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  1. LEDs ^OE halogen on right vs. LED on left^
    4 points
  2. You're a wise man to listen to your Mrs., Donstar! About 7 years ago I purchased a new JD lawn tractor so I could ride instead of push as I was beginning to have back problems even tho my yard isn't that large. This worked well until last year until the arthritis in my back worsened to the point that hefting my propane powered weed whacker became the real issue. I could still use the lawn tractor if I wanted but the ancillaries such as weed whacking and edging are a no go now. I was fortunate enough to find a guy who is both reliable and inexpensive. He does this as a sideline to his full time job at Lowes, which is an added bonus for me because if I need Roundup or ant killer he can pick that up for me saving me a trip to the store.
    2 points
  3. Being in a family business with its ups and downs life’s full enjoyment didn’t start for me until 58, retirement. Yes of course I had fun prior. Life’s responsibilities was always there. Getting the kids raise and them starting their paths is stressful to parents. Having a business is kinda on the same plain. Throw in a little OCD makes it all fun. Having a little pain of getting old, moving a little slower is worth the trade. Having 95 percent control instead of 1, is priceless. Eight years in and loving it.
    2 points
  4. Twice yesterday I heard someone comment that, "Its hell getting old". This is a really stupid comment. imo. I suspect every adult has experienced a loved one who didn't make it to their senior years of life. There is one alternative to getting old and I truly appreciate that I'm lucky to be taking the getting old option. The theme of this thread has related to what we do with our time. There are many age appropriate and fulfilling things to do at every stage of our lives. Time spent being bitter about what we can't do serves no purpose. This spring I was researching the latest and greatest new lawn mowers to replace my 15 yr old Home Depot special. Mrs. Donstar was not so subtle in reminding me how cutting the lawn took away such a major part of the day and often left my body "hungover" for the rest of the day. She went on to explain how many professional lawn cuts we could get for the cost of a new lawnmower. She cinched the deal by telling me about the extra free time I'd have to enjoy my trike!
    2 points
  5. I mostly agree with you, but one thing to keep in mind (in addition to computer MPG readings being "off"), is that when we're talking 10 mpg, an additional +/- 1 MPG is a difference of 10 percent. So when we talk about half to 1 mpg we don't think it means much but when we convert that to a percentage it can still be somewhat significant especially over long distances.
    2 points
  6. Going off of Customboss's report that I had quoted to, his 2022 is an LTD, so the non HO engine. His initial data seems to possibly support this benefit, but obviously as he mentions, more data will help. Expenses come to play here as well as 91/93 octane is roughly $0.70-$1.00 more/gal than 87. HO or non HO, its impressive of GM to obtain and only require 87 octane.
    2 points
  7. I ordered mine the 1st week of January and got it last week.
    1 point
  8. Love my Du-Ha!!! They really do make great additions.
    1 point
  9. I work at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant and we build Silverados and Sierras. I'm not 100% sure that they would fit but I do know that we build the "Work Truck" option which has the new exterior and it has the old interior including the door panels. Knowing how the previous models worked and GM not wanting to pay a bunch of money just to have different types of doors made to fit a certain option, I'm sure the only difference on the door panels is the way they look and not how they fit.
    1 point
  10. Very true. Just changed the oil in my diesel and cost me 80 bucks to do it myself. better than the 200 the dealer wanted. Get away from highways and in cities actually finding diesel can be fun, but your right truck stops that tank is filled up in 3mins I just like the diesel because you can go up hill with a load going 80, eating a cheeseburger and talking on the phone without thinking much about it, instead of the gas engine screaming at 6k and constantly hunting for gears. Pros and cons for each. I just go by the rule if if i need a big truck its going to be diesel, If not im going to get a half ton and instead of the big gasser.
