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  • 4x4man4x4man Posts: 222
    Wow, I thought my wife was the only one to strike up a conversation late at night when I am trying to get to sleep...
    Funny they have the whole afternoon and dinner time to get what is on their mind out...but NOOOOOOOOO..... :-)

  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    Thats cuz the kids are awake and she has
    somebody else to either kiss or YELL at !

    BTW: Those late nite conversations are
    how i ended up with the 10 & 11 yos !
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    im taking some good notes this is better than school hehe
  • 4x4man4x4man Posts: 222

    Uh...oh crap...I better stop with the late night conversations then.... we ain't got no kids, yet...

    Keep takin' them notes, bolding several sections!!

  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    got the highlighter out
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    I usually get home at 4 PM, which gives her over 6 hours to get things off of her mind.
    Last night we got her mom to baby-sit for us so we could go out for dinner on Valentine's Day. Well that gave us about 5 hours of one-on-one time for her to talk about anything she wanted. So 5 hours later we were back at home in bed and she was still wanting to talk about stuff.
    Luckily there was Winter Olympics Figure Skating on TV, so when she started watching that I got the chance to fall asleep.
    We should start a secret club for guys that have to deal with wives that do this to us.

    Ryan, highlight the above sentence about figure skating, it may come in handy someday.

    I'm heading to the Chevy dealer soon for my scheduled service and my 100 rolls of Kodak film and 35mm camera! I'll post what happened there when I get back later today.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    "Ryan, highlight the above sentence about figure skating, it may come in handy someday"

    HAHAHA this actually worked this past wed (or maybe it was tuesday). GF came over and i had some hw to do. Turned on the olympics and guess what was on? Skating YIPPY gave me some time to get some stuff i needed to do done (like surf online haha)
  • I'm thinking of changing the tires on my HD from
    245's to 265's or 275's any comments or suggestions it is a 4x4.

    Thanks, Edward
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    and it's no secret. It called MARRIAGE!
  • 4x4man4x4man Posts: 222
    Have to try that out...she's killin' me as I have to get up at 4am and she wants to yak yak yak till late at night. Then she wonders why I get cranky the next day...
    I love her to death, but "can't it wait till tomorrow??" :-)

    One note here Ryan... DO NOT highlight the above statement, this will have you becoming good friends with the couch downstairs or a cold shoulder....

    -Doctor Love
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    Ok, I just got back from the Chevy dealer, and I know you all are just dying to find out about the free 100 rolls of Kodak film and 35mm camera.
    As we all pretty much guessed it was a sale gimmick. Just a tactic to get you back in there to try to sell you another vehicle. I told them don't bother, I only bought my truck from you guys 14 months ago and I'm not going to get rid of a flawless truck.... so just give me my free stuff and I'll be gone.
    As it turns out, if I send in a roll of film to U.S. Express to get developed they will send me an equivalent roll of film free. So I calculated what it would cost me to have them do my prints. Let's see $6.99 to develop one 24 exposure roll of film, $.08 additional per print if I want 4"x6", and $1 shipping, that makes it a total of $9.91. I can go to Albertsons and get 24 double 4"x6" prints for $6, and then buy a 4 pack roll of film for under $10.
    As far as the free 35mm camera.......let's just say it may be even too cheap for my 5 year old son to play with.

    However, while I was waiting for my truck to get serviced I met a guy who is moving to another part of the state and is selling his boat. He has a 1991 Brunswick Spectrum, 19.5' aluminum, 3.0L I/O with kicker and an electric motor. He's asking $10,000 for it and I'm going to look at it tomorrow. You guys know anything about this brand of boat?
  • 4x4man4x4man Posts: 222
    I don't know anything about that particular boat, but have read of people not liking the performance of the 3.0L on anything around the 18 foot and larger for skiing and other stuff.

    If you won't be doing watersports, then it won't matter. I have a 4.3L in my boat, 18ft, and sometimes it is not enough when pulling slalom (SP?) skiers. Water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing are no problem. Course my boat also has a 32 gal tank so that adds weight REAL quick!!

    pics of my boat:


  • morin2morin2 Posts: 399
    I had a Brunswick Spectrum aluminum boat, but it was much smaller, a 16 1/2' side console V-hull with a 3 cyl. 50 hp Mercury. I think it was a 95. Very well made welded aluminum - it was often mistaken for a fiberglass boat from a distance because the only rivets were in the transom. Very light and very fuel efficient, it ran all day on 7 to 8 gallons, which was less than a buddy's jonboat & 25 hp Johnson. I sold it 2 years ago to get a bigger center console fiberglass boat to fish Chesapeake Bay & tribs.

    With trolling motor and kicker, it sounds like this one is rigged for fishing. What about electronics, extra props, etc? I believe this boat is an orphan & Spectrum disappeared about 97, but check the NADA boat guide online for valuation. Last time I used it, you got 3 or 4 free value quotes. Offhand, without checking, $10K sounds very high.
  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    4x4man, morin2,
    I took a look at the 1992 Spectrum by Blue Fin this past Saturday. Overall it was not a bad looking boat. 19.5' long makes it seem big. It was in good shape however I don't think the boat was originally made to go on salt water, and he has had it out in Puget Sound (salt water) so the boat and trailer are showing problems because of that in many areas. A lot of the fasteners are corroding/rusting, and there is wall-to-wall blue carpet in the boat which will hold the water quite well....yuk! I was told that the original owner bought it new in 1992 for $23,000. So, for a boat that is over 10 years old and show signs of problems, I wouldn't pay more than $5000 for it.
    No Sale!!!

