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  1. Let your owner's manual be your guide for miles and / or time for any maintenance.
  2. Crush, The Raptor is appealing more to the performance folks and off-road if you are that inclined, that's why it doesn't have all those extra you mentioned. My son just bought an F150 Platinum Crew and it has all those little options you are missing and more for the same window sticker price or lower than the Raptor. After seeing, riding, and driving his F150 Platinum CrewI can tell you from an impartial view "Ford doesn't raise the bar, it IS the bar." And I have a very enjoyable 2016 LTZ that hasn't given me any trouble whatsoever. Even the Chevy High Country doesn't compare.
  3. I have marked 175' with both 2016 Silverado and 2019 Traverse on a clear sight-line and through window glass.
  4. Doug, Thank you. Just to be clear, this CD player wont play through the vehicle's speakers, correct? I don't care about the steering controls. I'm attempting to find something that will play thru the OEM speakers. I even called Crutchfield and they don't have anything and essentially said I'm SOL from anything they have. I 'wish listed' this portable one anyhow.
  5. Yep, I neglected to check if a CD player came in the OEM standard radio............... Has anyone added one? Do I have any options for adding just a CD player?
  6. You'll love the added LTZ features, they will spoil you. Good looking truck and a nice price. Don't forget to change your signature!
  7. Are there any model preferences or warnings for brands? I wouldn't want any wires showing so a pro install would be my choice and that's not me!.
  8. Keep those wheels, the 18's ride a little better and are attractive IMO. Ninety nine percent of those here with the BiG lifts and big macho wheels interpret 'off-road' as riding on the shoulder!
  9. Goodyear SRA's My truck came with the 20" chrome wheels and Continentals. Three months after taking possession of it I bought a full set of the ZR71 aluminum wheels from a dealer who installs lift kits, I don't like the chrome wheels. Being concious of the vibration problem I had my independent tire place balance the factory 18" Goodyears. Before they started I asked the owner 'How good is the factory balance' and he said "Usually pretty good." The balance was NOT a road force but a conventional balance: Two wheels took 2.5 oz, one wheels took 1.25oz and the last wheel was OK. Two and a half ounces is a LOT. So off I went after spending $50 for my own satisfaction and it was probably a good thing I did. I have had no issues with the factory Z71 18" Goodyear SRA tires whatsoever. They have been to Florida and Alabama with no vibrations whatsoever on the 70+ MPH Interstates and my truck didn't have any vibrations with the 20" chrome either. These last few pages have brought another factor into this whole 'road force' and tire balance/vibration issue: How competent and how well trained are the dealer techs using the machine? It's not nuclear physics to use one but it does take some practice and training. Does the dealer even HAVE a machine when they claim they did a 'road force' balance. Has everyone SEEN the machine at their dealer's when they claim a 'road force' balance was done?
  10. Looks like an F150 from the side..........
  11. It's been stated numerous times in this long thread that many who have replaced their driveshaft still have the problem. What fixes your truck may not fix another's.
  12. Street Queen, all stock after the bi-annual Spring and Fall detail.
  13. Barak, I made no reference to 'road force balancing,' my reference was to the PICO tester and its available printout. Your experience with those Goodyear Wranglers is another example of what may solve one owner's issues and not anothers. When I bought my truck I removed the 20" chrome wheels and installed the default 18" Z71 aluminum wheels with those Goodyear Wranglers. I never had a vibration then and don't have one now and those wheels and tires carried us to Florida once and Alabama twice on the 70MPH+ Interstates. I've seen many complaints about the Wrangler tires here but I never had any issues with them. I've had the 18" wheels conventionally balanced independently by a private shop after the exchange, not a road force balance, and the factory balance left a lot to be desired. I personally have no idea what causes the vibration on a small percentage of these GM trucks but it's a helluva thing to read about the problem on $50,000 +/- trucks and the understandable dissatisfaction of those owners.
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