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bigdeaddux

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  1. Believe I will go with the style that mounts on top of cab for a few different reasons. I'd prefer the ladder rack version for the bed, but we occasionally haul longer canoes as well. When mounted upside down, the front of a canoe will rest on or very close to the top of the cab due to the taller nose verses a kayak. I do haul them a short distance with the tailgate down and just strapped in the bed. A lot of our trips are a few hours away and most trucks I've seen that have been driven with the tailgate down end up with several chips due to rocks and such coming from the highways. My old truck- no big deal. My new truck- kinda of a big deal. Plus I need the bed space for all the camping gear, dog box, and other stuff.
  2. Thanks for replies so far. Tried the Thule rack for the bed, but our truck beds under the rail are designed different now and not much room for clamps, especially with factory bed lights. Really wanted bed rack to work because it seemed easy to remove and wouldn't damage truck. Not wanting anything permanent. Trac Rac may work, going to give it a look. Cab mounted tower racks don't bother me if they don't damage the top. Looks like the clips on these models actually have to go into the cab under the top of door.
  3. Anyone recommend the best system for transporting canoes or fishing kayaks? Will be going on '14 CC short bed 4wd. Any reason to use top of cab version or truck bed rack version? For those that use the towers that mount to the cab, do they cause damage in any way?
  4. Quick google search for gm part 22858052 pulled up several results and pics of these decals. Need to learn how to post pics, I hate when pics aren't included with items. Tried to link to item but didn't work. These are the 4x4 only decals, not Z71. Happy to send phone pics to anyone interested.
  5. Not sure link is working. These are the 4x4 factory stickers that go on each side of the bed for those that don't want to look up part number. Are these priced wrong, or just no interest? Make me a fair offer and they are yours. I obviously have no need for these.
  6. Wow. Thanks for the info. I've had two problems with the mylink screen within the first 5k miles of ownership. First problem was - service rear camera, second problem was a scrambled looking screen. Both times the audio still worked and could be changed through DIC screen only. Both problems went away and back to normal after cycling ignition key. Until reading about your issue, I hadn't realized that both of my issues came about either right after or during rain showers. Coincidence??? Interested to see how your problems are resolved.
  7. Purchased as factory option on new truck, decided not to install. Decals are still packaged NIB. http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results.cfm Part # 22858052 $50 shipped
  8. You must have installed the Loadlifter 5000 bags (part# 57204). I just went with the Ride Control bags (part# 59565). These bags do not install the same way as the Loadlifters. Looks like Loadlifters mount inside of frame rails while Ride Controls mount outside of rails (did not require removal of jounce bumper). Not sure of differences in each system. Probably weight rating. I've yet to come across a towing or hauling situation the Ride Controls would not handle easily. All the different manufactures are probably producing a decent bag system. After using them for 4+ years, I can't imagine ever having a truck without an air bag set-up.
  9. Big fan of the Air Lift brand bags. Removed from my 11' and just installed on new 14' (same part #). Really annoying having your lights coon hunting in the trees any time you haul or tow something of significant weight. I didn't connect the two bags to a common air valve. I like being able to control each side individually. I just keep a small cig plug in compressor in the truck for tire and airbag situations. Very easy to install, and required no trimming of the new style wheel well liners.
  10. Does anyone have any experience or an opinion on the clear film for the front windshield? Accessory shop installs LLumar film exclusively. They claim 99% reduction in UV rays and 50% reduction in heat. Have also heard claims that the ceramics used in the film could reduce cell phone reception. True? With a black interior in a hot climate, this is something I'm seriously considering for the heat reduction and also to possibly save my dash and leather seats from excessive sun exposure.
  11. Anyone know if a matching rail cover is available for the bulkhead portion of the bed? GM did a good job with the sides and back - wish they would have finished it all the way around. Noticed most tonneau covers are not sealing in the front also without added weatherstripping. Factory part or close matching aftermarket would work fine. Anyone that loads ATVs knows this area is the first place that gets banged up.
  12. I agree. Sharp truck for sure. It will be hard to get a true number for mpg without recalibrating the speedometer to the new tire height. I've got the same lift on a 6.2 w/3.73 gears. My 275/65/20 tires are 34in tall compared to I believe 32in stockers that were on originally. (No rub by the way) I will never know the correct MPH, MPG, or true miles on odometer without the correction. Dealership had no interest in messing with the computer. Actually told me it wasn't possible and would need to go aftermarket tuner. Would love to know if that's true and if anyone has been able to get their dealer to adjust for them.
