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  1. In my 2 door I had a Vector MP table that held a shovel and fire extinguisher (maybe a maglight too?). Due to the lift I had rendering the stock jack useless and a Hi-Lift on my OR-Fab carrier, I used the storage space under the rear floor for things like straps or overflow from the bag. I had a tool bag from Harbor Freight with a lot of basic tools: it was large enough in size to carry a basic ratchet set, adjustable wrenches, multi use screwdrivers, side cutters...etc but not too large to take up precious space in the back but still able to be zipped up. Also, I had a small first aid kit in a pouch from a surplus store that I strapped to the roll bar in the rear. The bag was nice because I could easily remove it or pop it on the front passenger floor. There was still plenty of space for a small cooler.


  2. We use Cox for internet only. Then got Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon for tv shows. Cox has been way better to deal with than Comcast. Whatever you do avoid Century Link.

     

    I agree: I use Cox internet (very happy with it) and Netflix for everything else. I haven't had cable/dish etc in the 5 years I've owned my current home.


  3. Hey all,

     

    I'm looking to do a mild lift on my 2WD Silverado for a little extra ground clearance and a nice stance to it. The kit is a 3" suspension lift by Rough Country (kit 232N2 to be specific) which will put it at 4WD model stock height.

     

    I found a shop near 91st and Peoria that says they will install it for $300 in about 4 hours. I've seen mixed reviews on the shop, mostly positive. At $300 I'm interested.

     

    The install instructions mention a little grinding on some brackets for clearance and product reviews mention the possibility as well. I'm not sure if that shop realizes it. They are not an off road specialty shop.

     

    So, I was curious if anyone knows a good shop (preferably on the west side or central area) at a decent price. Or, does anyone recommend doing the install myself? I certainly feel capable of doing so, and I often have 3 day weekends to do the work. I'm at a bit of a time vs money battle knowing that some projects have major issues based on things like a lift and specialty tools being readily available.

     

    Thanks in advance!


  4. So the other morning I was out at the store and the dash has 3 quick chimes and displayed "Oil Pressure Low". Immediately my heart sank as I feared an oil pump was out. However, by the time I looked at the gauge it was 80 PSI.

     

    ...80PSI?! That's high....then 40...then 0...then 20.

     

    I cautiously drove home and notice oil level was fine, no ticking...etc. At this point I was confident it was a sensor.

     

    I took my Chevy to Autozone and grabbed a sensor. About $51. I had to work that night, so I asked the fiancee if I could do it the following morning. She said no problem.

     

    Thursday morning I grab the new one out of the box. 1 1/16" socket fits like a glove. I try getting the old sensor out... luck. After a while the plastic wire housing snapped off...

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    Oh yeah, it's buried behind the intake manifold about 8" down, which is below the windshield.

     

    Fiancee calls a local shop. ~$230 for the repair. With the part it's ~$70. $70 in 10 mins of labor is tough for me to swallow. I find out there is a specialty socket.

     

    Back to Autozone. ~$13 out the door for the specialty socket. I get to work.

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    New VS old.

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    New one in:

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    Once I had the socket it was literally a 10 minute job. It's worth mentioning unplugging it will stop the intermittent triple chime alarm of annoyance and will not shut the truck off.


  5. Well, another Tuesday has passed, therefore I have more progress to post.

     

    I got all the parts/hardware required for getting everything together so last night I was able to get everything installed.

     

    First was the cab wiring harness swap. Old one is on the left, new one on the right.

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    Swapping the mirrors. Old on left, new on right:

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    Spot where the overhead console screws in:

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    Hooking up wiring in cab. Measuring for overhead console cut:

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    New harness plugged in by the parking brake pedal. Plugs are the red one on the bottom and top right white one:

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    Getting the headliner in:

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    Testing ambient air temp sensor and verifying wiring using alligator clip jumper:

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    Ambient temp sensor behind the grille:

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    Wiring from the sensor running along the inner, driver side fender:

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    Temp sensor spliced into the harness:

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    New mirror fully functional:

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    New headliner fully installed:

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    Old headlights:

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    New headlights in:

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  6. Well, since I was off on Tuesday night I put the new material on the headliner board.

