No, I did not remove the drop shackles. They are still in place. I installed SumoSprings instead of airbags. They have equivalent properties as air bags without all the hassle. Install and forget.
I actually ended up dropping the back and installed 1500 lb SumoSprings urethane foam supports that replaced the bump stops. Been that setup for quite a while now and I am very pleased with the result. Once I put on Biksteinv 4600’s, the ride quality is greatly improved over stock with this combo. Wouldn’t change a thing. Airlift is wrong. I would have my doubts they ever tried it to see what the result would be.
And in that case, I would side step the 1500 and move on to the 2500.
I don't apply anything, that is primarily because I live on gravel roads and I don't need all that dust and dirt sticking to whatever I spray on the underside. If I lived in town, I might try one of the protections products. Actually, I take a small stationary watering attachment on the end of a garden hose and spend a couple of hours spraying down the underside a few times a year to clean things out. I don't really have any appreciable rust on the underside. And yes, I live in the snow belt and they lay down the liquid deicer rather heavy at times. For any rust that does develop, I am fond of a rust converter I get for my commercial trucks. https://www.theruststore.com/Rust-Converter-Aerosol-P292C10.aspx
If anyone really wants to know how the deal process works on an RV, all the ins and outs to getting the best deal you can, I highly recommend they trot on over to the RV Masters website and plunk down the $97 for a comprehensive, in depth, hard core 23 lesson study series on how to buy an RV. Done by a very reputable guy who owns RV's and has worked as a salesman in RV's. I recently did the course and it was very informative. No smoke and mirrors nonsense. No goofy how the take the dealer out and kill them on the deal stuff. Just basic business sense on what you need to know on negotiating a good deal and understanding the various tactics employed to move your focus from one number to another without you even realizing it. It just levels the playing field. This study series is targeted toward RV's but the principles are strikingly similar to virtually every big ticket item, especially vehicles. Some of this discount stuff that gets bandied around and discounts for financing thru the dealer and other stuff is all fluff that really ends up being a win for the dealer. You really need to know how the game is played to get the best deal. They have far more information to work with than you do when you go into the deal. You have to keep focus and understand how these things are done and the various subtle tactics they use. Not that they are all sleaze mongers, but they do have established business practices that are designed to give them the edge and maximize their profit. It is just business.
I have used a simple procedure for the last several years on my personal vehicles and commercial vehicles... Twice a year, usually spring and fall, I use a suction gun and remove the fluid from the PS reservoir and replace it with fresh. Might not be the most perfect solution, but easy and quick.
Cowpie replied to Weatherby460's topic in 2020 Chevy Silverado HD & GMC Sierra HD (2500/3500)I haven't been looking, but I am in the other camp. Less controls on the steering wheel the better. But then, I hardly ever listen to the radio. Cruise control I can tolerate on the wheel. Everything else should reside on the dash. But that is just me. Even my semi truck has NO controls of any kind except the horn on the steering wheel. I like it.
Cowpie replied to gearheadesw's topic in 6.6L Gas V8 & HD Transmission Powertrain (L8T/MYD)Possible. We'll see. The engine has to play out pretty well. It is a high bar that the 6.0L L96 set in terms of reliability, ease of maintenance, etc. And since I like using much cheaper E85 in my 2500, the new 6.6 is going to have to be a stone cold killer of a motor to entice me since from what I have read it is not being made flex fuel capable. I will remain open to watching how it all plays out. I am more than pleased with the 2015 2500 I have now. But if everything really looks good on the new offering, I could be enticed to consider a hard look at getting one. Right now, I am not even looking at one, just observing from the sidelines.
Yeah, it is really too bad that there is not a quality inline 6 for pickup trucks anymore. They were always the reliable workhorses that offered excellent low end torque, just what is needed for a pickup truck that is supposed to be a tool to get a job done. And being a huge turbo guy, a inline 6 with a turbo is the cat's meow. I still have never developed a liking for turbos on V motors. The complexity is not worth the effort. Supercharging, yes.
Cowpie replied to gearheadesw's topic in 6.6L Gas V8 & HD Transmission Powertrain (L8T/MYD)Actually, even a diesel would benefit from more gears. The purpose of having more gears is to reduce the engine RPM spread between shifts. That is why I have an 18 speed in my semi truck. The top gear ratio of the 8 speed is similar to the 6 speed, and the 10 speed will be no different. Just like my 18 speed in my semi truck has virtually the same top gear ratio as a 10 speed. But, given the track record of the 8 speed in the GM 1/2 tons, I would be more inclined to have the 6.6L gasser with the 6 speed. Even if they decide to go with a 10 speed, I would sit it out for a minimum of 2 years before considering just so they can get all the bugs worked out. I will be sitting out the 6.6L for at least 2 years for the same reason. So if while I am sitting out the .6.6 waiting for all the potential problems to get worked out, if they then come out with the 10 speed behind it, that will add an additional 2 years. I would have preferred they would have come out with both the L8T and the 10 speed at the same time.
NADA is showing MSRP of $75,045 for a 2020 Denali Dmax CC. Invoice of $69,962. That is without any incentives applied. You should be able to strike a better deal, unless you already agreed to the price.
What we are witnessing here regarding the buying habits of some is a clear analogy to the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment testing delayed gratification.
Well, the 10 spd adds another bit of complexity that I would have to also let ride for 2-3 years to see how well it plays out. The 8 spd in the 1/2 tons really didn't turn out as well as many hoped. It is generally ok, but it is nothing really to throw babies in the air and celebrate over compared to the previous 6L80 in the 1/2 tons.
It was not a comparison, it was a contrast. The point being that the pickups are wildly overinflated in their pricing for what one actually is getting. A recent video I was watching, some folks got a 2020 6.6L gasser 4x4 Crew with 6.5 bed. They were towing around about 12K of trailer and Bobcat track loader. They got the pickup for around $40K. That is in line with the inflation adjusted price of $38K I paid for my 2015 2500 6.0. It is pretty hard to imagine that a Dmax version would be $37K more than what those folks paid for a 6.6L gasser unless there are those who are drooling so much over it that they would be willing to pay that kind of price. Dealers can spot those folks a mile away.
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