickers on them. I made this one can show you how. if wanted. Make sure you know the size of fairing you want.
Step 20: CB Antenna
If you have a cb radio there needs to be an antenna so that you get the signal. Some of theses antenna can get pretty long. This antenna has a magnet that sticks down to the roof of your vechicle. I drilled a hole in the frame of my truck to run the wire from the top of the truck to the inside so it plugs into the cb radio. I used clip to run wire so you don't see it as much.
Step 21: Window Decals
Window decals come in ever size color and anything you want to get you can to add to you truck. You can get brands or teams, Make sure you clean the window surface before adding decals. Make sure they are centered when you add them. Some decals you add from the inside and some you add to the outside.
Step 22: Bed Tool Box
If you have a pick up truck I would highly reccommned getting a bed tool box. These are great for storeing tools, bags, anything that will fit that you wanna keep safe and dry. You want to make sure that it has locks on it if you carry expensive stuff in it. Most bed tool boxes have spot to lock it the bed of the truck. These come in a few different colors and are made to fit all types of pick ups.
Step 23: Exteriror 12 Volt Plug
Having an exterior 12 volt plug is great to have. These can be installed into the frame of your truck, tailgate, bumper, anywear that works for you. I installed mine into the tool box storage box I have in my bed of my truck. This works great for when tailgating you can plug in your charger and set your phone on top of the tool box. Also I have it connected to a spare battery in the tool box that I use to to power it. Also from that spare battery I use it to power other 12 volt stuff I have.
Step 24: Bed Rails
Bed rails are cool if you have a tano comver then you need to make sure you can attach both. The rails give it a cool look and keep stuff in the bed. These will be needed to be bolted the the frame which will require drilling threw the bed frame.Measure twice. They came with bolts and screws.
i painted them black they were silver orignally.
Measureing is key when attacing and just doing it.
Step 25: Lockable Gas Tank Door
Not only are these lockable so know one siphons your gas they are also aftermarket and look cool. Make sure to get the right one for your vehicle. They come in many different colors and styles.
Step 26: LED Bed Lighting
LED Bed lighting is a cool thing to add to the bed of a pick up truck. The Leds are powered with a cigarette outlet that has two wires the red positve and black negitve wires. The leds are waterproof, and stick to the frame of the bed. On the end of the strip of leds I soldered the powering wires then ran them to cigarette outlet power adapter. I already had a hole drilled threw to the cab that I ran the wire s threw to get to the power outlet.
Step 27: Tail Gate Net
Here is another item that is geared towards pick up trucks, can also be mounted in SUVs in the back behind the seats. I have mine mounted on the tail gate. My truck and most have hooks at the end of the bed. I clipped in the the net on each side. It comes with hooks and it is elastic and stretches when you put stuff in it. You can store shovel, groceries, tools, anything you don't want sliding around in the bed of the truck.
Step 28: Tano Cover
A tanneau cover is made for pick up truck beds to cover up the tailgate bed. There are many different kinds and types of theses. There are hard cover or soft cover. Some velcro down, some have railings that a hard cover can slide back and forth. People have these for many different reasons. To keep stuff locked up and out of sight.
I made my tannuea cover so that it covers the bed of my truck so you can't see in it. Under neath the cover I have lockable storage area that are mounted to my bed frame so that they can't be taking or opened.
Since I have a tool box storage in the bed I made the Tanneau cover come up to the tool box.
I used marine fabric and measured the rectangle area of the bed and sewed marine fabric that I added button to that then snap on to the bed frame that I screwed the bottom button part to.
I was gonna make a serperate insstrucable on making this tanneua cover.
Step 29: Wires Holes
I drilled a hole in the frame of my truck to run wires to the bed area.There are other ways of running the wires I didn't mind drilling a hole in my truck. I run wires to my cb radio antenna, caution light, bed lighting. and track lights. Cover the edges so the cables don't get cut on the edge, can sand it down.
