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    Chris
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    Buffalo, NY
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    2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT

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  1. I wouldn't doubt they do that. I still will stick with my GM trucks. Just putting out my 2 cents for what it's worth lol. Another cool idea but i'm not sure if it would stick is if the bed rails had stake pockets that could be pulled up and lock in place so you could use it as a tie down instead of having to tie to the hooks in the bed corner or the ones at the very top of the bed rail. If you had a bed full of crap it could be a little bit of a challenge to get to the hook if you didn't think ahead and put your strap on the hook before loading everything in. Still all just ideas but more for lazy people out there who can't think ahead lol.
  2. I think the GMC multipro tailgate is better but to a certain extent. You can only fold up the flap if the gate is down to keep a few sheets of lumber or drywall in the bed. What I would really think would make a great tailgate is if it could be like an old station wagon. You can either drop it down like a typical pickup tailgate or swing the entire tailgate open like a door. There are quite a few times I just need an extra foot of reach to grab some bags and stuff that went forward into the bed and I just end up climbing in the bed which is no problem for me but if I had a tailgate that swung out I could easily get to it.
  3. TMPS Sensor Help

    Double check your RPO code list in the glovebox. If you see a code for XL7, you have a 315MHz system, if you see a code for XL8 you have a 433MHz system.
  4. TMPS Sensor Help

    I would reach out to GM and have them give you a free build sheet unless you have the sheet that shows all the options from the factory. On my 14 it shows an option for 315mhz for my tpms system.
  5. Silverado/Sierra vs. Tahoe/Yukon

    You must have a really small garage then. For me being in the north I never plan to park in the garage. For one it would be nice so I don't have to brush off the snow but at the same time I would be getting in a cold truck that I could not run for a few minutes to warm up the coolant so I have some heat. Also garage queens are pointless up here since you drive in all the salt that destroys your vehicles and you still have to brush your car off when you are out somewhere and park like going shopping. I still like the price of my Silverado (26k when I bought it almost 2 years ago used from a lease) and the versatility of it. Leer and Are caps are the best ones out there. I did not buy the cap myself, it just came with the truck along with floor mats, a chrome stick on accent for the tailgate handle, running boards and a spray in bed liner.
  6. Silverado/Sierra vs. Tahoe/Yukon

    I vote for the silverado/sierra. I had a smaller SUV (GMC Envoy) prior to my silverado and it worked alright until I bought a house. I could barely fit a sheet of drywall, 2x4's and tons of other items in the back of my Envoy so I decided it was time to get rid of it. Plus the frame had rust holes on it and other lines were starting to rust and I didn't want to deal with the expense to repair the frame every year and to replace the lines. Going from a SUV to a truck is a difference. One nice thing with a SUV is that it's very hard to get water in the back when you are hauling stuff. I have a truck cap on my silverado and it is one of the shitty ranch caps. It leaks water and snow in the bed right towards the rear and if it rains really hard it will leak water in the side windows if the wind is forcing the rain from the sides. The locks also suck ass on the cap and I have to oil them and beat on them with a hammer to get the lock to work. In the summer the locks work fine but in the cold forget about locking the damn thing up. Since I do have a pickup though that has the high and low spots in the bed I could keep my clothes and other items like that dry in the bed by putting down a sheet of plywood or something since the water that does make it's way in (it isn't much but still something) will just stay in the low areas of the bed channels and drain out. I also prefer to keep the items I want dry to the very far end of the bed near the cab. Having a truck is nice since you don't have to worry about trashing your interior when you get lumber, drywall or anything else that can scratch up the interior or make it a dusty mess. I just get a broom or if needed hose down the bed and it's good as new again. Double check your garage size for the silverado. My garage is a 2.5 car garage and I barely fit in there for height with the BFG KO2's on there now and my truck cap. The cap at the very back end only gives me half an inch of clearance. The length since I have a double cab with a 6.5' bed barely fits but I do have a workbench in the back of the garage that was a lot bigger but I knocked it down in size so I could pull my truck in and work on it in the garage if needed. I never park it in the garage unless I am working on it though and it's crappy outside. My next project is to get a lift in the garage so I can hoist up the cap if I ever need to haul really large items I cannot lay on their side so I can remove the cap as needed. If you do get a silverado/sierra with a crew cab/short bed configuration you will be able to get a 6.5' bed length with the tailgate down. I have the standard bed so I can get 8' of length with the tailgate down. Haven't had a need arise for that but just putting it out there for you.
  7. I'm putting money on it being so cold that the gap had increased despite being fully tight and with the oil being really cold it does increase your pressure a little until it gets warm so you probably lost a few drops from that. I wouldn't be too worried but I would definitely do like you said and let it thaw out and make sure you aren't leaking anywhere above the filter. If it goes back to staying dry when it gets warmer I would just write it off and let it be.
  8. Locking rear differential questions

