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Old January 15th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #41
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I know there has got to be more then these few on here.

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Old January 15th, 2011, 10:10 PM   #42
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i work at the proving grounds working on these trucks and look for something newer than 04. 00 to 04 had those bosch injector problems. atleast if you do get one in those years make sure it's been takin care of, or find out mileage because they have a warr
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Old January 16th, 2011, 06:54 AM   #43
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i work at the proving grounds working on these trucks and look for something newer than 04. 00 to 04 had those bosch injector problems. atleast if you do get one in those years make sure it's been takin care of, or find out mileage because they have a warr
So what if there were some bad injectors. Most have been replaced by now and if they haven't its worth doing. LB7 Duramax's get the best economy. My LB7 used to get 15mpg towing 2 trucks. My LLY barely gets that empty. Now if you start talking about tuning, then its different. But when talking stock mileage figures I think you'd have a hard time beating a LB7.

Edit: Please don't call it a "Dirtymax", its gay and makes me want to smash your face in
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Old January 16th, 2011, 03:56 PM   #44
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why waste the money to straight axle it unless your going to wheel it or seriously work it. you will loose the abs and lift it more then needed for a tow rig duty. i vote for sleeving the tre's and leveling kit with 285
no no no straight axles own all ifs sucks, duh

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Bc if I really did need to work it hard then I won't have to worry about the front end falling apart. I like to think ahead and plan on keeping the truck awhile.
you sir deserve a retard badge. What wears out in the ifs on a stock or mildly lifted truck?

Ball joints, tie rod ends, and?

What wears out on EVERY other one ton truck out there? BALL JOINTS, TIE ROD ENDS......

Oh, and what suspension is underneath nearly every 2wd truck 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton?

INDEPENDANT FRONT SUSPENSION.

Sure, some of the idler arms and things may wear out, but again, not much differently than a straight axle.
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And the ball joints on the IFS don't require as much labor to replace.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 04:24 PM   #46
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you would be surprised...and the lb7's are good no knocking them just informing him of what might be out there and to check and see if they had been replaced.
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And the ball joints on the IFS don't require as much labor to replace.
really? I would have figured it was about the same either way?

For a "crawler" or jeep, or rock buggy straight axles are still the way to go, but for a work truck tow pig, it really doesn't matter.
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no no no straight axles own all ifs sucks, duh.


sorry chad i forgot. all trucks are going to need work done to them. im personally thinking about going back to the ifs truck. it rode better and didnt wear as many parts working as a straight axle truck would.
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sorry chad i forgot. all trucks are going to need work done to them. im personally thinking about going back to the ifs truck. it rode better and didnt wear as many parts working as a straight axle truck would.
It cracks me up how much people think shit like that.

You're right, and you use your trucks.

I have a straight axle truck in my driveway, but If I had a duramax I wouldn't even think twice about the fact it is IFS.
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really? I would have figured it was about the same either way?

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is this smartass kickstand? or the serious kick stand.......you dont need to pull the entire knuckle or shaft to do the ball joints in a ifs truck
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is this smartass kickstand? or the serious kick stand.......you dont need to pull the entire knuckle or shaft to do the ball joints in a ifs truck
It was serious kickstand, I've not replaced ball joints on an IFS 4wd truck, didn't know you could skip those steps. I've only done ball joints on 2wd truck, yj, and a buddies car.
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It cracks me up how much people think shit like that.

You're right, and you use your trucks.

I have a straight axle truck in my driveway, but If I had a duramax I wouldn't even think twice about the fact it is IFS.

i personaly had better luck with my duramax front end over my cummins. i have replaced the entire front end in the cummins. wheel bearings, balljoints, u joints(ones making alot of noise again), with any truck stuff is going to wear out and things are going to happen. its just life. i use my trucks as work trucks. they get used and abused but are well taken care off. i keep up on my maintenance so i have little to no problems. the ride of the ifs truck was a good ride and i worked the hell out of my duramax. it pulled some very heavy loads, drove it daily and plowed commercialy with the truck. it liked it and worked the hell out of it. it never gave me any problems. i did the usual wheel bearings but that was about it. everything else was tight and never needed attention in the truck.
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It was serious kickstand, I've not replaced ball joints on an IFS 4wd truck, didn't know you could skip those steps. I've only done ball joints on 2wd truck, yj, and a buddies car.
ya its pretty simple. on my cummins the wheel bearing needs to come out. the shaft comes out, both nuts off the balljoints have to come out to drop the knuckle and press the new joints in. and re torque everything.

on the ifs just pull the nut off the ball joint needed and beat on the knuckle till the ball joint pops loose or pickle fork. grind of or cut the 4 rivets holding the ball joint onto the arm and throw it away. the new ones bolt on to the control arm so its pretty simple.
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oh yeah, duh, I totally forgot about how they bolt in in some applications.
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Alright I don't care about how to replace shit. This thread was started to see what people on here have done to there duramaxs to get some ideas. If you don't have pics of duramaxs to post then don't post anymore shit.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #56
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Mine is a 2006 with just over 20,000 miles now. Its never been in the salt, and I'm doing my best to keep it looking like new. I did a 4500 mile trip from Michigan to Yellowstone, down to Grand Tetons, down to Moab, and back to Michigan all towing about 8,000 pounds, and it never blinked an eye. I ended up on a 14% grade in Wyoming, and it never sweat going up or down.

