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Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 01, 2015, 07:45:09 PM
Well guys, here goes! My new-to-me truck arrived yesterday! This thread will capture all the things I do to the truck.

For those that haven't followed in the other thread, I had an LMM and decided to sell in and get an LBZ. Basically the same truck in terms of color and trim, but I wanted an OBS with the pre-DPF powertrain. Found this truck in Wisconsin, and made a deal and got in out here.

Here it is arriving via a great Transporter, Bob Wilson. He's a Christian, and we had a nice chat about doing God's work as he unloaded the truck. Was really cool, and I'm happy I was able to do business with him.

(http://i.imgur.com/9xcZsW6.jpg)

With my ugly mug...
(http://i.imgur.com/uIsfmUd.jpg)

Got it washed up (actually wife did, I was busy rebuilding a shower enclosure getting ready for tile) before attacking the front brush guard. I said it'd be the first thing to go, and I am a man of my word!
(http://i.imgur.com/dR50mkr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/p4fIsf9.jpg)

Here's how she sits right now...
(http://i.imgur.com/F91JOXJ.jpg)

And to cap off the day, i removed the gaudy dealer sticker off the tailgate
(http://i.imgur.com/fUy3NqQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wxpUAwU.jpg)

Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on March 01, 2015, 07:48:46 PM
nice looking truck kyle. 
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 01, 2015, 07:51:50 PM
I already ordered a set of Weather Tech mats for the front and rear, they should be here in the next week or so... got to sneak that one in early, as the truck didn't have any mats when I got it. It also has a Prodigy brake controller, and a B&W turnover ball already installed, which is nice, because those 2 items were already on my build list!

And finally, here's my "build" plan...

Edge Insight CTS and Dash Pod - done
EGT Probe - done
Curt Class V Xtra Duty hitch - done
Fumoto drain valve - done
Fuel Filter bleeder screw - ready to install
Level Tow Mirrors - done
De-Mold/De-Badge - done
MBRP 4" w/ muffler - done
MBRP wrapped 3" down pipe - done
Fuel Maverick 17x9 - done
Cooper ATP 285/70/17 - done
MA Pump Rub Kit
Transgo Jr
Fass 150 Lift Pump
EGR Blocker Plate - purchased
ATP DSP5 EFI Live Tuning
PCV Re-route - ready to install
AMP Research running boards
Beans Sump
Titan 52 Gal Fuel Tank
HID/LED conversions

Some of this stuff is going to take me awhile... between building our new house, and an unexpected tax bill from Uncle Sam, have to watch the dollars and cents... and wifey runs the money ;) so it will be a slow process, but we'll get there  8)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 01, 2015, 07:56:04 PM
nice looking truck kyle.

thanks Nate! I'm totally pumped right now... went to the store and wife stayed in the truck... when i got in the truck she was like "you really like it huh"... i just grinned... she said "you were smiling the whole walk back to the truck"

it runs great, body and paint are flawless, interior is great (minus normal seat wear). only thing is there's a little bit more surface rust under the bed than i hoped, but nothing a little wire brush and Don's favorite rust converter can't fix. I was going to attack it with some black paint/coating anyway, just a couple extra hours of work now is all
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bob/OlallaWa on March 01, 2015, 08:01:29 PM
Nice rig, glad it made the trip without any problems.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on March 01, 2015, 08:46:33 PM
Looks awesome Kyle.
I'd jump on getting the EGR blocker in sooner than later tho.
To do it without EFI you need a 'finger stick' to block the codes.
I really feel stopping the soot is a high priority.

In any case looks like a sound plan. I did the Profab downpipe, it fit like a dream and we're lucky enough that it is very easy on the LBZ.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 01, 2015, 08:55:37 PM
That thing is really clean

I like it

We'll all be following your exploits and watching this develop

Have fun!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on March 01, 2015, 09:11:10 PM
A recommendation would be to re-think the bfg's.  The E rated ones dont last long on the heavier trucks.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 01, 2015, 09:19:48 PM
Congrats Kyle. Nice ride!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: cudakidd53 on March 01, 2015, 09:46:03 PM
Nice truck Kyle.......big grin too!  ;D

Enjoy it and the build!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 01, 2015, 10:55:55 PM
Thanks guys! I feel the same way about the EGR... It's more of a funds issue why it's not immediate. I have the PCV reroute kit already, so I can do that sooner than later.

What would you recommend in lieu of the BFG's? The new K02s have 50k tread warranty I think... I ran Toyo AT2's on my LMM and they threw gravel like crazy.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 02, 2015, 01:10:20 AM
Same color and year as mine!! This will be good.

I have the CTS to and love it. I used Idaho Rob and have a DSP5.

Do the EGR fast, there is alot of crud in there.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 10, 2015, 01:51:45 PM
Well, some good news bad news today...

Good news is I got my Weather Tech mats in, front and rear. They fit great and are well worth the money in my opinion.

(http://i.imgur.com/x63xpxk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NU2ZrEJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R3hPyI0.jpg)

Bad news is when i was looking around a little closer trying to game plan for my rust mitigation and hitch replacement, I noticed that the transporter damaged my rear spring clips when chaining the truck to the trailer (kind of a knucklehead thing to do). So I'll have to scope out how to best handle this... the existing clips seem like the come permanently attached to the spring packs. Any suggestions fellas?

(http://i.imgur.com/Fr2Aus2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZSoBvWV.jpg)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 10, 2015, 02:01:15 PM
They still look serviceable or did I miss something?

I'd say get a ball peen and get after them then move on to the next project!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 10, 2015, 02:12:22 PM
They still look serviceable or did I miss something?

I'd say get a ball peen and get after them then move on to the next project!

Hey now there's an idea...

I'll see if i can't use some "persuasion" and see if they can't be bent back into shape. Thanks!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bob/OlallaWa on March 10, 2015, 02:22:18 PM
Make sure you have eye protection in place. When you start pounding junk will be falling.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 10, 2015, 02:32:54 PM
Make sure you have eye protection in place. When you start pounding junk will be falling.

Yessir! Thanks Bob. I've only got one eye left, so I'm very careful when it comes to eye protection!

Don, quick question for you also... your favorite Rust Converter, do you get that from theruststore.com?

Ever used the CRC stuff? http://www.amazon.com/CRC-Rust-Converter-1-Quart-Ounce/dp/B003HG1FGW

Looks like it is also Tanic Acid and polymer based...
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 10, 2015, 03:00:10 PM
You sayin' you have a glass eye? Am I the only one that's wants to see it? :)




 jk
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 10, 2015, 03:45:27 PM
You sayin' you have a glass eye? Am I the only one that's wants to see it? :)




 jk

No it's still real, just doesn't work worth a darn. It's way beyond legally blind. Had a detached retina when i was a kid, muliple surgeries, yadda yadda. The GOOD news is that it's not my dominant eye... and my other senses are heightened so watch out, i can hearrrrrr you  ;D
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 10, 2015, 08:42:54 PM
Make sure you have eye protection in place. When you start pounding junk will be falling.

Yessir! Thanks Bob. I've only got one eye left, so I'm very careful when it comes to eye protection!

Don, quick question for you also... your favorite Rust Converter, do you get that from theruststore.com?

Ever used the CRC stuff? http://www.amazon.com/CRC-Rust-Converter-1-Quart-Ounce/dp/B003HG1FGW

Looks like it is also Tanic Acid and polymer based...

Yes on the rust store

The CRC stuff is very good as well
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 11, 2015, 01:41:55 AM
I don't like the gouges in those springs. Should be able to get the strap back in place.

Yep, shes a salt truck!!

How many limes on the LBZ?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 11, 2015, 10:44:38 AM
Yeah, me either...

It's got around 85k on it. Runs and drives flawlessly. I love the truck, much better than my lmm.

Yeah, little more rust than I was led to expect, but it's in the places that are easy to tackle. Rockers and cab are fine, no issues there at all. Kind of s bummer, but I'm looking at the positive side... I wanted to treat/paint the underside anyway.

I might take the bed off, want to replace the Turnover Ball and swap out the factory hitch for a Curt class V anyway, so might just tackle the rust while doing that.

Only downer is I don't have a garage or anything at the moment, or access to a lot of my tools. I do have a friend ( fellow d-max guy) who is out of work at the moment who I might see if we can work something out where he can help me out. He's got a mini-excavator too, which would make taking the bed off way easier.

We'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on March 11, 2015, 11:20:19 AM
From what I've been led to believe, you and three buddies would be able to remove the bed fairly easily.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 11, 2015, 11:27:25 AM
Ahh nice, one in each corner kind of maneuver... Will have to consider that too.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 11, 2015, 04:42:31 PM
Yeah Kyle, you could have that bed off in 20 minutes....10 minutes with air tools.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 11, 2015, 05:16:38 PM
Yeah Kyle, you could have that bed off in 20 minutes....10 minutes with air tools.

Is it just 8 bolts, fuel neck, and wiring for the tail lights?

I've been wanting a new air ratchet for a long time now, this might be the ticket to one  ;D
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 12, 2015, 07:00:08 AM
Has the transfer case "pump rub" been addressed? Mine showed up around 90k and is a common issue with the cases until 2007.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 12, 2015, 09:16:34 AM
Yep. ...but an impact would be faster. ...12" extention w/18mm socket
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 12, 2015, 09:30:46 AM
Yep. ...but an impact would be faster. ...12" extention w/18mm socket

That's what I meant, sorry! Thanks Ken!

Has the transfer case "pump rub" been addressed? Mine showed up around 90k and is a common issue with the cases until 2007.

Not yet, it's on the list!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 17, 2015, 09:40:04 AM
Well not entirely build related, but dad and I went in halves on a new dump trailer. Been eyeballing one for quite awhile, and finally pulled the trigger. It's a Big Tex 10SR, 10k gross.

Also, got this sweet score on Craigslist... B&W Tow and Stow for $100 bucks ($180 new). Adjustable to 5" drop which is more than plenty for my stock height truck. 2" and 2 5/16" ball, which is exactly what I need. The boat and small utility trailer are 2", the dump is 2 5/16" and so is the RV, tho I use the Blue Ox Sway Pro for the TT.

Cleaned it up last night and treated some rust. Stainless pins are currently soaking in CLR. She gets a fresh coat of paint tonight and will be good as new!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 17, 2015, 11:34:14 AM
Those dump trailers are certainly handy!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bob/OlallaWa on March 17, 2015, 12:34:44 PM
Nice trailer, Those dump trailers are so handy for so many things. Biggest problem with mine is it sits close enough to the ground to make for easy loading of equipment, but that makes it hard to dump material into a contained pile.