    1 point
  11. Have LastFits on order right now myself cant wait for them to get here. Its the last bulbs I need to replace to have all LEDs
    1 point
  12. Well after a visit to the muffler shop and talking to the guy that actually does the work, he said get a catback and be done. I already knew that but figured since the dual exhaust is already there, just swap mufflers. He could chop the muffler off and throw a Flowmaster 50 or a magnaflow on it and it will be louder for sure but will drone you right of the cab when it kicks down to one cylinder.. I ordered a Borla Touring setup off ebay. Around $1240. Should be here Thursday. I'll install it myself on Friday. I've had a Borla S Type on .my lifted 18 and that was just right for that truck This touring setup is the perfect setup for a 6 2 High Country IMO
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  13. It's my opinion that ethanol blends higher than 10% have little chance of being economically viable outside of the corn belt. Why? Transportation, especially now with the price of diesel. You would need a whole new network of pipelines from the corn belt fanning out through the country and that stands a snowball's chance in hell given the current political climate. I live in SC and E-85 is somewhat available here, but it's only a few pennies cheaper per gallon than E-10, so unless you're tuned and want the performance benefit, it's just not worth it. I believe the Colonial pipeline passes through our upstate, so the trucking costs are negligible here for gulf refined gas. The ethanol for higher blended gasohol would have to be trucked in (maybe rail, which still takes diesel) and therein lies the rub. My wife's Equinox is flex fuel and I would love to use E-85 in it in hopes of mitigating valve coking and other issues, but it's just not worth it for the roughly 30% hit in mpg.
    1 point
  14. I have towed 5 to 8 k trailers with my 1/2 ton Yukon XL, my 93 K2500 truck, and my 21 3500hd gas. Increased weight of the tow vehicle, stiffer suspension and tires, longer wheelbase, and bigger brakes all contribute to better control of a large load. Your ‘feel’ about the heavier duty truck being safer comes from all of these things, and is accurate. I have a neighbor who has only ever driven half tons and he keeps spouting specs at me, and I keep telling him to go drive an hd truck. There’s no convincing some people to even try a different thing.
    1 point
  15. People dont believe it buts its true. Also most half tons today match or exceed 3/4 tons from late the 90s or early 2000s. Motors really arent the most important thing but the motors in the half tons are just as powerful and sometimes more than the bigger truck, diesel excluded. the 3.5 ecoboost is 400hp 500 torque where as the chevy 6.6 gas is 401 hp 464 torque, and the ecoboost gets all that torque at 2500rpm not on a torque curve.
    1 point
  16. Don't let the people that spent $1,000 on a cat-back exhaust see this thread, they will get mad that you didn't spend more money to gain absolutely nothing.
    1 point
  17. Yeah I will second that. The built it one works with the truck. To be quite honest short of a very few things, theres not much out there that is worth replacing in these trucks. A lot of snake oil, anecdotal experiences to justify some of this after market stuff. Not saying somethings cant be better i.e GMs gauge cluster and whole DIC system, but i tend the engineers from a multi billion dollar company more then some guys in a garage designing after market equipment.
    1 point
  18. Also going to add my rule of thumb after hauling things and have both 1/2 and 3/4 tons and diesel. 5-6k or under stay with a half ton cheaper, cheaper to run and just easier to drive. Between 6-8k gets in the tweener stage, go on a handful of trips a year and not doing mountains get a half ton. get up over 8-9k better be in a bigger truck. Ive hauled 10k with an ecoboost and did great but not something i would want to do all the time
    1 point
  19. I put performance tunes in all my trucks requiring premium fuel. I would tune the transmission too. Of course working for a family business I didn’t pay for fuel it was written off. My 14 I left the engine alone with the E-85 option except for raising the shift points and RPM. And reducing TM. It amazing what is left on the table performance wise. With the ability for engine tuning for different fuel a boost for premium or E-85 should be a no brainer. I read review rags as soon as they’re available. Some manufacturers have those options.
    1 point
  20. Right On! Nothing like the smell of a new truck & RV. So far the only thing that hasn't been covered yet is the 6 speed transmission. It is reliable, and when not pulling heavy is really nice. Intermittently it will have a harsh downshift to 1st when going slow, but that is me getting very picky. lol I'm a fan of simple, so I'm biased towards the 6L90E versus an 8 or 10 speed. That wrote, I have found when pulling heavy through the mountains (14,600lbs 5th wheel) there are times I'd like a gear between 3rd & 4th. Speculation is there "may" be a 10 speed coming in '24. But by '24 there could be more things added, like start/stop & cylinder deactivation, or big price increases (purely speculative on my part). If you like to tow fast (like keeping up with traffic) and you pick a heavy RV, you may not like the 6.6L gas engine in the mountains. When it comes to pulling through the mountains, my old Dodge with 325HP/600lbs-ft and exhaust brake is much easier. That is the only time I miss the diesel engine. I don't try to keep up with traffic, I drive at or below the speed limit unloaded. When towing, the max speed traveled is 62mph, or a couple of mph below the truck speed. So, the gas engine works great in my case. Someone else on this forum pulls a slightly lighter 5th wheel (about 12Klbs) with the gas engine. Hopefully he will chime in as well in this regard. Chances are he also pulls faster than me. Like a normal human being would... lol Good luck, and happy glamping! P.S. here is a link to the write up I've been doing as I get more experience towing. Most of this is pretty subjective based on the experience. Hope it is helpful.
