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RyF

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    2017 3500HD Sierra Denali 6.0L
  1. I really hope you guys are right. I pay close attention to the gauges, and I have never seen this truck at anything but 14v in the 10,000 mi I have on it. It makes way more sense that the BCM would be more complex with variable output than just 12.5v or 14v with tech what it is nowadays. I just haven't had that experience. Thanks again for contributing.
  2. Thank you for that wealth of information. It's going to take me some time to get through it all. One thing I notice right away in the reading is that the BCM will enter Headlamp Mode of 13.9-14.5v anytime the headlamps are on. Turning the headlamps on had no result while I was troubleshooting during my last drive. ....In the meantime, I'm going to leave the system connected in hopes of the error occurring again. I'll also keep the multimeter in my truck. When it happens, I'll pull over and check voltage at both batteries with the headlamps on. If it is merely an error in the signal being sent from the BCM to the in-dash voltmeter, then there should still be a ~14v reading at both batteries. If the reading at the batteries is also only ~12.5v, however, then the computer is for some reason preventing the alternator from properly charging the batteries, correct?
  3. Conveniently, but unfortunately, I just experienced the issue again. The truck had a noticeable strain in 2nd, which was when I looked down and saw the voltmeter at 12.5v. I drove the truck at varying speeds with varying RPMs to troubleshoot. Driving style did not remedy the problem during about 10 min of different approaches. I then turned the radio up, the AC on high, and the heated seats on high. The voltmeter increased to 14v almost immediately. The first time this issue occurred, I had the ML-ACR in the locked off position. That would mean that the only deviation the vehicle could have detected from the factory configuration was the ground cable from the starter battery to the aux battery. I will detach that ground cable from the neg terminal of the started battery and lock the ML-ACR off. If I drive for the next several days with no issues, then I can surely pinpoint my problem to the PCM. I'm open to everyone's opinions and thoughts here, and I'll definitely appreciate the help.
  4. No, I didn't find anything specific to our computers' modulation of voltage. Of all things I could have messed up, this is the most ambiguous and really out of my control. With my limited knowledge, I have no way of knowing why the PCM might act a certain way. Luckily, I only noticed the low voltage that one time. What are my options in the future if this does become a recurring issue? Could a custom tune remedy the problem?
  5. Please remove this accidental submission.
  6. My question for others who have already completed this setup; have you noticed any abnormal fluctuation with the voltmeter? I had one singular event where the voltage never rose above ~12.5v during a drive that lasted about 30 min. I was concerned that the alternator had failed, so I got home and rechecked the entire system while off and while running. I was unable to recreate the failure. All numbers read correctly while off and after I started back up as well. That failure hasn't happened since, and had I not noticed the voltmeter, there were no other indicators of the failure. Could this have been a momentary issue with the PCM incorrectly modulating power? That's the only explanation I could come up with.
  7. I know I'm not the only guy who has gone with this setup, but I'm posting this to refresh and refine the topic. My setup is slightly modified, and I also have some questions at the end for others who already went this route as well. I deliberated on this project for quite awhile, because I've had negative experiences with electrical systems in the past. You can do everything right, and in spite of best efforts the vehicle's PCM just doesn't cooperate sometimes. I initially wanted to make this OEM true using strictly factory auxiliary battery option components. The factory option for the auxiliary battery is "TP2." I ultimately decided, though, that there was a better way to get what I wanted while still keeping it very close to factory and much more cost-effective. The only real choice that needed to be made was how I would connect the two (isolator, solenoid, direct connection, etc). I researched and went back and forth for about a year before I finally chose the marine-grade Blue Sea Systems ML-ACR. The acronym stands for Manual Lever Automatic Charging Relay. The ML-ACR is proven and very popular in the overlanding community with nothing but great reviews. It offers three settings with a magnetic lever under the hood. 1. Automatic - the batteries are isolated until the alternator provides amperage necessary to begin charging the starter battery. Once this happens, the magnetic button on the lever is activated automatically, connecting the batteries. 2. Manual Off - the batteries stay isolated from one another regardless of amperage provided to the system. This is achieved by turning the yellow lever to its off position. The batteries will never connect while on this setting. 3. Manual On - this connects the batteries even with the vehicle off. The benefit of this option is never needing jumped again. If your starter battery loses voltage required to start the vehicle, simply push the magnetic button in on the yellow lever. This connects the batteries, immediately channeling voltage (~12.5v) from the aux to the starter battery, allowing you to start the vehicle. There's also a remote switch included that can be located in the cab, but it's use is optional. The remote switch is the typical rectangular auxiliary switch that fits aftermarket panels. I did not use it, because I like keeping my cab factory clean and didn't want to cut anything inside. Tools needed: Something to cut copper cable, Any style terminal crimpers, Something to shrink heat wrap, Razor or knife to strip copper cable sheath, Socket set. Parts needed: My model came stock with the aux battery tray, so I only needed the bolt and plastic clamp to retain the battery in that tray. GM #11519527 (bolt) - $6.23 GM #14005061 (plastic retainer) - $5.49 