The new stinger and ball, make sure it is weight rated high enough for that loaded trailer. If your truck hasn't had the stock hitch replaced yet, that could also be a problem. Those round GM hitches are known to twist, crack, or tear apart. The tongue weight on the stock hitch is very low rated both dead weight and with weight distribution.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 17, 2015, 12:42:32 PM
Yep the B&W is rated to 10k which is also the GVWR on the dump, so all good there. And the stocker hitch on the truck is going to be replaced with a Curt Class V before I put anything heavy behind her. Thanks for lookin out!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 20, 2015, 01:23:04 PM
Kyle, not sure if you need to worry about smog or not but PPE has a 50 state legal manifold set now.

I am swapping my up pipe as need it all here!!

http://www.pacificp.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=216
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 20, 2015, 01:52:06 PM
Those are some really nice looking manifolds... thanks for forwarding!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 20, 2015, 03:57:44 PM
They are good guys too. I didn't have the Carb up pipe, so had not installed them yet. Called and for the same price as it would cost in the set, they are upgrading my pipe with EGR and I get the needed CARB sticker.

Check youtube, they have a great video on them being made.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 20, 2015, 09:25:57 PM
Not sure if the LML in my Silvy is close enough to your LBZ's or LLY/LMM's but when I replaced the stock manifolds on mine with the high flow ones with the larger up pipes, the sound changed to a deeper, throatier tone. You'll like it.
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: BobbyB on March 20, 2015, 09:44:05 PM
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!

You can. Kory and most reputable tuners can, if I read the posts correctly on DF,  tune it so you get a rumble instead of a hiss at idle. Possibly without changing anything else other than hiss to rumble.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 20, 2015, 10:08:06 PM
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!

You can. Kory and most reputable tuners can, if I read the posts correctly on DF,  tune it so you get a rumble instead of a hiss at idle. Possibly without changing anything else other than hiss to rumble.
Yes Kory can, but did you ever check out what his tunes cost?
Over $900!
That's why I want an old 12 valve
No tunes! Just turn a screw here, adjust timing or things like that
I really don't like these electronic engines!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 20, 2015, 10:28:57 PM
Heck, I got EFI and DL free tunes but finally had IdahoRob do a DSP5 setup for me. Was only around $200 and I can adjust as needed.

I good tune should only run about $1-200 on your PCM. I would do an SHTF tune and a tow tune with a DSP2. Send em your PCM and you get it back in a few days ready to go.

But as we discussed before, just one lucky shot and the whole truck is down. With the CTD it takes a lot more unless it is 50 through the block.

You have the Dmax, may as well have it as you like it. Same reason mine is still getting upgrades.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 20, 2015, 10:33:34 PM
Heck, I got EFI and DL free tunes but finally had IdahoRob do a DSP5 setup for me. Was only around $200 and I can adjust as needed.

I good tune should only run about $1-200 on your PCM. I would do an SHTF tune and a tow tune with a DSP2. Send em your PCM and you get it back in a few days ready to go.

But as we discussed before, just one lucky shot and the whole truck is down. With the CTD it takes a lot more unless it is 50 through the block.

You have the Dmax, may as well have it as you like it. Same reason mine is still getting upgrades.
JR,
LML is not the same animal at all. Everything changed in 2011
Older D-Max engines are easy with EFI Live, but the computers in LML's are double blind or something like that. It is a tuning nightmare. Kory and maybe two others can really tune them and looking on his site just last night, the tune price was over $900

http://www.dieselpowerproducts.com/p-10189-efilive-autocal-tuner-11-15-lml-duramax-by-kory-willis-of-power-performance.aspx

Correction: $939!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 20, 2015, 11:00:06 PM
...but , Don, you can get 1500.00 plus for the H&S, and part of that 900, is for the gadget that installs the tunes.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 20, 2015, 11:06:07 PM
...but , Don, you can get 1500.00 plus for the H&S, and part of that 900, is for the gadget that installs the tunes.
$1500?
I'd be willing to do that yesterday
I wonder if I could just do it all through Kory?
You have an outlet for my full delete H&S tuner?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on March 20, 2015, 11:33:04 PM
Yep. ...but an impact would be faster. ...12" extention w/18mm socket


That's what I meant, sorry! Thanks Ken!

Has the transfer case "pump rub" been addressed? Mine showed up around 90k and is a common issue with the cases until 2007.

Not yet, it's on the list!

I've got a few connections on the case rub solutions if anyone has a need.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 21, 2015, 12:31:00 AM
Yep. ...but an impact would be faster. ...12" extention w/18mm socket


That's what I meant, sorry! Thanks Ken!

Has the transfer case "pump rub" been addressed? Mine showed up around 90k and is a common issue with the cases until 2007.

Not yet, it's on the list!

I've got a few connections on the case rub solutions if anyone has a need.

Yes, and I sent you an email on d60 parts too.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 21, 2015, 09:46:42 AM
I used to run Kory... Had a really bad experience with both tuning and service. Switched to Rob Coddens with ATP and I'm a customer for life. Won't ever do business with Kory again, and anybody who asks for my recommendation will be directed to ATP. But I don't want to go down that road on this thread. I want to keep it positive here  :D

I know Rob's tunes come with rumble idle as default FWIW, and Rob's DSP5 is $650 I think. Not sure if that covers LML too...

And do share on the pump rub connections!!!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 21, 2015, 10:00:28 AM
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!

You can. Possibly without changing anything else other than hiss to rumble.

Easy, basically just adjust VPOS at idle.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 21, 2015, 10:05:48 AM
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!

You can. Possibly without changing anything else other than hiss to rumble.

Easy, basically just adjust VPOS at idle.
But LML tuning is nothing...Repeat: nothing like the previous years, so I'm sorry my friend, but any tuning on that engine is the stuff of custom tuners only at the current state of the art!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 21, 2015, 10:12:10 AM
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!

You can. Possibly without changing anything else other than hiss to rumble.

Easy, basically just adjust VPOS at idle.
But LML tuning is nothing...Repeat: nothing like the previous years, so I'm sorry my friend, but any tuning on that engine is the stuff of custom tuners only at the current state of the art!

Fair enough. Either way, pretty sure default now by the majors (ATP, PPEI, DT) with EFI for LML is rumble idle.

I actually liked the hiss idle on stock w/delete tuning, esp when the vanes would cycle. People look around like what the world was that haha.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 21, 2015, 10:14:10 AM
Y'all have fun without me! On a plane to Mexico for vacation. Will check in when I get wifi! (Have to work a little too)

God Bless you guys!

Later,
Kyle
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 21, 2015, 10:25:26 AM
Now if I could just get rid of that hiss at idle!

You can. Possibly without changing anything else other than hiss to rumble.

Easy, basically just adjust VPOS at idle.
But LML tuning is nothing...Repeat: nothing like the previous years, so I'm sorry my friend, but any tuning on that engine is the stuff of custom tuners only at the current state of the art!

Fair enough. Either way, pretty sure default now by the majors (ATP, PPEI, DT) with EFI for LML is rumble idle.

I actually liked the hiss idle on stock w/delete tuning, esp when the vanes would cycle. People look around like what the world was that haha.
Yea, they do!
I don't know, it sounds weird to me especially with that 400 cu in V8 hammering away up front.

Best thing I could do would be just to extract the tunes and sell the H&S tuner for the $1500 Ken suggests and apply that toward a fresh P-Pump Cummins!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 31, 2015, 12:12:17 AM
Small update, just got back from vacation Saturday and got a couple things done.

First, had to change the air filter. Old one was pretty dirty, had one laying around so figured why not. Replaced a Donaldson with a Delco OEM drop in.
(http://i.imgur.com/YxYXV01.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Xv9f4IC.jpg)

Next up was the All On lights mod. Ordered the circuit board from Fleece via Merchant Automotive. Extremely simple to install. $20 bucks well spent.
(http://i.imgur.com/sh5Jow8.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/iWzUK4O.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/chrAEOQ.jpg)

Low beams on, fogs on
(http://i.imgur.com/q95EWaB.jpg)

Now with brights on, All On
(http://i.imgur.com/IK1VtHs.jpg)

More things waiting for next full service day... hopefully in the next month or so.
(http://i.imgur.com/T1sXHbZ.jpg)

Also placed an order for some more goodies within Phase 1... stay tuned!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 31, 2015, 02:00:08 AM
Fumitomos are nice, just a tad slow.

I like the board for all lights on. I have the painless kit and the fogs go off on HB.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 31, 2015, 07:54:36 AM
Oh, NO!

Fluid change...
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 31, 2015, 11:36:07 AM
Fumitomos are nice, just a tad slow.

That's ok. I'm a bit slow too  ;D

No mess, I'm down with that!

Oh, NO!

Fluid change...

I know! I inspected everything yesterday, and the oil seriously is as clean as my wife's Acura... it looks like oil out of the bottle, no black at all. So no hurry there, it was obviously just changed at the dealer before I bought it. Trans fluid looks real clean too, though the filter looks oldish, so I might do a drain and fill on the trans and swap filters. I do want to drain and fill the diffs and transfer case too, so those are definitely on the docket for "service day." Going to use Mobil 1 Syn 75w90 in the front and rear, Mobil 1 Syn Dex 4 in the TC, and Mobil 1 Syn Dex 6 in the Trans. Finally i'm going to run Mobil Delvac 1300 in the engine, and all OEM filters. I had ran Delo 400 in my LMM, but from what I've read the Delvac is one of the better dino CI-4 oils, and is one of the best at keeping the 6.6 typewriter tick at bay...

If anybody else runs Mobil lubricants, I've attached a rebate form for a promo they're running now. I need to confirm if it applies to the the Delvac Syn ATF, which is an Allison approved TES-295 ATF.
https://mobildelvac.com/en/automatic-transmission-fluids/mobil-delvac-synthetic-atf
http://www.allisontransmission.com/parts-service/approved-fluids/on-highway-fluids

There is a separate rebate form for the Delvac line of oil...
https://mobiloil.com/en/promotion/mobil-promotions/save-up-to-60-dollars-with-mobil-delvac
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 31, 2015, 12:02:56 PM
No thought of using the Amsoil products?
That bypass oil filter system is still returning good results on oil that has been in there some 30,000 miles. Not that said I top up with new oil as the engine consumes it and I changed the filters so 3 quarts there, but the lab results continue to confirm the oil is still working at above 90% of new capacity!

Watch those oil changes though...

While you're under there you get to looking at things. You might settle in on the exhaust, then before you know it a package arrives from MBRP. Duane stared too long at that differential. Now he is dealing with all sorts of boxes with various axle and differential parts...

Not saying I am thusly afflicted, but getting carried away is a distinct possibility!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 31, 2015, 12:31:48 PM
No thoughts of Amsoil here, no... glad to hear you're having good results though!

I hear ya on rollin around and gettin' to lookin' at things... already been eyeballin' that exhaust somethin' fierce...
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 31, 2015, 12:46:54 PM
No thoughts of Amsoil here, no... glad to hear you're having good results though!

I hear ya on rollin around and gettin' to lookin' at things... already been eyeballin' that exhaust somethin' fierce...
Told ya!

