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Old 02-03-2011, 07:40 AM   #85
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Our 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Diesel has a 34 gallon tank. Fill 'er up, and the range is almost 750 miles.

Thanks for those who wrote about using Stanadyne Lubricity Formula---my first case is delivered today. Someone posted this study: Lubricity Additive Study Results - Diesel Place

And after reading it, I get it: My 2003 has injector problems because the engineers who designed it expected much better diesel fuel lubricity than the Ultra Low Sulphur now required provides. Hoping that starting this at 130,000 will at least forestall the inevitable injector issues the LB7 sometimes has.
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Hi folks,new guy here.We have 03 GMC 3/4 crew long bed DuraMax and was wondering how big an Airstream for these is max?I'm looking at a 31 & a 34 ft.I'm sure the 31 no problem but is the 34 safe with this truck or do you need the dually?
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Hi folks,new guy here.We have 03 GMC 3/4 crew long bed DuraMax and was wondering how big an Airstream for these is max?I'm looking at a 31 & a 34 ft.I'm sure the 31 no problem but is the 34 safe with this truck or do you need the dually?
No Airstream trailer (except perhaps the few 5th-wheels ever made) really needs a dually. Your truck will tow any Airstream trailer. Friends with 6.0 gassers tow 34s quite successfully.
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Hi folks,new guy here.We have 03 GMC 3/4 crew long bed DuraMax and was wondering how big an Airstream for these is max?I'm looking at a 31 & a 34 ft.I'm sure the 31 no problem but is the 34 safe with this truck or do you need the dually?
You're covered as far as Airstreams go. You can tow any and all comers.

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Someone can correct me but I believe the heaviest Airstreams -- loaded all the way -- don't get above 11k.
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Our 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Diesel has a 34 gallon tank. Fill 'er up, and the range is almost 750 miles.

Thanks for those who wrote about using Stanadyne Lubricity Formula---my first case is delivered today. Someone posted this study: Lubricity Additive Study Results - Diesel Place

And after reading it, I get it: My 2003 has injector problems because the engineers who designed it expected much better diesel fuel lubricity than the Ultra Low Sulphur now required provides. Hoping that starting this at 130,000 will at least forestall the inevitable injector issues the LB7 sometimes has.
SS, I gotta tell ya, there are no issues with the new ultra low suflur fuels. They have all the additives the Max needs. You are spending unnecessary $$. Your injector issues were not the result of lack of lubricity, but the result of Bosch delivering injectors of the wrong metal alloy. The injector bodies were too soft, resulting in a crushed fuel return check ball seat and thus, high fuel return rates, and potentially cracked injector bodies. I have seen ZERO low sulfur fuel issues since it's inception. But, HEY, if it makes you feel better....go ahead.
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Wish it were! That's with no load. Pulling the trailer [an 8500lb 30' Excella] it's routinely 14/15 mpg, which is very good to me.

The 2003-2006(?) LB7 Duramax is one of the best for miles per gallon according to what folks have written here. The Achilles Heel is the injection system, a Bosch product. Some have suggested adding the Stanadyne Lubricity Formula to each tank. At about a buck a tank, it makes me feel like I'm doing something good, so I do that.

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SS, I gotta tell ya, there are no issues with the new ultra low suflur fuels. They have all the additives the Max needs. You are spending unnecessary $$. Your injector issues were not the result of lack of lubricity, but the result of Bosch delivering injectors of the wrong metal alloy. The injector bodies were too soft, resulting in a crushed fuel return check ball seat and thus, high fuel return rates, and potentially cracked injector bodies. I have seen ZERO low sulfur fuel issues since it's inception. But, HEY, if it makes you feel better....go ahead.

Good to know. At 130K miles now. Heard about a fellow Duramax LB7 with 160K who is ready to replace the injectors...just out of warranty too [it's a Law of the Universe--whatever goes wrong probably will go wrong the day after the warranty expires...but the glass is still half-full! I'm an optimist: I used to think "This couldn't get worse..." now I'm sure they can!]
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Wish it were! That's with no load. Pulling the trailer [an 8500lb 30' Excella] it's routinely 14/15 mpg, which is very good to me.

The 2003-2006(?) LB7 Duramax is one of the best for miles per gallon according to what folks have written here. The Achilles Heel is the injection system, a Bosch product. Some have suggested adding the Stanadyne Lubricity Formula to each tank. At about a buck a tank, it makes me feel like I'm doing something good, so I do that.

Love the truck: would/will buy another when the time comes...
For what it's worth, the LB7 motor was available 2001 to about mid 2004 when I think the LLY motor (310hp/590-605ft/lbs) took over thru most of 2006. The LBZ motor is one of the most popular and came out in late 2006 and early 2007. It had a lot of improvements over earlier motors including stronger bottom end and a 32-bit computer controller with a high performance factory tune (360hp/605ft/lbs). Then they went to the LMM and new LML motors. Each succeeding one had more emission controls. As has been mentioned, the 2006 year was the first for the Ally 6-speed (LLY and LBZ motor). You can tell your motor by the 8th digit of the VIN; 1=LB7, 2=LLY, D=LBZ. Each has their fan base but most will agree (at least on this thread!) that the Duramax/Ally is a great truck.

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Ok .... Slightly different topic related to the Chevy Duramax.

One of the few complaints I have about this truck is the small fuel tank. I wish it were around 35 or 40 gallons.

Interested in your comments.
The long bed model does have the 34 gallon tank. More room underneath for the larger tank.
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I just don't understand why GM doesn't put a higher capacity fuel tank in the Duramax pick-ups. I an currently researching for the purchase of a new Duramax 3500 long bed. There is an aftermaketeer that makes a 56 gallon replacement fuel tank for a long bed Duramax. The company is called Transfer Flow (Transfer Flow Fuel Tank Systems). These replacement tanks go for about $1000. Why can't GM do this to start with?

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I just don't understand why GM doesn't put a higher capacity fuel tank in the Duramax pick-ups. I an currently researching for the purchase of a new Duramax 3500 long bed. There is an aftermaketeer that makes a 56 gallon replacement fuel tank for a long bed Duramax. The company is called Transfer Flow (Transfer Flow Fuel Tank Systems). These replacement tanks go for about $1000. Why can't GM do this to start with?

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Titan Fuel Tanks makes the one I covet. Made of some kind of crosslinked polyethylene supper tough plastic. About $1100 plus install or do-it-yourself. Would love to put one in my '06 short bed crewcab.

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A larger fuel tank wouldn't change my typical day of towing. I'd still make the same number of rest stops. And since my truck is not my daily driver, I haven't filled up for 90 days. So having extra diesel fuel sitting in the garage wouldn't be good. I had a half-ton truck with an aux tank that was my daily driver. But I didn't fill both tanks at the same time even then -- just alternated tanks to keep the fuel fresh. So I think the 26-gal tank is about right.
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