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#1 grnspot110 ONLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2015 - 06:46 AM

This all started a couple of days ago, I've been looking for a NTM pickup. Found one Tuesday just north of Kansas City, called the dealership & discussed it with a salesman. Arranged to go check it out this morning, salesman called about 7 pm Wednesday to tell me it had sold, so I started looking on the internet again. Found a nicer one in Waukee, IA (west Des Moines), made the call before 8pm that night, talked it over with a salesman, made a $500 deposit to hold it for us. We left home at 6:30 yesterday morning to get there by 9:30, looked it over, drove it & made the deal. I had them add a few things & it was after 1:30 when we left the dealership. Got just to the south edge of DM, in a construction area where they were tearing out a lane. The car in front of me jigger over & I didn't have time to miss the nearly bowling ball sized chunk of concrete with a piece of rebar sticking out of it! Ruined the right front tire, I got off the road OK & fortunately for me, the Iowa DOT job supervisor saw it happen! He picked up the chunk, then came to check that we were OK. Then he went for the construction foreman, when the foreman finally arrived, he shrugged & asked what he was "supposed to do about it". I told him the chunk had obviously fallen off one of his trucks & his company was responsible. He made a phone call & came back with an entirely different attitude! I'm sure he called his boss & was told to take care of it! He checked the tire brand & size, called a tire shop & after 2-1/2 hours setting beside I 35, we were on our way with a new tire paid for by the construction company! I'll still need to get it balanced, but that's no big deal.  HPIM1641.JPG


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 07:03 AM

That looks nice and GM too, thank you!  (Work at Ft.Wayne plant).  Yours was made in Flint, MI most likely, we can't build the crew cabs.  Scary to think you might get it damaged right away! I think you'll like it alot and find they are quiet and easy to drive. The new ones with Gizmo's are fun to play with too.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 07:06 AM

There are only two seasons in Iowa.  Winter and Road Construction and they both suck !  Sorry to hear about your bad luck.  When you went by the Lakeside Casino area you were about 40 minuets East of me. 

 

Nice looking truck.  I love those Silverado's even though I drive an Avalanche now.   Did you use the spare from the truck?  If not you may want to crank that thing down and back up again to make sure it all works.  there is a safety catch on them so they can't fall off if the cable breaks.  That lock can get full of dirt and freeze up solid.  It took me 3 hours to get mind broke loose and the tire clear down.  Then I cut that safety catch off.  Also check that square end of the jack handle.  It get deformed and won't turn the mechanism to raise or lower the spare.  Been there - done that and was not a happy camper.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 07:06 AM

Good looking bowtie. Glad it was just a tire & no accident. Nice color too.
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Posted May 01, 2015 - 07:12 AM

Glad you and your new truck are ok. That could've gone a lot worse. I'm impressed that your DOT took care of it that quick. I would've expected a bunch of red tape and bull from them. Nice truck too.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 07:42 AM

I had a friend and former boss who bought a new F250 several years ago and had a rock thrown from a truck take out the windshield on the way home from the dealer.Then had it parked at his strip job and smashed the tailgate with the excavator and then he had to much sauce one night and dropped it into a culvert on the way home ruining the transfer case and other parts to the sum of around $8000 but by then it had over 700 miles on it.No to long after he had it fixed his 16 year old son was going through the drive through at Burger King and creased the whole side from front to back on a post and it was the driver side.



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Posted May 01, 2015 - 08:07 AM

I'm not a Chevy guy but I gotta say, that is one nice ride.  Love the color.  Hope it gives you many years of good service.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 08:40 AM

Great looking truck Lowell. I'd consider it a good omen that you were able to get the tire replaced like that. Most of the time you would be out of luck when something like that happens.  


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Great looking truck Lowell. I'd consider it a good omen that you were able to get the tire replaced like that. Most of the time you would be out of luck when something like that happens.  

We were very fortunate that the IA DOT guy saw it happen!

 

Soon as I get time, the IA DOT is going to get an email about their employee's service!

 

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Posted May 01, 2015 - 12:36 PM

I picked up an 09 GMC 2500 with the 6.0L engine a few months ago. Happy with it other than the mileage. Only around 11 MPG. Just got the Diablosport intune 2 weeks ago and gained 2 MPG and a ton of power. Bought a custom tune from Diablewtune.com a few days ago and it got even better. Not sure on MPG yet until I fill up but a major improvement over stock. The truck is completely different now. I highly recommend it with the custom tune.

