This is the advice we all need here. Not doing this, and claiming ASE Master Tech in the same post just throws red flags all over the OP's story IMO. I'm an ASE anything. Been a "car guy" since before I had my license though. AN 3rd party inspection costs $100-$150, and they will inspect whatever you want them to, as well as a "standard" list of stuff. A list I would expect anyone with the credentials of ASE Master Tech to be able to put together quickly and easily. Having bought multiple cars from out of state, and even imported one from Canada, an independent inspection is imperative to know what you're walking into, especially if the delivery is 3.5hrs from home. At any point in the process if a dealer can't or won't provide that information and coordination, I walk. Of course I don't beat them up for every single penny either, so it makes it worth their time. To answer OP's question. If there was a CPO warranty in place. Take it to the nearest dealer and ask to have the issues covered under that warranty. Get a denial, then start walking it up the ladder. For me, probably more hassle than it's worth for something like pads and rotors, and new tires. That's a Saturday mornings worth of work to change those out in the garage, and then a drop off at the tire shop to have new treads mounted and balanced. Lesson learned IMO.
Awesome. Thanks for the info. Definitely going to strip the emblems, and door trim off as soon as it warms up. Have to keep my eyes peeled for a new grill, and some wrap for the bumpers. have a buddy that does powdercoating, might reach out to him and see if he can handle the bumper.
Love the front end change there. The general "dechroming" effect is great. Did you buy new parts, paint existing or what? I have the "same" truck (color/wheels/year/etc) and have been looking into this exact same mod path.
For us.....tow behind camper, and driveable camper is out. Have a boat to take with us that is the primary objective. It's either tent camper, Roof Top Tent, or Slide in for us. If we get a slide in, we'll take it out of the truck for the weekend at the campground. Leaving the truck to launch/retrieve the boat and run around. Leaning hard towards a Roof Top Tent due to cost/complexity and payload issues with the 1500 pickup. We'll see how that shakes out though. Gotta get out of lock-down before we can do anything at this rate.
Dodge gave up and went coils awhile back. Ferd still has the metal sticks though. Read a story years ago.....like early '00's.....was a review on the big 3's latest pickups. The comment that stuck with me was that the Ford rode the best unloaded and the GM rode the best loaded. Ram was consistently in the middle. Seems like it still holds true. My truck does ride considerably better when loaded, either cargo or trailer.
Agreed. I have the 5100's and Load Range D KO2's on my 2015 quad-cab short bed 1500 Sierra The 5100's were NOT an upgrade from the Ranchos that came on the truck. They are over damped on high shaft speed (square edge bumps), and on the edge of under damped for low shaft speed (large whoops and dips) conditions. VERY similar to the Ranchos as best I can tell. They're silver and look nice, so I guess that's worth something. The KO2's are HEAVY tires with STIFF sidewalls. They are both too heavy (unsprung weight) for the shocks to accurately control, and too stiff to give the ride any compliance, or feeling of comfort. I'll be moving to Continentals this fall (even derated "P" tires will carry enough load to exceed the axle ratings of the truck). If that doesn't smooth the ride a bit, then I'll be donating the 5100's to whomever wants them, and going with some sort of adjustable coilover/bagover setup. I get it's a truck, it's not supposed to ride like luxury comfort sedan, but WOW is the ride bad in this configuration.
Yeap, the wheels are great. I think I like those better than the 22in snowflakes on the Denalis. I've got the very popular 20in 12spoke chromes. I really like 'em, and fortunately not that popular in my area. Love the debadging as well. I've been on the fence about that with mine, but couldn't commit. I think this weekend the 'ol girl will get debadge and scrubbed down pretty good.
@D_Spin Thanks for the update. I'm about |...| that close to needing new tires, and these are on the top of my list currently. I'll be getting a 275/55/20 size, but otherwise same tire. I've run Continentals on everything I've owned for year. From a Mazda RX8, to an Audi A4, to my Wifes Traverse. Hell, I've even got a pair of Conti's on my bicycle. They've always been exceptional quality, and great performers. I was a little concerned about this being the first A/T tire they've made, but I've yet to hear a bad review about them. I'll be sure to report back in when I end up with a set on my truck.
Local dealer here still has (7) brand new 2018 Denalis on the lot. I suspect a LOT of people are looking at those, and then looking at a new one and realizing the '18's aren't discounted enough to make the deal worthwhile. Currently discounted ~$12k or so. They hit anywhere under $50k, and I'll consider picking one up. About another $6-7k to go!
I don't have much help for you on where to grab a constant hot (although I agree with the premise and think it's a great idea). I'm just curious which slide in you're running on a 1500. Wife and I have been looking for a 1/2ton acceptable slide in for awhile. Any thoughts?
Just ordered mine as well. Probably from the same guy I've been running the NAPA brand DEXOS approved oil on 5k intervals. That's 4 changes a year for me at $75/ea. If I can stretch that change out to 10k miles, that's 2 changes a year for me. $220 in oil and filters instead of $300 in oil and filters. Cost is about a wash, but I don't have to dork with it as much
I Seriously spent the better part of 4 hours on the laptop last night researching Roof Top Tents. Wife is onboard with the largest CVT Soft tent.....IF....I can figure out a way to make a portable stand for it so we can drive the truck out from under it once at the campground. Going to have to call CVT tech support and see what they think about that.
I'm running a Truxedo Sentry CT. Great cover IMO. It looks like a soft cover, but its actually a roll up aluminum slat cover with a canvas covering on it. Keeps all but the worst driving rain out. With the locking tailgate it makes a semi-secure rear compartment. Could probably get it open with a crowbar if you really wanted to. Latches are a heavy plastic. Keeps the honest people out. It's somewhat easy to remove, but it's rather heavy, so I don't remove it often. Has some straps on the front that keep the rolled up part, well, rolled up when needed. I really liked the canvas look, lockability, and super low profile. I think it was around $750 on sale when I bought it 18mo ago. Here it is rolled up: Here it is closed:
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