Eyeballin' things for too long will cause them to fail!
Yep, proven fact!
You eyeball that exhaust much longer and you'll convince yourself it needs to come off.
Odd, though, it is made from stainless steel and will undoubtedly outlast time, but the simple act of staring at it will get it to the point where you pull it off and discard it!

Be careful young man, be careful!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 31, 2015, 02:29:37 PM
I use a bypass with a Amsoil filter, just not their system and Rotella Oil. I go 10k on changes now and already did the all syn switch everywhere else.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 01, 2015, 08:22:07 PM
More parts arrived... This Friday going to be installing my CTS and dash pod, reconditioning my bedliner with forever black gel dye, reinstalling my truck box and bull rings, and hopefully leveling my tow mirrors.

Btw I caught an unadvertised sale on the CTS on Amazon, as cheap as I've seen them new... $336 no tax free shipping

(http://i.imgur.com/bZajy2M.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on April 01, 2015, 09:40:18 PM
You'll like the CTS. Mine has been solid since they came out. I found a cool backup camera on ebay for about $20 that you can mount on the tailgate edge.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on April 01, 2015, 09:46:35 PM
Even had enough left over for flowers!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 01, 2015, 10:34:01 PM
You'll like the CTS. Mine has been solid since they came out. I found a cool backup camera on ebay for about $20 that you can mount on the tailgate edge.

Yeah! Had one on my LMM, love it! I want to ultimately add a camera as well.

Even had enough left over for flowers!

Those are for my grammas! Though i can't take credit, wife bought em! ::)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on April 01, 2015, 11:33:24 PM
I have about 5 of them rolling around. Kinda worthless to have em all, just seemed to happen.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 01, 2015, 11:50:55 PM
I have about 5 of them rolling around. Kinda worthless to have em all, just seemed to happen.


Cameras i hope, and not CTS's LOL
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 04, 2015, 01:23:05 AM
Had a great day today working on the truck? fortunately got to take advantage of some breaks in the weather to get the things done I wanted to do. First I installed my Insight CTS, then I leveled the tow mirrors, and lastly I reconditioned my spray in bedliner.

First thing in the morning, I put a couple coats of vinyl-dye/paint on the CTS pod and also an area of my dash that needed to be touched up.

(http://i.imgur.com/8ddvsZQ.jpg)

Disassembling the dash, running cables, and aligning the pod.

(http://i.imgur.com/E1fVtbg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/B9mh7rE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AGPf4bg.jpg)

I used the throttle cable grommet to run the EGT cable, and I also ran a couple other wires through it, knotted on each end, so I can easily pull more things through in the future without taking the grommet out.

(http://i.imgur.com/nnRLDjC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YYProM4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OyOXCQd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7TZkvKG.jpg)

All hooked up and rockin and rollin?

(http://i.imgur.com/vJk4IDp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bWXEyks.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SE9vOuz.jpg)

Next up was the tow mirrors. Turned out to be pretty easy, but some parts were a real pain in the butt. Getting the covers off was a chore? luckily I didn?t break the tabs off.

(http://i.imgur.com/wcDlfzK.jpg)

Drivers side, I used 2 stainless steel 1/4? washers

(http://i.imgur.com/o0HfRIM.jpg)

Passenger side, which was a little more difficult? I used 3 washers, because they were still not level with just 2.

(http://i.imgur.com/LqFbKO2.jpg)

A little trick I found? I used a fishing swivel to get the washers into place, then inserted the screw putting tension on the washes to hold them in place while I removed the swivel, since I couldn?t get my fingers in there.

(http://i.imgur.com/HakdlIn.jpg)

I also had to make a MAYDAY trip to Ace when I accidentally flung one of the bolts into the yard and couldn?t find it after 20 mins of searching on my hands and knees? I imagine I?ll find it? with the mower? and retrieve it from the living room? after it?s gone through the huge window. #FAIL
Finally, had to use a Dremel to remove some material off of the covers. Yes that?s a duct tape bandaid. That?s what happens when you stab your thumb with a screw driver.

(http://i.imgur.com/FDQYHnK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/F0v05sS.jpg)

Before

(http://i.imgur.com/2m18dWj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fnQSRrH.jpg)

After

(http://i.imgur.com/Hr2b5Wj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pHTb8XO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HL3gfJN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nBiQ7xe.jpg)

Next project was reconditioning my spray in bedliner. The black was getting pretty faded, with some streaks that were pretty lame, so I researched and decided to try ?Forever Black? bedliner dye. It?s a polymer dye gel.

(http://i.imgur.com/TEm1FP1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nTw98Hv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RFMsWYb.jpg)

All done!

(http://i.imgur.com/LcBfAxi.jpg)

Ahh yes, got a new pair of work boots today too!

(http://i.imgur.com/22Pnfr9.jpg)

Well that?s a wrap? Going to put my truck box and bull rings in tomorrow after the bedliner dye has fully dried. Picked up a heat gun today too? so maybe tomorrow I?ll de-mold! ;)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on April 04, 2015, 10:23:39 AM
I like it!

Good project day!

Isn't that both fun and satisfying...getting something done that YOU did!

And of course the duct tape Band-Aid seemed very familiar to me

Well done, drive on...CM
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 04, 2015, 11:06:15 AM
Yes, it was a great day. Pretty much dawn till dusk I was doing stuff for ME, which rarely happens   ;D Since it is the rare financial market holiday, where it isn't a bank holiday too, wifey had to work and my team and I had it off.

Got to spend a lot of time thinking as I was tinkering and doing errands, since there was really nobody to talk to, and nobody talkin' at me. Thought a lot about the torture  Christ went through, culminating in death, on that day 2000 odd years ago, for me, for you, for everyone. Praise the Lord.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 04, 2015, 01:31:26 PM
Got my truck box and rear bull rings in this morning

(http://i.imgur.com/ypP5gWt.jpg)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on April 06, 2015, 01:20:43 AM
You have been busy, good work.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on April 06, 2015, 10:21:18 AM
Looks nice Kyle.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 06, 2015, 01:11:33 PM
Shifted gears a bit, didn’t get to de-mold the truck on Sunday, just didn’t feel up to it. Wanted to wait for a warmer day anyhow. Instead I just tinkered around the garage.

First, I loaded up my new grease gun with a tube of Shaeffer’s 274. It's a Lincoln pneumatic. I got this for Christmas, and haven't used it yet, so I figured it was time to get it ready to go.

(http://i.imgur.com/hFE664q.jpg)

Next, I gave a little TLC to some of my dad’s lawn equipment. Cleaned them up, degreased the motors and decks, and put a little fresh paint down. First up is the power rake, awesome piece of equipment for de-thatching if you’ve never used one.

(http://i.imgur.com/nBO1BJw.jpg)

Got a little overspray on the driveway, oops. Guess I’ll be powerwashing that sooner than later. I did a terrible job on the wheels too, so I’ll be redoing those.
Next was the tiller. It’s an older unit, but has a new motor. Gets the job done!

(http://i.imgur.com/Mcg5HeC.jpg)

Lastly, I got the dump trailer from my dad. Going to put it to work next weekend making a dump run, and then maybe a run of yard waste after thatching and trimming some trees.

(http://i.imgur.com/2TI0PVK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rtDMoPN.jpg)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 26, 2015, 02:05:08 AM
Well I finally found some time to get some maintenance done on the truck. I had aspirations of doing everything bow to stern, but I didn?t get everything done. I got the oil changed and the Fumoto valve in, got the Allison drained and refilled with Transynd (and filter change), and the rear diff drained and filled with Mobil 1 Synthetic 75w90. I have to say, I am sold on running Delvac under the hood. I had the really annoying typewriter tick at idle, had it with both Delo and Rotella. After it pressured up with Delvac?. Gone. Delvac is CI-4, not CJ-4 like the new gen diesel oils, maybe that has something to do with it... higher ash content i think, or something. Either way, no more tick, quiet and happy. Oil is super clean too in this truck, clean as my wife?s Acura on the dipstick, not black at all.

(http://i.imgur.com/hyAKk2J.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6RK4H13.jpg)

Funny story, I think Goliath himself installed the Allison external filter, it took me a good 30 mins to an hour to get it off. Partly because I didn't have a proper fitting band wrench, and the cheap gizmo I bought at NAPA after failing to buy a set of proper filter pliers left me resorting to punishing it with channel locks. It came off, but not without a fight. I was happy to see a general lack of shavings on the magnet though, so that was good news.

Sorry for being light on pics also, it was threatening to rain pretty much the whole time I was rolling around outside, so I was in a hurry.

I still have to do the transfer case, front diff, and fuel filter, as well as grease the front end. All and all, it was a good day. Got a ton of other stuff done too, non truck related.

New tool update: On my way back from the dump this morning, I stopped and picked up a new Jack/Creeper combo I?ve been eyeballing. 95 bucks for a 3 ton jack, 2 jackstands, and a creeper. Not too shabby!

(http://i.imgur.com/RHiQ8xm.jpg)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on April 26, 2015, 07:50:07 AM
Amazingly well kept truck!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on April 26, 2015, 10:42:45 AM
it may have been stated already or not but, are you planning on doing the x-case pump rub upgrade?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 26, 2015, 12:00:56 PM
Yep sure am. Might have a shop do it, I'm not feeling all warm and fuzzy about tearin into that puppy...
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on April 26, 2015, 12:51:41 PM
For some reason I expected to see HF stuff there, nice choice.

That tic is common in all dmaxs and even more so just after an oil change. They say it is something in the oil passages and never heard of it causing any issues.

Yup, just do the rub or it will show up, mine did.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 26, 2015, 02:54:36 PM
I went with Craftsman, as it was cheaper to get the combo, and everything had pretty good reviews. Even the creeper is pretty nice, which you would expect that would be junk in a combo.

I know, my LMM had it and it drove me crazy. The LBZ had it too, but i tell you what... it's gone with Delvac. I'd read that others said Delvac was one of the best to keep the tick at bay, and have to say I concur. I also read it's "normal", and there's a TSB out too. Yes it's harmless, but still annoying!

10-4 on the rub kit. It's on the list of things to do, pretty high up there. When i was rolling around inspecting yesterday I didn't see any evidence of leaks, so that's relieving. I just need to get the house financed and under construction, and then I'll have a couple more shillings to work with and get that taken care of. For now, wife and I are trying to watch spending very closely so we'll have as much as possible in the bank when we go to close financing!  ;)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on April 26, 2015, 09:29:55 PM
I have run royal purple ever since I bought mine (100+k ago) and I have never heard any sort of tick and I dont change but every 15k.

the pump rub fix  is really easy and ill comment on that later.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on April 26, 2015, 09:32:23 PM
I have run royal purple ever since I bought mine (100+k ago) and I have never heard any sort of tick and I dont change but every 15k.

the pump rub fix  is really easy and ill comment on that later.
Nate, did someone put that in the DIY section? I guess I could go look...
Kyle, if you take this on. please post up here and in the DIY section. This chore will be repeated by many I fear
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on April 26, 2015, 10:14:03 PM
I'm gonna be honest, the chances of me attempting this DIY are between slim and none... And Slim is about to skip town. Until we get our house built (estimated September), I dont have a proper workbench, let alone a garage I can fit the truck in.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on April 26, 2015, 10:37:28 PM
I still need to do mine. I'll post it up when I do. Ice is finally done I think so I'll have a bit of time to do this and my bumpers.  :-\
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on June 26, 2015, 07:31:25 PM
Got a full day to do 'man stuff' tomorrow... so here's a little teaser of things to come...

