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  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    I'm looking to get one of those diamond-tread Single-Lid Crossover Tool Boxes for my 2001 ext-cab Z-71. Does anyone have some suggestions on a good brand to get? I've seen those Delta boxes before but it appears that both the steel model and the black plastic model always seem to show some significant sagging in the middle.

  • dch0300dch0300 Posts: 472
    Just a thought, too bad though on the one user at a time. Thanks for the info on the HPIII anyway.

  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    as I was driving past the Chevy dealer where I got my 2001 Silv. 1500, and I had to stop and check it out. Brand new 2500HD Crew Cab with Duramax diesel in the gold metallic color! Completely decked out with every possible option GM offers, including leather seats and onstar. Also had wheel flares which which matched the body paint-looked great! Interested? Let me know I will tell them to hold it for you! Can be yours for bargain sticker price of $44,500!
    Too much truck? Not possible! Too much sticker shock?? Now that's possible!!
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    Do you have one of those HPIII Programmers? Could you list what functions those things can change and if you think it's worth the $$? I have a catalog that sells them but it's kind of vague on what it does, exaclty. I know it says you can change the shift patterns and speedo for different tires, but what else? Can it do anything for your mileage? I have a 4.10 rearend and my mileage is suffering (which I knew it would before I bought it) but I liked the way it accelerated. I get about 14 city and 16 hwy, even worse loaded.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    Got mine for $279.99

    from the box

    top speed limiter (128mph)
    trans shift firmness ( i like this)
    trans shift points
    engine rev limiter
    cooling fan on off temps
    change for non stock tires/non stock axle ratios

    I wouldnt get one unless you change tire size to larger then 265's. I only have the shiftfirmness and the tire changes on mine. I dont think it was worth $279 but i wanted everything reading correctly.

    Let me know if you need more info

  • Anyone interested in a 95 5.7 LT Silverado. It has 44,000 miles and I bought it in September of 95. I ordered it at a local car dealer. It is indigo blue with gray leather interior. It has a new Snugtop fiberglass (colormatched)tonneau cover and a stock chevy bedliner. It has tow package and wired for trailer. I just bought a new HD2500.
  • Anyone interested in a 95 5.7 LT Silverado. It has 44,000 miles and I bought it in September of 95. I ordered it at a local car dealer. It is indigo blue with gray leather interior. It has a new Snugtop fiberglass (colormatched)tonneau cover and a stock chevy bedliner. It has tow package and wired for trailer. I just bought a new HD2500. I would like to get $15,500 for it
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    Thanks alot for the info on the reprogrammer. I don't think I'll get one unless I get bigger tires-I would definitely want my speedo to be accurate.
  • What is the box? That's the best price I've seen on a Hypertech yet.
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I got the info for the programmer off the box. its right next to me on the floor.

    I couldnt believe it when the guy said $279. I figured 325 at least. I didnt complain.

    Got it at a local parts store

  • I am about to buy a Silverado 1500 CT 2001 and am hearing about a Silverado 1500 ID 2001 that is a club cab instead of an extended cab. Has anyone heard of this? I can't find info at about this truck, size differences, engine differences, etc.

    Thanks ahead of time.