 

You can get one online at pep boys for 30% off right now if anyone is interested.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 02:15 PM

I picked up an 09 GMC 2500 with the 6.0L engine a few months ago. Happy with it other than the mileage. Only around 11 MPG. Just got the Diablosport intune 2 weeks ago and gained 2 MPG and a ton of power. Bought a custom tune from Diablewtune.com a few days ago and it got even better. Not sure on MPG yet until I fill up but a major improvement over stock. The truck is completely different now. I highly recommend it with the custom tune.

 

You can get one online at pep boys for 30% off right now if anyone is interested.

 

You are the first positive person I have ever heard say they seen an improvement with a tuner on a gas truck.  My buddy has a 6.0 GMC and his lifetime average without a tuner is 12.6(using the Gallons of gas used and the odometer on the trip display) 

 

At a 2 MPG with the tuner, take about 15,000 miles it should pay for its self.  Assuming you have about 500 bucks out.  A 2 MPG increase at 15,000 miles a year would save you 522 dollars.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 04:13 PM

I got my tuner for $253.00 with the 35% deal they had going 2 weeks ago. Spent another $145 for Lew's custom tune and I can't put words to the improvement. It shifts better, has more torque all trough the RPM's, and pulls like a beast. Not as good as the Cummins I had before this GMC but much better than stock.

 

The custom tune was the biggest improvement. The tuner was a big jump from stock but the custom tune for it just put the icing on the cake. Just filled up and calculated the mileage a few minutes ago. 13.2 MPG and I've been driving it like I stole it. Once I get used to it and keep my foot out of it I'm fairly confident I'll see closer to 15 MPG.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 05:05 PM

I got my tuner for $253.00 with the 35% deal they had going 2 weeks ago. Spent another $145 for Lew's custom tune and I can't put words to the improvement. It shifts better, has more torque all trough the RPM's, and pulls like a beast. Not as good as the Cummins I had before this GMC but much better than stock.

The custom tune was the biggest improvement. The tuner was a big jump from stock but the custom tune for it just put the icing on the cake. Just filled up and calculated the mileage a few minutes ago. 13.2 MPG and I've been driving it like I stole it. Once I get used to it and keep my foot out of it I'm fairly confident I'll see closer to 15 MPG.


I'll have to suggest that to my buddy.

Does the tuner pull the power down lower in the rpm range? His truck stock doesn't feel like it comes alive high up like a 4 cylinder

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Posted May 01, 2015 - 06:41 PM

I'll have to suggest that to my buddy.

Does the tuner pull the power down lower in the rpm range? His truck stock doesn't feel like it comes alive high up like a 4 cylinder

 

 

Lots more low and mid range torque and it almost has a power band like a two stroke or when the boost comes up with a turbo. I really can't say enough good about the improvements but the custom Lew tune was what put it over the top.

 

I've got a 20' deckover trailer that I pulled home empty when the truck was stock. Weighs about 2800 empty. It pulled decent but nothing to brag about. With the intune, and no custom tune, I had 2 very wet pallets of compost on it last weekend before the custom tune and it pulled almost as good as the old Cummins did. Almost can't wait for the next work I have to go pick up.

 

Have him check out silveradosierra.com and search diablo intune. It'll take him a week to read through all the info but there's hundreds of people describing what the difference is between stock and tuned.

 

Oh, and don't forget to mention the 30% off at pep boys if he's interested. I don't own their stock or work for them but I love a good discount.


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Posted May 22, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Just got the Diablosport intune 2 weeks ago and gained 2 MPG and a ton of power.

 

You can get one online at pep boys for 30% off right now if anyone is interested.

 

Thanks for the heads up on this.  I was interested in getting one of these back when the Predators were being phased out and had let it slide.  This discount prompted me to order one a few minutes ago.  Interestingly enough, the Pep Boys website fine print says the 35% discount doesn't apply to Diablo products but it went thru fine for me.  We'll see if I have any issues when I pick it up later today but they already billed my CC.

 

FYI, the 35% off deal expires on Sunday...






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