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So never did a build thread for my old truck, but figured I would do one for the new truck, not for you, but for me, so I know what I've done to it. After dumping money into my LB7 I know what I want to do to this truck, in what order....

First off, a tribute to my old LB7, she was a amazing truck, I beat the piss out of her and she just kept going, super strong, a pure and simple workhorse.

02' Silverado 2500HD CCLB 4x4 had EFI Live built trans tunes controlled by a Edge Insight CTS (tuned by Kory - PPEI), Magnaflow 4"-5" Turbo Back, Magnaflow DP, S&B CAI, PPE Boost Valve, Airdog II 165gph, BDS 4.5" Lift, Deaver 2" Mini Pack, Kryptonite UCA's, Fox 2.0 Shocks, B&W Turnover Ball Gooseneck, Tekonsha P3, Dmax Store 1 Piece Driveshaft, PPE Stage 5 Trans, Russell SS Brake Lines. Tragically, a combo of crazy rain, tires needing replacement, and me being on the race tunbe (forgot to turn it down when it started raining) ended in it being hurdled over the center divide and landing on its side. Insurance totaled her out. Please a moment of silence, RIP 12-15-2016...



That being said, cant be without a truck, need something to put hay in and haul the livestock around with. So the hunt began for a CCLB SRW, I was looking for a LBZ or LMM as I wanted something without injector or headgasket issues, and something with a Allison 6 speed. Ended up finding a white, with black interior LBZ, fully loaded LMM in Seattle, WA, after some haggling with the dealer, got down to 25k (they were asking 28k). Hopped on a plane, and 14 hours later she is home....



Need to get get weighed, VIN verified, smogged, then go sit at DMV so I can pay my taxes and registration and get my plates....


So, a list of whats going to get done over the next month or 2
-Lift pump (pulled my ADII 165 off my LB7)
-Mount my toolchest in the bed
-Pull the flares off and hopefully keep them off depending on how the paint looks, if not paint them white
-Remove some of the badging and moulding
-Paint rear emblem on tailgate
-elevation (trying to decide if I want to throw my Kryptonite UCA's on it and level it, or through 2" blocks on the rear and a Cognito or BDS 4" lift on the front) that would give me perfectly level stance and flat CV's (not to mention I have my brand new Fox 2.0's that I pulled off my old truck with the same setup)
-wheels (hate the wheels on it), and I had bought brand new SOTA SSD's for my LB7, totaled it the day before I mounted them, so they are sitting in my shop and would look great on this truck
-Nictane adapter so I can run CAT filters
-Buy a VIN license, get some mild stock trans tunes, block EGR, remove cat and DPF (will need to put it in every other year for smog)
-Replace headlights with LED's
-Some Weathertech floormats
-Replace the nerf bars with N-Fabs (i bought a set for my LB7 and they arrived the day I totaled it, so will exchange for ones for this truck)
-Fluids, treat her to Amsoil full synthetic (front diff, read diff, transfer case) flush coolant, dump and fill + filter on the trans, just got her oil changed so im ok there...
-3 pod pillar gauge mount (EGT, boost and oil temp)
-backup camera (makes hitching up the bumper pulls so much easier)


And other stuff thats planned-
-Front bumper, I did a Road Rhino WIY on the last truck, debatting between that or a Trail Ready, love the look of the trail ready, but they are $$$$$
-Built trans
-air bags
-onboard compressor
-weld up a headache rack
-most likely replace the rear bumper with something heavy duty


And build/VIN Info...

How she sits currently...



 

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Sounds like fun! I'm in for the progress. And I like the name of the truck haha
 

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Looks good man, to bad you can't pull the lift off the LB7. It may be damaged though.
 

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In on it.

Mine is named ODOT from the guys at work.

I named it old girl. Lol

Or white lightning depending how fast I pass you.
ODOT? Ohio Department of Transportation?
 

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So, got the boring part taken care of. Went and got it smogged, weighed (7,340lbs with almost no fuel in it), then brought it down to DMV so they could check the VIN and so I could pay all my taxes and fees on it; my wallet is $2,500 lighter now. :(

Stopped by the dmax store on my lunch break, chatted with the guys over there about the new truck, made an appointment to have them install a Cognito 4-6" lift on it, so Feb 1 I will be sitting level and have some ground clearance. Planning on going with the standard kit now, and depending on how much I drag the torsion bars will upgrade to a NTBD later ($500 from Cognito).

Tomorrow will head to the tow yard that hauled my old truck from the crash and pick up all my crap from them, including my 1 piece driveshaft, Fox 2.0 shocks, toolchest, old GN hitch and lift pump... Need to get the bed Line-X'd then will mount my tool chest in it. Depending on what the weather does (and how much I drink on New Years Eve) might try and get the lift pump in it at some point this weekend or Monday since I have it off.
 

