One of the more useful aspects of these forums is learning from one another and leaning on insight that has helped others. If I would have known about Clazzio leather seat covers 2 months ago, I could have save $1,000. That goes a long way on an already tight budget. Thank you for the info.
Regarding aftermarket leather: I recently had Katzkin leather installed which cost me $1,540 including tax and installation. In fact, we had to do it twice. The first covers came with stitching that was not a perfect factory match. Katzkin replaced them for free which won me over as a customer for life. You may be able to save some cash by purchasing a set of take offs on ebay and having them installed. They usually run around $570 for the covers only and in many cases are like my first set which is now a customer returned product.
I encourage you to do the math to see how much money you'll spend per month/year in fuel. Maybe that will be the deciding factor. 3.0L with TB lift and 33" tires should average 23-25mpg depending on your commute and driving style. Hopefully some of the 6.2L guys will chime in with their real world MPGs or I'm sure it's been extensively covered in one of the other threads.
Thank you. I am really happy with the way it turned out. It's now onto the next few mods. ...and don't rule out the 2" coil over lift if you're planning to add a rear block anyways. If I am not mistaken, most with the 2" RC say that it settles to around 1.5-1.75" which is what you're looking for.
Finally able to have my local dealer install the GM 2" Trail Boss lift and very happy with the outcome. I went back and forth between this one, RC 2" coil overs with 1 inch rear block, and RC 3.5" coil over lift. My service manager (from the GMC dealer who doesn't have much of a dog in the fight) convinced me to stick with the GM lift which was ultimately the deciding factor. That and the fact that I don't need to be in a hurry for new wheels and tires due to looking silly with a big lift and tiny tires. I have put approximately 150 miles on the truck since the install and it rides great. Noticeably different from stock though - even with the Z71 package. And I am still averaging 23 MPG which seems to be improving as I break the engine in a bit.
My truck does have the Z71 Rancho suspension, 6 inch side steps, 275 Duratracks, tri-fold tonneau cover, and I believe it has the 3.73 rear end as well. I agree with Bob in that the factory stereo does leave a bit to be desired. Fortunately, I have a couple of 10" subwoofers from a previous build and will continue to build out the rest of the system over the next month or two. Thanks to all of the reviews on this forum, I also have the factory GM 2" Trail Boss lift and just waiting on the install. Should look much better to get it off the ground a bit.
This is my attempt to begin a build thread for my 2020 Silverado Duramax LT. The current pandemic created an opportunity to trade up my 2016 Canyon SLT Duramax. Ideally, I would have opted for a Sierra Denali but couldn't make the numbers work and really like the front end of the new Silverado. My trade-in was the sticking point but I finally came to an agreeable deal on a 2020 Silverado LT. I also looked at the RST (Duramax) but it lacked in some of the features that were not feasible to add after the sale. ...time to take what I have and make it into what I want. The first modification was the addition of leather. I had the opportunity to purchase a 2019 Silverado LT for my dad last year and we found that leather was an easy upgrade when paying cash after the sale. That and it was about half the cost of the leather package from the factory. I ended up going with Katzkin based on recommendations from the local automotive upholstery shops. $1,580 and a week later, and it was a done deal - kind of. When they finished the install and pulled my truck around, both the manager and I said "hello stitching". The stitching was supposed to be a factory match but was an insanely bright silver that almost blinded us in the sunlight. After a few days of cat and mouse with Katzkin (due to employee telework), they realized that the 2019 factory match silver no longer matched the 2020s. In good business fashion, they agreed to make a new set of seat covers with a dark gray stitching and have them installed at no additional cost. I still haven't had the new ones installed yet but they will have won a customer for life if they actually pull it off. The second modification was ceramic tint on the front windows. I will eventually get the entire truck tinted at the legal limit but need to save more cash first. Some guys go much darker than my 30% fronts (20% light transmission) but I have to toe to line on legalities so the lesser tint is something I'll have to deal with. Future modifications include: 1. Antena 2. Lift 3. Wheels and tires 4. Sound system 5. Front Bumper Paint (tame the chrome a bit) 6. De-badge 7. Fog Lights These build threads can be fun and informative so I look forward to learning a bit from you all as I make this truck into my own.
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