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Next month will mark one full year of work­ing on Project Looks. Mus­cle. Longevity, and we hope you’ve en­joyed fol­low­ing along on the jour­ney. In up­com­ing in­stall­ments we’ll be go­ing back to ad­dress­ing the truck’s per­for­mance. While we’re happy with how the truck drives with 600 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque, we aren’t naive to the fact that a stock Al­li­son trans­mis­sion won’t sur­vive long at those lev­els. We’ll be up­grad­ing to a fully built unit from Mer­chant Au­to­mo­tive, to be fol­lowed with some bet­ter trans­mis­sion cooler lines and a big­ger fluid cooler. While look­ing into the cool­ing side of things, we’re also plan­ning to up­grade the ra­di­a­tor and in­ter­cooler, as well as add some brak­ing up­grades to im­prove our stop­ping power while tow­ing heavy through the moun­tains of Utah and South­east Idaho.

 The last of our cos­metic ad­di­tions come with new Chevy Bowtie badges on the tail­gate and grille. The tail­gate badge is held on with 3M ad­he­sive tape, so ap­ply­ing heat with a heat gun will help soften that up and ease re­moval.

 Be­fore pulling the badge off, we out­lined the top side with mask­ing tape to help make sure the new one goes back on cen­tered and straight. A magic eraser wheel we picked up at the lo­cal auto paint sup­ply store, in­serted into a power drill, helped re­move the left­over ad­he­sive. This made cleanup easy and quick.

 The new badges from Get Lit Cus­tomz top off the looks of this build per­fectly. Brand-new badges from GM were dis­as­sem­bled and painted by hand. They even used our truck’s paint code so the de­sign we chose would match the truck’s color per­fectly. With a heavy clear-coated fin­ish, they should look great for years to come and won’t peel or fade like a vinyl de­cal would.

 Us­ing the tape we ap­plied be­fore re­mov­ing the orig­i­nal badge, ad­her­ing the new paint-matched em­blem was sim­ple. The en­tire process took less than 20 min­utes. The end re­sult looks in­cred­i­ble and helps the truck stand out in a crowded park­ing lot.

 Like the one we swapped out on the tail­gate, the front badge was re­placed with a brand-new em­blem from the dealer and paint-matched us­ing our truck’s paint code. The front Bowtie is held to the grille with a cou­ple small clips, so swap­ping it out is even eas­ier than the rear.

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