Step 30: Bed Liner Rubber Mat
Another exterior accessory is a Bed liner for the bed of your truck. There are different ways to do this,
You can get a linex spray liner, This can get expensive. The bed liners help stuff from sliding around the back and help the bed from getting dented or scratched up.
You could go to a junk yard and look for a bed liner out of a truck like yours.
The liner I have in my truck bed is a one inch thick rubber mat that is cut to sit in the bed on the floor that goes around the wheel wells.
This also adds weight to the truck for in winter to help get better tracton in snow or rain.
Step 31: Mud Flaps
Still focusing on the exteroir again manly towards trucks is adding mud flaps. I also see these on cars as well. Mud flaps give your vechicle a cool look. Mud flaps also keep dirt mud and water off of the frame of your car making it last longer and stay in better shape. For different vehicles and tire sizes there are different size mud flaps when buying them it will say on the mud flap package. If actually seen people make there own mud flaps out of a sheet of black plastic cutting it to shape of a mud flap.
Mud flaps get screwed onto the frame of the wheel well behind the tires. Some people just add them to the back tires or both tires.
You can get mud flaps with designs on them as well.or even lights in them.
Step 32: Tail Pipe Cover
Moving on to the exhaust there are many things you can do with this. You can get after market exhaust installed, that you can add multiple pipes and make it so has a loud sound or shoots out smoke or even flames. My exhaust pipe was getting rusted so I just bought an exhaust pipe cover that is chrome in color that slides over the exhaust making it look new and nice. This just slides on and clamps to the the exhaust pipe.
Step 33: Tailgate Decals
You can also add emblems to you truck. This stick on with adhesive. These stick on pretty good and haven't had any fly off on me. Make sure you place them where you want before you stcik them on. There are many option you can get for these this is a lot of personal prefference.
Step 34: After Market Tail Gate Lights
Another cool and easy way to upgrade your truck is to get some tailgate lights. They come with different color frames and lighting. This has nothing to do with the electrical just unscrew the old mounts and unscrew the bulbs. Replace with new light mount.
Step 35: Tailgate Ball Towing Hitch
If you're trying to get the most out of your truck you will want to be able to tow stuff such as trailers, boats, camper, etc. Trailers have different size balls that you will need to get the correct ball that fits your trailer. Also the height of the ball need to line up with the height of the trailer hitch. They make adapters to make this possible. My ball hitch I installed right into the spot my truck came with.
They also make ball hitch covers so that it doesn't get rusted.
Step 36: Ball HItch Cover
This will prevent your ball hitch from getting rusted.
also it looks cool comes in different styles and colors.
Step 37: Hide a Key
A hide a key can come in pretty handy if you lock your keys in your car. These come in different sizes they have magnets on the bottom that stick to metal on your vechicle. There are many different spots to hiid this on your truck or car. The frames are metal. A lot of people know about these so make sure you hide it good so no one finds it.
Step 38: Truck Bed Stuff
I have different stuff in my truck bed depending on what time of year it is and what i have going on at that time. A few good common things to have are
spare battery and mount
golf club storage
Step 39: Undercoating
undercoating is something I didn't think of but can save your vehicile in the long run. You spray it under neath your truck to prevent rust and make it look better for when visible like under the wheel wheels
Make sure not to spray on tires.
Tape up exterior so don't get spray on it.
Step 40: Interior
When trying to upgrade the interior of your vechicle, there are many things that can be done to make it nicer and look cooler. First of all make sure everything is clean detailing everything from cleaning the windows, doors, seats and carpet. Clean in the cracks of stuff get everything. For my truck I have a pretty small cab area and did some customizing. I acually took the door panels off my doors.. I added duck tape to cover up the frame of the truck giving it a white color.
Step 41: CD Player With Aux Port
Every vechicle needs a way to play music or audio. Now adays everyone plays there audio from there phone or an ipod so it is important to have an auxillary port on your cd player. Many cars come with a cd player with an aux port but you can install an after market cd player. This cd player also has a usb port so that you could plug in a thumb drive.
