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    2021 Chevy 2500 HD Crew Cab Gas L8T Z71 Sport Edition

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  1. I need to get mine up on the 4 post rack at work and hit those as well. I'm at 1300 miles, but don't want to let it go much longer. Did they take a fair amount? Did you grease until you saw old grease coming out the other side, or just quit when the resistance got high? What grease did you use?
  2. I have a new 2021 2500HD but did not receive a reducing sleeve - that I am aware of anyway. I bought an aftermarket one, but yes it's a PITA lining up 6 holes - lol... Unless it is hidden on the truck somewhere. Any hints, fellas?
  3. I drove my Z71HD again on Sunday for the first time in a week so I paid attention to the temps again. What I noticed was the GM dashboard temp gauge came alive (up off the low 160F mark) when the actual coolant temp was about 127F. And again, GM gauge is at it's TDC 210F spot when in reality the coolant is at 160-165F.
  4. I think I got super lucky then... My 2021 2500HD Z71 was delivered by rail to a huge drop yard about 25mi away from my dealer. My sales guy knew someone at the drop yard, and had him drive it over - THE SAME DAY - rather than waiting on a car carrier load. You think my salesman was tired of talking to me?? ; )
  5. I have a Banks iDash and have some interesting info for you guys! I cold start the truck in my garage this past Sunday having not been driven in several days, and the Banks shows ECT (eng coolant temp), EOT (oil), and TRNS (transmission) temps all between 55-57F, which is the ambient temp in the garage. On the Banks, the ECT rises more quickly, with Oil and Trans temps warming more slowly. Get this - the factory gauge in the truck on the dash is at the 210F+ a hair mark, and on the Banks iDash ECT is at 165F, 166F, 167F climbing along as normal. The highest the Banks has shown m
  6. It's just been my experience across gunsmithing, motorcycle maintenance, travel trailers, SxS's, vehicles... Etc... And absolutely - I won't disparage the professionalism of most techs as a whole. But I think you are right on with your last point. A rushed environment. Labor / warranty time guides. Work Order time constraints and pushy service managers. And also they assume most people won't notice small scrapes, dings, etc... Or giant shaved off pieces of Alcoa aluminum. So they just haul ass and blow through it. And tear ISH up...
  7. If you have something nice - and you keep it very nice - and you know how to work on it, and have the tools, knowledge, and space, but you let someone else work on? It's virtually guaranteed they will not only _not_ do the work to your standards, they may very well F things up / damage things also. It's like mechanic's reverse karma or something...
  8. Hey L8T - that is not a bad idea at all, I hadn't considered it! Thanks for the input. That may be a thing I investigate with a couple of phone calls. Did they weld your Magnaflow in, or use those big sealing band clamps?
  9. Aww man that stinks. Every time I have to allow someone to work on something I own (essentially just warranty) it always earns my item new scrapes, dings, etc. Take pics of everything they will touch, door handles, the trim, the seats, the door sills, the area around the spoiler up on the roof. Don't let them tear your stuff up. My $0.02... I assume it's the Karma associated with the fact I can work on or fix almost anything I own myself, so when I have to 'make someone else do it for me'... Welp...
  10. 2021 Chevy 2500HD 6.6 Gas here at 1k miles now - my Bank iDash is showing 184-188F trans temp (once warmed up) unladen, whether on interstate or in town in 45-65F ambient temps.
  11. Thanks for the replies guys, sounds like the Borla is the way to go for sure and it's actually available.
  12. Glad to hear two things - one that Putco stands behind their parts - and two about those newer brackets! Man I must have gotten old stock! Had mine been packaged with the taller brackets I'd have used those for sure! Trust me you can do it without removing the tailgate. You can get your hand up under the bumper and get some fingertips into that area. I stuck all four pieces of two-sided tape to the brackets first which were snapped onto the light bar and spaced out how I wanted them. I left the rear backing on the two-sided tape. I started all four corners of the rear
  13. I was wanting the MBRP T304 system, so I called MBRP yesterday and got a recorded message that they are not taking calls, and to contact them via the website. I did that and got an instant response, but it was not at all what I wanted to hear: ME: I am wanting to purchase T304 exhaust part number S5093304 for my 2021 2500HD. Are those in stock and available to ship? If not what is the lead time roughly? And would it be possible to swap out the chrome 4" ID 5" OD tip, for your black dual wall 4" ID 5" OD tip part T5053BLK? Thank you! MBRP: Sorry, they are out of stock a
  14. Thanks CT. I saw a BLADE on a co-workers 2018 2500HD High Country Duramax and instantly had to have one also. ; )
  15. Oh, and here is the link to the harness install PDF - meant to include that in the original post. Putco 529005 Install Guide
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