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  1. It's not all that hard to do if you are familiar with diff's. If you have the tools, bearing pullers, slide hammer to get axles out etc.. and know how to set up a ring and pinion I find it harder to remove and reinstall it then rebuilding it. There are write ups on it. What kits to buy. You tube also has videos that show it as well. It's worth the look first so if you do tear it down you will be familiar with what to look for if things have worn out. Like broken lock tabs etc... On my truck I bought a rebuilt one because of time issues, it was my DD at the time. I then rebuilt my original and have it just in case this one fails or starts leaking or something.
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    SS on 595 in FL

    Spotted a black SS on 595 westbound around 7am west of pine island......
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    New New Brunswick Canada member

    Welcome and congrats.
  4. So my throttle body is clean, my connector and connections are good. But when at a light it stumbles for a split second once out of 3 times. So it doesn't always do it. Pulled the plugs and even replaced them with iridium which were in there to begin with. Good color, not lean or rich. Replaced the wires and still the same result. I am getting ready to purchase a Tech 2 just for this truck for diagnostic and programming purposes. But it will be a couple weeks out before the guy comes back from vaca to seal the deal so I can fully dig in. There is no hiccups otherwise, full throttle to hitting it. Just when I come up to a light and idle for a little bit. It does not feel like a misfire, it's more like split skip and it's 100% on. Any ideas?
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    ring gear question

    like someotherguy said, if you have AWD you have 8.6 ring gear which goes in a 10 bolt rear end. And most definitely 4.10 gears.
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    Need to replace transfer case

    it's funny after adding a reply to an earlier post I'd figure I would post my problem. Earlier in this post I went through my case. Then I had a vibration at around 67. Turned out to be my slip yoke u joint. Which vibrated to the point of wearing out the bushing in the rear of the transfer case. Which down the line started putting stress on the main output shaft bearing, to the point where it wallowed out the casing. My output shaft on the transfer case had over 1/4 inch, so I tried the aluminum rear case. Did not line up right and I was shaking my head saying this doesn't feel right. So I found the original magnesium case. It came with the bushing and internal roller bearing installed. Popped the seals in, smashed it together and torqued the bolts and after around town runs and then a couple 137 mph runs verified by gps and a stalker dsr radar system running, it is as smooth as glass.... it is good. Just dropped the fluid again to check, and put new in. And I use GM auto trak ll fluid. I run my truck hard, it was good to see what worn out. Now that it's back up I have no problem punching it on the turnpike to get to top speed and have a worry about something failing. These trucks are badass when things are right.
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    nv246 transfer case

    I can say, my u joints in the slip yoke that go into the transfer case got "crunchy' caused a vibration. That vibration led to the galling and failure of the bushing in the rear housing bushing in the transfer case. Which down the line, pulled the seal and bushing out while going on vacation after I got her repainted....looking fabulous and to fail... led to shaking the output shaft until it wore out the magnesium casing where the bearing sits in. SO for a u joint that started a vibration... ended up being an original mag rear casing, original spicer yoke and u joints-seemed the only thing that holds up... tried the aluminum rear casing, things didn't line up right, got the original NPG mag rear case, came with the bushing and the internal bearing installed... fit like a glove and it's been like glass ever since.
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    Hello to everyone from Illinois

    welcome, and a nice truck as well. Intimidators are cool! Got some mods as well. Looks good!
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    LA boy in NC

    welcome to the site, and welcome owning one of these beautiful trucks. This is the place for them. Took me a little while, but in the end I became a supporter of the site, but its worth it. So many people have situations that can be tuned into with things we have already have experienced with these trucks. Good line by the way, "Absolutely love it, gonna drive it till the wheels fall off" that's what I said when I got mine along with I am gonna rebuild it and put them back on.....
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    Dash color code

    Some knucle head hit my truck couple weeks ago while I was rolling through an intersection. Just the bumper skin, bumper and park light housing need replacing and paint. Saw it coming so I hit the brakes but he was in a different state and kept rolling to make a turn across the intersection. Anyways, my truck is an 04 SS arrival blue. What is the interior color for the dash cap. The plastic part where your light sensor is? It cracked and needs replacing. Any help real quick would be appreciated. I have searched but some say pewter, some say dark etc.... Just wanna get her fixed right. Thanks, yeah I realized I spelled knuckle wrong... was typing fast. lol
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    Need to replace transfer case

    My first question is are you sure it's you t-case? The front diff on these things can whine as well. But if it is your t-case, like Aldofashow said parts are around 600 however you should throw in a sonnax case saver kit. Technical wise it's not that bad to do if you have common shop tools and a good stiff pair of lock ring pliers. I used a MAC tools pair and they worked great. Otherwise getting the lock ring out can piss you off. These cases are chain driven so the whining kinda makes me wonder. There is a test you can do to check the fluid coupler in it. It is online and in this site. But if you pull the driveshafts and check play and all that, if it seems ok do the coupler test. Have you checked the fluid? What does it look like? Just a few things to consider. They hold up pretty good normally. But anything is possible in a mechanical world. I did mine at 120k and all it needed was bushings, chains, replaced the pump anyway, case saver kit and a set of chain gears and bearings.
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    Hello from Stafford, VA

    Congrats Reggie on the truck!!! Welcome to the site, there's a lot here.
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    Pattern

    I believe Pattern 6x139.7 Lug Size M14X1.5
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    New to page. Picked up SSS yesterday

    Cool deal, congrats. And welcome.
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    2003 SS front diff

