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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-12-2019 The very first self-driving vehicle that GM ever produced has been acquired by the Henry Ford museum. The vehicle is built upon a pre-production Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle. The vehicle was tested in San Fransisco, California starting back in 2016. It was built by Cruise Automation, GM's autonomy company. GM's President, Mark Reuss, was on hand at the ceremony and https://www.wxyz.com/news/the-henry-ford-acquires-gms-first-self-driving-test-vehiclehad this to say, “Autonomous vehicles will change people’s lives forever, just as the automobile itself did more than a hundred years ago. The Henry Ford is a treasured institution where past and present innovations are documented and displayed, and GM is proud to provide our autonomous test vehicle to serve as an inspiration to the innovators of tomorrow.” Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO, The Henry Ford museum, added, "Self-driving capabilities will fundamentally change our relationship with the automobile. As the home of the historic vehicles that have shaped that relationship today, this acquisition is paramount in how we tell that story in the future.”
  2. I was washing my '93 S10 when all of a sudden I see this bolt on my driveway. It's more of a stud with a totally round head. It's too thin to be a lug nut stud/wheel stud. I believe it came off of the right side of the truck due to its location on the driveway. What could this be??? Any ideas appreciated. P.S. It COULD have came off of my dad's 1967 F100. I will be posting it on the Ford forum as well. ANY ideas appreciated and if you know what this is please let me know!
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-24-2017 During a recent motor press event hosted by the Monticello Motor Club in New York State, GM had the 2017 Bolt on hand for test drives. There were cars like Cadillac ATS-Vs, Dodge SRT Wide Body Hellcat Challengers, and other hi-po vehicles on hand as well, so cars like the Bolt were going mostly untested by the press during the two-day event. We took it out, and it was the biggest surprise of the trip for GM-Trucks.com. As you probably know, the Bolt is the first long-range electric vehicle in America that can reasonably be considered “mainstream.” Though it is a compact car with an MSPR of $43,015, Bolts don’t cost owners anywhere near that amount. In Massachusetts, where this writer resides, new Bolt Premiers are selling for $26,280 after state and federal incentives and dealer discounts. Leases for the fully-loaded Bolt are just $231 per month and the state rebate matches the initial payment. The Bolt is also available from stock all around the Northeast, unlike the Tesla Model S which is only available in California and won’t be in stock for as long as two years from now. The Drive The Bolt drives much better than one might expect from a compact vehicle with a high driving position. It feels fun in everyday driving. During our test drive, there was an unusual intersection where we could go from a stop to the legal 55 MPH speed limit. The Bolt would chirp the tires and run to that speed at a fast pace we did not expect. The Bolt moves out in a hurry and feels quick. It also has plenty of torque and power to pass in any situation. Floor the Bolt at 60 MPH and it instantly leaps ahead. In turns it is enjoyable and body-lean is much less than expected. We suspect the battery position gives the Bolt a much lower center of gravity than it appears to have. Over bumps, the Bolt is composed and comfortable. Bolt Content Everything one wants is here. Leather heated seats, a massive 10.2” infotainment screen, as is the norm for most EVs, and Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility. Our Bolt tester had the optional DC fast charger capability, wireless device charging, an upgraded Bose audio system, and rear USB ports. Bolt Safety The Bolt is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and is rated higher than the Tesla Model S for safety byhttp://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/chevrolet/bolt-4-door-hatchback IIHS. Bolt Warranties & Similar The Bolt has an unusual warranty being an EV. It starts out with a 3-year, 36K bumper to bumper warranty and 5-year, 60K drivetrain warranty. On top of that, GM adds an 8-year, 100K warranty on the EV drivetrain system. GM also throws in the first two scheduled maintenance visits. Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation are also part of the package. Bolt EV Conclusion GM’s Bolt is a vehicle that leaps ahead of EVs like the more expensive BMW i3. The Bolt’s 238-mile EV range make it the longest-range mainstream battery-ony EV one can go and out and purchase today. More importantly, the Bolt has a feeling of quality and solidity that would surprise any owner of any previous compact GM car. The Bolt is the top-selling affordable battery-electric car in America currently and is the number three-selling affordable EV of any type after the Volt and Toyota Prius Prime. It is outselling the BMW i3 by about four to one and its sales are about 40% higher than the Nissan Leaf’s. This is no accident. Chevy has put together a very desirable EV package and made it accessible to almost all buyers interested in a new electric vehicle with decent range.
