So here are the promised pics:
Here was the chrome grille that I painted Hammered Black:
In this picture you can kind of see the hammered effect. The color is more of a dark grey than black, I kinda like it, but may pick up a rattle can of color matched black.
I also debadged, but still have some ghosting of where the badges were. I am hoping that a few washes and waxes will fix it. It is not noticeable unless you are looking for it, but it bugs me.
I also spent the day making a cardboard template for the IFS skid. Since I have a 6" Pro-Comp lift using BudBuilt skids or the like will not work. I plan on using 3/16" A36 Steel for the skids. But I need to figure out how to go from the rear of the front differential subframe to aft of the TCase. SEE PICS BELOW WITH QUESTIONS! Once I have it all templated, I will have some buddies at the shop where I work take care of the bending, welding, and powdercoating (they work for beer on the weekends!!) If all goes well with the skids, I may see about tackling a front and rear plate bumper with swing away. If anyone has some suggestions or will let me measure off their existing bumpers, I'd appreciate it.
Other near term plans include making a bed rack similar to the All Pro Expo rack and a roof rack for the double cab. Some lights, RTT, sliders, etc.
Longer term I am wanting Deaver replacement leafs to get rid of the rear blocks, Icon extended coilovers to get rid of the spacers upfront, onboard air, and solar.
As stated above, I made templates for the IFS skid, from the lower bumper support to the rear of the front differential drop bracket:
What I am having a problem with is how to go from the rear of the front differential drop bracket to behind the TCASE. Here is a photo showing the void:
And here is one showing the general location of where I want the skid to end, somewhere between the end of the transfer case and the carrier bearing:
My questions are 1) How to cover this void? Use one or two plates? If two where to make the joint? 2) Any problems with making a bracket that attaches to the ProComp brackets (on the frame just behind the Cat and just forward of the TCASE)? 3) Where do I attach the end of the plate back by the carrier bearing? There is really no good support! Should I just bracket and tube off the frames?
Any help will be greatly appreciated, especially if you have pictures (no sense in reinventing the wheel!!)
Oh and since I didn't really give any details here: I bought a 2013 DCSB SR5 4x4 with a dealer installed 6" Procomp lift and 35" Procomp tires and wheels on June 2, 2013. I have always wanted one, but could never really justify it with the clan that I have, well my third just graduated high school (June 13th), so I bought me a truck as present one evening and have been lurking TW since for ideas and help. So that is me in a nut shell.