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  1. Had a few days off this week before I start my new job on Monday, so decided to tear back into the headlights. I can’t ever leave anything alone!!! Removing the old permaseal was a complete b!tch. When I opened them up the first time to install the Klearz, I went the easy way out and just mashed the perma down in the channel and put butyl over top of it. About 4-5 hours to remove everything and multiple times in and out of the oven. On top of that, I put a bead of clear silicone around the edge after the new butyl dried so had to get that off too. Live and learn... Took the chrome bezel out, used Easy Off heavy duty oven cleaner to strip the chrome. About 10 minutes in on the picture below. 30 min process and it results in gloss black. Installation of Diode Dynamics switchback DRL boards was next. Pretty straight forward process. 5 min epoxy to secure the boards. Reassembly of the lenses and bezels. PG9 cable gland on the back of the housing so I could mount the LED switchback drivers on the outside of the headlight. Wired it all up and test ran before sealing everything back up. Everything is good to go so back in the oven and sealed up! 250F for 10 min to soften the Diode butyl. And the final results. Super happy with how everything turned out!
    14 points
  2. New to the forum, just brought home my 2018 Silverado LTZ Redline Edition. No stranger to modifying my vehicles and just ordered in a set of Morimoto XB Headlights as well as a Range AFM disabler. Trading in my 2018 Civic, big step up!
    14 points
  3. A few new mods/upgrades recently. Thought I would share.
    12 points
  4. 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
  5. Got a few projects done this past weekend! Noticed a loud pop after turning all the way right, upon further investigation torn pass side CV boot which obviously flung grease all over the suspension components. Got it swapped out for an OEM axle from GMpartsgiant, only casualty was a sway bar end link that was extremely rusted and even my 1/2" Milwaukee fuel impact wouldnt make it budge. Breaker bar finally snapped the bolt which was expected at this point. Funny story while at the local parts store.. I go in and tell the lady I need a sway bar end link, AC Delco. 2014 GMC Sierra half ton. She asks "what model?" uhhh.. I already told you. "Yes I understand it's an SUV but is it a 1500, 2500, 3500?" Excuse me, what?! SUV???? Then she brings me a tie rod end.. OK not to judge but I think you need to find a new profession! Next up, a project I've had on the backburner for months. Upgrading the terrible OEM Projectors! Went with The Retrofit Source Retroquik system. NHK G5-X projectors, Morimoto D2H 35w 6k bulbs, and Hylux A0050 45w ballasts. With the higher powered ballasts, brings the temp color rating down to 5k - 5500k which is what I was looking for. Headlights out, time to start cutting. Didn't want to mess with butyl and separating the lens from the housing again so cut the back piece of the housing off. Made sure to have at least two notches so for assembly it fit together like a puzzle. Propane torch and a utility knife was my cheap way of having a hot knife. Went this route instead of using a dremel to avoid having plastic shavings inside. OEM projector on the left, G5-X on the right. Check out those amazing fresnels that GM decided was such a great idea! New bracket wasn't a perfect fit, had to get the dremel out again. Then while mounting the bracket, I noticed my kit had four bolts and only two nuts. Luckily I had some small M4 lock nuts laying around or else I was SOL for the night. Installed and time for a test fit before sealing the headlight back up. First test fire, system is flickering. Relays are buzzing so I know it's a power/ground issue. Rechecked all my connections, got the multimeter out, hour and a half later I'm at a loss what's wrong. Last thing to check was the fuse for the relay harness which I figured couldn't be the issue because it's either blown or not blown, right? Not always the case as I figured out.. one of the pins on the 20a fuse was cracked causing arcing through the 12v power. Replaced fuse, voila, we have light! Now I realize why they always say to check your grounds and fuses first. Sealed the headlights back up with black RTV silicone, let it sit for 24 hours and reassembly started. Thanks for coming to my Ted talk. Output shots below! Wish I had a better "before" picture to compare. Pictures don't really do it justice how much the lighting has improved overall. Nice cut off line, brighter and larger hotspot, and the best part I won't be blinding on coming traffic anymore.
    11 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. 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.
    9 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Just can't figure it out! My new 2021 Sierra SLT has 1500 miles on it now, and despite everything I read around here, I can't find a thing wrong with it! Every function and feature works as it should. Must be some sort of strange anomaly!
    9 points
  11. Not really K2 related, but finally have my own garage to start working on some more mods in the future! Soon to be wife and I closed on our first house this past Friday. While most of my time will be getting some inside updates done, looking forward to an epoxy floor, mud/tape/paint walls, and setting up my "dream garage" build. I'd say my family and extended family have good taste in trucks!
    9 points
  12. After years of detailing everyone else’s vehicles, I was able to share some love with mine. Finally was able to do a single step correction and ceramic coating I used the cquartz UK and topped it with Reload.
