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  1. A few new mods/upgrades recently. Thought I would share.
    12 points
  2. None of this is GM's fault. YOU had an aftermarket sourced program installed into your radio. GM can't do anything to restore an AFTERMARKET program, even if its "GM" software. You took it in for an issue. They reprogrammed the modules to the latest FACTORY calibration. The truck was built WITHOUT NAV, so that is what goes back in. Sucks to be you.
    11 points
  3. My '22 LTZ refresh came in this week and I couldn't be happier. The new interior is terrific. Glad Silverado went back to the projector headlights.
    10 points
  4. Unedited pics for now, but it's a 4/6 drop with 22x10 MRR T228's
    10 points
  5. A direct fit transmission dipstick is available for 2020-2023 HDs using part numbers from a 2019 model. You will need the following: Dipstick tube: 24265546 Dipstick (indicator): 24271875 Seal/grommet for dipstick tube: 15796802 (1) Flange Nut or lock/flat washer & nut: M8-1.25 Start by crawling under the truck and removing the heat shield between the pass. side catalytic converter and the transmission. Use a 10mm socket (if you can find one ) for the front bolt and a 13mm deep socket for the rear flange nut. A 1/4 inch drive ratchet works well in these tight spaces, but a box end wrench will do as well. Next, dampen a paper or shop towel and reach up and clean around the area of the dipstick tube boss to limit dirt and grime from entering the transmission during tube install. Now, raise the center pin in the factory installed plug to prepare for removal. I was able to use my fingers but a small flathead screwdriver or trim removal tool would work if yours is stuck. Next, we are going to pry up the remainder of the factory installed plug. I used a trim removal tool but a flathead screwdriver would work as well, just be sure not to gouge or damage the boss area. The factory plug has multiple ridges on it to keep it seated so it might take some working. After a good pry with my trim tool the entire plug shot into orbit in one motion. Now the fun part. Getting the tube to drop down just right can be tricky, especially as there are a few wires to dodge on the way down. I found that angling the fill tube towards the driver side and twisting as it went down from the top was the best way. Avoid jamming the tube with force that could bend it, tear the heat blanket on the firewall, or sever an existing wire. Use patience (and a step stool) and you'll get it. Once you've got the tube down, grab your seal/grommet and give it a light coat of Dexron VI ATF to ease installation. Now take the seal/grommet and slide it on to the dipstick tube. Move the tube over to the boss and slide it in, making sure that you have achieved a full contact/seal with the transmission. A cellphone or mirror can help here. Align the tube bracket slot with the extended stud from the transmission bellhousing. Using one hand to give some downward pressure on the tube, work a M8-1.25 flange nut onto the stud. My local parts house was out of flange nuts so I used a lock washer, flat washer, and nut combo. Keep downward pressure on the tube while you tighten with the 13mm deep socket. Reinstall the heat shield that was removed previously. Almost done! Grab your dipstick and give it a light lube around the seal area with Dexron VI... ...and send it home! Now as far as a proper hot check, I've always used a minimum transmission temperature of 145'F. The GM check procedure for these trucks says 86'F-122'F, but that's using the inane check plug thingy on the back of the transmission pan. Previous to that design, the hot check temp for Dexron VI was always 145'F min to 190'F max (ATF expands with heat). Perhaps there is someone out there with a service manual for a 2019 and can verify, but there you go folks. This truck should have had one of these sticks from the factory, and we HD users can debate with the non-believers (they do exist) why below or in different threads, but luckily we have a factory fit solution using original GM parts with about ~$60 bucks and some elbow grease! Special thanks to @64BAwagon for doing the leg work on the part numbers and the initial install. I found his thread (on a diesel site) while pondering if this was possible and his previous work made it a breeze. Get to dippin!
    10 points
  6. I really hope we do something about relying on China for everything. Bring the manufacturing back home , cmon! The chip shortage should be the calling card. Still crazy no one has said anything to this country about their virus . OK I'm done ranting , thanks for listening.
    10 points
  7. Great...more for you to keep bitching about.....
    9 points
  8. I installed a BDS 6”(4” over stock) on my ‘22 Trail Boss this weekend. Added 18” x 9.5 -18 offset Black Rhino Arsenal wheels and 35” Goodyear Duratrac tires. Looks pretty tough if I do say so myself. Sorry for the dirty pic, but it’s been raining all weekend.
    9 points
  9. Picked this beauty up yesterday. Exterior-wise is still very similar to '21, but the interior is just WOW. 5.3 10spd (NO DFM)
    9 points
  10. My LineX bedliner faded after normal use and wear after about 5 years…only found one product online mainly for “touch ups” to bedliners and that was “Rhino Shine Ultra - Black”… My bedliner is LineX but I used one coat of the Rhino Shine Ultra and it’s looking brand new again…took me about one hour for the whole bed and dried pretty quickly (under an hr)..a regular paint brush is all you need..hope this works for you!