    1 point
  21. My 2 cents. Lower elevations, 87 octane or higher. May make a difference. Higher elevations 85 octane works. Having lived in Colorado over 30 years and having tried higher octane fuels in many motors I believe there is no advantage. Just costs more. If higher elevations needed higher octane we would have it. Scientists and engineers are smarter than most.
    1 point
  22. It doesn't really have one in a sense. The regulator is built into the fuel pump, it's all one unit. So it's either a problem with the whole unit itself or a wiring issue.
    1 point
  23. It is always going to take "X" amount of hp to pull a 3300lb trailer with the aerodynamics of a wet cinder block. Back in the late 90's early 00's I had a soft sided 4 place snowmobile trailer, loaded with 4 sleds it was about 3500 lbs. I towed it all over with a Chevy Astro 2wd 4.3l v6 with a whopping 200hp. I routinely got 10 to 11 mpg. From time to time my two friends would trade places towing the trailer, one was a gm pick up 350 4x4 and the other was Ford f150 with a 302 2wd . All 3 vehicles got the same mpg within .5 mpg. Their is no gasoline pickup towing that trailer ever going to do better than 12mpg on your same trip. 11 ain't bad at all with that weight and aerodynamic drag....darn physics.
    1 point
  24. got new rims & tires and now the truck looks decent
    1 point
  25. have you scanned it with a scanner that does live data? that is where I would start
    1 point
  26. Think the color was the Stripper Limited Edition version. Included glitter in the interior that you can never get rid of. Lots of explaining to do when you bring home your new truck and show the wife
    1 point
  27. Paint formulations DON'T CHANGE!!! That's why they have a SPECIFIC paint CODE, so the mix/formulation is the same to replicate the factory color. It is a VERY subtle metallic and not as obvious as many other black metallics. I know for certain it has metallic in it because I bought a pint to mix with clear to tint my lights on my Camaro and when sprayed it has metallic in it.
    1 point
  28. It is the SAME code 41 WA8555 as my 2002 Camaro which IS metallic! GBA also cross references to WA848 GENERAL MOTORS USA BLACK WA848 1978 1996 METALLIC A total of ten exterior paint options are offered, including (relevant paint code included in parentheses): Cardinal Red (G7C) Cayenne Red Tintcoat (GSK) Desert Sand Metallic (GTL) Dynamic Blue Metallic (GLT) Onyx Black (GBA) Pacific Blue Metallic (GA0) Quicksilver Metallic (GAN) Summit White (GAZ) Titanium Rush Metallic (G6M) White Frost Tintcoat (G1W) The only exterior color that does not include an extra charge is Summit White. Color availability depends on the trim level selected. For a more complete breakdown of color availability for the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, check out the table below: 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Paint Color Availability Paint Code Extra Charge Pro SLE Elevation SLT AT4 AT4X Denali Denali Ultimate Cardinal Red G7C Yes A A A - - - - - Cayenne Red Tintcoat GSK Yes - - A A A A A - Desert Sand Metallic GTL Yes - - A - A A - - Dynamic Blue Metallic GLT Yes - - A - A A - - Onyx Black GBA Yes A A A A A A A A Pacific Blue Metallic GA0 Yes A A - A - - A A Quicksilver Metallic GAN Yes A A A A A A A A Summit White GAZ No A A A A A A A - Titanium Rush Metallic G6M Yes - A A A A A A A White Frost Tintcoat G1W Yes - - - A - - A A
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  30. I signed up for the webinar to find out more, but this is my field of work, lol. My guess is the telemetry data from the vehicles will be shared in addition to location data and there is probably an opt-out. My quick little soapbox: Systems like this will help agencies make better decisions to address safety on their roads, so I'm for it, but there are the obvious privacy concerns. What I can tell you though, is that cell phone data is already extensively used in this field and is basically impossible to opt-out of. So I'm curious how this system will differentiate itself from other available systems. I have access to a system in which I can