GM #84043745 (fuse block) This is the same fuse block that clips on the top of your main battery. I wanted to have a few high-amp fuses for my winch connections, and I like that it looks factory. This is not necessary to complete the project. - $58.55 GM #84180633 (fuse block cover) This is the plastic cover that snaps onto the fuse block. - $12.76 Factory-specific battery model #48-AGM. I went with the Diamond model from Battery Source. - $179.99 Blue Sea Systems ML-ACR - $185.45 Ford OEM negative terminal clamp...I just needed something simple. - $12.75 Materials specific to wiring (all from Amazon.com): 10' combo pack of both 1/0 AWG copper red and black welding cable. This is high quality and rated for 300 amps at 25', which is much more than I need. I ended up with about 2' extra of each color when I was done. - $64.80 15-pack of 1/0 AWG marine-grade terminals. I only used six of them for this, but I needed the rest for another project, and it's cheaper to buy in bulk. - $19.61 4' red and 4' black adhesive lined marine-grade 3/4" heat shrink. I only used about 12" of red and 6" of black for this project, but again it's cheaper in bulk. - $13.00 2-pack of Fastronix 3/8" stud red terminal covers for the ML-ACR. - $7.99 20' black fire retardant 1" inside diameter split wire loom. I used this where I ran both pos and neg together across the back of the engine bay. It looks factory. I probably only used about 7' for this project. - $9.97 10' black fire retardant 5/8" inside diameter split wire loom. I used this to cover the individual strands of cable, which was only about 3' total. - $12.95 20-30 black zip-ties. I use zip-ties for everything, so they were already on hand. My total for materials came to $589.54, but I'm sure I could have cut down on the cost if I hadn't purchased so much overage for other projects. I also used the OEM fuse block and cover, which aren't necessary. Given that, this project can definitely be completed in under $500. That's about 1/3 what any dealership will quote you, assuming they're even willing to retrofit your truck with the TP2 factory option. Most are for whatever reason hesitant to take on the project. The actual job of connecting everything is pretty simple. I spent less than five hours in all, but it can be done in three hours. I spent a lot of time deciding how I wanted to route wiring and where I wanted to mount the ML-ACR. There aren't many places in the engine bay that make sense. I ended up mounting it on the fuse panel lid adjacent to the aux battery location. I used four mounting screws to do so, and I'm very happy with that location and method. The fastest process to complete the project follows. 1. Clamp the negative terminal on the stud, put the battery in the factory aux location, bolt it down loosely, and clip the optional fuse block on. 2. There's a fuse panel directly adjacent to the battery location. Remove the fuse panel lid and mount the ML-ACR in the center of the fuse panel lid with the terminals facing the body and the yellow switch facing the engine. 3. Route copper cables closely to what you intend to be their final positions. One single length of black cable should be routed from the starter battery neg terminal to the aux battery neg terminal. Two lengths of red cable will be used. One from the starter battery pos terminal to the ML-ACR, and one from the ML-ACR to the aux battery pos terminal. Mark the cables for cutting. 4. Remove the cables from the engine bay, cut, strip, and crimp the cables. 5. Reroute copper cables into their final locations. Use caution when connecting cables to avoid crossing and shorting. Tighten all connections. 6. The ML-ACR has a ground wire that must be grounded to the neg battery terminal on the aux battery. 7. Dress cables with the loom and zip-ties. 8. You can test the system with a multimeter and your dash voltmeter. - Batteries should be at ~12.5v when the vehicle is off. When isolated, each battery will likely read a slightly different voltage output. When manually connected with the yellow button in (vehicle still off), both batteries should read identical voltages. - Lock the yellow switch to isolate the batteries and start the vehicle. The voltmeter in the dash should read ~14v. The starter battery should be ~14v when tested with the multimeter. The aux battery should still read ~12.5v. - Rotate the yellow switch to its automatic position and wait. Revving to 2,500 RPM will expedite this step. It could take as long as 5 min, so be patient. Observe the magnetic push button on the yellow switch, which will automatically retract once the alternator provides necessary amperage. - Once the push button is automatically retracted, both batteries will read identical voltage at ~14v. - Shut the vehicle off and immediately move back to the engine bay to observe the push button. It will automatically pop out in approximately 30 sec.
  8. Did you notice any benefit to gas mileage? The aerodynamics are quite a bit different between the two.
  9. I'm in the exact same spot you were right now. I have the 6" BDS coilover, but I'd like to drop it all the way down for the same reason. I'm wondering how much that could lower my front height...I'd like to get down to 4.5" or lower. I'm even thinking about dropping from 35.6" tires on 20" wheels down to 34"s on 18" wheels. How far did you take yours down? Did you get before/after measurements? Do you have before/after pictures?
  10. I'm adding a brand new Warn Epic winch hook to this list. I won't be using it with my winch. It's the 1/2", 18,000lb model - #92091. It will go the first person who pays for the shipping.
  11. I sent the tow hooks out for $25 total. I asked him for $20 (just enough to not lose money on shipping), but he nicely added an extra $5.
  12. I know you said 2019, but you might like these. https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/222400-like-new-18-denali-wheels-tires-and-spare/
  13. I'm also running the 6.5" BDS coilover. What block size is your rear end sitting on? Could you post some pics and information about the Sulastics? What was required for the installation? I've read that the body is in the way on the HD, which requires a good bit of extra work. True? This is probably my next install, but I've been hesitant.
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