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  1. You made the right call. My Dad got the 3.0 Denali after trading his 6.2 2015 Denali and it’s awesome
  2. I own a 2019 Raptor and my Dad picked up a new 2020 Sierra Denali with the Babymax last week. For your needs/desires, get the AT4 3.0 and don't look back. I love my Dad's new truck. I love my Raptor too, but on the highway it gets 14mpg at 80+mph and sucks premium. My Dad can get double that at sub 80mph on a long trip. Plus, his engine is so fun to drive. It has torque right off idle, sounds cool, and is BUTTER smooth. Yeah, the Raptor is faster and has great power, but it sounds like a goat giving birth. ?
  3. So, I'm a big car guy. I've had numerous 5.3 and 6.2L trucks, last one was an '18 6.2 SLT Z71. A buddy tricked me into trading it for a '19 Raptor, first truck on the dark side. It's alright and a great truck, but the engine note sucks, good power though. Anyway, I digress. So, been working with my Dad on trading his 2015 Sierra Denali 6.2/8speed on a new 2020 Sierra Denali. We drove the Rams and F-150 to be fair, but meh. Nice interior on the Dodge, but crazy valvetrain noise (oiling issue) on remote start of one we drove. Crazy.. F-150 is a good truck obviously, but they weren't discounting much and the Limited was expensive as heck and looked a little boring (i.e. like most F-150's) We went back and forth between the 6.2 and 3.0 numerous times. Well, he picked up his 2020 Sierra Denali 3.0 diesel this past Friday. It's awesome. Unless you are doing high rpm highway pulls and need the top-end acceleration of the 6.2, the 3.0 turbodiesel is freaking fun around town and has more "real world" torque in the rpm range 95% of truck drivers operate. It clicks through the gears in the 10 speed and always stays in the meat of the powerband. It's BUTTER smooth, quiet, and is just a freaking awesome engine. 460lb/ft at 1,500rpm versus same torque at 4,100rpm in the 6.2. Only time you notice the horsepower deficit is full throttle acceleration and racing. Even then, the diesel chugs through the gears and gets up to speed nicely riding that fat torque wave, but it will get pulled by a 6.2 in a race, no question about it. I'm a huge horsepower nut (have owned my now 663rwhp (E85, headers, tune, pulleys) 2010 ZR1 since new and just love hauling butt and think the 6.2 is a top shelf engine. But, the 3.0 turbodiesel is better in 99% of real world situations than the 6.2 in my humble opinion. I'm so glad I talked my Dad into it. Plus, it's $1500 cheaper now which is a nice little bonus. ? Drive one and drive it normally like you would in regular situations and it will feel like the better engine for sure. So smooth and so nice. However, if you hop in a 6.2 and floor it all over town and then hop in the 3.0 and try to floor it all over town, you will be disappointed in the 3.0. Beyond that extreme scenario, the 3.0 turbodiesel will come out the winner IMHO.
  4. Agreed. I’d rather have it a little quiet than a little loud or too loud. I already went down the too loud road with a full Borla ATAK catback. Great sound and awesome if you wanted to always be flooring it all over town with everyone hearing you, but it’s also a work truck for me and doing a cold start at the end of the work day in front of the office was a bit much. i think the 12909 is a perfect compromise for me to have a little nice V8 sound but not cause too much of a disturbance with the Mrs or people at work. Plus, it’s nice to enjoy an otherwise very quiet truck sometimes but also know you have a nice V8 under the hood, something the Ford ecoboost boys can’t say.
  5. $26k for an Equinox Premier is a great deal. I’ve had a few as loaners when I’ve had my GM cars in the shop and they drive really nice and smooth. Nobody will beat on an equinox loaner so I think you did well. What engine did you get? The Diesel engine was pretty cool. Not fast, but really smooth and fun to drive. The 2.0 turbo gas is a strong engine.
  6. Yeah, I thought the Raptor was cool, but the dealers weren’t and $30k difference is a lot of money. It’s not like a 6.2 Sierra SLT is a beater by a long shot. Full disclosure, I got about $14.5k off and then I had $1.5k of GM card earnings I was able to redeem for right at $16k off. I was happy with the deal.
  7. I did the exact same thing yesterday too except I kept my resonator. I love this Magnaflow muffler on my ‘18 6.2. Nice smooth, mellow tone, but you also know it’s a pretty sophisticated larger displacement V8 with the exhaust note. I’m really happy with it. If the sound becomes too quiet I’ll go back to my shop and have them cut the resonator off, but I’m pleased for now.