    9 points
  11. I don't see how any of this is the dealer or GM's fault, you bought an aftermarket accessory that is not related or owned by GM and your upset that GM did a software update and its gone. You need to go after MVI not GM or the dealer. It would be the same thing of installing a tune and you take the truck in for an update and it got wiped out. Chances are that even if GM did update it chances are that it might not work due to software updates by MVI may be different than what GM uses and why should GM pay for an update and it is not their equipment, its aftermarket.
    9 points
  12. Not all today but the last couple months. ‘17 Denali ultimate w/ 80k miles. Had the truck about 3 years now. Thanks for all the great info on this forum! Suspension Maxx 2.25 level Replaced front magneride shocks with aftermarket brand (YWEISPART 84176631) Breaks/rotors - Power Stop K6560-36 Z36 Exhaust - Borla muffler (40946 XR-1) w/ side exit dual tip Replaced fluids in front/rear diffs and transfer case - transmission is next Supreme suspension diff drop OPT7 60” tailgate light bar Wheels - Method MR314 18” Tires - Nitto Ridge Grappler 285/75R18 - I think this size is really under rated…it’s 34.8” and fills the wheel wells nicely. Some rub but easily remedied Diablo i3 Platinum - 93 canned tune w/ Some of the parameters changed. Will possibly go with Diablew in the future. Let me know of any questions. Maybe I should post a build thread with more pics and detail.
    9 points
  13. I feel like this is his version of facebook or whatever, always gotta vent about something.
    8 points
  14. Picked up my new truck yesterday. 2022 Sierra 2500HD SLE 6.6 gas. I like this truck. That being said, I'm already ordering upgrades. I was one of the lucky ones. 3 months order to pickup. While I was there a guy was picking up his AT4 that he ordered in December.
    8 points
  15. I just got the GMPP exhaust installed on my ZR2. Pretty happy with the sound. Much better than the Borla Touring I had on my 6.2 Trail Boss.
    8 points
  16. Here is mine. LT Trail Boss 3.0 Duramax
    8 points
  17. 2022 Sierra AT4 - Preferred Package
    8 points
  18. @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
    8 points
  19. Took her out sled riding today. BTW does anyone have a set of stock wheels for the Centennial Silverado they want to sell?
    8 points
  20. So, you are saying this might not be a good idea to copy for my truck?
    8 points
  21. When GM offered their own factory nav upgrade for 2019 and 2020 for IOS radio (which they then discontinued not even 2 months into 2020 MY), they gave you an SD card and an authorization code. GM would issue the reprogramming of the necessary modules to make it happen. 2021, the option never existed. The IOS radio also changes part #s for 2021 as well and 95% likely don't have the ability to upgrade from GM to factory navigation. GM isn't in the wrong here. GM's systems issue programming updates and software #s based directly from the options your VIN presents with. Truck is a 2021 with IOS radio and w/o nav, that's the programming the radio receives. I get that MVI uses OE radios for the swap, but GM has NO indication that your VIN was upgraded to have factory nav, so all the cal files issued are as the truck was built. All I can say at this point? Pay the $75 and see if the dealer can call GM Techline and try to bring it back. Or, try to keep a cool head and see if the dealer is willing to split or eat the $75 to see if anything can be done. Or, move on and use Apple Carplay/Android auto and Google maps, Waze, etc. 10x better than factory nav. GM didn't "steal" it from you, the dealer didn't "steal" it either. You went in with an issue, the truck was reprogrammed with the latest factory calibrations which means no nav.
    8 points
  22. Factory Nav is garbage anyhow. Maps or Waze is so much better, why would you pay for the Nav?
    8 points
  23. Can’t wait til the blower come off and a sucker goes on!
    8 points
  24. Looks good. Not sure why, but your reflection reminded me of this:
    8 points
  25. Finally finished and trail ready for hunting and exploring the dirt. FOX 2.0 Front & Rear Method Grid Black Rims Toyo AT3 35” Tires N-fab Steps Magnaflow Cat-Back BlackBear Performance Tune S&B Cold Air Intake Westin Front & Rear Bumper Putco Venture Rack GMC Sierra 2500 switch lightbar mod Raptor Sytle Grill LED’s Pedal Commander All Top Shade Cover OffGrid Camper
    8 points
  26. Finally got some time to put the engine back together. First round turns out the machine shop didn’t give the main bearing enough clearances and it was too tight… wiped out the bearings within 150-200 miles…. Took the block back and had them open up the clearances. Also threw in a C5R chain and Katech oil pump. Hopefully within the next few weeks, I’ll have some more time to throw it back in the truck. Trans also got rebuilt with Circle D lvl 4 and Sonnax zip kit. The converter also came back from circle D for a refresh and new clutches. Driveshaft is also back from performance driveline getting balanced and looked over again. Can’t wait to have this truck back on the road. (Forgot to take pictures of all the goodies inside the engine. Doh)
