Its been a while since I've been to this forum. Still have the same truck. Here's my 09 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206345066211315&set=pb.1406981272.-2207520000.1489327252.&type=3&theater
Its been a few months since I've posted anything on this site. Here's my current quad, a 2006 Yamaha Grizzly 660
Yeah, they're just crazy expensive. An older rzr 800 would be plenty fast enough for me if I wanted one. I've seen them in good shape for around $6000 used.
175000 km sounds a bit premature. I bought my truck with the transmission just rebuilt at 185000 miles. Actually my transmission had reverse go out, the previous owner told me. The shop told them it cost the same to rebuild the entire transmission so it seemed like a no-brainer to go ahead and do that. I don't expect the rebuild to last 185000 miles though. If it goes 50000 miles at the rate I put miles on it, it will be completely rusted out by the time that happens. If its slipping now, don't expect it to go years like that. You might get it to last a little longer but expect it to completely fail at any time now. Its reliability is greatly compromised. A rebuild shouldn't be that expensive, around $1000-$1500 depending on where you go. A lot less than buying another truck.
They look fine to me. Anything bigger than a 17" wheel is overkill anyway though I realize the newer Silverados have 18" wheels, not an improvement in my opinion. I hate the way the bigger wheels look. 16" wheels are plenty big enough for a truck like this and 17" wheels for the Silverado and Sierra. Bigger wheels=more expensive tires too, a negative in my book.
It would be interesting to see the gains but you can kiss that factory warranty goodbye. I think Toyota is the only manufacturer that offers a dealer installed supercharger made by the manufacturer.
It sounds like this conky guy just doesn't like compact or mid-sized trucks. He makes no valid arguments against them other than saying they're not as capable as full-sized trucks. Well duh, we all know that. But they're more capable than he wants to believe. Even the older S-10 and Sonoma trucks could tow around 5000 lbs max. The trailer I was referring to was probably in the 2500 lb range(trailer about 1000-1100 lbs and 3 quads weighing a total of about 1300-1400 lbs, 2 Honda Recons and a Yamaha Yfz 450) and yes it did easily tow it and still got better than 15 mpg. The new Colorado has a max towing capacity of 7000 lb, not too shabby for a mid-sized truck. Yes the Silverado and Sierra twins will tow up to about 11000 lbs but the smaller trucks were never designed to compete with them. They were built to be a less expensive alternative for those who don't need to be able to tow or haul as much. And someone who drives them shouldn't be ashamed to do so, as conky would feel they should because they're not a "real" truck.
If you don't plan on grossly overloading your truck by towing well beyond its rated capacity(as a 12000 lb trailer would be for a 1500) then something like a Colorado would be fine. Pulling a small utility trailer with atvs on it probably won't weigh more than 2500-3000 lbs loaded, any compact truck will pull that with ease. I used to own a 91 S-10 4x4 with the 4.3 and it would pull a 6x12 trailer with 3 atvs on it like it wasn't even back there. I'm sure everyone would prefer a full-size truck but the smaller trucks cost a lot less and that's the main reason why people buy them.
I'm pretty sure you can get the oil changed as often as you want though they might not be free oil changes. I've never owned a vehicle new enough to have an oil life percentage so I just usually go with 3000 miles or in the case of my truck it ends up being about every 6 months since 3000 miles is about how much I drive it for a whole year. Why a dealer would refuse to change oil earlier makes no sense to me. I understand not giving you free oil changes but refusing to do it all, no reason for that. I guess they would rather you keep dirty oil in your engine so that it doesn't last as long and then you have to go back to them later for an engine rebuild. Trying to save $30 a year for one less oil change that will shorten the life of your engine doesn't add up to me(pun intended). People will spend $40000 on a new truck and then try to save $30 by not changing the oil as often, just shaking my head on this one. Penny wise and dollar stupid.
I wish they would just quit worrying about fuel economy. All these damn tree-huggers too concerned about a couple mpg, go save a whale or something. In reality people buy small cars for fuel economy and trucks for hauling and towing. No, you wouldn't want your truck to get 1970's fuel economy numbers that might barely reach 10mpg. It would be much simpler if GM didn't make all their gas engines with AFM. It should be an option, not standard. Then after a couple years when they realized nobody wanted it, they would no longer waste their time on it. Sad part is, they probably spent billions developing something that at the very best is annoying and at worst does very little if anything to improve fuel economy and makes the vehicle run worse and is bad for your internal engine components.
AFM seemed like a good idea at the time but from what I've read on here, its one of the worst things GM ever did to their trucks. Very minimal fuel mileage gains and premature engine wear. I have a 99 Silverado Z71 with 190K miles on it and it doesn't use a drop of oil. Neither does my 2004 Grand Am with 149K miles on it. All these newer trucks with 30K or less miles on them using oil, just makes me shake my head. Adding oil is what you do to an old, tired engine. Anything with less than 100K miles on it should never need any oil to be added unless you abuse the hell out of it. Makes me never want to buy any used GM truck with AFM.
Nobody wants the XL model. Its just for the forest service, they paint them green and check out moose migrations. Well you gotta have 4 wheel drive because I'm a man and I have to run over stuff, lol. I liked the part about how they had some money left over for design. Roger said put a 3 inch piece of plastic over the headlights, problem solved, lol. Now Roger gets to order extra desk chairs for the office.
I'm not a fan of pushing your truck to the max but as long as its under the maximum towing capacity, then it legally should be fine, not to mention covered under the warranty as well. Will your truck like towing a heavy trailer like this? I doubt it. The 4.3 with 3.23 gears was created for better gas mileage, not heavy towing. I assume the good fuel economy was the reason you bought it in the first place, not to mention the lower cost.
Kinda what I was thinking, though the 700 single is a pretty peppy engine. At least introduce a sportier side by side like the rzr or maverick with a big v twin in it. The rhino was the pioneer of the side by side craze but Yamaha hasn't even made an attempt to create a pure performance side by side. The Viking is fine, but its much more utility minded.
I'm not sure how one of these sounds but I found this on crutchfield.com website. There are a few other very low profile sub boxes. I'm assuming you give up some bass to be able to fit a box this small but It's only 3 1/8" tall, would fit under most car seats. Comes with a built in 125 watt amp too. I suppose at this price you could get 2 of them since its just an 8 inch sub. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_777B8PTD/Sound-Ordnance-B-8PTD.html?tp=114 This one is even smaller. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_068SUB8100/RetroSound-SUB-8100.html?tp=114 At least it shows that there are a few choices out there.
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