June 26
Order wheels/tires
Install New Curt Hitch
Install New Hopkins Trailer Plug
De-Mold

Also if I have time I'm going to go cut a load of firewood from the slash pile up at our property. Some decent sticks of fir and maple already limbed up ready to buck. There's a nice big alder log up there that would make excellent cooking firewood, so I'm going to grab my new Stihl MS291 and the dump trailer and head up there and try to get a nice big load.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on June 26, 2015, 11:20:59 PM
that maple hopefully is going to be kept aside for the smoker...........?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on June 27, 2015, 12:17:54 AM
I actually have a pellet smoker, but I'm planning to build a big open pit rotisserie at our new place. Good cooking wood will be kept for that ;)


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on June 28, 2015, 06:45:46 PM
Got a lot of stuff done this weekend? and as typically the case, all of it took much longer than I thought!

First, I got new wheels and tires ordered. Ended up going with the Fuel Maverick in 17x9, and the Cooper ATP in 285/70r17. Might have to trim a little plastic, but my wife said 265/70r17 would be ?puny?. So should get those on Thursday?
Next I started on the running boards, quickly realized that they were secured with the body bolts? and I was going to need an impact gun? off to Home Depot and picked up their Husky 800 ft/lb model.. not sure if that?s legit, but it got the bolts out! Didn?t break the bank either, so that was good.

(http://i.imgur.com/FOzn4Mq.jpg)

Steps off..

(http://i.imgur.com/I3Cj845.jpg)

Started to sand these up, and spot treat the rust on the brackets?

(http://i.imgur.com/1QceVRl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gjdGujw.jpg)

Then hit with the primer?

(http://i.imgur.com/Y0Q2a6j.jpg)

I was planning on spraying these with bedliner and putting them back on, but 2 things happened. 1) I kinda like how it looks without the steps, and 2) the primer didn't take real well, so i didn't want to waste 50 bucks worth of bedliner spray on them if it wasn't going to hold up. So i'm in a holding pattern on those.

Next I started on the de-badge, de-mold. The moldings were all faded and shot anyway, so they had to come off. I do like the de-molded look, so it worked out. Getting the moldings off was a piece of cake with some 30 lb test fishing line?.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZKilp7g.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5gsFABB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9cJR1PW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tFtH8OV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/K950G4w.jpg)

Getting the adhesive off was another story? my fingers are still numb. I have heard the Magic Eraser Wheel works good, but have also heard some people say it took up paint, so I didn?t want to risk it.

Recruited some help from my sister? Guess she felt obligated since I just basically remodeled her whole house LOL

(http://i.imgur.com/ot7Ld1B.jpg)

Found a plastic card helped scrape.

(http://i.imgur.com/gwZl7PO.jpg)

Got it all off, just need to use some Goof Off on the glue residue now.

Helped a buddy re-roof a duplex this morning from dawn till around noon, and then got to cut some firewood. The stumping crew at our property did a decent job of sorting the piles, there?s a stump pile, a slash pile, and then this, which has been picked over pretty good already. Lots of rotten stuff in there now, but I got a good pickup load of mixed fir, alder, and maple. First time using my new saw too? definitely has enough power for my needs. Brand new sharp chain helps also!

Here?s how the truck looks de-stepped, de-badged, and de-molded also. Can?t wait for the new wheels and tires to go on and get those grampa wheels off there :D

(http://i.imgur.com/6T8cib2.jpg)

Doesn't look like much, but that was a whole mounted bed full, stacked, and on the tailgate too.

(http://i.imgur.com/U7VUyeR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0NbJqW0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pUoujow.jpg)

Didn?t get to install the new Curt hitch unfortunately. Guess it?s good to leave something for next time!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on June 30, 2015, 08:44:13 AM
I'm not much on those wheels either, but I do like the cleaner look you have there.

Maybe you should consider selling those side steps to fund a new set of diesel spark plugs or something. Then show up down here for a visit and I'll do you up a set of respectable steps/sliders/side ramming devices w/spare tool cache and aux air tank along with a secret compartment for two extra 30 round mags!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on June 30, 2015, 11:20:53 AM
I was planning on swapping my spark plugs when i flush the blinker fluid... i think i prob need some new tools first though :D

steps/sliders/side ramming devices.... very versatile! probably super lightweight too. think my factory leafs will hold up or should i prepare for a set of overloads as well LOL

new wheels and tires Thursday hopefully! they're on order...
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 10, 2015, 03:03:36 PM
Got my new wheels and tires put on today! Fuel Maverick 17x9 and Cooper ATP 285/70r17. Only minor trimming needed: front valance and front part of the fender liner. Will have to take a heat gun and mold the top of my flaps back a tad, as they rub, but only at full lock.

What do you guys think?? Lookin aight huh?

(http://i.imgur.com/U2YXWSE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/08MErxC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aee7Kzc.jpg)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on July 10, 2015, 03:16:57 PM
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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bob/OlallaWa on July 10, 2015, 04:02:33 PM
Kyle, if you took that storage box out of the truck you could get some fire wood moved, or grab the dump trailer and move a couple cord at a time.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 10, 2015, 04:07:51 PM
Yeah, I had intended on using the dump trailer, but I let my buddy borrow it (the one i helped tear off an old composition roof). And it was 90*+ when i was cutting, so truthfully, i tapped out after getting what i could into the bed of the truck. Was just pouring sweat, especially since i was a good boy and wore my Kevlar chaps. The pile is still up there, so i may cut some more, we'll see.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 10, 2015, 10:04:19 PM
I like em'
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Britt on July 14, 2015, 11:50:53 AM
Looks good.
Now that you're an expert on molding and goo removal, you can come do mine if you'd like :D
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 14, 2015, 12:07:12 PM
I tell you what..... it is a PAIN. The molding removal was easy, but the adhesive removal is a nightmare. I think it's probably easier on newer trucks where the adhesive is still relatively 'fresh', but I've spent hours with goo gone and goof off and there's still some traces of residue on there. Will probably hit it one more time and then call it good... maybe have it detailed and see if they can get it off with a rubbing compound or something.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on July 14, 2015, 01:48:41 PM
Want to do mine to just never got around to it. I am probably in the same boat as you,,,,,,,
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 14, 2015, 05:33:45 PM
Use some grizzly grease...Ash has some and Tate sells it!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 14, 2015, 06:19:58 PM
Never heard of the stuff.... but it looks like its for leather boots?  :o
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 14, 2015, 09:21:41 PM
Never heard of the stuff.... but it looks like its for leather boots?  :o
Ask Tate, he knows better than I
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on July 15, 2015, 10:48:45 AM
ah yes the Grizzly Grease. Like blinker fluid and muffler bearings. Pretty sure D's goofin on ya here. I do have posi additive that smells like whale urine and some high temp, high pressure super joint grease, but I don't think they'll be much help here. I have however used this in my detailing years with a lot of success, along with good old fashioned lacquer thinner. just keep it moving and wipe it dry when you're not moving. http://www.hillas.com/Categories/3M-Automotive-and-Specialty-Vehicle-Cleaners/3M-General-Purpose-Adhesive-Cleaner-08984-1-Quart-US-6-per-case.html?gclid=CjwKEAjwiZitBRCy0pb3rIbG9XwSJACmuvvzj8flkp5kIzYispCXCVtSmH4DQcfTzRYImg-J_LDivRoCk8rw_wcB
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: moto123 on July 15, 2015, 01:22:16 PM
When it's all installed and done, what does a set of those wheels cost?  And are you guys typically ordering them online or from a local tire store?  They look awesome!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on July 15, 2015, 01:25:56 PM
Good lookin shoes there Kyle. Are those from Uncle Les?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 15, 2015, 01:33:43 PM
When it's all installed and done, what does a set of those wheels cost?  And are you guys typically ordering them online or from a local tire store?  They look awesome!

Those wheels and tires ran me 2g, mounted and balanced, and with the extra full replacement warranty. Plus i have a $70 mail in rebate coming in the mail. Discount Tire matched an online price i found for the wheels... they are normally $265 a piece at DT, plus lug nuts. I found them online for 218 with free lug nuts and DT matched it.

Good lookin shoes there Kyle. Are those from Uncle Les?

Thank you! Nope, Discount Tire. Schwabs couldn't come close on price... They wouldn't match the online price for the wheels, and the Toyo ATii's were considerably more expensive. And truthfully I had the ATii's on my LMM, and while i loved them 90% of the time, couldn't stand them on gravel. They threw rocks like crazy... Verdict is still out on the Coopers, but couldn't be worse than the ATii's.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on July 16, 2015, 12:10:22 PM
Yep, they have matched prices for me too, great place. I just dropped 1800 on a new set, sold the old set for 500 and still have 250 in rebates on the way.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 16, 2015, 07:01:04 PM
I don't like reading these kinds of threads!

Afterward, I wander around my Chebby looking at those 4 year old wheels...

Yea, I could buy a set of tires and wheels too! Just like them!

I have thought too long about wanting some 37's or 38's on the D-Max to cut back that low 4.56 gear I have.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 16, 2015, 07:17:03 PM
Finally some payback for all the lookin at your trucks and never ending wish lists resulting

Do it. Black would look awesome on Cmax


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: TexasRedNeck on July 16, 2015, 08:24:38 PM
I tell you what..... it is a PAIN. The molding removal was easy, but the adhesive removal is a nightmare. I think it's probably easier on newer trucks where the adhesive is still relatively 'fresh', but I've spent hours with goo gone and goof off and there's still some traces of residue on there. Will probably hit it one more time and then call it good... maybe have it detailed and see if they can get it off with a rubbing compound or something.

3M eraser wheel is magic, followed by goof off.  I used it with great success on my LML
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 16, 2015, 10:47:30 PM
Finally some payback for all the lookin at your trucks and never ending wish lists resulting

Do it. Black would look awesome on Cmax


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I have thought of spraying the wheels with that dark silver that was on SquareD that I sprayed the grill with...But black??? Too sinister lookin
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 16, 2015, 10:50:44 PM
That'd look cool too


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on July 16, 2015, 11:43:37 PM
That'd look cool too


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Uh, no.