Mine has all the factory goodies you can get, so I'm pretty happy with it the way it is. The Bose stereo is nothing special, but plenty good enough for me. The heated leather seats with memory were great on long trips.

I love the LBZ engine, but the truck came with a PPE programmer, so after adding the Transgo Jr. kit, I run it on #2, which is a 90HP tune. I can get over 20 MPG unloaded. Towing mileage sucks, but I drive fast, so its expected.

I hated the way it rode stock. The Rancho shocks did an awesome job of smoothing it out. The new rear cab mounts also made a world of difference. I highly recommend both to anybody with one of these trucks.

I've done a few mods, and don't really plan to do any more except maybe some HID headlights. Here's a quick list of my mods.

torsion key lift with 265/75/16 Michelin LTX MS (stock is 245s, which are ridiculously small)
Rancho 9000XL (adjustable) shocks all around
MBRP 4" turbo back stainless exhaust (to eliminate the factory engine droan, help with EGT temps, and a make a sweet exhaust sound)
AFE Stage 2 intake (not necessary at all, but the truck came with it)
EGR blocked (very necessary, IMO)
Dashdaq + EGT probe
Transgo Jr. (recommended for anything over 50 HP tune)
Merchant Automotive tie rod sleeves
Access Tonneau
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tinted windows 5% all around
Tekonsha P3 brake controller
NPI Catch-All carpet mats
all synthetic fluids
passenger seat full recline mod
chromed aluminum grille bowtie
custom chrome bowtie center cap stickers
GM chrome nerfs
GM plastic bedrail caps
towing mirror extensions
Cobra CB with Merchant Automotive mount and stainless antenna

I love the never-ending discussion about the terrible IFS suspension. I wouldn't trade mine for anything. My friend is just rebuilding the front end of his F250 for the THIRD TIME in 120,000 miles. Between the front end that won't hold together, the miserably-rough ride, and the 6.0 in his truck, he's told me numerous time he wishes he would have bought one like mine. To each their own, but I love my IFS.

Here's a few pics. Like I said, pretty much stock, but I like it like this. I don't have any desire to really change anything about the way it looks.













Only saw this one. Probably never see it again. I can routinely get 22 or so unloaded if I drive 65 MPH. It goes down fast as the speed increases.

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Mine is a 2006 with just over 20,000 miles now. Its never been in the salt, and I'm doing my best to keep it looking like new. I did a 4500 mile trip from Michigan to Yellowstone, down to Grand Tetons, down to Moab, and back to Michigan all towing about 8,000 pounds, and it never blinked an eye. I ended up on a 14% grade in Wyoming, and it never sweat going up or down.

Mine has all the factory goodies you can get, so I'm pretty happy with it the way it is. The Bose stereo is nothing special, but plenty good enough for me. The heated leather seats with memory were great on long trips.

I love the LBZ engine, but the truck came with a PPE programmer, so after adding the Transgo Jr. kit, I run it on #2, which is a 90HP tune. I can get over 20 MPG unloaded. Towing mileage sucks, but I drive fast, so its expected.

I hated the way it rode stock. The Rancho shocks did an awesome job of smoothing it out. The new rear cab mounts also made a world of difference. I highly recommend both to anybody with one of these trucks.

I've done a few mods, and don't really plan to do any more except maybe some HID headlights. Here's a quick list of my mods.

torsion key lift with 265/75/16 Michelin LTX MS (stock is 245s, which are ridiculously small)
Rancho 9000XL (adjustable) shocks all around
MBRP 4" turbo back stainless exhaust (to eliminate the factory engine droan, help with EGT temps, and a make a sweet exhaust sound)
AFE Stage 2 intake (not necessary at all, but the truck came with it)
EGR blocked (very necessary, IMO)
Dashdaq + EGT probe
Transgo Jr. (recommended for anything over 50 HP tune)
Merchant Automotive tie rod sleeves
Access Tonneau
Line-X
tinted windows 5% all around
Tekonsha P3 brake controller
NPI Catch-All carpet mats
all synthetic fluids
passenger seat full recline mod
chromed aluminum grille bowtie
custom chrome bowtie center cap stickers
GM chrome nerfs
GM plastic bedrail caps
towing mirror extensions
Cobra CB with Merchant Automotive mount and stainless antenna

I love the never-ending discussion about the terrible IFS suspension. I wouldn't trade mine for anything. My friend is just rebuilding the front end of his F250 for the THIRD TIME in 120,000 miles. Between the front end that won't hold together, the miserably-rough ride, and the 6.0 in his truck, he's told me numerous time he wishes he would have bought one like mine. To each their own, but I love my IFS.

Here's a few pics. Like I said, pretty much stock, but I like it like this. I don't have any desire to really change anything about the way it looks.













Only saw this one. Probably never see it again. I can routinely get 22 or so unloaded if I drive 65 MPH. It goes down fast as the speed increases.


DO the cops mess with you with about the tint?
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Old January 17th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #58
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Yes they do. The last 6 vehicles I've owned have been tinted like this one, and I probably average getting pulled over 3 times a year about it. As soon as they see the doctor's note, I'm on my way without another word.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:44 PM   #59
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I ordered mine in April of 2004 and still love it as much as I did the day I took delivery of it. It just rolled 100,000 two weeks ago.









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Old January 20th, 2011, 03:58 PM   #60
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my buddy's dad has a 04 dmax and he goes through bfg all-terrains like crazy in the rear do to the torque. now he is running nitto terra grapplers which are wearing better. what other tires are good for the dmax?
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