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  1. Just cut the back of your box and frame right behind the rear wheels and leave the chassis alone. You'll have a long wheel base/short box truck and won't have to mess around with the driveline. LOL
  2. Since we've had the pistons and rings replaced, it has not used a drop of oil. We went about 5,500 miles on the first oil change and about 2,000 miles since then. So far so good. That being said, we still have some annoying clatter from the engine at idle especially with the a/c on. But it's running well and we're getting reasonable gas mileage; 27 hwy, 21 around town. Fortunately, all this has not cost us a dime; all covered under warranty (7 years, 110,000 miles on the engine per letter we received from GM a couple of years ago).
  3. I've had drop-in and spay-in liners. No problems with any of them though the drop-in did scuff up the paint in the bed a bit because it moves around ever so slightly. I put a GM OEM bed matt in my new truck after the spray-in liner was put in and have a tonneau cover on it.
  4. It all depends on how well it was built and maintained. Be sure to have a thorough, independent (don't use the seller's or realtor's recommended inspector) inspection done prior to signing any papers to make sure everything is correctly built, maintained, and up to codes.
  5. I've had Meyer, Western, Snoway, and Boss plows. I liked the Snoway best then Boss. I've always liked plows with a direct linkage lift like Boss or Snoway rather than a lift chain. The plow doesn't bounce up and down over railroad tracks, dips in the road, etc. Plus (at least with Snoway) you can get down-pressure hydraulics that help a bit with back dragging. I also like a poly mold board (or stainless) to avoid rust. If you're buying new, expect to spend somewhere north of $5,000+ for a good plow with lights, shoes and a deflector.
  6. ^^ Sounds like normal operation. Oil pressure varies with rpm's. It will be lower at idle and higher with higher rpm's. If you have 35 at idle and 50-55 with higher rpm's, you're doing just fine.
  7. Electrical tape, fuses, duct tape, and assorted hand tools/sockets. A quart of oil, a rag or two, and a couple of extra bulbs. We were about a thousand miles from home once and had a burned out brake lamp bulb. No one was open and it took us until the next day to find a bulb (standard 3157 bulb) and I always carry an extra bulb or two on long trips ever since.
  8. We got our Equinox back already. (2 days at the dealer.) New pistons, rings, timing chains (3rd time), tensioners (2nd time), guides (2nd time), O2 sensor, oil, filter, and coolant. Cost us nothing but a little inconvenience. At least GM is taking care of it. It runs so much better and is WAY quieter under the hood. All I hear now is the injectors clicking... no more chain or piston clatter. We'll see how long it lasts and whether this cured the oil consumption...
  9. Our '11 is in now for engine tear-down/inspection at 54,000 miles (we bought it brand new). Used 3 quarts of oil in 4,000 miles. Rattles like a diesel at idle. Dealer said if cylinder walls are too far gone, they'll replace the engine. If they can be honed, they'll replace the pistons/rings. I think it's also time for a third set of timing chains/tensioners/cam actuators. Thankfully, it's all under warranty. Dealer gave my wife a '16 Equinox 2.4 to drive while ours is being fixed. It has way more power off the line than our '11 even though the engine is rated the same power/torque. Plus, it's almost completely silent under the hood compared to our Equinox's clattering. It makes no sense to me to have our engine "fixed". It would be cheaper and more reliable for GM to just put a new short-block (or long-block) in it and be done with it.
  10. I bought my Sierra brand new in June '13 with 7 miles on the clock. 33 months later, it has 7,174 miles on it as of today.
  11. If you put any Japanese maker's badges on a GM truck, Consumers Reports would LOVE it and find nothing to complain about.
  12. I have the Boss Sport Duty on my '13 Ext Cab 1500. At the time I had it installed, (Aug '13), it was a lot lighter than the Western HTS or Fisher or Snoway plows that were available for my 1500. The local Western dealer would not install the HTS on my truck even though I have the 3950 front axle. He told me Western would not allow it and would only allow the Suburbanite (which is junk as far as I'm concerned). The Boss plow (not including the truck mount) weighs about 385 lbs. It's been great, no problems whatsoever. I keep about 300 lbs. of sand in the bed during plow season. The Snoway and Boss are direct linkage plows, no lift chain, no bouncing of the plow up and down over railroad tracks, etc. I think that is a big benefit and reduces the stress on the front of the truck.
  13. I replaced all the hard-wired smoke detectors in our house today with new smoke/CO detectors. They were over 20 years old. Had to put up new mounting rings and re-wire. Very easy, took about 90 minutes or so to do all seven of them. By then it was warm enough outside to mop the garage floor (epoxy coated) to get the winter slop off it. It was 36 out today; first day above freezing in about three weeks. That took about two hours. Then I checked all tire pressures, oil, washer fluid, etc. in all our vehicles while waiting for the garage floor to dry. It was nice to be outside in the fresh air. Then it was time to watch the Broncos/Patriots game. I've been in the La-Z-Boy ever since. LOL
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