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 6-6-2018 Bolt was honored this year at the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) annual awards ceremony held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bolt’s “Breakthrough One-key lock Technology” was the technology chosen by the membership of NEMPA for recognition. Three GM-Trucks.com staffers, Zane Merva, Josh Merva, and John Goreham are NEMPA members. This annual NEMPA Yankee Supplier Award goes to the automotive supplier that has made significant contributions to the industry. The suppliers chosen are often the unsung heroes behind the major advancements in the business or their area of focus. Suppliers can be nominated for a component, system or technology that significantly enhances the motoring experience, whether by making driving safer, more cost-efficient or simply more enjoyable. Past winners of the Yankee Supplier Award recipients include convertible top and interior component manufacturer Haartz, who earned the award for its jacquard weaving technology, and Delphi, who won for automation technology. Bolt’s One-Key lock technology locks are designed so that a single vehicle ignition key can be programmed to open any number of locks, reducing the need for multiple keys. Hassle-free, these Bolt locks are easily programmed the first time the ignition key is inserted into the lock cylinder. Once the key is inserted, spring-loaded plate tumblers move, immediately coding the cylinder to that unique key. Bolt’s One-key locks are weatherproof and feature an automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter, a durable, protective rubber shell and a six-plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. Bolt is a long-time friend to GM-Trucks.com and we have tested and reviewed Bolt products here at the site in the past. You can check out the Bolt line of truck locks at the company’s website.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-3-2017 October was the month that the Chevy Bolt shot past the competition to be the number-one selling electric vehicle in America. With sales of 2,781 units, the Bolt led the pack with the Volt in number three overall with sales of 1,362 units. The Bolt outsold the entirety of Tesla's three models, which totaled just 2,115 units. This is the third straight month of Bolt sales above 2,000 units, and its ninth month of steady sales increases as the launch of the 238-mile affordable EV reaches its full potential. The Toyota Prius Prime was in second place for the month and the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Electric Minivan was in fourth.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-3-2017 The electric vehicle tax credit may end sooner than scheduled according to reports by news outlets who have discussed the issue with lawmakers. The full text of the new tax bill has not yet been published. Media has seized upon statements by Republican lawmakers who say the tax credit, which can be as much as $7,500 per new EV, will be eliminated now, rather than follow its previously planned phase-out. The tax credit is widely cited as a motivator for those interested in purchasing an electric vehicle. It helps bring vehicles like the compact Chevy Bolt, closer to the price point of other vehicles its size and capacities that are powered by less expensive drivetrains. Automotive News quoted Xavier Mosquet, senior partner at consultant Boston Consulting Group, who authored a study on the growth of battery-powered vehicles, as saying, “There’s no Tesla 3, no Bolt, no Leaf in a market without incentives.” Originally, the tax credit was to begin phasing out in the calendar year in which an automaker reached the 200,000 electric vehicle sales level. Chevrolet is not far from reaching this goal. By our math, Chevy gets to 200,000 by Q3 of 2018. The credits would then phase out gradually and end for Chevy by 2019. Both the Bolt battery-electric vehicle and the Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle qualify for the full $7,500 credit, as does the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. We will bring more news on this topic if the bill is finalized and moves forward. The Chevy Bolt was the number-one-selling electric vehicle in America last month with sales approaching 3,000 units. It's sales tally was higher than the combined sum of every Tesla model sold in the month. The Volt was the number-three-selling EV in America in October.
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-28-2017 The new Chevy Bolt has two trims. The Base LT starts at $37,450 and the Premier starts at $41,870. However, nobody is going to pay those prices for a Chevy Bolt. The Federal government is using your taxpayer dollars to subsidize the Bolt to the tune of $7,500 in the form of a tax deduction for those buyers who earn enough to take advantage of it, yet earn little enough not to be paying the Alternative Minimum Tax and missing out on deductions beyond what they already use. That does leave a pretty substantial pool of Americans. Then the states get involved. Those that are following California's CARB mandates are also offering incentives of their own. In Massachusetts, for example, it is a $2,500 rebate. Most stories you read pretty much call it quits after that. However, the fact is, many Chevy dealerships are HEAVILY discounting the Bolts that they now have in inventory. We found a new 2017 Bolt LT listed at just $21,495. And that is before you start to haggle. By our math, that is a 43% discount on a new vehicle. What was your guess?
