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About surfcityz71

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  1. I just bolted on the GM offered Borla twin rear exit system (I've been told this is the Touring model) on my '18 Sierra Denali 6.2 crew cab short bed (Part number 19303341) with dual black rectangular tips and I think it sounds perfect. I wanted something more aggressive than stock but no drone and not obnoxious. Not cheap, but I like the fact that it's GM approved, bolted right on with some tweaking and adjusting, and warranted by Borla for a million miles. lol

    Ridding your truck of some of the chrome? I just did that to my new '18 Sierra Denali by replacing it with the Elevation grille (GM # 84065168) painted to match Mineral metallic. Came out great. Ordered the new OEM grille off ebay for $457, had a shop paint it for $100, and sold the Denali grille in one day. Replaced the chrome skid plate with a black one. Had to take the bumper completely off to replace the skid plate. There were 4 screws hidden behind the bumper.
  3. Done. Just installed it a few minutes ago. I love it. The black skid plate was a must to go along with the mostly blacked out grille and GMC logo. Part number for the grill with paint to match surround (from the SLT Elevation package) is 84065168 for anyone else who wants to do this. Job was fairly straightforward for anyone with reasonable auto tech skills. The entire bumper did have to come off in order to install the skid plate but it was a matter of six easy to get to bolts, removing a plate from each side of the back of the bumper, and a bit of wire harness jostling and nothing more. It was worth the effort. Only thing that could go wrong is the "upper cap" (the big piece of trim between the grill and the bumper) could break tabs when removing it (worst case scenario because it's $400 and needs to be painted) OR (what happened to me) you could break one of the plastic retention pieces at each end of the upper cap. I was going to install the cap with the broken retainer but being OCD I just couldn't do it. Picked up the part at the local dealer for $17. My stock Denali grille and chrome skid plate are now for sale. They had 250 miles on them when I took them off. Pristine condition. No broken tabs, no broken anything. Next up, installation of the OEM Borla performance exhaust with rectangular rear-exit tips.
  4. New parts have arrived and paint to match body color is complete. Installation today. Not too difficult, but getting the "upper cap" (the body colored trim that's just above the bumper and just below the grille) to release from the retention tabs was not easy and it resulted in a couple of tabs breaking on the right side retainer. Thankfully, the upper cap wasn't the piece that broke because it's $400 and needs to be painted. The side retainer was $20 but you need to remove the headlight and peel back the inner fender well to replace it. I also replaced the chrome "skid plate" piece that the front license plate mounts to with a black one. This required removal of the entire bumper because 4 of the umpteen screws that hold it on were hidden behind metal support brackets behind the bumper. Not a big deal to remove the bumper once the grille is out. Six bolts and a wiring connector and harness is all.
  5. You're right. Upon further inspection, there are four screws that mount from the back of the main part of the grill and thread into the outer portion. Oh well. It'll have to wait.
  6. Arrived and ready for paint. Wish I knew whether I could install the main portion now and snap the outer trim on after paint. I do not want to do this job twice.
  7. I'll let you know. New grille should be here today and maybe painted by next week.
  8. I do not like the Denali grille and all of its honeycomb chrome so I am replacing it with one off a 2018 Elevation package and painting the border of it Mineral Metallic to match my truck, as well as installing the OEM black GMC logo. I will probably have the old Denali grille for sale within a month. I'm also replacing the lower chrome trim behind the front license plate (the parts catalog calls it a skid plate) with a black one to get rid of what remains of the shiny front end. Not sure what this entails but by the look of the part itself it's not going to be too easy. But hopefully worth it. After that, I may delete the chrome mirror caps and the window belt mouldings and call it a day. I'll keep the chrome door handles and body side mouldings. Anyone have the black belt line part numbers for a crew cab 1500? Lastly, I need to deal with the chrome emblems on the tailgate. Are black versions available or do I need to go the Plastidip route? Are they held on by two sided tape so if I remove them there won't be holes to deal with? Sorry for the newbie questions that have probably been bandied about many time before. Got rid of a 2019 Tacoma and the Denali 4WD with 6.2L is twice the truck that Toyota was. Happy to be out if it.
  9. Drove my new 6.2 almost 100 miles today and the mpg was 21.0! Amazing. Especially given my 2019 Tacoma got 16.8mpg on the same trip and had to constantly upshift and downshift to keep momentum. So glad I dumped that thing. No driving enjoyment unless on totally flat land or heading downhill.
  10. I just joined the Denali gang as well, although my local dealer wasn't giving them away to quite the extent yours was. I got about $15K off an MSRP of $66K on a 2018 in Mineral Metallic. Loved the color the moment I saw it. The fact that there was only one of these (2018 in Mineral) in a 500 mile radius made me leery about walking out in an attempt to grind them down a little more. Didn't want to run the risk that they sell it and I'm stuck with Black, which I cannot do because I can't keep it clean in the coastal area I live in. They also were generous on my '19 Tacoma trade in.

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