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  1. I installed this under the passenger seat. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019Z3RFGY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Tapped into the wires coming down the channel under the door sill. I replaced the door speakers with a set of rockford fosgate's and the overall improvement is pretty good. The sub I linked fits nicely under the front seat, but does interfere with moving the seat all the way back. One of the steel bars under the seat catches on it just a bit. If I tried, I could probably find a way to mount it where it doesn't interfere, but I just haven't had a need to yet.
  2. Update: After a lengthy discussion with the store manager, and a call with the district manager, the store will be paying for all 3 wheels to be refinished. I will have to be without the truck for a few days, since I don't have any other wheels to put on there, but I'm satisfied for now that they are making things right. As long as the refinisher they contract with does quality work. Still have to research them before scheduling the job.
  3. Ideally, yes, I should have checked and not trusted. But hindsight is always 20/20. You're just stating the obvious here, nothing profound. Half-update: The store manager called today and apologized for not calling me on Saturday morning. Apparently had family issues come up. He'll be meeting me tomorrow morning at 8AM.
  4. National Tire & Battery. They also operate stores under the "Tire Kingdom" brand. As for noticing, like I said before, I just got in and headed home. I took a closer look when I got home and immediately noticed the scratches. Didn't occur to me at that exact moment that I should check to see if a shop that specializes in tire work had destroyed my wheels.
  5. Little back story first... I took my girlfriend's 2019 challenger to NTB last year to get a tire plugged. Long story short, they scraped up the lip of the wheel they worked on pretty badly. Worse than your average curb rash. They claimed they "didn't do it" and that it was probably curb rash (which it wasn't), and had to get the district manager involved. After some arguing back and forth, they ended up paying for the wheel to be refinished, and we went on our way. Fast forward to this past Friday, and I decide to give another NTB store on the other side of town another chance on my 2019 Silverado LT. They had a good price on some Cooper's, so I had them install all 4 on Friday afternoon. The attached photos are of what I found when I got the truck back. Didn't notice it when I left the store, because I was just ready to get out of there after sitting for almost 3 hours waiting, but noticed about an hour later after I got home. 3 out of the 4 wheels have deep scratches almost half way around the lip of the wheel, deep enough that I can catch a fingernail on them. They immediately claimed they didn't do it (again), and asked if I'm sure the scratches weren't there before. I assured them they were not, and they asked me to send the photos I had taken to their store email, and the manager would call me when he looked at them. That was at 430PM on Friday, and I still had not gotten a call as of 1PM on Saturday. I called the store, and was told the store manager had something come up and wasn't at the store last night or today, and I would have to bring the truck back on Monday morning for them to look at the damage. At this point, I'm not confident they're going to own up to it. I have been patient with them so far, and am giving them the chance to make it right, but it's not looking good right now. These wheels were spotless when I dropped the truck off, and I have photos to prove it. To top it all off, the left rear tire is leaking at a pretty quick rate (about 5 psi every 6 hours), so I have already had to air it back up twice. My suggestion is, avoid NTB/Tire Kingdom aside from buying the tires themselves there. In the future I will not be letting them touch any vehicle I have control over. They clearly employ techs that don't care about the job they're doing, or the quality of the work. I will update this post as things progress with how they handle the situation.
  6. I hit one last fall that pushed the bumper in far enough to take chunks out of the tire, and crushed the quarter panel, headlight, and the little aero vent thing in the corner. Ended up being over $6k in damage. So adding in the back door damage, I think CamGTP is about right on the damage guess.
  7. Got a reply from TFL this morning. Here's what they said... Hi Chris, Thanks for the note. Our ability to test trucks is limited to the models that manufacturers supply to us. Since they know we take anything with AWD/4WD off-road as part of our reviews, we nearly always get the Z71/Trail Boss versions of trucks to review. So it's not a matter of would we, but can we. Still, if a 4x4 Silverado that's not a Z71 or Trail Boss comes our way, we'll run it off-road. Count on it. Best, Grant So sounds like they don't really get a choice in what GM sends them to use for testing.
  8. I didn't know they'd done anything with it yet, that's promising I suppose. In my email, I asked specifically if they would consider doing a full offroad test on some low difficulty trails/terrain with a Silverado or Sierra with this single speed transfer case. It would be interesting to see them take one on a low difficulty trail out there. I think it's Tombstone hill, they call it, that they test a lot of things on. That would be a pretty decent test scenario.
  9. Agreed. Might be worth sending the TFL guys an email to see if they can get access to a single speed transfer case truck to do some testing. EDIT: I sent the TFL guys an email to see if they'd be interested in doing this kind of review for us.
  10. I actually did this with my switch for a couple LED pods in the front bumper, where fog lights would be if equipped. You can remove the lower pieces of the center stack, and snake your hand up through to push them out. It's a tight fit, but I managed to do with without removing the whole surround and all that. I'll get a photo of the switch I put in later on today. EDIT: found a pic. I did a ****** job of sizing the hole to mount it, so ignore that, but it's a good spot to mount one.
  11. I used it for a couple minutes on a trail in PA just to see what it was like. Just felt lot of engine braking and the system electronically applying the brakes when not touching the gas. Going less than 5 miles per hour, and letting off the gas, it brings you to a stop pretty fast. Not sure it's much more useful than 4 high, but I didn't use it in any type of terrain that would warrant 4 low, or this new mode made to mimic it, so I can't speak to that. Just wanted to see what it did. From reading, it's supposed to mimic the gearing, shift points, and "crawl" effect of 4 low, but with none of the torque benefits of a true 4 low system.
  12. Tried to do the same thing with my non-trailboss LT this weekend. Definitely more motivated to invest in a small lift now. Although, it still wasn't maxed out on articulation yet. Needed a bigger rock/hill.
  13. Took it out to play in the PA back roads. Found some trails in the woods to play on.
  14. Not yet. Ended up doing some other things first, but they are still on my list of things to get. Just pushed them back a little.
  15. If you frequent drive-in theaters like I do, something like this is the best thing you can get. I have one that I got for $179 on sale at Sam's Club, and it's one of my favorite things I own. It makes drive in movies so much better, audio wise.
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