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Shake down tow complete! #5163804 07/17/19 07:22 PM
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I should have went new sooner. Even thought this truck is a 6.0 it is 60 more Horsepower and 40ft/lbs more torque than my 02.

The 6 speed and 4.10 gears really make a huge difference. First gear is awesome. The old truck 1st gear was like taking off in second in this truck.
I like how the 6L90E shifts and holds gear in tow/haul. It also has hill assist and grade braking which both worked excellent.

Way bigger difference than I thought it would be.

Integrated trailer brake works awesome.

Never saw over 3800 RPM on my test run in the same spots the old truck would see 4400 to 4700 rpm.
I just left the cruise on 65 on the highway portion of the run. Held it just fine, the old truck did not hold it as well.

The transmission cooler is really efficient. . Stayed under 170 the whole time.

So smooth and stable. So happy I didn't wait any longer.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5163830 07/17/19 07:46 PM
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Sounds good. Congrats.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5163850 07/17/19 08:12 PM
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Please stop with these threads. You're going to force me to go buy a new truck. laugh

Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: cpayne5] #5163895 07/17/19 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cpayne5
Please stop with these threads. You're going to force me to go buy a new truck. laugh

LOL. I had the other one for 10 and the truck before that for 8. Both were old when I got them.

This is my first Modern HD truck. It was so worth it. I find myself actually wanting to drive it.

I had the 89 GMC 1 ton for 7 years and the 02 2500 for 10. It was worth it to upgrade as much as we camp/tow.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: cpayne5] #5163913 07/17/19 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by cpayne5
Please stop with these threads. You're going to force me to go buy a new truck. laugh



I agree, i need more horsepower.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5163915 07/17/19 10:16 PM
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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: spasm3] #5163923 07/17/19 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by spasm3
Originally Posted by cpayne5
Please stop with these threads. You're going to force me to go buy a new truck. laugh



I agree, i need more horsepower.


A LQ4 or LQ9 is a direct bolt-in for your Avalanche.....Send me your PCM & I'll calibrate it for cost of the credits grin

Cheaper than a Radix Magnacharger.....Which is about the only (True Bolt-on) way to make your LM7 perform like a larger displacement engine. It will actually outperform a LQ9 with a "Cool" 7-8 psi.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5164009 07/18/19 04:50 AM
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What were you towing?


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5164010 07/18/19 04:52 AM
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Proof positive that a bigger, heavier and more powerful towing vehicle does a better job.

Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5164060 07/18/19 06:24 AM
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Your posts made me curious on what they're putting in Chevy Express these days.. The 6.0L now has 41 more hp than the 05 version, I'm guessing the truck gets more but that's typical. Looks like the 6 speed is offered also but didn't see what the standard trans was. I can see upgrading in a truck but eh we'll keep the old paid off RV for a while. That new transmission would be nice though! The 4l80e has been on it's last 1-2 clutch bands for the last 40k just waiting for it to die to get a beefier version.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5164065 07/18/19 06:29 AM
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That sounds great, a real working truck.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5164078 07/18/19 06:39 AM
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Let's see a pic Mike!!! I got a 2018 3500HD too with the 6.0. I love my truck. Pulling trailers is a BREEZE. Hill Assist scared me the first time it kicked in....but I really enjoy it now.


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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: gathermewool] #5164087 07/18/19 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by gathermewool
What were you towing?


I have a 32 foot (35 feet 10 inch overall) Keystone Passport. It is 7500 to 7700lbs loaded on the scales.
So while not super heavy, it is long and the extra weight of a 3/4-1 ton really does help.

I towed this trailer with a Tundra so my buddy could compare. It just doesn't feel the same as my current 1 ton or my old 3/4 ton.

While the Tundra had enough power the rest of the truck got bulled by the trailer as in pushed around and it didn't handle sway well at all.
It also porpoised a lot even with a good set of aftermarket shocks. Just not enough Payload.

He was a bit surprised and went all way upgrading to a SRW 1 ton Duramax.

With the old truck
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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: Phishin] #5164095 07/18/19 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Phishin
Let's see a pic Mike!!! I got a 2018 3500HD too with the 6.0. I love my truck. Pulling trailers is a BREEZE. Hill Assist scared me the first time it kicked in....but I really enjoy it now.



Hill Assist is so cool! The old truck would roll back. I can take my foot of the brake and it just sits there.
I like the grade braking too.

I can't believe how big of a difference there is between the 02 and 17. I just didn't think it would be worth. I was wrong. The 1 hour shake down run I did was so comfortable, so easy!

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14 Caprice PPV 6.0
15 Malibu LTZ Turbo
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Re: Shake down tow complete! [Re: ls1mike] #5164189 07/18/19 09:19 AM
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Very cool!

It's always nice to read something like this about someone who seems so pleased with a purchase. It even puts me in a better mood seeing you in such a good mood about it!


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