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Old 11-21-2011, 05:49 PM   eBay Motors  #11 (permalink)
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:58 PM   eBay Motors  #12 (permalink)
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because the allison wont fit in the trans tunnel. check out the 1500 sub vs 2500 and 1500 p/u vs 2500 and you can see how the sub isnt raised like the p/u. therefor, theyd have to mate the duramax with the standard trans and the torque would just shred it. or theyd have to de tune the dmax to the point where its pointless to have. but maybe someday the diesel gods will smile upon gm once again and a duramax sub will be born. :rockin:rockin
The Duramax / Allison combo fits under the Suburban / Yukon XL 2500 but you need to lift the body 2-3 inches. Easy solution to gain the clearance needed. Then let the conversion begin! Awesome truck for pulling toys, seats the whole family, friends and all their luggage. While getting better mileage and power than the original gas engine. Love it!!
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:46 AM   eBay Motors  #13 (permalink)
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Lets keep apples to apples here.
If your talking to sales yes 2007-2010 NBS are 20-22K but turn key 03-04 SUVs run 28-32 SUV and all, build cost on your 03-04 with a LBZ@90-110K is 15-17K and 00-02 LB7s are indeed 12-15K
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:01 AM   eBay Motors  #14 (permalink)
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Huh^^^^

Could you explain that in English?
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:03 PM   eBay Motors  #15 (permalink)
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Lets keep apples to apples here.
If your talking to sales yes 2007-2010 NBS are 20-22K but turn key 03-04 SUVs run 28-32 SUV and all, build cost on your 03-04 with a LBZ@90-110K is 15-17K and 00-02 LB7s are indeed 12-15K
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Huh^^^^

Could you explain that in English?
Eric can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe what he is saying is that the cost to convert a 2007-2010 NBS that you already own would be $20-22k.

The cost for a 2003 or 2004 turnkey DuraBurb would be $28-32k

The cost to build a 2003 or 2004 that you already own with an LBZ motor that has between 90-110k miles would be $15-17k.

The cost to build a 2000-2002 that you already own with an LB7 would be $12-15k

Basically, the newer motors cost more, which in turn makes the cost rise for the newer vehicles you want to convert.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:31 PM   eBay Motors  #16 (permalink)
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A Suburban was my first vehicle and the Duramax is my favorite motor, its always been my dream to have a 4x4 2500 Duramax Suburban. The ultimate vehicle in my opinion. I have an 85 Suburban that I'm gonna put a cummins into because of ease and cheapness.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:43 PM   eBay Motors  #17 (permalink)
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A new duramax from gm is about 12k$ isn't it? Brand new ally from gm is what 5-6k$?
That's about 18k$ already in just the parts, duraburbs prices don't seem that bad if you have them get you 100% brand new things..
Used obviously is less but not that much less...22k isn't that much to have a brand new duramax and a brand new Allison installed professionally...
15-17 isn't bad either, an lbz/6spd used runs about 8-12k combined..
Lb7's are slightly less obviously.

Not bad IMO.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:14 AM   eBay Motors  #18 (permalink)
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On the money Jeremiah.......no pun intended

Actually to build a Duramax SUV "cost effectively" meaning being able to get your money back out later down the road, (in case anyone reading this is up to the challenge), you need to work off of good condition used hardware. Remember a Dmax well maintained is easily a 500K motor and the Ally is a 250K unit hands down, so starting at 50-100K is just scratching the surface.

This is my price new from GM
Engine, siverado, sierra - 8 cylinder - 6.6l diesel - 8 CYLINDER - 6.6L DIESEL
07-10 $7,298.76
Does Not Include: Water Pump, Torsional Damper, Intake And Exhaust Manifolds, Distributor, Flywheel And Clutch Housing.

Transmission siverado, sierra - 8 cylinder - 6.6l diesel-LCT1000-6spd-4x4
07-10 $ 3795.25

Transfer case, silverado, sierra, 6.6l, w/electric shift
2011 $1,750.30

We are at 13K (with my 30% dealer discount) with no shipping and no hardware, building new would drive a build well into the 30K range and just isn't cost effective.

Never throw good money at bad, you won't get it back, Just my finding in the business.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:24 AM   eBay Motors  #19 (permalink)
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The Duramax / Allison combo fits under the Suburban / Yukon XL 2500 but you need to lift the body 2-3 inches. Easy solution to gain the clearance needed. Then let the conversion begin! Awesome truck for pulling toys, seats the whole family, friends and all their luggage. While getting better mileage and power than the original gas engine. Love it!!

i love the idea of a burb with the dmax... as you say it fits, but what other issues did you run into---wiring, body panels, steering columns etc?

i guess alternatively you could use the 4l80 as is in the vans and avoid the body lift if you detune the dmax....

this just means we need the baby dmax.....
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:51 AM   eBay Motors  #20 (permalink)
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A totaled out doner 2006 LBZ truck was used in this swap into a 2004 Yukon XL, so most parts needed were there. The steering column and IPC needed changed because the 06 had a different shifter and 6 speed display on dash. The rear drive shaft was custom made to the correct length. The HD grille and black filler trim piece were used to close the gap between the front bumper and the raised body. Fuel lines from the tanks slightly modified. Underhood wiring for the most part was a direct swap except for TCM power relay. Also had to run the shifter paddle wiring, and DLC communications for the ECM through the firewall. To keep the rear air condioning working, custom tee hoses were made to connect to the rear lines. Everything looks and works as if it were built that way from the factory. Of course it's no easy task, but worth it if thats what youre looking for.
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