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    Suggestions on new rear shocks

    If you like the soft/floaty ride with the OEM shocks, the KYB Excel G is pretty much near identical. Well maybe a very tiny hair firmer, and thats not by much. When I ran them in my Extended Trailblazer, they actually road very well. Downside was the body roll going around corners, despite the...
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    Considering 2019 Tahoe

    I can't speak much for the transmissions on the newer models, but the 6 speed is pretty solid as its been out the longest and has had time to get all its kinks worked out. The 10 speed is still a bit new, and I "think" its relatively the same to the one found in the newer Expeditions (GM/Ford...
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    Driver side valve cover replacement

    @MRRSM WOW! I'm actually shocked at how clean those came out, practically looking factory fresh. 3 hours? I take it if you let it sit longer, the solvent evaporates leaving behind the reformed gunk? I'm not looking to do a total tear down to get at the pistons just yet, but thats definitely...
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    Driver side valve cover replacement

    @MRRSM So when you mention gas blow by debris, I take it that's referring to carbon build up? I purchased one of those small USB borescope cameras to inspect the cylinders for carbon build up, and I have a can of BG 44k's EPR (Engine Performance Restoration) thats dumped in with the oil...
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    How to make your 360 look like crap....

    Sorry in advance for necro-posting, but I didn't wanna start a new thread for this. But I think this will fit right at home here.
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    What did you do to your GMT today?

    @xavierny25 Wow! My lines are looking about as crusty, now you've got me paranoid about mine. :yikes: So far everything has been good with the new battery! We've had a few cool nights this past week, its so satisfying to get in and just have it start quick and easy. Did the usual checking of...
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    How firm are the Bilstein HDs?

    @Mooseman I went with the Bilstein HD 24-103336 for the front, and 24-103350 for the rear! The good ole blue/yellow :biggrin: Still rocking the Monroe OESpectrums up front until I get a free day to yank them, and run it to a shop to do the swap over. Right now the Bilsteins are installed on...
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    How firm are the Bilstein HDs?

    I tried to cut the bolt, but I could not get enough room/good point to cut it away. I ended up going to a shop who did it for $50, and they got a replacement grade 8 bolt + locking nut. So upside is, its fixed and I can take that side apart again in the future! But right now, I'm pretty happy...
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    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Couldn't free the other shock today with the rain, and I was growing tired of my truck barely starting when the temp started dropping. We went into the 60s this past week, and had to jump her after she sat for 10 hours at work. Saw Sams Club had a sale on Duracell batteries, so I went over and...
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    How firm are the Bilstein HDs?

    I'll get some pics uploaded tonight after it stops raining! Yeah, its the upper one tucked behind the frame where the upper half of the shock rests in. Dealer said its non-serviceable and the bolt was discontinued, but its $4 for a replacement from Home Depot. From what I can tell, the nut is...
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    How firm are the Bilstein HDs?

    Hey all so having some trouble. The upper shock bolt is stuck on the driver side, going to loosen it just causes it to spin. Any tips or tricks for how to get it out? The passenger side came free no problem. I found this image online of the upper mounting bracket, it looks like the nut is tack...
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    How firm are the Bilstein HDs?

    So they aren't as harsh as most claim they are? I'm not running OE springs, but it shouldn't be too bad. I can't say I've had much experience using the 4600 series, well my Avalanche (as well as my dad's Yukon) came with them but they were already well worn at that point. How is it over bumps...
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    How firm are the Bilstein HDs?

    Hello everyone! I'm planning on swapping out my front struts soon. Well, looking into it. My only experience with them was on my Avalanche and my dads Yukon but they were pretty well worn by that point. I've got the Moog 81112 springs, which I think fell between the middle of firm and soft out...
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    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Retightned the sway bar link on the driver side, not sure if I have a bum one from SuspenionMAXX but it keeps loosening up after a couple hundred miles. I put a small bead of blue locktite on the threads, so we'll see how that holds up. Ordered Moog UBJ so I can finally change them out, and put...
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    Suggestions on new rear shocks

    If you're looking for something middle ground, go with the KYB Gas-a-Just in the rears. They're a good balance if you don't want a too firm or too soft ride. The quick struts (from experience) are pretty meh, I ended up using a Monroe OESpectrum strut with the slightly firm Moog spring...

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