     

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    I got some done at night, but ran out of the spray adhesive and finished in the morning.

     

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    All in all it came out pretty well. The corners have some small wrinkles here and there, but I believe most of it will be covered by the plastics on the pillars. All in all I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm awaiting a few parts to come in to add the overhead console before I can do the install. Also, I have a wiring harness to power the overhead console lights and compass/temperature display mirror, so I need to figure out where the old one runs and how to swap them out as well as where to add the temp sensor in the harness.

     

    On another note, I'm looking into lifting the truck. I am stuck between getting stock shackles (prior owner installed drop shackles) with new shocks and a leveling kit, or a 3" Rough Country lift. Seems like pricing for each is about the same. I currently have 265/70R17 tires so I believe with a 3" lift it'll still look good.

     

    3" is the max I will go, and the tires are still fairly new so I won't change then out. I don't need anything fancy or high performance, I just want a more aggressive look and some decent clearance for forest roads.

     

    Input is appreciated!


  7. Brown Santa (UPS) came today!

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    So, my truck was looking like so this morning:

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    And my glove box was becoming pretty cluttered...

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    So I decided to take out the not so function jump seat:

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    Though it was in stellar shape, it does not fold down like the other models. I really wanted some more storage space...

     

    So I got a new jump seat!

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    I love that it can fold down. Also perfect heigh to lay your arm on and just hold the wheel steady for long drives:

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    Lot's of storage space up top:

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    And below!:

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    Actually, my DSLR fits underneath comfortably.

     

    And the glove box is clean again!

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    The seat is from a 2007(NBS)-2014 LTZ option vehicle. It is a DIRECT bolt in. No drilling, no odd fit. Direct. The seat is a little wider so you kind of have to "push" the seats inwards to make getting the bolts into the floor an easy task.

     

    Overall this was a great upgrade and well worth the time and money. I got the seat shipped from eBay for $325 and the swap only took 30 mins of work. I spent maybe another 20 minutes cleaning and organizing.

     

    With the under seat storage option, it's a stiff cushion. However, I will only need it for one of the kids on a rare occasion for only a few miles in town.

     

    Though the color isn't a total match, I think it will grow on me. Perhaps the black color would have been better, but I can't complain.


  8. After it was all cleaned up, I also took a photo of the headliner by the windshield.

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    It has been coming away from the board and began coming down like a curtain. It has been doing this in a minor way for about a year, but the other morning when I was leaving work the whole front was pulled away. I finally needed to do something about it.

     

    So, yesterday night while I was off I decided to take out the headliner. It was a little tricky but not too bad.

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    Easier to see here where it has been an issue:

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    Seems like the interior is much taller without it in:

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    Oh, I got a steering wheel cover too...

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    Old headliner out as it was:

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    New material, draped over to ensure there is enough:

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    In the garage for tear-down:

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    Cloth removed, foam left over:

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    Removed the foam with a flapper wheel by hand, and got the thinner, left over areas with a foam sand paper block:

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    The leftover mess:

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    And how the interior shall sit for a week until my next day off:

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    Also a sneak peek at some goodies I got in the mail this afternoon:

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  9. I'm attending a BBQ later today, and while Phoenix is already getting warm and fast, today's cloudy day was a perfect excuse for me to finally install the brush guard.

     

    Apparently it came with LD (Light Duty) and HD (Heavy Duty) frame mounts. I had an idea which ones I needed...but not how to install them. After poking around online, I found the install instructions. Which, was great because I was convinced this "new" one wasn't going to fit.

     

    Old guard off, trying to understand the mounting:

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    New one on, doing alignment:

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    After:

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