Like someone said earlier, if you are doing a level kit then you do not re-use that metal clip. However, I don't know where you are located at, but I still have my clips from when I leveled my truck years ago. If you are in the Houston area by chance I would be willing to let you have one if you could replace it when you get a chance. PM me or quote me so I get a notification in case I'm not on here anymore.
That is good info and makes me wonder if I should tune my truck at get the 180* thermostat. I don't plan on towing this trailer all that much but when I do, I would like to feel little more confident that I am not going to bake my drivetrain.
Ok, let me preface this by saying that I have towed in the past with this truck plenty of times, mostly just my atv (light) and my 02 Camaro (about 6k w/trailer) and it pulls those just fine. I am not new to towing trailers, just travel trailers. Also I am going to try and put a picture in here but since photobucket is all jacked up now I don't know if I will be able to. Just in case, the day this picture was taken was the day I picked up the trailer so the WD hitch is not set up properly so my truck is squatting a little too much and the trailer is not completely level. I plan on taking the time to set it up properly and also get air bags. When I bought the trailer the 7-way plug was messed up and was wired so poorly that the brakes were not working due to terrible wiring methods. So I rewired it and took it on a test drive the other night to make sure all lights and brakes work as they are supposed to. I live in Houston and it was night time about 85* with probably 100% humidity with a good amount of side wind, maybe 15 mph or so. I was driving on a flat freeway (like not one hill or overpass for MILES) doing about 60 - 65 mph at about 2800 rpm's in 4th gear and my trans temp was steady around 194 - 198 so I was good there. However, I noticed that my coolant temp was just a hair past the 210 mark which I thought was odd. The truck still had plenty of power and I could have easily gained speed if I wanted to. I figured maybe it is because it was locked in 4th and, relatively speaking, running at high RPM's for about 30 minutes or so. So I let off the throttle a hair so it shifted into 5th gear and tried to keep it in 5th but the temp either didn't move or lowered just a hair to where it was on the verge of being past the 210 mark (I'm talking a very small difference here). While doing this the truck did not want to stay in 5th gear and really wanted to be in 4th at that speed. My question is, should I expect this every time I pull this trailer? The trailer is a 2005 Jayco Jay Flight 27bh and the manufacturer says it weights about 5k dry but my weigh safe hitch put the tongue weight of the trailer around 600 - 650, so It probably is weight closer to 6k lbs right now (I plan on hitting the scales soon). I just feel like this really is not that much weight for the trucks towing ratings which is just over 9k. So I feel like the truck should be able to pull it easily without the coolant temps rising ESPECIALLY at night. I plan on pulling it through the Texas hill country which I do expect the temps to rise a little on steep grade. Anyone have some personal experience they could chime in with? Is that temp normal? Is that speed vs gearing normal? My truck is a CCSB 5.3 z71 4x4 w/ 3.42's with 122k miles. All the maintenance has been done myself except I had the dealer to the trans flush. I use mobil 1 every 7k miles, new filters when they get dirty and the maintenance mentioned below. My theory is my coolant mixture is not exactly 50/50. I did some preventative maintenance about 2 months ago, I changed all three belts, water pump, upper and lower radiator hoses, thermostat and new coolant (water pump is AC Delco and so is the thermostat, belts and hoses are gates for what it's worth). I premixed the coolant myself by "eye balling" the 50/50 mixture. So maybe I have 60 coolant and 40 water (who knows) which would make it harder to cool the vehicle because the coolant does not dissipate heat like water. So I do plan on draining the coolant and buying the premixed 50/50 to be100% sure it is mixed correctly. As soon as I stopped the coolant temp lowered to normal about 200 - 210. So I know my cooling system is working properly.
Depending on the size cam and tune, a little more loose torque converter will help with the drive-ability of the truck if you put a decent size cam in it. However, this is not a "necessity" but would help. Just like headers are not necessary but will compliment the cam and especially the procharger.
Well just to give you a reference point, here in Houston, TX I paid $45,xxx out the door on my 2014 SLT that doesn't have some expensive options like nav, lane departure and a sunroof (not that I want the last two). So I would say that is a hell of a deal for a Denali Ultimate!
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-2018-CHEVROLET-SILVERADO-OUTSIDE-DOOR-HANDLE-SET-OF-8PCS-OLYMPIC-WHITE/183511149006?epid=13025315927&hash=item2aba1de9ce:g:GcsAAOSw4c5b2HEM:rk:3:pf:1&frcectupt=true I have no association with this seller just did a quick search on ebay which is where I bought mine, but I don't know if it was from this seller or not. I would just confirm with him that they are summit white and not olypic white. They should be summit seeing how GM did not paint these trucks "olympic white". GL
I am selling my OEM power folding mirrors that came off of my 2014 Sierra. I took them off because I put tow mirrors on. Everything on them works including the auto-dimming drivers side mirror, both power folding motors work, turn signals work and all directional movements of the mirrors work. The only issue is the driver side mirror's memory function does not work for some reason however, you can still control the mirror with the button. The passenger side memory function does work as intended from the factory. These mirrors have the OEM factory paint to match caps on them and are currently Summit White. These were not chrome caps that were painted white. They do have some chips in them but nothing major, just typical chips from driving. I am asking $300 OBO for the pair and will meet anywhere in the Houston area and will ship at buyers cost and after receiving payment. I will send the buyer a picture of the sipping label along with a tracking number and shipping insurance. If you are interested in these please call or text me 832 four seven seven six seven 18
Nice! I was wanting to get that exact set up soon. If you don't mind sharing, how much did you pay for it? From where I found it online the cheapest I found was if I remember correctly was like $700 - $800. Also it does not come in a kit with both the bags and pump you have to buy separately.
No need to get a smaller trailer, it is the two bikes in the bed that is killing you. You could get a bigger trailer and throw them in there and you would be fine. Just remember, after your friend fixes his truck make sure to talk a lot of shit to him!
Sorry to hear about this man. My buddy works at a dealer as a service writer and told me about this. He said he has had trucks come in with 20k miles and the magnaride shocks were shot and the customer had to pay out of pocket. Even if you buy the extended warranty which is well worth the money, that does not cover shocks either. I get shocks are a wear item but I think if shocks are completely destroyed withing the bumper to bumper warranty they should be replaced under warranty but that is just my opinion. That is a bit extreme, dont ya think!?!? How is it his fault that his shocks wore out? I bet you're one of those guys that says "Oh that's just something else to go wrong" real men don't drive trucks with _______ (fill in the blank).
I had the dealer do a flush. My buddy who was a service writer said that GM does not recommend to do filter a fluid swap. GM just recommends to do a flush. Cost me about $100 and I was on my way. I know there are going to be a lot of people that say you have to change the filter which I was under that impression as well. But if this is what GM recommends then that is what I will go with. EDIT: He also said that GM only recommends to do a filter change on an overhaul.
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