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  1. You can always drill, tap, and add Zercs for a lifetime of serviceability. I just did this on all the new ball joints and tie rod ends for my '70 Beetle when I rebuilt the front beam.
  2. Back in the day there were arguments over how much to mill the heads and still run pump gas... and now we have questions on how to keep the seats clean. Sigh.
  3. Picked a 95* day to give my chainsaw a workout. Loaded until the truck hit the bump stops, then kept loading.
  4. Nothing you posted was enlightening, only dimming. If tires are wearing that differently fore and aft, one is 1) not rotating them or 2) doing the burnouts. (Hence the burnout item I mentioned). Rotations equalize the normal wear and tear. If a sent of 4 tires is too expensive for a K2 owner/renter then maybe, just maybe, they’re driving the wrong vehicle. If vehicle maintenance is make or break, there are larger problems. I wasn’t kidding or joking so save your wannabe attitude. When tires wear differently, you rotate them. End of conversation.
  5. Who TF is only replacing 2 tires at a time??? If you need to to this, try: 1) rotating tires 2) stop the burnouts. Cool in HS, not so much in middle age. 3) rotating tires 4) affording 4 tires
  6. Truck “seems” like a good deal. Or is it? I bought my ‘16 Crew Cab 4x4 LT a year ago, CPO warranty good through 2022, for less than he’s asking. And that’s from an actual Chevy dealer. Why is retired guy getting rid of it so soon? Was it an auction buy on the part of the Ford dealer? What always makes a deal “Good” is 1) how much you NEED the item 2) how well you can afford said item, 3) how much you’ll immediately need to invest into that item, and lastly 4) how much you want said item. You know your finances and your job market better than anyone else, nor is it anyone else’s business. My personal limit on a vehicle purchase is 20% of one year’s gross salary, but typically I stick to 10% or less. There are cheaper ways to build credit, especially with all the 0% deals on brand new going on right now. Just my $0.02.
  7. X3 for the 5k mile rotation. I rotate, change all fluids/filters, and do an ignition tuneup on every thing I buy in order to set the baseline.
  8. 120* C (248*F) won’t be overheating on these things, though is close. Pressure and coolant mix raise the boiling point up to around 260*F IIRC. The dealer is quoting a worst case scenario on that temp and I do agree if temp is getting that high there’s other issues to deal with. If it helps assuage any buyers remorse, I’ve worked on enough Fords, all with the same exact issues (failed timing chain tensioners and guides), to never own one ever again. But I also expect 300k miles without issue. I only buy used, sometimes over 100k miles; I’ll let the original owner take the financial hit and then I’ll still have a reliable, clean vehicle for hundreds of thousands of miles for a fraction of the price. You paid $60k for added comfort not added durability, so I’d reckon that aspect has been fulfilled. If that is too much, or the just wasn’t worth the squeeze, trade it in for a cheaper truck, or one from another brand, but don’t expect perfection. Emissions and fuel economy requirements have upped engine temps, leaned the fuel mix, and added miles of electronic complexity. At least these trucks don’t have their fuel pump driver module circuit board cleverly hidden inside a sacrificial metal case and mounted above the rear axle, like a Ford... mine went through 3 of those in 150k miles at $100 a piece.
  9. I dunno, I’m 6’-1” and never had an issue reaching the the dipstick in my 4x4. I can reach it easily. If you want to talk annoying, try pulling the heads on a lifted version of these things. I had to have a stepladder when I pulled the cams on my lifted F150, now that was annoying! ? If the reach is too far, just drain the air out of the tires. Bring the vehicle to you. ?
  10. The only one to say definitively is your lawyer. The shop won’t replace your engine without one. It will get ugly, and you’ll likely have to make concessions unless you have very deep pockets. I presume you’re out of factory warranty. That whole scenario is why I avoid shops. Nothing is ever done 100% right. If I can’t do it in my home shop, it won’t be done. Good luck. And be wary of their “replacement engine” offers. 30 years ago my dad took his ‘86 Mitsubishi pickup to a trusted shop that did the work for the state police cars (he is a retired Trooper) and the owner said his engine failed at 120k miles. Sold him a replacement engine that ran like crap because it didn’t have the balance shaft installed. My dad took him to court but in the meanwhile went to the shop, picked up the original engine by hand out of the weeds it had been sitting in for a month, and brought it home. Turns out just a common valve adjustment issue common to every Mitsu motor. Ran it up to 345k miles without issue. I think all he got out of the lawsuit was the cost of the reman motor, nothing of his time spent swapping to engines in our home garage, or aggravation.
  11. Is there anything other than arguably better looks (T1s notwithstanding) and the useless multi tailgate than a Denali has that a High Country Chevy doesn’t? I’m not being facetious and actually curious. My GMC doesn’t have dash vents, an HVAC that has a setting they than “heat” or “defrost”, crank windows, vinyl floors and a bare cardboard headliner. Not quite high class when you need to reach under the dash to open the fender well vents in order to get outside air. But like a good GM, has t needed anything other than fluid changes and ignition tuneups since new in 1984. Original clutch too, and the undercoating is still intact in the frame. It’ll outlast the K2.
  12. FWIW... I’m at 50k on Goodyear Wranglers and only half way to the wear bars. Stock size for 18” wheel. We take the truck every other month from NY to FL and if my 1 year old can sleep for 10 hours solid in the truck and I can drive for 20 hours straight after being awake all day, I’d say the ride and sound are very acceptable. I usually prefer other brand tires, but have had no reason to gripe.
  13. One of the more comical things I’ve ever seen is a GMC pickup with one of those “Calvin pissing on Chevrolet” stickers in the back window. Probably the same guy who is convinced that the “professional grade” marketing campaign means that his truck has heavier duty suspension and drivetrain components. ?
  14. Hence the word “mostly” in my post. The multi tailgate solution to something not broken is not ubiquitous, either. Carry on.
  15. I guess that depends on how you classify a Diablo/Caballero ? Seriously though today it’s just a badge and detal difference. My ‘84 GMC doesn’t even have vents in the dash, hardly what I’d call a step up from a Chevrolet. The GMC price premium is mostly a marketing creation, they “look” fancier (and often better, IMO).
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