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  1. My buddy ended up getting a midnight edition Z71 2018 LTZ edition, but he ended up getting upgrading to new aftermarket wheels and tires and and sold me his original tires and wheels that came with his truck. As a result, here is how my 2016 Z71 LTZ truck looks with the new wheels and tires I got off of my buddy. I love them!!!!!
    3 points
  2. F me.. my wife made me do the same thing lol. Every truck I had owned in the past, I bought without her there. I had the dealer remove the steps before taking it home, so I could say "Sorry, it didn't come with steps".. but she was with me this time. She saw the steps on there, and told me I had to keep them. I took them off last week, to "clean" them.. but I was really hoping that she'd realize it isn't hard to get in the truck without them.. boy was I wrong! She complained all week, and I finally got tired of it and slapped them back on. Once I finish up my color matching, I will snag some Go Rhino D6s. The stock chrome steps work for now, with the chrome bumpers.
    2 points
  3. Just had the side windows tinted and blacked out the B pillar.
    2 points
  4. I used to travel about 25K miles per year for work, and am a very firm believer in Google Maps. I purchased a 2016 2500HD over the RAM 2500 due to it having Android Auto, so when it was time to get away from the diesel (no longer tow large loads), having AA was a must. As others have attested, the factory Nav is crap compared to Google Maps. Besides the other things mentioned, it is constantly checking the route, to make sure it's still the fastest. If an accident occurs an hour away on your route, and it's going to cause a 15 minute delay, you're alerted. Once it's found a faster route, it will offer it up. You can accept or decline it. Or, if you prefer back roads, even if longer, it will allow you to choose those as well. Also, with AA, as mentioned, you can speak your destination into the truck to set it, and besides just answering texts, you can also respond to Facebook Messenger messages through talking. I have saved countless hours and hours along I-26 and I-95 in SC (2 lanes, traffic is horrible, and there is always some sort of major backup) due to Google Maps finding a faster route. I use it for any trip that's longer than 15 minutes, just in case of the possible accident, and won't travel without it. If you don't want the turn by turn directions interrupting your music constantly, you can click on the speaker on the screen and have it muted for normal navigation, but still receive traffic alerts. There's a reason that Google maps is so highly rated.
    1 point
  5. Thanks much for the info.
    1 point
  6. Back from the body shop from the guy who backed into my truck. New front bumper, new passenger side tow hook, repaint of the bumper top bumper top, and skid plate and replaced the black plastic around the town hooks. (Idiot did 2k in damage). No note or anything left from the hit. Glad it’s back though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  7. I’d rather have the older one. My dad had the 70 CST with the 402, hugger orange, three on the tree, posi. It had a black top of the cab. Can’t remember if it was painted or vinyl. Then a 72, el Camino SS, then a 74 ranchero GT 351C. I’d almost kill for anyone of those. Good old days. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  8. It wouldn't hurt to have them. I have a max trailering Silverado which has heavier rate rear springs and I tow my steel open car trailer and race car. With spares, tools, luggage, tires, etc I am at about 7000-7500lbs total load. I installed the Firestone bags before ever towing first with this truck, and even with the heavier springs I had to add about 15-20psi to level the truck back out. I would imagine the air bags would be more useful on a non- max tow spec truck, or if you ever load up that trailer with more stuff. I plan to move to an enclosed trailer eventually so the bags will be more useful down the road. IMG_20180601_140227534_HDR[1] by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180511_164047901 by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180511_181329473 by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr
    1 point
  9. After '72, things really started going downhill quality wise. By 1980, all the sheetmetal was nearly half the thickness. Same with control arms, frames, and such. My maternal grandfather had a '76 Comet. Budget car. It ran pretty good, but was alot like the Nova, needing all kinds of stuff over the years. Paint spiderwebbed after 4 years ... and we live in MA, where it's winter 9 months out of the year, lol. Not much UV exposure. I remember my dad doing a rear brake job on it in the driveway, using the shitty scissor jack that came with the car. Thing bent and fell over, landing on the drum! Our '76 Torino had a nice, strong bumper jack. Sure miss those. No crawling around on the ground to see where the jack might bend the floor into a pretzel ... I'd take that over my failing LMG any day though! I'm at 94k - thing started burning oil at 50k, and the ticking at startup is getting louder and longer. If I get 120k out of this engine without major valve train repairs, I'll be doing damn good. Lucky for me, I have the '86 Grand Marquis and '93 Volvo 940 - I can drive either one, and only use the truck for towing / hauling.
    1 point
  10. Nope. GM does not make a leveling kit. Its the dealer that is honoring the warranty of the truck because the dealer installed it. Your brother in law works at one of the good guys.