  8. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 1/9/17 The Chevrolet Bolt has taken home the coveted title of 2017 North American Car of the Year. Early this morning in Detroit at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the NACTOY Group announced the award's winner. The Bolt marks the fourth time in 4 years that Chevrolet has won either the Car or Truck of the year award. Other media organizations have also bestowed their awards on the Bolt this year. Motor Trend named it Car of the Year and made a place on Car & Driver's 10-Best list. It also was named Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal and the Best New Car to Buy by Green Car Reports. The Bolt is entirely electric and has a range of approximately 236-miles on a single charge. Currently on sale, it retails for $37,495 before federal and state rebates. “The Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer an affordable, long-range electric,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “It is a game-changer that is not only a great electric vehicle; it’s a great vehicle — period.”
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-12-2016 Chevy delivered the first three Bolts today. This means that Chevy beats Tesla by at least a calendar year, likely much more than that. Tesla has only just started to expand its Freemont facility for the upcoming Model 3. Chevy did a little spotlight on the "first-three" new owners and they all have one thing in common. Each was already driving a green car. Two were already driving EVs. Why should that matter? Primarily because it helps to dispell the myth that those few owners that have chosen to buy EVs are trading in gas guzzlers. Though that is certainly the case in some instances, a poll conducted at the BMW i3 club when it was introduced showed that most i3 EV buyers were already in the greenest vehicles available. The good news for GM fans and Bolt buyers alike is that if GM succeeds in selling the Bolt in high volume, which was the whole point of the project, the company won't need to buy Zero Emission Vehicle Credits (ZEV Credits) from other automakers. In order to sell cars and trucks in the state of California and 10 other U.S. states automakers have to meet mandates on the number of ZEVs it sells. Buying ZEV credits from another automaker effectively transfers not just profit from one automaker to another, but also helps fund the winners' R&D for future products. According to Chevy, the first three new owners traded in a Prius, a Spark EV, and a BMW i3. Related: Chevy Bolt Production Starts
  10. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-21-2016 General Motors' Chevy division took three of the slots on this year's Car and Driver 10-Best awards list. The Bolt, Camaro, and Corvette Grand Sport all eanred thse positions by being among the best cars in the world, not just their own categories. Car and Driver (CD) say that to win an entrant must "...cost less than $80,000 (anything pricier should be excellent by default), and they must be either a returning winner or all-new or significantly revised. Winning isn’t easy, however—in order to take home a trophy, a vehicle must offer good value, excel at its given mission, and, critically, deliver a pleasurable driving experience." CD says that the Corvette Z06 may have won last year, but the car exceeded the price cap. Commenting on the win this year, CD said, "Enter the Grand Sport, which mates the regular Corvette powertrain to the chassis of the mighty Z06 while avoiding a major price increase. You can park a GS in your driveway for as little as $66,445, exactly $10,000 more than the base car and nearly $15,000 less than the Z06." Read CD's explanation of why the Camaro made the list and you will be surprised to see that the magazing talks mostly about the Mercedes-Benx C63 S coupe. You see, CD says that Mercedes basically copied the Camaro's formula. One little detail is that the Camaro is less that half the money, has similar performance, and is arguably more reliable. They said "The almost identically sized Camaro nearly matches the Merc’s accelerative performance. The SS 1LE bawls to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and through the quarter in 12.4 seconds at 116 mph. It would be slightly quicker if it were equipped with the company’s eight-speed automatic, but the 1LE is available only with a six-speed manu­al. We aren’t complaining. The Camaro’s big 6.2-liter V-8 is down on horsepower to the boosted Mercedes V-8, but because the Camaro’s 3747-pound curb weight undercuts the C63’s by 355 pounds, the two have near-identical power-to-weight ratios. And bear in mind that these are effectively the same numbers that a standard Camaro SS can achieve for as little as $38,000." The Bolt's win is perhaps the easiest to justify. This vehicle calls BS on the concept that EVs don't sell because they are (were) too high-priced and too short in range. Inabouty a week we find out if that was true, or if people simply don't want these cars. Interestingly, the Bolt was not a shoe-in for its win. CD wanted to compare the Bolt to the Tesla, but CD found out what most automotivbe media already know - Tesla is not a real car company. They can;t produce enough cars to use as loaners for press fleets, nor can they make enough to satisfy their ornder backlog. Perhaps a good problem to have - unless of course Tesla plans to make 500K Model 3 cars in about a year (...Sorry - had to stop for aminute due to uncontrobale laughter). CD put it this way, "The Bolt was also the only EV in this year’s test. We would love to tell you how it compared with the pricier and glitzier Tesla Model S, but despite our repeated requests, Tesla refused to supply us with a car and thereby failed to defend its 10Best berth." Read the full CD report here, or buy the magazine. "The Bolt was also the only EV in this year’s test. We would love to tell you how it compared with the pricier and glitzier Tesla Model S, but despite our repeated requests, Tesla refused to supply us with a car and thereby failed to defend its 10Best berth."
