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  1. Saw this a few days late, but thank you!! I have been mostly absent from the site for a while, my daily routine of hanging out here daily changed 3 years ago when my son was born, but now he requires less and less full time attention from me. I still have my SS of course and we are back! Woohoo it feels nice. Just ordered up a couple of those kick-ass lanyards from NTMD8R_SS. Wonder what other goodies like that I have missed? I still have a couple of the original run T-shirts and I have one SilveradoSS.com window sticker left (gotta put that on the truck - my first one is long worn off!)! Dig my new custom license plate too - I am a Linux Systems Administrator by trade, this plate commemorates: - my love of Linux - my love of my SSS - the 10th anniversary of the Linux Operating System - thanks Linus!! Thanks again, it's good to be back!
  2. Been away from the site for a while, but now I am back and glad some of these are still left. Money for 2 of them sent. (PM sent also) -Thanks!
  3. Hey I thought I would add a touch to this thread. I smacked up a wheel today on an icy curb so I am looking for 1 (one) good SS wheel myself. Maybe this will push someone with a good set to go ahead and split them up for sale. Oh, mine are painted, not chrome. (03)
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    Grabber UHP

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  6. Waitforme Performance tuned - no more Tow/Haul mode, now this button is for Haul Ass! mode. :-)
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    Rear Mat

    Mats are by Lloyds. Can't remember which retailer I ordered them from to be honest, it was a while ago. Google "Lloyds mats" and you should find some places where you can order. Lloyds are nice high-quality product and they are custom made. You pick the color, the rug type, the edging, and even pick from all kinds of embroidery and emblems. These are not an off-the-shelf mat! I have some clear plastic mats I put over them to keep them clean. <edit> Here you go: http://www.roadworksauto.com/lloyds.htm </edit>
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    Wax = Good

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  13. Thanks for the responses. Appreciate the advice. Cat-back exhaust granted may not help alone but the better your engine can breath, the more power it can make. - Kind of a rule I learned from a fellow gearhead back when I was just a young punk. So I always recomend improvements there as long as it is in the buget. If it doesn't do you much good now, it will after further mods. Plus performance exhaust has enough audio appeal to generally make it worthwhile.
  14. I have suggested to him to get on a Dodge site and find out for himself many times. Annoying when someone resepects your opinions but won't follow your advice. No way I am joining a Dodoge site and doing all the legwork for him, I was just hoping that some of the Dodge guys that hang around here would have a quick easy answer. CrazyMoparGuy - nothing to chime in here? ;) Believe me, when my buddy Don started looking for a truck I told him go with the Bowtie or nothing, but he is one of those poor guys that got sucked in by all the Hemi hype. Don't worry, we have lined up many times and I have proven over and over the superiority of the Vortec 6.0L He even had been listening to a local shop owner that told him cat-back and performance exhaust systems don't help performance at all - they are just hype. Can you believe someone in the industry said that? So I was able to get him talked into the cat-back (not sure which one he bought) and stop listening to morons. Thanks for the quick Superchips and HP Tuners info though! I'll pass it on.
  15. HI guys, Sorry this is off-topic a bit considering it deals with Dodoge, but I need some advice for a friend. He has a 2005 Ram with the 5.7L Hemi and is looking for a programmer for it. My understanding is that no one does custom tunes for Dodge, you need to get a Hypertec or something. I have heard Hypertech is junk when it comes to our trucks but I don't what to recomend for my bud about what he can do to get a bit more power out of his pile of crap (I mean Hemi Ram). I know there are enough Dodge boys that hang around here that someone must have some suggestions so I can help this guy out. What do you guys think? He has only a K&N filter and a cat back right now. He is looking at the Hypertech Hyperpac - which looks kind of cool but it is not cheap. ($800) Thanks for any recomendations you guys can make.
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    Auto HVAC

    I need to know if anyone else has noticed this or if there is something starting to go wrong with my automatic climate control system. Recently I noticed that if I fire up the HVAC system on manual just by hitting the fan switch or by jacking up the temp, it will come on and run for maybe 30 seconds then shut itself off again. If I start it up by hitting the auto button, it stays running just fine. I can even hit auto then adjust things so it is on manual control it stays running as well. Brought the truck into the dealer today and they don't have any other Silverados on the lot with auto HVAC to compare it to. So I turn to my fellow SSS owners here on the site. Should I press the issue or is this normal operation? It really doesn't bother me too much but warranty is up pretty soon so if this is an abnormal condition I need to get it fixed. Auto HVAC was standard on the SSS unitll 2005 I believe, so you guys must have some feedback for me. Oh yeah, I checked with the sales dept while I was there today and they have a black AWD TrailblazerSS on order. They promised to call me the minute it comes in so I get first crack at it. I prolly can't afford to buy it right now but I will go romp the piss out of it (oops, I mean 'test drive it').
  17. I just added the XM direct kit to my factory radio this weekend. I mounted the XM reciever to the plastic cover over the firewall directly above and slightly to the right of the accelerator pedal. Just used some strong velcro to mount it - it's not heavy. (Make sure to tie up wiring nice so you don't end up tagled in the pedal) The small signal adapter and harness fit behind the factory radio just fine. I placed the antenna near the back of the roof and made a small notch in the third brakelight to run the wire through and sealed it up with a small dab of silicone. I pulled the headliner down and ran the wire to the drivers A pillar and down behind the dash from there. Took about an hour and a half total including planning locations, but I am no stranger to pulling GM interiors apart either. I'd snap a couple pics but the antenna is now snow and ice covered already. I used a hot knife to make the notch in the 3rd brake light cover but a small file would work fine too. From behind the truck it's barely noticeable at all with the tiny antenna they provide in the kit. Best part was integration with the factory radio. Now if I could get the Artist/Song Title display to sroll by iteself instead of having the press the RCL button every time.................
  18. Yeah, Jesse definately does use EFI Live. I am just curious about this whole 'locked out' tune business. Just doesn't seem possible from what I know of how a PCM works. You download the calibration into a file so how does the tuning software even know that the stock calibration had been altered? Maybe there is a version number or something attached to it but it still seems odd to me as a computer technician that you wouldn't be able to modify it anyway. Someday I will be able to afford EFI Live myself (gotta buy an exhaust and efans first) so I can play with this stuff in more detail. Seems to me that a hex editor may be able to reveal what is in the .tun file that may be capable of stopping you from altering it. And if that is the case it should be easy to correct. ;) Nevermind, just read BenKey's last post as I typed this. Now I think I understand what is going on. Sounds like they don't actually 'lock out' the tune at all. That said I don't think I could justify spending $700 just to be able to buy tunes mail-order. If I had the software I would figure it out myself through trial and error.
  19. Are there any fellow members in my area at all?? I have counted about 3 other trucks around here but I have never seen anyone from my area posting here. Just curious.
  20. I have noticed this as well. It seems to be dependant on the station where you get gas. In my travels I occasionally run into pumps where I can fill the tank on the Express 2500 which is generally $60-$65. But yeah, most stations cut me off at $50. Very annoying indeed.
  21. I was told today by the owner of my local dealership that even if they replace the intermediate steering shaft it will just develop the same noise again within 15,000 miles. He states that regular greasing is required, and he thinks GM should just put a grease fitting on the shaft since it has to be done all the time. Anyone have any feedback on this?? Sound like to me.
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