Shmuel Valency’s 2014 Kenworth W900L

Back in 2010, we took on a massive project, the likes of which we had never tried before – giving a truck a complete makeover! Up to that point, we’d installed a lot of chrome and lights on trucks, but never more than a day’s worth of work at a time. It’s not the type of project that’s in high demand – most of our drivers are on their way to a delivery, so they may have a spare couple of hours, but rarely days.

This project was even more interesting because the owner of the truck would be in Israel the whole time. Mr. Valency Shmuel had been a customer of ours for a long time, but we’d always shipped parts overseas to him before. Now, he was buying a new, 2011 Kenworth W900L (a truck with little or no presence in that part of the world) and having it brought halfway around the world to him!

The truck was manufactured in Washington state and driven to us in West Memphis, AR. A long drive, sure, but nothing compared to the trip it would later make by water to Israel. After months of pre-arrival planning and coordination, we started several weeks of work on the truck. Meanwhile, our installation shop stayed open and available to our regular customers. It was a colossal project, but through teamwork and patience, we got it done!

Earlier this year, Mr. Valency and Michael started working on plans for a second truck – this time, a 2014 Kenworth W900L. Again, they spent months choosing parts and coordinating the entire process. They even managed to work in the same amount of glamour on a smaller budget! We’re very proud of how this truck turned out. It’s extremely cool to be involved in a big international project like this one.

Featured Items:

Maxxima amber millennium-style 13 diode LED marker light

Maxxima amber millennium-style 13 diode LED marker light – shown on cab and sleeper panels, fuel tank fairings, and tool boxes

Stainless steel reversed T-bar with 8 round 4 inch light holes

Stainless steel reversed T-bar with 8 round 4″ light holes – available with virtually any light configuration

2 inch round Stealth chrome plastic screwless grommet cover - no visor

2″ round “Stealth” chrome plastic screwless grommet cover – no visor – screwless light bezels! These are definitely an Empire Chrome favorite.

Pearl Amber/Red 48 diode square LED turn signal light - SINGLE

Pearl Amber/Red 48 diode square LED turn signal light – a great fender light, which Mr. Valency chose for both trucks

New Chrome – Rockwood 1/4 Moon Gauge Emblems

The gauges in many newer trucks have smaller labels. You can use the half or 1/3 moon style gauge emblems, but many of our customers have repeatedly requested smaller gauge emblems that don’t cover up as much of the gauge.

Rockwood has been kind enough to oblige us with these new gauge emblems. They have all of the classic, luxury features you have come to expect from the US-based truck parts manufacturer, but the smaller size you need to make your dash look its best.

These 1/4 moon style gauge emblems are available for Peterbilt, Kenworth, and Freightliner trucks. Gauge names include:
Amps, Air Applied PSI, Air Cleaner, Air PSI, Air Suspension, Air Supply, Brake Saver PSI, Front Driver Temp, Rear Driver Temp, Engine Oil Temp, Exhaust Temp, Fuel, Fuel Filter, Front Tank, H2O, Fuel PSI, and more!

Rockwood Peterbilt engraved stainless steel gauge emblem
Rockwood Peterbilt engraved stainless steel 1/4 moon gauge emblem – SOLD EACH
– $3.99

Rockwood Freightliner/Kenworth engraved stainless steel 1/4 moon gauge emblem - SINGLE
Rockwood Freightliner/Kenworth engraved stainless steel 1/4 moon gauge emblem – SOLD EACH
– $3.99

New Stainless Steel Trims – Kenworth T660

We’ve seen a LOT of T660 drivers in the store this year, all rabidly searching for new, non-boring accessories for their truck. As they tend to do, many of our manufacturers have ignored this truck because it’s an aerodynamic model and not a traditional style. But we keep telling them that the demand is high, and every now and then, they listen.

Here’s our newest crop of stainless steel and chrome for the Kenworth T660. I hope you’ll like them as much as we do!

