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  1. Hey guys, I want to work on my truck and upgrade it but i dont know what i should do. What are some things you have done to your engine and drive train to enhance performance and add durability? *I drive a 2014 LTZ 5.3
  2. So I tried searching in the forum and I'm not sure if it's working right, but I only found one post that addressed this, but the OP I guess gave up on it. I apologize if this post is a repeat. I have a 2015 Sierra 1500 AT and I love everything about it.... except a couple of things I'm working on adding (leveling kit (done), larger tires (done), trailer brake, wireless charger, any mods I can do to the touch screen, etc.). One of those would be a trailer brake control. I would really like to avoid having to use an aftermarket switch, but in doing the research, the wiring harness in the truck won't allow for the addition of the factory module and I don't want to have to try to figure out how to reprogram the ECU to show up on the dash. So, I have to go aftermarket. I purchased the Hopkins Insight controller to try to avoid having the bulky box near my legs but got to thinking how I can adapt the factory switch (which I ordered) to work with the Hopkins controller. First issue, there's a third button for the Hopkins that the OEM module doesn't have, which isn't a big deal, I can figure that one out. Second, and main issue, is the rheostat or slider switch. I will end up doing some testing on it but I wanted to see if anyone has had any experience with this or might know where I can find the specifications or diagrams for both the OEM switch and the Hopkins. My goal is to hide as much of this aftermarket install as I can, minus the display and third button. @pgamboa I thankfully stumbled upon your videos awhile back and was wondering where you obtained your electrical connectors? I want to be able to attach the factory switch as clean as possible and wanted to try to find the right connectors. Thank you!
  3. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 10/25/18 GM-Trucks.com will be making our annual trek to Las Vegas next week for the 2018 SEMA Show. We're excited to be going back to Sin City after our trip last year was sidelined by a freak windstorm. What is the SEMA Show? It's the largest business to business automotive trade show in the world. Over 150k industry buyers, media, and representatives are slated to attend the three day show next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The public isn't invited, so getting into the place isn't as easy as most would like. Inside, the SEMA Show is an verified automotive candy store. Custom cars, parts, aftermarket accessories, paints, wheels, and anything automotive is on display for your viewing pleasure. Experts are on hand to answer any questions you have about anything. For many automotive industry giants SEMA holds the key to another year of sales contacts and business success. It's the only time of the year where all of their suppliers, distributors, and customers are in one place. The SEMA Show is LIFE to many automotive companies. Which is exactly why we attend every year we can. To sample the industry vibe, see the new products, and say hi to old friends. Join us next Tuesday and Wednesday as myself, @Josh and @Chris walk the show floor and share with you the best of the automotive world. While you're excited, head on over to our YouTube channel and subscribe! We'll be going LIVE from the show and bringing you along for the ride. The GM-Trucks.com YouTube Channel Here's some photos from SEMA over the past few years. Research SEMA and the SEMA Show on Wikipedia
  4. Hey Guys, I have a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and have been looking for an aggressive and mean looking aftermarket grille but can't really seem to find anything anywhere. I have searched the forum aswell but did not find anything. Do you guys have any recommendation for particular brands or any websites? As well are there any recommendations for other mods? My truck is fairly stock and just been looking to change it up a bit without breaking the bank! Anything would help, Thanks
  5. looking for amp install locations and ideas in my 2015 sierra 2500 cc. not enough room behind the rear seats and cant afford to lose any room in the back!