  13. I mentioned earlier the Aries didn't have as much coverage as weathertechs. What I should have said was the Aries are not as tall on the front mats. The actual floor area coverage is about the same, maybe more with the Aries. Just not as tall around the edges.
  14. Ordered black for a black/black interior. Trimming may be an option. Never thought to take a closer look at seeing if that would work. I just set the front passenger side mat in and slid the rear mat in when I noticed they were too wide. I haven't returned them yet. I'll take a second look.
  15. My truck finally arrived and had a chance to install the Aries mats in my crew cab. Here's my opinion. I am returning the set for the sole reason that the rear mat for some reason is too wide. With both doors shut it actually bunches up the mat. Tag showed correct mat for my model. Maybe a mix up, who knows. The mats seem to be a nice change of pace from the Wearthertechs. The fit is similar with not quite as much coverage as weathertechs. The look and material is much more suited for these nicer truck interiors. If the fit is right for your truck, you will not be disappointed. These mats will not be the death of weathertech or husky though. Those mats still serve a great purpose, and I may I end up going back with weathertech.
  16. Ordered the same set. I was told by autoanything rep that the rear mat did not go under the seat. That is NOT true, at least on the set they sent me. No big deal if your not using under seat storage, but a pain to remove and clean if using storage. They look great, but feel a bit flimsy and cheap. I believe they will be just fine once they are in the truck (still waiting for my truck to come in). They are very comparable to Weathertechs. Had weathertechs on last truck, but never got a good fit on front mats around outside front edges.
  17. The roll up hard covers seem nice. Afraid it wouldn't hold up well with a 4wheeler bumper strapped against it going down rough roads. May have to spend the extra money on a removable hard cover for peace of mind and to avoid second guessing a soft cover purchase. I guess an extra $400 isn't too bad if you say it fast. Hoping someone can convince me otherwise.
  18. My ONLY concern is damage to the soft cover. Maybe I should check to see if damage occurs, can another vinyl cover be bought for the frame and at what cost. Just hate to spend an extra roughly $400 for a hard cover that will only be used maybe 20-30 days a year. Plus having to have rails and drain tubes mounted in the bed. Thanks for your opinions. Keep them coming if you want to weigh in.
  19. Trying to justify one over the other. Needed maybe once a month for cargo protection while traveling only, with no valuables left in bed overnight. I'm thinking soft (extang trifecta) would suit me well with ease of removal and no permanent rail system mounted to the bed. My main concern is vandals or thieves with soft cover. Most vulnerable places would be hotel or hospital parking lots overnight. How often do you think this occurs with guys having soft covers slashed for spite or curious thieves cutting them open for a look around the bed? Also, did some of you think you would use the cover sparingly only to like it well enough to just leave it on all the time? Thanks for input and opinions.
  20. Also have the same plans for my truck when it arrives. Would like to see some pics when you get everything complete. Anyone finding a decent price on BFGs? I can't believe they've had the same pattern and same high prices for all these years and guys just can't get away from them (me included). Jumping to a 10ply stings the wallet too. I like the extra sidewall as well. My 18s jumped to a mandatory 20in I believe when I ordered tow package with 3.73 rear end. Maybe I'm just getting old, but the 20in chromes are awfully fancy for my taste. For the $1000 upcharge I may get use to them.
  21. Just to give you some hope and good news- Dealer called this morning to inform me that my truck has been built and soon on the way. Production week was 3/17 and it is a GMC SLT 6.2 w/3.73. No sunroof. Apparently ahead of schedule on some models.
  22. The reason some trucks have the filler piece and some don't has to do with the way the truck was ordered. My dealer wanted to order the front license plate kit (VK3) on my truck because it was a no charge option. What some dealers don't realize is if that option is ordered it automatically deletes the front filler piece from the factory. This is why some have it, and some don't. Most dealers order the license kit so they are able to put their advertising plate on the front.
  23. Congrats on getting your truck built, hopefully transit time will be short. How did you get word on build date and time? I would like to track my ordered truck also, but don't want to call the dealer each day. I have an order number and my TPW (production week?) is 3/17 for same truck as yours in crew cab. Thanks
  24. Has it been discussed or has anyone reviewed the Bestop Powerboards system? At first glance they look very similar. Just making sure Amps are the way to go, as I don't have any experience with either product, but am now researching. Thanks
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