Custom trucks turn heads. When have you ever been able to pass a lifted truck or a low rider, painted with flames on the side with shining solid rims and not stare for just a moment? Most customized trucks are gorgeous and people stop to admire them. Customization can be overdone, though, so you’ll want to exercise at least a little restraint if you plan on customizing your own ride.
You could also opt to look at custom trucks that are for sale to find one that appeals to you. But there’s nothing quite as satisfying and fun as taking your truck and making it truly your own with custom features.
Classic Trucks And Semi Trucks
Classic trucks, semi trucks, your old 4×4 truck with some customization . . . there’s really no limit to the kind of custom truck you can have, with two exceptions:
- Local Laws — Check with them before you make certain customizations. Jacked up trucks and even low riders might face certain height restrictions and other limitations. If you want your truck to be street legal, always check local laws before you go gung-ho on those custom features.
- Budget — This is probably the bigger of the two limitations. Customization is expensive. Modified trucks sell for far more cash even used than other vehicles because of the money, time and improvements that have gone into them. And taking your vehicle and customizing it is going to be expensive, too. The cost depends on the type of customizations you make, of course. But be sure to figure the cost of everything you want done before you start so you’re not left with an unfinished truck and no money left to take care of it.
Custom Trucks or Performance Customization?
Customizations generally fall into two different categories: customized trucks that have things like special tires, rims, headlights, bumpers, paint jobs and features that affect only the appearance like lifting; and trucks that have been enhanced for performance. Many people opt for a combination of both for a truly personalized vehicle.
You should think ahead a little bit before you make very personalized modifications. If you have your name painted on the door of your lifted Chevy truck, and you should decide to sell it for some reason, you’ll get less than you might expect because the new owner will have to spring for a new paint job. If you plan on driving the vehicle until its useful days are over, then something like this could be a really fun modification. Anything you know you’ll eventually sell can be customized to the max, but make sure it’s something someone else could enjoy, too.
Specialized Truck Customization
Be sure anyone you have doing the modifications is experienced and qualified. Some garages specialize in custom classic trucks, while others work on custom semi trucks or just ordinary pick-up mud trucks. Don’t risk your expensive customizations on a garage that’s not up to the job. And if you love the look of custom trucks but don’t have a big budget, get your feet wet with things like aftermarket rims and headlights, so you can start small and work your way up.