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Elbert

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  1. have only notice one 3500 17 dmax and no 17 2500 so far in the small town i'm in, hate to wait myself for an extended period where i'm told the truck is built/complte but not yet shipped. I think the general dealer orders hit the lots first thought...
  2. some of the "nurf bars" will conceal the DEF tank, but I too don't care for the way it looks or the location. Seems like it could be moved back under the bed without too much heartburn, don't know if GM has even given that any consideration. Would be a great day if GM and the others could figure out how to run a "clean" diesel without the DEF.
  3. ok, I figured as much with the potential for the rear to squat some with trailer. I guess for now I'm gonna ride stock...
  4. consider different vehicle add a good bit of weight to bed for winter driving consider dedicated set of winter wheels with snow/winter tires give others plenty of room slow down add posi traction unit to rear axle learn about chains/cables when needed understand what you may can drive or slide down, you may have no chance in $ell of driving back up or out of. A 2wd drive pickup with no other changes is not the best of the reard wheel two wheel drives becuase of the lack of weight on the rear axle and the resulting poor traction.
  5. I don't think there are any unique issues that I'm aware of, in the old days only GM had the specific fluid for the transfer case...that may have changed and may be dependent on if you have manual or auto transfercase (if 4wd).
  6. Well not long ago I bought a kind of plain jane truck off the lot. 2016 2500HD WT / crew with standard bed. So what I've done so far (I'll come back and add PN's if anyone the same thing), all the things I've done so far have worked well and I like them. Husky front and rear floor mats Husky rear underseat storage GM skid plates (came with the required hardware) weather guard tool box thin rubber bed mat GM rear wheel linners (came with the required hardware) used polished aluminum wheels off LT truck (GM) Michelin LTX tires soon will add pickup bed light kit (GM) some additional tie-downs for the bed. Have been looking for options on the crappy I0B radio, to swap a batter GM radio, but thats not available anywhere that I've come across. Appears at present time you live with the factory crappy radio or go aftermarket. I've contemplated a "leveling Kit' for the front but have not done anything on that, and have concerns. I do like the look of the unloaded truck sitting level, but wonder about it loaded and or setup with a heavy trialer (with leveling kit on front).
  7. discounting the debate about how you got the truck level....for those who tow with their 2500HD...and you have it sitting somewhat level...what happens when you connect your loaded trailer with respect to the right height level of the pickup? Assumed truck otherwise stock. DO you now have a truck that runs down the road with the rear sitting low with respect to the front.
  8. from the internet no-one can say what happened. Nor can anyone reasonably infer you are getting ripped off on the fact the radiator may need replacement from unrelated damage related to the wiring repair. The engine compartment is not a sealed unit. I would have wanted to see the radiator first hand before agreeing to the repair but likely its a $&^%$ happens kind of thing. Likely you could have saved a good bit of money swapping out the radiator yourself but sometimes that may not be an option. Radiators do get damaged on the rear side at times but thats unusual, most are caused by the fan or fan clutch coming apart and then getting into the radiator. I would not install an aftermarket radiator in a new truck, you can find places on the web that sale new for reasoanble...but thats after the fact at this point. ** if the radiator or related parts had to be removed to fix the wiring issue you noted, then different story....
  9. probably the best aftermarket setup out there, but if I had OEM setup on GM pickup I would stay with that.
  10. OEM works better than the aftermarket stuff I've used previously.... its been my experience that you set it and forget it. no issues on my 14 and 16 year model pickups using the OEM trailer brake setup.
  11. I have a 2016 2500HD with the I0B (basic radio), but it does have factory backup camera. Anyway I've been surfing the net for some time....have not come across any OEM upgrade options for this specific setup which is base radio with 7 inch screen. Seems you may be stuck with this radio for life or have to go aftermarket.
  12. a cooler thermostat is not going to make much difference with on the road temps in the summer time with the a/c going..etc (towing). The truck is going to run hotter than 180F anyway. In the winter it might make some difference given the mod to the on/off on the electric fans. Not much gained on modern engine by changing the thermostat to a cooler settting...etc. You would be better served in my view to go with a larger capacity radiator if one was offered for your specific model truck. (Stock engine) Once you exceed the temp of the cooler thermostat...thats it and you are dependeant on the fans and radiator at that point and its going to be very common to be over 180F towing or driving on the road in teh summer with the a/c on. The lower rated thermostat has not positive benefit at that point. In general the a/c will add 10 degrees F to the operating temp of the engine. In the winter the truck most likely will run cooler, but it might screw with your fuel milage too...
  13. I prefer the 4.10, it seems to be a good fit for me. I had an 07 with 3.73 and now have a 2014 with 4.10 both 6.0 gas. I prefer the 4.10, its the best combination for towing and in my view it does not impact fuel milage that much.... I think its the better choice all around. I tow around 10K in weight (trailer + gear + FJ 60).
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