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Nice find. My next truck will probably be a cclb srw unless I find another rclb I just have to have. I would skip leds in the headlights.

http://www.duramaxforum.com/forum/h...90425-how-legal-headlight-mod-nbs-trucks.html

And 9011 in the highs.

I'm loving the jump into a nbs the interior is built much better IMO. Last note if you're dropping big money on a bumper fab fours look great on this body style.
Thanks, thats good info on the headlights...

Really like the NBS interior better? I like the looks of the dash and the tap shifter, but seats arent as comfy and it feels cheap and rattles...

My old truck I had the Road Rhino WIY bumper, not really thirlled on fit and design so prolly wont use them again, not sure how I feel about the Move WIY bumpers either. I really like the Trail Ready bumpers, think they look fantastic, they are just pricey. Might just fab up my own....
 

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Thanks, thats good info on the headlights...

Really like the NBS interior better? I like the looks of the dash and the tap shifter, but seats arent as comfy and it feels cheap and rattles...

My old truck I had the Road Rhino WIY bumper, not really thirlled on fit and design so prolly wont use them again, not sure how I feel about the Move WIY bumpers either. I really like the Trail Ready bumpers, think they look fantastic, they are just pricey. Might just fab up my own....
I now have 2 nbs interiors. 08 Sierra and an 07 Tahoe (ltz) neither rattle but the Tahoe does have a cracked dash. The Tahoe although the same year as many lbzs doesn't have burned out seat heaters or tears in the leather. No burned out lights on either dash or dead stepper motors. I dropped the headliner in my truck last weekend and my a and b pillars are actually bolted on not just some shit ass plastic nub in a metal clip. I will say my lly with cloth seats did have better fabric but thats about the only place it wins.
 

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So its going to be like second Christmas.... Using my OT money to buy some gauges. Just ordered Autometer pillar guage pod for 3 gauges, and Autometer Sport Comp II gauges for EGT, boost and oil temp. Will prolly try and mount my old Edge Insight somewhere as well, just not real thrilled about its reliability. I had 3 EGT sensors go bad (non expandable). Figured I would go with analog gauges, but will be nice to use the Insight for desired FRP vs actual, engine temp and the tranny to see what gear its in and if its in lockup or not. Can have it display trans temp as well so can have trip meter or something else on the DIC....

Now I need to figure out what color my pillars are and try and match the paint... Black interior and dash but the pillars and headliner are super light in color....
 

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sub'd. looking forward to seeing the transformation
 

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Picked up my stuff from the tow yard that was pulled out of my old truck. Plugged in my Edge Insight, and checked the balance rates...



All I have to say is wow. I dont think my LB7 balance rates looked that good even when I put brand new injectors in.
 

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So decided to go with the Husky floor mats over the Weathertechs. Had the Weathertechs in my last truck, and wasn't impressed with the fit, so decided to try something else. Must say, the fit on the Husky's is amazing, would def buy them again, have a tons of spikes on the bottom so they don't move at all.


Ran down to the local Riebes (Napa) on my lunch break today to get thermostats (more on that later) and picked up a air filter while I was there...


So onto coolant/thermostats. Whenever I get a vehicle I try and go through it and flush everything, so I have a baseline on it, and have quality fluids in it. That being said, I noticed on my 800 mile drive home the temp gauge was moving around a lot. From the readings on the guage, it was bouncing between 180 and 205. Well since I picked up the Insight yesterday, I plugged it in to see what the temps were (assuming the temp gauge was as inaccurate as the one on the LB7). So on the way to work this morning truck hit about 170 when I hopped on the highway, but then dropped down to 155-165 and never really warmed up. Ambient air temp was around 25-30 degrees. After seeing the temp drop, figured i had bad therms and since I wanted to flush the coolant might as well replace them.

Didnt take any pics when I had it apart, but here the pic on re-assembly...


So, after looking around for a few minutes for the drain, I hopped online and read a few things that the LMM doesnt have one. Doh! Pulled the clip on the lower rad hose and drained the coolant the messy way. Once it was buttoned back up, warmed her up, burped it, and went for a test drive. Warmed right up and stayed at temp! Did notice that when the truck is at operating temp (180-185 according to the Edge Insight) the temp gauge on the dash was reading just under 210, so good to know where the needle should be at least... Be curious to see if I get a little better MPG with the motor running at temp instead of 160ish...

And right before I called it a night in the shop, had a Kuiu sticker laying on my toolbox, and the back window was looking a little naked, so...



Need to find some paint to match my pillar so I can get this stuff installed... Prolly will wait till next year as I'm having my annual big NYE bash and have a ton of tractor work and wood to get cut...



And these will get put on Feb 1st when the Dmax Store throw my Cognito lift on...
 
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