Kenworth T660 stainless steel front of fender/under headlight trim
Kenworth T660 stainless steel front of fender/under headlight trim
– $159.00
Let’s start at the front of the truck. Everyone needs a good fender guard to protect their paint, and it’s preferred that those fender guards have some style. That way, when you catch up to that Pete who thinks he’s so hot, he’ll see nothing but bling in his rearview.

Kenworth T660 stainless steel front side fender trim - PAIR
Kenworth T660 stainless steel front side fender trim – PAIR
– $159.00
Oh yeah. This slick stainless strip is a simple enough outline of your fender, but man, does it ever look good. Plus it wraps around your triangle turn signal, so it’s like two parts in one.

Kenworth T660 stainless steel front kick plate - upper panel
Kenworth T660 stainless steel front kick plate – upper panel
– $132.00
Kenworth T660 stainless steel front kick plate - lower panel
Kenworth T660 stainless steel front kick plate – lower panel
– $99.00
Kenworth T660 stainless steel back step trim - upper panel
Kenworth T660 stainless steel back step trim – upper panel
– $69.00
Kenworth T660 stainless steel back step trim - lower panel
Kenworth T660 stainless steel back step trim – lower panel
– $69.00
These kick panels are probably my personal favorite. Again, these parts pull double duty – they look awesome, and they keep your paint from getting kicked and scuffed. Stainless looks great with any paint color – scratches DON’T.

Behind the Scenes of Chrome Time 9

Since you’ve already seen all the great chrome from our project with Mr. Shmuel Valency, instead of re-capping all of those parts again I thought this time I’d give you guys a little behind-the-scenes trivia about the video shoot.

First off, all of our video scripts are generally written by Dennis beforehand. There is a little bit of improvisation and sometimes things are rewritten so they can be put into cleaner shots. All of these videos are shot, directed, edited, and produced by yours truly, Webmaster Lenae.

I came up with the title, “Witness the Birth of Beauty” because I always see horror movies using “Witness the Birth of Fear” even though it’s already been used by like 400 other movies and none of them are that much scarier than the others. BUT, I’ve never seen anyone refer to something as the “birth of beauty,” so I thought this was a neat title.

We shot this in the evening so you would be able to see the lights. Unfortunately, we don’t have “movie” lighting so the drawback is that it’s hard to see Dennis and Michael. The “chrome baby” line tripped them up a few times. I have some outtakes of them giggling (yes, they are prone to man-giggles) that I probably ought to cut together sometime.

You can also hear the lovely Arkansas bugs in the background. It took us awhile to figure out background noise in these videos. For example, in this one you’ll hear the air conditioning units. To us, that’s noise that’s always there so we tune it out. But later, when I was editing, it sounded HORRIBLE!

“What was your favorite part of this truck” was shot four or five times. We had a little trouble getting the blocking down and sometimes Dennis can’t remember his lines so good (getting old, ya know.)

Sour gummy candies of ANY KIND are a favorite snack of Michael and Lenae, both. If you ever need to get on our good sides, bring us sour gummy Lifesavers or worms. Sour Patch Kids are also acceptable. We will eat them until our tongues bleed.

All in all, this was a fun video to shoot. We came thisclose to running out of light completely, but I think it was worth it to show off the lights on this great truck.

2010 In Review – Chrome Time Webisode 8

Chrome Time 8 focuses on how to install some of our favorite pieces – anything that’s peel-and-stick! Sure, you can just slap these pieces on and hope for the best, but there actually is a tried-and-true way to maximize the life of these products. Here, Michael and Ricky show you how we do that.

Kenworth w/Daylite Door stainless steel contoured under window trim w/dimples - PAIR
Kenworth w/Daylite Door stainless steel contoured under window trim w/dimples – PAIR
– $89.99
This is the exact product shown above in our video. A lot of customers like the curvy styling that fits right up with the Daylite Door.

