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  2. 6.2 with Max Tow NHT package! 8 speed and 3:42 gears are EXCELLENT. Rated for 11.7k - 12.5k towing and 1800lbs payload depending on configuration.
  3. I always love making minor aesthetic adjustments to my truck, but have recently run out of ideas. What would you guys suggest, I’m open to anything? I recently bought some new headlights so I’m waiting to install those and also got some recovery hooks to replace where I had a bull bar, but other than that I’m looking for some other opinions on what to do. If you guys owned this truck what would you change? Thanks for the input! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. If I had to pick one of the two, definitely the Chevy. Those wheel wells are butt ugly on the GMC and I've never been a fan of the GMC front ends in general. Not crazy about how the front fender is done on the 2019's either. The little winglet thing that protrudes on the top back of the cab reminds me of the one on the back of Deadpool's head, lol. I much prefer the 2018 Chevy over both the 2019's.
  5. link usb thumb drive

    plays perfectly most of the time but sometimes hangs up / skips. I use the usb behind info screen and when skipping happens I remove the usb and reinsert it. I then do command request and it works fine til the next time. not sure what causes it. is there a max memory recommended, mine is 1 gig usb thumb drive?
  6. Crdel93, Just the fact that you know what a flywheel is, makes you more of a mechanic than most of the people on this planet. Most people (including myself) refer to it as a flywheel - even if we are referring to a flex-plate. I never use the word "flex-plate" unless I am ordering a new part verbally. When I replace them for people, I try to explain what it is, and why they need a new one - but they have no idea what I'm talking about. I try to explain it to them, but its no use. I usually say something like this: Its a big gear, about the size of a pizza. When you turn the key, it activates an electric motor that spins the flywheel, which turns the motor over. They look at me, look at the the engine, and look back at me with a raised eyebrow and say : It turns the motor over? Why would you want to do that? Isn't it supposed to be sitting the way it is?
  7. I have the 5.3 in my work truck and the 6.2 in my personal truck. I get better gas mileage with the 6.2l. And the grin factor is amazing!
  8. Buzzing noise coming from under truck

    Flywheel related maybe. At idle there is not load but under load whatever it is if increasing speed Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. These trucks have on demand alternators, so the battery isn’t always being charged while driving. It is normal to see the voltage change as you are seeing. I believe there is more information in the manual about it. GM has been doing this for over 10 years.
  10. They will be respraying the passenger side bed panel as well as the front passenger quarter panel as well. When I asked the Paint and Body manager, GM is apparently pretty good about their warranty with the pain. He said that about 2 mos ago, a guy came in with a 2012 that had the roof peeled. Apparently, roof peeling on the '12s was common but this guy was out of warranty. GM only asked him to cover 25% of the cost and GM ate the rest. Time will tell... since this is a documented issue on my truck, I wonder what the future holds if other panels begin to peel.
  11. 2014+ Leveling Kits

    Are you guys that are adding the 2" to 2.5" leveling kits also adding a diff drop?
  12. Thanks Mike. I do like the powered version too, but $2400 is more than I'm willing to pay for one. I cringe at the $1700 for the non-powered version as it is. I understand the gap issues around the tailgate, but that has nothing to do with the cover itself. Glad to hear it doesn't leak anywhere other than the tailgate gap. I race hydroplanes in APBA sanctioned racing and I need a cover to put all my race gear, cooler, tools, etc in the back for a race weekend. I want the heavier duty aluminum and locking to keep someone from helping themselves to my gear and I just like the functionality of the retractables vs the flippers. Unless someone else has any bad experiences with Retrax, that's probably the direction I'm going to go, but the manual version.
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    I know here in the PA Ohio area many of the Chevy and GMC dealers are offering some serious discounts on some of the 2018's since the 2019's are coming out. That's how I got mine, but that seems a bit much of a discount. I'll bet it's either a demo truck with a few thousand miles on it, or someone bought it and traded it back in within a month, or it's some obnoxious color and interior combo no one wants and they just want to get rid of it. Or, it's most likely a typo of some kind. Either way, if you're in the market and that's what you want, it can't hurt to go check it out. I'd be curious to know what the deal is. Just be sure it's not a demo or a new buy/trade back in and that it is indeed 100% new and has zero former issues. If it had an issue, like a blown motor or tranny and got replaced, or something serious like that, the dealer has to disclose that by law.
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  15. These were two of mine. The Orange Step Side was an 83, had a 420hp/413ftlbs 355 with a manual valve body th350 in it. And the Blue 4x4 K25 was an 84 with a 390hp/450ftlbs 383 and th400. Both were a blast and I regret selling both.
  16. Deep transmission pan