Step 42: Mp3 Player
I took a phone mount and use it as my mp3 player holder this way i can play my music and access it easily. Simply plug the aux cable into your device.
Step 43: GPS With Charger and Mount
Another cool thing to have in your vechicle is a gps unit. Theses are great for if you are lost, or going on a trip out of town where your not fimular with. An actual gps unit is good because it doesnt relli on internet to get the map. You will need to update the maps every couple years to keep the roads up to date. Make sure to get a mount and a charger for it. You can find them on craigslist pretty cheap or on ebay.
Step 44: Dash Camera
A dash camera is a great safety feature to have and can be used as a reverse camera also. This is powered by the cigarette outlet. It has a sd card slot that it saves to that you transfer to your pc. It is on a loop. This connects to your windshield. The screen flips up and down.
Step 45: CB Radio and Microphone
A cb radio is cool to have with this you can communicate with other drivers on the road. A lot of truckers will use these. There is an antenna that goes on the roof of truck to get the signal. Then you find the channel you want to use and talk back and forth. When you talk hold in the button and relase so you hear back the response. Also there is a speaker that plugs in the back that put under my hood so that i can use it as mega phone to communicate with bikers or people walking.
Step 46: PA Microphone Speaker
This speaker is hooked up the
Step 47: Radar Detector
12 volt radar detector is good for knowing you are being clocked. Some states theses are ilegal so make sure there aloud. They pick up different frequencies, There are many different price ranges for these. This also plugs into the cigarette lighter and it suction cups to the windshield.
Step 48: 12 Volt Multiport Adapter
I have a lot of 12 volt cigarette plugs. This adapter allows me to plug six 12 volt things. Things you can plug into the slots are interiror lighting, gps charger, power inverter, etc
This has a cigarette outlet that plugs into your car cig port.
then on the other end it has slot for for a red power wire and black negitve wire, that you plug into for your device your trying to power.
Each indiviual port also has switch so you can control your devices super easy.
Step 49: Spot Light
Having a spot light in your truck can come in handy here and there. It's great for finding address, looking for animals, lighting under the hood or if you need to change a tire. There are battery powered ones or one that use the cigarette outlet. I have a cigarette outlet one. Also I have one that police cars have that is mounted the body of the vehicle and turns when wanting to us it.
Step 50: 12 Volt DC to AC Inverter
This is an inverter to plug into your cigarette port and allows you to plug in normal wall outlet plugs. This can come in handy if you need to charge a phone or whatever. These come in many different sizes and strengths.
Step 51: Air Horn 12 Volt
THis will get hooked up to the battery using a switch to turn on and off.
Can be mounted under hood or on roof rack.
Comes with a wiring diagram using a relay.
Step 52: 12 Volt Cooler Arm Rest
Many trucks don't have cener conceals or arm rest so this nice to put in your truck on the seat. It also is a cooler and a heater inside the arm rest. This can be take in and out of your truck very easily if you need more room in the cab. Its great to keep your lunch warm or cold or water cold in summer.
Step 53: Dash Cover
A dash cover is a cool feature to add to your truck or vehicle.They come in any color and different types of materials. These come custom fit to your dash. Also it comes with velcro if you want to attach it to your dash. Mine stays on good with out the velcro. There are slots cut out for your vents.
Step 54: 12 Volt Seat Heater
Living in a cold weather state having a seat heater is a great feature to have. Some new vehicles come with them installed if you don't want to go that route you can get one of these 12 volt seat heater. They plug into the cigarette outlet in your vehicle. This has elastic on it to keep on your seat. This is black in color the same as my seat cover so you can barely even see it.
Step 55: Seat Cover
A simple fix to making an older vechicle look beter is adding a seat cover to it. Not only does it make the truck look better but it also makes it more comfortable to sit on. There are many colors and types of seat covers. Find the correct seat cover for your vechicle.
