Capote's Build Thread - "BatBlazer"

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  1. Capote

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    Hey guys as a lot of you know I've been around for a bit now, but never actually made a thread for my build. Was pretty much waiting until I felt I had a lot of mods completed on her. I feel comfortable now to finally make the thread. I purchased my 2004 Trailblazer LS almost 2yrs ago now? Not really sure. I was looking for a replacement for my 1997 GMC Yukon, I loved it, but it was costing too much to maintain and at that time we had just had our twins, so I decided to get a newer SUV. I found this rig at the local dealership and was in love! Ever since then I've been modding her, only waiting about a month before the bug bit me, she's come a long way and has visually changed quite a bit since I've had her. I will frequently be uploading more pics and mods; Now i'm happy to present to you my build the "BatBlazer" :
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    Some basic info about my rig from my profile:

    • Year: 2004
    • Make: Chevy
    • Model: Trailblazer
    • Trim: LS
    • Engine: 4.2L I6
    • Drivetrain: 2WD
    • Color: Black

    Interior Modifications:
    Flat black painted interior door panels/pillars
    Gloss Black painted Glove Box
    Gloss Black painted Vents
    Blue LED's & LED Strips throughout center console and dash
    Blue LED dome lights
    Blue LED's in vents
    Green LED's in all door control modules
    Blue transparent wrap on dome lights
    Black light foot-well sound-activated glow bars
    Pioneer Radio
    Tview® - Headrest with 9" Monitor and Built-In DVD Player
    Voltage & Tachometer gauges installed in dash bezel
    Lund Catch All Xtreme® custom fit floor liners & rear cargo liner
    Exterior Modifications:
    18" Verde Protocol Wheels
    255/55 General Grabber UHP tires
    15,000K HID Low & High Beam Headlights

    GTS smoked Headlight & Tail light covers

    20% tint on all windows including 6-inch tint on front windshield
    Roof Rack removed
    LED Switchback turn signals
    LED Front Side Markers
    LED license plate lights
    LED Reverse lights
    LED x4 Strobe lights behind grill
    White LED grill lights
    Green LED wheel well lights
    Anodized Blue Chevy bowtie
    Anodized Blue Wiper arm nuts
    Anodized Blue Valve Caps
    Black Plasti-dipped grill crossbar
    Gloss Black Grill
    Gloss Black Wiper Arms
    Gloss Black Wiper Cowl
    Gloss Black repaint on exterior trim/mirrors
    Various decals on rear windows
    Antenna removed (Pandora addict)
    4-inch chrome exhaust tip
    Blacked out wheel wells
    Spare tire removal
    Trimax 5/8" steel pin receiver lock
    14" Batman Dark Knight hitch cover!
    Anodized Blue painted brake calipers
    Matte Blue Metallic vinyl wrap on hood
    Rear Wiper Delete
    Belltech 3" drop in front, 5" in rear
    Debadged
    Modified bracketless low-profile windshield wipers
    Engine/Performance Mods:
    Airaid Cold Air Intake
    Magnaflow exhaust
    4-inch chrome exhaust tip
    Baer Drilled & Slotted Rotors
    Baer Sport Touring Brake Pads
    Airbox & Fuse Box Cover painted with Duplicolor Metalcast
    Blue wiring conduits
    JET Performance Throttle Body Spacer
    Belltech -3" drop in front, -3" in rear (soon to be -4"!)

    Future Performance Mods:
    -New transmission pan with drain plug
    -Transmission cooler
    -Gutted Cat
    -Tune
    -4L60E Corvette 2ND Servo Piston
     
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  2. Capote

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    Timeline:

    One of the first things I noticed about my TB was how hazed the headlights were and my driver's side housing had a little friend in there, a mummified frog :blinkhuh: Was probably making it worse with the HID lights too

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    It was embarrassing for me to have hazed headlights, especially with a frog in there....so that's pretty much when my mod bug took off. I decided to make my TB unique and for starters I decided to buy some GTS Headlight & Taillight covers to hide them until I got some new headlight housings. I don't have an inital picture from when I first put them on, but this is the earliest I have from Aug 2013

    Yes that's a pair of panties.........
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    A month later I decided to start cleaning her up a bit more and changing the trim and interior with Plastidip over the next two months, I was highly into Plastidip back then, not as much now, but i'll get into that later on down the timeline.

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    Timeline continued:

    September through December 2013 was when I really got into Plastidip, I've seen a lot of great looking rides using Plastidip. I eventually did all the trim and then turned my focus onto the interior panels and pillars. Interior-wise I ended up removing the dip because it started to tear on the doors where a lot of contact was made and I eventually just did them over in Krylon flat black paint, which has held up fine. I also removed the roof rack during this time period as well.

