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Old 09-30-2007, 07:00 AM   #29
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That was a close one
I think you came out much better...
But, you should feel guilty, poor guy with the white one, you should go back and give him some more money...thats just too good of a steal...I meen deal.
To be truthful I never would have guessed that I could've gotten a Suburban of this magnitude for that amount of money. When I started looking on eBay, Craig's list, auto trader and of course the local papers. I looked at hundreds of vehicles over the past few months following them daily on eBay checking all the other venues periodically. The prices seemed much higher for lesser vehicles. The black one I looked at I would have been just settling for what I can get. The vehicle is basically sound although it did need all those other repairs mostly superficial things you could do without except for the windshield oh and the tires($1000.00 minimum). Then I saw the white one what a world of difference, same year all in all pretty much the same vehicle, except the condition was markedly much much better. I certainly feel extremely blessed to have found such a vehicle. Now I am one happy airstreamer. I can't wait to be on the road checking my rear views for that flash of silver following me, like an obedient puppy dog. You guys were right the right one will present itself if you give it a chance.

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Old 09-30-2007, 08:07 AM   #30
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I just got a 1999 1/2 ton 2wd Suburban 5.7 80000 miles for 7500.00 seems to be in great shape the 1/2 ton chevy p/u I had just dont have enough horses for my a/s mine has duel a/c and cargo doors am going to install duel exaust and a brake controller next week oyea and my Air Fourms sticker...SAM
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:10 PM   #31
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:01 PM   #32
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Let's get those photo's posted.
Yiiiiipeee!!!! I get to pick it up one day ealier then I thought as my checks cleared out faster. So Tuesday is the big day. I will bring the digi with me.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:29 AM   #33
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Okay so Tuesday I am set to go out to pick up my new to me Suburban. I had decided to take the Long Island Rail Road and have the seller pick me up at the nearest station. My appointment with him was for 12:30 in East Islip. Well I now have it back home and of course some issues have surfaced I believe it needs shocks. I will take it to the mechanic today for a look see. This certainly isn't my Saab what a bear. I still love it. Looks great whata you think?

Oh and what octane gas is best for this thing? Also what brand of type and brand of shocks would be best?


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Old 10-05-2007, 07:51 AM   #34
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Nice truck!
Shocks: Edelbrock or Bilstein. They cost about the same.
If you opt for Bilstein, try and get their Comfort series shocks. Their HD versions are very stiff, contributing to freeway hop and porpoising of your trailer tongue/hitch over expansion joint riddled concrete freeways. ( if you have them in your area) Edelbrock makes a series of shocks that have a split personality, comfortable when empty, and over short bumps, and then stiffer for prolonged driving on bad roads or when loaded heavily.
Gas: Regular should be fine. If it's pinging when you area towing, then you should get premium for the trip's duration. You will love the 42gal tank for towing - might get you 400mls+ before fillups. I could go close to 500mls with my 5.7 before hitting the pumps.
Your lower bumper valance is missing. There is a rubber lip under the bumper that hides all the ugliness down there.
Also, keep in mind, your tires are LT rated, which is limiting in air pressure and load capacity. You will be fine towing with them, but can't put more than 45lbs or so in them. Check the sidewalls for specs.
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it looks like a keeper! i like the dual terminal battery. it makes it real easy for boosting or adding wiring at the battery.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:58 AM   #36
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it looks like a keeper! i like the dual terminal battery. it makes it real easy for boosting or adding wiring at the battery.
Oh, yes, and there is an extra battery tray on the driver side, with room for an additional group 24 maybe a 27. This gives you reserves for the trailer, if you use a battery isolator and switch over to the 12V on the trailer plug.
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Drive it like you stole it!

