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2008 Chevy Silverado 3500 Duramax build

Discussion in 'Members Rigs' started by Gaderider13, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Gaderider13

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    Almost got everything together for the suspension build. Had a tractor trailer show up the other day for a delivery.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Also got these a few weeks back, 1.75" hubcentric solid steel spacers for between the duallies. Im going to be running 12.5" wide tires, so spacers are necessary.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Next Friday ill be ordering the tires, not 100% sold on a set yet, but probably end up with Goodyear Duratracs, theyre supposed to be amazing in the snow/rain.
     
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    My cousin just got a new Chevy crew cab Duramax 4x4 along with a 24' or longer enclosed trailer. My Dad just went on a riding trip in WV with them last week, He said his truck and fully loaded trailer with a 1K RZR , ATV a lot of gear pulled Fancy gap all the way to top and never dropped out of Hi gear, To me knowing the long grade pull this is very Impressive. So yours must be a Beast with all the hop ups. Awesome trucks.
     
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    Well the project took a little longer than expected, the torsion bar keys were completely frozen onto the torsion bar. That lead to me cutting out the whole cross member with a oxy torch and cutting the keys off the bars. Had to order a new crossmember and keys from the local GM dealer, an extra $250 i wasnt expecting lol. Oh well, its all done now though. Was alot of work, definitely more than i was expecting. I wouldnt recommend installing the lift if youre doing it by yourself, a second set of hands is almost required. Learned this the hard way lol. Heres how she currently sits, goes in in the AM for a full alignment and getting tires mounted/balanced.

    [​IMG]Untitled by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr
     
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    So at least you'll appreciate the feeling of a job well done even if it did almost kill you, lol. Should look pretty tough with the tires mounted. :great:
     
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    Oh yea, definitely worth it in the end. The only thing i wish i had time to do was clean and paint everything while i had it all apart, but didnt have time to do all of that.

    Got it back today, very happy with how it came out!

    [​IMG]14717066_10209781151197999_6006324494991564763_n by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    [​IMG]14910532_10209781150797989_7323483146192705692_n by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

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    That's looking sharp!!
     
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    Thanks!

    Today i got the airlifter helper bags installed, pretty easy. Was a little confusing at first when it came to adding in the lock-n-lift pucks and their orientation, but figured it out no problems.

    [​IMG]14907633_10209820775908592_638277722400870841_n by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    [​IMG]14962555_10209820776828615_8279034670293677219_n by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Also replaced the one bad glowplug i had, thankful it went smooth. Alot of guys have problems with them snapping off in the aluminum cylinder heads.

    [​IMG]14915676_10209820779508682_6449084952902573408_n by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr
     
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    Bad arse!!
     
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    Havent posted here in a little bit. Still very happy with how the truck came out. Rides awesome for a lifted truck. I may just crank the front up a little bit as its 1/2" or so lower in the front after settling out. I started collecting some parts for a spring build. Dont have a ton planned this year, so far have new headlights and 2015.5+ style tow mirrors. The lights are cheap spyder headlights, i originally wanted to do quad projector retrofits, but that would cost me over $1000 in parts alone, alot to justify for just headlights lol. These were a 1/5th the price and should do well. Running 6500k hids in the lows, and just have to order some switchback LEDs for the blinkers. The mirrors look exactly and function the same as the 2015.5+ style tow mirrors, minus power fold. I really like the maker light in the mirror, and the more squared off look.

    [​IMG]newnew by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    After that, i plan on getting some built trans tunes from Rob Coddins, still running the trans safe tunes from when i had the stock trans. Saving up for a set of summer wheel/tires. The tires im running are meant to be my winter set, theyre only 8 ply light truck tires, i dont want to haul the camper with these, especially being oversized tires on smaller wheels. Brought the camper to get winterized right after i did the lift and can definitely feel some squirly-ness from the wide sidewall.

    Im in the air about what setup i want to run, basically 3 different thoughts. 20" Eagle alloy 056s with a good AT tire, maybe not as wide so i can get away without a spacer. These are my favorite wheels but not sure i want to run spacers.

    [​IMG]dually wheel 1 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    The other option is 20" fuel mavericks. They offer these wheels in an "offroad" offset, which allows you to run 12.5" wide tires in the back without spacers, but the tires will stick out a little further than what mine currently do.

    [​IMG]Fuel-D538-Dually-3 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Then theres Vision 19.5" wheels. These are standard 8 lug wheels, unlike alot that utilize 19.5s that require 8 to 10 lug adaptors, like alcoas. The problem, im not sure im 100% happy with how the wheels look. I can always do custom powdercoating, but not sure i dig them completely. With these i can run 14-16ply semi 19.5" tires. These typically get 80-100k miles out of a set on trucks my size. Downside is unloaded may ride a little rougher since the tires are meant for trucks double/triple the weight lol. Also, to get a semi tire in the correct size that i want (265/70/19.5 or 285/70/19.5) they run anywhere from $450-600 each lol. Choices choices.

    [​IMG]vision_181_heavy_hauler_dualie_machined_clear_coat_front_std_1000 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr
     
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    Have some goodies incoming in the next couple weeks, wheels ordered and a few other things, will keep this thread updated.
     
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    Few things have changed since i last posted.

    I was supposed to get those Eagle Alloy 056s, had them ordered and waited 4 weeks for them. The distributor got them, sent them to powdercoat, and somehow the powdercoater lost all 6 wheels, they had no idea where they went. So he offered me their brand new style as a substitute, had them in stock in black and my bolt pattern. They are $300 more than the ones i ordered but he matched the price, worked for me.

    [​IMG]IMG_1091 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    [​IMG]20170320_143538 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    I got some 3/4" spacers for the front, to keep the tire off of the tierods/control arms.

    [​IMG]IMG_0460 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    And some gloss black lugs/washers to match the wheels

    [​IMG]IMG_0461 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Ordered some new custom door badges/emblems from Main Event, super high quality.

    [​IMG]FullSizeRender by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Then tires started showing up. I went with a Cooper Discoverer SST Pro in 275/65/20. Discount tire was running a promo for $100 off of $500 or more, i ordered 2 tires at a time and saved $300 total, a nice chunk of change, ended up being cheaper than my winter tires lol.

    [​IMG]IMG_1017 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    I then ordered a grille from Overkill Fab. Went with a 30" light bar mount grille.

    [​IMG]IMG_1136 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Spent a day and installed the new grille, headlights with switchbacks and 6500k hids (still need to fix the hyperflash)

    [​IMG]IMG_1174 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    Then got the tires mounted on the rims, added my dynabeads, and mounted everything up.

    [​IMG]IMG_1338 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1340 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1355 by Nick Wierzbicki, on Flickr

    I orderd a raptor liner kit, need to redo the bumpers. The powdercoat held up like total shit. I want to do something i can do myself, that way if theres ever an issue i can just fix it myself instead of having downtime on my daily driver.

    Incoming i have some traction bars, HSP billet manifolds and uppipe, autometer boost gauge, ported fuel rail fittings/rail plug, and flushmount LED cubes for new backup lights. Working on getting a new turbo now, looking at a Danville 68mm stg2r. Shes a real screamer and good for 700+ hp. Other than that, im just focusing on maintenance stuff for this year, want to get it all squared away. Want to do all new brake lines, new rear brakes, undercoat the entire underside, new powersteering lines, new lower door hinges for the front doors, and a few other things. Kinda odd to say but im almost done with mods lol.

    EDIT: Forgot, i also have to put on my 2015.5+ style mirrors, thatll be next week hopefully.
     
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    so when are we going to race ?
     
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