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-15-2016 Motor Trend (MT) magazine has named the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV its 2017 Car of the Year. Unlike many electric vehicles hyped by the media, the Chevy Bolt is a real car, that will be sold in Chevy dealerships within weeks. The editors at MT had the chance to drive the production Bolt at a proving grounds recently and that made all the difference according to the magazine's press release. The editors noted that, "the most impressive thing about the Bolt EV is that there are no caveats and no 'for an electric car' qualifiers needed in any discussion. It is, simply, a world-class small car, and that's before you factor in the benefits inherent in the smoothness, silence, and instant-on torque provided by the electric motor." A world-class car being made in Michigan? Yes, unlike the future of Ford's small car fleet which is moving to Mexico. Chevy has already started to produce the Bolt at the Orion plant. The Bolt will have a price after incentives just under the average transaction price of cars in America. Local incentive and dealer discounts could bring the Bolt to owners for an adjusted cost of around $26K. The only other electric vehicle sold in America with a range anywhere close to the Bolt's 238 miles (per the EPA) is priced at triple the Bolt's cost. Interestingly, MT Editor Ed Loh Editor in Chief managed to work in a compliment to the Chevy truck line in his summary of the Chevy win, saying, “Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars. The Bolt EV is certainly a game-changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”
  12. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-08-2016 Maven is General Motors' ride-sharing partner. This week, the company announced a plan to offer $179 per week lease deals to Uber drivers who need a vehicle in which to operate. That price includes insurance, taxes, and fees, and has no mileage limits. The Uber lessee is also able to use the vehicle as their personal ride at no extra cost. The GM vehicles will be centrally located in San Fransisco to make it easy for them to be accessed. GM's dealer network will provide all service needs. The vehicles included in this 90-day trial plan are the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, and Trax. GM is also partnered with and invested in, Lyft, Look for the Chevy Bolt to become part of these urban ride-sharing/ rides for hire programs shortly after launch. One way that GM can leverage the relationships it has is to put green vehicles that earn CARB ZEV credits into such fleets at attractive prices.
  13. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-07-2016 General Motors' Chevy division is now building Bolts at the Orion plant. The Bolt will be the first affordable battery electric vehicle with a range of over 200 miles. The EPA has rated the range of the Bolt at 238 miles. GM will beat Tesla to this market by at least a year, possibly two. Reuters' Joseph White reports that at the Orion plant about one in four of the vehicles coming down the line are Bolts. The Sonic sedan and hatch are also made on the line. General motors has built flexibility into the production of the bolt so that it can adapt to customer demand. Unlike Tesla, GM also has a captive customer base ready for Bolts. Its Lyft ride-sharing network will be offered Bolts. By leveraging its relationships with the ride sharing network Chevy could possibly find many more home for its EV than were it to just sell it alongside its fleet in Chevy showrooms. Chevy also has more experience than another current automaker but Ford in fleet sales and sales to municipalities, something Tesla has almost zero experience with.