    Les than $20. Less than 20 minutes to install. https://www.amazon.com/Hayden-Coolers-1401-Ultra-Cool-Transmission/dp/B0714MSVWH/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1529867235&sr=8-4&keywords=aftermarket+transmission+cooler
  17. That’s good to hear. Are they respraying the panel or are they just toughing it up?
  18. I agree the backup camera on my 2018 isn't as nice a picture as what my 2014 Grand Cherokee had, but it's a backup camera and it works perfectly fine. I don't need 4K Sony quality on it. Besides, if you think it's only GM cutting corners, you're going to be terribly disappointed if you check out other brands. Every corporation in the world does what they can to save money and make more profit. It is not unique to the auto manufacturers and certainly not unique to GM. In fact, if I wanted to gripe about vehicles in general, one thing I would complain about is why do vehicles still begin to wear out at 100,000 miles? Why is that mileage still the magic number for dealers to low ball your trade-in? I mean, we keep hearing all about how great all these new fangled manufacturing processes have gotten over the years, how stiff the frames are, how much better the engines are, how new metallurgical processes have made super steels and higher wear resistance, and all this new engineering has made things so much better, but here we are, still with vehicles that, on average, begin to fall apart at around 100,000 miles. Another area is in repairability. I recall the days when a wheel bearing went out, you actually change out the bearings themselves for under $100. Not anymore, now you have to swap out the entire hub assembly at $350+ each. That comes out of my pocket. So much for "better new technology." Sure, it's better, better for the companies and cheaper for them to make=higher profit margins. I'd still say that overall, the quality of many of the parts have gotten better, like interior plastics and such. They don't degrade and crack nearly as easily as they once did. It's mainly the drive trains and suspension where we continue to see stagnant longevity gains, but those are also the most expensive parts.
  19. Not sure on the cleaning products...I've used leather wipes on it maybe once a month or less? Usually takes away the dirt and grime from hands but never saw it do this?
  20. Prices paid

    I’m definitely expecting it to be a typo, or something terribly wrong with it.
  21. I agree with Michigan2500HD. I just got a 2018 with the 6.2 and I've never had a 5.3 truck to compare it to. I went from a 2014 Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 Hemi to the truck. The Cherokee and my new truck are within a couple hundred pounds of each other in terms of empty weight. The Cherokee was 360HP (never understood why the Hemi in those is 35HP less than the same engine in the Ram pickups, but anyway). The Hemi is a "peakier" engine, it liked to downshift and rev more than the 6.2 in the truck. Surprisingly, the truck is getting better mileage than the Cherokee ever did right off the bat. I would guess the 5.3 too would a bit more of a revver as well due to the lower HP and smaller displacement (power is the relationship of torque and RPM and you can trade one for the other so long as the equation balances). I would also guess that in "normal" driving, the 5.3 will probably have lower average mileage as well (you're gonna be revving it a little higher more often), but that's only a guess. I think too there is more to the equation than just "needing" the 6.2. It is certainly more powerful (420 HP vs 355) and torquier at 480lb-ft. That translates into more giddy up and go when you want it (and let's face it, no one except a business owner is buying the most base model truck because they don't "need" all the fancy extras and doo-dads). What's one more "option" when you're dropping that kind of money on these trucks? The 6.2 has the power when you want OR need it. It will also make the truck worth more when or if you sell or trade it in. I am willing to do without certain options like built-in nav because a Tomtom is cheap enough and works, but things like going with the 6.2 vs the 5.3 is a no brainer because capability in the truck is like a gun. You might go years and never need it, but when you do, you need it right then. If you don't have it, there's nothing you can do. That's my opinion anyway.
  22. Prices paid

    Make sure the drivetrain is still there lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My local GMC dealer has a 2018 Sierra 1500 sle double cab for $14,670. I definitely think its a mistake, or there is something wrong with the truck but I figure it can’t hurt to take a look at it. Are there any signs I should be looking out for?
  24. Thanks for the correction. I'm not very knowledgeable with cars.... I know enough to get by. The only reason I knew to call it a fly wheel was because both mechanics I've delt with on fixing this have called it that. Both at the Chevy dealership and my local mechanic. I had it replaced again not sure if they put an upgraded one in or not, but cost me $650 at my local mechanic. Currently waiting on a call back from the Chevy dealership who replaced it the first time to discuss my issue.
  25. Child seats in Sierra CC

    There is enough room for a rear-facing seat behind me and I'm 6' 3", we have it in the middle since we only have one kiddo, but just looking it is fine. It's one of the larger seats apparently since I had issues getting it in my Audi and other did not. There is more room back there than almost all full sized cars around, it fits four 6'+ guys comfortably on our frequent lunch outings.
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