    9 points
  13. 2022 Sierra AT4 - Preferred Package
    8 points
  14. @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
  15. 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
  16. So, you are saying this might not be a good idea to copy for my truck?
    8 points
  17. 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
  18. Factory Nav is garbage anyhow. Maps or Waze is so much better, why would you pay for the Nav?
    8 points
  19. Can’t wait til the blower come off and a sucker goes on!
    8 points
  20. Looks good. Not sure why, but your reflection reminded me of this:
    8 points
  21. 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
  22. finally got the high country back. Smoked klearz with a 3" switchback and 20x10 Cheyennes
    8 points
  23. Changed out my stock radiator for a Mishimoto one. Along with a Katech thermostat.
    8 points
  24. Got three wheels done today, last one tomorrow morning. The caliper bracket bolts on these things are crazy torqued! 170lbs-ft in the front and 148lbs-ft in the back. Not alotta room in there for leverage. Anyways, went with some dimpled and slotted black zinc coated rotors (lifetime guarantee against warping and cracking) and ceramic pads from brakeperformance.com
    8 points
  25. 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
  26. Washed up today, good weather and no rain for the next few days. (and. yes, there is always a cat) Result:
    7 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. Well, now I am going to have to rethink how I contribute here on the site
    7 points
  31. To all my K2 pals. Happy Thanksgiving . I'm making Lasagne
    7 points
  32. I have a 2021 6.2L TrailBoss and I have added a 3.0L Whipple Supercharger and ECU unlocked by HP Tuners. All the work and dyno tuning has been done by National Speed Inc. They have been able to squeeze 580whp which is pretty close to 700hp at the crank. My truck will keep up with my 2015 C7 Corvette Stingray. To my knowledge HP Tuners has recently been able to unlock the GM 10spd tcm. My shop has confirmed it and they want to wait until HP Tuners offers more adjustability. Currently there is not much that can be done to the tcm even though it is unlocked. I have only had one problem with this setup. After about 5K miles the pulley and main shaft snapped in half while cruising on the interstate at 75mph. Whipple and National speed obviously fixed it for free as it was all still under warranty. If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to help. I'm going to attach the dyno report.
    7 points
  33. "All of a sudden my seat vibrated , a bell went off, and a message came across the screen saying that the adaptive cruise temporarily unavailable. Immediately , put the foot on the brake and missed ramming into the back of the Semi. " That's not what it sounds like to me. Sounds like panic braking.
    7 points
  34. Just because you have adaptive cruise doesn't mean you don't have to pay attention to your surroundings and safely operate your vehicle.
    7 points
  35. Yeah, it came in last month. Well worth the 4 month wait. It’s ridiculous and way quicker than anything this size deserves to be. Nothing stopping GM from doing the same except their leadership. CEO and half the people in that video are women. They don’t understand that we men are dumb and need high horsepower in everything for no good reason.
    7 points
  36. Haven't been on here for about 5 or 6 months. I've done several things to my 2017 Silverado since then. 20 inch Fuel Tech wheels, Readylift (4 inch front, 1.75 rear) 33 inch Falken Wild Peak all-terrains, new exhaust with black tips, black bowties, new taillights and 3rd brake light, nfab nerf bars, line-x bedliner. That's all I can think of right now.
    7 points
  37. Made use of the huge center console, organization for the top and then created a false bottom reusing the center console liner and 3” foam to conceal a handgun.
    7 points
  38. There are several recent threads that cover this subject. I’ll sum up: Bottom line is a bunch of us have bought the gas truck and are very happy with it. Meanwhile, the diesel guys tell us we should have bought the diesel.
    7 points
  39. I devised my own (see photo). Worked perfect. I've put a cap on each end to keep it clean until next time.
    7 points
  40. Just today, I reached this milestone (yeah, I'm a 12 year old) ...
    7 points
  41. Waiting on my headlights and fogs to get here from @fastheadlights (big thanks to Phil for awesome work) they looks awesome can’t wait to get these installed! Klear corners, programmable flow series leds on headlights and fogs also had demon eyes installed and blueghozt controller. My temporary headlights with be for sell soon after I install these
    7 points
  42. Job done in under an hour, all wheel buttons work with the radio and cluster..!!!
    7 points
  43. Do you have concrete evidence that this dust came from the cement work?
    7 points
  44. got the hidden winch all buttoned up, it's not perfect but works
    6 points
  45. Out doing a little work on this morning. Clouds were out, snapped a photo.
    6 points
  46. Added power folding tow mirrors today. They are amazing! Big shout out to Phil for his harnesses as well as getting me the power folding mirrors and the switch since the truck didnt come with it. Even took texts from me today when I had a couple of questions. A real stand up guy.
    6 points
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