Kenworth w/Daylite Door stainless steel under window door trim w/straight bottom - PAIR
Kenworth w/Daylite Door stainless steel under window door trim w/straight bottom – PAIR
– $99.00
Other drivers prefer the straight-across, cutting line of this style. Whichever one floats your boat, take the extra time to clean the surface before sticking! Nobody likes chrome that falls off a few miles down the road.

Chrome Time 7 – Kenworth Dash Chrome

Our most popular Chrome Time video so far is episode 7, where we take a look at the dash and interior of our Israeli Kenworth W900L. Since this truck is a 2011 model, it has the “new” style dash seen in Kenworth trucks since 2006. We’ve featured many of these products before, in our Get the Chrome Look feature, but here’s a more complete listing of all the products used to get such a beautiful dash.

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look left gauge trim

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look left gauge trim
– $8.99

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look speedometer/tachometer gauge trim

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look speedometer/tachometer gauge trim
– $13.99

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look right gauge panel trim

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look right gauge panel trim
– $16.99

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look air conditioner/tractor/trailer brake knob panel

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look air conditioner/tractor/trailer brake knob panel
– $15.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in large speedometer/tachometer gauge bezel with visor - SINGLE

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in large speedometer/tachometer gauge bezel with visor – SINGLE
– $8.99, each

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in small gauge bezel WITH visor - SINGLE

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in small gauge bezel WITH visor – SINGLE
– $3.99, each

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic light switch control panel trim

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic light switch control panel trim
– $6.49

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic air conditioner/heater knob with jewel

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic air conditioner/heater knob with jewel
– $5.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic air conditioner/heater knob surround

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic air conditioner/heater knob surround
– $3.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic Not For Parking air valve lever cover

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic “Not For Parking” air valve lever cover
– $10.49

Peterbilt 2006+ / Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic turn signal lever cover

Peterbilt 2006+ / Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic turn signal lever cover
– $9.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic air conditioner/heater vent with adjustable louvers

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic air conditioner/heater vent with adjustable louvers
– $8.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic dash Speedometer/Tachometer gauge panel surround trim w/visor

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic dash Speedometer/Tachometer gauge panel surround trim w/visor
– $33.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic left hand dash gauge panel surround trim w/visor

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic left hand dash gauge panel surround trim w/visor
– $23.99

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic right hand dash gauge panel surround trim w/visor

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic right hand dash gauge panel surround trim w/visor
– $42.99

Round chrome gear shift knob w/matching skirt for all 13/15/18 speed Eaton Fuller transmissions

Round chrome gear shift knob w/matching skirt for all 13/15/18 speed Eaton Fuller transmissions
– $199.00

Atlas Elite 80 black ultraleather truck seat - SINGLE

Atlas Elite 80 black ultraleather truck seat – SINGLE
– $950.00 each

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic interior sunroof surround

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic interior sunroof surround
– $199.00

2010 In Review – Chrome Time Webisode 6

It’s that time again – time to step back into the past and remind ourselves of the great work we did on Mr. Shmuel Valency’s Kenworth W900L. We really have some great memories of working on this truck! Let’s get right down to it.

Chrome straight replacement arm for Pod style hood mount mirrors - SINGLE

Chrome straight replacement arm for “Pod” style hood mount mirrors – SINGLE
– $16.99 each

Chrome 8 inch round convex mirror w/centered mounting bolt and heavy-duty mounting bracket - SINGLE

Chrome 8″ round convex mirror w/centered mounting bolt and heavy-duty mounting bracket – SINGLE
– $21.99

This is just one option you have for mirrors. We have all of the components you need to create a custom mirror setup, whatever meets your needs.

Chrome plastic license plate frame w/red LED lights - 4 mounting holes

Chrome plastic license plate frame w/red LED lights – 4 mounting holes
– $26.99

The LED lights in this license plate frame were a perfect accent to the lighted “Valency” cutout in the chrome bumper.

