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    '15 Silverado LT-Z71

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  1. First Truck Tire Purchase - Advice Please

    So, this is the first time I've had a chance to come back and actually review the poll results. I drew two immediate conclusions: No one likes the stock SR-A tires... Surprised, I'm sure. There were many more of you in favor of stock size than I'd expected. This really gave me pause. Thanks to everyone for voting and commenting. As usual, I'm my own worst enemy in these decisions since I have two competing goals and so many options. Had I realized a camper was in the cards, I'd have probably broken down and gotten the 3/4 ton from the start, but I'm not going to redo that since it would just push of getting the camper. I'm probably going to buy the tires in April since Professor Google says that's the best time of year. I'll post back with what I get and what my results are. If I upsize, I'm also planning to get a DiabloSport i3 to reprogram things. So, I'll let you know how that goes as well.
  2. Oh, I know none of this is difficult. I've done differentials an manual transmissions before. I probably will do those because I don't see the point in paying so much for so little actual work. Also, I want to put a finned diff cover on the rear and I'm sure the dealer will spout some BS about "non-factory" parts. Now, I won't touch an automatic for anything. There be dragons in there. And as for the brakes, I've done lots of work on them on my bike and older cars. Never messed with anything using ABS. I'm sure I could, but time and frustrations are costs I factor nowadays.
  3. First Truck Tire Purchase - Advice Please

    Hmm.. in FL soft sand is a lot of what I see off road. Well, that and my dirt road. ;) Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
  4. First Truck Tire Purchase - Advice Please

    Thanks. I test drove a truck with Cooper AT(P?) tires and hated them. It kinda burned a memory. Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
  5. First Truck Tire Purchase - Advice Please

    Would that 2" really make that much of a difference? I've never increased tire sizes before. Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
  6. Lol.. that's exactly what they hit me for this trip. I ordered the filter and wipers from Amazon. Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
  7. First Truck Tire Purchase - Advice Please

    I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure that the shop that did my leveling kit and the discount tire up the road both said the 275/70 would be good. I'll look into that more deeply because I don't want to deal with rubbing. Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk
  8. Got me, but it's on the table at 45k. https://my.chevrolet.com/content/dam/gmownercenter/gmna/dynamic/manuals/2015/chevrolet/silverado_1500/2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.pdf No muffler bearings, but I'm thinking of changing the tape in my backup camera... It is spring after all.
  9. The Blue Whale's due for some new skins. Since this is my first truck, I figured I'd probe the collective wisdom on my tire choices before I pull the trigger. The truck has a 2.25" leveling kit but is otherwise stock. It sees light off-roading occasionally, but more is likely with better tires. Realistically, she spends most of the time on the highway as my DD. We're planning on a camper purchase (8900 GVWR Max) within the year. Sticking with the stock z71 wheels. New wheels are not in the budget this round. I'm not a fan of the stock SR-A tires. They get terrible wet traction (in FL, that's every afternoon) and honestly, Chevy is the only place I've ever seen those called "All Terrain" ...Even Goodyear calls them All Season tires. (Why haven't we sued?) But, I will say I've been through some mud and stuff off-road when I was sure I'd get stuck and they got me through. If I'm being unfair to them, let me know. As for on-road performance, this is my DD. So, I can't get a mud tire or something crazy. I get that I'll sacrifice some mileage and noise to have a tire that isn't laughably called A/T, but I'd like to minimize that. I also don't want something that wears like a pencil eraser. In the poll I've put the options I'm looking at. Feel free to make other suggestions. Thanks
  10. I was at the dealer this morning for an oil change and they told me that on my next visit I should expect to pay about $1k. They told me I'd need TC, F&R difs serviced ($400), Brake Fluid flush ($250), Transmission Flush ($200) and the oil change. These prices seem a little inflated to me. the 4wd components especially so. Are these normal prices? FWIW, I'm right at 49,000 miles and the truck is running great and sees a weekly jaunt through the muddy dirt. I'm sure I could (and probably will) do the TC/Diffs myself, but I don't like cracking the brakes open much and I don't trust automatic transmissions for anything ...not since the incident.
  11. You know, that's a good point. I have noticed that bumps can seem to affect it. It's nothing I'm going to sell the truck over, but I'd really like to know what the heck is actually making that noise. My neighbor thought the sound was the AC in his truck. He was convinced by the fact that his 2015's AC blew up in August last year. Of course, that didn't stop him from buying a 2017 Midnight Edition the next day. ;-) I've ruled out the AC's involvement on mine by turning it off/on to see if anything changed and other than the load, it seems the same. It does seem to vary in volume with engine load/rpm, going away (or drowned out) after somewhere north of 2000RPM. That's why I figured it was the valvetrain noise. It's usually pretty pronounced on most engines when they're under load at low-rpm and can echo through the exhaust system.
  12. I'm not sure what that sound is. Mine is a very mechanical sound like the solid lifter valvetrain on my motorcycle. I hear it mostly under my feet on the driver's side, but my wife said she doesn't hear it on the passenger side. Catalytic converts can have their core come loose, but that's pretty rare from what I've understood.
  13. Not to hijack the thread, but I hear mine most of the time. I've been told it's normal, but it sounds more like valvetrain noise from the engine lugging than a fuel pump to me.
  14. Thanks! I hope my older grille will look as good.
  15. Anyone have a picture of that laying around? I'm just curious.

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