don’t wanna be a jerk but i will say this. i love working on and modifying vehicles, but i don’t mess with new stuff. i have a 72 k10 with a 396 and a 65 goat, always messing with them. my 2016 2500hd? bone stock. no tune, tiny 245/75r17 tires, nothing. i would love to drive a lifted truck with bigger tires, a tune, maybe even a supercharger. but i ain’t messing with my 2016, because i rely on it and don’t want any problems. if you wanna play, i think there is a lot to be said for finding an older second rig to mod and keep your newer truck stock. just how i hand
if it makes you feel better, your truck gets better gas mileage than my stock 2016 2500hd 6.0 crew cab on tiny 245/75r17 tires.
i don’t know that the ls engines will take the big overbores like some of the older engines, but i have seen stroker kits and curious what other modifications are necessary to run one, besides the obvious internal engine work. basically, what do you need besides the stroked long block?
i would like to hear more about 6.0 iron block vvt stroker builds in l96 or ly6 trucks. is feasible without a lot of other changes? or do you need injectors, fuel pump, other items besides the engine itself? i would want a stock idle, keep vvt and torque management, just basically a larger version of the factory l96.
i have a similar (2016) gasser 2500HD and love it. But you have a GMT 800 half ton truck and those are some of the best trucks GM has ever made. IMHO you made the right decision. If the 2015 truck had 50k miles on it, would have been a much closer call.
if you are in the 1500 market, good chance you can use something else - an SUV and a utility trailer, for instance. if you are in the 2500 market, you need a 2500, end of story. if they aren’t making many, and inventory got hit hard, then demand is “inelastic” and prices go up. also if you are a consumer and you buy a used truck, down time is just an annoyance. when you are using your truck to make money, it’s lost work. so the 2500 fleet owners sometimes really are willing to pay for a new truck to minimize downtime. i had a four door rubicon i bought in 2013 and
i mean i guess it’s good to be top dog, but realistically any of these three engines is far more than adequate for almost any realistic use of a 3/4 ton truck. for me personally, i do not think 25 hp or ft lb either way would influence my decision on what truck to buy. I would be thinking more in terms of long-term reliability than getting the truck with the most possible pulling power.
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