Kenworth w/Daylite Door chrome plastic exterior view window trim - screw mount

Kenworth w/Daylite Door chrome plastic exterior view window trim – screw mount
– $27.99

You just can’t ever get enough chrome on the Daylite Door. This window trim is just a great compliment to the upper window trim that we also installed on this truck.

Peterbilt 379/389 2005+ chrome plastic sleeper door handle trim w/LED accent light

Peterbilt 379/389 2005+ chrome plastic sleeper door handle trim w/LED accent light
– $17.99 each

These door handle trims were originally designed for Peterbilt trucks, but all it takes is just a small adjustment to fit them onto a Kenworth. If the extra LED just isn’t your thing, we also carry these door handles in a plain style.

The cab lights shown in this video are an addition to the ones previously spotlighted in webisode 5.

Maxxima amber 2 inch mini-oval 7 diode LED marker/clearance flush mount light w/chrome rim

Maxxima amber 2″ mini-oval 7 diode LED marker/clearance flush mount light w/chrome rim
– $9.99

We loved the way these lights looked going up the sleeper wing, so we continued the look all the way up to the sleeper cap. Some great collaboration from everyone on the team!

Like Dennis says, tune in next time, to Chrome Time. And in the meantime, don’t drive an ugly truck!

Kenworth Hot Chrome Parts

Earlier this month, we shined a spotlight on some of our best-selling parts for Peterbilt trucks. Now, we’d like to move that spotlight a few aisles over to our Kenworth selection.

Chrome plastic rocker switch trim for Freightliner, Kenworth, or Peterbilt - no jewel, 3/PACK

Chrome plastic rocker switch trim for Freightliner, Kenworth, or Peterbilt – no jewel, 3/PACK
– $4.99

In all fairness, these rocker switch surrounds are a favorite for all trucks. They’re a great way to give your dash a little pizazz, and you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in large speedometer/tachometer gauge bezel with visor - SINGLE

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in large speedometer/tachometer gauge bezel with visor – SINGLE
– $8.99 each

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in small gauge bezel WITH visor - SINGLE

Kenworth 2006+ chrome plastic push-in small gauge bezel WITH visor – SINGLE
– $3.99 each

Kenworth drivers waited a long time for gauge bezels for the new ergonomic dash, so when we got them last year, they started flying off the shelves! Whether you’ve got plans to really trick out your dash or just want to add a few simple pieces, these bezels look great.

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look air conditioner/tractor/trailer brake knob panel - adhesive mount

Kenworth 2006+ plastic wood look air conditioner/tractor/trailer brake knob panel – adhesive mount
– $15.99

We love Grand General’s wood look trims for the new Kenworth dash. They’re basically just stickers, but they match the existing wood accents so well, no one will ever know the difference. If you don’t believe it, take a look at Shmuel Valency’s Kenworth W900 dash, which was decorated with these wood look trims.

Kenworth 12 diode LED interior door light with chrome housing - choose BLUE or RED

Kenworth 12 diode LED interior door light with chrome housing – choose BLUE or RED
– $9.99 each

A lot of our customers like to change the existing door marker light with something a little more colorful. These LED replacement lights are a great way to add ambience to your cab or highlight your favorite color.

Kenworth T600 amber 29 diode LED replacement turn signal light - SINGLE

Kenworth T600 amber 29 diode LED replacement turn signal light – SINGLE
– $54.99 each

That’s right, T600 drivers! We know you guys love chrome just as much as those guys who have W900s! That’s why we’re committed to continue to bring you great products like these LED turn signals, which look sharp as a tack on a clean truck.

2010 From the Rearview – Chrome Time 5

We’re doing the time warp once again, back to Chrome Time Webisode 5. As we got to about the halfway point of our project with Shmuel Valency’s Kenworth W900L, we chose to focus on the hood and cab for most of this video. It’s always been our belief that changing the grill, bumper, and visor are the biggest changes you can make to your truck, chrome-wise.