    It's not hard to do if you have knowledge of a differential, pullers to get the carrier and pinion bearings off and a dial gauge to set the back lash. Look on youtube for gm ifs differential rebuild and you will see what it will be. If not, I tried to get a buddy of mine to let me show him and he just wanted to do a swap. He got his from justchevytrucks.com. If he doesn't have it in stock, he had his built within a day and shipped. Installed it 4 days later and still running like a champ.
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    New to owning an SS

    I agree to some point. The 4L65 isn't bad if beefed up. I just went through my second and this time I put sonnax billet shafts and the borg sprag, oversized bushing pretty much what iv'e seen people say to build one to handle 1000 HP. We will see but in the mean time I am setting myself up to throw in the 4L80 and be done with it. Also too I was thinking aside from the front diff making noise make sure your hub bearings aren't shot. When mine went out it made my front diff sound horrible like it was gonna blow and it ended up being hub bearings....
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    New to owning an SS

    I would have to say it's your bearings being worn. My bearings had some wear but were not terrible. And at 40 under light throttle I could hear it. Taking your foot off the gas creates a drag on the driveline because it is awd. To me it sounds like your carrier bearings are worn more than mine were. There have been some pics posted on here with guys showing those bearings far worse than mine being pitted up and the races looked like hell and all that was mentioned was whining and growling. Unless you buy this truck privately and they tell you what's been done and when.. it's a guess to figure out if it was serviced in a timely manner, if it has been rebuilt, etc. I just did a full driveline rebuild on mine. Tranny, front diff, transfer case, u joints front and rear and the rear end. I thought my front was the problem but after all said and done it was my already built tranny that I didn't expect to fail. My front was worn, but it could have given me more had I just dealt with the tranny. So while I was there I took the guess work out of the rest of the driveline and went through all of it.
  18. So I wrote a post about a front diff last week and had some questions. In turn my front diff was worn, but not toast. Gears were good, carrier.. etc. Needed new bearings and seals (master overhaul kit) and it's back in spec. My problem when I had it towed for the first time ever, is that it would move forward with a drag and reverse felt like I had the e brake on with my foot on the brake pedal. It would not move. Even as they winched it in neutral, neither the front or back tires moved. I just did the front, pulled the rear cover and all was good there as well. With no drive shafts in I started it up for a couple seconds in reverse and then in forward and both front and rear output shafts turned on the transfer case. I put in the rear drive shaft and noticed also in neutral, I could only turn the driveshaft in the transfer case in the direction of forward. Trying to go reverse felt like it was in park. I also have not put my front diff in either so nothing is on the transfer case where the front shaft goes. Couple questions, unless someone knows from past experience. 1, if the viscous coupler goes what color would it turn my auto trac 2 fluid which has about 20,000 miles on it. Mine came out a dark blue. Almost black looking. I had the tranny built to stage 2, since I had the 149 on the ground I opened it up, checked the chain which was tight so I did not change it. All I did was clean it up, put new seals in and new auto track 2 fluid. 2, If it's the tranny what would lock reverse and drag forward? It has about 20k on it and I did a service at 10k after the build. It is the 4L65E. I had no noises, grinding, smells or higher temperatures. It hit the truck like a lighting bolt and stopped it in it's tracks. I have my hands in the air at this point. In the next day or so I will be pulling the transfer case down and looking into that. And if that checks the tranny will be next. Anybody have anything on this?
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    Transfer case or tranny

    I did the work on all of it except the tranny which I did help do. But I had a tranny guy there with putting that together. Next after I get all the parts ready, I bought the npg149 input shaft to a 4L80 already. So I will be stuffing in a 4L80 and be done.
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    New to owning an SS

    is it loud or faint? Mine was faint but noticeable but after the teardown the bearings were just worn. Like I said even after setting up my new one to the tightest backlash I could staying within spec it still growls a little turning, example today at 18 mph on a 90 degree turn on the road but in a straight line it's quiet. Does it do it all the time or at certain conditions and speed? But even still most of the time it's the carrier bearings wearing. I have read where back in the day when these trucks were new someone got one replaced under warranty and it still growls... also you may be hearing other things like hub bearings and cv shafts....
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    Transmission Work

    shift kit:Transgo HD-2 servo's:Corvette where did you get your kit?Transgo/ Local tranny parts distributor who installed it for you? Friend/ tranny builder and myself uses of the truck?DD, some towing and light to light rips what torque converter do you have? Trailblazer ss any other transmission modifications you have done/had done to your truck...Sonnax billet output shaft, 5 pinion planetary, large sun gear bushing, sonnax smart shell, raybestos zpak 3-4 clutches, sonnax smart tech input drum, borg warner 29 element sprag, wide carbon band, 13 vane pump, sonnax .500 boost valve, aluminum 3qt extra finned pan.
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    New Member Phenomenon

    Yeah i have been a member quite a few years but didnt post, i recently became a supporting member and now try to get on when i can. Like mentioned before, this site is huge for owners and new ones. It needs to stay alive so guys, say whats up, say what may be strange or a noise. Someone probably has heard it before and can help.
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    Hello from Ottawa, Canada

    Welcome... yeah builds..issues and situations is what we talk about here, some have been posted and some come strange... but people chime in to try and find an answer.
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    New to owning an SS

    Hey welcome and congrats.. i have an 04 arrival blue too. Have to agree with others they didnt have to make the headliner look like that but oh well...get it re done, get a seat heater and some covers and your interior will be back up to par... second, the front diff does have a little growl when turning, my diff that came with my truck even had a faint whine and growl... but after buying a case and building one myself to spec with all good stuff it still growls in the turns some..look in this site and read up..there is alot of good info..
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