select a segment of roadway and it will show me where everyone that drove through that section is going to and from (it's not as precise as you're probably imagining). It goes by road segments/census zones but doesn't show peoples paths to their houses or offices or anything like that, much more big picture). It allow me to make better decisions and understand how patterns have changed over the years. It get's all of its data from 'location services' of hundreds of apps. But either way, in the time of google maps and waze and other smart navigation systems, we have roadways that people are told to divert to that were OK for the 20 ranches that accessed them before but now they say it's 'faster' to use these side roads and it's causing real issues on our road network, road conditions and safety. There are other DSRC systems in many cars that will communicate with traffic signals as well and share speed and location data so it can better capture the flow of traffic. And many vehicles have the information shared with it "Green in 5.4.3.2.1" lol. There are a lot of different systems out there in the rapid world of IoT, it's really hard to keep up with. And another thing in terms of privacy, any data that's collected is 100% obfuscated so there isn't really anything on the end-users side that can identify who, only what. I had a bluetooth system that grabbed MAC addresses from vehicles that were passing by my systems but it hashed them all so the logs were unreadable to me. But it helped me better time our traffic signals.
    1 point
  31. I don’t have any good pics, but picked this up last week. Loving it so far.
    1 point
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  33. Yeah this is the end result of having an engine swap done by a dealership. Impossible for it ever to go back in as it came out from the factory. Hate to see it, i don't know how i would handle a situation like this, i know i wouldn't want to be making 6+ more years of payments on something that has been torn into like this and now as you can see just in a few pictures alone that it doesn't go back together exactly how it came apart!
    1 point
  34. Is this what you're looking at?
    1 point
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  36. I totally agree with your statement that customer service is nonexistent. The sad truth is it's not just the auto industry its everywhere. No matter what you buy or where you buy it, quality and customer service are going forever.
    1 point
  37. Took some photos of my friends' cars. Since we all had chevy's decided to add mine into the shot as well
    1 point
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  39. Swapped the RST rims for the Trail Boss rims. I have a 2" Lift, Borla S-type exhaust and S&B intake all on order.
    1 point
  40. Haven’t been on this forum in quite some time. I used to have a 2500 HD but didn’t need it so I sold it a few years back. I hated not having my own truck so I went and bought this about a year ago. I’ve made a few mods since I bought it. Here she is.
    1 point
  41. Replaced the ranchos with some billy's. 6112 up front with Cognito UCAs and 5100 rears. Love how it rides. Wearing out these tires then going 35s.
    1 point
  42. I just wanted to chime in here with this thread as it relates to my 2008 Silverado. I have the 6 ltr AFM engine. I spoke to the service manager and the techs at GM and they indicated that the trucks with the variable valve timing require the larger filters ( PF63 ) as there has been a factory memo that indicates these engines need a higher flow to properly provide oiling to the collapsible lifters. This includes the 5.3 engines as well, that have AFM. I took out two camshafts and two sets of lifters, until the dealership realized that there was a memo. They now use the correct one and all has been fine for well over two years. On the bright side, the dealership now provides me free oil changes for the life of my truck ! There may be more up to date information than what I have provided here, including other possible affected vehicles, but this is my best and latest info i have on this issue. Happy new year.
