The 5.3 is more than adequate for any driving you need to do on public roads. The 6.2 is purely for fun/showing off/bragging rights. If you want to pay for the bigger engine, just do it. You don't need permission from strangers online to spend your money. But you definitely don't need a 6.2. There's a lot of things I don't need that I pay for too, but I don't regret having a 5.3 for 1 second.
I agree. Most mods don't add any value to the vehicle. Unless this is the exact setup he's looking for and doesn't mind paying extra for it. Lifts are a horrible investment and mostly a cosmetic "improvement" that only leads to more maintenance costs long-term. I would never buy a used truck with modified suspension, but that's just me. If you want to go through with this, have the front end examined carefully to check for any worn components that you will need to replace soon.
Here ya go. Its a long thread. Go to page 11, or the posts on Jan 7, 2019 to see my finished product. I bought the clear cyclone LED lights from KC. Others went with a ridgid surface mount light, but i don't like how deep those are and the wires go straight out the back. But they do work as well.
Yup. I also changed all 4 white bulbs to LEDs on mine thinking the cargo light would help. It does nothing. I ended up mounting some KC cyclone lights inside the rear bumper step cavity and tied the wiring into the cargo switch, so now I can have bright back-up lights that come on only in P or R when I flip the switch. I have some info/pics in another thread if anybody is interested.
For sure. Obviously the bottle jacks are not the best solution, but they are compact and work in a pinch. I tested mine out to confirm it has adequate extension. I would have no hesitation to use it on the side of the road to put on the spare tire if needed. Of course you wouldn't climb under the truck, you only need it lifted for 5 minutes to swap a tire. How many of you have used the emergency jack ever? I've never needed one on my own car in 20 years, but I have helped 2 people put on a spare with their own OEM jack (both scissors). I don't get all the fuss about this jack that you may use 1 time for the life of the vehicle at most.
I get what you are trying to accomplish, but that's a lot of work for a jack you should rarely if ever need to use, only in an emergency. If you are jacking the truck up in your garage for maintenance, there are many better options available. Plus where do you store that thing? As it no longer fits in its "home" with all that wood attached to it?
This is true. I know each model truck is different, since they all have different headlights. But on my 15, the headlights are very good. Turning on the fogs doesn't change much, it may illuminate the edge of the road better right at my "hood line" of vision, but it does nothing more than 20 feet in front of me.
I did a quick search on truecar.com. It appears from what I saw that 28.5k is a pretty decent price, with some similar suburbans being listed for up to 34k. I'm actually surprised its that low, considering what they get for new ones. if that's what you want, I don't think you'd go wrong to pick it up.
I'd be calling the local junk yards looking for the front bumper off a rear-ended truck. Then you can get an original OEM bumper, possibly with the fog lights still in it, for a better price.
My beater is still on the same battery I had installed when I bought it used in 2009. I had them replace it because the original was weak. But 10 years of Wisconsin winters later, it still starts fine. And that car is not driven daily, more like 3x a week. My wife got 8 years out of her old car battery, too. I've only had to replace a couple batteries in 20 years of driving. Seems like they care able to last a long time as long as it doesn't start out defective.
Totally agree. Give them a chance to help you. I know salespeople get a bad rap, (often for good reason) but there are plenty of good ones out there. If you're nice to them, they should help you out.
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