It'll put up with anything you can!
Mine is silver where yours is gold.
Good shocks make a difference as well as load range "E" tires.
I've got an extended hitch that allows me to open the doors when hooked up, I've not had any towing handling problems with this set up.
Last summer it cost me $128 to fill up- love that 42 gal tank.
There are a few places that collect water, lower front fenders, aft side window seals, minor stuff,
I'm surprised to not see any rust. was it garaged in the winter? or have they stopped using salt on the roads back there?
And it appears that price wise you did steal it.
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The Suburban looks great. Congratulations on the purchase. We have a 98 2500 it is an emplyee purchase and we ordered it 10 years ago now. It has been a good TV but not without problems.
I didn't read it here but, the brakes are the biggest of them. I would take it the dealership and ask them to run the VIN through their system and find out what TSBs were perfomed on it. There are a few. The brakes on ours pulled to the right when we got it. The TSB called for grinding the caliber ends, replacing the brake proportion valve, replacing rear shoes. The most important thing I found in mine is to ajust the rear brakes manually. The auto ajusters simply do not work. Also the two bolts holding in the calibers in the front should be removed and lubricated so they won't bind. This is where you experience pulling to one side or the other. I have Bilestine shocks on ours. The tires are LT 245 75 16 but yours look bigger. They are 80 inch pounds max. The door sticker on the drivers side will indicate 45lbs in the friont and 80 in the back when towing a heavy load. I use 50 in the front and 70lbs in the back and it seems to work for me.
In the last couple of years I have had to replace a few components but have found it is still cheaper to fix than to buy. I have 3 kids in college and can't afford to replace it. The new Suburbans don't come with a big block option so there is no reason to replace it. I too am waiting for a diesel version like someone mentioned earlier, several years down. My kids will hopfully by then graduate.
Good luck with yours, looks great.
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The Suburban looks great. Congratulations on the purchase. We have a 98 2500 it is an emplyee purchase and we ordered it 10 years ago now. It has been a good TV but not without problems.
I didn't read it here but, the brakes are the biggest of them. I would take it the dealership and ask them to run the VIN through their system and find out what TSBs were perfomed on it. There are a few. The brakes on ours pulled to the right when we got it. The TSB called for grinding the caliber ends, replacing the brake proportion valve, replacing rear shoes. The most important thing I found in mine is to ajust the rear brakes manually. The auto ajusters simply do not work. Also the two bolts holding in the calibers in the front should be removed and lubricated so they won't bind. This is where you experience pulling to one side or the other. I have Bilestine shocks on ours. The tires are LT 245 75 16 but yours look bigger. They are 80 inch pounds max. The door sticker on the drivers side will indicate 45lbs in the friont and 80 in the back when towing a heavy load. I use 50 in the front and 70lbs in the back and it seems to work for me.
In the last couple of years I have had to replace a few components but have found it is still cheaper to fix than to buy. I have 3 kids in college and can't afford to replace it. The new Suburbans don't come with a big block option so there is no reason to replace it. I too am waiting for a diesel version like someone mentioned earlier, several years down. My kids will hopfully by then graduate.
Good luck with yours, looks great.
The tires are brand new by the previous owner. They are 265/16/75s. Yes a little larger than I would have wanted. But they are Firestone Transforce HT E load range that I found out would have set me be back around $800.00 for the set out the door. Thanks for the tip on the air pressure. I need to buy a higher range air gage.
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Looks great whata you think?

Oh and what octane gas is best for this thing? Also what brand of type and brand of shocks would be best?

I think ya got a GREAT truck!!!!!!

The Edelbrock IAS have been my choice since about 12k!!

Edelbrock Performer IAS Series Shocks



A great shock with variable damping, only had one leaker after 80k.

(made in the USA)

Now on my second set with 160k+ on the truck. The Bilstein would my only

other choice.


I use 87 octane, for all normal driving, and 89 when the Jet 6-Pac is

programed for towing.




Youv'e got a great TV enjoy it

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select my photos and then e-mail them to myself, it asks if you want to

make them smaller, click yes. Copy them to a folder and select them from

there............Good luck and enjoy that "NEW" BURB!........Bob

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I just talked to the mechanic and he tells me the brakes are new and the shocks are about one year old Bilsteins. I almost fell over. But the AC wasn't blowing cold so I asked him to ck it and he found a hose with a hole in it. No Freon in system, should be about $575.00 parts and labor with the Freon charged up. I like this mechanic he is very honest. He will not do work just because you think it needs to be done. He checks it out first and many times he'll tell me that I need nothing done at all. It will be ready on Sat. to pick up.
I think the tires may need the air pressure checked because it is bouncy.
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I just talked to the mechanic and he tells me the brakes are new and the shocks are about one year old Bilsteins. I almost fell over.
Nice going - Bilsteins are about $ 90.00 a piece, minimum. New brakes is good, too.

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But the AC wasn't blowing cold so I asked him to ck it and he found a hose with a hole in it. No Freon in system, should be about $575.00 parts and labor with the Freon charged up. I like this mechanic he is very honest. He will not do work just because you think it needs to be done. He checks it out first and many times he'll tell me that I need nothing done at all. It will be ready on Sat. to pick up.
Probably the main manifold hose in the engine compartment.
One thought is to have the system converted to R134 refrigerant, if it hasn't already been done. R134 is less expensive, and will work fine in the GM system. All is needed is a flush and the correct lubricant in the refrigerant. And the new style charge/suction fittings.


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I think the tires may need the air pressure checked because it is bouncy.
Get used to it. This series of Suburbans rides pretty much like crap. If you have the rear sway bar, then the cornering is actually pretty amazing, but the ride is very bumpy and much rougher than you might think is necessary. Once your Sovereign is following you around, it'll be just right, though.
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