What brand did you get? I'm in the market for an android based stereo replacement but I might wait a little longer until these brands have worked all the bugs out with software updates
Split second decision..plastidipped the front bumper. Never liked the Argent grey colour that the WT bumpers come in. Really sticks out when the truck is clean. Will do The back bumper next. I do have plans to colour match the bumpers but it won't be until at least next year.
If you want the most out of this engine, you can do all the bolt on mods and then get a tune to get the most out of them. If you find an exhaust you like then headers will make it louder but the performance benefits for headers will probably be minimal. Also exhausts on these trucks can sound good until you get into the higher range of rpms (Highway Speeds). A tune will be your best bet if you're looking for something easy to wake the truck up and companies like Blackbear will retune for free as you add mods. Turbo is not as easy as it seems. Not a lot of support for this engine in that regard. No off the shelf options so it would have to be 100% custom and I haven't seen any reliable power made through a turbo yet on the 4.3 ecotec.
Plenty of comparisons on youtube regarding intake valve cleaners. I've personally used seafoam and crc. I'm the second owner of my truck and purchased it with relatively low kilometers so I've kept a tight maintenance schedule including using seafoam or crc every other oil change. From looking at tests of these products online, it doesn't seem like they help with higher mileage engines with pre-existing carbon buildup, but I would think its a great preventative measure for removing fresh carbon deposits. I also have a catch can, which I have to dump out every other oil change. Like others have said, the idea of it makes sense, so why not. If you're looking for things to do to keep your truck running right, just keep up with the gm recommended maintenance schedule.
I've heard the rear ends (differential) are different between the v6 and v8 as well. So a parts truck is definitely the way to go. I plan on doing this too when my v6 starts acting up. I've got a rcsb so I'll probably try to find a 6.2 when the time comes. Haven't seen too many trucks with that combo.
Haven't done much with the truck in awhile but I did get a bottle of "Shine Armour" in the mail. Decided to give it a try and see what all the hype is about. I washed and dried the truck before using this product. My thoughts: Super easy to apply. Wipe on, wipe off. It did give the paint a bit more of a glossy look compared to when I wax it. It does nothing for existing scratches though and actually makes them more apparent and obvious. Truck looks great at a distance but as soon as you go closer, the scratches and scuffs on the body are magnified with this stuff. I have yet to test the hydrophobic properties. Overall, its a great product, but I will only be using it as a finishing product on a clean truck. PS, I didn't do the wheels or tires so go easy on me lol ? Update: It does a good job of causing water to bead up and move off the surface of the truck but definitely not as good as they advertise. I would almost bet the vehicles shown in the ad have 3+ applications. I had just enough in one bottle for one application. Thats not much considering my truck is a rcsb. The upside is that the truck has been easier to keep clean since applying it.
Have you owned an ecotec 4.3? I currently own one, I've had 3 s10s with the vortec 4.3, and I drive a 5.3 for work. When I started driving my work truck, I obviously noticed the difference but not enough to say I bought the wrong truck. My 4.3 does everything I ask of it in daily driving situations and is capable of much more than that. The vortec 4.3 you're talking about is not the same as the ecotec 4.3 and those comparisons need to be put to bed. Apples to oranges.
Interested in the Bilstein 33-238319. PM sent.
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