  6. Hi, I just joined the forum and tried to search for information about my specific issue and came up empty, so I'm hoping someone may have info I could look into on this subject. I bought my 2015 Suburban LTZ (5.3L 2wd) about 6 months ago (used, with 50,000 miles on it... I know ;) ). It now has about 62,000. I purchased an extended "Bumper to bumper" warranty along with it. A few weeks ago my front end started bouncing when I would hit bumps or drive out of parking lots. Anytime I go over a bump, it oscillates over and over. I've experienced this before with older vehicles. Its clearly the shocks that are bad. When the vehicle is stopped, if I push down on the hood and let go, it goes up and down several times before stopping. Instead of the standard, down, up, middle, - that would be expected from good shocks. I took it to my local dealership where I purchased it. After a week of waiting for diagnosis, and approval from the warranty company... They call me to say the warranty company says they wont cover "shocks" only "struts". From the looks of things, these are coil over shocks. I get that. However, the GM Part number description says "Strut". So which is it?! The warranty doesn't cover parts designed to wear out, I understand that. However, they state they will cover Struts. Anyway, they are telling me, my shocks need replacement and because of the LTZ Magnetic Ride, it is an $1,800 job ...just the fronts! at 60,000 miles! I'm not sure I want to replace them again at 120k miles if they are that prone to failure, with a cost like that tied to it. It sounds like I'm stuck with what the warranty company wants to call "Shocks" so I'm on to just trying to figure out how to get a decent ride back so I don't have a potentially dangerous situation on my hands. My options, as I figure, are as follows: a.) Pay the $1800 and get it fixed and continue with the arguably stiff ride this 'improved suspension' system gives. b.) Make some noise with the warranty company, waste some time, and probably wind up needing to pay out of pocket anyway. c.) Find a set of good after market shocks, and put them in. Then find out if the Magnetic ride system can be disabled (or if it even needs to be). I don't want to have a dash light on or any other issues if I just swap out the shocks on the front only (for now). I would even do a leveling kit if it came with new shocks. But I just don't want any suprizes by putting shocks on then finding out the system can't be bypassed or something. Does anyone have any experience removing the Magnetic Ride shocks and replacing them with Bilstein shocks or some other aftermarket brand? I look forward to any input anyone can give. I'm leaning hard on option c.) just because I've got a real sour taste in my mouth about this relatively new truck, that I love, giving me such huge expenditure so early on, especially on a component that is the subject of such controversy. I hardly see this magnetic ride as an improvement in ride quality, or lifespan. So I'm not sure where the improvement is.
  7. I have an '04 Silverado Z71, and want to replace the stock tail light assemblies with new aftermarket assemblies. I want to retain the OEM incandescent bulbs, but want a clear lens. My OEM tail lights are cracked and have deteriorated to where they look like fogged lights, rather than a clean looking finish. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
  8. My good friend (an F-150 owner) told me that if I was going to get rims, I should always go OEM manufacturer with it instead of going after market. He said, "aftermarket rims look ghetto". I went on Chevy's website and they have a couple of sets of 20" and 22" rims that I REALLY LIKE. Haven't seen anything comparable on line. Does anyone know of any sweet aftermarket rim companies? I don't want to get the Chevy OEM's cuz they're SUPER EXPENSIVE!!!
  9. I just bought my first newish truck, being the 2014 Silverado 2wd z71 lt. It’s got the crew cab with 5.3l under the hood. I’m currently stationed at ft Stewart ga. Im just looking for some help or some advice on some upgrades I’d like to do to this truck and which products might be the best. - I’d like to change the headlights and fog lights from stock. - Put a leveling kit and some new (bigger) a/t tires on it and not sure what size being 2wd. - Change to an aftermarket air intake. - Do something about the shitty stock speakers (without Bose). Wether it be new door speakers and sub(s). Or be just subs and have a separate amp just for door speakers. Do I need a processor to hook up to stock 8” head unit. - How do I add any app or navigation to this stock 8” head unit - Exhaust? - How to get more performance from the truck. Anything would help, Thanks
