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Chevy Silverado - Continued XVIII



  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240

    Good magazine with alot of parts

    Go there and order a magazine you will get one like every month or 2.


    Last sunday my bedrail cap halfway came off so i thought what a good time to retape it down. Cleaned all the old tape off (damn dealership when they put it back on used a few pieces of new tape and left the original) then cleaned with alcohol (not beer) and reapplied new tape. Really sticks now. Amazing how when you take 30 min and do it right how much better of a job i could do than the body shop that had to fix it when my truck was fixed.


  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    I had a similar problem printing small pictures. Turned out I was hitting print while I was selecting the thumbnail. After I went to the fullsize picture before selecting print, then I got fullsize prints.

    Mike L
  • roger350roger350 Posts: 157
    Ryan, good to see you back. Wade bed rail covers right? How tightly do they fit to the rail? This may sound dumb, but I am wondering if they would fit over a spray in that went over the rail. My concern with the caps alone is that they'll wear down the paint on the rails like my old drop-in liner did. This is why I have always thought I'd go over the rail with the liner. but now I'm hearing people have had problems with dents in the rails because the sheet metal is so thin, and I'm thinking some sort of cap on top would be better to double up the thickness a bit. Are the Wade rails a tigh fit, or do you think they would stretch a bit to accomadate the extra thickness of the liner? I figured if it would work I would just skip the tape and go with a silicone type adhesive, as the liner wouldn't provide a flat enough surface for the tape. Anyway, what do you think?

    Mike, thanks. I'll give it another try.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Now that i fixed the rail caps (WADE) they fit very tight.

    From what i could see they have been on 11 months and with a little wax i doubt there would be that many scratches on the rail itself. Lots of tape marks which can be removed with heat and a little scrubbing.

    For them going over the spray in liner im sure they could its not that thick. The tape that is used is probably a lil thicker than the liner.

    My suggestion get a pair and try it out (dont glue down) and see how it fits if it fits then actually install them.

  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    that's's just any time I deal on something and the other side agrees right makes me wonder if I could have done better?

    - Tim
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    I almost never see trucks with DRL's out, but last night on the way home I saw two.

    Both had the passenger side out. I still have not seen a Silverado with the driver's side out in the last year.

    Mike L
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    out at least 3-5 a week....honest...never seen a passenger out yet

    - Tim
  • bcobco Posts: 756
    best tip i can give you on the pictures is...try "right clicking" on them and copying them. almost all, if not all, should be jpegs if i remember right. if all else fails, copy one, and paste it onto a powerpoint slide, or word document, or something of the sort. then size it and print it - and so on for the rest. not sure why they're printing out that way for you.

    as for the brush guard - the brush guard is ALL you have to remove - NOT the skid plate itself - is five 15 mm bolts. it's easy to remember...same socket you'll use to pull the oil pan drain plug and...i THINK to check the transfer case. not sure about the last though.

    have fun with it...i know i do.

    as for the rail caps...i'll be really surprised if my caps wear my rails down like my drop in liner did on my old truck. see, they attach with 3m double sided tape which is, like, a millimeter thick itself. they really don't move a whole lot.

  • gmarkhamgmarkham Posts: 28
    I have yet to see any of these on the road or at the dealers. Might seem like a good idea for my new work truck but I'd sure like to see one first before I order my new truck in August. I even went to a super Chewy show this weekend in Pomona, Calif. hoping CM would have one of these trucks on display. I'm also hoping Chewy makes them available on trucks other than the Z71 series. Why can't they just make them an optional item on any of their trucks. Does anyone out there have one of these Composite Box's or shed any light on what the future holds for next year. I live in nos Angles and would think I would see these new BOX' because I drive around all day. I haven't seen one and neither has my local dealer. hats up???
  • Was looking at a 2001 brochure and see traction
    control is now an option. If same as on other
    car sounds like a worthwhile expense.

    Any have it ?

    In wet weather the back end of my 1500 SB sure
    does spin if not careful. But sometimes even in
    wet conditions need to give a little more gas to
    cross traffic. Have the limited slip but it
    doesn't seem to help. Maybe Reg cab are worst
    than ext cabs.
  • I have a 2001 LT ext-cab with locker rear and traction control. The combination is unbeatable! Get it!

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Autotrac and a locker is pretty good for traction
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    I'm sure better tires help just a little...doh!!
  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    I have very effective traction control on my truck and it doesn't cut engine power like the new option. Just put it in Auto 4wd (if you have it) and you can't spin the wheels, even accelerating in a turn in the rain.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    but the grind will tear your stomach apart from having it in auto and turning on pavement!


    ....I know..better than 4-HI....but it does grunt a little bit when in auto and turning...

    ...bed rail caps won't wear sides like an over the rail drop in liner.......I had a liner with OTR....and it wore the paint big time.....but never did rust in 12 years......

    the liner itself is massive and what causes the rails parts to move so much.......bed rail caps alone won't do that...

    I have Stainless rail caps with 3M tape...and they haven't budged a bit.....they also have locker rails (tubes on rails) for additional support...

     - Tim

  • michgndrmichgndr Posts: 160
    While I was goofing around at the site I saw the composite bed was on hold, TBD. To me that means there's a short supply or there's a problem.