  14. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-13-2016 Chevy and the Bolt EV put a smack-down on the folks at Tesla today and it isn't the first time. First, it was GM releasing a production version of the Bolt to the press, something Tesla has not yet done with its fourth model, which it calls the Model 3. Next, Chevy came off the top rope with news that its Bolt would be on sale by Fall 2016, possibly years ahead of the Model 3. However, the news today that the EPA has already given its estimate of the Bolt's range at 238 miles was the big finish. Tesla has not provided firm specifications for its Model 3 yet, but has hinted that 215 miles is the target range. Tesla came up with idea that an EV with 200 miles of range would be immune from the range-anxiety that lesser EVs instill in shoppers. Both Chevy and Tesla are planning to sell these new 200-plus-mile models in the "affordable" range. Chevy reiterated today that its base Bolt will come in under $30K when the federal $7,500 taxpayer give-away is added to the mix. Throw in a state taxpayer incentive of $2K and the Bolt is suddenly priced very close to some gasoline-powered cars its size.
  15. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-20-2016 Chevrolet made the pricing of the Chevy Bolt official today. The base 2017 Bolt will cost $37,495 Being an electric vehicle, buyers may be eligible for a federal tax rebate of $7,500. Or those buyers may not be eligible. It depends in the short term how successful the buyer is. If that buyer is already paying the alternative minimum tax, more deductions are very unlikely to be helpful. In the longer term, Chevy's Bolt will lose its eligibility as the brand's sales of EVs like the Spark, Volt and Bolt approach the federal disqualification limit. Like all good government programs, the EV rebate programs punishes success. The more EVs the company sells, the closer they get to losing the EV incentive. Our guesstimate is that it will be 2018 by the time that happens for GM, but who knows. State rebates come and go, but many still throw taxpayer money at EV buyers to the tune of about $2k. When Chevy announced the prices of this compact, five-seat hatchback, it clicked in my head that I have a very nice Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab with the Premium and Tow packages in my driveway as a media loaner. Interestingly, this truck, which buyers cannot get enough of, has an MSRP almost identical to the Bolts. Drive one off the lot (if you can find one) for just $37,610 including destination. I then went to the Chevy "Build Yours" section of the truck site. A Silverado 1500 WT, Standard box, 4x4 with the convenience package thrown in has a price of $37,280 including destination. That is a basic work truck with very few amenities. Still, it's a full-sized truck and one hell of a lot more vehicle for the money than a compact runabout. What are your thoughts on the Chevy Bolt's value? Note: Silverado image not representative of the vehicle we priced. Good luck finding a media image of a base truck.
  16. 02/26/15 update: It appears I had a front latch assembly that was moving around because one of the two nuts was not tightening all the way, the bolt it is on just spins with the nut. I spoke to Fold A Cover and they are sending me a new latch assembly under warranty! So far, I have to say they have top notch customer service! As for the striker bolts, I replaced the stripped T-nuts with 5/16-18 square nuts and I was back in business. I did note that with two washers and the extra thickness of the personal caddy the striker bolt didn't thread into the T-nut as much and I think that's how I stripped it, so I only re-installed with one washer and it threads all the way. ------------------------------------------------------- So I just spent the last 3 hours installing my G4 Elite .... and I'm still not done! I installed it and had to adjust every single rotary latch as they were not lined up, and the timing was way off (one would open as soon as you start lifting the handle and other side would open when handle almost all the way pulled, same thing in the front and back) I adjusted the striker bolts, the rear ones were super easy and lock pretty easily, the front ones were a pain because where it didn't take all my force to close the panel, the panel would not be flush with the rails, and if I made it flush with the rails, not only did I have to put all my weight into closing them (while standing on the step) but only one side would latch at a time so I'd have to go to the driver's side, open the rear door, get on the step and slam the thing shut, make sure it was locked, then go to the other side, open the rear door, get on the step and put all my weight in above the latch to get it to lock. I finally found a "happy medium" and with the panel sticking up about the thickness of 2 pennies stacked together it would close both sides at once. Then I installed the personal caddy, first marked the T-nuts and removed both front striker bolts, put the caddy in, tucked the seals, re-installed the striker bolts and once I closed the panel it was a lot harder to close (back to one side at a time) but also the passenger side would not lock all the way (if I pulled on it, it would go up). I removed the driver side striker bolt and it pretty much pulled right out ..... T-nut was striped out ..... so much for buying that new torque wrench that can do in.lb .... I'm guessing the soft aluminum just wore out from tightening/loosening the striker bolt so many times (and it's not like you make that thing tight, it's only 70 in.lb which is less than 6 ft.lb!) so now with the passenger side striker bolt in only, before I loosened it, I decided to try and see if it would lock, tried to close it but it took a lot of force, and I could still pull it up some, it was locked but had about 1-1.25" of play that it would go up if I pulled on the panel. I figured maybe it only latched halfway, so I loosened the striker bolt, raised it a little, and tried again. Now it would lock with no movement, but the panel would stick up way too much from the rails, so I decided to put the striker between the two and test it, after I moved the striker, closed it and pulled on the panel to see if it was locked and the whole thing just slammed open .... second T-nut also stripped out and pulled out when I pulled on it. Now I'm left with no front strikers and I have to drive the truck to work so I'm guessing I have to pull the whole panel piece off. For those of you that have installed their G4 Elite themselves, did you have any problems getting the front latches to latch properly with the panel flush with the rails?