  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    You can get a 1500 HD with crew cab. It is basically a light duty 3/4 ton. The old model used to have one it was labeled a 2500 and it only had 6 lug nuts. I think it is preety much a 3/4 ton with softer suspension. Am not sure what engine comes in it, the one I saw at the auto show had a 6.0 L in it but I don't remember if it is an option or the standard engine. It looks like the regular half ton in front, not like the other HD's with the really tall flat front hood. Have seen several on dealer lots in my area, Detroit, should be at one near you soon. If you can't find out anything try This ia a local Chevy dealer, give them a call, they have an 800 number on the site, and ask for the truck sales dept. They do tons of commercial/HD sales and should have all the info you need and will mail it to you.
  • mjoe1971mjoe1971 Posts: 2
    Hello guys, this is my first time posting. Now I have a question that probably has been answered before but I need some insight on a dilema that I've been having. I have a 2000 GMC Sierra extended cab. It has the 4.8 liter with the 3.73 limited slip diff. The tires are 235-75-16. Since new I decided that I was going to add a few performance items to enhance the performance. I added a dual exhaust flowmasters two chamber. At 5000 miles I swithched to mobil 1 synthetic oil. I added a K-N replacement filter and last I replaced the rear diff. oil to Royal Purple syn. Now for the quuestion: Does anybody out there have a similar setup without the mods? I'm getting 17-18 city driving and 20-21 Freeway driving. Mixed driving average is 19. Don't get me wrong, its still a great number and the performance sure has increased but I'm just wondering if all the mods have increased my gas milage. I don't lead foot it but I do drive 75-80 on the freeway. My concern was that if other people with similar specs without the mods got similar numbers. My conclusions originaly were that maybe I could get 21-22 highway and 18-19 city. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any comments and suggestions.
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    Based on my limited knowledge, most of your mods should increase your mileage. My truck is 5.3l with 4.10 and my mileage is 14-16c and 15-17h so I would gladly take your numbers! Compared to other trucks with similar equipment GM's mileage looks better than average. I had a Ram 1500 with 318 and I was LUCKY to ever get over 15mpg anywhere-with a larger engine and less output! So overall I'm pleased.
    Say, in your honest opinion, did the KN filter make any noticeable difference in your engine's performance/mileage? So far I have no mods at all on my Silverado but K&N air filter will probably be my first. The Hypertech Computer sounds good too.
  • mjoe1971mjoe1971 Posts: 2
    Personaly I think that the K-N air filter is the best performance increaser for the money. I bought the K-N replacement for $41.00 at a local Kragen Store. I've had other vehicles with the K-N air filters and seem to work well with them. I have a 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan that has 65,000 miles and all I need to do is clean the filter every year with the K-N cleaning solution. The filter never needs to be replaced. The GMC had a better throttle response (my opinion) than with the original big paper filter. As far as the Hypertech Computer, I really couldn't tell you. I hear that they cost somewhere around $300.00. I never personally met anybody with one. I think (I might be wrong) that they are geared for people that change their tire diamater and need to adjust the computer, speedometer, shift paterns. Anyways, thanks for the response.
  • deviatedeviate Posts: 9
    Hey guys, my truck came in about two full weeks ahead of when GMC said it would; cool but is still a mystery why they told me Tuesday the 27th to call back in two weeks, and yet the dealership had it on the 30th. You'd a thunk they would have known that it had already left the factory...oh well, I'm thrilled. The truck is amazing.

    For reference, it's an '01 Sierra SLT, 5.3, 2WD, posi A/T, storm grey with the dark charcoal leather, polished wheels. Just gorgeous. Ordered on 2.27, arrived on 3.30. I checked the truck over very carefully, I'm a picky guy. I run a detailing shop during the day, so I know how to pick apart a car. They did an excellent job getting it ready for me. My one complaint, though: You can't get an SLT without the OnStar system, and thus the antenna sticking out of the roof. I just about left the truck there for that reason. I didn't ask for a hole in the roof!!! But then I settled down and took in the rest of the truck, and just couldn't leave it there. I still hate the antenna, though. It might have to just find a new home (dumpster). The truck drives great, plenty of power, cool options, so far so good (500 miles since yesterday morning).

    Couple of questions:

    Shocks: The dealer said I couldn't get an SLT with the soft suspension (this seemed stupid to me), so it has the firmer shocks. Is there a non-GM shock that has the ride of the softer ones, or should I get the GM ones for the standard suspension? From what I understand, that was the only diff between the two was the shocks.

    Exhaust: It needs something with a little more rumble, but it sure cruises at 80mph nice and quiet. My dad put a Borla cat-back system on his '00 Chevy 5.3, and it sounds good, nice and rumbly, but not too loud when you get on it. Anything else you guys would recommend? What size is generally accepted for best performance?

    Homelink: Anybody installed this deal on a truck? They put 'em in the '01 Yukons/Tahoes, it's the three-button garage door transmitter mounted in the overhead console. It'd be a nice deal--I have three garage door openers that I wouldn't need to find a stash for if I could get that Homelink deal set up.

    Lowering: Just maybe two or three inches in the front, maybe four or five in the back. This truck just sits too damn tall. Spindles or coilsprings in the front? Can I go five inches in the back w/o cutting into the frame?

    Thanks in advance for any input.
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    Thanks for the info one the KN filter. By the way-is your truck a 4wd and if so did you get the autotrac transfer case? Yep I think you're right on the Hypertech Comp. I probably could'nt justify the $$ until I get bigger tires (maybe some 285's later). Have you had any problems with your truck so far? Mine has about 4500 miles and so far been perfect.
  • hillhoundhillhound Posts: 537
    My truck doesn't have Onstar or Homelink but my wife's truck(Trailblazer) has both. The Onstar I don't care about (my wife likes it) but the Homelink is good. We just have 1 garage door but the homelink tranmitter works great. Seems like it has 3 times the range that the old remotes have. We just programmed it to work with the existing reciever. I don't know alot about the shocks and exhaust but there are alot of tekkies around here who I'm sure will offer good advice. Enjoy the new truck.
  • tucsonjwttucsonjwt Posts: 283
    shock, but it is mainly to improve handling in turns, prevent excessive nosedive on quick stops. BFG velvet ride shackles will soften the ride and improve rear traction - that would be my choice for ride improvement. The Edelbrock and velvet ride combo has been discussed a lot here, so you can try to search for those terms. One caution - your truck will still ride like a truck, even though it is a SLT, but for $300-$400 you will get an improved riding/handling vehicle. If you don't like the ride I believe you can get your money back, less S&H. Good luck.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    exhaust: All the manufacturers of aftermarket exhaust will agree that the 3" in/ 3" out is the best for performance. Unfortunately, that's where it ends as the varying performance received from the different exhaust systems vary from -10 hp to +20 hp depending on which brand you pick. Of course, I won't mention which company takes your money and returns a -10hp. Check this site out and email the owner who has a wealth of info into these exhaust systems for these trucks.