    I haven't seen one on a lot yet either.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    they didnt have the protec bed at the chicago autoshow either. I expected to see it

    It was supposed to already be out.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    look how long it took them to figure out how to put four doors on these damn trucks. Not to mention making an intermediate steering shaft that doesn't clunk....or an engine that doesn't knock....doh!! At least their advertising doesn't say "Quality is Job 1"
  • markbuckmarkbuck Posts: 1,021
    My '99 1/2 ton Passgr side DRL went out three days before I traded it in. Took all of 5 minutes to replace, no tools required.

    Parts guy at the dealership gave me the bulb for free.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240

    Rear end view of LT285 BFG's



    Front Drivers and Passeneger side windows tinted

    Many more pics at

  • I have been reading the group for a few months now and thought I would comment on a common posting. I have a vibration at 1100 rpm as I lightly step on the accelerator to maintain speed. I asked my service manager about it and he said it is common in the V6's and Chevy has known about it since the '99 model came out and they can't figure out how to fix it. That is what bothers me about it. I bought my truck in December (had to trade in my '97 Blazer because it was a piece of junk and cost my $5,000 in repairs in the last two years). I, of course, got a better job about a month after I bought it and could now afford a V-8 Z71 package. Oh well, I have happy with it overall. I would like to hear from some of you about your experiences with the V-6 Silverado.

    P.S. Does anybody know a good tinting place in San Antonio? I am getting conflicting information from people I have talked to down here.

  • tucsonjwttucsonjwt Posts: 283
    I have a 2K V6, 2WD, reg cab, long bed, auto - stripper - no vibrations. Also, know several people with the same or similar V6 truck - no vibrations.
    What is the profile of your truck? 2WD or 4WD, reg. cab.or ext. cab, auto or stick, etc.?
    Is the vibration in the body or the engine or trans? Do you feel it through the steering wheel or the seat of your pants? What kind of tires do you have?
    Use "Silverado V6" on the search feature to see some of the other comments on this.
    Also, we have a stripper site under "Base Model Pickups, Buying, Owning, Accessorizing" you might want to check out.
    I wouldn't let the dealer off the hook. Vibration on acceleration is one I have not heard about here yet. I'm no mechanic, but it sounds like something is loose (like motor mount/trans mount?) Is this at all related to steering or suspension? I'd try to determine if you can make the vibration go away on acceleration - like accelerating on a right or left turn, uphill or downhill, in 2nd or 3rd gear, etc.
    Good luck. Keep us posted. Inquiring minds want to know ;)
  • jpfltawjpfltaw Posts: 43
    in my 2000 rado ext 5.3 since 3000 mi, now have 12000 miles. Vibration was light at first, now you can definitly feel it in the seat. Also feel a slight shake at 70 mph.
  • willimjowillimjo Posts: 73
    Has been on hold the entire model year. Other than a few prototypes, I don't believe Chevy has built a single one. Yes, it's in the brochure and listed in the dealer's computer ordering system, but so is the FW1 option for a two position shock setting with the Z71, and they haven't delivered one of those either. If you really want the composite bed, it looks like you'll have to hold off and wait for a 2002 (at least).
  • Will put Traction on yes list.

    A 4x4 for me would be overkill, sold the boat
    so no pulling anymore, only off road is road

    As for present truck, its on the 3rd set of
    tires in 12000miles. Org were Wrangler ST
    and came out of round, 2nd set was even worst,
    now its got Wrangler RT\S 255/70.
    All was done under warranty so no choice

    KCpanther - have used Solar Tint on Nakoma or
    Rhapsody? - North Park Lincoln is a big customer.
    So far no problem with what was done
  • joelisjoelis Posts: 315
    I have a 99 1500 LT Z71 with 31,000 miles on it, MSRP new was $34,000.

    I am trading it in for a new Vette and am not happy with current wholesale prices. The best they can give me is $20,500. Thats a big drop for only 2 years.

    I am almost paying full MSRP for the Vette, so I know that they have no reason to try to lowball me. I have checked with my other regular dealers and that is about the best anyone could do under the best conditions. They are lucky to turn around and get $22,000 for it once its on their lot. And believe me, there are plenty of them used ones on the lots right now.

    Just wanted to share my grief and let you guys know the scoop so you are not as shocked as I was.

    I guess I shoulda got a 2500 in the first place, right Tim?
  • michgndrmichgndr Posts: 160
    How about cleaning it up and selling it yourself? Almost certainly will get more than a dealer will offer.
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162

    actually 2500's do bring good money used buyers have less to pick from.....unlike a billion used Z-71's...
    Good Luck on this one now!


    - Tim
  • pogo11pogo11 Posts: 7

    For the $500 certificate, I went to and clicked on "Brochure" at the top of the page, and asked for brochures on Sierra and Silverado trucks. The brochures came in the mail, and the certificate came by email a few weeks later. The certificate wasn't advertised, it was a complete surprise. GM TV commercials here in California advertise the $2500 or low apr, I thought that was nationwide, but maybe its just regional.

    Gator, you got a great deal, wish I'd been at the Truck Show for that certificate.

  • smart99smart99 Posts: 48
    The $20,500 sounds pretty good to me. Here in Arkansas the 2000's with 10,000 to 15,000 miles top out about $23,000 trade in. The trucks have gone up by $7,000 or $8,000 and they bring the same trade in as the old ones did. When I got my 99 Z71 I got $23,000 trade in (for my 98 Z71) and had only paid $26,000. This is only a good deal for GM. But if they keep on they may price themselves out of the market.

    What's the deal with the queervette, midlife crisis???
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