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  1. Just picked this up last week, traded my 2019 in. Trail Boss Midnight edition, 6.2L, Performance exhaust, which sounds amazing. I have a few things coming this week to put on it.
    6 points
  2. 5 points
  3. LEDs ^OE halogen on right vs. LED on left^
    5 points
  4. Well...FINALLY!! My truck has arrived at the dealer and if all goes well, I will be picking up and driving home 4 hours in this beautiful truck. Ordered in June, built in November, event code 4300 until first week of May. I reached out to Mary Bara who led me to the Resolution team who then put their foot down with the Logistics group to get the truck on the rail car and shipped!!!! More to come!! Lee
    4 points
  5. Cannot wait!! Get out of the 20yr old Ford2wd 5sp truck I been driving for the last year. New pictures of this morning after the running boards put on and inspection sticker.
    4 points
  6. Again politics is not a subject for the site. It's specifically mentioned in the site rules. People are only going to argue. Gas price listing are fine without all the political comment. Blatant Political comments continue then thread is gone. Check the Site Guidelines
    4 points
  7. Pic before dealer Blackout package: Enamel rattle canned and baked the exhaust bezels: After dealer Blackout package and painted bezels installed: IMO, exhaust bezels and fender emblems should have been part of the Blackout kit, GM is chintzy.
    4 points
  8. On my truck, ethanol from E40 to E85 delivers essentially the same gas mileage. E0 to E30 delivers about the same mileage as well. Roger mentioned taking a 30% hit in fuel economy, that is not my experience. The difference is as little as 18% at highway speeds and as much as 26% in the city. Overall, it's 21%. I'll be switching mine back over to E85 soon, but long trips keep coming up and want the range and not have to keep eyeballing Gas Buddy for inexpensive E85 stations along our routes. The engines love the stuff, even the transmission seems to adapt to it and shifts firmer after a while.
    3 points
  9. Been a while since I did more than wash and drive her around. Not that I drive her much now that I daily drive my 05 Suburban. Last weekend I took her to the Battle in Bama in Mobile. Just short of a 1000 miles on the trip and she drove great. That said I got tired of the rubbing of my front tires. My truck is lowered 2/4 on 22" stock wheels and has rubbed on tighter turns no matter the adjustments I had made, short of getting smaller tires. I didn't want to get smaller tires because she rides smooth now and I didn't want to impact that. Since I did just get new tires I figured it was time to do something about it. So today I was able to take the day off from work and perform surgery. Inspired by the Nor Cal mod that the big wheel boys have to do to avoid rubbing, I performed a Cen Fla mod (just made that name up). Basically I pulled the inner liner out and then usign a grinder I trimmed the metal seam down where it was rubbing. Not as involved as the a Nor Cal sicne I didn't actually cut any of the metal parts out. Took about 3 hours total. Now the rubbing is gone and I am immensely happy.
    3 points
  10. I'm somewhat immune to dental pain due to free "grills" during my military career. My tooth not only cracked from side to side, pics showed the crack went deep in the gum. That type of crack was the worst pain I've ever felt. Only options at that point is to extract and replace with an implant or not.
    3 points
  11. Just added the Rough Country Dual 10in LED grill kit and the Rough Country 3-inch LED Lower Windshield Ditch Kit Wide Angle Osram. The Osram ones are awesome.....super bright.
    3 points
  12. I ended up going with those, originally they wouldn’t show up for my truck on the accessories page because it’s a 2020, not sure why GM thinks they only fit 2021 and up because they bolted up perfect, I’m very happy with them.
    3 points
  13. There is talk now of an impending diesel shortage, if that happens, the infant formula shortage was only the beginning, the canary in the coal mine so to speak. I'm worried about our country, whether we can survive another 2+ years of ineptitude.
