Some photos..........dirty time of year.
I shoot some in the morning!
I ended up going with the Wildpeak AT3W. Was worried that going up a size would look odd, but only because of how side walls looked on the old Goodyear SRAs. They bulged funny I thought. But with these the look is awesome. Fills the wells a lot better. Bought my first truck in 99' and this will be the first time I've ever had non white raised letters...........but it looks good. I'm impressed with them so far. Grip is great on wet pavement and on that light fine slushy snow that you see at corners where the salts been working. On those old crappy SRA any slight incline (1/2° or more) they would spin. Those things were crap. GM should be embarrassed for putting that crap on. Road noise is a little more, but that's to be expected with a little more aggressive tire. Overall...........Me Likey! Just looks sooooo much better now!
jimbofoxman started following Time for new tires.......what brand? Going up a size....
So thankfully it's time to get rid of these gawd awful factory Goodyear "All Terrains".......might as well be using slicks. Month or so ago I swore I found a thread or three about brands, handling in snow/rain.......but I must be having a moment and can't find them. 2015 DC Z71 LT w/ 44k on it. My daily driver, but thankfully round trips to work is only 16 miles. Not crazy highway miles, but do take 10-12 trips north every spring/summer/fall that amount to around 350 miles each trip. Hardly ever pull a trailer. Maybe a heavy load, short distance (less than 10 miles) 5-6 times a year. Try to minimize how much I plow the drive and live in the country so I'd like something good for snow. My trips up north do lead to two tracking through the National Forest, muddy, deep puddles, etc. Read some on KO2's not being all that great in snow and rain. Had Hankook Dynapros on my 99 Silverado and they seemed to do the job. See lots of reference to Coopers, but don't they tend to be a bit noisy? Seen reference to Falken Wildpeaks and Goodyear DuraTracks. But I have a buddy that says his Duratracs wear fast. But then again it's a Township work truck so it sees more action. So I guess I am just looking at final thoughts based on the above usage. Something a little more aggressive, but not mudders. I would be jumping up to 275/65/18's (from 265/65/18's). Probably someday do a partial level (leave a little rake), but never a lift. Appreciate the input!
For me with a stock 2015 DC Z71 back and forth to work I get 15-16mpg depending on the time of year. But on my 16 mile round trip I have 13 guaranteed stops and 4 more potential stops......so I never get much more than that. If I go on the highway, doing 75-85 I can get 20-21mpg (saw 23 once). If it's two lane middle of no where driving, no stops I've seen 28-29 mpg doing 55-60.
That's what the guy did here in this video. Talked about renting a spring compressor but then shows him taking them to a shop and swapping them out. Otherwise did it all himself. Been debating getting a set on my 15 Z71. Talked briefly with the shop that always worked on my 1999 and he's saying just do a 2" Zone, but I don't want that much lift. Thought about doing a 1" or 1.5" motofab. Still trying to read through all the ins and outs of a insert vs bilsteins (or eibachs)
I also hate not being able to turn Stabilitrac off completely. Yes I know it and Traction Control can be turned off........but Stabilitrac comes back on a 35. If their is snow on the ground you got to have some fun!
I usually settle at around 68°/69°......I just like it to be ice cold and blowing on me when it's cooling the truck down. The 99's did have one of the best cooling systems I've ever seen in a vehicle. Meat locker if you wanted it.
I use this one as well. Really no good places to put a phone holder in the truck. For most driving, it is fine in this location. For long hauls, I don't like it there because I like to rest my leg against that spot. Any other place in the truck either covers up vents, buttons, dials or it sits up for the rest of the world to see!
I only fill when they are cold, like first thing in morning before going to work. Yes I always see the fluctuation when driving which I understand is normal. Other than work it is parked in a garage. I'm not talking about checking everyday. Like the one that is always the fastest it seems like checked when my sensor said 31 and topped it off to 35 the next morning. That was last week sometime and this morning is was 32. The other two I topped off a couple weeks ago were at 32 this morning. Yes the weather has been fluctuating, it's spring in Michigan. The one may have a leak, I'll have them check that one.
Use the TPMS as trigger to check, but I always check with a tire gauge.
Swapped out the rear bumper for one from a wrecked 2016, since I backed into something and put a vertical dent in it. Salvage yard guys were surprised I was replacing it. Wasn't really that bad to do. Got one license plate bulb that is being a pain now. Pull it out and it turns back on. Put it in and it goes out. Lights are from original. Gonna replace bulb tonight and see what happens.
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