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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Wed Nov 10, 2021 7:32 pm

Hey. I had to get a truck to drive to work so I wouldn’t wear out my 2008. It’s about to turn 200,000 miles so I thought I would give it a break. So, after about 3 weeks of searching, I ended up in Greenville North Carolina. It took a couple of flights and a 1,300 mile drive home, but I found my truck. The truck is a single cab, short wheelbase Silverado  
It’s one of the factory black out models. The only ones that I have seen like this are all V6 trucks. This one has the 5.3!  The only thing that I don’t like about it’s looks are the chrome Torque Thrust wheels. I will solve that soon enough. I have had it 2 and 1/2 weeks now and have put about 2,500 miles on it. So, here’s what I have done so far:  all new brake pads, painted the calipers, removed all the Silverado badges, installed a cold air intake, lowered the rear 2”’s, and installed a programmer. I mainly did the programmer to turn off the AFM/DOD and tune the transmission. No more V4!  I am now saving up for a complete exhaust system. Headers and cat back. No stock piece can remain. New Project 2017 Silverado  Fdd39910
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Post by Iggy Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:40 pm

I was going to suggest getting rid of the VVT & DOD - my brothers 2014 had one of the DOD lifters go sideways and eat the cam! Understand that is a common problem.
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Post by Joe73 Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:43 pm

Nice truck. Good luck with it.

Ive been looking for a couple months now for a newer truck. I currently am the original owner of a 2007.5 GMC sierra, crew cab, 6.6 duramax, 6'6" box. Its in excellent condition. It only has 114k on it but a buddy of mine in North Carolina made me an offer on it that I'd like to take. I was looking for a 2019-2022 GM 1/2 ton, crew, standard box with the 3.0 duramax. But the "long start" issue that GM hasnt resolved yet has put that on the back burner til 2023 I figure. So Ive been looking for an insurance owned 2014-18 with less than 70k on it. Prefer a crushed roof or side hit. Just needs to be standard box (6'6"), locking diff, prefer 3.73 gears but will probably settle for 3.42, and heavy duty oil and trans coolers. I check the auctions every night to see what new ones pop up. Main issue is finding one with the standard box with crew cab. Not many out there. Im itching to build another auction car.

Good luck with your new truck. They are great trucks.
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Post by Joe73 Wed Nov 10, 2021 8:45 pm

I havent heard of the lifter problem. More so of the oil pump solenoid problem. You either get high oil pressure or low oil pressure. Pretty easy job on the V6 models but the v8 is a big job. Cheap for parts but labor is alot of hours.
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:29 pm

Thanks guys. I have done a great deal of research on these engines. The lifters seem to be hit or miss with these trucks. I didn’t want to take any chances so I programmed it out. It feels a lot better. Combine that with the transmission tuning, it is now a highway flyer. I have a 48.5 mile,one way, drive to work across the lower part of Houston. About 30 miles is on the beltway. 75, 85, no problem at all. No downshifting at all rolling around people from 65 to 80 now. One of the exits is 110” tall. If any of you guys ever make it down to Houston, I will take you for a beltway tour. You will realize where the world’s supply of concrete went.
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Wed Dec 08, 2021 9:10 pm

I finally changed out the wheels.
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Post by Joe73 Wed Dec 08, 2021 9:27 pm

Those look sweet, especially black on black.  I think you need the black 12" exhaust tip to finish it off.  The tail pipe is 2.75" OD if your looking for a tip.

Just a couple of weeks ago I picked up a 2016 Silverado, LT, Crew cab, standard box (6'7") with 53k on it at the insurance auction.  Salvage title and it completes my fleet of 6 salvage vehicles.  LOL.   Its hit high on the drivers headlight so no frame damage or pulls required.  Just a 3/4 nose.  Even the rad support and washer bottle behind it are undamaged.  I ordered a cowl hood for it and Yellow Freight lost it this past sunday.  So I have that issue going on.  My 07.5 2500hd diesel will be going to north carolina to a buddy who made me a nice offer on it.    The 2016 will hold me over til 2023-24 and I'll grab a new 1/2 ton with the duramax in it from the auction again.  Definitely look into deleting the transmission line thermostat. Real easy mod, just remove it and flip the plunger over. Otherwise the trans fluid stays in the trans until 180 degrees, then it goes to the cooler. Not good in hot weather, towing or working it hard. Couple you tube videos on it. Im also interested in the muffler delete. Cheap and easy for great sound, also videos on ebay.