    1 point
  43. Thanks Ryan that's good to know and I will make good use of that information. I really wanted to buy new. If I could give you five minutes with my brother-in-law behind the wheel you would understand. The sort of guy the stories about rental cars find legend in. "Not my car", he giggles as he takes second aim at a parking stop he's just curbed. The valence wasn’t completely destroyed yet. He believes every road is Road America in the middle of a state fair and he's Jody Scheckter and Joie Chitwood in one big ball of wax. Well he isn't. He’s also in his middle fifties so this isn’t the sole rule of the young. Oh yes. I've made the mistake of lending him a car. Once. It's not the only type of abuse a car/truck can suffer though is it? Neglect is as bad as abuse or misuse. Poor design an execution is yet another. Problem with new is pricing. Finding the right truck is easy. There are dozens on every lot in the country that I'd love to park in the driveway. Finding the right deal is a combination, IMHO, of a truck that appeals at the heart level without running afoul of common sense and reasonable expectations. These days that's a tall order. Caveat Emptor is one of a half dozen Latin phrases that stuck with me. Everyone's idea of reasonable expectations differs. Greatly between the buyer and seller. His only expectation is obtaining your wealth and leaving you with the irresistible urge to buy from him again. I on the other hand, expect the object to perform and function as is should and do so for a reasonable period of time without breaking the bank. Cash, time and use of the device are all "reserves" of wealth that can be drawn on. Until we run out. That’s his goal. Empty reserves. Mine is in opposition to his. To make that all work you need choices and sadly every one of the choices we have are all living down to expectations. So we do the best we can and fill the gaps with thoughtful application of common sense, research and truck loads of cash, time and effort. Somewhere along the way almost every lesson learned by the industry about coach work got tossed out the window in favor of “the bottom line”. Datsun got tossed of here decades ago, like Fiat and Yugo by providing vehicles that rusted and rotted out before the first years payments were made. They learned their lesson and reinvented themselves as Nissan. Fiat just outwaited a generation or two of memories to sneak back in. Okay so rust protection was first on my list. That meant Dodge, no matter how much I like the “look” and the allure of the marketing of the word “Hemi” was out before the count started. Ford alloy body trucks just out priced themselves in one year and with the limited supply of used within a time frame I was good with it wasn’t viable. Chevy or GMC it is then. I have no fear of six cylinder power. I loved the 292’s and 300 CID straight sixes of yesteryear. You can pull a house down with a six and some gear. Just not fast enough to satisfy the current crowd of “NOW” people. Impatient cost money kids. Fuel cost money too. Anyway, I digress. At one time there was a Ziebart on nearly every corner in North America. Good market for them too for about three decades. Then coach work got much better and put them and their cousins out of business for the most part. As soon as this was so coach work went straight south as fast as it could retreat. I stumbled onto Valugard or perhaps I should say was guided toward by my father whose experience with the wax type rustproof has netted 20 years plus rust free service in two consecutive GM trucks. The exact brand he used is also gone. Now that’s what I’m talking about. I had both the rustproof and the undercoating applied at my local Line-X dealer. No it wasn’t as simple as drive in and drive out although it should be. I got a cherry applications tech who missed plenty first go around which I would have missed taking his proficiency at face value. Nearly as important was what he didn’t spray that which he shouldn’t have. That he Aced. Don’t take face value. Pants go on one leg at a time for everyone. A creeper and five minutes of my time had a second appointment and reapplication handled. I was even thanked by the owner for pointing out some much needed training. Did that get it done? What I could see, yes. What I can’t see jury is still out. I did pull a few panels and it looks fine but it only takes one chink in the armor to slay the dragon. Eastwood sells cans of both was type rustproof and undercoat. I bought a few for touchup and suspect areas. Yes, I expect 20 year service life out of a $30 K purchase. These products work best before the surface gets coated with the environment. The newer the better, the cleaner the better. A near zero mile truck kept in a garage by an Old Timer who quit driving was a rare and welcome find. It saved me tons of “Gap” cash as well. I had it in as fast as Line-X could get it done.
    1 point
  44. Every vehicle I ever owned from my 88 Ranger, My 2006 pontiac g6 and now my 07 sierra, I always used a bigger filter...ALWAYS I know well enough to known a bigger filter WILL NOT cause engine failure... bigger filters have more filter media, hold more oil which extends oil change intervals, lowers oil temp etc... many benefits...I used/use the wix 57045 extended filter and it pretty well lines up with the bottom of the oil pan, and not hang super low where it's gonna get smashed off In my days as an auto tech, in school for auto tech and hanging out at my local garage have I ever seen a destroyed engine because of a bigger filter... Jesus, I even run a bigger filter on my girlfriend's lawn tractor If you guys all want to sit here and do everything GM tells you to do, go right ahead, I sure won't... with a 5.3 the more oil the better because all they do is burn it
    1 point
  45. That extra |<-----3/4"----->| makes it a little easier to get a filter wrench on, and does provide some extra filtration. It makes no difference to me whether someone else wants to use the smaller filter; but I figure every little bit helps.
    1 point
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