I'd call the manufacturer and see what the differences are in their kits. It's possible that the blower may have too much displacement to run efficiently on a 5.3 or maybe a few supporting mods will be enough to run it.
My buddy swore by WT and I had them in my previous vehicle. While I liked them I wasn't really all that impressed. I ended up getting the Xact Huskys like many in this thread and I'm beyond satisfied. He even said they look nicer than his. I'd say it's pretty unanimous haha, and almost everyone who has the Huskys has tried WT AND had the same curling problem so that's a pretty good indicator.
Mine had enough wire to run along the floor, it was the path of least resistance. It wasn't easy persay but much easier than going along the top.
I've put about 8k miles on mine so far, just about to do my first rotation. The only con I have is that my truck developed the Chevy shake after getting rid of the stock tires, but I can't say for certain that any other tire could have prevented it. I work at a motocross track that is notoriously sandy and plow in the winter and I've never found a tire that can excel in both like these do. That are absolutely unreal in slick conditions, I could barely feather the throttle with the stock tires in the rain and now I can hammer down and never run out of grip.
The transmission pan is $13.97 on Amazon, you could buy a weld on bung and get it done while your truck is still together. Throw a local shop cash and have them do it while they're working on other projects.
Incentives are slowly getting better for mid size trucks, it just took a few years on market for things to slow down. Like every other truck, they jumped $10k when loan terms went to 84 and 96 month options without adding anything to justify that cost increase. But it's hard to hate the Colorado/Ranger/Tacoma size trucks, they do everything well that 95% of trucks owners need done. I'd be driving one now if the dollars made sense, I got a more capable truck for less money but had the pricing been different I could see myself in a midsize. This is the same argument guys who tow their boat twice a year make about why they didn't buy a "wimpy" 1500.
I'd be interested to see the gains from this swap, I've found that changing efficiency has had a positive affect on every vehicle I've owned and I've been able to get better mileage with simple mods like this.
Just installed Dee Zee FX running boards on my truck, very happy with how they turned out and equally disappointed that I didn't spend the money before the winter. They went on easy and there's very few things I would have changed. We'll see how clean they keep the side of my truck
I do agree that headlight tech has come a long way since my first vehicle, I guess I'll call it the worst since the 70s. My 80s Mazda was never this bad and it cost $200. The strangest part is that I got flashed once a week with the stock shitty bulbs but never with the new setup and both were adjusted correctly.
My 2014 Sierra SLE has the worst headlights I've ever used in any vehicle ever... with a sticker price of $43k no less. I was seriously considering dropping the coin for 2016+ leds but I balked at dishing out $1600 to fix their shitty design. Ended up with led bulbs that helped tremendously.
I think it's Trifecta that makes a toolbox seal for their tonneau covers, others may as well. My buddy has an 8ft bed with a toolbox and a shortbed cover and it all matches up perfect, you may have to be a little more custom to make things work. Those push buttons should be out of the way with the risers but there's only one way to find out.
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