Well fellas, I traded in the Duramax last week and picked up a new Cummins. The 15.5 was getting on up in miles and as much as I am on the road I wanted something with a warranty and figured I would give the Cummins a try. It is going to take a bit to get used to the trans coming from the Allison but overall the the way the truck dives and handles is pretty impressive. I am a base model truck kind of guy so the Tradesman was right up my alley. They transferred my tires and tool box over, threw in factory leather seats, wheel to wheel steps, spray in bed liner and a hood bug shield; still have some of that to get put on when I get back in from offshore. I am a guy of opportunity and not necessarily brand loyal so I am sure I will be back in a GM in ~4 yrs, lol. Edit: And I now understand why most Ram HD drivers drive with their mirrors flipped up. They really suck with them down since the blind spot mirror is on the outside of the mirror when down. I have not reverted to that yet but....
I understand the above but don't agree that the cruising gears are not as important. That is where these trucks "should" spend the majority of their time unless you live in a city and spend the majority of your day stop and go. As I mentioned, GM shouldn't have to account for us small percentage that need the heavier, larger diameter tires but the option to have the gears from the factory would be nice. I havent looked into it since I regeard my 14 1500 but at that time no one made direct drop in replacements and it was one heck of a headache getting it right. It isn't even an option on their off road oriented trucks and I think that is what originally got this thread started. The number of these trucks that will be used for rock climbing is dramatically lower than the number that will be used for towing on the highway or cruising down the highway unloaded. If they want it for rock climbing the reduction on the bottom side is there, it's enough to pull a house off its foundation turning 40" tires if the truck could get traction; just don't plan on daily driving it to work or you might as well lock out the cruising gears to save the tranny
Except for 7th and 8th. If the trans has 8 gears it isn't going to try and stay in 1-6.. I understand all of the advantages and the gripes. If I wind up with a 10 speed I will still regear the truck because it will not handle the highway or towing with a heavier aftermarket wheel and tire setup. No doubt it will do better than previous years but it still won't perform where 99% of these trucks get used daily. Should GM have to account for us 1%; absolutely not but it isn't for us. Just hope the aftermarket catches up sooner than later. Edit: I currently have a duramax and with 35's it could have used 4:10's; when those wore out I put 33's on it instead of the gearing headache again. Maybe the Allison needs 8 gears not sure.
I am still waiting on the new powertrain options, assuming they are actually coming. I like the GMC but i am still holding out to see if i can get the options i want in SLE trim. I need 6 seats and all of the extra goodies arent needed or wanted on my end. The new tailgate is also pretty useless for my needs. I have a 1 1/2 years of powertrain warranty left so i have some time before i make a move.
What I am waiting on is what trims and engines will be available with 6 seats. That will determine what my next vehicle will be. I looked at the 18 Fords recently available with 6 seats, they felt cheap in comparison to my 15 SLE 2500. Leather bench, not stripped down truck with the 6.2L and I am sold. Time will tell.
CAtaylor replied to CAtaylor's topic in Major League Sports, Outdoor Recreation, Firearms, Hunting, OHRVCorrect, no belts on the 700. It has a torque converter like a vehicle. You could chain the tires down, put a brick on the accelerator and walk away from it; no worries. The 1000 uses a dual clutch and they have had some issues.
CAtaylor replied to CAtaylor's topic in Major League Sports, Outdoor Recreation, Firearms, Hunting, OHRVThe 700 has been bullet proof so far. I don't mud ride so I can't really comment there. I can say though that if you want to run bigger tires and play you may find it lacking power. It is a 3 speed with no low range. It has done me very well and I don't consider it lacking in the power for my tasks. It pulls good and not 1 issue to date. I don't see any problem getting 15-20 years out of it.
Get in touch Black Bear. Justin told me at one time they had connections with ATP "Idaho Rob" if you are not deleting. If you are going to delete down the road Kory or Motor Ops would be the ones to talk to.
Install you one of these access doors next time you have the liner out. Makes the filter change a bit more accessible. http://www.madjackdiesel.com/category-s/557.htm
I agree with both of you guys stances on this. It is much bigger than the oil companies and individual workers that get affected and think we need to get back to a happy medium. Some guys on here from Louisiana can confirm what I am talking about. Louisiana lost over 500 million on tax revenue last year and are running a projected deficit of over 700 this year, mainly due to the deacrease in tax income from the oil companies. To correct this the just passed sales tax increases, tobacco and alcohol taxes, cell phone taxes and are discussing cutting special programs across the state dealing with education and child care as well as increasing state income taxes. We are either going to feel it at the pump or somewhere else but everyone is going to feel it.
^^This..I am with mudkatt... It depends on what side of the spectrum you are on. The Shale companies need around that $75 per bbl to make money (for the most part, some wells have better economics). I have heard through the grapevine that some companies out in deep water Gulf of Mexico make money at anything over $9 bbl but most need between $20 and $30. The oil companies can make money at $30 oil, they just have to readjust to the market. They Shale players can’t make money at $30 and they are all more than likely doomed if this holds out too much longer. Unfortunately the one factor they can all easily control is payroll, the rest is all up to suppliers and service companies There is no need for Gas Prices @ $4 a gal (You can thank Saudi for that, they are the great regulator and that is why OPEC was created) but to answer your question; If my kids were hungry and I couldn't find anything else to support them, I would wish for whatever it took. Do I want that, not at all and I would exhaust all options before that but baby's got to eat. That is kind of a loaded question though as it is a no win for me, earning my lively hood in that business. To put it in perspective lets ask the GM Labor Union workers if they would be willing to see half of the force laid off and the rest take 30-40% pay cuts across the board to get the price of my Sierra down 20K$ to where it needs to be. I guarantee they will tell me to kick rocks, ha! When I started offshore in 2000 I had buddies at the GM plant in Shreveport getting paid $25 hr to put 4 of the correct tires with the truck when it came by on the line while I was making $5.75 offshore. Don’t get me wrong, I would have been one of them if I could have got in but you had to know the right people. I think muddkatt is dead on with the OPEC (mainly Saudi) intentions. Once they get the US Shale market shut down they very well could back off on production to get the price up so they can keep their reserves in the ground. What they are doing right now is hurting them but they are willing to take the gamble to keep the market share, they make money at 3$ bbl. If they were to slack off and we start drawing from the reserves faster than we are putting it in look out, we may all be wishing for 4$ gas. It would be a long time before oil prices got back down to a sensible price if this happens. All these rigs that are stacked aren't going to come back full force. A lot of them are being striped and the personnel that have been laid off are finding different jobs. A lot of them won’t take the chance at the oilfield again after being burnt. I am not a selfish person and understand high gas prices are rough, I lived with them too. But I also don’t want hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, houses, vehicles, wives and kids (Oh yea its happening) etc.. so I can save 250$ a month. Sorry for the book, LOL.
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