He doesn't need any help. lol
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on July 16, 2015, 11:45:24 PM
I think he needs some of those 24" American force wheels and shove em out about a foot or so, that seems to be all the rage nowadays :/


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on July 17, 2015, 12:30:59 AM
Black looks good, even on a grey truck!!!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 17, 2015, 12:05:48 PM
I think he needs some of those 24" American force wheels and shove em out about a foot or so, that seems to be all the rage nowadays :/


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Isn't that just awful!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 17, 2015, 12:06:32 PM
Black looks good, even on a grey truck!!!
YES IT DOES!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on July 18, 2015, 01:21:35 AM
There is a blazer down the street with a 6 inch lift and tires low profile tires, looks like crap.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on July 18, 2015, 08:37:16 AM
There is a blazer down the street with a 6 inch lift and tires low profile tires, looks like crap.


I'll bet!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on August 31, 2015, 05:05:49 PM
Welp, think i got an exhaust leak somewhere on the passenger side... I can hear it, and i can smell exhaust when i stick my head down under the fender.

Luckily exhaust manifolds are covered under my warranty if that ends up being what it is... I know the up-pipes are known to crack on these trucks too.

Would love to just upgrade to the PPE manifolds and up-pipes, but that's like 2-3 times as expensive as OEM replacement.

Trying to find a shop that will look at it and diagnose, and hopefully I can get it figured out and if it's covered under warranty, get them to replace the stock down-pipe while they got it apart.

Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on August 31, 2015, 05:33:05 PM
Hoping for the best for you. I have a similar sounding leak and am I terested to hear the results of yours. I kinda forgot (maybe intentionally) about the up pipe thing.

And don't be scared of your down pipe. The LBZ is super easy.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on August 31, 2015, 05:58:27 PM
Talked to the service manager of a shop close by that does a lot of diesel work, said he deals with the aftermarket warranties all the time and they're not as bad as people say... so we'll see. Will try and get it in there soon to see whats up. Definitely want to try and take advantage of the warranty if i can.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: cudakidd53 on August 31, 2015, 07:36:01 PM
My LML (2012) had a factory covered service bulletin due to a leak at the turbo - I could smell the lovely DEF smell in the cab.  Have dealer check it out- there are also extended warranty bulletins through GM due to class action type stuff, so ask about that too!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on August 31, 2015, 10:26:09 PM
Welp, think i got an exhaust leak somewhere on the passenger side... I can hear it, and i can smell exhaust when i stick my head down under the fender.

Luckily exhaust manifolds are covered under my warranty if that ends up being what it is... I know the up-pipes are known to crack on these trucks too.

Would love to just upgrade to the PPE manifolds and up-pipes, but that's like 2-3 times as expensive as OEM replacement.

Trying to find a shop that will look at it and diagnose, and hopefully I can get it figured out and if it's covered under warranty, get them to replace the stock down-pipe while they got it apart.


Manifolds and fatter up pipes make the sound much better...all except for that awful hissing sound that is always there!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on August 31, 2015, 10:38:09 PM
Welp, think i got an exhaust leak somewhere on the passenger side... I can hear it, and i can smell exhaust when i stick my head down under the fender.

Luckily exhaust manifolds are covered under my warranty if that ends up being what it is... I know the up-pipes are known to crack on these trucks too.

Would love to just upgrade to the PPE manifolds and up-pipes, but that's like 2-3 times as expensive as OEM replacement.

Trying to find a shop that will look at it and diagnose, and hopefully I can get it figured out and if it's covered under warranty, get them to replace the stock down-pipe while they got it apart.


Manifolds and fatter up pipes make the sound much better...all except for that awful hissing sound that is always there!

I'm tellin ya, a call to your tuner can probably fix that... Rumble idle is default now pretty much universally across tuners. You can load new/revised tune files onto your H&S right?

In all reality, not much of a chance of me upgrading the manifolds... Not in the budget. Best I can hope for is getting the leaking/cracked stock manifold/up-pipe fixed under warranty, and then upgrading the downpipe and exhaust.


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on August 31, 2015, 10:57:31 PM
Kyle, depending on the outcome if the downpipe is not now, I put in the Profab one on mine.
Was so easy compared to the newer ones. I did it at somewhere around 100k, just turned out the bolts and out it popped. New one in slick as snot. We have a lot, and I mean inches more room than the LML and LMM.
So if it doesn't happen now, don't fret it, I think I was 30 minutes or so. Had extra hands for allignment, but it was simple. Sorry for the newer guys, the LBZ is that easy.
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Post by: Dawg25385 on August 31, 2015, 11:08:31 PM
Kyle, depending on the outcome if the downpipe is not now, I put in the Profab one on mine.
Was so easy compared to the newer ones. I did it at somewhere around 100k, just turned out the bolts and out it popped. New one in slick as snot. We have a lot, and I mean inches more room than the LML and LMM.
So if it doesn't happen now, don't fret it, I think I was 30 minutes or so. Had extra hands for allignment, but it was simple. Sorry for the newer guys, the LBZ is that easy.

That's good to know. Thanks for the info. I never had plans for new manifolds, just the downpipe and exhaust, and that's still the plan


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on September 01, 2015, 02:39:11 AM
That is good as it is part of my "parts" to do with the lift. Can't recall my brand, but it thermal coated SS with a wrap!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on September 01, 2015, 07:38:20 AM
I'll dig out a picture or snap a new one so you can see the heat shield bolts.
I kept it for some reason.
Not sure if I really needed to take off the heat shield for sure but it did make it easier for sure.
It's a bit if a twisting act to get it out, but we have hundreds of room.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on September 03, 2015, 02:48:49 PM
Exhaust leak ended up being the clamp at the bottom of the downpipe. Manifolds and uppipes are fine.

Clamped my steering shaft today too, no more annoying clunk!


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on September 03, 2015, 04:13:49 PM
Kyle, when you have time can you take a pic of the clamp.
I've found it and forgot it so many times I'd forgotten I was going to do it.
I know it's simple, just forget the where it is part.

And the clamp is good news for your exhaust leak.
I am afraid mine is the pipe or the gasket.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on September 03, 2015, 05:48:17 PM
Here ya go boss. 2" hose clamp
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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on September 03, 2015, 05:51:53 PM
Thank you sir!
I must get on that.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on September 03, 2015, 06:08:10 PM
I shoulda done it a long time ago... 99 cents coulda saved me an awful lot of cussin and dash kickin


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on September 03, 2015, 07:06:30 PM
I'm totally with ya on that one. Mine isn't bad like some, but every now and then...
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on September 03, 2015, 07:20:38 PM
So, kyle, you had 2 noises? I've never heard a column bearing sound like that video.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on September 03, 2015, 09:06:10 PM
I know Ken, it's puzzling me... I'm not claiming that the clamp fixed the other noise, but it hasn't don't it since I clamped it... Verdicts still out


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Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on September 03, 2015, 09:06:44 PM
I know Ken, it's puzzling me... I'm not claiming that the clamp fixed the other noise, but it hasn't don't it since I clamped it... Verdicts still out

And yes, I had the clunk too, in addition to the noise in the video


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on September 03, 2015, 09:19:06 PM
Ahh, makes more sense now. I've fixed a bunch of clunks with that hose clamp before.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on October 26, 2015, 12:41:07 PM
Finally got around to finishing my waste oil container I talked about way earlier in the thread...

Took my freebie NAPA bucket and added a lid with a pour spout, and also cut out a hole for a deck plate, and glue/caulk/screwed it in. Then I glue/caulked the lid to the bucket, in addition to the gasket already built into the lid. Should last me awhile...

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on October 26, 2015, 02:18:42 PM
Cool idea
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on October 26, 2015, 06:43:07 PM
figures.......facepalm.................your a 12th man lover as well.........
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Post by: Nate on October 26, 2015, 06:43:13 PM
;D
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on October 26, 2015, 07:42:24 PM
That's not mine actually... I'm not a big NFL guy. College is where it's at. UW through and through


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 01, 2016, 04:37:21 PM
Well I FINALLY ordered exhaust... 4" MBRP with muffler, and the wrapped MBRP downpipe... Now the real question is can i find time to roll around under the truck, or just punt and pay to have it done and welded versus clamped... Have kind of a list of things I have to get done anyway.

Need to:
Clean cooling stack and flush radiator
DNR front diff
Change Oil and Fuel Filter
Install new exhaust
Install new Curt hitch..... that's STILL in the box
Install my EGT probe.... that's STILL coiled up under the hood
Install PCV reroute... that's STILL in a box in my garage

You get the drift here... This ole boy ain't got noooo time
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on February 01, 2016, 08:31:39 PM
If ya have enough time to talk about it, ya have enough time to do it...there's at least 9 hrs left tonight...
,,,,,get off the couch and snap to it!!               :PokinKyle
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 01, 2016, 08:57:19 PM
If ya have enough time to talk about it, ya have enough time to do it...there's at least 9 hrs left tonight...
,,,,,get off the couch and snap to it!!               :PokinKyle

I'm still workin hoss, pretty solidly putting in 14's... just crazy busy. No end in sight either.

Appreciate the encouragement though LOL

I drop in here with you bozos throughout the day to make sure everything running smoothly slash your DOT'ing and Don's photos haven't chewed up all the server space hahaha
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on February 02, 2016, 09:00:12 AM
If ya have enough time to talk about it, ya have enough time to do it...there's at least 9 hrs left tonight...
,,,,,get off the couch and snap to it!!               :PokinKyle

I'm still workin hoss, pretty solidly putting in 14's... just crazy busy. No end in sight either.

Appreciate the encouragement though LOL

I drop in here with you bozos throughout the day to make sure everything running smoothly slash your DOT'ing and Don's photos haven't chewed up all the server space hahaha

And we appreciate you doin' it!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 02, 2016, 09:17:36 AM
Keeps me sane! Man I tell ya, I can be havin a vein bursting stress moment, and take 5 to drop in here and read a funny story, see a cool pic, or remember to pray for help, and it makes my day better. So thanks gents!


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on February 02, 2016, 09:36:05 AM
14 hr days. I remember a time.....


...But, NO more for me! Good luck and don't burn out....it's not always worth it.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on February 02, 2016, 10:02:23 AM
Yea, Ken, copy on that

Corporate America is not what you think it is going in

Gets you the nice house in the burbs, a nice, steadily increasing paycheck

New cars, trucks, motorcycles

Lots of stuff

But along with all that stuff...the nice home becomes a big mortgage payment with neighbors who become problems. And the neighborhood has the restrictions....

That corporate job gets you increasing responsibility which you accept because you are a hunter and a provider. But after a time you start to notice distance from the woman you loved so much. Distance born from lives separated by time and different azimuths born of growing in separate careers. And the kids who never see you start to encroach on any personal time you thought you might have had. Giving up every spare minute usually means the exercise/workout time goes away, which brings on that flabby whale look you start to see in the mornings.