  17. There are a lot of practical reasons a GM family might want to see a Bolt succeed. Eventually, the rebates and hand-outs are going to be too good to ignore for families that want an affordable second car for commuting and around town. The Bolt with a 200 mile range will very likely be a steal once the market has other longer range EVs competing with it. EVs are coming. Let's give the Bolt a friendly welcome.
  18. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12/3/2015 The Chevy Bolt battery electric car is due to be shown for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. You're mostly a truck fan with a bit of a muscle car fetish, so what the heck do you care? Well, simply put, it is in your financial interests that this car succeed. GM has to sell zero emissions vehicles in order to meet government mandates in 12 states including the largest car market in the U.S. (California). Car makers like GM have been putting off the inevitable for many years, and in some cases they pay other car companies that have extra zero emissions credits for them in order to comply. Would you rather see GM handing Tesla $15K per car credit it needs or selling cars built in its factories and minimizing its losses on green cars? There are a lot of practical reasons a GM family might want to see a Bolt succeed. Eventually, the rebates and hand-outs are going to be too good to ignore for families that want an affordable second car for commuting and around town. The Bolt with a 200 mile range will very likely be a steal once the market has other longer range EVs competing with it. EVs are coming. Let's give the Bolt a friendly welcome.
  19. Product: BOLT Receiver Lock (BLT7018438) and BOLT Padlock (BLT7017418). Manufacturer: BOLT What it is: BOLT locks utilize patented One-Key Technology enabling you to use your own truck key to open them. Their range of products include receiver locks, padlocks, cable locks, tire locks, and more. Features/Specifications: Opens With Your Vehicle Ignition Key Works with late model Chevy, GMC, Buick & Cadillac keys Stainless Steel 5/8″ Diameter Shaft Fits Class 3, 4 and 5 Hitches (2-2.5″ square receiver) Weather Proof Auto Return Spring Locks Automatically When Key is Removed Double Ball Bearing Locking Mechanism Plate Tumbler Sidebar to Prevent Picking and Bumping Stainless Steel Lock Shutter to Keep Out Dirt and Moisture Limited Lifetime Warranty Cost: $44/$28 (receiver lock/padlock) Review: The line of BOLT locks aims to take all those extra keys off your truck's key ring. And considering they are made by the same company that supplies the big three with keys and locks to begin with, we have high hopes for this product working as intended. But is it easy to calibrate? And does it work reliably? Come with us as we install and use a receiver lock and a padlock on Project Sierra. Receiver Hitch Lock Strattec, the world's largest automotive lock and key manufacturer, is the primary OE lock supplier to GM. Because of this they know the keys and locks for our trucks inside out. Here's our receiver hitch lock, new in bag. Unwrapped you can see the locks look good. Included instructions are clear and easy to follow. As you can see in the video, calibrating the lock to our key was easy. All we had to do was turn the key one rotation counterclockwise and we were done. We then tested the key a few times and to our delight it worked flawlessly. Here's our current setup. Notice how easy it would be for someone to steal the hitch ball and mount. And now with the new BOLT lock! The receiver lock installed as expected on Project Sierra's hitch. This should make it A LOT less tempting for a would-be thief! The pin is a little long for our class 3 hitch. Oh well. Padlock Now lets look at the padlock. This one came in the retail packaging which clearly states what the product is intended to fit on. Our padlock, model BLT7017418, is intended to work with keys from late model Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC's. When you open it up you find that the lock has a protective rubber cover over the keyhole with a sticker identifying the keys it works with. Our 2011 GMC Sierra is a "GM B". We took that off using our key. We are now ready to 'calibrate' the lock to our truck's key for a second time. Again, to calibrate you simply insert and turn the key once. That's it. You're done. Perfect fit and should deter someone from rolling away with the trailer. How it works: Conclusion: Both products that we tested from the BOLT lineup were easy to calibrate and install. After a few days with the locks we are happy with their operation. We find the fit and finish to be on par or better when compared to other locks on the market. We like the high quality look and feel, and the red styling is a nice finishing touch. We will continue to use these locks on Project Sierra in the coming months through a New England winter. Salt, dirt and grime will soon be an everyday part of these locks new lives. Are they up to the challenge? We will post an update on how they do. Let us know if you you have any questions or comments about our install and review on BOLT locks. This post has been promoted to an article
  20. Looking to purchase a set of fender flares for my 2014 Silverado 1500 Double Cab with a standard bed (6.5ft). The fender flares naturally need to fit the 6.5ft and 8ft bed configurations. Let me know what you guys have!
