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#661 of 6769 Re: #600 truck satisfaction
Jan 04, 2001 (6:53 am)
1. Have a 2001 ext. cab 4wd short box 2500HD in LS trim, 6 liter, autotrans, Indigo blue outside, graphite interior , cloth buckets seats, trailer tow pkg., roof lights, locker rearend, optional polished aluminum rims, on/off road tires, and maybe a couple other factory options I can't remember right now. Love the truck, only has 2000 miles so far. I have added Westin CPS(stainless) step bars, ARE Z-series fiberglass cap, and Husky Liner floormats. I might add a Go-Rhino chrome grille/brush guard and upgrade the stereo.
2. Yes would buy again.
3. Would definitely stick with the Chevy HD,but I would probably look more seriously at the Duramax diesel with Allison trans as a definite. Maybe next time when the Duramax is better in availability. Due to garage length, the ext. cab short box works best for me, but would prefer a long box(extending the garage would be too expensive and I bought the truck more for boat trailer towing than hauling). If I had a big enough garage, dream truck would be a dually ext. cab or crew cab.
Question to HD owners, anyone find a bug deflector available for the HD trucks yet? My local truck accessory shops say they haven't found any available yet due to the different hood. Also, if you buy an HD and want step bars like the Westin's, make sure the accessory shops specify HD since the mounting is different than on the 2500 or 1500 Silverados.
Ryan, to each his own, but I always like raised whites on 1500's and blackwalls on 2500 and 3500's. Recently saw some guy with an F350 dually ext. cab 2wd diesel with WHITEWALLS. Looked like s**t. However, my buddy has a 4wd 1500 Suburban that came with blackwalls and just always looked like something was missing. He replaced the tires with raised whites(Dunlop Rovers) and that made the difference. If you went up to 285's, make sure the difference in tire size isn't enough to throw the computer off. I saw on 'shadetree mechanic' on TNN that they upsized a truck on tire and wheel size and had to put on an electronic box on the transmission to compensate for the difference.
Jan 04, 2001 (6:59 am)
I am still debating over the RWL or blackwall. I am leaning towards blackwall cause i hate cleaning the Whites.
Tomorrow my truck is going in "under the knife" so to speak. Steering shaft and tailgate. It worked out perfect i am also going to have them recalibrate the speedometer to read correct. Hopefully itll work and they will know how to do it.
I do have a question for you how are your roof lights??? DO they come on automatically or with a switch? I really like the look of them are they screwed into the roof?
GET SOME PICS Your truck sounds awesome
#664 of 6769 Tim - Locker
Jan 04, 2001 (7:42 am)
But, why don't you like them? Other than the fact that you can spin both rear tires (if you give it that much throttle) the locker is not noticeable.
But when you get out in the rough stuff, the locker can save your bacon by letting the wheel with traction pull you over a boulder or dirt mound.
Admittedly, if you drive on relatively smooth surfaces, it doesn't do much - until the traction goes away.
But, seriously - what is it you don't like about the lockers?
Jan 04, 2001 (7:55 am)
1. I can't say that I am happy with my truck. Its probably more my mistake of buying the truck before I weighed the costs and my needs. I could have gotten off a lot cheaper buying used.
However the truck has performed well other than the annoying squeaks and rattles.
2000 GMC X-Cab Z71 Light Pewter 5.3 L 3.73
2. I would probably look at the used market for a extend cab truck or maybe the Supercrew.
3. I opted out of the trailer package because I could get it cheaper elsewhere and opted out of the trans cooler and I don't pull much. Probably should have had the trailer package put on.
Jan 04, 2001 (7:56 am)
I figured whats $245 when your spending 30K
Jan 04, 2001 (9:08 am)
I spent 26K. Still a drop in the bucket.
Jan 04, 2001 (9:18 am)
well mine was 30K after taxes and accessories.
i paid like 27 for mine plus tax and all that good stuff
#669 of 6769 erikheiker
Jan 04, 2001 (9:23 am)
I had the same problem when I went to put a Lund Interceptor on my 2001 Z-71 2 weeks ago. The little plastic clips that go into the square holes in the hood are pieces of crap, and kept popping out too.
To fix the problem I went to Lowes Hardware (formally Eagle Hardware) and found in their small misc. parts department some plastic clips that were almost exactly the same as the Lund clips only a bit larger. I had to file one side down just a little so that they would fit into the square holes on the hood. They worked great!!! Very tight fitting and no popping out!!
1000% better than the Lund clips. I think they are similar to the clips that go into your bumper so you can screw your license plate on.
Jan 04, 2001 (9:37 am)
Front license plate
That my only complaint on my truck. Only 2 screws? What about the other 2.
That was a stupid decision i think