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  1. Death wobble is way more common than Chevy shake. The new SFA heavy duty trucks seem to do it even more often than the old ones. Part of the problem is the newer/cheaper ball joint setup and the softer suspension tuning they're using on SFA trucks these days. Even newer F-150's have vibration issues. Mostly at 45-55 MPH and at 70 MPH.
  2. Over 2 years later and no noise. I had a hint of it come back after the leaf springs were saturated with road salt and mud. Pressure washed them and it was gone. The Super Lube PTFE spray works wonders. I helped a guy get rid of his leaf spring squeak on his 2015 Colorado which started after installing a lift kit. No more squeak a year later.
  3. 4.3 V6 gone in 2019?

    Lingenfelter tested a 2014 Silverado 5.3 with 3.08's against a 2010 Silverado 5.3 with 3.42's. The 2014 with 3.08's was faster in the 1/4-mile. http://www.lingenfelter.com/forum_lingenfelter/forum/lingenfelter-forum/general-motors-suv-trucks/1245-2014-1500-silverado-with-5-3l-l83-engine-work-begins?p=3089#post3089
  4. That clown also thinks that using anyting other than 87 octane is a waste, despite clear indisputable evidence that the majority of modern engines are designed to maximize performance and efficiency of whatever grade of fuel it's burning by using knock sensors and high performance ECU's. I don't disagree with him every time but he's way off-base just as often as he's on the money.
  5. Proabaly because these sorts of transmission "issues" are common among manufacturers today, esepecially in the midsize and half-ton market where fuel economy numbers take precedent over soft , wimpy shifts. The biggest complaints over transmissions in the F-150 and Ram 1500 is hard shifts. The number 1 reason the 2016+ Tacoma is currently the least reliable midsize truck by Consumer Reports is because of transmission shift quality and behavior. The next Tundra that replaces the gas guzzling 07-18 version will have shitty shift quality, guaranteed.
  6. GM says they'll be making the 2018 trucks as they slowly start up production of the 2019 truck. That would indicate to me that there will be a slow ramp up of production of the 2019 trucks. They might start building them later summer and large numbers of the trucks on the lot by say, October. The late availability is probably due to thebfact that the truck is totally different compared to the 2007-2018 trucks. New frame, new suspension, aluminum doors, new bed construction, a new 10-speed transmission, newish 5.3/6.2, new I6 diesel, etc. That's a lot of change in one model year.
  7. For me the big draw of the new trucks is the redesigned cab dimensions, 7" wider bed, and all-new front suspension. The Trail Boss is finally the legitimate offroad package that the Z71 was supposed to be but never was. To me the wheel well openings on the 2019 truck aren't bad. I like the square wheel well openings on my 2014 just fine. As long as they don't just trace the wheels like Ford does, I'm alright with it.
  8. There are worse place on these trucks for collecting salt and mud. At least these fenders vents aren't wax dipped. Pressure wash without fear. You're starting to sound like the Ford guys that hate the hood scoop on the L5P trucks.
  9. Yeah the Gen V LT-based engines seem to be a lot less prone to collapsed lifters. 2,291,039 Chevy Silverados (roughly 15% are HD trucks, so 1,947,383 are half-tons) 875,595 GMC Sierras (obvious a small percentage are HD trucks, maybe 10%, so 788,035 half-tons) 120,000 Corvettes 304,000 6th Gen Camaros (assuming 70% are V8's, so approx. 212,800) 388,335 Chevy Tahoes 222,473 Chevy Suburbans 186,931 GMC Yukons 133,199 GMC Yukon XL's Edit: I also forgot the Cadillac Escalade - 87,310 sold. Also I haven't added in an Canadian sales for these vehicles. It would probably add at least a few hundred thousand Gen V engines. So a rough estimate of 4,500,000 Gen-V LT-based V8's have been sold between 2014 and the end of 2017. That's well over 30 million AFM lifters (8 per V8, 6 per V6) on the road today. Frankly I'm surprised there aren't more AFM lifter failures. If anyone thinks I messed up this estimate let me know. I just casually threw this together at work.
