Tasteful and budget friendly accessories for your 2021 GMC Canyon AT4.
It won't break the bank or your warranty!
Let me start off by saying the 2021 GMC Canyon is a great small pickup truck and is quite the rival for the Ford Ranger. Starting out at around $38,000, you get yourself a beautiful modern designed crew cab truck powered by a direct injected V6 putting out a respectful 308hp along with 275ft/lb of torque, 8 speed automatic transmission, 4 wheel drive, a decent amount of bed space, and a towing captivity of up to 7,000 lbs.
My friend Alex picked one up the other day and he loved it, but it needed some fine tuning. Something that would make it stand out a little bit better and more to his liking. You can't buy something and NOT make it stand out a bit when you are a car enthusiast.
First day of ownership. Photo by Alex Gould.
It was a nice truck, but he wanted to make it nicer. For some odd reason, GMC a nice set of LED headlight bulbs instead of the typical standard halogen bulb. I would match the fog lights much better when the lights were on, that and blinding oncoming traffic is a favorite pastime of his, just like anyone with LED headlights.
Alex picked up the brand Sealight. A good brand you can find on Amazon that is not too expensive and it comes with everything you need for the install. It's all plug and play. You even get a set of gloves so you don't have to touch the bulbs with your bare hands. Which you shouldn't to from the beginning.
The install was quite easy. It may look complicated, but it's a walk in the park compared to some other headlight bulbs I have changed in my time. Passenger side is a bit more difficult to get at. You have to remove some plastic trim pieces that are held in by some plastic pop rivets. You can easily pop them off with a flathead screwdriver, then it's best to remove the horn. All it's held in by is one nut. Doing this helps you get maximum room to change out the light. Once you get all that out of the way, just simply turn the cap that houses the light bulb in place and you have full access. The drivers side you do not need to remove anything prior to getting to the headlight. it's all open.
Once installed, I think it gives the truck a more appropriate and modern touch. Also, you can see everything much better at night and complements the LED fog lights as well.
Modern bulbs for a modern truck.
Up next on the list were nerf bars/side steps/running boards/step rails. Whatever you want to call them. Those were going on. He pick up the brand Tyger. Another brand you can find on Amazon.com for a very affordable price.
At first, I thought the install was going to involve me drilling and cutting but surprising not. Everything the kit came with fit in premade factory holes. All I had to do was pop out these little rubber caps that were placed there by factory and it all fit in there and bolted up nice and flush. The most difficult part of this install was probably trying to hold the actual side step in place and bolting it in at the same time. Other than that it was a breeze.
Side steps installed.
I personally think it's a nice add on feature to do to your GMC Canyon for the looks and comes in handy if you have vertically challenged people in your life. If you are worrying about if they will bend under heavy weight, I put that theory to the test and it held all 6'4 and 240 lbs of me putting all my weight into it. It held me with ease so I think it should be able to hold the average person with ease.
Then came time to tint the windows. I didn't do this part, Alex went to a professional to get these put on but it does add a bit more privacy to when you're driving or parked somewhere and my opinion looks good with the paint color, matches the black trim pieces, and gets rid of that "fish bowl" feel everyone complains about. You can call up your local tint shop and they will be happy to work with you for your needs.
After the tints were installed. Photo by Alex Gould.
Up next will be a leveling kit. I have yet to install that. It's going to be a little bit more of a process as there is a bit of a process to do it and I have a lot going on in my shop currently but those will be going in soon enough. I can't wait to see how that turns out.
Photo by Alex Gould.
All and all, I think it's a great truck for the price and I am loving the way it has come along since he got it. It suits his needs well and it stands out a bit more now. If you would like to check out on how the install went and if you're curious on how to do it on your 2021 GMC Canyon AT4, I will leave the link to my YouTube channel down below and while you're down there, don't forget to hit the "like" button and maybe think about subscribing for GMC Canyon updates in the future.
This will be my last article for 2020, I hope you all had a somewhat decent year, and I wish you all the very best in 2021! Don't worry, I won't be going anywhere anytime soon, so I'll see you all next year!