    And no, I am not affiliated with him or his company.

    Lowering: Can't do a 5" drop in the rear without cutting.

  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    I plan on dropping my truck using a Hotchkis Suspension kit for a 2-4 drop on my '01 x-cab, kit consists of lowered front coils and rear leaf springs, told directly by the company that I won't have to install a c-section in the rear frame. Other companies offer spindles or lowered control arms for the front and new hanger and shackle kits for the rear, but the Hotchkis kit is a simple bolt-on (except for the x-cab's carrier bearing support bracket redo), heard of guys swapping the hangers and it's not all that fun. Ordered my kit from Summit Racing for around $500, free shipping also.
  • dustyonedustyone Posts: 262
    I wonder if I could use the 4" lowering stuff you guys throw away to raise my truck 4" and would two kits raise it 8 inches. LOL
  • Recently bought 2001 -Cab 1500 I/ 4.8 & 3.73's. I am dumb, didn't have any vie problems on (3) 4x4 test drives 1-LT -Cab I/5.3 & 3.73's I/ LT265's auto everything; 2-LS Re Cab shorted I/ 5.3-3.73's-LT265's auto; 3-LS -Cab 4.8 & 3.73's w/ LT 245 ALS BW's. Then the dealer found my opts and made a dealer swap. Funny, I never test drove, because it was exactly what I wanted. But alas, the vibes like you read about. Here's the truck info: built 8/2000, tires-LT245 General Ameri 660 ALS BW's on Alum Rims, HD susp (1st opt past std.), built-Oshawa, locking rear, and 4spd auto. The vibe throught the column is quite noticeable. Have had the tires rebalanced to no avail. Then had two replacements mount on front which have helped slightly. Waiting for two better rears. [To those whose vibes are light, please say drivetrain and tire combo?] Not sure if certain tires help or not? The least of the test drives was the loaded LT. Probably has more sound dampening than regular LS's, don't know for sure. Have regular front to rear aftershocks, but oddly they're very slight and only really suck on frost-heaved roads. If anyone has any success stories, please comment! Thanks!!!
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Sounds like your dealer is on a try and see style of diagnosing. GM has a vibration analyzer which costs about $300. The dealer, if he doesn't, should buy one of these as it helps to pinpoint the vibration. It's been awhile so I'm going to have to check my notes if I still have it as to the name of the unit. Interesting that you have the vibes as I thought it was resolved prior to the '01 were manufactured....
  • ricschricsch Posts: 540
    if anyone knows of a site (forum) for motorcycles, specifically Harleys similar to the Edmund's town hall?
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    "zactly...only beer to come in cans should be ones with Guinness/Murphys/Boddingtons......and there is something about a Fosters Oil can that is manly!"

    Boddingtons? widgets? Where the hell are you from, anyway? Must be somewhere worth while. Back on the day you wrote this I was sucking down Boddingtons and Theakston's O.P. in a Yorkshire, Harrogate district pub. Do that about 2-4 times a year.
    -- Don
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240

    whatcha need to know?
  • minikinminikin Posts: 389
    To me it was worth the $330 just to correct the tire size (265 Mich LTX/AT from 245 Steeltex AT) after I dumped the stock tires at 2500 miles, without having to screw with taking the truck in to the dealer. (Yeah, I know, I probably just have too much money, but I hate dealing with those guys if I don't have to.) Being able to fine tune the tire diameter in 0.25 " increments to get the speedo dead on, firming the shift points, and effectively removing the speed limiter really made it worthwhile. So did the ability to optimize power for premium fuel. I regularly drive 5.3, 4x4 Silverados at sea level in LA and DC as business rentals and realize that for most of you guys the stock power's OK, but living at 6000+ feet every HP counts.
    -- Don
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    I also put the shiftfirmness on and changed the limiter to 110.

    I like it good acceleration
  • mgdvhmanmgdvhman Posts: 4,162
    Michigan is the place.......surrounded by Bud drinkers..although a larger group is forming each year that likes REAL beer.

    Drink on brudduh

    - Tim
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