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    2018 Silverado Crew Cab LT Texas Edition

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  1. I have Verizon, and this is their Orbic Speed device - costs about $80. I was originally looking at their Hum product which is actually meant for use in a car, but that thing collects a TON of data about you and your driving - and I wasn't really interested in Verizon having even more of my personal info than they already do. Might be a good option if you don't care about that though. I've only had the device for a few days but it works great so far. I also have unlimited data - which is probably a must for this. I think you'd burn through your data pretty quickly otherwise. Costs $13 or
  2. Mounted a wi-fi hotspot to the upper glove box using some command strips. Pretty neat having rolling wi-fi!
  3. Swapped out the intake and cabin filters... gonna go ahead and assume that cabin filter is the original
  4. Improbably, both of my windshield wipers failed yesterday at the same time in the exact same way - and it hasn't even been below freezing for more than a week. Oh well, these were on the truck when I got it about a year ago so I had no idea how good they were anyway. Upgraded to Bosch Icon based on the recommendation from The Wirecutter; they've never steered me wrong in the past. I used to do the Rain-X Latitudes, so it'll be interesting to see how these compare.
  5. Just coming back to the forums after a long winter and noticing I forgot to post that I added railcaps to close off my stake pockets. Huge fan. Full details in my build thread: https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/239297-turtl3ups-2018-silverado/?do=findComment&comment=2506628. I also had my first oil change with the Fumoto valve and my. god. I feel like I've discovered fire. What barbarians we all were with simple plugs in the past. I'll be installing these on all my vehicles and recommending them to anyone who'll listen. Can also say that after a winter of using
  6. It's a small nitpick, but I've never really liked the look of my empty stake pockets just being out there all naked. I know some people like to use them as handholds for climbing into the bed and most sane people can probably just ignore them. It's also possible that I was itching to do something to the truck and $20 never got anyone in trouble. Mysteries of the universe. I poked around a bit and found these laser-measured and texture-matched caps at Engineered by Schildmeier for a cool $25. You get exactly what it says on the tin. They go in easy with a few taps of the palm and lock in t
  7. Got really lucky and caught this number just before I pulled out of the driveway the other day. Hard to believe it's been that far already.
  8. Since apparently the stuff I bought from a rest stop on the PA turnpike was mostly water (based on how little it did for the bug guts speckling my field of view), I did some research and bought what I'm hoping is the good stuff in terms of windshield washing fluid and filled it up today. Got another long trip coming up so hopefully I'll be able to report back on the effectiveness of this mix soon. Full details in my build thread: https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/239297-turtl3ups-2018-silverado/?do=findComment&comment=2457232
  9. I've been doing a lot of distance driving recently, up and down the east coast, all around the eastern midwest and it's only made me love my truck more. But there is one thing I haven't been loving: the bugs. Every time I stop, my mirrors, my entire front end, and of course my windshield are absolutely covered in dead bugs. The windshield in particular annoyed me since I wasn't able to clean it as the tiny impacts happened because of the budweiser-grade mostly water concoction that my local gas station passed off as windshield washing fluid. I did a fair amount of research online,
  10. I tried the "paint stick trick" today to improve my throttle response. I don't know if I didn't do it right or if maybe this isn't as pronounced in the 2018s as it is earlier years, but I can't tell a difference with the shims in there. Full details in my build thread: https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/239297-turtl3ups-2018-silverado/?do=findComment&comment=2456026
  11. Like I think most people with our truck, I'm pretty disappointed in the throttle response. There's a lot of travel before anything engages, it's generally slow to respond overall, it feels like an SUV or a van instead of the powerhouse it is. I've read a lot around here about the so-called "paint stick trick" wherein you put a paint stick or something similar behind the plastic plate that the accelerator bolts to, this reduces the flex that occurs when you step on the gas, and increases throttle response. Really nothing to lose here, so I picked up a pack of composite shims at Home Depot for a
  12. Appreciate it man, that's the goal!
  13. Replaced my body color door handles with the chrome ones. Getting the first one on took as long as getting the other 3 on. Take my advice: don't bother with the tricks, just take the door panel off and hit the spring from the back. Full details in my build thread: https://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/239297-turtl3ups-2018-silverado/?tab=comments#comment-2444632.
  14. The quest to add even more chrome to my truck continues. This'll probably be the last piece of chrome I add until I get the new paint color on and determine just how shiny I want the whole thing to be, I'm really on the fence about a few other pieces. The handles were a no brainer though for me. Especially with the current color the body color handles just flatten the whole thing out and make it look cheap to me. I didn't want to go with a wrap and risk it bubbling or peeling or anything like that - just went with full replacements. I bought GM part #84713663 from eBay. In true fir
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