    3 points
  14. Finally got my bell tech 2” rear lowering shackles installed. Loving the way it looks so far.
    3 points
  15. I think I can answer some of your questions... Every Nascar national touring series runs gasoline for fuel. In fact, the gasoline is a spec item and purchased at the track. They do not run thermostats in Nascar engines. I do not know if they restrict the water in any way or not. For about the final 15 years that I ran my short track cars, I didn't run any kind of restrictor for the water. Maximum cooling efficiency is obtained when you have maximum coolant flow. I do not know what kind of water temps F1 cars run with. I don't pay a lot of attention to F1. Howard Stewart used to have a great cooling guide on his water pump website. That guide continued after he sold out his business to EMP a number of years ago. I just went looking for it, and it appears that the Stewart EMP site is either down or moved somewhere else. In that guide, Stewart debunked a bunch of the old wive's tales about cooling. The old wive's tale about needing to restrict the water was one of the debunked ideas. The fact that your engine runs hotter when you run it harder probably has a lot more to do with airflow than with coolant. 90% of all cooling problems are air flow problems. If your coolant temp is 200 when it really matters most, then your 170 thermostat doesn't appear to doing much of anything for you. If you want to run cooler, then your answer probably lies with your fan, your shroud, and the ducting in front of your radiator. The last few years I ran my stock car on dirt, my temps never got over 180, even in the heat of the east Texas summer. I was running a Stewart water pump, no water restriction of any kind, a CV products copy of the old GM 4 blade fan, and a really good fan shroud. That motor was a flat top 400 with Vortec heads. My fuel was 20% 108 octane racing fuel and 80% 93 octane pump gas... I forgot to mention above that the fuel also plays a huge role in cooling.
    3 points
  16. Screw swapping the exhaust, time for a new wife!
    3 points
  17. Heard a term the other day that's my favorite to replace "can't take it with you." "Ever see a hearse towing a U-Haul trailer?"
    3 points
  18. Still snowing, 22 degrees. Deck pic has lights reflecting in it, much needed moisture. Got some work to do.
    2 points
  19. Engine Oil Additives are Big Business. Their claims are very enticing. Even when Oil Additives are proven time and time again to be worthless, people still want to believe that there is Magic Additive. The only ones benefiting from them are the ones selling them.
    2 points
  20. Petty high bar there Roger Drake Equation indeed. On gasoline the motor is pulling timing on hills, into stiff headwinds and when it is really hot which reduces fuel economy below what would otherwise be optimal. And no running 93 octane did not remove it all. Curious indeed. Here is that chart you were referring to. One I constructed from the oxidation of gasoline with various percentages of grain alcohol. 30% when mentioned in writings is a 'round figure' estimate. In Peppers case E-50 would result in a 17% loss. Three tank average on E-50 was 26.4 mpg. 26.4 is 83% of 31.8 mpg. While she has done this in the past during the summer three years ago is was also with 0W20 in her belly during a hot and windless 5 month period. More recently, last summer she hit a high of 29.6 mpg for a 12 tank moving average (10W30). That would be equal to a 10.8% loss. Call it 11% so there is a 6% discrepancy. I attribute all of that gain to the octane allowing full advance no matter the ambient conditions. Maybe a small part to a more accurate factory alcohol fuel/timing table?? I expect it can be even better on less viscous oil. Perhaps after the Restore Cleaning is done we can investigate that. Not Drake but my best educated guess.
    2 points
  21. I live in Fort Worth and have lived in Texas all my life. It does cool off quicker if you open all the windows for a little bit to let some of the hot stuffy air ventilate out quicker although with tint that is not such an issue.
    2 points
  22. A hole in the roof. Makes no sense. Buy hey to each their own. I will admit our Santa Fe Ultimate has the Panoramic roof.
    2 points
  23. Well I learned a few things from exhaust threads. I had a really good and rare bender. There’re rust problems up north. Strangely I grew up in New Jersey exhaust seemed to last fine then. There’s really not much to gain with cat back exhaust these days. I knew that. That’s why the last few trucks I just changed the muffler. So even if you periodically had to replace a benders muffler from rust. It would take a few before you hit the cost of a cat back. That really doesn’t gain a lot of horsepower anyway. I’m not cheap, just practical.
