I just go to the dealer for oil and tire rotation. Set up an early Saturday appointment and get right in. Wife and I will go out to breakfast or lunch and its ready when we get back and this way I don't have to deal with old oil and tpms. I'm getting older and my time is more valuable than the cost of the oil change.
My apologies if I hit a nerve, I never said it was a bad motor and if your happy with it fine. My point is when your pulling that much weight up 5% grade at 5000+feet having that extra power with the 6.2 is going to come in handy. Its not that it cant pull it its more that there are times when you know its working pretty hard and would be nice to have more power. Either way I like the monroes they are cheap and really help the truck handle the weight of the hitch. It doesn't bounce as much and feels more stable. The truck will ride a little stiffer and they did raise the back end up a good 1/2". The trailer I pull now is about as big as I'd want to go with a 1/2 ton and still feel comfortable. When you start modifying your truck to pull a trailer then its time to move on to a bigger truck.
I have a 2015 SLT Z71 crew cab with 5.3 and 3:42's. I tow a colman TT thats 32' long, 5600lb dry, 7600lb gvw, and 702lb tongue weight. I switched to LT tires, put on Monroe load adjusting shocks in the rear, and with proper hitch set up it tows ok. I don't think I'd want to go any bigger just because lets face it the 5.3 just doesn't have the power, 6.2 would be better suited. The 2500 will handle the weight better but the 6.0 is the weak point, your gonna be disappointed going up those hills. Out of those 2 choices i'd go with a loaded SLT, Denali, or LTZ with 6.2. As far as mpg's I get 9-10 when pulling on the highway.
Front end shot reminds me of the family truckster.
Quick review on on morimoto fogs and drop in HID's. I'm using hylux ballast with morimoto 5500K bulbs. The hylux ballast are top quality, my only complaint is the canbus module is kinda big and make mounting a little awkward but 3m self stick Velcro works great for install. The morimoto bulbs came with an extremely ugly brown/tan grommet. I don't know what they were thinking, I opened the box and said WTF is this. Asked retrofit source about it and they said that's how they come now. I also had an issue with one of the connectors not holding the pins securely but was able to fix that. The fog lights are nice, little hard to get them to "click" back in but nice wide output. Color wise they do look whiter than the 5500K bulbs. Output of the factory projectors with the hid bulbs is much better than stock. Best way to describe is like comparing a candle to a flash light. If you been on the fence about doing it have no fear you wont be disappointed. I do have a set of g5-r projectors waiting for me to find the time to install them so im excited to see how they do.
Speaking of issues with Morimoto, over the weekend I did HID kit in the factory projectors to hold me over till I have time to swap in the g5-r projectors. I do a test run of the bulbs/ballasts on my work bench and could not get one of the bulbs to fire. After getting pissed off thinking I got a junk bulb I found the issue was with the 9006 connector that you hook to the factory light plug was junk and the pins wouldn't stay tight so they couldn't get a good connection. Luckily I had a couple connectors left over from other kits I've used and was able to fix it. Also another thing that bugged me is they are now using ugly tan grommets instead of black like they used to, extremely ugly and disappointing they stick out like a sore thumb on the back of the light. Morimoto stuff is usually pretty good its just the connectors are junk and cheap. I'm using Hylux ballats without a harness and so far no issues with codes. I also did morimoto fogs, tip you don't have to pull the trim ring off to install them. I used a plastic trim tool and was able to fit it between the light and trim piece without damaging anything. Don't go crazy but you can get enough force to pop them out.
I've used morimoto parts in the past whether it be harness or their fog lights and the few problems I've had have always been at the connectors. The pins come loose and break or water has gotten in and corroded the wires on the back of the connectors. Good measure is to use dielectric grease and some rtv on the back of the connector to seal where the wires go in or do a hard solder on the wiring. On my old F150 corrosion was a big problem with their fog lights. They make good products but I feel the connectors are cheap.
Has anyone done EvoX-R 2.0 projectors yet? I have a set of them that I was going to do in my f150 but I traded it in for the my Sierra so they are just sitting in a box collecting dust.
I'm also currently trying to decide between these 2 tires for my Sierra. Ive ran KO2's on my old F150 for roughly 15k miles. They are amazing in the snow, quite on the highway and had great tread life. My biggest complaint was no one could get them balanced 100%. I went to a few different tire places and no matter what I always had a vibration at highway speeds. Because of that im most likely going Duratracs.
Diode Dynamics have direct replacement switch back LED boards. You will have to open up the headlights for install. lightwerkz.net has them in stock. https://www.lightwerkz.net/index.php/led-lighting/diode-dynamics-modules-boards/boards/2014-2015-gmc-sierra-switchback-drl-led-modules.html
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