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    Timeline Continued:
    December 2013 is when I started to add LED strips on the exterior and interior, the Blue LED dome lights you guys always see was installed when I first got my TB, just transferred it over from my Yukon. I originally had Amber LED strips in the grill before I put the white ones in, but I do not have any pictures that unfortunately.

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    Timeline Continued:

    February through March time-frame of this year is when I decided to go a different route with my TB from the Murdered out look it was going for. I had gotten my tax return and purchased 255/55/R18 General Grabber UHP's along with my 18" Verde Protocol wheels. I also purchased a Belltech Lowering Kit #795SP, but never put it on until last month with BlazingTrails at his place. I also started to re-do some of the trim from Plasti-dip to gloss black Krylon paint, looked much better and didn't get faded from the sun.

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    Timeline Continued:
    July of this year is when the most of the mods at one time occurred. The way my TB ended up looking in July was pretty much the look it's had until late August going into September. So this was the longest period of time in which it visually didn't change on the exterior. I had purchased an Airaid Intake and Baer Drilled & Slotted rotors, added lots of decals, got some gauges, stripped the Plastidip off the center crossbar on the grill, painted the interior flat black, and did lots more interior & exterior LED mods. Also replaced a bad coil pack and swapped out fuel filter at this time too.

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    Yes I know there is Hyperflash, I don't care about that, otherwise I would of added resistors
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    Timeline Continued:

    Now that I think about it August and September is when the most mods occurred and is when I really tied in my Blue & Green them from my interior to the exterior of my TB. During this time I painted my calipers and Chevy bowtie Anodized Blue, the nuts for the wiper arms were painted Anodized Blue, put 3M Matte Blue Metallic Vinyl on my hood, added more decals, did interior control LED mods, deleted the rear wiper arm, partially debadged her, painted the wiper cowl & wiper arms gloss black, added the signature "BatHitch", and finally after a long time coming took my Belltech lowering kit and with BlazingTrailz's (Brandon) help, finally lowered my Trailblazer, which really took the build where I wanted it to head; a sporty, intimidating look that'll turn heads.

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    Timeline continued:
    So far this month of October I've only done two mods, cutting the rear Belltech 3" lowering springs 2" to make the rear wheel gap more flush with the front. Now the rear sits at a 5" drop and it looks a lot more appealing than before hand. I've also added LED strobe lights behind the grill.

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    Looking good man[emoji106]
     
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  10. Capote

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    Thanks bud :biggrin: , been meaning to make this for a while. She's come quite a long way hasn't she?
     
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    Ya ive loved those rims since you first showed us you truck to bad you guys are all the way down there our trucks would make a great photo shot by next summer[emoji1]
     
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    I remember how much compliments you all gave me on the wheels, made me feel real good about my TB :thumbsup: Yeah it sucks me and Brandon are far away from a lot of you guys.
     
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    :iagree: :yes:
     
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  14. 95chevyZ71

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    When we riding out again?
     
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    Next weekend :yes:
     
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    Next weekend bro :cool: Gonna order the Corvette Servo before then
     
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  17. 95chevyZ71

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    You better order it now so you will have it!
     
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    :blinkhuh: You didn't order it yet??

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  19. Capote

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    I need the link to the one you showed me bro :eek:
     
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  20. BlazingTrails

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    omg here you go!!!! order it now *****!! :smile:


    Click here
     
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  21. Capote

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    Thank you *****, I deleted texts that had the link it it, so I lost it
     
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    Your welcome :2thumbsup:
     
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  23. Capote

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    Damn, gonna have only like $30 left after I get it.....
     
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    damn bro, better go be a whore for a night :rotfl:
     
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  25. Capote

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    Shipping is a monster, omg
     
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  26. BlazingTrails

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    iT SAYS FREE?
     
  27. Capote

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    It's not free shipping, almost bought two orders by accident :no:
     
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    Lucky you...Well atleast I purchased it now bro, first transmission mod :tongue:
     
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    just order it. worrying bout $2 shipping. lol
     
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    it was $15.00 shipping lol, whatever it's on it's way, says it'll be here by Friday, that's cutting it really close, i'll have to leave a note on my door for the delivery guy to just leave the damn thing otherwise i'll have to waste a day waiting for it then coming down Saturday :hopeless:
     
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    definately leave the note then. They usually leave my stuff unless it's something valuable
     
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    Damn i would not have paid that, there are plenty of free shipping listed :duh:
     
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    Not in my experience lol
     
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    It WAS listed as free bro...liars
     
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    what was it? handling charges??
     
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    That's my assumption brother
     
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    :hissyfit: :yikes: :yawn: :poke: :Banghead:
     
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    im confused as to how you paid shipping on a free shipping item. lol
     
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    lol it wasn't free shipping for me, even when I look back at them now since i'm signed in, guess it's free shipping to some locations. Showed up free before logging in
     
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