  10. GM-Trucks.com and Sylvania Automotive are teaming up to give away a pair of Cube-X LED Lights! We just installed our own set, so if you are not familiar with the Cube-X just head on over and read our review. It's very easy to enter and costs NOTHING. Just read through our rules, answer a three question survey, post your answers to this thread, and a random winner will be announced on April 16th. Product Description - What We're Giving Away TWO (2) - Sylvania LED Cube - 45 Degree Flood Light SYLVANIA LED CUBE-X Off-Road Wide Flood Light offers 1100 effective lumens at a 45-degree angle. The Wide Flood light is our widest beam pattern, illuminating obstacles, debris and potential hazards. Great for illuminating work sites, too. Unique X-shaped LED accent light for on-road use Intense 6000K off-road 45º wide flood light with 1350 effective lumens Rugged aluminum body designed for optimal thermal conductivity, handles rough off-road environments and resists corrosion Lifetime limited warranty Cube-X assembly Includes: LED module, Mounting bracket, Carriage bolt (M8 x 1 1∕8), Two lock nuts and three split lock washers https://www.sylvania-automotive.com/products/other-lighting/led-off-road/led_cube_flood_45_degree.jsp The Giveaway Rules No purchase necessary as this giveaway is all in good fun and not scientific. To be considered, answer the questions in our Giveaway Poll (below) and post your honest answers in this thread. Any incomplete or illegible responses will disqualified Users may only submit one set of answers. Moderators/Admins/Staff are not eligible On April 16th, 2018 the admins (Zane/Josh) will choose a random winner out of all completed and valid responses. This giveaway thread will close April 15th at 11:59pm eastern. The Sylvania Cube-X Giveaway Poll Answer the following questions as honestly as you can. Please elaborate as much as you feel comfortable. These answers will be used as an informal marketing survey by Sylvania Automotive. Is accessorizing your truck something that you are currently interested and/or investing in? IF YES: What is your to top priority when choosing accessories for your truck? (Quality/Price/Look/Reviews) IF NO: Why not? (No time/money, inexperience, no vehicle) Would you purchase something because it's priced cheaper, regardless of negative reviews, or options of higher-end, better quality products? (YES or NO) Would you purchase an accessory purely based on how it looks? Even if that means the product does not work well or may not work at all? UPDATE- WE HAVE A WINNER
  11. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 3/30/2016 Are you looking for an easy to complete home project that will give your new Silverado or Sierra a little kick in the pants? Cold Air Inductions has an intake system designed for your truck that’s not only easy to install but adds a custom look under the hood, too. Before vs After Product: CAI Cold Air Intake System for 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra with the 5.3L V8 Manufacturer: Cold Air Inductions Suggested Retail Price: $429.99 Product Website: CAI - 2014-2016 5.3L Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Intake System (Textured Black Finish) Features +12-horsepower +6 ft-lbs of torque Up to +3 MPG increase in fuel economy Aluminum Insulated Air Box Removable Box Lid with filter viewing window 4-inch thermal coated intake tube High-performance air filter Made in the USA No tune required Unboxing Our CAI Intake System came in securely shipped in a single cardboard box. The entire intake came in only a few pieces and without any small or loose parts. We found the items inside packaged well and free of damage. Inside we found the cold air intake box, a black coated metal snorkel tube, a rubber joint with vacuum hose hookups, and a pre-oiled cone filter. All hardware was already assembled or attached to the parts. Installation We installed this intake on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado with the 5.3L V8. If you know how to work a screwdriver, a socket/ratchet combination, and are not afraid to have to climb into the hood of your truck, we think you would have no problem completing this installation at home in your own driveway. A topside creeper would make this easier but is not required. A tool set that includes hex bits and socket extensions is required. We started off the process of removing the stock air box and plenum by disconnecting the negative terminal from the battery. We then removed the brace that runs over the battery to gain more room to work and carefully pulled the mass airflow sensor (MAF) out of the factory snorkel. Do not disconnect the MAF sensor. We next disconnected the two stock vacuum hoses that run into the valve covers. We also loosened the clamp that holds the stock intake to the throttle body and removed the resonator box. Then we snuggly pulled up to pop the factory air filter box out of place. We also transferred a rubber grommet from the factory box to the CAI intake shroud. This was perhaps the most difficult part of the install. We eventually had to cover the rubber grommet with dawn detergent to be able to push it in the hole on the shroud. It’s a snug fit, so be careful