Just purchased my first Chevy Truck. I have wanted one my entire life.
I got everything possible from the factory, its a black crew cab z71 4
wheel drive. I love it and was just wondering if there were any
reccomendation for after market additions? (air intakes, flow masters,
chrome packages). Whatever you the chevy fans think, i would greatly
appreciate. Im still trying to educate myself. Thanks
Flow master cat back will hurt in town MPG and responce as well as
that engine is well tuned from facotry. After market filter are more
state of mind than reality and they do filter less. On strong word of
caution, they truck is built on light weight 1/2 ton running gear
(unlike the 1500HD which is actually a 3/4 truck and chassis) so if
you lift and and install big tires, expect shorter tire life and
replacing ball joints often. Sorry to be such a downer but it is a
shame that GM makes such a truck on such a light weight chassis as the
CC realy should be built on the 3/4 ton chassis exclusively like the
1500HD because being a crew cab it will be very easy to exceed chassis
on axle capacites with that truck when loaded.
Just my opinion but there are three types of things you can add to your
truck - stuff that makes it look better to you; stuff that improves
performance or increases convenience; and stuff that protects it.
Since I've always been on a budget, I recommend stuff that protects your
investment. First and foremost would be a spray-in bedliner (my personal
preference is Line-X). Next would be an secondary fuel filter (because
issues with bad fuel are almost never covered by the warranty) and items
like an auxillary tranny cooler (because if you don't already know,
transmissions are expensive with a capital E). Also after whatever break-in
period you feel comfortable with I would switch to a full-sythetic motor oil
and gradually move all of your other fluids to synthetic when the time comes
for each. From there it would be items like seat covers, good floor mats,
window tint, etc.
Just remember, "Chrome won't get you home". If you wanted a poser truck you
could have bought the Caddy version of the Avalanche, the Escalade EXT.
Cheers - Jonathan
While not a bad idea the stock filter is not that bad but the problem
not it but that GM has put it in the tank so it is not very user
serviceable at all. Good extra income for dealers and garages though.
All you need is the right tools and equipment. There are about 6 bolts
that hold on the truck bed. Then all you need is a lift that will
safely get the bed off. I've used a small Case tractor that has a
frontloader with attached forks and, using heavy duty straps, gently
lifted the bed off the truck. Then you have relatively simple access to
the tank. In my case I was replacing the fuel pump so all I had to do
was take off the cover and take out the pump. After that just put
everything back the way it was and you save a bunch of money on labor.
A friend of mine who works for a Ford dealership said that that's
almost exactly what they do there as well. It may not be fancy but
that's not what matters. Just a little FYI for anybody out there who
has a job that needs done but doesn't want to pay unnecessary labor
charges. Good luck with any future projects!
In Christ Alone
It is ANYTHING but easy. It was a LOT easier when it was in the frame
rail big time and there was not reason to put it in the tank other
than maybe to save a buck of so and make it much harder for end user
to service themselves.
It has to do with emmissions, all vehicles will need it soon, it was 2007 or
2008 IIRC, they were just making some small changes for 2004 so they went
ahead and incorporated it. Same with the passenger sensing seat and the
SBA, our .gov requires them.
THere is nothing emssions wise that you can do with a external filter
vs a internal one except cost so I do nopt by that is is because of
emissions. A freind I know that manages a Advanc Auto told me that GM
patented a lot of parts on 2006 models to boost profits on parts.
(notr because of emissions like filter claim) GM wants you to take it
to dealer for service or have to by parts from them at great cost or
have to buy a new one because parts or too much to fix it and start
the cycle over again. Nice trick.
They all are trying to trim costs anyway they can to boost profits. My
89 burb has a big metal filter on frame rail with hard line on both
sides that cost to much to do now. THey like using plactic which does
not fair well in wrecks or fires.
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