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  1. I was not aware that all trucks in 2021 are getting the console. That is good news for new buyers! I was totally blind-sided when my wife an I picked up the new truck that I had test drove by myself. I went to put in my sunglasses and couldn't open the lid. I thought that the latch was just hidden somewhere. My wife chided me for not noticing it when I test drove the truck.... I'm glad that I swapped in the entire new jump seat assembly, as it sounds a lot easier than just swapping the lid, plus I have the bottom storage compartment now, Now that I have both types of consoles, it's easy to spot the visual differences between the ones that open and the ones that don't, but before seeing them in person, it was difficult to discern from internet pictures. I guess I should try to do something with my old jump seat, which is now just sitting on the shipping pallet in my garage.
  2. Thanks for looking that up. The gmupfitter site was down for a few weeks earlier this year when I wanted to look something else, so I never looked for this. But, I have no problem getting +12V and GND from the truck's fuse box, instead it is the connector on the center console / jump seat that I don't know about. I used my meter to see which wires would be +!2V and GND, but don't know what connector to use. I'm probably too cheap to but the factory connector, but I guess if it was cheap enough I'd consider it. Otherwise I'll be jamming individual connectors to the two terminals down there.... Or did I miss something from your post and some of those parts numbers that you posted were for the side that plugs into the center console / jump seat?
  3. Wow, that looks great! That front end combines good elements from different sources: The neat LED headlights from an LT+ truck, the cool blackout style CHEVROLET grill from a Custom, and the three Raptor style LEDs up top. Really nice! The chrome bumper and front bar are cool too. Can you share some information about how you put this together?
  4. That's a great comparison picture there. Before I bought the replacement center seat for my truck, I was always trying to see if I could discover from the pictures if the console had the storage or not. Especially when I was looking through the pictures on car - parts . com, where I eventually got my center seat. From this angle, you can really see the difference between the two. The one on the right, with storage, shows how there is an angle where the cushioned leather part meets the hard plastic front, where the one on the left that doesn't open, meets the hard plastic differently. The bottom part is really obvious! Thanks for taking the picture, and hopefully it will help others.
  5. I've seen a slip-in organizer tray on ebay before, like this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Center-Console-Organizer-Insert-Tray-For-2019-GMC-Sierra-1500-Chevy-Silverado/233382805963 I'm not sure if that is the correct one, but there are others on there too.
  6. Agreed. I have a Custom Trail Boss and I like the big CHEVROLET grill, but I like the look (and performance) of the LED headlights that I don't have. It doesn't look like we could just use the LED headlights with the Custom grill though. I need to get off of my butt and order the fog light retrofit from GM too, as I really feel that I need some extra lighting.
  7. Here is a picture of the front of my "new" jump seat that features the lower locking compartment. I have the aftermarket center console from amazon installed, and there's enough room to get to the latch, but not to the key hole. But, the lock doesn't work with my key yet, so it doesn't really matter.... Searching online, it looks like it may be possible to re-key it myself, but I've only seen videos for them doing that for the pre-2019 trucks. Either way, I probably wouldn't lock it often, and with my console installed, I can't access the keyhole.
  8. I had test drove the vehicle by myself, an then went back and bought it with my wife. After purchase, we get in to drive home and I told her to put something in the center console. We couldn't figure out how to open it, because it didn't open. She was like "How could you not have checked this out on the test drive!". And I was like "I've had trucks since 2000 and every one of them, no matter how cheap, had a console that opened, so I didn't think I needed to check!" I agree that it would be good to let our voices be heard somewhere. I solved the problem by spending almost $400 (including shipping) for a replacement center seat from a salvage yard via car-ports.com but storage should have been there from the factory.
  9. That's a pretty cool idea! One word of advice, since I recently replaced my jump seat with a salvage piece, is that the bottom seat on my new seat has a bottom storage compartment on it, and you need to be able to access the front edge of the seat to open it up. There's also a key hold down there for locking, which you might want to access. It looks like your console design would block access to opening the bottom seat compartment. I personally love the little console that I got from Amazon. My phone fits nicely in the left slot when plugged in for Android Auto. I did end up shaving off some of the nubs underneath, up front on it, so it would slide under the dash a little bit more. I'll have to do some major surgery of it if I ever go ahead with my plans to install a CB radio under the dash there.
  10. Thanks for the update AlohaDan. My key does not turn the lower console lock, but luckily it is unlocked. There are some videos online about rekeying older consoles by taking it apart, but I didn't have time to try, and I don't plan to lock anything in there anyhow. I did get the center seat / console installed last week. I was going to try using an offset wrench on the rear bolts to avoid removing the seats, but I ended up just unbolting both seats (T50 socket) to have proper access to the center seat bolts. It was easy with the driver and passenger seats slid to the side. I made sure to put new blue thread locker on the seat bolts, and torqued them to the values that my factory service manual said for my old 2000 Silverado. I used the https://www.gmupfitter.com/ website to find wiring diagrams to what I was dealing with. As I expected, the wiring assembly to the floor under the passenger's seat was not present. But, I did ohm out the two big pins on the jump seat's connector to the accessory outlet and figured out which is +12v and which is ground. I didn't have enough time to make up a cable, but it should be simple enough to run wires from the passenger side fuse box, through the trough, and under the passenger's seat to connect to the cable. It'll be a little ghetto with just two connectors attaching to the giant connector, but it should work. It appears that there is a converter box in there to power the USB ports from the same +12V and ground, so I may be good to go. I just need to find some time to work on it again....
