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  1. 2019 Transmission and Axle Ratios

    I can't find one example of a GM representative or GM press release stating they designed the truck to run 35" tires. GM's own press release mentioned that the truck was designed to run up to 33-inch tires. "All models introduce a modern, powerful design with a strong dose of Chevy Truck DNA. For example, the “CHEVROLET” name stamped on the tailgate recalls iconic Chevy trucks of the 1950s and ‘60s, while the integrated dual exhausts and up to 33-inch tires reflect modern customer preferences." http://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2018/jan/0113-2019-silverado.html
  2. Ford doesn't. The largest tires offered on a 2018 Ford F-150 are LT275/65R18's. Any tire larger than that would constitute an "oversized tire". If you install a lift kit or "oversized tires" on your 2018 F-150, Ford says the following: This a direct quote from the warranty guide for a 2018 Ford F-150. https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/how-tos/owner-manuals-search-results.html?year=2018&make=Ford&model=F-150 Ram offers up to a 33" tire stock. The largest wheel and tire combo available on a 2018 Ram 1500 is LT285/70R17 or P275/60R20. FCA does sell a ridiculously overpriced Mopar lift kit for Ram 1500 trucks. For $984.00, Mopar will sell you a 2" lift (Part #P5155797). With it, you could install 35's, but what does the warranty for the lift say? In the Mopar lift kit's warranty fine print they say: Wow, a 2-inch lift that costs $984.00 isn't covered under warranty at all. FCA/Mopar then goes on to state: So while Ram 1500's can fit 35's with a small lift, the modifications required to fit 35's, even when using official Mopar parts to lift the truck, can void your warranty. Damage to the weak Ram IFS, the steering system, transmission, etc can easily be blamed on the little 2" lift they sold you.
  3. 4.3 V6 gone in 2019?

    Seems to be a common issue for body-on-frame vehicles... And yes guys had misaligned bumpers but most were able to get their bumpers realigned eventually. Even Toyota's now mythical build quality seems to struggle with bumper alignment: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/rear-bumper-not-even-anybody-else-have-this-happen.515655/ https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/oem-rear-bumper-alignment.506232/ https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/2018-tacoma-bumper-alignment.538822/ https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/misaligned-rear-bumper.523509/ https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/rear-bumper-alignment.541036/ https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/help-with-rear-bumper-alignment.451786/ https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/misaligned-rear-bumper.413510/#post-11710552 https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/rear-bumper-spacing-out-farther-left-side.495591/
  4. 4.3 V6 gone in 2019?

    That's primarily due to the use of slip yoke's and transmissions that are programmed to provide engine braking on decent, almost like how many guys would drive a manual transmission, downshifting as they slowed to a stop. The 5.3 feels weak because of the factory tuning. The cam phasing is tweaked for minimal emissions at idle due to CAFE's greenhouse gas regulations. Even a little tuning makes a huge difference.
  5. 2019 Blazer - HOT OR NOT

    Which is why the next Bronco is going to be a watered down cash grab. It'll have a weak IFS, complete with plastic IWE-based 4WD and a detuned powertrain to move it. No V8. No solid front axle. And it'll be priced like a Range Rover. Want an offroading SUV? Buy a Wrangler Unlimited. It'll be more reliable than a Ford powertrain anyways.
  6. 2019 Transmission and Axle Ratios

    I guess you didn't notice all the caps locked ranting the creator of the thread made. Or all the misleading gear ratios he used as an example. 3.73's is a special order axle ratio that would drive the cost of an F-150 as high or higher than the cost to regear a 2019 GM truck. The Ram offers 3.92's but the truck is going to weigh close to 400 lbs more than a GM half-ton and it's powered by an engine that hasn't changed in nearly 10 years. They might look at it, but they aren't going to do anything about it. Guys have been complaining for the last 20 years that the wheel well openings are too small to fit 33's, but GM has never done anything about that. Guys have been complaining about the wax coated frames more than they've complained about axle ratio options, but the 2019 GM half-tons still have wax dipped. GM has to meet CAFE regulations or pay a hefty penalty and the axle ratio's they offer are the result of that. That's why you won't find a 2018 F-150 10-speed truck with 3.73's sitting on the lot. It's a special order option that ultimately costs as much as a regear job would. I provided sources and data to back up my comments. The only thing I was wrong about is that you can order a 2018 Sierra with the 8-speed and 3.42's without the max tow package. You special order the truck with a "premium" package loaded with a bunch of junk (like cheap looking chrome clad 22" wheels) that adds $7-8k to the price, but yes you can get the 5.3+8-speed+3.42's without the max tow package. My bad I guess. Most guys would just save $6k by paying the $1500 or so for the max tow package if they wanted a 5.3 + 8L90 + 3.42's. I'm just a realist that realizes that truck manufacturers have to meet CAFE regulations. The requirements under CAFE get stricter each and every year.
  7. 7th and 8th are cruising gears. 1-6 are much more important than 7th/8th/10th. Even Ford/GM 10-speed has a taller 9th and 10th gears:
  8. That was a 4-speed though right? The 8L90 has much more aggressive gear reduction compared to the 4L60 or even the 6L80. By doing that, it makes the axle ratio much less important. The 8-speed+ 3.23's has a better final drive in every gear compared to a 4L60 + 4.55's.
  9. 2019 Transmission and Axle Ratios

    The other thread was nothing but a massive tantrum. It was a rant fest over axle ratios, filled with lots of misinformation. This is thread is primarily for reference.
  10. Considering all the problems with Ford's sunroof, maybe GM is avoiding that option. When the sunroof on their aluminum trucks isn't leaking, it's either rattling, refuses to open correctly, or decides to open itself up. Features like moonroofs or sunroofs always turn into guaranteed dealer visits down the road.
  11. 2019 Transmission and Axle Ratios

    I made this thread as a reference so people know how the new transmission and axle ratios compare to the 6-speed and axle combos. It's not meant to be a debate thread.
  12. I thought the 2014-15 trucks look most like the GMT400's, the 16-18's looked like the early GMT800's, and the 2019 truck's headlights look just like the cat eye GMT800's.
  13. 2019 Transmission and Axle Ratios

    For 35's, most guys driving K2 (14-18 trucks) recommend at least 3.73's if you have a 6 speed transmission. A 2019 truck with the 5.3, 8 speed, and 3.23's has better gearing than the 6-speed with 3.73's and comes close to the gearing advantage of the 6-speed with 4.10's. It will have no issue with 35's for 99% of the population.
  14. 2019 Blazer - HOT OR NOT

    They were doing alright until they showed the Camaro. That's when it was pretty obvious the designers are actually blind. I'm in the minority that think the 2019 trucks are an improvement over the 2016-18 Silverado and Sierra. Especially the over styled Silverado with lazily designed LED running lights. At least the controversial looks should help resale value of older models LOL.
  15. Return of the Chevrolet Blazer

    Well it sounds like it's meant to be a direct competitor to the Ford Edge/Flex, and both of those crossovers are insanely inflated in price. This is meant to be a "premium" midsize crossover for Chevy. Here's Chevy Dude's take on pricing: He sells a lot of GM vehicles, so if it makes sense to him then it's probably filling a real need.

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