Kubs replied to SouthpawHD's topic in 2014-2018 Silverado & Sierra 1500I have had my 2018 8 speed Silverado since March. I now have almost 5K miles on it, 2 trips towing the race car, and absolutely ZERO trans issues. When it was only a couple weeks old we still had some cold weather here in Ohio and I would notice a harder 1-2 upshift on occasion for the first couple shifts, but then it was fine. It could be the warmer weather or the learning process, but I have not had a hard shift in more than 2K miles. I love the 8 speed, but im sure there are some bad apples in the bunch which give them the bad rap.
I was looking back in Feb/March and ended up ordering in early March. When my dealer did a search there were 3 CC SB NHT in the country available at the time, only 1 in the color I wanted and none with all the options I wanted. We contacted the dealer of the black one and they never responded so I said screw it I'll just order. Are you ordering a T1xx in Jan/Feb??
I wanted a crew cab (kids and car seats) and standard bed (hauling) when I was looking. I found very few in that configuration so I had to end up ordering mine. Crew cab, standard bed, Max Trailering package is what I wanted, and ended up ordering. I love it though!
I broke my truck in the same way I do when I change rings or brakes in the race car. I drive down a low traffic road in 2nd or 3rd gear (with the engine warm) and aggressively accelerate from about 2500-4500rpm and let the engine brake bring me back down to 2500rpm. I do not floor it, but maybe 3/4 throttle. As mentioned this load with flare the rings out up against the cylinder walls and help seat them. On the race car I do this with break in oil and change it when I get back to get the assembly lube out. On a street driven vehicle you can change it anytime between 1000-5000 miles and be OK. For the brakes, you need to bed them just like changing pads and rotors. Do a few mild slow downs from about 35mph to 10mph (do not come to a complete stop) and give the rotors a few seconds to cool off in between. Then pick up the speed to about 55-60mph with controlled slow downs to about 15-25mph. Make the last few more aggressive, but do not slam on the brakes. Give the rotors time to cool off by driving straight in between stop attempts (20-30 seconds is sufficient). Do your best not to sit at a red light or stop sign during the bedding as you do not want the hot pads pressed up against the rotor when not moving. Bring it back to your house/driveway and park it and let everything cool off.
Thanks guys for the pictures! I think the white looks good on this body style. I am 30 years old, but consider myself pretty old school for my age. I enjoy chrome bumpers on trucks, and my '71 Corvette, I like white letter tires, and I hate the blackout all 1 color stuff people do now. I prefer contrast and accent colors (ie chrome). I agree that excessive curbing can cause the white to show in other places, so just dont hit a curb! lol I have been off roading in numerous vehicles with some white letter tires and scraped the sides on rocks and sharp edges without losing a letter of exposing the white. It would take deliberate repeated abuse to make it an issue for most people.
Kubs replied to jaxcam02's topic in 2014-2018 Silverado & Sierra 1500I was quoted $1250 for a full paint correction and ceramic coating of Gtechniq Crystal Serum Ultra (comes with a 9 year warranty when professionally applied). I actually got a discount to $950 because I brought it to my detailer same day I picked up my truck directly from the dealer. This preventented more contamination to build up and gave him a blank slate so a little less labor. 2018-05-29_09-04-52 by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180407_183259583_HDR by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr IMG_20180407_183107324_HDR by Mike Kubiak, on Flickr
I only found a few threads discussing the topic of white letters out on tires, but not very many pictures. If you have 17 or 18" wheels and a taller 33-34" tire with white letters out please post a picture so I can decide. I typically like the white letter look but not sure how well they will go with the new body style. Please also add wheel/tire combo specs. Thanks!!
I have close to a 2" level and I will upgrading to 20" wheels and 275/60R20 tires as soon as I have the extra money. I have seen several posts of that tire size with no rubbing on the many wheel/tire threads on here.
I leveled my '18 using Bilstein 5100 on the max setting (about 2") and my headlights were off a bit. I parked next to my brother's '16 and aimed the lights on his garage door about 20ft away. It only took like 1-1.5 turns of the adjustment screw to bring it back down.
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