  11. Well, I spent the $500 and ordered the "TRX-572601" Lo-Pro TruXedo cover from realtruck.com . They were great to deal with and price matched elsewhere. The instructions were a little lame, but I figured out how to install the rails and the cover. It's a pretty neat design, with automatic tension adjustment built into the rails. Being that it was near freezing when I installed it, the tensioners were almost all the way in. The rails fit nicely, and everything seems to be sealed well against the weather. For the bad news, although the mounting rail system works fine, the Sport Bar makes it a pain in the butt to roll the cover down. As you're rolling the cover from the cab towards the tailgate, it won't fit past the Sports Bar. You have to re-roll some of it, unhook the velcro for about a foot, then clumsily wave it around in the air, until it fits past the sports bar. Then, you need to carefully push down the cover against the velcro towards the cab, keeping the tension correct, working up to where the roll it. Once the roll is past the Sports Bar and the tension is taken care of, you can unroll the rest of it as normal. It's a pain. The other downside is that the automatic dropping of the tailgate doesn't happen, due to the extra tension of the seal across the top of the tailgate. But, all covers probably cause that to happen.
  12. Well the prayers worked, as the RPO Code AZ3 console, that I ordered from a vendor on car-parts.com , does indeed have both top and bottom storage. Phew! It has the top storage lid, the bottom storage compartment, and also the rear USB connectors and power port. I haven't unbolted it from the shipping pallet yet, but I did unwrap it to verify that it's in great condition. (picture attached) It made me smile to unlatch the top storage container. Anyone have tips on installing the entire jump seat? Do I need to remove one of the adjoining seats to fit it in? I noticed that my key doesn't lock the lower compartment, but luckily it is unlocked. I wonder how hard it would be to re-key? I hope to have time tonight to look underneath at the wiring for the USB and power port, to see what is there.
  13. I haven't done it yet, but since I have a replacement (Code AZ3) console hopefully arriving soon, I will be looking into this. It looks like there is a center seat harness here: https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/oem-parts/gm-harness-84642229 But we probably don't have anything to hook it to. I haven't seen the wiring / connectors yet, so I have no idea what to expect, but my initial intentions are to run my own power wire from the passenger side fuse box, and then disassemble a normal two port, quick-charge USB car charger, and somehow solder the wires to the USB connectors. I'll know more once my console arrives.
  14. I too would love to add the buttons on the steering wheel for the audio system control. I use Android Auto a lot with Waze for navigation. But, if I'm listening to the radio, there's seemingly no way to change the station to a different station, other than to hit the home button, then audio on the screen. Quite annoying. I don't mind reaching for the volume on the dash, but being able to scroll to the next preset would be awesome. I wish I had a schematic for the truck, but from earlier GM vehicles that I've worked with, the volume controls are all on the CAN bus. It appears that the cruise control is also on the same bus. From an initial search that I did, it looks like the steering wheel clock spring only changes if the steering wheel is heated, so the CAN bus should be there in our wheel. If I try, I'd probably just get these two parts: The steering wheel switch (13531288) : https://www.gmpartsgarage.com/oem-parts/gm-audio-switch-13531288 The different wire harness (84449305) : https://www.gmpartsgarage.com/oem-parts/gm-harness-84449305 (I personally don't care about the switches on the back of the wheel.) With any luck, the CAN IDs sent from those buttons would be understood from the audio system. Otherwise, I doubt that there would be a way to make it work. I believe that all of the trucks that have the steering wheel controls have a different sound system. I have no idea if BCM programming could enable the switches to work without the other audio system, but I doubt it. Hopefully our audio system will just understand the IDs being sent. Who wants to be the guinea pig?
  15. I tried posting under another thread and didn't hear any responses, so I thought I'd start a new topic. I bought a 2020 Custom Trail Boss with a crew cab and regular length bed, and I need a roll-up tonneau cover that works with the factory sport bar that is installed. Anyone know of a soft roll-up tonneau cover that works with a regular length bed and the chevy sport bar? I contacted Gator Covers (gatorcovers.com) and they said that the only soft tonneau that the sell which works with the sport bars, is model "TRX-572601" Lo-Pro TruXedo cover, and they sent me this link since they side their website isn't updated yet: https://realtruck.com/p/truxedo-lo-pro-tonneau-cover/v/chevy/silverado-1500/2020/ Of course that is a $500 cover and I was looking for a $250 cover.... I was hoping this one would work: https://gatorcovers.com/p/gator-srx-roll-up-tonneau-cover/v/chevy/silverado-1500/2020/ but they said it wouldn't. This looks similar also. It's not from gator, so maybe it could work? https://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/autoanything-select-soft-roll-up-tonneau-cover Thanks!
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