Hey guys! FNG here, my name is Ross and I just picked up this 2016 GMC Sierra rclb last week. I had been looking at Sierras for the last couple months to replace my 1990 Silverado ecsb with 204,000 miles, as I love the look and I didn't want to take the Silverado on my Florida trip in June, which is a 4,000 mile haul. I'm self employed as a Buell and EBR mechanic/parts salesman and I'm delivering a custom bike to a client in Florida as well as taking one of my own bikes down there to ride while I'm there for two weeks.
Back to the truck, I specifically wanted a single cab, with which higher trim models are hard to find and quite pricey, so I ended up with a work truck model, but it does have the convenience package, so it has power windows, locks, mirrors, cruise, and keyless entry. I got mine with 11k miles, 5.3 V8, 6l80e, and LSD for 18k. I'm loving this thing so far. I always wanted a sport truck, and besides the clean, but basic look of this stock truck, it already performs well above the other trucks I've owned in the past (67 Chevy C-10 rclb, 66 GMC C1000 rclb, 90 Silverado ecsb). With some decent mods, I think I will really like this truck for many years to come. Soon I will be browsing and searching the forum for all kinds of tips, tricks, how-tos and ideas, as I have for many years on my previous projects. But here is a list of things I'd like to look into doing, in no particular order.
2/4 or 3/5 drop, sway bar upgrade
LT fog lights
custom grill or maybe paint the nice stocker
CAI, exhaust, tuner
supercharger, and/or 6.2 swap, down the road
heated, auto dimming mirrors
LT dash and steering wheel swap
Alpine 11 head unit and backup camera
Denali sun visors
different bedline, probably spray-on
rear fender well liners (has front but no rear)
lots of misc touches
For those interested, my current other rides are
2017 EBR 1190SX (1 of only 10 in strike yellow), lots of mods
1995 Buell S2, red, loads of mods
2000 Buell M2, silver, lots of mods
2014 Toyota Prius C four, Habanero Orange (wife's car)
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General Motors announced today it will build the new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine in Flint Michigan. The company will invest $263 million to prepare the line for the new engine build. Flint Engine, as the plant is called, presently builds small four-cylinder gasoline engines for GM vehicles, but has produced Duramax engines in the past.
“The next-generation Silverado builds on the success of our current models, many of which are produced here in Flint. We are proud to expand the industry-leading diesel portfolio here in Vehicle City,” said John Urbanic, Flint Engine Operations plant manager.
The 2.8-liter Duramax engine that GM uses in the Colorado and Canyon are built in Rayong, Thailand. This new move by GM to bring the Durmax production stateside and invest heavily in a plant to build the engine, leads us to speculate that the 3.0-liter engine will likely be used in more vehicles than just the Silverado. The GMC Sierra will get the engine, and possibly GM’s large SUVs. It may even supplant the 2.8-liter engine now used in the Colorado and Canyon at some future point.
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Four Wheeler Magazine has chosen the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado as its pick for Four Wheeler Pickup Truck of the Year. The Colorado certainly deserves the win, but given the publication’s rules, it seems like it was snuck in. The group says its picks for Four Wheel truck of the year “…was determined by a weeklong, invitation-only competition open to all-new or significantly revised pickup trucks for the upcoming model year.” The Colorado ZR2 is was introduced in 2017 as a 2017 model year truck and is not scheduled to receive any major (or minor) changes in 2018. Hmm. We reached out to Four Wheeler Editor, Sean Holman, who was glad to help explain. Sean tells us that the 2017 Colorado missed the cutoff for the last POTY award due to its late introduction and therefore eligible. Automakers' crazy model and calendar year combos are the reason. Last year, the Raptor won.
Four Wheeler Editor Ken Brubaker commented on the ZR2’s win, saying, “The ZR2 takes the capable Colorado platform to a new level with a dizzying array of modifications including front and rear electric differential lockers, Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve shocks, a 2-inch-taller ride height, 3.5-inch-wider track width, additional skidplating, 31-inch tires, and many more off-road-centric goodies. The result is a truck that is willing and able to conquer terrain that would leave most other trucks behind.”
The ZR2 was pitted against just two other trucks for the title this year, the Ram 1500 Harvest Edition, Ram 3500 Cummins turbodiesel. Read the full story at Four Wheeler.
Hey Everyone. I’ve been looking at buying a diesel 6.6 L duramax denali GMC automatic transmission. Both of the 2014 models in separate cities I’ve looked over have two, 3/8 or 1/2 inch holes drilled on the left side of the steering wheel in the dash. I can tell these are not manufacturer drilled, and was wondering why I have seen this on that model twice. At first I thought to mount the trailer brake controller, but the holes are way bigger than necessary for screw mounting. The holes are big enough they are very noticeable, an ink pen could easily pass through. So question 1: why drill these two holes? Both models I’ve looked at have a trailer towing feature engaged by pushing the end of the shifter on the right side of steering wheel inwards. Would that not mean this model also comes equipped with trailer brake controller? I’m concerned the previous owners removed something I will need for trailer towing or some other feature of interest. I can see the gooseneck mount, or trailer hitch and the 7 way round plug, so I’m baffled on why these holes are there in the dash. Thanks in advance.
Ford Drops First-Ever F-150 Diesel – Targets 30 MPG & Class-Leading Towing - Video, Images, Specs, TimingBy Gorehamj
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Ford announced a sixth engine option for the F-150 line this week. The new engine is a 3.0-liter, V6 “Power Stroke” turbo diesel. The new engine will produce its peak torque of 440 ft-lbs at 1,750 RPM. To make the most of that twist, Ford has mated it to a diesel-specific SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission which can shift non-sequentially. In other words, it can skip over gears to find the right one for the circumstances. Ford’s aim is to produce the best towing combination in the F-150’s class in terms of efficiency and drivability.
“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”
The new 3-liter Power Stroke diesel has just 250 hp, but will be able to tow up to 11,400 pounds and has a 2,020-pound payload capacity. Ford says this combination makes the new F-150 the best-in-class hauler. Going further, Ford says that this new drivetrain will be the best hauler in the most severe conditions. Rather than an electric cooling fan, Ford has opted for a premium mechanical engine-driven fan plus dual radiator shutters for improved high temperature, high-altitude performance. “We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist. “This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.” Ford says that in moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system will back off the fan load through a viscous coupler and close the radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss.
Ford’s extensive experience with boosted engines shows in the new engine’s design. With a focus on reducing turbo lag, Ford incorporated a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. Fuel injection is via a common-rail fuel injection system with a 29,000 pounds per square inch injection calibration. Ford promises smoother, quieter operation and reduced emissions. Borrowing from the new 2.7-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in its trucks, the new Ford V6 diesel uses a compacted-graphite iron block material and has a forged-steel crank. Other features of the new engine include dual fuel filters, a cast-aluminum oil pan, and a two-stage oil pump.
Ford says the new 3-liter turbodiesel F-150 can be ordered in either rear-wheel drive or 4X4 in the following configurations starting this month:
- 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with either a 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configuration, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5-foot bed configuration.
Commercial Fleet Customers:
- All F-150 trim levels with SuperCrew 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed configurations and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5 foot bed.
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