    1 point
  11. Another thing about older cars (pre-1990) is that they had a LOT more metal in them (i.e. steel). They also weighed more and had lower horse power/torque numbers than today. I was comparing motor specifications last week and was stunned at the differences even 20 years ago. Yet we pulled trailers with them and never gave it much thought. They were a little slow on long, steep grades, but they made it. As for the odometer, I had a '76 Ford F350 Super Camper Special with a 390 V8 that I traded in at 185,000+ miles to buy a 1990 F150 Lariat 4X4. The salesman looked at the odometer (it was 5 plus 1/10 mile digits), then opened the driver door all the way and crawled face up under the dashboard. He wrote numbers down on his note pad and said "looks good". I asked him why he looked under the dashboard. He said that there is another hidden odometer that they used to verify the dashboard odometer on Ford cars an pickup trucks. Anyway, later, the 1/10 part of the odometer was dropped and it became a six-figure, full miles-only odometer.
    1 point
  12. My grandfather and my dad always kept their vehicles at least 8 years, but they also knew how to keep them in top tune. We camped all over the country, worked them hard towing campers, utility trailers, and hauling stone and sand from the local pit for yard projects, and then sold them still running top notch with well over 100k on the clock. I do remember the '72 F100 rusting off the cab mounts in just 2 seasons ... but if you kept oiling the undercarriage every Fall, they'd last quite a bit longer. That Ford was an anomaly - I've never seen a truck rust faster than that. Although my Silverado is pretty close, I nipped that in the bud with regular oilings. The paint is another story, though - have blisters forming over the wheel wells already. So much for garaging ... My dad put 98k on his '65 Mustang in 2 years. He was stationed up in Brunswick, ME, and had aunts, uncles, cousins, and girlfriends in Nova Scotia. Back and forth from central MA to there will rack the miles up, which he did. Nothing but regular tune ups, and oil changes. That car is probably still out there somewhere if the rust didn't get it. The odometer rolled over 3 years before he sold it to the next guy. Probably close to 200k on that one.
    1 point
  13. Agree. I do the same. Learned through business that cost / profit depending which side of the equation one is on, is important and it’s best achieved by each side through developing relationships. Anyway, over the years it’s worked well for me.
    1 point
  14. nah, I should prob edit it, make it more clear
    1 point
  15. yep...my 2016 silverado pulls way better than my 08 Silverado also...your post made it sound like the Sierra is way better than the Silverado...I probably just read it wrong on a Monday morning...but yes, I agree the new models are definitely an improvement over the previous...
    1 point
  16. The difference is ensuring everything is present in the tune and adding the fuel line under the cab with the ethanol sensor. That is literally all you have to do as the harness connector for the sensor is already under the cab. Guys have been doing it on the 6.2 trucks since 14 as they have never come e85 equipped. All the 14's had it but then it became optional in 2015 and I haven't seen a new one with it up here since.
    1 point
  17. Been running my Bilstein 5100's for over a year now and I have been very happy with them. Recently up graded to LT275 60R20 Yokohama Geolandar AT G015 tires. Little over an inch rake, but I think the stance is prefect.
    1 point
  18. It might apologize to things as you drive by. That's all. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
    1 point
  19. My son had been at camp all week up near Leadville CO. We went up this morning to pick him up. The wife wanted to bring the kayaks an play around at Turquoise Lake for a while since we were there. So we loaded up the kayaks and all the crap that goes with them into the truck. The simplest route goes up I-70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel at a little over 11,000 feet. The truck pulled those hills with very little effort. I went up to the tunnel at 75 no problem, both ways. Could have gone faster if it wasn't for a some traffic. I filled the truck when we left this morning. She averages 22.4 mpg for the round trip. The only vehicle I've made that trip with in the past that did this well was my Camaro, and it wasn't loaded up. I was impressed. This truck is great road trip vehicle.
    1 point
  20. Took a week, but built two racks to hold the toys for vacation. Also modified a mount for some Thule square bars I bought used for $25.
    1 point
  21. Traded it in........ Traded my 2016 Sierra 1500 for a used 2017 Silverado 2500HD Duramax High Country. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  22. Correct, the 5100's are designed to work with all of your other stock components.
    1 point
  23. As promised, here's a before and after of the finished product: Ignore the crappy "photoshopping" around the truck. I was trying to hide/cut out other vehicles and items to protect others' privacy. As for the truck, I have the 5100's set to the 2nd highest setting (1 down from the highest setting). The tires are 275/70/R18's. I was worried about how the load range E tires would feel on the road, but the truck drives great. And I can't explain why or how, but my steering loosened back up after these tires went on and the popping noise when steering issue went away. The only explanation I have is that the noise and tightness had something to do with the angle of the tierods and the new tires adjusted that angle just enough to make a difference. In theory I wouldn't think the tires could have an effect on the angle given this set up, but I don't know how else to explain it. Overall though I'm thrilled with how the truck looks now and how it drives.
