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Chevy Silverado - Continued XVIII

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  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    no matter how it gets's not Autotrac that makes people get out of control...

    It's the fact that 4WD and snow makes people idiots!.....who think they can stop just as good..

    I was the same way with my first 4WD.....

    oh well

    - Tim
  • problems post. I have some information on the V6
  • bcobco Posts: 756
    Ryan & smikes - re: #515 and 516 (on 'rado XVII)

    Click Here for the Firestone letter.

  • I ordered my truck last night - 2001 1500 LT, Forest Green/Tan Leather, Ext. Cab, SB, Z71, Locker, Trailer Pkg, Block Heater, Blackwalls, and the big caveat .... Ride Control. Since the Ride Control (FW1) is still on hold, I don't expect Chevy to pick up the order right away. I'm going to give it until just after New Year's, and if the FW1 is still not available, I'll reorder the truck without it. I sure hope Chevy releases the FW1 this month. I know I could put Rancho 9000's w/remote activation on it after the fact, but it would not be as clean as having the switch built into the dash at the factory.

    The wait begins....

  • at how many miles did you have your injector problems???also thanks for input.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Hey how cold is it by you? Any snow? Reason i am asking is my bedrail cap (side i had trouble with) is coming off. Seems all the snow and ice loosened it up (side by the cab). Only thing holding it down there now is the frozen snow. Really ticking me off. I cant fix it cause its dirty and cold. I need some glue or something

  • bcobco Posts: 756
    no, no snow. been chilly though. remember, i'm in sc. we've had frost on the windows some mornings. caps are holding fine. eventually you're going to have to do what i did, dude.
    1. take your caps off.
    2. remove any excess double-sided tape from the caps and the rails.
    3. use a rubbing compound (or something similar to strip any wax on your bed-rails).
    4. use a dish detergent(i think i used palmolive) to wash any rubbing compound residue off your bedrails.
    5. use the same dish wash solution to wash the backs of your rail caps.
    6. dry everything completely.
    7. reapply double-sided tape to your caps - i used more than what came on 'em. got 'em real good near each end.
    8. reapply caps to rails.
    9. walk up and down on top of 'em to smash 'em down real good.
    10. don't let 'em get wet for 48 hours.

    do all that in moderate weather or in a decently heated garage and i think it'll work just fine for you. mine have not budged at all. all told, you'll spend about an hour on it.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Does anyone know the tire diameter on the P265 Firestone AT's? They dont have these tires on their website. How come?


  • smikessmikes Posts: 130
    Did any of you notice heavy overspray on your 'rados when you got them? I just dropped mine off this morning to have the Expel (Scotchcal - 3M) clear bra substitute applied. The installer found alot of overspray on the hood.

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    that's why the dealer preps them before delivery. Or in my case, I requested that they did not prep cause they could put scratches into the already orange peeled paint. Clayed the truck per Zaino instructions and a ton of overspray came off on the clay.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240

    all i want for xmas

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ...and perhaps the most expensive!

    - Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I think my xmas present will be great (see a few posts above)

    Thanks David for the tire info

    The BFG's are 32.X inches in diameter

    So ill gain appx 1 inch in height woohoo

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Jessica will like that...


    - Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    yea uh huh Tim

  • markbuckmarkbuck Posts: 1,021
    You will gain 1/2 of the wheel diameter change in truck height...
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    If I'm getting a new 2001 Silverado for Christmas, any suggestions on what I should get my wife? She got a new Saturn SW2 wagon 4 years ago for her birthday, only cost $20,000 though. The way I see it, it is my turn now.

    285 rp (reindeer power) hmmmmm.
    How can I work that into personalized plates?
    285 RP

    Speaking of deer, I didn't get anything in that late muzzleloader hunt in northeastern Washington last weekend. Saw about 6 deer in two days, but no bucks. One came up to within 100' of me as I was hiding behind a tree taking a crap in 1' of snow.
    Thank God it wasn't a buck, I'd hate to shoot one with my pants around my ankles.

  • I'll try to take some pics later tonight (at work right now). The truck is kinda durty b/c it rained the other day, but oh well. I'll wash it this weekend and take another set. I guess I should go register for a picturetrail right now.
    Rubberride axles anybody?

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ..she will have to settle for 1/2 inch


    (Ryan is getting mad at old Timmy.....probably why he don't post on my site no more)

    .....darn....How will I make it thru the weekend knowing he is mad?....)

    BTW.......while men never dance....if you do...AT LEAST YA DON'T ANNOUCE YOU ARE GOING BEFORE!


    Enjoy......even you too Ryan

    - Tim
  • Finally got out and tooks some pics of the truck. It's a lot dirtier than it looks. I have to wash it this weekend. When I go home in a couple of weeks, I'll take some more pics next to my dads truck. Kind of a cool combo.

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ..I'll have to get a picture of mine right now...

    most of the mud and cow poo is gone from wet snow... it in and give me the $100!

    - Tim
  • Where's your site?

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    nice truck....something about GMC's though....I think it's the Chevy's better.
  • ckulusckulus Posts: 24
    I am supposed to take delivery on a 2001
    Silverado LS Ext Cab 2WD 5.3L in about 2 weeks. I
    understand that all new motors have a certain
    amount of contaminants and pieces of metal which
    get trapped in the oil filter. I am planning to
    switch to 0W-30 Amsoil and the technician there
    recommended that I run the factory oil and filter
    to catch these contaminants and metal pieces and
    then change out the oil. A friend of mine
    suggested that maybe I should run the truck for a
    1000 miles with the factory oil and filter and then
    change it with regular oil and filter and go
    another 1000 miles before going to the Amsoil.
    What do any of you think?


    Chet Kulus
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    that you should run about 1000 then change...

    some say it takes 10,000 for the rings to set....then go to synthetic..?...but cars like Vettes come with Mobil 1 from the factory...who knows..

    I went 1000.....then to regular mobil for a few thousand...and then Mobil 1 5/30 after that

    Good luck

    - Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    No way im cashing it in. Ill spend it one way or another.

    Nick nice truck. You call that dirty? Tomorrow morning ill take a pic before i wash mine and show you dirty. I actually washed the nerf bars (to get salt off) rims and lights. If i didnt clean the lights off they wouldnt have worked tonight they were black. My tires are white from the salt. Its disgusting

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Hmm..I can just imagine what it's like...LOL!!


    I changed mine at 300 on both trucks and again at 1000. Went with Royal Purple at the 1000 mile mark. Some say that GM puts in a special break in's true, if you believe.
  • Yeah, I guess it's not dirty dirty, but there are a whole bunch of black spots on the hood that don't show up in the pics. There's also a whole bunch of sand in the bed from surfing. I've been thinking of putting a billet grill on the bass mouth. I'll have to have a shop do it, I don't want to screw the grill up. Other than that, I want to leave it pretty much stock. Save the $ for bigger and better things. Finally found out what rubber ride axles are. "axles that are commonly used on horse trailers,no leafs, no coils just a tube filled with rubber with a torsion pin embedded in it and that torsion pin is the axle." Still don't quite understand it, but oh well. Finals are coming up. Ewwww.

  • what do I want?This is the question that will be asked of me when I am called on by chevrolet regrading my answer is simple I want what was advertized ''the rock''the dependable ,hard working,well built american made truck it was intended to be not a truck with factory defects or resale reducing ''nusiance noises''or a truck that dealerships tell you they cannot repair.Instead of looking at the enjoyment of owning this truck I have the possiblity of looking at takeing a lost and being involed in a lengty case battle which will lead to me having to hire a lawyer to fight a ''lemon law ''case.
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