  10. Can't speaker for half-ton diesel, but my buddy's 2016 Colorado 2.8 Duramax doesn't have anywhere near the cost of ownnership that his 3/4-ton Durmax has. The Filters were more money but otherwise it seems to be a very affordable truck. I will say that it is deleted, which gave a nice power bump and improved the reliability outlook of the truck. I believe GM called it a new 10-speed because they defibitely modified the design Ford gave them, for better or worse. The 8-speed is a baseline option and will probably be a good base transmissiin going forward. Funny how you wish there was a 6-speed option when just under 8 or 9 years ago everyone was upset that the junk 4-speed was being replaced by the 6L80. Every transmission has teething issuess. Luckily GM has been rolling out the transmission out more gradually than Ford is, so engineers can correct issues before putting one in every single truck they sell. This is also why the 8L90 had a slow roll-out. As far as AFM, there are a dozen ways to disable or even delete it. Certainly beats stretched timing chains, bad cam phasers, blown turbos, leaking injectors, stalls/misfires, and absurd levels of oil consumption (2.7 EcoBoost, 1 quart per 900 miles) that Ford owners have been dealing with since the first ecoboost went on sale. Haven't heard of anybody being denied warranty coverage for a bad lifter under warranty, but I would find a better dealer if that were the case. And I would have made damn sure everyone knew how lousy and crooked the dealer that denied the warranty is if that were the case.
  11. Ford thinned the frame out for the 2015 truck. Also, unless you order an F-150 with the HD Payload package, the frame is quite a bit thinner than the frame of the truck they brag about in the TV ads. Crash test scores do not equate to the most durable or toughest built truck. The main reason Ford scored better on recent crash tests because they have the newest frame, which was designed for some of the new crash tests being performed. GM's K2xx frame is nearly identical to the GMT900 frame but with more high-strength steel. Ram's frame hasn't been changed since it went to a coil spring rear suspension. If you look at the 2019 Silverado and 2019 Ram frames, you'll notice that the front end was significantly redesigned to improve their crash test performance, including features that help deflect the front wheel from getting shoved back into the cab of the truck in the small overlap crash test. Ford also had a brand new frame feature on the front of the frame in 2015 that helped absorb more of the impact energy to protect the cab's structure. GM and Ram trucks did not until now. Ford also lightened the front suspension up, replacing the forged steel control arms they used to brag about in ads for thin stamped steel parts. They also seemed to have lightened up the rear leaf springs for a softer ride, because the 2016 F-150 Max Tow truck pickuptrucks.com tested in their 2016 texas showdown sagged so bad with 1750 lbs in the bed that the bumper was nearly dragging on the ground. The 2016 Silverado and Sierra sat nice and level with the same payload. The aluminum beds looked bad compared to the K2xx trucks, it's going to look even weak when GM switches from 340 MPa high strength steel to 500 MPa high strength steel. Even Ford's 4x4 system has left me unimpressed. The system is an ancient vacuum assist system that actuates an Integrated Wheel End to actuate a plastic gear to lock the front hubs. The F-150 Raptors with the Torsen front diff shred the plastic gears up constantly. But Ford's marketing helps cover most of that up. Ford spends billions in ads on TV, radio, webpages, Youtube, etc all telling you about how the F-150 uses military grade this and the toughest high strength that. They used to do head-to-head comparison videos comparing their truck to everybody else's. I'm willing to bet they won't make any that compare durability of their beds/frames/suspension anymore. These days they just make comparison videos where they do towing comparisons and 0-60 times.
  12. Let's get this party started!!

    What's up guys. Platteville, Wisco. Just took advantage of the balmy 40F weather today lol. Finally sprayed the salt off the truck and fixed a rattle that's been driving me crazy for 2 months but its been too cold to bother with until now. Gotta love those 4 screws below the steering column haha.
  13. I like the "bumper vent" look. FYI, they aren't bumper vents, they're "air curtains". They really make the truck look like a Spartan helmet, which apparently was part of the inspiration of the design. And since it's supposedly going to deliver the best aerodynamic drag of any half-ton, I'm okay with it. 100 times better than the absolutely terrible "active air dam" that Ram is now using for 2019 or the snow plow Ford has trucked under the front clip of their current truck.
  14. Dynamic Fuel Management

    All F-150 trucks have auto start-stop for 2018 too BTW.

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