    2 points
  24. Just before lock down I chomped down on a bone and did the same thing. Bottom left second from back. split front to back. I did the crown. So far, so good. Crown holding it together. Both parents had bad teeth. I've got a mouth full of metal. That was my first crown. 4 grand if I remember right. Hurt for months. I feel your pain.
    2 points
  25. A Second Lifetime 155,000 Mile Services 5/18/2022 154,953 actual miles 5,096 miles this OCI 3,673.2 engine hours 41.18 mph. 224 days since last oil change! 32 weeks! 7.36 months! 61.5% of a year. That was a long nap. 8 ounces makeup oil. First ever add. 6 Quarts Valvoline Premium Blue Restore 10W30 Purolator PLB22500 filter Clean on the outside and now cleaning the inside Dizzy was never going to use this stuff anyway. Detroit believes the lifetime of a vehicle to be 150K miles. Pepper made that standing on her head. Total non routine maintenance: Pinion Seal -Weeping-Replaced Plastic Starter Cover-Warped making noise-Replaced. Puncture repair-nail in tire-Plugged and Booted.
    2 points
  26. Ask yourself. Do I love this truck enough to put more money into it and keep it for the long haul? That us what you should do. Asking for others opinions can lead you to more money out of pocket and resentment if you do not like the truck and end up having more issues down the road. I say if you like the Truck and want to keep it. Have a shop install a dog delete kit from Brian tooley racing and a decent cam to match. Then have the truck programed. Then you can live worry free while driving and know this will not be an issue again.
    2 points
  27. Don't torque them to be honest. The transmission case is aluminum so it doesn't need to be very tight and the radiators can strip/crack if just because they want to. Snug them down and call it good, I never have them leak.
    2 points
  28. I bought a tractor when we moved to this 1/2 acer space and loved it. Then about 5 years ago my back started giving me fits. Keep me in bed for days sometimes. Seemed I was circling the drain. Doc mentions to me that walking is good for not just the heart but the entire body. By chance one evening I was watch a football game and saw Drew Brees doing his pregame stretch and was amazed how limber this guy is. I mention this to Doc next visit and I get the entire 411 on the topic. Doc is same age as I. Sitting is a back killer. Those bands of tendons from your quad to pelvis shrink and put a vise on the spine. So I started stretching and walking behind a Honda self propelled about two years ago. Takes me three hours if done in one shot. Perfect? No, but not a single day lost in bed in two years either and a fraction of the trips to Doc. Next day body hangover? Yea....a bit stiff but a good stretch and a cuppa put me right pretty quick. That first week was awful and I'll never be able to put the sole of my foot on the back of the opposite shoulder blade like Drew but boy is it nice to not be in constant pain. Pain...THAT was a waste of time. Haven't rode that tractor in 2 years. In this stance I put my right hand on a coffee table or chair for balance and stretch the hip of the leg with knee on the ground with my back straight as possible or even arched back. A few minutes each side first thing in the morning. That lower lumbar pain just melts away.
    2 points
  29. IT IS WHAT IT IS. SIMPLE.
    2 points
  30. They have to refinish it so they can resell it is what i was told. It was a cloudy/rainy day when I picked it up so I had no clue it was like this until the next day at home. They are ordering me the exact truck but I have to drive this one in the meantime until that vehicle shows up. They said I'd be no out of pocket unless I wanted to add options.
    2 points
  31. Say bud where you buying gas for $4.50? I PAID $4.69 Today! Miss that Trump. But he told everyone.
    2 points
  32. If I remember right it goes to about 4,600lbs in a crew cab. But how many Mother-in-laws do you really want in your back seat?
    2 points
  33. Others on the forum in different threads wanted this info
    2 points
  34. Here is that Stewart tech tip page: https://www.stewartcomponents.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=6
    2 points
  35. Picked mine up today! Out with the 21 trail boss and in with the ZR2.
    2 points
  36. 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
    2 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. Lord man, have you met people? Communication is nearly impossible. Everyone has their own DICTIONARY. Their own "SCIENCE". BELIEF has become a proxy for TRUTH. GOOD is BAD and BAD is GOOD. The snowflakes are so plentiful they've become all alike.