  8. Haha, yeah glad you’re still keeping the flame alive on us old guys. I did put a Magnaflow muffler on it yesterday as stock was WAY too quiet. I like it now. A little rumble so I remember it’s a big V8. Have a a nice weekend!
  9. haha, things just change over time. I started out over 20 years ago with a rice rocket and basically open exhaust on an '93 Honda Del Sol. In retrospect, I'm sure it sounded awful, but I associate loud with fast....at least until I took it to the quarter mile strip and it ran a 16 second 1/4 mile time. haha. But, as I've gotten older and a little more senior at my company, I just can't be ripping around in a loud truck. I really did like the exhaust and wanted to make it work. Heck, I put a few thousand miles on it, but it just became too much for a daily driver/work truck.
  10. See, I didn't either. I do have a bit of helicopter at light cruise in V4 mode, but to me it sounds a bit like a harley chopper and not bad at all. I definitely don't have any bad resonance or drone. I do think Borla did a great job dialing in a very aggressive exhaust to eliminate most/all of the resonance and drone. It was just too loud for my 42 year old ears. System was sold and the next owner loves it.
  11. So, I had a similar situation September of last year (2018). I had my first big wreck in my 2SS 2016 Camaro (loved that car!) and was leaning towards getting back into a truck since I work in the construction industry (accountant), and occasionally drive onto job sites, etc. Anyway, in September of last year, deals on Denali's ended and started on SLT's. I absolutely wanted the 6.2. I test drove a few new 2018 Raptors (sticker in the low 70's). The 2019 Raptors were around the corner with the recaro seats, electronic shocks, and a few other nice tweaks. I asked a few dealers if they would knock a grand or so off and I'd buy one. They all said NO, sticker or nothing. One dealer said maybe a few hundred off sticker. I reminded them the 2019's were around the corner and if I was going to pay sticker, I'd just wait for one of those. They didn't care. So, I walked and didn't get a Raptor out of principle. I wanted a grand off, nothing crazy. So, screw most of the local Ford dealers and their "precious" Raptors. haha. I ended up buying a brand new 2018 SLT crew cab Z71 4x4 with the 6.2 and all the gizmos. Sticker was almost $58k and I got it for $42k. I love the truck. It's not a Raptor, but it's also $30k cheaper. THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS CHEAPER. Is the Raptor nicer overall? Heck yeah, but I'll keep $30k in the bank and drive my very comfy and nice 6.2 Sierra for the next few years and see if Ford ever puts a sweet V8 back in the Raptor, then I might be tempted to trade up then. Another thing I like about my GM vehicles (I have a 2010 ZR1 since new too) is I have an awesome relationship with my service advisor at a large Chevy dealer. He can work on any GM vehicle and I always get a nice loaner vehicle and no BS. So, that's a big plus for me as a lot of the Ford dealers in town don't do loaner cars and that would annoy the crap out of me on a $70k+ truck.
  12. I installed the 12909 Magnaflow here in DFW yesterday and initially wanted the flapper valve but just decided to cut it out. So, put the 12909 on and keep the resonator. It sounds very mellow with a great sound. At higher throttle openings, my K&N intake is louder than the exhaust, but cruising around it has a nice burble. i really like it and it was $185 installed. Shop did a perfect job and I’m a happy camper with this muffler. Zero drone, the very slightest chop in V4 mode but you really have to listen for it. I took my wife for a ride last night and didn’t tell her I put a muffler on. She didn’t even notice.
  13. Someone want this awesome exhaust? Wife wants it out of the garage.
  14. Works on any 2014-2018 crew cab/short bed with the 6.2 engine. Borla system used one month for sale. Sounds incredible, but not the quietest exhaust. Duh, it’s the ATAK. Paid just over $1k a month ago on Amazon and will sell locally for $650 cash. It’s in awesome shape, no issues. It’s a work truck so it’s a little loud for me, but sound is really good and no resonance or drone. My employees call it the race truck so that’s not such a good thing for my work. Here is a quick clip inside. A lot of other vids for outside on YouTube. My loss is your gain. Shipping is expensive (like $180+ UPS) so much prefer local pickup.
  15. Works on any 2014-2018 crew cab/short bed with the 6.2 engine. Borla system used one month for sale. Sounds incredible, but not the quietest exhaust. Duh, it’s the ATAK. Paid just over $1k a month ago on Amazon and will sell locally for $650 cash. It’s in awesome shape, no issues. It’s a work truck so it’s a little loud for me, but sound is really good and no resonance or drone. My employees call it the race truck so that’s not such a good thing for my work. Here is a quick clip inside. A lot of other vids for outside on YouTube. My loss is your gain. Shipping is expensive (like $180+ UPS) so much prefer local pickup.
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