not to bend anything. The CAI air filter box then simple snaps back into the location where the factory air box was removed. We then secured the new rubber connection joint to the throttle body and reconnected the vacuum tubes to the tops of the valve covers. After slipping on the intake tube and attaching the cone air filter, we were nearly complete with our install. After carefully reinstalling the MAF sensor and applying the CAI Decals, we reattached the intake lid. After reinstalling the cross brace and reconnecting the negative terminal of the battery, we were done. Our total install time was approximately 30 minutes. Here lies the remains of the stock intake system. Results It only takes a turn of the key to hear the difference between the factory intake and CAI’s cold air system. The cold air intake offers a deeper, throatier sound at full throttle compared to stock. At idle, there’s no difference. On the road this Silverado sounds like a new beast. Air intake noise is much louder and right after pushing the peddle down you can hear a rush of air enter the plenum. While the stock intake is designed to hush the sound of air rushing through the throttle body, CAI’s cold air intake system accentuates it. As a result, the engine sound that comes from under the hood is slightly deeper, has more attitude, and sounds louder. So, does a cold air intake make any difference with how your truck performs? Since we didn't do before and after dyno tests we are not in a position to substantiate any claims of improved performance. There are many independent tests and even members here that have indeed seen horsepower and torque improvements when dyno'd. MPG numbers are a lot more difficult to test, but there are many people who claim improved mileage. What we will say is that as users of various cold air intake systems over the past few years, we have enjoyed benefits from every single one, regardless of which vehicle they’ve been installed on. The easiest difference to spot with the CAI system is how it makes the engine on this 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pop! The stock factory plastic is dull and covers up much of the engine. The CAI intake is slim, well designed and made from quality materials. The clear plastic window shows almost the entire air filter, making inspection a snap. Conclusion Are you ready to make some small changes to your truck that give it a more custom look? Maybe you want your engine to be a little louder and have a touch of attitude at the same time. Perhaps you just hate the look of the stock intake and want to spice up your engine bay. The CAI Intake system solves those issues and gives you a quality made-in-America intake that you can install yourself. This product was provided in exchange for our objective and unbiased review.
  12. New to the forum, just migrated from a 2000 BMW 540i to a 2015 Chevy Silverado, but I live in Texas, so this is normal. I wanted to share some photos of aftermarket leather I had put in today. I got a great deal of good ideas from here so I thought I would contribute. Also, if you have interior modifications, please share. I know there are tons of threads on exterior modifications but not as much on what you folks are doing with the interior! The leather is from Katzkin and the main color is Java. Let me know your thoughts. Also, the price installed was $1,260 for those comparing cost.
  13. I was looking into getting some spyder headlights for my 14 silverado, i was wondering if anyone is running these lights and if they are any good. http://www.spyderauto.com/product.php?id=PRO-YD-CS14-LBDRL-BK any pics and input are greatly appreciated, thank you
  14. Has anybody ordered these yet? I just saw them listed as a new product on the Anzo website. They sell two versions: white U-Bar DRL and white/amber switchback U-Bar DRL. These are the best looking aftermarket headlights I've seen besides the oem 2017 headlights. It says they fit in 2014-2017 Sierras. If anyone has installed them, does the U-Bar come on as the DRL, or does the headlight bulb have to be on?
  15. I have a question, what is the biggest tire size you can fit on a 20X12 -44 wheel with just a leveling kit? i know this is a long shot but i want to stay leveled with a wide stance. Thanks in advance
  16. Hello fellow GM truck owners. My pops owns a 2015 Silverado LT and he's been talking about getting some new headlights and I figured it would be a perfect father day gift if I just got them for him. I would love some feedback on what you guys would suggest. He's picky when it comes to his truck (as most of us are) and he says he would want some light blue almost white kind of beam not blinding bright but at least as bright or a bit brighter than stock. I am pretty sure the stock ones are just regular halogens (don't quote me on that) but I am also not sure wether to go HID or LED. It's very specific but any feedback is welcomed! Pics would be appreciated 😎 Thanks.
