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Upgrades on the New K2500

Discussion in '1992-Present Chevy & GMC models' started by pauly383, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Well , I know the quick connects leak on the heater hose to the intake . I had planned on replacing it anyway , as it did show a small leak when I bought the truck ( p/o didn't know where it leaked , and promised to pay for the fix ) .

    Its beyond fixing , Damn threaded part broke right off the second I touched it :laugh:

    Upgraded to a threaded fitting , and a piece of rubber hose with two hose clamps . It isn't going to leak anytime soon :D

    Next thing is a bigger tranny cooler :pimp:
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Second thing I did last night was transfer my wifey's Sirius over to the truck , and install a head unit I had lying around . Pics coming tonight .

    Looks clean , I got the install parts on Ebay , and its tapped into the factory wiring without cutting . The sirius is in a pocket where the old stereo controls were . No wires visible :thumb:
     
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    That cool that you got a new truck that can double as a towrig & DD. Just make sure you keep the 4L60E cool since it is just like a 700R4. Sounds like you got a pretty decent price on it & it should serve you well. Now you need a trailer. :D

    Harley
     
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    I have 2 coolers on the K5. One is 24K GVW & the othe is 18K GVW or something like that. I would also recommend a gauge too if you are going to tow with it. I have the B&M gauge plumbed in on the sending cooler line. My stock cooler has been removed from the loop too so it won't absorb heat from the radiator.

    When I am wheeling I hardly ever see the temps get above 160*. If I am flogging the crap out of it on dirt hillclimbs I have seen 220*. When the temps go abov 200* I park it and let it cooldown.

    The big B&M cooler on jegs is 11"x11"x1.5" & is rated @ 29K GVW. It's $90 The B&M gauge wasn't very expensive either. $46. Cheap insurance if you ask me.

    Harley
     
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    Heres the pic of last night . I threw my XRC-2200 in there until I win a nice newer MP3 deck off Ebay , all Sony decks from the mid 90's to now share the wiring plug on the back , so its plug and play . Actually mine ( CDX-F5710 MP3 ) may go in here and the new one in the K5 !!

    The Sirius unit is in the pocket , with the back of the pocket drilled for the antenna and power cord . For now I have the power cord in the cigarette lighter plug , but I am going to get a another outlet to mount under the dash like I did in the Impala and make it key on .

    [​IMG]

    Looks nice this way , and can be easily removed when truck is wrecked or replaced :thumb:
     
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    I'm going thru the same thing on my '91 right now. As soon as I put a wrench on it it broke off. Went back to the parts store and bought a tool that was supposed to be like an easy out for the part left in the manifold and it only managed to chew it up a little and make the hole bigger :doah: I hope there is enough of a manifold left when I am thru to put a fitting back in it.
     
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    What I did was hammererd a little ( old screwdriver or other sharp thingy ) to split the threads , and used needle noses to twist em out :thumb:
     
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    Won't hurt to try... if I have to pull the intake to fix it I'll be getting an Edelbrock 3704 instead anyway.
     
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    Thanks for the tip/reminder... it worked but I did manage to bugger up a few threads in the intake more than I liked. I just put on plenty of Teflon tape and no sign of leaks so far. All the little pieces went straight into the manifold though. Took a very small set of forceps to fish them out. Needle nose pliers were just too big.

    Other than dumping 5 quarts of synthetic blend oil in the motor before realizing I forgot to put the drain plug back in it was a successful day. But in my defense I went to the movies and saw transformers plus made a parts run in the middle of doing the oil change and trying to repair the fitting at the same time. My wife pulled the drain plug while I started the fitting repair so 3 hours later when I decided to jump to finishing the oil change since the fitting repair was going south I missed one major step :doah: One good thing was the drain pan was still in place, bad thing was the drain pan is a 7 quart and I had at least 9 quarts trying to fit into it (1 quart low when I started the oil change).
     

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