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Considered one of the essential portions of the Syclone, Typhoon, and Sonoma GT. The body molding is specific to our trucks, and is quite difficult to get a hold of. It is no longer in production. And from the looks at the list's production cost speculations, they aren't likely to go back into production. So, as with anything else on your truck, you need to keep it in good shape. There are several products and methods to rejuvenating, or improving the appearance of the cladding.


Alot if these truck's cladding are starting to look a little old and oxidized. Since the Syclone's cladding wasn't painted with a Gloss finish, it needs a special protectant. There are several products available to clean, and restore the original 'luster' of the these expensive body moldings.

Turtle Wax's Black Chrome " * * * * * "

By far the best product i've used. easy to put on, and comes out shiny as hell.

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Maguire's Gold Medallion Tire Gel "* * * * * "

my good old stand by, since Black Chrome isn't readily available... More of a pain to apply, more expensive, but comes out shiny, bonus points for it smelling like grapes.

Baby Oil " no rating "

Not Recomended.. Has potential to break down plastic

Mother's Back to Black " * * * "

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I've used it, its cheap, and easy to find, but it isn't as shiny as the others, and usually looks streaky

Below is my testimonial. Me, personally, I use Black Chrome. The stuff rules. My cladding isn't in the worst condition, but when I apply this stuff, It looks almost like the cladding has a gloss coat. Below is an example of the product. This truck had been sitting outside most of it's life. It was extremely dull. While we were bored, we decided to apply the last of my bottle to it. We were amazed by the results. His cladding looked as good as my sy's (27,000 mi). He became a believer and swears by Black Chrome now.

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Most of the Typhoons (I believe all but the black ones) have painted cladding. A few Syclones out there have painted their cladding as well. Just thought I'd give ya'll a little glimpse of what a sy looks like with glossy cladding

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The Syclone and Typhoon share a lot of parts. Common to the two trucks are the:

  • Front Bumper
  • Front Wheel Arches
  • Upper Door
  • Rear Bumper