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RE: 2014 duramax questions

For that money he could almost get a new Denali. The interiors on the newer ones are better, if he is even considering spending close to that kind of money get the current HD pickup. Much more comfortable, the 17's and newer are a lot more responsive, and I am getting better mpg with my '18 with more power than my '15.
ksss 12/06/17 08:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque wars continue in the diesels

Typically the medium duty trucks get detuned from the 350 version, so this is interesting. They must have a lot of faith in the truck or they have the computer dialed in to the point that it will prevent its own destruction. The GM/IH medium duty trucks will available for order this Spring, I am told. Should be interesting to see how the spec sheet compares.
ksss 12/05/17 10:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck engine info

Getting ready to upgrade to a 2015 or newer Ford or Chevy gasser,3/4 or 1 ton SRW. Pulling a 10,000 lb. TT. Currently driving 02 Ford F350 SRW with a V10, love it but getting some miles,265,000. You fellows driving the new gassers, what do you think of them. Thanks I have a 2016 Chevy CC 4X4 2500HD 6.0L gasser. I use it towing my 16' 14K dump trailer, 22' 14K tilt bed and 30' 10K TT. It tows great, very comfortable, lots of creature features but don't expect any great MPG. Empty driving sees about 13-13.5 MPG local, 14.5-15 highway, and 8-10 towing. I had a 2011 and a 2015. My mileage was about identical to the above. These trucks will pull. I routine pulled 30K or just above combined and the 6.0 will get it done. Never had an issue with either pickup, even working them as hard as I did. The 4.10's are the best match had one of each (3.73) and the 4.10 is best if your pulling (2015 and newer only gives you 4.10's). Just as a point of comparision given the above mileage, I have 2k on a 2018 3500 Dmax and I get about 3 mpg above the 6.0 numbers. Given the higher cost of fuel and the upcharge for diesel, the cost per mile loaded or unloaded are not that far off. The diesel is a superior towing set by far, but the mpg numbers are not that different at least for me.
ksss 12/04/17 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rookie Diesel Owner

When I tow heavy I use manual going up mountain passes. The pickup runs cooler when I shift myself, only an issue when running heavy on steep passes. Your '14 does not have an exhaust brake I don't believe. I have an 06 LBZ 3500 that I had programed to grade brake when in tow/haul mode. It uses the variable vane turbo just like the newer pickups do for the exhaust brake. If you would want to, you can have your '14 programed to do the same thing. It is not as aggressive as the new pickups but it is pretty good.
ksss 11/20/17 10:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Threshold for Pain: How much can your diesel take?

I'm pleasantly surprised that the Ford 6.0 did so well. I've been told that it's one of the strongest Ford blocks once all the quirks are worked out. So far I've been very pleased with my bulletproofed 6.0. While the 6.0L did have some issues, some of these issues in the aftermarket world should have been attributed to bad tuning rather than the 6.0L itself. Being one of the first Powerstoke engines that could be tuned electronically, novice tuners would crank up the timing and fuel delivery at lower rpms causing very high cylinder pressures. This would cause head bolts to stretch and gaskets to blow. The same thing happened when the Cummins 6.7L first came out blowing head gaskets left and right. As tuning software became more sophisticated and tuners became more knowledgeable, these problems became a thing of the past. However, many on the internet don't know this and still contribute these old issues to anything tuned even though they don't even relate. Heck, even the software mapping the OE's used back then has advanced giving them better and more smoother fuel mapping. The fuel mapping on the old ECM's used for the 6.7L Cummins when it first came out are much different with less parameters available than the ECM's used on the current engines. More parameters means smoother fuel mapping and greater ability to control low rpm cylinder pressures. Actually when you read the entire lawsuit between Ford and IH you see that the 6.0 failed on its own without the help of the tuners. They may have made some issues worse but the 6.0 was a disaster from inception. I think you read what I stated incorrectly. I did say that the 6.0L had issues. However, on the aftermarket side of things many of the tuners attributed their bad tuning to problems with 6.0L instead of their inexperienced bad tuning. Many of the good tuners were able to make even more power reliably. Roger, my mistake.
ksss 11/20/17 08:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Threshold for Pain: How much can your diesel take?