    I wonder if the g80 engagement may be caused from metal shavings getting caught up in the pawl that engages/disengages the locker. At high speed the pawl is defeated so you won't blow up the diff by gunning the engine and having the rear end lock up under high speed. From my experience I mainly get the locker to engage if I rev the engine up to around 1200 rpm and then you feel the back end lock up and hear that loud bang when it kicks in. I wouldn't say the g80 is ever a replacement for 4 wheel drive. If you have quite a bit of weight in the bed then it will help a lot more than an empty bed with just relying on the g80. I haven't found a need to use 4 wheel drive since I replaced my tires with ko2's. I still get a tiny bit of wheel spin in the rear end but it isn't even as close to the spin and total loss of traction from the OEM tires. In 4 wheel drive I could not get the truck to break traction one bit. I would recommend taking the back end up off the ground and spin one tire by hand and then once you get it going take the tire and immediately spin it back the other direction. It should get the other wheel to immediately stop and you will hear the clunk when the locker opens up and engages. If you don't get it to lock try spinning the wheel faster by hand and then stop it and turn it the opposite direction.
  9. Torque App, gear selector PID

    do you happen to know any other custom pid's that need to be set or have a list of them? I don't mind the ones my truck lists but having more would always be a plus.
  10. Try a different usb cable for it. I do not have a hard drive ipod anymore nor have I used an ipod with my truck but in past experience when I connected my ipod to aftermarket radios if you have a cheap aftermarket cable they can cause some spotty issues. I will say the mylink system in my 14 is annoying as hell. It works alright for the most part but if I shut the truck down and restart it within 15 minutes it usually will lock up the radio and not recognize the usb hard drive (it's really a 512gb SSD in a usb to sata enclosure) and I have to unplug the hard drive and plug it back in. If that doesn't work then I have to switch the radio to listen to the FM radio, wait a few minutes and then I can switch over to the media to play my music. The little things like that and how when you get a phone call and hang up, the call screen will stay up on the 8" screen on the dash are some of the many things that annoy me about the truck.
  11. if that's the wind chill you will be fine. I only have the washer fluid freeze just at the nozzles and it's usually only one nozzle that freezes. Once I start the truck and ride around for a bit it thaws back out. I found that my washer fluid jets would freeze more often if I didn't use the fluid. My thought is that the alcohol in the solution evaporates in the line where it is near the nozzles and that's where it freezes. I used to have to take a heat gun to the wiper cowl on my silverado and my old envoy since I don't use the washers that often. Now I like to squirt them every 2 weeks in the winter at the least and never have issues unless snow melts on the nozzle and freezes but that is no fault of the fluid. Antifreeze would be fine. I doubt you would be that cold to freeze the antifreeze and blow out the freeze plugs on the engine. If you want to help protect your washer fluid just add more alcohol to it. That's essentially what keeps it from freezing is a higher alcohol solution.
  12. How in the world did you have a failed sway bar end link on a 2015? That should have taken way longer than that to have it rust out and snap. From past experiences the rubber bushings dry rot before the metal rod and spacers rust out and I live in western new york where we salt the roads to no end. But yes, the black threaded piece going from your sway bar to the lower control arm is your sway bar end link. When you replace it make sure you have both front tires off the ground. It would be damn near impossible to replace it one side at a time if you have the truck leaning since the sway bar would be loaded down.
  13. I also went with the BFG KO2's and love them. You pay more for BFG's but in my opinion it's worth every penny. I had BFG long trail tires on my GMC Envoy and they performed well for a highway tire. I went with 275/65R18's for my KO2's and have 0 rubbing. With measuring the tire size online it should be about 1 inch larger in size than the stock 275's but I found that with my tires at 45 psi that the truck has about an inch and a half of extra height so I barely fit in the garage now. It was tight before on the worn out sra's but the ko2's make the back part of my truck cap so close to hitting the garage door opening that I can barely fit my fingers between there haha.
  14. driver rear axle shaft seal leak

    Just to update everyone, I had my truck in on Saturday for the service and they replaced the drivers side half-shaft in the axle, axle seal, 6 new lugnut studs (since the half shaft doesn't come with them already attached), new fluid and a new vent hose for the diff. I don't know why they changed the vent hose since it never was torn or pinched but whatever. It is costing GM $636 for the service and I paid 0. I asked about the parking brakes and they said that it would not be covered since they were damaged by the axle seal leaking and it would have cost me $250 to get a new parking brake shoe and springs put on just the drivers rear that is ruined. I told them don't even think about it since the cost of the parts would be the same for me at home but I would save $200 in labor doing it myself for a 30 minute job. I am just going to replace the parking brake shoe on the drivers side and not the springs since they are in perfect shape. They wrote on the receipt that there were 2 nicks on the half shaft where the bearing seal meets and that is what caused the leak. I am certainly glad I brought it in or I would have been eating up a huge cost doing it myself! I was only expecting the cost of a seal and fluid, not a new shaft.
  15. I cannot speak on how the SRA's perform when brand new but I bought my truck with 42k miles on it and the sra's were pretty close to the end of their life. The traction on them sucked as others mentioned in wet roads. For me it was terrible in slushy roads and even the snow that was fluffy. I drive like a granny (at least that's what everyone I give rides to says since I don't floor the gas pedal after coming to a stop) and they had terrible grip and I would spin the entire time. On my last truck I had a gmc envoy and that had bf goodrich long trail tires and they worked great year round. I certainly would not try off roading with them but the snow and other conditions were no problems with them, even when I got rid of the truck the tires were just barely above the wear bars and it had the same amount of grip as it did when brand new. I now have BFG KO2's on my silverado and absolutely love them! I can gun it and spin the tires but it actually continues to push my truck forward in 2 wheel drive. I also noticed that with the SRA's if I would hit the gas too hard in snowy or wet conditions the back end would sway out, with the ko2's my truck travels perfectly straight. The only thing I miss was the better fuel economy. I get better mileage driving steady city traffic without a ton of stopping but on the thruway I now get 16mpg where I used to get 22-25 all the time with the sra's. I will gladly take a loss on mileage for having some actual grip though.
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