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Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra - Owners hangout



  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I haven't put it on yet, and this will be the first time I've changed the tube. The Airaid I had on my '99 did indeed howl at WOT...which I liked. Sounded like a 4bbl in days of old. I agree they're all a waste of money if you're really looking for hp or mg gains. Kinda like the Flowmaster thing...sounds good, and that's all I'm after. Intakes looks cool and even if they don't improve they don't hurt. As long as you don't over-oil your filter. :) BTW, my last one has been sitting in the garage for 4-5 yrs. now. Took it off after about a yr to see if my mpg would improve. Don't remember but don't think it did. The new K&N 77 series looks nice and folks who have them say (as well as K&N claims) they do make a slightly better hp improvement. As I'm sure you know, there's a lot of debate about how much crap comes through a K&N filter.
  • I was reading Consumer Reports tire ratings, they had good things to say about the Dayton Timberline H/T. The tread looks like it would do well on pavement, which is the only place I drive my 04 Silverado 1500 2wd. The OEM Goodyear Wrangler ST's are total trash. How often do you see a tire these days with a traction rating of B That's how trashy these OEMs are. The only problem, as I'm sure many owners are aware, is that 235 75 16 is a very difficult tire to find. Fortunately, the Timberlines are available in this size. Also, though Consumer Reports rated the Hankook as being a decent tire, there is no way I am putting a Korean tire on my truck. I guess I'm still a little simple like that.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Your post a while back said "As to the Liberator, my Dad thought they were made by Michelin also, but they are made by BF Goodrich out of Ft Wayne, IN. There is a recall on a batch made in a two week period, to include BF Goodrich, Liberator and Uniroyal brands."

    BF Goodrich sold the automotive tire business back in 1988, to a company by the name of MNA, INC.

    NMA, INC also owns the Uniroyal brand.

    That is why the recall of the Liberator also included the BF Goodrich and Uniroyal brands.

    BTW - MNA stands for Michelin North America - Michelin owns MNA, INC - which owns the BF Goodrich and Uniroyal brands.

    So your dad is right - Michelin does make the Liberator -
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,225
    My '03 came with those Wrangler ST's in a 245/75 and I agree, they're horrible tires. Mine were replaced at 7k miles with Dean Wildcat Radial A/T's. I ended up going with 265/75's to get a bigger tire and even with being an A/T tire, they're far superior to the ST's in every way. Braking, handling, ride, noise, and most importantly TRACTION!! I'm not normally one to buy the cheaper tires, but I've had good luck with Cooper truck tires (cooper/dean are the same).

    I have a friend with a tire shop that put me into these deans super cheap so I went for it. He said even at normal price, they're only about $425 installed/tax/everything. That's a steal for a 16" truck tire IMHO, particularly one that's this good. I've got about 8k miles on them so far and love them. They've burned about 1-2 32nds though, so I don't think they're going to be a real long-life tire. But I am hard on them and drive a lot of twisty roads so I go through tires quicker on most all my vehicles.
  • texsuntexsun Posts: 23
    Okay, if you, and my Dad, want to say Michelin makes the Liberator and it makes ya'll feel better, I can live with it. But the DOT code on the sidewall starts with BF, which tells me BF Goodrich makes the tire, regardless of who owns the company. But thanks for the insight....
  • btenvy1btenvy1 Posts: 4
    I had a set of these on my old 2000 Chevy Silverado. Please, if you have these tires check them out. The left rear lost tread and tire pressure about 6 months ago and cause the truck to roll 40 mph. Total loss on the truck, caused wife and kid injuries. Look especially for cracking inside the tread. Goodyear has claimed they are not responsible for the tire. The report stated something was hit with the tire and caused the separation. Believe me, this is not the case. The tires were 305/75/R16.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Thought I would post a picture I took yesterday. Last weekend I put the Mud Terrains back on.

  • whatsachevywhatsachevy Posts: 136
    I purchased an '01 2500HD from Henry Marten's in Leavenworth, KS new in 2001. I have had all service performed at this dealer as well. I would recommend them to anyone.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I know it can bet a little confusing - but BGF is just a BRAND - Same thing with the Liberator (and Uniroyal too) - just brands not companies.

    Kind of like the Silverado - which is NOT manufactured by Chevrolet - it is made by General Motors - GM is the company - Chevy is the brand.

