If you drive a Chevy Silverado 1500 or a GMC Sierra 1500, then you have a lot of great options for modifications. If you're trying to figure out where to start with your build, then this guide will walk you through some of our top modification options for Silverados and Sierras.
If you drive a first or second-generation Chevy Silverado or a GMC Sierra, then these mods will be able to fit your
rig. Keep in mind, these are some of our top picks, and there are plenty more options available. Without further
ado, here are our picks for the best Silverado 1500 mods, listed in no particular order.
Bumpers provide both protection and a good mounting point for a winch. Though winches may be the most popular off-roading bumper add-on, D-rings, hitches, and bumper steps are all practical bumper accessories.
No matter how you use your Chevy Silverado or your GMC Sierra, there are bumper accessories to make it a better fit for you.
Lift kits are one of the more noticeable mods that can be installed on any truck. Even a few extra inches of height can really change a truck's look.
That being said, lift kits aren't leveling kits. Lift kits raise the entirety of the truck to give it a higher ride height while leveling kits only raise the front of the truck up a few inches in order to compensate with the naturally higher bed (rake). There are benefits to both, but lift kits offer more drastic performance benefits. They can allow you to run larger wheels and tires and also allow your Silverado to tackle bigger and more complicated obstacles off-road.
Tonneau covers are a great way to protect the contents of your truck's bed. These covers easily slide over the
top of your truck's bed and create a dry and secure space underneath. If you live anywhere with a lot of rain,
searing sun, or roaming thieves, a tonneau cover is a great line of defense for whatever resides in your
Tonneau covers can be made out of out both flexible and rigid materials. There are also several ways they can
protect your bed, either rolling over the bed, sliding into place, or simply folding. While all are convenient,
you have plenty of options here. In order to illustrate how easy these are to install, take a look at this
installation tutorial on CJ Off-Road's YouTube channel.
There are several ways that an exhaust mod can improve your driving experience. They can give your Silverado or
Sierra a killer sound, ranging from a deep rumble to a fiery yell, or even boost their horsepower and torque quite significantly. Whatever your goal is with installing an exhaust mod, there is a perfect package available
for you and your truck.
Additionally, an upgraded exhaust helps air to pass through the engine more efficiently. There's only a limited
amount of air that can be in your truck's exhaust system, so if air can't get out fast enough then it can't get in. There are various ways to upgrade your exhaust system. A new exhaust header is installed directly onto the engine and helps the exhaust fumes escape quickly and with little resistance. A cat-back exhaust allows
for easier flow which in turn increases engine power. On trucks, a side exhaust is especially
popular, as it looks great and sounds even better. When it comes to exhaust mods, you always have plenty to
If you drive a 2007-2020 Silverado, the previously mentioned mods are good-to-go. Each is compatible with first, second, and third-generation Silverados. The majority of these mods are also compatible with the GMC Sierra as well. Keep in mind,
there are some fantastic mods not mentioned in this guide. A new set of wheels and tires will do wonders for
your truck's looks and performance, light
bars can prove to be extraordinarily useful on the trails, and a heavy-duty floor mat will keep the inside of your
truck looking like it just rolled off the dealership lot.
If you are just looking to dip your toe into the waters of modifying your Silverado, then the CJ Off-Road YouTube channel has made a series of videos about budget friendly Silverado mods. These can be a great place to start if you are a bit uneasy about investing further in your truck.