    When you replaced the rear axle fluid in your truck about how much fluid did it take? 2 quarts?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    my rear axle took slightly more than 2 qts. I estimated it to be 2.15-2.20 qts
  • revkerrevker Posts: 33
    do you have a 4.3L vortec in your boat?
  • 4x4man4x4man Posts: 222
    Yup, I have the 4.3L vortec in my boat with the Volvo Penta outdrive.

  • gvoigtgvoigt Posts: 63
    Talked to the service guys at the dealership about when a good time to replace the lube in the rearend. They were dumbfounded. Never heard of any requirement to do so. I thought I read somewhere it was suppose to be done at a specific mileage especially if you tow trailers. Do you got the facts?
  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    the 1/2 ton GM comes with synthetic gear oil from the factory - owners manual does not give a change interval. I still changed mine at 6,000. GM synthetic is $25.00 per quart.

    Unlike Ryan mine took 4 quarts (he must have the rear end from a Tundra)- I changed the front diff at 18,000 - it took 2 quarts. This time I used Mobile 1 at $6.00 a quart. If I ever do the rear again I will use M-1.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    What rear end do you have? 2500?

    Mine is a 1500 10 bolt. Mine is filled just below the fill line like it is stated in the manual and on the rear diff itself.

    The stated change time for it is 500 miles of towing.

    I changed the rear out at 18K. It was a milky fluid at first. SOme metal particles.

    Also $25 a qt? I got mine for $22 a qt i think at the dealer. Maybe they upped the price?
  • revkerrevker Posts: 33
    yeah that's what i thought. I've got a 99 Bryant ski boat w/ the 4.3L 190HP vortec in it. Same ones i've got in my 98 Blazers. I've got the merc outdrive. 18'2" long, w/ 32gal fuel tank. What kinda boat you have? Sounds similar to mine. Have you done any mods on your boat?

    3.0L in a boat larger than 18' will move it though but, you won't like the performance especially in the long run though. not enough umph from stand still. you'll be saying, "damn, why didn't i get a bigger engine", "i wonder what a bigger engine would feel like in this boat on WOT", among other things.
  • 4x4man4x4man Posts: 222
    The boat is a 1999 Larson Sei 186 (18 ft). I have been in contact with Edelbrock on their intake manifold for the vortec 4.3L, they plan to have it out by summer. The intake will be for a 4bbl carb and they have a 600cfm carb with a special calibration kit to run perfectly on the 4.3L. They were stating their non vortec intake increased hp by 17 horse. Right now I have a stainless steel 19 pitch prop that gives a good out of the hole shot. I did find this adjustable pitch prop that will allow you to have this massive skin peeling out of the hole shot while not effecting your top end speed. Check this out:

    The only downfall is the $1,000 price tag...I can do the dishes for a while to get the engine upgrades, but gonna have to do a bit more begging to get that prop!!!

    On a side note, my dad has a 1995 19ft Bayliner Capri with the 3.0L 4 cylinder and if you load say four adults in that thing, it is a dog. But he just uses it to fish so no big deal.


  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    I also have a 1500 - 99 Z-71 LT with 3.73 locking rear diff. I put in 4 quarts still was not full. So I took a drive to warm up the gear oil, them filled it up until it was flush with the bottom of the fill hole. Maybe 4 1/3 quarts total. This is a little over full - last time I checked it - hot from driving a little fluid came out of the filler hole when I removed the bolt. But when cold oil is not over bottom of fill hole.

    I may change again at 36K - which would be 30K since last change. I plan on keeping this truck several more years.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    4 qts in a 3.73???

    um ok
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    I think the rear end is supposed to be filled to 1" or 1.5" below the filler plug. If you can't find the fill line in your manual, leave me a message and I'll check my shop manual at home. You're probably overfull, which won't hurt much - extra drag to move and loss of 0.5mpg.

    Mike L
  • Looking for a recommendation for a good source of GM Manuals. Need them for both a 2002 Silverado and 97 Venture.

    I remember seeing recommendations for manuals that were better than Chilton's, but I can't find that post anymore. The only shop manuals that show up on the search engine is for Lexus.

  • y2kgmcy2kgmc Posts: 23
    the official shop manuals are avaiable from HELM INC

    there should be an address in the back of your owners manual also.

    but sit down B4 checking price,I think the silverado manual is $ 120.00 or $130.00

  • y2kgmcy2kgmc Posts: 23
    the official shop manuals are avaiable from HELM INC

    there should be an address in the back of your owners manual also.

    but sit down B4 checking price,I think the silverado manual is $ 120.00 or $130.00

  • xyz71xyz71 Posts: 179
    I know 1" below the bottom of the fill hole - but that is when the diff is cold. This is to allow normal expansion for when the fluid gets hot. It should be below when cold - level with the bottom of the hole when hot. I know I am a little over full - should have stoped at 4 quarts. Two is not enough.
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