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The Awesomeness of the 350

Discussion in 'Performance & Fuel' started by Big_Mike, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Big_Mike

    Big_Mike New Member

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    What does everyone think about the 350? Awesome? Overrated? Positive or negative comments, I would like to hear them. Thanks!!!
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    1996+ 5.7s I love. Alot of power and alot of low end torque and alot of options to add tons of power to their already 255HP and 330ft/lbs or tourque. 1995- 5.7s I've never driven one but I do know that there are alot of power adding options as well.

    Just the MPGs suck
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  3. Conlan Rose

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    I LOVE MY 5.7!!!

    Literally love it its amazingly powerful, sometimes yah it bad on gas but its has so much power. The Vortec 5.7 in my Tahoe is definitely perfectly paired with the 4l60e they put power to the road with amazing precision and efficiency. Compared to the previous generation of 350 the gen I Vortec has 25% more horsepower. 200 VS. 255 Its the perfect engine tranny combo for older trucks. Also it is a very advanced engine with SFI, higher compression, full engine monitoring from the computer and the computer controls the engine and tranny very well. Another thing is the engine is so easy to work on and parts are readily available.
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  4. Big_Mike

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    I think it is an awesome engine as well. At first I thought they were (overrated until I owned one)!
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  5. Conlan Rose

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    [MENTION=55836]Big_Mike[/MENTION] what year is your truck.
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  6. Big_Mike

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    1993, Conlan
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    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

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    Nice, so you have the stock 350? What tranny is behind it?
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    Yes, stock 350 with a 4L60E. So looking at the bottom of your reply, I see you have a 96 Tahoe. How well do you like it? Looks like you have put in some wrench time on it... And btw... I haven't uploaded a pic of my truck yet... Hope to one day!
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  9. Conlan Rose

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    Love my Tahoe and yah I've put a decent amount of time on the truck luckly not much on engine or tranny both are solid just every thing else need some work. Like the paint and tires, little fixing up here and there, some basic mods, but trying to keep her stock the best I can with hidden mods.
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    I understand about wanting to keep it stock. My dad is a fan of factory products and keeping vehicles stock. I joke around with him, saying "If ain't stock, it's for suckers!" Ha, makes for a good laugh, kind of an inside joke. I tell ya, it's SO much easier using factory parts. The complications are reduced as often encountered from aftermarket components. But I guess due to copyright laws, aftermarket companies can't get but so close to original parts without direct violation. I plan on make putting in some factory bucket seats with a console. Taking out my bench seat. This will hopefully be easier with factory components. It's just hard tracking down parts that match my interior color from junkyards. However, often the fun is in the search! So are you running a 350 with 4L60E as well?
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    Yup running Vortec 350 with the 4L60e its a great comb tons of on demand power and smart shifting for an older tranny.
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    Btw you may have some luck with gmdirect because you just have to enter in you vin and then you find the parts tailored to your truck.
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    My first truck was an 89 Sierra with the 5.7 350. I never had an issue for the 7 years I drove it. Being a kid when I got it, I had no real appreciation for it at the time. Having owned several Chevy trucks since, I can look back on that engine and realize I had a pretty thing going! I miss that truck, and that motor.
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  14. Conlan Rose

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    Yah my Tahoe is my first vehicle and I have no intentions of getting rid of it. So it gets bad gas mileage its so powerful and easy to maintain. Also there's no newer car that enthralls me like my truck. I've driven hybrids they are so sappy. Driven the brand new suburban it was a nice truck but has coil springs. I just love my truck its reliable and tough and built to last. I may one day buy another car or truck but I'll keep the old Tahoe because I have a unique bond with it. I brought it back to life after months of neglect by the old owner.
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  15. Big_Mike

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    I hear ya. It's good that you put life back into it. Some people would just junk a vehicle when it starts to need some serious work (like engine overhauls, transmission work, etc.). It's become a throw away world. But that's what makes the ones who do put effort into restoration of automobiles special. That's actually a career I am considering. There's something very special about bringing back life to a vehicle someone has forgotten or given up on. Which brings up another point: most people don't care HOW something works as long as it works. It all comes down to how much effort an individual is willing to put into something. I agree with you, Chevy trucks are some tough trucks, as long as they are maintained by the owner.
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    Also, thanks to everyone else for their input! Seems like most who have replied like the 350/5.7 Liter. May it have a long life...
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    I'll keep this in mind btw. Thanks!! I would have replied earlier to this, but for some reason had some issues loading this thread. And a 350 mated to a 4L60E is a good combination. Unless I am mistaken, that's what my dad has in his 2002 Silverado.
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  18. Conlan Rose

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    Last silverado model year with a stock 350 was 1998. Last for Tahoe was 2000. Yah luckily I haven't had any engine problems its just everything else like electrical and fluids. But Yah I wanna bring the Tahoe back to as if it just came off the floor in Wisconsin. Factory numbers and everything.
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