I'm pleasantly surprised that the Ford 6.0 did so well. I've been told that it's one of the strongest Ford blocks once all the quirks are worked out. So far I've been very pleased with my bulletproofed 6.0. While the 6.0L did have some issues, some of these issues in the aftermarket world should have been attributed to bad tuning rather than the 6.0L itself. Being one of the first Powerstoke engines that could be tuned electronically, novice tuners would crank up the timing and fuel delivery at lower rpms causing very high cylinder pressures. This would cause head bolts to stretch and gaskets to blow. The same thing happened when the Cummins 6.7L first came out blowing head gaskets left and right. As tuning software became more sophisticated and tuners became more knowledgeable, these problems became a thing of the past. However, many on the internet don't know this and still contribute these old issues to anything tuned even though they don't even relate. Heck, even the software mapping the OE's used back then has advanced giving them better and more smoother fuel mapping. The fuel mapping on the old ECM's used for the 6.7L Cummins when it first came out are much different with less parameters available than the ECM's used on the current engines. More parameters means smoother fuel mapping and greater ability to control low rpm cylinder pressures. Actually when you read the entire lawsuit between Ford and IH you see that the 6.0 failed on its own without the help of the tuners. They may have made some issues worse but the 6.0 was a disaster from inception.
ksss 11/20/17 05:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire upgrade

The first 50% of the tire is outstanding. Excellent on snow packed/icy roads. I don't think in that application I have run a better tire. Now heavy snow is another story. Offroad they are good, but mud not very good you have to really spin the tires to get them to clean out. The last 50% of the tire I am not such a fan. The downside is it doesn't take long to get into the last 50%.
ksss 11/15/17 09:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I guess I will be driving a new Ford tomorrow

I am not sure your relationship with the dealer you towed it to is much to consider if they are saying a month before they can even look at it. I personally would not allow that. Either Ford tows it to another dealer or put it on a trailer yourself and take to Idaho. I cant imagine a shop that is so busy that it takes a month to diagnose the problem. So on top of that if it is catastrophic, you will wait for a new engine and the install on that. You could be down for quite sometime, months at this rate of service.
ksss 11/09/17 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Ecoboost to 6.2L Economy

I had a 2015 3500 6.0 and a 2015 3500 Dmax. Pulling 25K or so the 6.0 would get 5-6 mpg and the Dmax 7-9. The gas had to work a lot harder and it is a more comfortable experience pulling with the Dmax especially with the exhaust brake. However, gas is always cheaper here than diesel.
ksss 11/05/17 04:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How is the Eco Boost in the western mountains?

Where is the Teton Pass, other than being in the area of the Tetons? I will be going from the Craters of the Moon NP to the Grand Teton NP. I don't want to accidentally get on the road over Teton Pass. If you go over Teton Pass with a decent sized trailer and a half ton, just use common sense. It is nasty and if your dumb it is really, really nasty. I do not recall Teton being that bad, other than the POS TBI454 I had when going over the first time. My TD did just fine. ANY road be it a mountain pass, or side road can get you puckered up. I have generally speaking, NOT found a typical mountain pass to get me worried. Those are all less than 6-8% in grade if an interstate. Yes you will slow down. Where it gets more interesting is OFF the interstates. Then you will find roads in the 10-15% and steeper. THAT is where you sqeeze the cheeks per ssay going up or down. Having literally stalled a rig or two going up >15% grades, so one has to back down, or switch to 4lo if you have it, to go up. As your gearing to too tall to make it up in 2wd/4hi. You have the power per say..... If you are at max gcwr per latest and greatist tow rating specs, min grade you have to go up, and still meet spec is 12%. Pretty minor grade IMHO. 20-25% would be better. That at least gets you up all but steepest forst service roads, local roads etc. marty It is a significant hill. Lot of blown motors, smoked brakes and horrific accidents.
ksss 11/04/17 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How is the Eco Boost in the western mountains?

Where is the Teton Pass, other than being in the area of the Tetons? I will be going from the Craters of the Moon NP to the Grand Teton NP. I don't want to accidentally get on the road over Teton Pass. If you go over Teton Pass with a decent sized trailer and a half ton, just use common sense. It is nasty and if your dumb it is really, really nasty. From Craters of the Moon you will go East on hwy 20 to Idaho Falls. You can go either over the pass or through Alpine, Wy and avoid the big hill.
ksss 11/04/17 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How is the Eco Boost in the western mountains?

If you go over Teton Pass with a decent sized trailer and a half ton, just use common sense. It is nasty and if your dumb it is really, really nasty.
ksss 11/03/17 05:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin XDS2 vs Toyo M608Z

I ran Dunlops on my 5500 GMC 4X4. Cant remember the tire model but the tread was made up of interlocking blocks, great tires, they last and they were great off road and in the Winter, amazing bite shear ice.
ksss 11/02/17 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uber expensive pickups...how much of a trend ?