Kenworth W900L stainless steel bug deflector w/mounting hardware
Kenworth W900L stainless steel bug deflector w/mounting hardware
– $159.00
As Dennis says, this stainless steel “bug knocker” is essential for both aesthetics and functionality. Any veteran trucker will tell you, bugs on your windshield are a giant pain in the butt, especially when you’ve got a couple hundred miles left before you can scrape them off.

Kenworth 2007+ w/1 or 2 piece curved windshield 13 inch stainless steel drop visor - 2 brackets
Kenworth 2007+ w/1 or 2 piece curved windshield 13″ stainless steel drop visor – 2 brackets
– $389.00
Once again, this visor doesn’t just look good, it’s got a purpose, as well. It’s neither comfortable or safe to drive all day with the sun glaring in your eyes, and sometimes sunglasses just don’t cut it. This sunvisor blocks out the early morning sun and still leaves plenty of viewable windshield space for DOT’s approval.

Spyder amber LED Kenworth-style cab light replacement light
Spyder amber LED Kenworth-style cab light replacement light
– $25.99 each
Chrome plastic visor for Kenworth-style square cab lights - SINGLE, includes hardware
Chrome plastic visor for Kenworth-style square cab lights – SINGLE, includes hardware
– $14.99 each
The combination of these Grand General LED cab lights and Lifetime’s great chrome visor is just another strategy for gaining the maximum chrome impact without making your LED lights suffer. The “vent” style holes on the visor allow the diodes on all sides of the light to shine through uninterrupted.

Maxxima amber 2 inch mini-oval 7 diode LED marker/clearance flush mount light w/chrome rim
Maxxima amber 2″ mini-oval 7 diode LED marker/clearance flush mount light w/chrome rim
– $9.99 each
These small Maxxima lights are the smaller version of the style seen on the cab, sleeper, and tank fairing light panels of this truck. They were perfect for accenting the rear fin on this truck.

3 foot aluminum diamond plate deck cover with stiffeners, with mounting hardware
3′ aluminum diamond plate deck cover with stiffeners, with mounting hardware
– $149.00
Lastly, this aluminum deck plate made the back end of this truck really pop. The frame is an oft-ignored area, but if you put just a little effort into it, the frame can definitely make the difference between an “okay-looking truck” and a “WOW truck.”

2010 In Review – Chrome Time Webisode 4

Ah, Chrome Time webisode 4. With you, we have the debut of Shmuel Valency’s incredible stainless steel American Eagle bumper, fuel tank fairings, and even more LED lights. Delicious chrome memories, for sure. Here’s a closer look at some of the products seen in this video.

20 inch blank UST mount chrome bumper w/contoured ends - no light holes
20″ blank UST mount chrome bumper w/contoured ends – no light holes
– $990.00
Mr. Valency’s bumper was custom designed and built, but you can still get a similar bumper without shelling out twice the price. This 20″ chrome bumper has the definitive contoured “American Eagle” style edges and a boltless face. Gorgeous!

Maxxima amber millennium-style 13 diode LED marker/clearance light w/chrome rim
Maxxima amber millennium-style 13 diode LED marker/clearance light w/chrome rim
– $13.99 each
Maxxima’s millennium style LED marker lights make yet another appearance in our Chrome Time series. They’re probably going to start demanding a trailer soon!

Pearl Amber/Red 4 inch round 24 diode LED double-face turn signal pedestal light - SINGLE
Pearl Amber/Red 4″ round 24 diode LED double-face turn signal pedestal light – SINGLE
– $37.99 each
Pearl Amber/Red square LED double-face turn signal light - SINGLE
Pearl Amber/Red square LED double-face turn signal light – SINGLE
– $59.99 each
Finally, we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the great “Pearl” style turn signals, from our friends at Grand General. The matching square and round styles really brought the hood and mirrors of this truck together.