    2 points
  42. 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
    2 points
  43. 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.
    2 points
  44. I don’t have any good pics, but picked this up last week. Loving it so far.
    2 points
  45. Refreshed 5.3L Elevation with ETA of 5/14 picked up yesterday! Already moved the Sierra badge on the tailgate to where I beleive it looks better. I already love this truck! It feels so much bigger than my 2004 Avalanche
    2 points
  46. @RedLT @TA^Guy - Yes! The dash is a momentary switch sending ground to the BCM. And great news, all the info I found in the docs is correct and I was able to get it to work I got way ahead of my self and ordered all my stuff before even testing it out, but it was worth it in the end. I hate splicing oem wires so I went a little over board. Here's what I used: 7-way Harness splitter to tap into the trailer 12v power and Ground https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BMNLX6S/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_9T8ZKHTT2KFH8JA21CHK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Momentary Button for the bed https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P6TY9JD/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_AWRDX4FK7HCXT66F1DBF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Spool of wire, and I used it all https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NV0FGU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Wire loom to protect the wire. Almost used it all. Still have about 1-2 feet left https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GN6QCG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And some extra stuff I had laying around Electrical tape 22 gauge solid wire heat shrink I'd love to give credit to a post about running wire through the firewall but I can't seem to find it anymore. I went through the the rubber grommet on the driver side. I used my smallest drill bit to manually hand drill a hole. Then shoved a clothes hanger with the wire taped to it. I found it inside under the steering wheel behind a thick foam pad. The clothes hanger helped me find it quick since it was poking out and pushing on the foam piece. I then ran the wire loom (with wire already in it) from the engine bay down to the frame then to the back. This took the longest and there's a few paths to take. I spent too much time making it pretty and zip ties. I avoided hot parts and exhaust. I should have jacked up the rear end or something, but I crawled underneath instead and man am I sore today. It's a very tight squeeze (for me). And make sure to underbody wash before you start. I live where the roads are salted white and I had a lot of salt falling on my face. Not pleasant. So I ran wires down, hugging the frame and zip tied to another harness already going towards the bed. I got to the rear fender and ran wires up behind the tail light and continued to the hand grab and wired up my switch. I removed the rubber plug (19mm) and put my switch in there. A little ugly in plain view looking into the hand grab... but no one looks down there. The rubber grommet picture is the passenger side, but the same grommet is on the driver side. Then I zip tied the 7-way splitter under the hitch and ran the wires behind the driver tail light. The 12V from the 7-way is hot so I didn't plug in the harness until I finished all my connections. The 7-way harness is bit pricey since it's a full kit to add a 5th wheel connection to the bed, but I rather cut that than my factory harness. So at the tail light, I cut the end off of the 7-way to expose the 7 wires: Black is hot and White is ground. Part 2 for me will be adding more lights to the bed so that hot lead will come in handy later. I taped and heat shrink all wires. But took the white wire from the 7-way and connected that to the other side of the new momentary switch. The switch now has the one wire going to the cab and the second wire connected to the 7-way white wire for Ground. Sorry no pictures I was tired and frustrated after crawling under the truck for a few hours trying to get my hand in tight places for the zip ties... and forgot to document it all. Lastly, I found my X2 plug. It's blue and pins increment from left to right. I counted backwards from pin 22 and arrived at the grey pin 18 as mentioned in the GM upfitter PDF. More credit to another post that said to solder the wire to a smaller solid wire so I soldered the 16 gauge stranded to 22 solid and shoved it into Pin 18. WORKS GREAT Here is the end result: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3r3LZts9s6UP97NW6. And I'm very happy I now ordered some lights, a relay, and some connector pieces for part 2. Yes, I hate splicing into factory wires so I had to figure out the bed light connectors/adapters so I can cut into my own wires and not the trucks. This will be for another day, hopefully warm and sunny so I can work outside... with no salt falling on my face Lights https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09KKR6DZK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Relay https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08D8TSMFV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 MCON 1.2 parts to tap into cargo bed lights
    2 points
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