Step 56: Steering Wheel Cover
Another simple thing that can be done is to a steering wheel cover. This fit almost all vecicles. It can be kind of hard to put on but you want it to be on the tight. These are made out of different materials. Otherwsise there are the steering wheel knobs that you can hold the knob and turn the wheel.
Step 57: Cup Holders
Many vechicles come with cup holders my truck did not. so I added one of those middle council things that has adjustable cup holder slots as wheel has a storage compartment. Also this one came with slots to hold your change. This came with two holder and I screwed one of those plastic cup holders to the side of it to add another cup holder.
Step 58: Analog Tempurture, Compass and Clock
If your vechicle doesnt come with these they sell that you can attach to your dash or mount some where. its nice to have a clock in a easy spot to see the time quickly. Also nice to have the temp and compass to help you out and add features. Theses also come in digital as well.
Step 59: Visor Sun Head Light Shade
This is for blocking the sun if its to bright and you don't have any sun glasses. Simply pull down and use the tinted film piece to reduce light and glare. Also has a feature for at night when lights are to bright. This attaches right to your over head visor. Can find them online or auto store would buy online.
Step 60: Sun Glasses Holder
This is a pretty cheap way to store your sunglasses. This clips onto the visor of your car. This clips on and then has a spot for the sun glasses go into. I keep this pair of sunglasses as back up sun glasses that i always leave in my car in case i forget my regular sunglasses.
Step 61: Sun Window Shade
Step 62: Visor Organizer
Using your visor space is a must they make many different things t o store a variety of stuff on your visors. Theses things simply slide over your visor. If your car doesn;t havea mirror on them thats a good things to get with it. Many of the old ones hold cds and they have a pockets on them to store stuff. I keep gum pens, pocket knife, etc... in this a headlight flashlight.
Step 63: Diy Handle and VIse Wrench Window Opener
I took the door panel off my doors so i can add my own stuff t it you can take these ideas and motifiy them to your liking. Since I took of the panel i needed to add a handle to close the door. Then instead of geting a window knob I used a vise grip to open and close the window. Also i added a mag light flash light to the door for easy access for light and a safety device. Another thing I mouned was a seat belt cutter and window breaker incase that would ever be needed.
Step 64: Fire Extengisher
A fire extinguier is pretty self explainitory these are great to have in case of an emergency. I got mine off an old boat that came with a mounting device with it. Find a good place to mount it that is out of the way yet easy to grab in case you would need it. Read how to operae before monting. Also if you see i have snap bracelets of bright colrors that you can wear if need to be on side of the road.
Step 65: Back Window Storage Rack
This storage rack is made for being a gun rack. If your state allows for that you can use it for that. This was pretty cheap like 15 bucks. This was easy to install, and looks nice. This is adjustable and fits most trucks. Make sure you don't put it right behind your head cause if you swing your head back you don;t want to hit it on it. I store my fishing poles or pool ques, and golf clubs. also you can hook stuff on it to hang on the passanger seat.
Step 66: Air Freshener
this one is pretty common sense, I thought i would put it on here cause you want your car to smell good. some air freshener can be overwelling with smell. There are many different sents and ways to hang them. you can hid them or put them on the vents.
Step 67: Behind Seat
People put a lot of different stuff behind there seat. I've had speakers back there, tools, long board many different things. I would suggest putting thing you want to keep dry back there. Make sure its packed good so it what ever it is doesn't move back and forth hitting our seat. I customized my back storage seat with wood trim.
Step 68: Under the Hood
This truck for being small has a lot of room under the hood to work on things. This is a 91 s10 4.3 liter v6. Main thing to note under the hood is
oviously the engine
windshield fluid holder
Step 69: Still to Add: Door Trim
Step 70: Summary
Share pics of stuff you've done to your truck.
He's a list of the stuff I used to add my truck.
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