    7 points
  27. Fall just getting underway here. Along LaSalle County 5 at the Vermillion River near Lenore Illinois. Todays drive.
    7 points
  28. Red Rock Dam, Northern Ontario
    7 points
  29. Finally finished putting the engine back together. Will be shoving it back into the truck this weekend. GPI drop-in pistons / rods combo L86 crank ARP main and head studs BTR .660 dual springs CHE trunnions Cam Motion custom LT turbo cam AFP engine mounts
    7 points
  30. They do, it is not speculation, those of us who pay attention have witnessed it. Your high compression engines knock/ping while driving around town on that 87 swill. You cannot hear it. You take off from a light, the motor knocks and the computer pulls timing. You go to pass a guy, even without downshifting, the motor knocks and the computer pulls timing. 1000 more times on your trip to the mall and back. You don't think that will take toll day after day, month after month, year after year? I don't know more than everyone else, I paid attention and learned it here. You can too if you do your research. Last time at the drags I took a video from inside the cab, from the stands and took a Snapshot with my Tech-2 to show you guys that the motors do knock and you cannot always hear it. I am not tech savvy enough put three videos into one but someday my kids might slow down and help me post it for y'all. Myself and others have posted videos from youtube of 6.2s that came apart because of prolonged use of low octane gasoline.
    7 points
  31. 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
    7 points
  32. Picked up my Denali (6.2, Denali Reserve Package, Painted Wheel Arches) on 3/24. Windows have been tinted and bed cover is in the garage ready to be put on in the next couple weeks.
    7 points
  33. Washed up today, good weather and no rain for the next few days. (and. yes, there is always a cat) Result:
    7 points
  34. Got rid of one. Took my 18 dbl cab in for a oil change and a new thermostat. They called and said oil cooler lines are leaking. I told them go ahead and fix it. Next day wife driving home said it smells like gas /oil burning smell. A block from the house check engine light and low oil message. She pulls in the driveway in a cloud of smoke and it's ticking. Shut it Down and check oil Bone dry. Oil all over the underside of truck.. Bye bye. Called dealer this morning and told them to send a tow truck and that I would be driving home in a new truck today. They took full responsibility and we worked a deal out. Drove home in a new loaded 2022 LTD LTZ.
    7 points
  35. Not really a "mod", but a huge improvement. Started getting the TC shudder, after 44000 miles. Took it in for the TSB, that flushes, and then replaces the transmission fluid with the new Mobil 1 Blue Label. It is going through the relearn now but feels like a new truck!
    7 points
  36. Added a 2” level kit to my current 9” lift and rear lift shackles I like the stance a lot now!!!! Steak and shrimp tacos btw
    7 points
  37. Black and red is definitely a great combo. Definitely don't need chrome in the mix to look great.
    6 points
  38. jk And here is a live shot of Grumpy figuring all this #@#@ out!
    6 points
  39. Remove your heavy tires and watch the mileage climb back up. 12-12.5 wide tires will eat away at fuel mileage. And if they are mud terrains with huge lugs for tread, forget about fuel mileage. I bet you are at least 40lbs heavier per corner than a stock wheel/tire combo. Those 33's probably weight 60-70lbs each and the aftermarket rims can be heavy as well. Stock 20's in a non load range E are only 40-43lbs for most tires.
    6 points
  40. finally got around to getting the builtright bedside rack system together. comes with absolutely ZERO instructions, not a big deal but assembling some of the quickgrip stuff it would be nice to have a general idea of how it is supposed to be, there website has some install guides but none for chevy I have a bedliner installed so it has complicated things a little bit, the bottom attachment is not ideal it is a U shaped bracket but should be a u-bolt or a j bolt or at least have a L leg so you can turn it and snug it up that way, the way it is it now it just binds up so I bought some longer bolts and sleeves at the hardware and will finish it up in the morning. I may end getting a u-bolt and drilling a couple holes in the rack I could not find one that would fit the existing holes
    6 points
  41. GM authority had same article. I say hell no. GMs small blocks get just as good gas mileage as the turbo V6s and doesn’t strain them as much. Have had Fords with Ecoboost in the family. They don’t get claimed gas mileage. Give me an updated version of old LS motor without any DFM or AFM junk.
    6 points
  42. Just got my tires changed, back on them 14” wides
    6 points
  43. I’ve had it 2 weeks now. Love the shocks and the ride. I want to remove the chrome Silverado badge on the tailgate and black out the chrome 6.2 on the hood. I added the Putco dark chrome door sill protectors which thankfully they mimic the black chrome trim throughout the interior.
    6 points
  44. Ha! Unfortunately I'm in NY as well. Upstate though. The majority of the commie libs are in the major cities.
    6 points
  45. 6 points
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