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    Changed PCM need advice

    My 02 1500 didn't pass smog with the Black Bear programmed PCM so it was advised I put the stock PCM back in and run the test again. It passed when I installed it in 09 for my 2010 test but it didn't...
  2. Thread: Audio advice

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    Yea, I get it. A friend at work said to be...

    Yea, I get it. A friend at work said to be cautious about that also. I have my components picked out and I'll see what installation charges will be from some local shops and check they're pricing. If...
  3. Thread: Audio advice

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    Yes, I am planning to replace the HU and the door...

    Yes, I am planning to replace the HU and the door speakers at the same time. I was just curious if any one has had decent sound quality without installing a 4 ch amp at the same time. I have always...
  4. Thread: Audio advice

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    Audio advice

    It's been awhile since I last posted so how ya'll doing !

    My 02 1500 OEM cd player is just starting to act up (only 38K mi. on it) and have been shopping audio gear. I'm not a "seasoned"...
  5. Thread: new shocks

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    Shocks will not change your ride height, they...

    Shocks will not change your ride height, they merely dampen the control of spring rate oscillation.

    If your loads are seasonal or by inconsistant needs, and you don't want a perminate lift from...
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    You can not get lift from replacing shocks unless...

    You can not get lift from replacing shocks unless you use coil overs, of which your truck isn't set up for factory, and would take severe modification. Shocks merely dampen the spring response as the...
  7. Thread: Brake Boosters

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    Brake Boosters

    Since larger diameter tires play havoc in more areas than gearing, speedo, shift points, brake performance also degrades. In my past dealings with building off road trucks, Jeeps,and Dodges I usually...
  8. Thread: Shocks?

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    You won't be sorry :great:

    You won't be sorry :great:
  9. Thread: wheel spacers

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    Ditto here.. do not put wheel spacers on your...

    Ditto here.. do not put wheel spacers on your truck. Even a 1" spacer can cause bearing problems. I've machined hundreds of wheel spacers for hot rods, even high HP rods but they are willing to pay...
  10. Thread: Lifting a 2wd

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    Actually lifting a 2wd has plenty of functional...

    Actually lifting a 2wd has plenty of functional uses: 1) aesthetics as you say 2) not dragging parts on rocks while wondering around FS roads -camping etc 3) not having to slowly creep into a...
  11. Nice Granite top work bench too :glasses:

    Nice Granite top work bench too :glasses:
  12. Yes.. After collecting data here and other...

    Yes..

    After collecting data here and other sources I opted for Bear Performance custom tune and paid the Xtra 100 bucks to keep my OEM PCM. From what I learned, the earlier vehicles benefit more...
  13. My $$ went to Justin of Black Bear Performance...

    My $$ went to Justin of Black Bear Performance for a custom tune. It's not installed yet as it's someplace between here and there on the big brown race truck.

    So far, good communications and...
  14. Thread: Ratio Rockers

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    Ratio Rockers

    Has any one experimented with ratio rockers on the stock 5.3 and if so, what brand and ratio works well with stock V-springs.
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    Well... believe itor not, tin snips work great,...

    Well... believe itor not, tin snips work great, or a heavy duty box knife and a steady hand does real well and doesn't leave burrs like a saw or disc sander does. If you must use a saw, you can fine...
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    I plan to ! There's a shop around the corner...

    I plan to !

    There's a shop around the corner from me that's offered to let me install it there in the event I need to do a case relearn. The security relearn looks like a no-brainer.
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    Come on Jimmiee....get out the check book and...

    Come on Jimmiee....get out the check book and make us proud...

    I made my decision based on reading post's from this forum on going with a custom tune. After gathering my data and Many e-mails...
  18. Well, now I'm concerned...Justin and I are still...

    Well, now I'm concerned...Justin and I are still e-mailing back and forth and I was ready to pull the trigger on his custom tune and I still want to. He sent instructions on how to do the security...
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    I happen to do some machine work for a rear-end...

    I happen to do some machine work for a rear-end shop around the corner from me and I've seen GM spider gears chewed up with less than 20K on them. Known problem with the little rear end. I don't...
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    Nice looking wheel choices.... a few things to...

    Nice looking wheel choices.... a few things to consider though wile changing overall circumfrence diameters and local weather driving.

    1) Muds don't work in snow conditions....period....end of...
  21. Thread: new shocks?

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    Ya know....I have to agree... I have Bilsteins on...

    Ya know....I have to agree... I have Bilsteins on my Silverado and RS 9000's on my Dodge Ramcharger. I had problems with the RS5000's wheel hopping on the Dodge and after changing to the RS9000's ,...
  22. Thread: body mounts

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    I'm not a fan of body lifts personaly. There are...

    I'm not a fan of body lifts personaly. There are several "leveling kits" available but I didn't go that route for the historical lack of dependability and quality if you will.

    For my 2WD 02' 1500...
  23. Thread: De-Badging

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    Thanks for that...I had a peak and made some...

    Thanks for that...I had a peak and made some decisions.

    I bought #30 fishing line and already had plenty of goo-off but no plastic putty knife. There's an auto body paint store around the corner...
  24. I've decided on Black Bear Performance... Justin...

    I've decided on Black Bear Performance... Justin and I have been cooberating on the tune for my needs and I'm keeping my OEM PCM should I need it. Don't mind the xtra $$ since I was expecting more...
  25. Thread: De-Badging

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    First of all thanks for the quick replies.... I...

    First of all thanks for the quick replies.... I have one 1500 badge off and at least .125 of goo staring me in the face..... ack!

    Secondly, I've never heard of the "eraser wheel", and it sounds...
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