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1UPPER’s 2020 GMC 2500HD AT4 4x4 Build

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by 1UPPER, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Dec 24, 2019 at 2:41 PM
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    Very cool! Light snow flurries are just starting. Tonight is the Telluride Torch lighting event on the backside of the mountain. Looking forward to seeing that with my kiddos!

    I have a DJI Mavic Air that I brought because it’s light and compact.
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  2. Dec 24, 2019 at 2:45 PM
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    smslavin On a plane...

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    oh. the torch lighting is cool. have a good time. good call on the air, it's a great little machine.
     
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  3. Dec 24, 2019 at 3:14 PM
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  4. Dec 24, 2019 at 7:25 PM
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    smslavin On a plane...

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    hope you don't mind. couldn't resist. :cool: :cheers:

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  5. Dec 24, 2019 at 8:41 PM
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    I don’t mind at all. Looks great!
     
  6. Dec 24, 2019 at 8:50 PM
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    Truck is looking awesome!
     
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  7. Dec 28, 2019 at 9:37 AM
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    The family and I had another great trip to Colorado! I drove over 2,100 miles round trip. Yesterday I drove over 1,000 miles straight from Telluride to Texas. The truck drives so smooth! I love that you really can’t feel the truck shifting since it has the 10 speed Allison Transmission. I drove my last three tundras to Telluride Colorado as well. The biggest difference was my MPG! I averaged 17.1 mpg over the whole trip. The truck climbs hills a lot easier but it also has a lot more torque. I got two very large cracks on my windshield from a semi driver who passed me and other cars as he went off the shoulder. So as soon as I hit my remote start in CO to warm my truck the whole windshield cracked! It will get replaced soon but the important thing is we made it home safely and we had a great time in CO!

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    Saw this nice little scout in Downtown Telluride!
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    I spotted this sweet TRD PRO in the army green with a matching camper shell. Anyone on here maybe?! I saw a lot of nice looking Tundras in NM and CO!
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    Part of my new cracked windshield. :censored:
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    I drove through some very heavy fog for about four hours last night near Lubbock, TX.
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    I hit the 10,000 milestone on miles already. I drive a lot but I enjoy driving!
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  8. Dec 28, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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    Man, this is such a nice looking truck. If I had the income and could justify a diesel, a GM just like this would be in my driveway.

    Looking forward to see how this build turns out! :D
     
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  9. Dec 28, 2019 at 9:46 AM
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    Great picture! Glad to hear you had a great time and made it home safe.
     
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  10. Jan 9, 2020 at 9:12 PM
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    Wait until you hit 30k miles. The truck will loosen up a bit.

    Just for comparison MPG, since I have been DD my diesel since my Lexus has been having water pump issues, I have been getting 18.6 to 19.7 mpg. Change out your diff and transfer case fluids. You might be shocked at what the oil looks like.

    Tonight I swapped out the rear craptastic Rancho shocks for Bilstein 4600. The Rancho shocks were gone. I have been feeling an off and on vibration when empty for a while now (probably since 28k miles, have 41k miles now). Hopefully this solves this mystery. From the feel of the factory shocks, this is most likely the problem.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2020 at 4:23 AM
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    Thank you for the advice! I’ve been so impressed with the drive and feel of this truck! The power of the diesel is amazing! I was spending around $600-$800 a month on premium gas for my Tundra. Now I only spend about half of that in diesel fuel. I will be changing out all the fluids when it’s time. Thanks for letting me know about that. How have your brakes been holding up?

    I’m definitely changing my Rancho shocks but I’m waiting on the bds Coilover lift kit to release. The bds kit will come with Fox shocks. Pro comp just released their 2.5” level lift and 5.5” lift kit yesterday for my truck. The 5-7” lifts are tempting but I’m leaning towards the 3” Coilover kit from bds to help retain the trucks fifth wheel capabilities. I thought I heard the pro comp shocks are actually built by Bilstein.

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    Did you delete your truck yet? I was going to leave mine alone for now because of all the emission laws. I know the def system can put a lot of restrictions on mpg and performance. Plus, I don't want to loose my factory warranty.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2020 at 5:22 AM
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  13. Jan 10, 2020 at 5:56 AM
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    That's a huge fuel savings on the bottom line each month.

    This has been my average these past three days, no towing.

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    I have had no issues with brakes. On average from my research, even with heavy towing most owners need pads at 110-120K miles. When using the exhaust brake /Allison grade braking, I hardly even use my brakes even on steep grades.

    Pro Comp are built by Bilstein if I remember correctly.

    No deletes for me. We have pretty strict emissions and the benefits are only 5-10 hp on factory delete tunes. I probably will do the electronic EGR delete. So the EGR valve will stay closed electronically.

    Kennedy Diesel hasn't done anything with the L5P yet....
    https://www.kennedydiesel.com/categoryresults2.cfm?Category=17&SubCategory=204

    For your transmission service:

    https://dmaxstore.com/products/?route=product/category&path=12

    You can actually buy genuine Allison transmission external screw on filters through Walmart online for around 7.13 each. The dealership uses AC Delco and wanted 60.00 each...FYI
     
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  14. Jan 10, 2020 at 5:58 AM
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    Thank you for all the great information! I appreciate the input!
     
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  15. Jan 10, 2020 at 5:58 AM
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    I added a bit after you quoted. Just an image.
     
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  16. Jan 21, 2020 at 4:05 PM
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    I got my new OEM replacement GMC front logo that is backlit with white leds. It’s a direct fit with the wire harness to plug into the OEM truck harness. A40CC432-49E8-443A-B598-8E34C8B5EE1B.jpg

    I just got a dash cam for my truck that records both the front and rear views. It’s a direct plug and play setup for my truck. I like that it can record while my truck is parked.
     
  17. Jan 21, 2020 at 4:42 PM
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    Nice, hook it up so we can see it. It's not like your busy. :rofl:
     
  18. Jan 21, 2020 at 4:45 PM
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    lol. Everyday goes by so fast because of how much I do each day. Hopefully I’ll get some time to hook it up this weekend. I’ll post up some new pics after it’s done.
     
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  19. Jan 21, 2020 at 5:03 PM
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    :thumbsup:
     
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  20. Jan 21, 2020 at 5:08 PM
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    I want to do red back lit on my pro grill....
     
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  21. Jan 21, 2020 at 5:33 PM
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  22. Jan 24, 2020 at 5:47 PM
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    I got my cracked windshield replaced today. I’m glad I was able to get an OEM replacement.
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  23. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:36 AM
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    This Kelderman aftermarket front bumper is definitely a contender for my truck. Still waiting for a few lift kits to release before I can plan my whole build out. E3DD1695-A19A-4B3F-9A0E-EE79CBA6B7B9.jpg
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  24. Feb 14, 2020 at 6:26 AM
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    Looks great...going to need a big boy winch.
     
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    I ordered my Banks Derringer Tuner yesterday! I should get it next week. I can’t wait to get an additional 81 HP and 144 lbs of torque!!
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  26. Feb 22, 2020 at 6:31 AM
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    That bumper definitely looks good.
     
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  29. Feb 28, 2020 at 11:26 AM
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    Where did you get your OEM replacement? Im a bit :notsure: since some have said Safelight and other's void out warranties.. I called the speakership and of course they said to use Safelight.
     
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    I used Safelite glass as well. I requested through them I wanted an OEM windshield. Then my insurance had to authorize the cost for the OEM windshield. I was told if the vehicle is less than two years old it’s easier to approval on an OEM replacement.
     
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