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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmitchell1 View Post
    The air damn on the front is for fuel economy. We did a test on my buddies '13 silverado and there wasn't a difference in fuel economy so I'd say take it off. I take them off every truck I've had. And the z71 appearance package is awesome, ill be buying a duramax within the year and it'll deffently have the z71 package. Beautiful truck love the red
    If the fron air dam made zero difference, GM would not put it on. It's there for a reason.

    2013 Silverado LTZ White Diamond Crew Cab

    Advent OGM1 Navigation
    Husky Liners GearBox Underseat Storage
    Airaid MIT
    EGR Rail Caps
    K&N Air Filter
    Flowsound 40 Muffler
    Hypertech Max Energy Tune (only top end limiter removed and AFM disabled)
    Chrome Tailgate Handle Cover
    TonnoPro HF-155 Tonneau Cover
    WeatherTech Front and Rear Splash Guards
    Husky Liners X-Act Contour Floor Liners
    WeatherTech Side Window Deflectors

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    Sr. Engineer nickgiacalone's Avatar
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    Thanks everyone. Hopefully it's nice out this weekend so I can get it all cleaned up and get some pics up!

  3. #23


    If you do not find a color matched tailgate handle bezel you can always paint it yourself. Sand, prime, paint, clear and of course wet sanding in all of that. Or if you are not comfortable painting yourself just find a local painter. The air dam does effect air flow so it will removing it can change your mileage slightly but nothing too noticeable. The way you drive is the main factor in improving fuel mileage. But looking forward to the pics
    2002 Chevy Silverado & 1995 Ford Bronco

    02 Silverado: 50K miles, 20" Motto Rims, Flowmaster 50 Series
    95 Bronco: 160K miles, 4" Superlift, 33/12.5/15 Mickey Thompson
    01 Civic: 75K miles, DD

  4. #24


    z71 was a great choice shes a beaut

  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by stchman View Post
    If the fron air dam made zero difference, GM would not put it on. It's there for a reason.
    Made zero difference when the variables weren't controlled. If you put the truck in a wind tunnel it could show you what the air dam does for aerodynamics. I'm not sure how it could push air up for cooling.
    2009 chevy 1500 z71 4x4
    2.5 ccm level,2.5 inch rear blocks 305/60/18 coopers stt,Debadged,10 series flow w/dual exit in front or right rear tire, KN CAI, diablo InTune, 18% tint all the way around ,spec-d euro headlights with black housings,winjet smoke LED tail lights,putco LED third brake light smoked, fab fours front bumper with 10k warn winch, RK sports ram air hood
    1965 c10 swb, zz4 350 with the hot cam and fast burn heads and a 780 Holley on top, richmond super street 5 speed,restorod

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    Sr. Engineer nickgiacalone's Avatar
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    I think the air dam probably increases fuel economy slightly, in a corporate wide standpoint, it probably helps GM meet fleet wide fuel standards, but in a one truck scenario it is most likely going to be such a small change that it's almost undetectable.

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    I love the red, something about a red Chevy truck spells AMERICA! I've had two trucks with painted front ends, you'll love them and you'll hate them. Love them when they are clean and waxed, they really look great. Hate them when you go on a road trip and they get stone chipped. Leveling kit from ready lift really do make them look nice when side by side with an unleveled truck. The air dam doesn't push air it creates low pressure behind the front clip causing the fan and that slit in the bumper to draw in more air, more efficiently.
    Electric fan, not mechanical so efficiency was improved when they added the slit in the bumper and the extended air dam. Really do like the Z71 gage package, I have a Sierra Z71 in black but almost got an Offroad edition in red with the Z71 appearance kit. I didn't like the black leather, summer heat suck in those seats. I still think about getting my next crew cab in red, just seams like I see to many in black these days. Nice truck and congrats!
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    2011 GMC Sierra SLE, Z71 with 5.3 l and max tow/haul package

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    Beautiful Truck! But I am slightly partial to red trucks....I have your truck's 2011 Twin!

    2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT
    Z71 Appearance Package

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    I am jealous and now want a new one hahaha! Very nice looking truck. Ford and Dodge just cant make them look that nice....
    "Go ahead, try to take my gun away"

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