Nice. I've struggled up I-70 near Red Rocks and it only has gotten worse up toward the mountains.. Maybe that's where it turns to I-76, can't remember. It gets there, just have to downshift quite a bit and try not to lose momentum (cars cutting in front of you, etc). I've learned that if I see a slow moving truck at the base of a hill to not bother passing cause I'll likely run outta oomph soon after. As far as tires, yep - still loving em for the look, ride quality, noise, and traction. Street has been a sheet of ice for the last two weeks due to snow, while I hear cars and trucks spinning at the stop signs on my block every day I just move right along.
Dang, somehow some dust got in the headlights. I blew on everything just before seating on the grey back of the light to try and get any dust out, but still failed on that. I didn't touch the inside of the lens once so at least there aren't any grease/fingerprints. Hopefully the dust will burn out in a little while. Turn signals are pretty damn dim unless you're directly in front of the truck. It should be adequate for cars I'm behind to know my intentions, and cars facing me (like a 4 way stop) should have no difficulty seeing them either unless the sun is shining directly on me. I'm not sure it'd be any different with factory lighting in that scenario but they're definitely dimmer. Got flashed for brights 3 times in a 10 minute rural drive, two people I was behind were fiddling with their rear view mirrors, and someone I was driving behind slowed down to 15mph in a 35, I guess because he thought I was being a jackass with brights on. Oops! I found a flat parking lot with a building directly ahead and it didn't appear as if my lights were shining too far off to the side nor too far up/down.. the cut off on drivers side is definitely lower as it should be, so I'm not sure. I'll mess with it more when I do lift in the next week or so.
Did black headlight mod yesterday/today. What a pain in the butt.
Suggestions for anyone else trying this:
- Don't do it when it's really cold out. I started early AM on the 7th and heard a lot of things snap on the grill. Also the little white body-matched pieces directly beneath the headlight (about 2 inches tall x 8 inches long), yeah pull the clip out nearest the grill area, but try and pull as horizontally across toward the middle of the vehicle to undo the slide clip at the far end (exterior side of truck). I broke that a bit too. It all fit back together fine, but it was definitely a moment. Cold, brittle? Dunno
- When you're told to 'pry' at the headlight perimeter after heating it up, use the screwdriver just to get an edge exposed, then use your fingers. If it doesn't start to stretch and pull widely apart, it might not be hot enough. I had to do 350* for 12 minutes and it still wasn't easy - my oven is small (headlights would only fit in one orientation) so i lost a lot of heat fiddling with that. I also didn't understand how much 'prying' was involved, so I pried every inch around the headlight for the first one only to realize it was too cold. Not too cold to #%!@ the grey plastic backing. That light saw lots of silicone to ensure a good seal since there were permanent gaps from disfiguring grey plastic.
- When putting the surround piece in after you paint it black, watch for the little alignment tab pictured. I realized this putting the second light back together, so I had to remelt and redo the first, which only took 15 minutes thankfully. Glad I hadn't siliconed or reinstalled it yet.
- Maybe don't paint the turn signal area. Tint maybe, but probably not paint. I'm sure it'll be perfectly visible at dusk and night, but it's really a weak bulb and needed some reflectivity in my humble opinion
The alignment prong thing I reference:
Anyway, looks neat, blacked out the emblem too. Used Rustoleum 2x Coverage flat black for metal, wood, plastics. It didn't seem too durable
After 18 hours of drying I put them in the oven to prebake, preheated to 200*, turned it off, threw em in. Any surface touching the cardboard stuck to it when I tried to remove it! Thankfully I did the main surrounding part face up so only the back was affected, but the turn signal reflectors are too wobbily to stand straight up so they went face down. Had to touch up with..Sharpie! Thankfully you can't tell on the vehicle.