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Chevy Silverado - Continued XVIII



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    I might have a few pictures of "tires". On another 2k "Badass 4x4" as you put it....LOL

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    hey ALLEN start up a picturetrail site its easy

    I wanna see yours

  • sf0383sf0383 Posts: 204
    so what exactly is a Hypertech anyway. And, more importantly, how can I convince my wife that I HAVE to have one?
  • k0hbk0hb Posts: 89
    A $350 computerized gizmo to reprogram your vehicles ECM for those who are smarter than the engineers who designed it.

    In other words, a waste of your money.
  • Ryan,
    I just e-mailed you a few pictures. For now I think thats it's just a little easier this way. Let me know if they came through ok...

    sf0383: Hypertech is a hand held computer that hooks directly into tour datalink connector , it's right under your left knee(driver side).
    It does a few things.
    I got mine mainly to recal. my spedo, I now have 35" tires so it would be waaaay off if I didn't.
    #2 They claim you can get as much as 15-20 horsepower using the Hypertech 111.
    #3 You can change your top speed limiter.
    #4 Transmission shift points as well as firmness
    #5 The engine rev limiter
    #6 With their 160 degree powerstat thermostat and 93 octane fuel you get what they call "power tuning".
    And you can change it all back to stock when ever you want. It all takes less than 10 minutes.

    I can go more into detail if you like just say the word. It's pretty cool. All things considered picking up 15-20 horse on a late model truck is pretty good now days. Especially when only spending less than 20 minutes.
    They run around $300.00.

  • I know I've seen several posts in the past concerning one side of the bed being lower than the other. On my 2001 2500HD Duramax/Allison ext. cab SB, the left rear is one inch lower than the right. This is constant with any fuel load. The front end is level. I have checked the lemon site recommended by Obyone, but there is nothing on that problem. So far, that is the only problem I have had, but I've still only 2K miles experience with it. Any info you can contribute will be appreciated.
  • Dam that truck is grimmy Ryan. I thought you were washing it like every week. Whats up??? Did you just recalibrate the spedo, or did you recalibrate the engine for performance?

  • xringxring Posts: 129
    Had an up close and personal experience with what a F350 can do to a Ranger tonight on the way home tonight. Lady in the Ranger lost control, crossed the median and was T-Boned by the F350 in the inside lane - probably ~50-55 MPH, next to me. Luckly the impact caused her to spin back toward the median instead of toward me. The guy in the F350 walked away but he'll get a new bumper radiator and AC condenser but the lady got an ambulance ride and the Range gets to see the junk yard - the bed was torn off and the cab was almost off the chasis. She reeked of alcohol and the para meds said she would get a blood test for sure. I wound up off the shoulder in the grass and mud and stuck! Tow truck had to winch me out. Lord was watchin' out for me tonight! All this happened in about 4-5 seconds. I just happened to see her coming toward us and I took the shoulder/ditch. Lucky no damage my truck other than people seeing me get stuck in 2" of mud! (Steeltex tires don't clean themselves in mud at all.)

    Say what you will about the big trucks, I'm even more of a believer now. That F350 saved that guy's bacon, even without a seat belt.

    Guys, watch those divided highways without a median barrier, even in good weather!

    Take care,

  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    What is that statistic....25,000 people die each year due to alcohol related automobile accidents? Pretty sad.

    Glad you are still with us John, and weren't involved in that accident anymore than you were.

    Also looks like more accurate information to add to this statistic......Real men drive real trucks, women drive Rangers, Tundras, etc.

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I washed the truck (went through an automatic) monday. Cant even tell. I only programmed for the tires today didnt have time to play around with anything else yet. So far everything is good the shifting is smooth. Only thing is these tires create more road noise but thats no biggie.

    Allen the pics came out nice

    John glad to hear you and your truck are ok

    I had a close one tonight too. I was coming back from a restaurant and a semi threw a large rock (good sized actually i seen it coming in the dark) and it slammed into my windshield. I for sure thought it would break but it didnt.

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    ...I have stated several times that you are much safer in a heavy bigger truck....

    Glad it worked out for you.....sorry for person in Ranger.....course if they were drunk....get what you deserve I guess...

    - Tim

    Nice tires Ryan....although they really don't look bigger?...(honest)...perhaps it's the lower sitting 1500?.....

    still don't prefer white letters....sorry!.. :(
  • Ryan, I think you made the right choice - blackwalls would have made it look like a stripper.

    As to ride height, does the 2500LD sit higher? Is the front end on the 2500 more level with the rear than the 1500?
  • tucsonjwttucsonjwt Posts: 283
    Ryan - be careful not to overinflate those tires, regardless of what the max inflation on the sidewall says. I pumped up the set I have on my old 73 in order to carry a extra heavy load - forgot to deflate after hauling - got a tread separation a couple of weeks later - had to replace two of them to get a match and controllable ride - expensive lesson.
  • sf0383sf0383 Posts: 204
    sounds pretty interesting. I would be interested in hearing more about it. Definitely on the "things to check out" list along with, tires, dual exhaust, bed liner, nerf bars or running boards, bed rails,push bar and maybe even one of those video systems. Now I'm wondering if I should be looking at an aftermarket security system? Is the stock one any good?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    just got to get rid of the tacky 4x4 decal and the plastic 2500 marker.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162

    Nah.....trends ain't me

    - Tim
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Thanks Tim the nice comment

    I thought i wanted blackwall but im happy i got whitewalls.