  17. Hello fellow GM-T members. Been a while since I've been on here so I thought I would share a pocket-book hurting learning here. I took a quick breeze through and couldn't find a similar topic or pinned item about "blacklist" items. If this is a duplicate or not in the right area, feel free to relocate or delete if I'm breaking some forum rule here by posting this. I just wanted to pass along some advice to fellow forum members looking to upgrade their stock headlight assemblies....whether for performance improvement or appearance update. In my case, although I felt the OEM headlights and bulbs were pretty decent from the get-go, I was looking to upgrade. I purchased the attached product off of e-bay and shall leave the seller unnamed. To me, they were the best looking halo/projector combo. Personal preference anyway. So they arrived before Christmas and I installed them around new years. This past week I started using my truck again as a daily driver in the dark and let me tell you, I was very disappointed. The issue with them is: - beam angle from projector low beams is pointed much to far down to be useful. they did come with adjustment screw which I quickly cranked up to max but still no where NEAR where it needs to be. managed to strip some component in there as well. Screw is metal but feels like it's turning something plastic inside. - even where it does light up after the adjustment, it is still pretty weak looking compared to factory In my other pics, I am attempting to show that it only lights up about 45 ft ahead of me on the road......not even a single tractor-trailer length. In one shot you'll see an SUV ahead of me. The wide angle lense on my phone is deceiving as that vehicle is only about 60 ft ahead of me. That's where the beam literally cuts off. I can't even rely on some stray remaining light beam that WOULD exist with a halogen/standard reflector setup. If there were a piece of 4x4 lumber laying across the highway at 45 feet ahead of me, and I'm travelling at the standard 75 mph where I live (108 ft/second) you can see just how much reaction time I have with these. GARBAGE. I read a few users a while back had some DEPO headlights that are essentially stock lights (mirror reflectors) but with black bezeling. I think I'm going to give those a try. Anyone else have them? I attached a reference pic of those as well. Thanks!
  18. I'll start this off by saying I have searched the forum and google and have not found any direct answer. So my question is are there any aftermarket tail lights that will work with the factory LED tail lights in my 2016 silverado 1500 LTZ midnight edition. I want to black them out and would like to avoid using the spray-on tint stuff if possible. Thank you in advance for any help.
  19. Recently discovered someone was nice enough to bust out my passenger tail light and not leave a note. I have the LED tail lights on an All Terrain. I called the dealership I purchased the truck through & they want $655 for one. Ridiculous. Does any one know where I can find one cheaper or any aftermarket tail lights that are compatible? I looked at the Recon tails however they state in the info that they are not compatible. Any help would be much appreciated!
  20. Hello everyone! I have just successfully upgraded from standard DL8 mirrors(heated and power adjust), to aftermarket tow mirrors from eBay. My truck is a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Double Cab, Standard Box After much thinking about whether I really wanted to go with the look of tow mirrors and also how I would make it work knowing that they wouldn't be plug and play, I bit the bullet. I looked all around for some tow mirrors that I would be happy with. I found multiple listings on eBay for a really low price ranging from $195-220. I picked out a set that had a blacked out clearance light as I don't like the orange lense. I will put the listing below. In addition to finding the mirrors I wanted, I also had been reading up on the forum of how I wanted to make it work. I came across a member(pgamboa) who has been helping the community by making and selling a harness that allows people to convert from the standard DL8 mirrors to the fancy DL3 setup. His harness makes the conversion plug and play for the new mirrors. Knowing his harness was for non-tow mirrors, I reached out to him and asked about making one to work with tow mirrors. He took it upon himself to make a harness to work for me even though he doesn't have actual tow mirrors to test. After fast shipment, I had received the new harnesses and I swapped them with my old ones which he will give money back to you for sending back to him. Since I had the door panel off in order to install the new harness, I went ahead and installed a product called "fatmat"(similar to dynamat) to quiet up my ride and improve my speaker sound. Anyway, I replaced my harnesses even though I hadn't yet gotten my tow mirrors delivered yet. My plan was to leave my stock mirrors on until I had my tow mirror in and I planned on getting the chrome caps on them color matched to my truck. Once the mirrors arrived, I popped the chrome caps off and stripped the chrome using muriatic acid. This works very well to completely strip chrome plating on plastic, and it does it in a matter of hours. While stripping the chrome, I decided I better plug them in to test them out. To my disappointment, only the turn signal and power adjust worked. The courtesy lights and clearance lights did not work. I contacted pgamboa again and got his input. We diagnosed the issue to be in my trucks X500 door harness connector. It was missing 2 pins necessary for the courtesy lights and clearance lights to get signal. His harness was pinned for them but my truck was not. To remedy this issue, he sent me a set of wires for both the passenger and driver side connectors. Once I received them, I used his instructions and guidance to insert the wires into the necessary slots to make the connections needed. During this process I had my mirror caps all stripped and taken into my local Chevy dealership to have them color match paint the caps. Finally I got the caps popped back on and the mirrors installed on the truck and I am extremely happy with the look and result. A huge thanks to member "pgamboa"!! He is a great community member and he is always around the forum helping others. He took me on as a customer and helped me through every step of the way. He has put numerous man hours into his research for these harness and just in helping me getting my mirrors working and functioning. I can't thank him enough for the help and highly recommend him for anyone needing help with a tow mirror conversion or the regular DL8 to DL3 conversion. pgamboa's harness topic- http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/196569-fs2014-silveradosierra-custom-plug-and-play-harness-for-dl8-to-dl3/ Tow mirror topic- http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topic/164349-201415-hd-powerfold-oem-tow-mirrors-the-ones-weve-been-waiting/ eBay Tow mirrors - http://www.ebay.com/itm/232168806348?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT *These mirrors have; LED clearance lights, LED Courtesy/Cargo, LED Turn signals, Heated, and Power adjust. Non power-fold/extending. Let me know if you have any questions about anything! I will help the best I can!
