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  1. Bilstein 5100 Shocks

    I'm always careful my friend!! Sometimes stupid; but I do a lot of research on stuff I've not done before.............so I know what to expect.
  2. Bilstein 5100 Shocks

    Been doing the reading about the front lifts/levels Mike. Most say 2.5"+ is the danger zone for stressing components. I'm just going 1.25".............which is the average for what Bilstein says for where I'm positioning the bottom spring perch snap ring. Could be more, could be less.........................
  3. I ordered these a couple days ago, and got them yesterday. I went with the 5100's because I have airbags in the rear, and am slightly higher than stock empty, and the rear 5100's are made for up to 1" of lift. I also want to raise the front a bit with the "ride height adjustability" that the 5100's offer. I believe this is a much better option than the traditional and easy way of lifting/leveling using a spacer or puck. I plan on the 1.25"lift in the front. I got the rears installed an hour after they arrived; took only 20 minutes to do both sides. The fronts are a lot more involved; as they are a "coil over" set up and a spring compressor is required to swap out the shocks. Don't know if'n I should just pull the coil overs out and take them to a shop to swap out the shocks................or rent a spring compressor and do it myself. Them manual spring compressors look sketchy at best. Anyhow; with just the rears swapped out, the ride in the back end has been transformed. No more bouncing like on a pogo stick!!! It my be a little more firm; but much more planted to the road if that makes any sense. Cannot wait to get the front end done.
  4. The neatest splitter yet

    That splitter may charge you with "sexual harassment" Mike!!!!
  5. I saved a fair bit of $$$$ and oil running a bypass oil filter on my 04.5. Never had a poor oil analysis using TP (toilet paper) as the bypass media either.
  6. Turned 30,000 miles on this little 2016 Chevy Silverado yesterday. Overall, not one problem. Gonna replace the crappy OEM shocks with Bilsteins here shortly. Colder weather hits mileage in gassers just like diesels.........10-20% drop.
  7. IIRC; I was running around 8100lbs. with my normal stuff and me in MightyWhitey.
  8. A lot "lighter and aerodynamic"??? We had essentially the same truck. "Splain please.
  9. I used to get 20+mpg quite regularly with MightyWhitey. My best was 23.x IIRC..............twas 100*F+ with a light South wind, and I was traveling North. Running the 265AC on that trip, as it wasn't humid because of the drought.
  10. E15

    Had a good chance to test out my "experiment" today. Drove out to eastern Iowa from NE Illinois today for a retriever hunt test; and then back today. With the E15 in my tank, my "Lie-O-Meter" is reading 20.6mpg. Around 400 miles round trip. Under very, very, similar conditions and miles last week on a trip to Tomah, WI and back to my place on regular 87 octane regular unleaded, my Lie-O-Meter was reading 21.8mpg. The E15 lack of "Energy" is very noticeable going up hills and grades.............the Lie-O-Meter drops very fast when compared to regular E10. Maybe the lack of energy in the fuel was enhanced by where I drove to today. Once I get about 70 mile West; it gets really, really hilly.................where the vehicles have to "work" to get up the grades. I still plan to refill with E15 to get a more "unbiased" opinion........................... Stay tuned.
  11. E15

    Understood; but am hoping the 88 octane (thus increased timing, theoretically) will offset this!!
  12. E15

    I ran the tank down a bit further than normal in order to give E15 fuel a try. For those that don't know, E15 is gasoline that is 15% ethanol..............where "normal" 87 octane gas is usually E10 or 10% ethanol. Wanted to try it because it runs 5-10% cheaper than regular 87 unleaded, and because it's 88 octane vs. 87. Hoping that the decrease in energy in the fuel will be offset by the flex fuel feature on my truck which adjusts timing due to "knock". Just experimenting. Thinking that if theres and increase in timing it'll offset the lower energy in the fuel. What thinks the brain trust here???
  13. 2016 Silverado Mileage

    Put the first sort of "big" trailer load behind her a few days ago. My retriever club had to move their "training day" to a different location, and I tow the club trailer there. Twas about 20 miles or so, but a lot of hills.....................and the trailer is 7x16 and runs about 7500lbs. First off; I miss the Cummins low end torque, as you need to wind out the gears a lot longer in a gasser to get her going. Second of all........with the Cummins, I rarely had to downshift..................with gassers (because of their power band) they need to downshift to make power to maintain speed. Third..........the 1500 handled perfectly. Airbags in the rear helped for sure.
  14. 03-07 Transfer case support bracket.

    Seems like an answer to a question/problem that's never been asked or arisen!!!