Honestly, you can have it! Not worth it. I feel so blessed to have done 30 in the military and mil contractor work. They kept me exercising. They paid me well, they gave me a purpose and let me play with cool toys. On the other end I did not see Little Don grow up except for snap shots. I lost a marriage, which I suppose in my case wasn't all that much anyway, so maybe that was a good thing...??? And my middle life was about my experiences, not shared ones with family.

I'd say to any and all who would listen. Avoid the shiny bait, don't take it if you can avoid. Revel in your time, for it is fleeting...fleeting indeed!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 02, 2016, 10:39:49 AM
I remember those days. Not sure if I could do 14s now with life and do all the other stuff.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 02, 2016, 11:47:46 AM
Going through a merger/acquisition, and we've got a deadline. Big one, with big ramifications.

Honestly, I do it for my guys, not the money or the recognition. Well, and because I was raised to always do my best in whatever I do, period. I have a great team, great group of men and women who have bought in and worked their heart out. I owe it to them to see this through, and help them be successful in this challenge! I think many of you could relate to that at least.

Luke 22:26
But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on February 02, 2016, 01:15:50 PM
Well said

Good attitude
Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 07:18:10 PM
Yo guys, what does this noise sound like to you? Bad alternator?

https://youtu.be/VdU-OGBxwDM

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on February 06, 2016, 08:04:02 PM
DAMN!

what was the gauge reading?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 08:14:08 PM
Didn't even look, no CEL tho


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on February 06, 2016, 09:14:14 PM
Not sure what to make of it other than not right.
I wouldn't think alternator could make that sound, but could be wrong.

Is the fan shroud hitting the fan, or something in that area that shouldn't be?
I'm grasping at straws, but that sounds nasty.
Also does it change with engine RPM?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 09:20:59 PM
Seems to go away when not at idle, i.e. under load. I really hope it's something in the serpentine system and not the valve train


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: stlaser on February 06, 2016, 09:42:22 PM
I had a tensioner pulley that the bearings went out on once on a 7.3L diesel. Not sure how the belt stayed on even but other than a similar noise the only sign was the alternator light coming on once every so often. Under load it didn't make as much noise. Basically there was no longer a bearing and the head of bolt / washer kept the pulley kinda on but cocked at a weird angle.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on February 06, 2016, 10:19:07 PM
That sounds like a rocker arm or tappet to me. Possibly an injector. Going out on a limb, I'd put my money on valvetrain.

I wouldn't bet on it being a serpentine belt, but out of curiosity, did you spill any antifreeze on it recently?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 10:49:04 PM
Nope no antifreeze....

Man I may get my money out of that warranty yet... I do not like hearing valve train


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 11:22:31 PM
I would think if it was an injector or something in the valve train, it would make noise at a set frequency given static rpm...


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: stlaser on February 06, 2016, 11:29:39 PM
Have you checked for slop in the pulleys with the motor off?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on February 06, 2016, 11:33:15 PM
Sounds like the clutching bearing on the alternator might have
Seized. When that happens, it doesn't "ratchet" to absorb the belt harmonics.

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: TexasRedNeck on February 06, 2016, 11:37:49 PM
One way to test. Pull the belt and start it.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 06, 2016, 11:47:14 PM
Pull the belt to check but you just did an oil change, right?

Very common to the duramax is a click that at first seems to be from the valve train, but it is from the oil system, like a cavatation or bubble. Mine sounds like that almost all the time. Check in a wheel well it will be louder.

Pull the belt the oil and fuel pump runs off the crank/cam anyway.

Otherwise I would agree that it sounds like a tappet or rocker arm.

JMTCW,,,,,,,,,,,,, 
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 11:52:27 PM
I literally have done nothing besides take a video. Was at a function all day today and noticed it on my way home...

Thanks for the feedback guys. Kinda bugged out when I noticed it


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Now we're getting somewhere

Took a video you say...

Did you check the RF signature of that camera?

EMP and all that...

You didn't did you!

Magnetic interference...that's the culprit!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 06, 2016, 11:53:34 PM
It's not the oil pump tick, I know what that is... And this truck doesn't do it like my LMM did. Really hope it's the alternator


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on February 07, 2016, 12:00:20 AM
Like JR said, pull the belt off and start it up.
While it's off you can check idlers, alternator etc for ugly bearings.
If it's still there then it's something inside.

Hoping for the best for ya.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 07, 2016, 12:07:57 AM

Sounds like the clutching bearing on the alternator might have
Seized. When that happens, it doesn't "ratchet" to absorb the belt harmonics.

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Hope so. Really sounded like it was coming from alternator


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 07, 2016, 12:14:27 AM
Good luck, time will tell.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: TexasRedNeck on February 07, 2016, 07:42:30 AM
Keep us posted


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: mjmbrown on February 07, 2016, 03:59:42 PM
Sounds just like my LMM--- alternator bearing going out---not super expensive- and its not that loud. but man is it annoying.
Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 07, 2016, 04:56:51 PM
I really hope so... Was going to replace belt and pulleys anyway,  so hoping its the alt, easy swap.


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on February 07, 2016, 05:27:06 PM
If it turns out being the alternator, just make sure the replacement comes with that special pulley. I've seen some rebuilders use a conventional pulley to keep costs down.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 07, 2016, 05:33:03 PM
Thanks Ken, will do


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 07, 2016, 05:34:53 PM
Will prob be a week before anything happens... Will be staying up in Seattle most of next week for work. After tonight won't be home till Thursday


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on February 08, 2016, 12:47:14 PM
Will prob be a week before anything happens... Will be staying up in Seattle most of next week for work. After tonight won't be home till Thursday


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That was the very noise I got a few weeks before I lost the idler pulley when I was camping over thanksgiving weekend. careful there Kyle. could have been unrelated but after replacing the pulley the noise was gone.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 08, 2016, 02:04:42 PM
Thanks Tate... yeah truck's just sitting until she goes under the knife
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: wyorunner on February 09, 2016, 11:41:27 AM
As Tate experienced, mine did the same thing on our LB7 we had years back. Driving down the highway that tick started and on mine it didn't last long, as it then seized and burnt through the belt. Thankfully I was able to make it into a gas station until my wife could bring me parts.


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: moto123 on February 18, 2016, 02:06:40 PM
Any update on this?  Otherwise I was going to suggest removing the A/C compressor belt as well when you remove the main belt.  I had the A/C belt tensioner fail and lock up once.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 18, 2016, 02:36:13 PM
Pretty sure it's the alternator. Going into the shop for that, and some other work, tomorrow. Alternator is covered under my warranty, so I didn't want to mess with it... and I haven't have time frankly.

Going into Plateau Diesel in Enumclaw tomorrow, and they'll have it till next Weds when I get back from California.

Then when that gets all wrapped up, I'll find a day to dedicate to the truck in the garage, and do some maintenance, hang the new exhaust, put the new Curt hitch on, etc.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on February 18, 2016, 04:41:03 PM
Any update on this?  Otherwise I was going to suggest removing the A/C compressor belt as well when you remove the main belt.  I had the A/C belt tensioner fail and lock up once.

Only one belt on the dmax....gassers have 2 tho.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on February 18, 2016, 07:18:23 PM
you gonna be in JR's neck of commie-fornia kyle?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 18, 2016, 07:27:14 PM
Will be in Palm Springs for a few days for some much needed RnR
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on February 18, 2016, 07:41:47 PM
Who is your extended warranty through Kyle? Just bought my wife a used Acadia and got the extended warranty plan through Allstate, but now i'm not so sure that I got a good deal...  Haven't even seen the new car in 10 days. Had it for a day then took it to their shop to get some things looked at. Then service told me over the phone that I only have the "bronze plan" and that is power train only, not the B2B that I thought I was getting.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 18, 2016, 08:14:34 PM
I got it through WSECU... it was the "silver" version.. The one i got lists everything that's covered (including fuel pump and injectors!)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on February 18, 2016, 08:20:09 PM
Hmm... I'll have to see if my CU offers that. I likely will not be keeping the Allstate plan if it does not cover what they told me it covers. Feeling like I was bait and switched.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 18, 2016, 08:30:49 PM
Hmm... I'll have to see if my CU offers that. I likely will not be keeping the Allstate plan if it does not cover what they told me it covers. Feeling like I was bait and switched.

Have to be careful about that, from what i've read... I went back and forth because of that, but our CU told us that the ones they offered were actually pretty good. Guess i'll find out when i submit the bill to them for the alternator (if that's what it ends up  being)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 18, 2016, 10:55:12 PM
Maybe I will start looking into these ESP. Never had one but rarely buy new and the $$$ via the dealers is nuts!

You driving to PS or flying? If driving through Ca you will be near me.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 19, 2016, 12:14:05 AM
Flying... SEA to PSP. Only there Friday night through Tues evening, but really looking forward to some sun, going to try and finally read Killing Reagan

Oh and watch Daytona Sunday :)


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 19, 2016, 12:16:54 AM
Won't all that far from his Library, enjoy!
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Post by: Dawg25385 on February 19, 2016, 12:31:45 AM
Thanks! I've driven it a few times.... That stretch between Sacramento and Burbank is killer at night... And I'm one of the types that gets real sleepy when driving at night.

Story time... Was cruising down the freeway on that long boring stretch of I-5 on my way down once, in my old Tahoe, think I had the cruise at 90, maybe a smidge over. Dead of night, no lights anywhere. Then WHAM out of nowhere a Highway Patrol is on me, passes me and pulls in front of me in the right lane. Then starts braking to slow me down to about 80, then took off like a rocket. Was pretty cool that he just slowed me down versus stop me, but startled the crap out of me. Literally have no idea where he came from. Might as well have been a UFO at the time haha


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 19, 2016, 12:47:06 AM
I do that very drive several times a year. So many places to sit per say. I use them to cat nap.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: cudakidd53 on February 19, 2016, 07:19:33 AM
I do that very drive several times a year. So many places to sit per say. I use them to cat nap.

Please tell me you didn't have only one bullet too....... ;D
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: cruizng on February 19, 2016, 08:58:30 AM
Thanks! I've driven it a few times.... That stretch between Sacramento and Burbank is killer at night... And I'm one of the types that gets real sleepy when driving at night.

Story time... Was cruising down the freeway on that long boring stretch of I-5 on my way down once, in my old Tahoe, think I had the cruise at 90, maybe a smidge over. Dead of night, no lights anywhere. Then WHAM out of nowhere a Highway Patrol is on me, passes me and pulls in front of me in the right lane. Then starts braking to slow me down to about 80, then took off like a rocket. Was pretty cool that he just slowed me down versus stop me, but startled the crap out of me. Literally have no idea where he came from. Might as well have been a UFO at the time haha

I have to say I have been pulled over several times in CA by the CHiPs. They rarely used radar or laser. They would just sneak up behind you and pace you. You would never even know they were there. They are the best at that! It wouldn't surprise me if he caught up to you without his headlights on and then did his move.  8)
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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 20, 2016, 10:55:21 AM
Supposed to be 80 today... Just miserable!