    Tim its not that much bigger but it is noticable by me and i have been asked by a few people already. THe tires are wider and stick out a little more.

    TUCSON whats a good PSI the sidewall stats 65psi. WHat are you running

  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    Well Ryan, I came in here to show off my new tires and you beat me to it! I'm surprised you were able to fit 285/75, I couldn't do it.

    I have a 2000 2500 4x4 and I learned during this process that the 2500 has a wider front track than the 1500. The wheels go through a larger radius arc when turning and therefore get closer to the wheel well.

    We tried your exact tire and no way it would work without a small body lift. I ended up with BFG AT KO 275/70/16. I was thrilled to find this uncommon size, and in a D load rating too (3000lb).

    I also put on new wheels because the stock 6.5" width was too narrow. Anyway I like the custom look. I choose Weld Racing forged wheels because they are stronger and have a higher weight rating than cast wheels.

    Even with the smaller tire size they still rub a tiny bit in the rear (of the front) and I had to trim some plastic wheel well liner from the left front, between the windshield washer resevour and the tire. Also the stick-on balance weights hit the brake calipers. I get a little vibration on the freeway now, I'm hoping that fixing the weights will solve that. Ryan, do you notice any vibration at about 65 mph?

    Here are some pics of my truck. Notice the tight fit.



  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Nice truck

    No vibs at all. I have only had the truck up to about 80mph since i got the new tires and it felt much better than it did with the fstones. Only thing i notice is more road noise. I dont care i have the radio blasting anyways

    You have a very tight fit there. I have some room to spare still on mine more than you have on yours i can tell.

  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    great looking truck. If you don't mind me asking, where and how much were those rims? I like those mathing flares also....
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Where ya been?...I was just womdering what happened to you...and wallahh!

    I may do 285's - 305's on next HD.....but who knows?.....the 245's are not as bad as I thought....but a 2" higher lift may be too small....we will see

    I like the look of my old Reg cab....and new Reg cabs better....but an ex. cab has been so much better for me

    - Tim
  • the blackwalls look pretty good too...just personal preference. But, why does GM only let you get 245's on the 2500's? I think it would look better with 265's...if I go this route I will have the dealer swap them out for some 265 Wrangler AT/S. And yes, have them remove any stickers...
  • sf0383sf0383 Posts: 204
    Nice looking wheels. Iam thinking of maybe going with some 265s. Are those back-up lights I noticed hanging off the rear bumper?
  • hunter98hunter98 Posts: 273
    Just a thought on a locker. Went back to try and feed the deer some square hay bales last week driving down a field road with ditches about four feet deep on both sides. Got pushed off the road when trying to drive thru a 24" or so snow drift got in the ditch. I put it in reverse and got the truck out of it under its own power. Without a locker, would have had to have gone and gotten the tractor. The two right tires would have spun and the left ones sat there on the oil road. But I have gotten it stuck in the snow with the locker. Got stuck in a snow drift by the barn, I was backing into a place and the truck sank about 4" deeper in the snow, nothin the truck could do, and a different day I was pulling a 30" tandem lowboy trailer around the barn lot and got the rig stuck in about a foot of snow. Never have been stuck in mud and I have seen alot of it.

    RYAN congratulations on the tires, good choice on the Whites. :)

    Have a great week.

  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    Well Tim, I got burned out spending so much time on-line so I dropped out of this topic for a while. I only participate regularly in the camper topic, it's a lot slower than this one.

    oby, I bought the wheels and tires at America's Tire (same as Discount Tire) because not too many places carry Weld wheels ( They are a little more expensive at $220 each because they are forged rather than cast. But they will look better longer and have a 3000lb rating. The center lug covers were an extra $95 for the set. They allow you to keep the stock lug nuts and make the wheels easier to clean. The GM center caps still fit too, actually. The tires were $165 which is a few bucks higher than Ryan's larger size because the 275/70 is a weird size. It turned out great though because it's plenty wide and only 0.7" larger diameter so the speedo doesn't need any attention. I clocked it as 1-2 mph off now at 60.

    I paid an extra $15 each to have them computer ride matched to the rims. Has anyone heard of this? A machine measures the roundness of the wheels and tires and chooses an exact mounting orientation for each tire. It's well worth it to me if it prevents even small vibrations.

    sf0383, those are indeed backup lights below the bumper. I often back into dark campsites with the camper on and can use the extra light. This time I chose some slim ones. I beat the heck out of a low hanger on an old truck by backing into things.

    I just got back from exploring the backroads of Death Valley National Park here in California. If anyone is interested in DV or more truck pics, see
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Great pics.

    Was the wheel balancer a Hunter Engineering Balancer? I think it's the only one that can do the kind of balancing you're describing. Price they charged is about right for that type of balancing.
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