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> 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Year / Make / Model 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe
Color Victory Red
Mileage / Mileage Units 189,492 Miles
Purchased Price / Currency 3000 USD
Description 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71, "Big Red"

I purchased this vehicle because I have always been a big fan of the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 on the GMT 400 platform.

The vehicle was not in great condition when I bought it, with stained interior carpets, worn leather seats, cheap window tint film, a damaged front bumper, incorrect wheels for the vehicle, an obnoxiously loud aftermarket exhaust, missing OEM brush guard, missing air dam, and stupid stickers plastered to nearly every exterior surface just to name some of the junk that had been done to this car.

I REALLY liked the victory red color for this Tahoe, the vehicle has a clear title, and it was priced well at the time, so I purchased this as an enjoyable project for me to restore this vehicle from its neglected condition to how it was supposed to be.

So far I have cleaned up the interior of the vehicle and removed the aftermarket audio equipment in favor of OEM components. I have also replaced the wheels with the OEM wheels that this model year vehicle was manufactured from GM to have and replaced the previously missing OEM brush guard. I also replaced the loud exhaust with OEM components, so that it is nice and quiet again and also can pass Colorado emissions requirements.

I had a few Yukon Denali parts from my 1997 Tahoe after it died that I put into this vehicle to improve it a little; most notably the Denali center console, but also the Denali seats, cluster, window switch trim, and exhaust.

A lot of effort/money was spent on simply taking care of maintenance and repair issues. Things like the worn out tires were replaced with new BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A in the correct 265/75/16 size, fuel system problems were addressed and parts replaced, and electrical issues that stemmed from the obnoxious aftermarket alarm system were addressed and the aftermarket rat nest of wires removed. The headlights and turn signals were heavily oxidized to the point that there was poor light output driving at night, so those were restored as well, which gave the front end a big appearance improvement.

Another big improvement was repainting the front and rear bumpers that were beat up with rock chips and a couple dents, as well as replacing the broken plastic filler piece that goes between the bumper and the grill. The rear cargo doors had been keyed by somebody who carved "b****" into the paint, so the rear cargo doors were repainted as well.

Some of the little modifications I have done are painted and installed a 2000 Escalade roof rack, which is when I was able to piece together a bit more of this vehicle history. I noticed back when I was restoring the amber turn lamps and when I replaced some burned out bulbs on the tail lamps that holes had been drilled behind the lamps, likely to stuff some additional bulbs in there by a previous owner before I had it. I didn't think much of it at the time, but when I did the roof rack I also found a small hole that had been filled in with silicone underneath where the roof rack bolts down. That's when I realized this vehicles original owner must have been involved with some sort of emergency services - likely a fire truck due to the victory red color. The holes behind the amber and tail lamps must have been where emergency flashers were installed at one point, and the hole drilled in the roof must have been wires for overhead emergency lights.

A small improvement was to put in a door chime from a 1995 Camaro to replace the buzzer. The door chime is much nicer sound than the constant buzzing sound that these trucks came from the factory with.

Finally, a big improvement I did was to do HID lighting the right way - by doing a projector retrofit. I installed bixenon projectors in the low beam that allow me to drastically improve nighttime visibility while keeping the light pointed at the ground, not scattered all over the place like when people stuff plug and play HID kits into reflector housings. I wanted to keep an OEM appearance, so I defluted the OEM lenses in a region to allow the projector output to pass through. The parts I used to complete this retrofit were sourced from theretrofitsource.com, and I would recommend that site to anyone who wants to do HID on their truck the right way.

The sum of these improvements did a great job of restoring the Tahoe from when I bought it. While it is still not perfect, it is much nicer than it used to be.

(mileage and purchase price are quoted from April 2011 purchase date)
Updated May 9 2017, 10:32 PM
Total Mods 13
Total Spent 220
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Droman606: Congrats on the acquisition! Good luck on the restoration..
02burgundybeast: Cant wait to see how this turns out.
Black4x4: Awesome! I love that model year as well. Look forward to seeing the &qu...


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Exhaust
Modification Rating Cost Install Created Updated
2000 GMC Yukon Denali cat-back exhaust system 7/10 0 0 Dec 31 2015, 12:27 AM Dec 31 2015, 12:27 AM

Exterior
Modification Rating Cost Install Created Updated
2000 Cadillac Escalade roof rack 8/10 0 0 Jun 26 2016, 10:01 AM Jun 26 2016, 10:01 AM
2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71, GM manufactured brush guard 8/10 0 0 Feb 28 2012, 12:26 AM Feb 28 2012, 12:26 AM

Interior
Modification Rating Cost Install Created Updated
2000 GMC Yukon Denali center console 9/10 0 0 Dec 31 2015, 12:27 AM Dec 31 2015, 12:27 AM
1995 Chevrolet Camaro door chime 9/10 4 0 Jun 26 2016, 10:02 AM Jun 26 2016, 10:02 AM
Picture 1999 Cadillac Escalade gauge cluster 8/10 0 0 Aug 9 2016, 09:22 AM Aug 9 2016, 09:22 AM
1999 GMC Yukon Denali woodgrain window switch trim 7/10 0 0 Dec 31 2015, 12:26 AM Dec 31 2015, 12:26 AM
2000 Cadillac Escalade woodgrain door trim 8/10 16 0 Jun 26 2016, 10:03 AM Jun 26 2016, 10:03 AM
Picture 2000 GMC Yukon Denali interior door handles 8/10 0 0 Jul 20 2016, 11:54 AM Jul 20 2016, 11:54 AM
2000 GMC Yukon Denali interior seats 8/10 0 0 Dec 31 2015, 12:28 AM Dec 31 2015, 12:28 AM

Lighting
Modification Rating Cost Install Created Updated
"4-high" headlight modification (simple wiring so low beams stay on with high beams) 10/10 0 0 Aug 8 2016, 11:11 PM Aug 8 2016, 11:11 PM
Picture Projector retrofit, using bixenon projector and modified OEM housings 10/10 200 0 Aug 2 2016, 09:45 AM Aug 8 2016, 11:09 PM

Wheels/Rims/Tires
Modification Rating Cost Install Created Updated
2000 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 OEM wheels 8/10 0 0 Feb 28 2012, 12:26 AM Feb 28 2012, 12:26 AM



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