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  1. Mike534x

    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...
  2. Mike534x

    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...
  3. Mike534x

    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...
  4. Mike534x

    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...
  5. Mike534x

    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.
  6. Mike534x

    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...
  7. Mike534x

    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...
  8. Mike534x

    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...
  9. Mike534x

    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...
  10. Mike534x

    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...
  11. Mike534x

    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...
  12. Mike534x

    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...
  13. Mike534x

    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...
  14. Mike534x

    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...
  15. Mike534x

    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...
  16. Mike534x

    2004 TB I6 3.42 158K miles first camper tow 200+ miles each way

    The gauge inconsistency on these trucks are so baffling. Mine reads 1 tick to the left of the 210 mark, but the computer reads 195-200 at operating temp. My spare cluster reads 1 tick to the right of the 210 mark as well. I'd rather trust the Torque/scanner over what the dash tells me any day.
  17. Mike534x

    Pre-Oil Change

    I'd honestly go with BG44k through the fuel tank every other oil change, its much stronger then Seafoam. Have you done the throttle body cleaning as well?
  18. Mike534x

    Craigslist morons

    Wonder if they meant you're going to need a crate engine. First time I've ever seen a craigslist post with it on the bed of all things. Wonder when GM added this style cluster to the TB? :undecided: https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/d/sandwich-2005-trailblazer-4x4/7177706681.html Also...
  19. Mike534x

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Huh....sounds like a life pro-tip. I'm curious to see if thats a thing elsewhere. The struts on these can be a pain, hopefully your happy with the new ride and don't mess with them again for awhile. Changing out the struts don't really require an alignment, unless you changed the upper or...
  20. Mike534x

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Using the Pinless, the firmness is dependent on the spring used (according to Sonnax). I had one of their purple springs installed, which was firm but not too soft. But I used the OEM ones instead for a balanced soft/but not too firm shift (I figured by doing the vette servo later on, this setup...
  21. Mike534x

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Changed out my alternator.......again. The refurb AC Delco one I put in back in March is having an issue with the voltage regulator, so it went back to constantly fluctuating on matter the load. Biggest sign was the dimming headlights, and dash lights pulsating. Picked up a Remy one, seemed to...
  22. Mike534x

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    I'll never understand how the full-size trucks have such a huge problem with the rockers rusting out. My Avalanche wasn't nearly as bad, but it was ugly. My dad's Yukon has both rear passenger sides coming through, its only at 117k but we're contemplating cutting off the rusted parts and going...
  23. Mike534x

    Driver side valve cover replacement

    According to all the paperwork she had, it had an oil change every 3k at the dealership. Not sure what they did with it, but they put 100k on it in two years if i read the carfax correctly. I was surprised as well, especially after seeing how theres always build up on these. Its a comforting...
  24. Mike534x

    Driver side valve cover replacement

    Wow! Maybe the previous owner didn't religiously change the oil? When I did mine 2 years ago, it didn't really have any build up when I compared it with the old one. Didn't change my oil burning though, I'm chopping that up to gummed piston rings that need to be cleaned somewhere down the line...
  25. Mike534x

    Can tires have different brands?

    Is your truck a 4x4? If so, you need matching tires eventually. Unless you have had alignment work done, there shouldn't be a need to do an alignment just from rotating tires around. I personally don't like mixing different brands (unless its a spare I had to throw on), so even though they're...
  26. Mike534x

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    I know your pain, doing the plugs on these trucks are an absolute pain in the ass. It really shows how much the engine bay was designed around the I6 (from my point of view). I found removing the strut on the passenger side made getting the middle two easy-ish. I cut my knuckles and hand up...
  27. Mike534x

    FOR SALE 04 NF Trailblazer - Chicago

    Nice spotting, I didn't pay attention to that. If that is actually all thats wrong with it, its not terrible to go through the labor of replacing it if the rest of the truck is sound.
  28. Mike534x

    FOR SALE 04 NF Trailblazer - Chicago

    Mileage is the only thing that had me questioning it, pricing wise this is the absolute cheapest I've seen a NF that wasn't beaten to hell. Of course, every 360/370 at this price point usually has mechanical issues they aren't listing
  29. Mike534x

    FOR SALE 04 NF Trailblazer - Chicago

    Not mine, but came across it a bit ago. Doesn't look too bad, its a SWB with the 4.2. Pricing has me questioning if there are other hidden gremlins.....but damn is this not tempting though! https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/d/chicago-2004-chevy-trail-blazer/7173137313.html
  30. Mike534x

    What did you do to your GMT today?

    Got the Envoy to my buddies shop, right before the Derecho hit. We had it lined up to be lifted when the power ran out. No biggie, she needed to cool off anyway before pulling the trans pan. I was going to head over today, but his area is still without power until about an hour ago. Going to...

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