Page 5 of 7 FirstFirst ... 34567 LastLast

Thread: Why so few GM Builds?

  1. #41
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,324
    I miss the olde GM's. GM needs to look backwards to go forwards. Solid Dana Axles. Manual hubs. Simple to work on. Good looks.
    2017 Ford F250
    '02 Honda CRF450r,
    '04 Ford Mach1
    '12 Suzuki DRZ400S
    '12 Ducati Panigale 1199S

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    South Texas
    Posts
    272
    Poor aftermarket support in terms of off-road mods and a weak drivetrain on the 1/2-ton stuff. I am an anti-GM guy, I saw my parents have far too many issues with them when I was growing up. In regards to their HD line of vehicles they are a very distant third amongst the current offerings, small cabs, handles like a car and the IFS is a joke.

  3. #43
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Music City USA
    Posts
    100
    Quote Originally Posted by Buliwyf View Post
    I miss the olde GM's. GM needs to look backwards to go forwards. Solid Dana Axles. Manual hubs. Simple to work on. Good looks.
    The SAME can be said for every other OEM manufacture with the exception of JEEP who has shown the NEW Jeep will continue with a solid axle.

    The "Simple to Work On" concept is now a Pipe Dream due to government regulations for all manufacture's.
    Mike

    Remember "Drive Fast, Turn Heads, Break Hearts"!

  4. #44
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Music City USA
    Posts
    100
    Quote Originally Posted by Tex68w View Post
    handles like a car.
    That's why GM sells so many!
    Mike

    Remember "Drive Fast, Turn Heads, Break Hearts"!

  5. #45
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,324
    Quote Originally Posted by vintageracer View Post
    The SAME can be said for every other OEM manufacture with the exception of JEEP who has shown the NEW Jeep will continue with a solid axle.

    The "Simple to Work On" concept is now a Pipe Dream due to government regulations for all manufacture's.
    Not that simple. The Powerwagon is pretty simple to work on. The Super Duty suspension and axles are dead simple to work on. (engine not so much, because Ford) The GM front end is a bit of a pain. SAS are nice, but not as much as a '85 2500 with a ZZ502 would be.
    2017 Ford F250
    '02 Honda CRF450r,
    '04 Ford Mach1
    '12 Suzuki DRZ400S
    '12 Ducati Panigale 1199S

  6. #46
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Brownsburg, IN
    Posts
    2
    My 1999 GMC Yukon 1500 was a $2000 Craigslist find, obtained at about 208K miles in November 2015. It had lived a tough life with the prior owner, starting out in the AZ desert and then carting Boy Scouts and a light trailer from Indiana to Wisconsin on a regular basis. I grabbed it with the intention of making it camp-out capable first and then heading towards more serious expedition use.

    After my initial investment in basic wear and maintenance items was under $500 (radiator, fluids, belts, hoses, light bulbs, etc...) I was pretty encouraged. I'd started to save up for lifts, tires, racks and bumpers when the gears in the rear end ate each other. Further analysis determined that the axle bearings were gone as well, so I was looking at a whole new rear end. Even with junkyard parts I was facing at half the cost of what I'd paid for the whole truck, and gobbling up my whole improvements bankroll. Plus, once that first failure happens, you can't help but start to look at what you are living with / putting off that really needed to be addressed... holes in the exhaust and muffler, trans slipping between 2 and 3, AC struggling... it stopped making sense from a $$$ standpoint. I let it go to the shop owner's cousin for $500 in April of 2016.

    I loved the styling of the GMT400 platform. The barn doors were the best part. If I can find a GMT800 with barn doors, I may give that a shot... I feel like I'd be more prone to continue to invest in something powered by the LS than the 5.7L just because of all the drivetrain support available. I don't hate the idea of having to come up with some of my own bits - fab is part of why I want to tackle this kind of project. I just didn't want to go throwing money down the pit if the drivetrain was going to start dying on me.

    Maybe if I was confident I could swap a rear end on my own I'd still have it, and y'all would be reading my camping threads.

  7. #47
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    South Texas
    Posts
    272
    Quote Originally Posted by vintageracer View Post
    That's why GM sells so many!
    Not in Texas they donít lol!

    Check sales numbers on HD trucks, they are no where near Ford.

  8. #48
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    South TX
    Posts
    65
    GM IFS (8 lug at least) is neither as complicated nor weak as people on the internet say. I have stripped my 2003 Yukon XL 2500's front end down to the frame, everything came out including the diff and every steering part and I replaced all wear parts (and much more). It was really straightforward, I did everything single-handedly in my driveway with standard 'front-end' tools. I also have a solid axle ZJ and I have done a full front suspension/steering refresh before and that was a lot worse of a job than the IFS truck, but then again that was working on it single-handedly too. On my Yukon I would rather not have an aluminum clamshell front diff but if you are actually handling one, it is a very substantial piece and I'm not too worried about it blowing apart. Clearly a Dana 60 is much stronger but I don't need a Dana 60 for what I intend to do with it.

  9. #49
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Alberta
    Posts
    8
    I take my 08 2500 duramax CCSB everywhere. Its fitted with a 52gal titan, the kryptonite steering kit a level and some fox 2.0s This truck has done everything I've asked of it and I've asked a lot. The modes were pretty simple to install. I've been very pleased with their performance. Having a 900 mile range is the best mod I've done. Having driven an 1500 and a 2500, I prefer the later. It just feels more solid plus I don't mind the stiffer ride and the 6.6 is beauty

  10. #50
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Music City USA
    Posts
    100
    Quote Originally Posted by Tex68w View Post
    Not in Texas they don’t lol!

    Check sales numbers on HD trucks, they are no where near Ford.
    The sell more Fords in Texas because the Fords drive like TRUCK'S and work like trucks instead of driving like cars that the 1500 GM Suburban/Tahoe's (Woman Urban Assault Vehicles) do and that were being discussed at the time of that post.
    Mike

    Remember "Drive Fast, Turn Heads, Break Hearts"!

Page 5 of 7 FirstFirst ... 34567 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •