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Old 06-23-2011, 08:45 PM   #57
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The tires that I have ordered for the new truck are the all terrain black walls. I do not have any further specs. I am hoping that GM will put adequate load range tires for the truck's 11,600# GVWR.

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Old 06-24-2011, 07:14 AM   #58
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The tires that I have ordered for the new truck are the all terrain black walls. I do not have any further specs. I am hoping that GM will put adequate load range tires for the truck's 11,600# GVWR.

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Hmmm...anyone know what the 2011 GM 1 tons are coming through with?

There are "adequate" tires and then there are "more than adequate" tires...

I would assume the 1 ton comes through with something rated at least 123...but it is possible they are 120's....I would try to find out and make sure you get at least 123 service rating...

I guess the point is; don't let tires be a weak link in a brandy new truck...you will be heavily loaded, and want the best of everything...

Again; I would assume 123 SR on a one ton...but I would ask....

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Old 06-24-2011, 08:13 AM   #59
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I am trying to check this out now.

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You ask about oil change intervals. I being an old trucker and have millions( I lost count) of miles behind desiel engines. I only change every 10k miles as I did with the big trucks. I change everything. AIR,FUEL and Oil Filters. I use SHELL ROTELLA T 10-40 also as I have for years. I just changed at 90k miles. The oil was right on the full mark, I have not added between changes. SO my 10 year old 7.3 Harvester uses NO OIL. NO RUNS NO DRIPS so far.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:42 AM   #61
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Call me a skeptic. The truck manufacturer is motivated to get you to buy a new truck every few years. Changing the oil at 5,000 miles costs very little compared to changing out the engine before its natural life is over.

Anything they can do to accelerate the demise of the engine is good for the manufacturer. Getting you to take the oil out to its total end of serviceable life advances their agenda.

I routinely get 350,000 miles out of my gas engine automobiles with 3,000 mile oil changes, never having to replace engines that have an estimated 100,000 mile serviceable life. I have a queue of people wanting my old cars, which are still in like-new condition after ten or fifteen years.

Why wouldn't I apply the same logic to a $55,000 truck with an $8,500 diesel engine? I want this truck to last me 20 to 25 years. (Detroit isn't building 5.9 Liter engines anymore). I want to protect my investment. Oil changes are a minimal investment. I also use Synthetic oil and extra filtering. - Call me crazy, but I'm betting that my total cost per mile beats most people's by a long shot.

Good trucks are expensive now. It pays to take care of it instead of trading up every 2 to 5 years.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:58 PM   #62
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I towed 5,700 miles this spring with my '09 Silverado Duramax and '07 Classic 31. The route was through the great Southwest and included 2,000 miles on the WBCCI Southwest Adventure Caravan -- my best vacation ever of all time. I averaged 13.2 MPG for the two-month roundtrip. I used the Tow/Haul Mode for the purple mountain majesty part of the trip. I took it out of Tow/Haul Mode for the fruited plain part. The Duramax loafed up to 11,400 feet at less than 2,000 RPM and less than 190 degrees transmission temperature with the 9,000-lb Airstream in tow. Coming down from the Continental Divide to soggy K.C., the Allison transmission kept the speed down so constant braking wasn't necessary. The picture is of our caravan parked at Valley of Fires Recreation Area, NM, just one of a hundred excellent events along the Southwest Adventure Caravan route. What a wonderful trip! What a wonderful truck!
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:22 AM   #63
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Hi John. It was a good caravan. and a good test for a TV
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:31 AM   #64
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Anyone using the 4.11 rear axle?
A Duramax with a 4:11 rear end would no doubt tow the Queen Mary! These rigs are awesome enough without adding a 4:11 in our opinion; however, that would be something to behold!
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:06 PM   #65
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So, as you see from the blurry iPhone picture - I only have 3,800 miles on my rig so she is yet fully broken in - but to my amazement - pen & paper calculations have me at 20.1 mpg out on the highways averaging between 60 - 65 mph with me, an ARE topper & 500 lbs. in the bed - so I switched the display to "Fuel Economy" and the engine management had the same story to tell...

So, my story fellow Truckers - with the massive frontal area of our Trucks, reduce your speed down 10 mph and you might pick up an extra mile or two per gallon!!!

Still, great time for us all as Diesel Truck owners, who would have imagined 400 horses & 800 lbs. torque at 20 miles per gallons at 65 mph (and yes I have a heavy right foot)...

July 7th I upgrade from my OEM short bed 26 gallon tank to a Titan 50 gallon (plug & play) tank - after a quick reflash of the ECM and that "Miles to Empty" should look a bit more presentable...
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:25 PM   #66
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Thanx for the info, John. After the Titan retrofit, you will be hovering at near 1,000 mile range. Please keep us posted on the tank install and results. mAre you doing the tank installation yourself or having it done?

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Brian, as easy as it appears via the tube videos as posted, I'm still having the pros perform the install.

What's the expected delivery date of your DuraBeast?
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2011 GMC 3500 Denali tire type

Just went out and looked at our 2011 3500 Denali SRW standard bed crew-cab for tire type. They are Michelin 265/70-18 LTX AT-2 LRE 124/121R Made in Canada. It appears the 2500HD's (both Chevrolet and GMC seen at the dealers) get Good Year or Bridgestone somethings. The 2500HD Denali's get the five spoke polished Aluminum wheel (shown on brochure and web site) but the 3500 Denali's get a different polished Aluminum wheel that looks different than the standard wheel on the 2500's. I was expecting the five spoke wheel and probably Bridgestone or Good Year but when we picked up the truck at Sierra Motors in Jamestown, CA but it had these different wheels and Michelin tires. I was happy! I saw a Chevrolet 3500 dually at the local dealer when I was getting my oil changed Tuesday and it also had six Michelin LTX AT-2 tires, don't remember looking at the size. So I guess the 3500's are getting Michelin and the 2500's get Good Year or Bridgestone. Ours is coded for GVW rating of 11,500 lbs. and that may also key in a different wheel and tire for the 3500 model.

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Thanks for the tire info, Paul. I just looked at those Michelins on line. I sure hope that Fred shows up with a set of those.

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Brian, as easy as it appears via the tube videos as posted, I'm still having the pros perform the install.

What's the expected delivery date of your DuraBeast?
Hey John, what kind of pro are you getting to do thew install, and what kind quote did you get to have the work done?

Fred (the Durabeast) is scheduled to be built in Flint during the week of July 11th.

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