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Now if I could just kick this cold! Little heat and a fruit smoothie should help :D


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on February 20, 2016, 11:41:14 AM
Way to nice for a DOT, but sure the wife deserves it.

Had a friend with a cabin in Idyllwild when I was younger, way younger!!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 20, 2016, 11:48:35 AM
This is the view from the kitchen sink basically. From back porch just outside the window.

Yes wife deserves a nice break. She's been keeping the house up, coordinating lots of stuff while I've been MIA working way too much. Some nights she brings me dinner in my office and sits and eats with me at my desk :)


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 20, 2016, 11:51:45 AM
In fact, here she is :)

Morning coffee and toast
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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: swbhobie16 on February 20, 2016, 10:46:04 PM
All work and no play RIGHT?

Should get to 80 here also and no wind today. Been a very windy month here in Bullhead City AZ

drove past there the other day coming back from LA. I can officially say I've seen every mile of HWY 40..
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 24, 2016, 08:18:44 PM
Well I heard back from the shop, turns out it was the alternator. So getting a OEM replacement, and it's covered by my warranty too.

While its in there I'm having them clean my cooling stack and service the cooling system as well. Price was good, so glad I don't have to do that.

Got the EGT probe stuck in the pass manifold also.

And... Well I just asked them to install my new downpipe too. Call me lazy if ya want lol.

Once I get it back I will try to find a day soon to do some maintenance and hang the new 4" exhaust, and the new hitch


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Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 28, 2016, 12:00:52 AM
Not really picture worthy, but I finally got around to tapping into the XM wiring to splice in a headphone jack in my glovebox. Now I can use my phone or iPod for music. Pretty simple mod; few bucks in parts and you're all set. Sounds great too.

Note to anybody considering this... Splice in both the grounds, or for some reason you will lose bass if you only use one ground off the XM module harness. If you splice into both grounds, sounds amazing.

Here's the how to I followed:
http://www.duramaxdiesels.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55841


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on February 28, 2016, 12:55:39 AM
Good to know!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on February 28, 2016, 01:12:04 AM
I didn't use network cable though like the guy in the 'how to', I used three strands of 20 gauge copper wire. Probably overkill, but whatev :)


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on March 01, 2016, 12:53:33 PM
I am SO doing this this weekend, and to the wife's Yukon. I've got the tape deck contraption and she's got a chincy radio frequency broadcaster that robs the sound. thanks for sharing Kyle, might hit you up with a few questions during the process if that's ok?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: moto123 on March 01, 2016, 01:07:47 PM
Nice job.  I had done that to the 2005 Silverado I had before I sold it.  I agree it worked great as long as you are careful making the connections.  I have not bothered to do that on our newer vehicles though, partly  because I got lazy and partly because I went back to burning a bunch of CD's instead.  I always found that the hard drive space on my phone was too small and it was difficult to use it while driving.  Felt safer just using the normal buttons to control an MP3 CD.  If I had enough data to stream music, it would be totally worth it.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 01, 2016, 01:38:57 PM
Yeah, I mostly just stream Pandora, but what's extra handy is using the audio bit of GPS guidance coming through the stereo. Radio sucks, it's all commercials anymore, and burning CD's is a pain.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: moto123 on March 01, 2016, 02:11:43 PM
I never thought of using it for GPS.  Clever idea.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 06, 2016, 09:31:08 PM
Removed my window visors since I busted one awhile back...

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And OMG this glue is not coming off... Going to have to either come up with a plan or see if the detail shop has any suggestions...


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on March 06, 2016, 10:43:27 PM
I noticed that window visor today but wasn't gonna say anything ;) lol
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 06, 2016, 11:25:42 PM
Oh it was on the to-do list, but I knew the glue was going to be a pain... And it's worse than I expected by a long shot


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 07, 2016, 11:47:41 AM
Well i ordered a 3M Eraser Wheel to see if that will work better. Will try to do a video if it works out well...

Next Saturday is looking like exhaust hanging day as well
Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: wyorunner on March 07, 2016, 06:29:42 PM
Removed my window visors since I busted one awhile back...

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And OMG this glue is not coming off... Going to have to either come up with a plan or see if the detail shop has any suggestions...


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So a few years back wife and I removed the plastic body trim off our 2007 Sierra, in the process I tried nearly every liquid I had in the house. Then along comes the neighbor walking down the street, who low and behold was a mobile detailer and body man.  He said use mineral spirits. The clear stuff. I walked back to his house with him and he meant me a spray bottle, took the sticky stuff right off! Then the next day he took my truck and detailed it for us....

Long story short, try mineral spirits (saying that seems like I might be calling it the wrong thing).

Probably some what hard on the clear coat but I have noticed no lasting damage.

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: TexasRedNeck on March 07, 2016, 07:09:28 PM
Removed my window visors since I busted one awhile back...

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And OMG this glue is not coming off... Going to have to either come up with a plan or see if the detail shop has any suggestions...


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I have a set of Weather Tech visors that came off the Bus.  You want them, they are yours.  Not sure what shipping costs would be but you can have them.

3M eraser wheel and Goof Off is the trick on residue
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 07, 2016, 07:19:16 PM
I have a set of Weather Tech visors that came off the Bus.  You want them, they are yours.  Not sure what shipping costs would be but you can have them.

3M eraser wheel and Goof Off is the trick on residue

I appreciate that RN. I will keep that in mind... I am going to try without for awhile, but i'll let you know if i change my mind! That's very generous.

Long story short, try mineral spirits (saying that seems like I might be calling it the wrong thing).

Probably some what hard on the clear coat but I have noticed no lasting damage.

Thanks for that too, i'll keep this in mind if the eraser wheel doesn't work!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bob/OlallaWa on March 08, 2016, 08:22:01 PM
Kyle, first time you have the window down a bit in the rain you will miss those visors. GM just has to have all those electric buttons right where the rain ends up.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 08, 2016, 08:31:36 PM
I might end up putting some back on... just going to try awhile without :D
Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 12, 2016, 08:18:38 PM
Well the 3M eraser wheel is the real deal. Worked awesome, wish I would have got one when I took the door moldings off. I was done with the adhesive removal for the visors in an hour
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Hit the residue with a little goo gone and it came right off

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Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 12, 2016, 08:27:31 PM
Exhaust is on too. I'm a bit ashamed... For a variety of reasons, I didn't do it myself... Had the truck up on blocks, everything laid out ready to go, and was gonna tear into it, but couldn't get the truck high enough off the ground to feel confident I could finish today. So took it down to an exhaust shop just down the street and then knocked it out in no time, and for cheap.

Man a lift would be nice...

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Love how it sounds. I think it's just right, doesn't drone to bad, nice and deep, and sounds mean wide open. Not gonna wake the dead like a straight pipe, but it's definitely burly. I like it a lot


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: TexasRedNeck on March 12, 2016, 08:49:43 PM
yes.  A muffler makes a great difference.

I should have taken mine in too.  I'll probably get it in with clamps and then take it to a shop to get it all aligned and welded.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 12, 2016, 09:11:57 PM
Funny, I like mine without a muffler.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Nate on March 13, 2016, 11:47:55 AM
so it sounds like you are trying to talk yourself into a lift for the shop!

if your going to put visors back on, go with the in-channel ones like these. 

http://www.weathertech.com/chevrolet/2006/silverado/side-window-deflectors/bodystyle/crew-cab/
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 13, 2016, 01:48:40 PM
I just can't sacrifice my RV bay... I don't need to lift into the air to stand under, just need to figure out a way to get it off the ground a little more. With my jack maxed, the bill of my hat hits the cross member laying vertical on my creeper.

Anybody have any recommendations?


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 13, 2016, 01:49:44 PM
And no I wasn't under the truck with it just in the jack. I jacked it as high as I could then used jack stands


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: swbhobie16 on March 13, 2016, 02:07:57 PM
And no I wasn't under the truck with it just in the jack. I jacked it as high as I could then used jack stands


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we use 3 2"x8" nailed together to form a ramp to change flat tires on our 175kw generators on the side of the road (pull the good tire on and let the bad hang off [tandem axles]) so.. maybe get some good 6"x6" to make a ramp, or clean rail road ties to pull up on..? pretty simple and fail safe, especially for crawling around under the truck sitting on its own weight
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 13, 2016, 02:27:09 PM
These are handy, and portable. I have one at the shop, but a little light for a 3/4 ton:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200102674_200102674

This dude is probably what you would need (there are cheaper versions):

http://www.amazon.com/Hein-Werner-HW93696A-Blue-End-Lift/dp/B004F2GJB8
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: swbhobie16 on March 13, 2016, 02:29:33 PM
or.. could do something like this. it's out the back of a side shelter at my parents house. now fully covered. it wasn't in the pic, but the shelter came later

(http://i620.photobucket.com/albums/tt284/swbhobie16/680A52FF-26F8-4575-9322-BE5B65FF3043.jpg)

like dis

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best of the whole thing.. reclaimed (read: free) 25' pieces of tin  ;D
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 13, 2016, 03:52:11 PM
I like the end lifts. put one on each side/end of anything you want. Then put away.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 13, 2016, 07:09:44 PM
That's a sweet pit setup


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Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 19, 2016, 07:25:01 PM
Got the curt hitch installed. This thing is beefy. Way heavier than stock
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I still need to install the new plug but need to figure out the best way to cut out the bumper.... Might need to find someone with a plasma cutter
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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 19, 2016, 07:42:23 PM
Clean truck, new parts, clean/new garage floor...Does it get any better?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 19, 2016, 08:07:20 PM
We're very blessed, indeed.


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on March 20, 2016, 01:09:19 AM
Hole saw and oscillating saw for the straights is what I did. Plasma cutter might mess up the chrome.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 20, 2016, 09:40:40 AM
Oscillating saw? Like a jig saw? Or one of those dremel things


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 20, 2016, 11:01:39 AM
Oscillating saw? Like a jig saw? Or one of those dremel things


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I do have the Dremel oscillating tool... that should work eh?

Will have to get a new hole saw today, i don't have one the right size
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 20, 2016, 12:51:47 PM
It might, but a real hole saw or jig saw is much better. Tape off the area to protect the chrome and mark the cuts.

Those are coopers right?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on March 20, 2016, 01:34:42 PM
Like this.

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/15391907038821683181?lsf=seller:8740,store:9709734757845427915&prds=oid:13245828457188771887&q=oscillating.saw&hl=en-us&ei=2N7uVrKXB9jSjwPG9J7ADA&lsft=cm_mmc:Shopping-_-LIAs-_-D25T-_-202672276#sgro=om


I think a jigsaw would be difficult to get in there without removing the bumper.