    When the Walmart tire shop manager told me the Liberator was produced by Michelin I though he was giving me a line of BS - at that time Michelin did not even sell a 285 75 16 tire under the Michelin brand (BTW they do now). So I gave Michelin customer service a call on their 800 number. They confirmed that Michelin produces the Liberator for sale exclusively at Walmart.
  • texsuntexsun Posts: 23
    I can buy that. :) Bottom line is they ride well, are quiet on the highway and a good value for the price.They were highly recommended by my brother and Dad, both of whom cover TX, OK, LA, MO, and AR in their business and they ride well in all types of weather. My brother had a sidewall puncture on his right front at 40,000 mi and thought he would end up purchasing a new tire, but Walmart replaced it for the $3.00 tire disposal fee.

    I installed Rancho RS 5000s all the way around last weekend and am happy with the new feel. Still rides like a HD truck but the ride is a bit softer. I got them on-line thru Auto-Zone for under $200.
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    5 years old and still looks good as new Ryan, how much clearance between the roof of your truck and that garage opening, it sure looks tight ! How many miles ya got on her now? Done the brakes yet?
    I gotta do the replacement step bars Westin gave me under warranty, the black powder coats didn't hold up so now will try the chrome plated instead.

    Ray T. :shades:
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Clearance? Id rather not see haha its a good amount the tip of my antenna hits the bottom of the garage door (hangs down a bit) when I pull in and out. My tires are 33 inches tall so I have a little added height ovr the stock tires. What I hate is the width. To fit my truck and the impala I pull in at an angle to the right (into the 3rd car side a bit) otherwise I cant open the drivers door. Have had it a few times where I didnt drive for a few days and forgot and had to climb in the pass side. I also hit the mirror on the side of the garage when I was backing out. Didnt cause any damage luckily.

    I have almost 55K miles. I did the rear brakes last fall (early part). Think I had 48K miles? I just changed my tires back to the Mud Terrains and I inspected them and I have plenty of front pad left. The rears wear much quicker than the fronts. I am about even on pad wear now. I see doing another rear brake change before I do the fronts.

    I put on new nerf bars last fall. Black lifetime westins.
  • Hmm...I just might have to check those out. I've never owned Cooper tires, but they are starting to show up everywhere now. I remember years ago you could almost never find them. I think they may also make "Mastercraft" tires, which some people swear by.
  • malcomalco Posts: 3
    I am about to buy a 2005 Silverado 1500 extended cab to replace my GMC Sierra. The Chevy dealers are offering $4000 in rebates through next week (expires May 31, 2005). I have heard unverified rumors that the new incentives begining in June '05 will be better, and there may even be a return of last year's Customer Loyalty credits for current GM owners.

    Does anybody have any real idea if the new incentives will be better than the current $4000 rebates.


  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,225
    I'd be surprised if the incentives don't get better. Sales are terrible right now, even with tons of incentives. GM doesn't have many other options to move product.
  • psgpsg Posts: 72
    Trade it in on an '05! If I was out of pocket only a grand or so I'd be willing to help drive sales. LOL!
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    I could see waiting for a larger rebate if you do not have a trade in - but doesn't the extra rebate drive down the value of your trade? Maybe not exactly a $ for $ reduction but - it would be hard to understand how a $5K rebate on a new 2005 would not reduce the trade in value of a 2004 by close to $5k, which will impact a 2003 and so on - at least until you get down to maybe a 1999 model - that as long as it is in good shape is going to be worth $7,500.
  • malcomalco Posts: 3
    Thanks for the advice. I do in fact have a '99 Sierra that I will either trade in or just sell. I just paid $2120 this afternoon to have the auto-transmission rebuilt. I guess I should have traded a month ago!

    I am going to hope that better incentives come out next week, and hope to convince the dealer that my truck is worth more than $5000 with a new tranny and fuel pump.

  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    If the rebates went up today and you traded tomorrow that wouldn't make your trade worth less as thre bates come from GM and not the Dealer. However, all the big rebates have indeed driven down used vehicle values. BUT, it you bought your vehicle with some of those big rebates and discounts then you really haven't lost anything. ;)
  • baredoggbaredogg Posts: 32
    I understand they are making employee discounts available to everyone on everything except the Corvette that should help somewhat. Look for announcement early next week. :) :) :) :) :)
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