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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Wed Dec 08, 2021 10:43 pm

Nice score on your truck! I have been watching about the muffler delete. It’s crazy that it doesn’t get that loud. I did see something about the transmission deal. I will watch some more on that tonight. Good luck with your truck. The cowl hood on my’86 truck was the third one that sent. I can relate for sure.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Sun Dec 12, 2021 6:27 pm

Revin Kevin, those wheels look so much better in person. Way better than the ones that came on it!
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Sun Dec 12, 2021 9:04 pm

Thanks G3. Those wheels have already found a new home.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Sun Dec 12, 2021 11:10 pm

Yeah, those old wheels fit that body style much better than on your truck.
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Post by Joe73 Tue Dec 14, 2021 12:10 pm

I did some research on the lifter issue.  Seems that if you dont change your oil regularly it could be an issue.  Either way, I dont want that issue.  I just found that Holley makes (actually range technology makes) a plug in AFM disable and start stop disable for GM vehicles 2015-2020.  Pricey from Holley but cheaper from https://www.rangetechnology.com/   the company itself.  And a bit cheaper on ebay.  Even found it on the chinese sites.  It just plugs into the OBD port and you can switch it between vehicles if you like.  AND it does not leave a "footprint" for any warranty issues!!!!     I think Im going to grab one.   Part number is RA003 if you would like to google it. Lots of youtube videos as well
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Tue Dec 14, 2021 2:35 pm

Hey. I read up on that one and some others. What I did was spend just a little more and bought the Dioblo Sport I 3 Platinum tuner. It lets you turn off the V4 mode nonsense plus a lot more. I have been tuning the transmission, engine, and even the gas pedal. It also lets you buy a couple of more licenses for $150 each to tune some of your other cars. I am about to tune my daughter’s 2018 SS. If you just want to turn off the AFM/DOD, the one that you mentioned works great.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Tue Dec 14, 2021 3:14 pm

Great minds think alike. I purchased the Diablo programmer for my 2012 GMC Sierra about 5 years ago. Turned off the Active Fuel Management and improved the drivability substantially. And now I consistently get 20+ mpg on the highway with more power. The Diablo paid for itself 10 times over.
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Tue Dec 14, 2021 3:41 pm

You know, if I could follow in the footsteps of anyone on, or off, this planet it would be you sir. I not only follow you on YouTube, I would follow you to the ends of the world. Your intellect and work ethic are beyond reproach. I doff my topper to you sir.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:49 pm

REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP wrote:You know, if I could follow in the footsteps of anyone on, or off, this planet it would be you sir. I not only follow you on YouTube, I would follow you to the ends of the world. Your intellect and work ethic are beyond reproach. I doff my topper to you sir.

Not sure what half those fancy words mean, but I think I smell some bovine excrement in the air. Turd
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:57 pm

Hey. I ordered my 4.10 gears today. All that I need now are some long tube headers, exhaust, and a tune. After that this project will be complete.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Tue Dec 14, 2021 5:05 pm

REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP wrote:Hey. I ordered my 4.10 gears today. All that I need now are some long tube headers, exhaust, and a tune. After that this project will be complete.

Sweet! You are knocking out projects faster than the government can raise the debt ceiling! Now lets get that Laguna project done!
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Tue Dec 14, 2021 7:36 pm

I’m going over there tomorrow and I will put the power steering pump back on. The auto parts store said that everything is correct. I will bolt it up and see if the leak magically goes away. I still don’t have the part for the electric fans but I am going to try and start it up. I just need to move my work bench and cabinet out of the way and I can park that long a$$ car in the garage.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Tue Dec 14, 2021 10:29 pm

Cool, more progress! Let me know when you want me to head down that way for moral support.
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Post by ant7377 Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:56 pm

My buddy has a 2016 he bought new. 6.2 it's got 30,000 miles in it. 2 sets of lifters now under warranty. There is a bulletin about a updated oiling "spider" I don't know, but there's a new one and it's supposed to work better. Nice truck otherwise.
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Post by Joe73 Thu Dec 16, 2021 10:59 am

Im either going to send out the module to program it out or just plug in the obd port thingie. Trucking company finally found my cowl hood for the silverado. Cant wait to put it on.
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Post by REVINKEVIN / Mr. 600+HP Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:09 am

Hey. Different years had different problems. From 2014-2018 it’s like they fixed what was wrong the year before but picked up another problem too be solved for the next.
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Post by Joe73 Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:16 am

Im thinking of sending my module out and having the afm disabled. Cheaper and no plug in. https://www.ebay.com/itm/194509489465?hash=item2d49ab4539:g:XIAAAOSwihxc-HlP&vxp=mtr
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Post by Hawk03 Wed Dec 22, 2021 7:19 pm

Thanks for the comments. My brother just bought a 2017 Yukon which I'm guessing shares a lot of the same engine issues as the Silverado. I passed on the solutions discussed above.
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