  21. For these 2015 models, BOLT is offering (from their press release): The weatherproof BOLT Coupler Pin Lock is designed to secure trailers when not in tow, fits the 5/8-inch GM coupler, and slides easily along stainless steel pin. BOLT's 5/8-inch and 1/2-inch Receiver Locks prevent theft of trailer ball mount or accessories, features a durable, solid stainless steel lock shutter designed to keep out elements and debris, and a plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. The rugged Padlock 2.0, for a range of applications, features a chrome-plated hardened steel shackle and a double ball bearing locking mechanism, made of weatherproof, corrosion-resistant automotive grade stainless steel. Flexible BOLT Cable Locks are made from six-foot long 1/4-inch black vinyl coated coiled cable, feature a crush-resistant body shell and an auto-return spring which locks automatically when key is removed, securing equipment, cabinets, storage compartments and more. The BOLT Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit, which enables a toolbox cylinder retrofit, helps protect and secure toolboxes with an automotive-grade cylinder. Comes with an original factory handle and works with DeeZee®, UWS Truck Accessories and other toolbox brands featuring a paddle-style handle. BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com or www.boltlock.com/retail-finder
  22. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 2/17/2015 The BOLT series of self-set one-key locks just got a little bigger. The brand is now offering products compatible with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD, along with the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. The new BOLT products are made for the the high-security center cut key featured on these GM models. BOLT locks come out of the box un-keyed. Through a quick setting procedure you can key the BOLT lock to your individual truck's key. This allows you to use one key for multiple locks on one vehicle. For these 2015 models, BOLT is offering (from their press release): The weatherproof BOLT Coupler Pin Lock is designed to secure trailers when not in tow, fits the 5/8-inch GM coupler, and slides easily along stainless steel pin. BOLT's 5/8-inch and 1/2-inch Receiver Locks prevent theft of trailer ball mount or accessories, features a durable, solid stainless steel lock shutter designed to keep out elements and debris, and a plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. The rugged Padlock 2.0, for a range of applications, features a chrome-plated hardened steel shackle and a double ball bearing locking mechanism, made of weatherproof, corrosion-resistant automotive grade stainless steel. Flexible BOLT Cable Locks are made from six-foot long 1/4-inch black vinyl coated coiled cable, feature a crush-resistant body shell and an auto-return spring which locks automatically when key is removed, securing equipment, cabinets, storage compartments and more. The BOLT Toolbox Latch Retrofit Kit, which enables a toolbox cylinder retrofit, helps protect and secure toolboxes with an automotive-grade cylinder. Comes with an original factory handle and works with DeeZee®, UWS Truck Accessories and other toolbox brands featuring a paddle-style handle. BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com or www.boltlock.com/retail-finder
  23. Chevrolet also confirmed that the Bolt will be developed with two goals in mind. A 200-mile all-electric range and a $30,000 price tag. While the production vehicle will share the concept's name, don't expect them to look exactly the same. The production version will most likely undergo some styling and functional changes before it goes on sale. The Bolt will be produced Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility. The company simultaneously announced a $200-million investment to get ready for Bolt production. Orion will receive $160-million for tooling and equipment while Pontiac Metal Center Facilities will receive $40-million for new dies. The Bolt will be produced at the same facility that currently produces the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet has not yet announced a model year or on sale target for the Bolt. General Motors Says Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.
