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What have you done to your K2 today?


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23 minutes ago, cohibadream said:

Not all today but the last couple months. ‘17 Denali ultimate w/ 80k miles. Had the truck about 3 years now. Thanks for all the great info on this forum!

  • Suspension Maxx 2.25 level
  • Replaced front magneride shocks with aftermarket brand (YWEISPART 84176631)
  • Breaks/rotors - Power Stop K6560-36 Z36 
  • Exhaust - Borla muffler (40946 XR-1) w/ side exit dual tip
  • Replaced fluids in front/rear diffs and transfer case - transmission is next
  • Supreme suspension diff drop
  • OPT7 60” tailgate light bar
  • Wheels - Method MR314 18”
  • Tires - Nitto Ridge Grappler 285/75R18 - I think this size is really under rated…it’s 34.8” and fills the wheel wells nicely. Some rub but easily remedied 
  • Diablo i3 Platinum - 93 canned tune w/ Some of the parameters changed. Will possibly go with Diablew in the future.

Let me know of any questions. Maybe I should post a build thread with more pics and detail.

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OH MY LORD THAT LOOKS GOOD. I want my 14 Denali to get to that look before summer time next year before i really start on my overland build. props to you my dude, that looks amazing!

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Already missing the warm weather! :( 
First dose of snow and salt of the season with some more on the way! Really going to miss hand-washing the truck.


Took it to the automatic for the first time since the end of last winter today, and it cleaned up pretty good!

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On 12/1/2021 at 9:06 PM, OffTheAir said:

Already missing the warm weather! :( 
First dose of snow and salt of the season with some more on the way! Really going to miss hand-washing the truck.


Took it to the automatic for the first time since the end of last winter today, and it cleaned up pretty good!

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Definitely the worst part about living in the midwest with a black truck. I try to hand wash at a self serve place once a month, but what a PITA and then it usually snows the next day anyways. I need a shop with a wash bay.. 

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I mean, I'd definitely wash my hands more then once a month.  It's a pandemic out!!! 🤣🤣

 

hahah seriously tho i know what you mean... I had a silver truck for almost 15 yrs (one for 10 and the next one for 5yrs) and when I bought this Sierra in Dark Slate Metallic it's back to dark color problems that I almost completely forgot about with the silver.  And when she's been dirty for 2 days, she LOOKS like she's been dirty for a year!  at least that's the way it feels when I know she needs a wash haha.

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10 hours ago, boettcher40 said:

Definitely the worst part about living in the midwest with a black truck. I try to hand wash at a self serve place once a month, but what a PITA and then it usually snows the next day anyways. I need a shop with a wash bay.. 


Oh, absolutely! Especially when everything becomes color-matched. I remember the grime being a lot "less" noticeable when I had the chrome bumpers and original 20" wheels, but with the powder coated bumpers, grill and wheels you see EVERYTHING. There really is never a time where it is truly 100% clean, lol.

Winter time my rule of thumb is just making sure it's clean and all the salt gets washed off. I really try and aim for at least bringing it to the self-service bay every two weeks or so just to flush everything out and wait for a break in the weather to give it a more thorough wash. Unfortunately, the self-service places in my area are very stingy about hand-washing so a lot of the times I am forced to hit the automatic. Which is fine, I've kind of had the same routine and by the time Spring comes I just do a little detailing and the paint looks good as new! :)

Black paint really forces you to want to take care of it. Seriously, lol.

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2 hours ago, OffTheAir said:


Oh, absolutely! Especially when everything becomes color-matched. I remember the grime being a lot "less" noticeable when I had the chrome bumpers and original 20" wheels, but with the powder coated bumpers, grill and wheels you see EVERYTHING. There really is never a time where it is truly 100% clean, lol.

Winter time my rule of thumb is just making sure it's clean and all the salt gets washed off. I really try and aim for at least bringing it to the self-service bay every two weeks or so just to flush everything out and wait for a break in the weather to give it a more thorough wash. Unfortunately, the self-service places in my area are very stingy about hand-washing so a lot of the times I am forced to hit the automatic. Which is fine, I've kind of had the same routine and by the time Spring comes I just do a little detailing and the paint looks good as new! :)

Black paint really forces you to want to take care of it. Seriously, lol.

Although probably not practical in the much colder weather, anything powdercoated is a breeze to clean if you have a clean towel and a can of lemon pledge. That was a big reason on my bike for powdercoating the wheels. The grime is quickly taken off by a blast of the lemon pledge and a wipe down. This made cleaning the wheels a simple quick job. It would probably work well for bumpers, grilles, etc...

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Not sure about the wash every couple weeks method but where I live in Minnesota I don't drive much in the winter but if it gets dirty/salty I'm at the self serve carwash that night.

I probably go there three times a week.

I refuse to let this truck get rusty.

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I have a white truck, hided the dirt pretty well, especially with the splash guards.
Still, I wash it nearly every weekend when it's the rainy season here in Florida or a front comes through during the winter.

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