My personal contributions to charities are limited due to the mandatory contributions I already make through taxation to support social programs. Someone already thinks they can spend my money more wisely than me and I do not need a similar view from forum members that have no insight to my financial status or current level of benevolence. x2 I just love it how some folks feel it is their right to tell others how to spend their money. And try to shame them if they buy something nice because they can. I think qtla9111 was out of line, and is a prime example of the shame game. I worked hard to get where Im at, and I contribute more mandatory contributions than many folks. And despite all mandatory contributions I make throughout the year, they still want more at the end of the year. I'll buy nice vehicles to drive, because I like driving nice vehicles. Mike My thoughts as well.
ksss 10/29/17 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Diesel PU

The new Ford SD's are nice, but they seem to rock chip very easily. I think the GM's do as well. I would invest in some clear bra for the new pickup and of course adequate mud flaps.
ksss 10/24/17 09:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uber expensive pickups...how much of a trend ?

We traded that in for the dually when we decided to upgrade the trailer and they gave us more than what we owed on it even though we only had it a year. In our area at least, trucks hold their value relatively well. By the sounds of where you're at in life I fully believe that you can afford to drive nice vehicles. However, I remember years ago my BIL telling me what his 2 year old truck was worth...then with a hint of pride he told me that was a little more than what he owed on it. I remember thinking "so you're telling me you have nothing. What's the big deal?" At that time I couldn't believe that someone would borrow money to buy a vehicle. These days it seems many people are borrowing money to buy cars, trucks, RV's, motorcycles....boats, TVs, furniture, appliances... With interest rates at practically zero, why wouldn't you finance them and then invest your cash in something that will give an actual return? My thoughts as well. When you can borrow money at sub 3% why tie up your own cash.
ksss 10/21/17 03:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Most RELIABLE Diesel 1 Ton Truck???

I am trading in my 2015 Chevy 3500 SRW CC Long box, 4X4. My new one will be here any day. It is dark blue LTZ, 54K miles. Great truck, never missed a day of work. Trading it in at the Chevy dealer in Idaho Falls. Congrats, but curious why you're trading in your 2015 for a used one? Pretty sure he's trading it in for a new one but my question is "why trade a truck that's been so good to you?" I like to keep the truck current, the resale is high, so I like to trade them, usually before 60K seems to be the sweet spot. It depends on a number of factors doesn't always work that way sometimes I keep them to 100K but this year it is easy to justify.
ksss 10/21/17 03:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Most RELIABLE Diesel 1 Ton Truck???

I am trading in my 2015 Chevy 3500 SRW CC Long box, 4X4. My new one will be here any day. It is dark blue LTZ, 54K miles. Great truck, never missed a day of work. Trading it in at the Chevy dealer in Idaho Falls.
ksss 10/19/17 07:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uber expensive pickups...how much of a trend ?

According to my commercial salesman, largely the only people that walk in and buy a 70K plus diesel pickup are farmers (on the good years) and contractors. The average person making an average wage with average credit are buying used. There is no question that the prices have over shot the rise in wages.
ksss 10/12/17 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: another tire thread....opinions?

When the KO's are new their performance is excellent on icy, snow packed roads. As the tire wears that becomes considerably less impressive. The KO's I have are on a truck that typically gets new KO's every year, so it works. I have the EXO Grappler on another truck and have bought these tires twice now. A really good aggressive AT tire. I have been getting around 50K out of them, which I am totally good with. I am tempted to try Nitto's new Ridge Grappler, looks like a good tread design. The Cooper SST's have been wearing well, especially for as aggressive as they are. They are worthy of consideration. Me personally and those in this area, have zero use for Michelin. The tire shop I use, has a huge pile of new take off Michelins. They simply suck in the Winter and off road. All depends on where your at, probably work fine in other climates and if you stay on pavement. My wife has a set of the Nitto G2 on here 1500 and they are wearing very well, with really good Winter driving traction, the tread design is real blocky and so it bites on ice very well. Tires on my pickups is one of those areas that I have no issue spending the money it takes to get what performs. Unless taken to the extreme, I will accept less over all mileage if the tire performance is worth the reduced overall mileage.
ksss 10/07/17 01:14pm Tow Vehicles
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