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Old 02-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #101
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I paid less than that for my 04 CC with options. Eff that.

Southwest isn't the only place to get a quality truck. Anything from the South (Alabama, Mississipp, Georgia, Carolinas) are good too. They don't use salt on the roads during winter.

Our truck is a Georgia truck and has absolutely no rust.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:06 PM   #102
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i know all about how nice it is to buy a southern truck but i dont have time or money to travel out of michigan to buy a truck. i have a few dealerships in mind where the trucks are MINT and are around 10k which is what i want to spend. not every vehicle up here is rusted its all in how you take care of them. I am picky as all hell when it comes to my vehicles.

Im going to undercoat it
its getting lifted
sound system is a must
dual 3" straight pipes with chrome tips

the list goes on...

as far as towing i dont plan on towing anything heavier than a small gutted race car on a small trailer so its not like i need all that power. I would prefer the off road package because id like to run it up in the dunes and i feel it would do better in the winter. and yea yea i know running your DD in the dunes isnt the best idea but we all know i baby the hell out of my vehicles so no need to worry.
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Im going to undercoat it
its getting lifted
sound system is a must
dual 3" straight pipes with chrome tips

the list goes on...

as far as towing i dont plan on towing anything heavier than a small gutted race car on a small trailer so its not like i need all that power. I would prefer the off road package because id like to run it up in the dunes and i feel it would do better in the winter. and yea yea i know running your DD in the dunes isnt the best idea but we all know i baby the hell out of my vehicles so no need to worry.
Undercoating up there is needed, good one.
How much lift? Depending on the size of tires you wanna run I wouldn't go more than 6 inches. You REALLY kill MPGs after that.
Sound, of course.
3" pipes will kill the low end torque on a 5.3L. It'* completely not needed unless you're gonna do a lot of other mods to the motor. A single in/dual out muffler is plenty to give you a slight increase in power and MPGs.

The difference between the Z71 and the Z85? Skid plates and 2mm larger front shocks. The rear end is a lot more stable for towing on the Z85 though. A stock Z71 will squat with a car you wanna tow hooked up. A Z85 will too, but A LOT less. Also with the Z85 you get 7-pin plug and the other stuff I already mentioned. Completely necessary with any kind of towing. My Z85 does fine on trails, and in snow, and in muck. It'* all about the G80 rear locker there, and not so much the suspension.

Also the Z71 will increase the price with no real gain, unlike the Z85 which actually gives you good stuff and doesn't increase the price because not too many people know of it.
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There'* no need to go any higher than 6
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i had the summit single three inch in, stock manifolds, 3in ypipe (stock was 2.5) dual 2.5 out single muffler and the dual pipes that exit on either side of the hitch. gave the look and sound but actually increased my mileage. like mentioned you have to tune for headers and strait pipes and it will decrease your mileage. that summit setup had a nice rumble at idle and you could hear it good when you got on it, i got a couple thumbs up driving around town.

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my mom has 2.5" pipes to 3" tips, my buddy has 3" all the way both sound good and both have excellent power.

thats a nice little truck love the rims
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my mom has 2.5" pipes to 3" tips, my buddy has 3" all the way both sound good and both have excellent power.

thats a nice little truck love the rims
We know your moms truck is older, what about your buddies truck?

The 5.3L is a lot different in what exhaust you can run compared to the 5.7L.
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his is a 2000 only 3 years older, its just something im going to do



anyone know why your trucks are higher insurance than your cars
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Well, if you're dead set doing what you want and going against advice, that'* your prerogative.

On the insurance thing, I've said it once. Because it'* worth so much more than the car so it would cost more to fix.
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insurance is like lawyers, bankers, and gas companies they just charge what ever they can get away with.

here the trucks insurance covers the trailer and whatever your hauling as well, maybe that has something to do with it. and safety features have some bearing on the cost too, sometimes where your house is how safe a location it is.
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