nht mike replied to Knightfall's topic in 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500So, I live in Central Washington and even with our long winters and mountain driving you seldom need 4X4. When I ordered my truck I could get a SLE with 4X4 that I would that I would need every year or two, or for the same price a 4X2 6.2 NHT rocket that I could enjoy every time I stick the key in the ignition! Seems like a no brainer! The only down side is if you order a 6.2 4X2 in snow country you have to sign your life away! Mike
Towing in the Cascades, I have seen 230 a couple of times. My truck only has electric fans so unless the coolant temperature gets pretty high they never run. The transmission cooler pretty much relies ram air for cooling. No matter which way I go when I leave home it's up hill with temperatures in the high 90's, 100's quite common. I've never been to concerned about fluid temperatures, just give a little cool down idle time if it's been pulling hard.
We were at Pacific Beach state park Wa and the older gal next to us needed to dump the holding tanks so she just drove off. When she came back she just swung around and backed on to the leveling blocks in one pass! Her daughter said "yea, she's done this before!" Mike
nht mike replied to airitech's topic in 1999-2006 & 2007-2013 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra 1500I had the same thing going on and it turned out to be a faulty speed sensor. What I noticed was at about 5 MPH the speedometer would drop to 0 and if the brakes were applied it would activate the antilock. Mike
I'm not so sure there are any upgrades to the OEM that will give you the performance you are looking for. Have you ever heard "use the same gear to go down hill as you used to go up"? That's where I would start. Use your manual mode to lock the RPM's at 3500-4000, and let it roll. Your throttle float between on and off and will still have an RPM cushion if you need to down shift occasionally to scrub off some speed. Mike I'm not so sure there are any upgrades to the OEM that will give you the performance you are looking for. Have you ever heard "use the same gear to go down hill as you used to go up"? That's where I would start. Use your manual mode to lock the RPM's at 3500-4000, and let it roll. Your throttle float between on and off and will still have an RPM cushion if you need to down shift occasionally to scrub off some speed. Mike
nht mike replied to black_widow's topic in 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 Silverado & Sierra Accessories & ModificationsI wired into the trailer plug harness.
I use a 2X10 with a piece of diamond plate, that has a slight kink pressed into it so it matches the tailgate, bolted to the end. It's a fact! Unless you are parked in a ditch, the ramp will be way to steep to push a wheelbarrow up. Be sure to put a piece of cardboard down to bridge between the bed and tailgate. That will eliminate a hard to clean up mess. Mike
Remove the fuel fill cap. Turn on the ignition. You should be able to hear the pump run in the tank for about 15 seconds. If you don't hear it get a 2X4 or a large dead blow hammer, and tap(!) the bottom of the tank while cranking the engine. A lot of times that will jar the pump and get it going. If that doesn't get it started, remove the wires from the top of the tank and check for 12 volts when the ignition is first turned on. Mike
nht mike replied to Gorehamj's topic in The NewsroomDrop a 6.2 in and you would be go to go!
Congratulations! Any car seat you use, because of UV, has to be new. The lifetime expectancy is about 5 years. From the first time you leave the hospital always use the car seat, no exceptions! He needs to know that's where he sits, and if you give in(they learn fast at a real young age) it will be nothing but an up hill battle! When you put the seat in if you have any doubt drive, (or better yet, have your wife drive!) to a police or fire station and have them check it out. Those guys really know to value of car seats. A lot of the people where I live come from a culture that doesn't believe in the value of car seats, so every year there are some incidents where children fall out of a car in accidents. It just makes me ill when I hear that. Mike
nht mike replied to Gorehamj's topic in The Newsroom10-4 On that! When you hang your leg in a 6.2 they really thunder! I live in Central Washington and no matter which way I leave it's up hill. I'm well below my gcwr @11,000+ so the 6.2/3.73 eats up the grades like an "A card" Teamster! I don't know at what RPM the new "mega torque" eco boost is rated at, but if it is like the older ones @2500, I could care less! The only time my truck sees 2500 at full throttle (WOT!) is for a split second in first gear on my way to road speed. To me the perfect spot for torque peak on a gasoline engine is around 4000 RPM, that way you can cruise at less than torque peak then down shift to torque peak at a higher RPM where you have some real power, (HP= torque X RPM / 5252), and still have the flexibility to run up to 5700 RPM if the occasional Ford gets in the way! Like I ask my friends, "is your Power Stroke missing"? Check under my tires!! Mike
nht mike replied to Gorehamj's topic in The NewsroomIt's all a numbers game! Horsepower in the operating range! Without knowing what RPM the Ford is rated at, there is no way to compare. The current GM 6.2 at 420HP @5700 and 460TQ @4200 (I hope my RPM is correct) computes to 368 to 420HP in the operating range. The Ford is 375HP and HP at torque peak is normally about 50 less, who runs best will depend a lot on the drive train matchup. Where the Ford will really shine is at altitude. Mike
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