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Old 10-15-2004, 01:01 AM   #15
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A 6L engine is not very big for this size of truck; just a hair over 360CI. If I had to make a guess, it would about 7100lbs with the 4:10 rear end. A good rule of thumb is to use the "Rocky Mtn Fudge Factor" which is not to exceed more than 80% of the manufacturer's maximum rating. This may sound strange, but I've found it very helpful over the years. Example: If a truck is rated at 10,000 Lbs, then one should not exceed a total of 8,000 Lbs for a loaded trailer. (I think most manufacturer's rate their trucks for flat land towing and ideal weather).

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Old 10-15-2004, 08:52 AM   #16
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Need some quick advise! Please

Greetings Rick!

Originally Posted by rlambs
This thing looks new in every respect and drives out great. Turns out it is a LS, black truck black LS logo and I just didn't see it. Needs tires and I looked at the Michlien X Radial LT today at Sams, it is a E (10 Ply) and looks great just chocking on the $169.99 plus tax per tire.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions.

Congratulations on the acquisition! Based on your earlier description, I thought that the truck was likely an LS. I wouldn't be overly alarmed by the price for the Michelin LTX tires - - in my experience on my Suburban one set will last as long as two sets of the Good Year Workhorse Radials that I had used in the past. I put my first set of Michelin LTX tires on the Suburban at 40,000 miles - - I just recently replaced them at 128,000 miles (they still had enough tread left for 6,000 to 9,000 miles but the sidewalls were beginning to weathercheck) - - went with the same Michelin LTX tires. Two things that I have learned with these tires is that they are very senesitive to vehicle alignment (wander was a problem with my Suburban until I was able to find a shop capable of doing top-notch alignments), and to get maximum treadlife I had the tires rotated at every-other oil change (6,000 mile interval).

Good luck with your truck!


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Old 10-15-2004, 07:04 PM   #17
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Bought the Tires too.

Sams has a Mich. labeled X Radial, I have read this is the same tire as the MS and the tread looks very musch the same with sight differences. The 265 R 75 16 are 169.95 for the 10 ply. Initial impression aired at 65lbs is the are pretty stiff. I know the will loosten up some with use but don't expect them to ride like the typical 4 ply Mich.

Thanks again for all the help.

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Old 10-16-2004, 05:43 AM   #18
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check your door sticker for the correct air pressure.

try 55 front, 55 to 80 rear depending on load.

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Old 10-16-2004, 06:26 AM   #19
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My truck rode like a Caddy when I first bought it. When I hooked the A/S up to it for the first time and the tires mashed half way down, I found the "stealer" only had 25 PSI in all 4 tires! So much for "Dealer Prep" Must be a marketing gimmick to show prospective customers how smooth trucks ride.
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yeah i remember that also, mine had 35 psi in the tires right from the dealer.

so much for dealer prep fee!

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Old 10-16-2004, 11:05 AM   #21
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I pull my 30' Classic (really 31') with my 6.0 Vortec and 4:10 gears. The 6.0 does an awesome job even on the long, steep grades out here in the west. I pass many a RV and fivers on the grades. It is a smooth engine with all the power you will need. Get that truck, you will not be sorry.

I added E load 10 ply Michelins and I love them. They are much stiffer when not towing but they feel great to tow with. I go with 65# when towing.

I'll have to reread the thread as I am unsure whether you bought the truck or were still thinking. I hope you get it. Good luck!

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