  21. Has anyone installed KC lights or bull bar with with lights and done it while maintaining the factory look of the cockpit. I want to avoid having chincey switches duck taped to the side of the dash. 2016 Silverado 4x4 LT.
  22. Hello folks, I'm Aaron Grayer and I'm a new guy here. Short intro, I'm currently a Auto/Diesel Tech student and musician (yes, they do go together). Got hopes and dreams of working for Ohio CAT and making something of myself in the industry. I am also a die hard GM Truck fan, which is why I joined GM Trucks Currently, I have an issue that I'm confronted with on my truck. I installed and wired correctly an XO VIsion X358 Single DIN In Dash Receiver. After searching to the ends of the Earth it seems like, I finally found a radio harness compatible for my truck. However, I'm still confronted with the same problem: I have to fuse the Orange (Illumination), Yellow (Radio Constant), and Red (Radio 12V Ignition) wires together for the radio to power on. As you may suspect, this mean the radio is receiving constant power. I have to pull the radio fuse under the hood to disconnect power to the radio but I noticed it also disconnects power to my speedometer, tachometer, message center, LED display in the cluster, oil pressure gauge, temperature gage, illumination in the door panels, fog lights, the light in the ashtray and the HVAC controls. I still have the factory radio and I've seen some YouTube videos of people with the same GM setup successfully but they never walk through the steps of how they did it. Can someone here help me please? I would gladly appreciate it!
  23. Hey all, I recently purchased a couple shallow mount subs, a subthump box, and an amp/wiring kit for my 2015 GMC Sierra SLE. I also purchased this line output converter to get the signal to the amp from the stock wiring. I searched for "line output converter" and literally nothing came up on the forum, so i'm curious if anyone knows the easiest place to tap into to get the subwoofer signal to the amp? I'd greatly appreciate any help! My truck is a 2015 GMC Sierra SLE, does NOT have the Bose factory system. PAC LP7-2: http://www.pac-audio.com/productDetails.aspx?ProductId=1188 Gear i'm adding: 2x Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-12 1x Power Acoustik EG1-2500D -- wired to 2 ohms, about 800w RMS total subthump dual 12" box w/ amp rack space Thanks! Captain
  24. So, I'm looking to install a remote start system in my truck. I know some trucks already come with it wired up just does not come with the keys. My truck is a 2016 Silverado WT, which does not have it installed. I need some input on which one you guys think is the best for the money. Thanks for the help in advance!
  25. Just wanted to get some ideas as to what you might have found to be useful or cool to install on your truck. As per the title, I am looking forward to ideas that would fit a K2XX platform Silverado 1500. Mine is a 2016 LT crew cab standard bed. Things that I have been thinking about have been a spray on bed liner from LINE-X and an aftermarket exhaust that would be legal in CA. Hope to hear about quality gems out there and even the sad stories about bad quality parts so that we may all learn. Diagrams and pictures and first hand examples are much appreciated! If you post about exhausts, please tell me for what vehicle length its for please (short bed, standard bed, long bed). Thank you for your participation!
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