    1 point
  24. I know this is a bit old thread, but I just wanted to say that a claim of 19-20mpg is possible on the 6.0L with 4.10 gears and stock tires. You would have to drive like an old lady and go about 45 mph, unloaded, calm, flat, etc. Somewhere around that speed is a sweet spot, where I do see the instant mpg stay above 20mpg consistently. I am not saying I have verified this mpg over a tankful, but to me at least it does seem possible to get those numbers at that speed. I havent put the miles you guys have on my 2018 2500 6.0, but so far it seems to be about 12-13 city, 15-16 highway (65-70 mph). Can you possibly get 17-18 on the highway? Maybe, but not at those speeds. You would have to be closer to 55-60 mph. As others have said, the 6.0L is not a wow engine. There is nothing super advanced with it, no cyclinder deactivation, no super chargers, etc. Even though it shares nearly the same HP/TQ numbers with the current 5.3L and close to the same displacement as the 6.2L, the 6.0L is a very different engine than both of those. Its an engine/trans setup for reliability and durability, first and foremost. While the similar HP/TQ 5.3L is also a fantastic engine, I would not look to tow big with it and/or for a long tow. Its not going to have that long term reliability and durability if you bog it down day in, day out. The 6.0L will. I disagree with others that the 6.0L is underpowered, and I dont wish for more power with it. I think people just get spoiled, honestly. Its the knowledge that something else more powerful exists, and, therefore, now yours isnt powerful enough. Thats just macho BS. The 6.0L has abundant power for its intended use, and at least on par vs direct competitors in standard stock configs in terms of real world power to the wheels.
    1 point
  25. I did a norcal tuck with some wheel well liner taken off and removed the sway bar didnt have to but it feels so much better off road and the tires are 35x12.5x17 yes they look huge on the truck as it sits right now. Currently working on a front skid plate bumper !
    1 point
  26. I've never met anyone willing to pay for OnStar. But keep in mind even if you don't pay for it and the app has been uninstalled, you still have a cellular connection in your truck, so the potential of tracking and hacking is still there. We may never know what type of data GM is mining from all their vehicles...
    1 point
  27. On my 2018 with nav, there is a setting under "Route Preferences" called "Use Highways - on/off". If yours is set to "on" and it doesn't route you on highways, I'd check with the dealer if there are software updates available, or if they can reflash yours.
    1 point
  28. So I ended up finding some 20 inch snowflakes with tits still on them. Paid 1400 for them. With sensors. Might have saved a 100-or so if I kept looking but tbh I was tired of searching. Lol.
    1 point
  29. Ok so you can save the maps and I guess cell phones have a gps built into them now? Wow I thought it always went off a data connection to locate you. The more you know. Still, I wish this damn system would work...paid the extra $ to get one with built in nav like an idiot.
    1 point
  30. I wanted rake from the start because I tow and put heavy stuff in the bed. Having the front end higher than the back even when loaded is a pet peeve of mine. Hope this picture gives you more of an idea of the rake it has now. I forgot to take before measurements, but after I'm 3" higher in the back.
    1 point
  31. Try out the red mustache see if I like it, going to take another swing at getting my tow hooks off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
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    1 point
  33. Traded in my 15 black Sierra for this 17 Elevation edition. I love the blue, and will never own a black truck again!
    1 point
  34. This is after the tires. They rub just a hair upon full lock on the sway bar. Not enough to concern me.
    1 point
  35. It's his call. If he likes it then he likes it. You're entitled to your opinion, but it's his truck.
    1 point
  36. Do have a Borla exhaust? I like the look of those tips.
    1 point
  37. Not sure yet if I want to pay Photobuckets extortion fee to get my pictures back so I'll just post a new one ..
    1 point
  38. New to the Forum. Here's my 2017 Deep Ocean Blue Metallic DCSB. Mods so far: De-badged Removed front license plate holder Tint Bed liner Wrapped interior accents Spectre intake Added led bed lighting Much more to come!
    1 point
  39. Work in progress.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
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  41. Freshly detailed. 2in level and tires coming this summer! Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
    1 point
  42. Removed the running boards Added WeatherTech no-drill mudflaps Painted the bumpers
    1 point
  43. Well here it is!!! My new 2017 Ocean Blue Z71!!
    1 point
  44. Hello, twin! Any other mods you're thinking about? The center console subwoofer replacement (if you have a center console) would be the way I'd go if I were to add a sub. Some members were making boxes for it.
    1 point
  45. About 3 weeks into owning it. My stone blue metallic SLT with 18% tint and a spray on bedliner installed. Thinking about adding some bass in the very near future! Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
    1 point
  46. 3 mph though (depending on what speed you're taking about) is going to be roughly 3-3.5% off... It's not just speedo, but odometer too. And MPG calculations etc... I'm wayyyy too OCD for that. It's actually how I justified the Diablo with the wife. Sent from my Nexus 6 using Tapatalk
    1 point
  47. Only 3/4 ton 6.0 that I ever saw get over 19mpg was being hauled on a tractor trailer to a job site LOL. If you want to have some real fun with him start slipping about an extra gallon of fuel in his tank every day for a couple of weeks and let him get used to great mileage and then stop and see what he says about it...
    1 point
  48. Heres my new truck picked it up a week and a half ago. 6.2L SLT standard bed So far I love it except it shows dust horribly and the county chipped my road literally the day I picked it up... Should get better once all the farmers get done taking out crops and we get a couple rains on the new rock on the road.
    1 point
  49. Just washed it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk
    1 point
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