Does this also smooth out the issue of the rear rebound/skitter that the trucks have? I imagine it would since all the springs have to react as one rather than at different points. I guess for the few bucks to install them it'd be worth a try, but if anyone has any experience drop it on me
I see a few people here have modified their rear seats to fold and what not which I started to look into, then I thought of another idea : Can the rear seat camber be changed so the whole seat tilts back a bit, for a little more bucket effect? I've sat in the rear a few times and have always found the seat back too straight vertically, and the seat bottom too flat. Tilting the whole seat would make it a bit more comfortable feeling. Anyone try this? I still need to figure how to remove the rear seats,I imagine a few well placed shims would do the trick.
Plasti-Dip! I like to use plasti-dip it then paint over it. Plasti-dip has been pretty reliable and fairly easy to remove the plasti-dip after it's been on there for a while. God Bless Plasti-dip
2018 Sierra Kodiak edition. I want to black out the majority of the chrome on it since I find the bumpers and front grill detract from the looks. Is there a guide on how to pop them off so I can scoot some plasti-dip and paint over them?
The Silverado/Sierra also uses engine braking on hills and the like, it's why when you're slowing down it feels like something loosens then clamps down. This reduces brake wear and tear and allows to haul heavy as hell loads. Larger tires are no different than hauling a few extra hundred pounds and braking. The trucks are set up for this. Now, if you are doing a tonne of hills and braking, or like to speed like a rabbit on crack then they may help you out a bit. They aren't needed, but well, to be honest, they would be a mighty fine upgrade even though the average driver will never need them, and even using larger tires on these trucks it's questionable. I'm betting upgrading to these would allow one to run their brakes without changing for a fair amount longer.
To be honest if you are willing to search a bit and do a bit of legwork there are junkyards full of vehicles that have aftermarket speakers in them that will fit our trucks. They go for pennies on the dollar as well. I've pulled full Bose, Pioneer, Alpine, Sony and Kenwood speaker systems out of vehicles for a song. The shallow mount subs I've had no luck, but I have found 8 to 12" subs and amps, just need to find a box. I did find a 12" Alpine sub in a box, but put it into my AMC Eagle along with a nice Sony amp and Pioneer speakers (I believe). I wish that the Alpine sub would fit into my Sierra, that thing is fu*cking insane. If you're buying retail Bose is really nice, so is Alpine and Sony at the lower end. JBL is one of my favorites though, they seem to have brought their game when it comes to small speakers with ridiculous amounts of bass
Currently from all pickups I have driven the Dodge Ram Outdoorsman was like driving a sofa sitting on a cloud over calm water. No other pickup I have driven has a ride of that quality. Too bad their suspensions die quickly (among a few other issues). I won't quote everyone but dcarl pretty well nailed what I was trying to get across. More coils that are a smaller diameter in thickness, and at the same height as stock, would offer a much more forgiving ride I think. Same with the rear, 3 leaves VS 5 thinner leaves would provide a more supple ride. The spring rates would have to match though. The heavy duty coils and rear leaves are meant for work trucks on most of the 1500 series. I have a feeling that these are what people are feeling that are giving the rough ride versus the Rancho stock shocks (which aren't perfect by any means but I don't think are helped by the coils/leaves). When people put in a lift this all changes and gives a better ride (so I have also experienced) Now I need to research what coil/leaf combo would give that softer ride I'm seeking.
Nobody ever understands what Octane does. The higher the octane the higher the ignition temperature. Some vehicles, mainly older ones, require a higher octane due to pre-ignition because of how engine heat is concentrated in areas, or to stop it from igniting in the cylinder (again, because of heat) before the spark sets it off. That's it, that's all. Nothing magic about a higher octane unless you've changed your engine/ignition system in a significant way that makes it require a higher octane. Proper truck geometry will net the highest gains. When they are tested in the wind tunnel and configured for aerodynamics they are flat, as in no tires and held on a lift/table. When they are sold they have that rake added because of the suspension which is meant to carry heavy loads in the rear. Just installing a level kit added almost 1km/liter to my mileage. I've been tracking it for a long time via fill ups, the trucks trip recordings and calculations. I went from 12.4L/100km to 11.6L/100km (22-23MPG to 25-26MPG). You can call me out on this if you desire, but I don't care. I'm passing along my experience. - A tonneau cover will help mileage on the factory suspension because it covers the open bed which destroys any aerodynamics when the trucks ass is in the air. When level it doesn't do a lot. - Alignment : if they aren't tracking properly this can really affect mileage - Tires : Not a larger tire but more the tread pattern will affect MPG. I went on my older vehicle (AMC Eagle with full Jeep drivetrain swap) from a street tire to a luggy as hell AT tire and lost about 1/5 of my mileage. But meh. - Accessories : Ever see those ugly ass fender flares that some places sell that stick out 3-4" to cover the tire? Morons with huge spoilers on their Cavaliers and Sunfires that only work if you're capable of 170 miles an hour? Yeah..may as well add a parachute to the rear. - Lift kits : they can affect mileage but only because of the larger disproportionate tires needing more horsies to turn and causing a bit of wind resistance. The lift in itself leaves vehicle geometry the same. However if the vehicle was designed to squat at higher speeds a lift kit will ruin it...but that's not what a pickup was designed for. - Vehicles learn how a person drives and over time will adapt to this for the best MPG. If you swap drivers this can affect it initially but over time it will adapt. In the end your driving a 5000 pound 6' tall brick, with great capability and usefulness. You'll never achieve amazing mileage
Most OnlineNewest Member
Sorhen Nordic Warrior
Who's Online 35 Members, 0 Anonymous, 822 Guests (See full list)
- Matthew Moreland
- Sorhen Nordic Warrior