  24. By Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 2/12/2015 Exactly one month after introducing the all-electric Bolt to the world, Chevrolet is now promising to build it. Today the company confirmed that it will produce the Bolt EV as its next generation all-electric vehicle. Chevrolet also confirmed that the Bolt will be developed with two goals in mind. A 200-mile all-electric range and a $30,000 price tag. While the production vehicle will share the concept's name, don't expect them to look exactly the same. The production version will most likely undergo some styling and functional changes before it goes on sale. The Bolt will be produced Michigan at the Orion Assembly facility. The company simultaneously announced a $200-million investment to get ready for Bolt production. Orion will receive $160-million for tooling and equipment while Pontiac Metal Center Facilities will receive $40-million for new dies. The Bolt will be produced at the same facility that currently produces the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Spark Chevrolet has not yet announced a model year or on sale target for the Bolt. General Motors Says Leveraging the industry-leading battery technology found in the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept was developed as a game-changing, long-range pure electric for all 50 states, designed to offer more than a GM-estimated 200 miles of range at a target price of around $30,000.
  25. Features/Specifications: Opens With Your Vehicle Ignition Key Works with late model Chevy, GMC, Buick & Cadillac keys Stainless Steel 5/8″ Diameter Shaft Fits Class 3, 4 and 5 Hitches (2-2.5″ square receiver) Weather Proof Auto Return Spring Locks Automatically When Key is Removed Double Ball Bearing Locking Mechanism Plate Tumbler Sidebar to Prevent Picking and Bumping Stainless Steel Lock Shutter to Keep Out Dirt and Moisture Limited Lifetime Warranty Cost: $44/$28 (receiver lock/padlock) Review: The line of BOLT locks aims to take all those extra keys off your truck's key ring. And considering they are made by the same company that supplies the big three with keys and locks to begin with, we have high hopes for this product working as intended. But is it easy to calibrate? And does it work reliably? Come with us as we install and use a receiver lock and a padlock on Project Sierra. Receiver Hitch Lock View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.13.32.jpg Strattec, the world's largest automotive lock and key manufacturer, is the primary OE lock supplier to GM. Because of this they know the keys and locks for our trucks inside out. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.13.25.jpg Here's our receiver hitch lock, new in bag. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.13.57.jpg Unwrapped you can see the locks look good. Included instructions are clear and easy to follow. As you can see in the video, calibrating the lock to our key was easy. All we had to do was turn the key one rotation counterclockwise and we were done. We then tested the key a few times and to our delight it worked flawlessly. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.21.36.jpg View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.21.42.jpg Here's our current setup. Notice how easy it would be for someone to steal the hitch ball and mount. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.23.02.jpg And now with the new BOLT lock! The receiver lock installed as expected on Project Sierra's hitch. This should make it A LOT less tempting for a would-be thief! View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.23.09.jpg The pin is a little long for our class 3 hitch. Oh well. Padlock View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.12.41.jpg Now lets look at the padlock. This one came in the retail packaging which clearly states what the product is intended to fit on. Our padlock, model BLT7017418, is intended to work with keys from late model Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC's. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.15.07.jpg When you open it up you find that the lock has a protective rubber cover over the keyhole with a sticker identifying the keys it works with. Our 2011 GMC Sierra is a "GM B". We took that off using our key. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.18.07.jpg We are now ready to 'calibrate' the lock to our truck's key for a second time. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.19.23.jpg Again, to calibrate you simply insert and turn the key once. That's it. You're done. View attachment: 2013-11-12 15.20.20.jpg Perfect fit and should deter someone from rolling away with the trailer. How it works: Conclusion: Both products that we tested from the BOLT lineup were easy to calibrate and install. After a few days with the locks we are happy with their operation. We find the fit and finish to be on par or better when compared to other locks on the market. We like the high quality look and feel, and the red styling is a nice finishing touch. We will continue to use these locks on Project Sierra in the coming months through a New England winter. Salt, dirt and grime will soon be an everyday part of these locks new lives. Are they up to the challenge? We will post an update on how they do. Let us know if you you have any questions or comments about our install and review on BOLT locks.
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