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New wheels and tires installed; Pinstripe removal?; Riding early!

Saturday, September 3, 2011 by  
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September
3
2011
MB Stryker tires and BFG Rugged Terrain T/A tires.

MB Stryker tires and BFG Rugged Terrain T/A tires.

I got the new tires and wheels bolted up yesterday, and what a difference! The whole truck has taken on an entirely new personality. I rode around for a bit on the new gear and the truck handled so much better than it did before. I was also very happy with the lack of road noise. I was told that the BFG Rugged Terrain, despite being a fairly aggressive looking tire, was surprisingly quiet and it really was.

At least now I don’t feel like I’m riding around in my father’s truck.

Check out the difference in the how the truck looks now compared to the first day I saw it on the car lot:

The truck as I bought it and as it is now.

The truck as I bought it and as it is now.

Close shot of the wheels and tires.

Close shot of the wheels and tires.

Now that the wheels and tires are taken care of, there are a few more things I’d like to do. First off, I want to remove the chrome fender guards. I think I’d also like to add some fender flares, which should give the truck a much more aggressive look. I also think a brush guard with a couple of KC Highlites mounted to it would look excellent.

I really dislike the pinstripes, and I want to remove them. I was looking at them last night, and they were painted on (skilled work, I might add). Again, the stripes are not the cheap vinyl stripes that can be removed with something like a 3M eraser on a dremel. The stripes are painted above the clearcoat, so that’s good. I was doing some research into how to remove the pinstripes, and some people have suggested using Easy Off oven cleaner and cotton swabs. I’m told it will not harm the paint or the clear coat. Do any of you have any experience removing painted pinstripes? If so, I’d be very interested in your thoughts.

I did a quick Photoshop to see how the truck looks without the pinstriping, and it’s much, much cleaner. Check it out:

What the truck would look like with the pinstripes removed.

What the truck would look like with the pinstripes removed.

Alright, I’m off for a few hours of mountain biking! Can’t wait! 🙂

John Stone Fitness Comments

9 Responses to “New wheels and tires installed; Pinstripe removal?; Riding early!”
    • I haven’t lost the stripes yet, that photo was a quick Photoshop that convinced me that they need to come off. The question I posed above is: what’s the best way to get them off without damaging the paint. I’m told oven cleaner of all things will do the trick, but I’m looking for input before I go down that road.

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  1. Although I have no experience in removing painted pinstripes, I must say that your Photoshop example looks much cleaner and definitely more “manly.” Especially with the new gear!
    I like your ideas of the brush guard and the KC’s. That’s what I have on my Duramax and they make a big difference in appearance and versatility.
    Are you looking at any particular fender flares?

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    • Matthew, I’ve not started researching fender flares with any real effort yet. My auto budget is blown for now!

      I can confirm that the Easy-Off thing does work! The paint and clearcoat under the pinstripes are still flawless. The downside is it takes a long, long time. I just did one of the front fenders and it took about an hour. I only had regular strength Easy Off, so I’m going to have Lisa pick up some extra strength when she’s grocery shopping tomorrow. I hope the extra strength makes it go quicker, but even if it doesn’t it will be worth a day in the driveway. The fender that I finished looks 100x better without the pinstripes. 🙂

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  2. John,

    I hear the budget deal! You’ve done the most important thing already which is changing out the tires and wheels. The brush guards, KC’s and fender guards can wait a season. Maybe when the stock wheels and tires sell?
    Sounds like you’re smiling about the affordability and the lack of paint/clearcoat damage in removing the pinstripes. Just sucks how much time you’re going to have to spend taking them off! Hopefully “extra strength” will do the trick a little faster!
    Good luck man!

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