Even a dremel cut off wheel would probably work.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on March 20, 2016, 01:51:03 PM
I think I put that same hitch in mine. Sure a lot more than the stocker.
I salvaged the mount off the old one to put in somewhere when I do my rear bumper.

I don't think you're planning on bumpers, so you'll have to cut carefully so as not to damage the chrome. There is a good chance however that it will show up in the future. Cut with no heat, and treat the edges with some form of rust preventer, and it should hold up for a while.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 20, 2016, 02:10:47 PM
Yep thats what I'm gonna do. Heat on chrome is a no-go after more reading, esp since I have no plans for aftermarket bumpers.

Invested in a nice new hole saw and a metal specific dremel bit. Should do the trick.

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 20, 2016, 02:50:27 PM
I would just use a cutoff wheel. Don't over think it. Seal the light with silicone to keep water from penetrating and it will be fine imho.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 20, 2016, 04:21:32 PM
All done. Only had one booboo, and it'll be mostly hidden by my license plate bracket.

Used a 2" hole saw, and then an oscillating saw for the straights. Cleaned up with a dremel diamond tip, then sanded and painted the exposed metal. Used a silicone adhesive when installing the plug, front and back, to seal out water. That will dry clear, it's white in the pics...

Turned out pretty good I think

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 20, 2016, 04:25:27 PM
Couple vids to record the sound of the exhaust. 4" w/ muffler is perfect I think
https://vimeo.com/159711315 (https://vimeo.com/159711315)
https://vimeo.com/159711382 (https://vimeo.com/159711382)


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on March 20, 2016, 06:22:23 PM
Nice job, really clean install!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: KensAuto on March 20, 2016, 11:15:38 PM
Guess I should've asked what you were doing. (thought you were doing lights)
Looks darn professional!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: moto123 on March 21, 2016, 01:55:41 PM
The trailer plugs turned out perfect!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on March 21, 2016, 03:20:04 PM
Thanks dudes. It looks real good with the license plate back on there too, snugs right up with barely a gap between the plug and the plate bracket.

How i'm trying to figure out what to do with my cheepish Husky truck box.

Option A) Leave it alone
Option B) Take it out, and spray it black with Bedliner
Option C) Sell the chrome one on Craigs, and buy the black Husky one
Option D) Sell the chorme one on Craigs, splurge and get a Camlocker
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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: husker77c on March 21, 2016, 03:50:59 PM

Thanks dudes. It looks real good with the license plate back on there too, snugs right up with barely a gap between the plug and the plate bracket.

How i'm trying to figure out what to do with my cheepish Husky truck box.

Option A) Leave it alone
Option B) Take it out, and spray it black with Bedliner
Option C) Sell the chrome one on Craigs, and buy the black Husky one
Option D) Sell the chorme one on Craigs, splurge and get a Camlocker
(http://i.imgur.com/4Jte5Z0.png)

I vote A, C or D.   I've learned this the hard way.  Cheap tool boxes are cheap.  Very prophetic I know, but true.  I bought a tractor supply chest for one of my trucks years back and after about a year and sliding it into and out of a few trucks it wouldn't even latch anymore. 

I would lean toward D. Never seen the the cam locker in person but it's priced like a weather guard or something similar so it should be of good quality.   I skipped the aluminum altogether in the ford and went for a steel chest.  A little heavier but a ton stronger than aluminum.  I chuck 36" pipe wrenches in it from the ground and it scratches the inside but nothing else.   

I can't put a dent in it unless I hit it with a sledge I think.


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on March 21, 2016, 09:41:04 PM
Nice clean mount and it sounds great.

I have passed the wife on the freeway and she said it sounds like a train going by. (no muffler)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on May 02, 2016, 01:59:27 PM
Not really picture worthy, but I finally got around to tapping into the XM wiring to splice in a headphone jack in my glovebox. Now I can use my phone or iPod for music. Pretty simple mod; few bucks in parts and you're all set. Sounds great too.

Note to anybody considering this... Splice in both the grounds, or for some reason you will lose bass if you only use one ground off the XM module harness. If you splice into both grounds, sounds amazing.

Here's the how to I followed:
http://www.duramaxdiesels.com/forum/showthread.php?t=55841


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No, not really pic worthy, but helpful none the less. thanks for posting this; I was getting ready to burn the whole Bose program and opt for aftermarket until I saw this. Now we have a use for the XM i'll never use. Wife is super happy.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on May 02, 2016, 06:06:22 PM
Actually need to run to Radio Shack tonight and may grab some stuff for this as well :)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on May 02, 2016, 06:42:22 PM
Radio Shack is RIP?
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on May 02, 2016, 07:29:18 PM
Not quite -- they're still around, albeit a lot fewer stores -- I'm lucky to still have one right up the street.  They're mostly cell phone storefronts for Sprint now.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on May 02, 2016, 10:22:57 PM
Glad it worked out for ya! I use mine quite a bit. Easy mod, and sounds good too


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on May 02, 2016, 11:40:46 PM
Not quite -- they're still around, albeit a lot fewer stores -- I'm lucky to still have one right up the street.  They're mostly cell phone storefronts for Sprint now.


Yep, I did hear a few would stay around to sell phones. I found RS had so little and were so $$$ I ordered on line for most things anyway.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: EL TATE on May 09, 2016, 10:51:30 AM
They are stupid $$$ for most stuff, but for small electrical hardware they are pretty cheap.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Sammconn on January 30, 2017, 10:56:52 PM
Dave, found it. Post 128 here.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bigdave_185 on January 31, 2017, 09:40:53 AM
Is this kyles build thread lol  found the clamp picture


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Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bigdave_185 on February 01, 2017, 02:43:23 PM
Has anyone tried the exhaust clamp instead of a regulate pipe clamp?
I bought a exhaust clamp last night and installed it, going to order a new green plastic thing today


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on October 20, 2017, 04:05:03 PM
Not much changed on the truck in forever, but with the baby now and a very large puppy... we decided to get a canopy on the truck. I ordered an A.R.E., and it should be here in a couple weeks. And because I had to ditch the tool box, i went ahead and ordered a DECKED storage system. Really excited for that, it's a really cool design. Was thinking of making something out of plywood and skateboard wheels, but wanted to keep weight down so just went ahead and bought the DECKED system. Will be a few weeks before it's all installed, but i'll post pics

Here's a photo of what the DECKED looks like
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: TexasRedNeck on October 20, 2017, 05:31:27 PM
Very cool. I?d love an color matched ARE on the dually now that I don?t have the 5th wheel


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bigdave_185 on October 20, 2017, 08:41:45 PM
 I really like mine, it fits well. Keeps stuff safe


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on October 21, 2017, 12:34:18 AM
Sweet drawers. Would do the same but I carry to much and use the bedslide.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: stlaser on October 21, 2017, 08:48:29 AM
Only addition I made to my current truck was a diamondback truck cover.

https://diamondbackcovers.com/?campaignid=31921&mbsy_inactive=3

I love this topper, was extremely easy to install & even with the light duty model I regularly haul lumber & other items on top of it.
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bigdave_185 on October 21, 2017, 10:13:48 AM
How many buddies does it take to lift it off the bed ?


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: stlaser on October 21, 2017, 11:10:00 AM
I'm curious if the weight of the drawer units and taking them in or out as well.

Dave, if you're asking me mine is essentially 3 sections all aluminum. I have the 5.5' bed so the middle section on mine is very narrow & is what gets clamped in place. Front & back lids both flip up & have easily detached gas shocks. So if I need the front or rear open it takes me less than a minute to unlock, detach shocks & flip lid over onto other sections. A simple long bungee holds it in place I have found.

Normally I flip back section forward to take our two Golden retrievers on hikes etc. So far flipping that rear section forward has given me no issues when running down highway 60+.

Being its the light duty version the cover will support 400# & does so easily. I also upgraded to the black protective coating & it seems to be very durable.

The freight guy who delivered my cover on a skid said he personally delivers 5-6 of these per week in the Denver area. I was shocked because I never see another truck with it.

Title: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on October 21, 2017, 05:03:38 PM
The DECKED system itself weighs about 200 lbs. Its heavy duty plastic with steel structure. Each drawer can hold 200 lbs. the deck can support 1 ton.

And once assembled, one guy can probably remove and reinstall. It comes out in 2 halves after the drawers are removed. It?s designed to anchor to the factory tie downs in each corner with turnbuckles

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on December 30, 2017, 04:49:41 PM
Well, as usual, nothing can really go right for me on purchases like this.

About 2 months ago I got my A.R.E. Canopy installed. Immediately I was pissed. It was poorly made, with flaws and poor moldings where it sits on the bed. And, the color was off. They said they?d order a replacement, and let me use the flawed one till it arrived.

So a month goes by and I call back. ?Oh, yeah, we forgot to email you. They?re not going to warranty that?. So I said fine, I?ll be down in the morning and you can take this POS off and give me my money back in full.

So once I had that taken care of, I drove up to the Leer dealer and ordered a topper. It will be installed next Wednesday. I have a loaner on there until then.

Now for the good news. The DECKED system is awesome, I love it. Really easy to install, and the fit and finish is top notch. Highly recommend to anybody looking for storage options with a canopy.

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on December 30, 2017, 05:03:35 PM
That decked system is nice. I have so much stuff in mine I built a shelf so I get good use from the slider.

My shell is a Snugtop. It was more than all the others but when I asked the diff it was obvious. The others were all flimsy.

Attaches with 6 "J" plates and nothing sticks out. Much stiffer and a solid fit. Paint it dead on to. I will say the flip down window leaked and the latches wore out, but not their product. The rear flip out windows rub a tad when closed is about the worst. I also got the rails installed for rack on top and love them. This also gives you something to mount things on the inside.

I wish I had the room to use drawers like that. I would use it all!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on January 03, 2018, 09:03:29 PM
New Leer topper installed today. Way better fit and finish than the A.R.E. POS that I got the first go ?round.

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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on January 03, 2018, 09:13:11 PM
Looks good!


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Flyin6 on January 03, 2018, 09:45:03 PM
Concur

Very good fit!

Ever think of chopping the top so it opens? ;-)
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: rpar86 on January 04, 2018, 12:03:10 AM
TacTopper - west coast edition.


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: JR on January 04, 2018, 01:43:56 AM
I like the look of that, kinda familiar,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Superwhdm on January 04, 2018, 05:45:45 AM
That is a nice set up. I?ve seen these that just about took up the whole bed so I didn?t look twice. This one offers a little more room elevation wise. I bet it?s stout enough to put a 4wheeler on top too. Very nice!  I would love to have that bed top too.  Pulling goosenecks don?t really work with that though. Great looking truck!
Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Dawg25385 on January 04, 2018, 10:55:06 AM
Thank you! Yeah the platform can support up to 2000 lbs according to the specs


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Title: Re: Kyle's LBZ Build
Post by: Bigdave_185 on January 04, 2018, 07:19:32 PM
I can support this movement
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Shell for the Win


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