Adjusted's '04 Tahoe

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Adjusted, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. Adjusted

    Adjusted Super Moderator

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    Got a few minor things done to it. Installed Energy Suspension sway bar bushings all around to help with the amount of road-crowning and boatlike handling this thing has. Along with that, 2 new tires, and a bump up in tire PSI this thing handles much much better, still need some better shocks though. Dropped the ass end down to just a .5" rubber spacer and one spring isolator - sits much better now, with about a .5" lean. Could use a tad more but its better than ass-high or level. Replaced the intermediate shaft to correct the ever-present front end clunk in these things. Then just caught up on maintenance, and cleaned it up once before a few weeks of rain. Still pretty happy with the condition.

    Plans soon:
    Winter tire setup on 17" stockers, and polish the hell out of the Centerlines while theyre off
    Front window tint to match rear darkness
    Service front diff and transfer case for winter 4x4 needs
    Add backup camera
    This thing needs lighting upgrades all around, just not sure what to get, and if it needs to be a priority

    Here are some pics from when it was clean
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  2. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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    Sharp man love the wheels on there.


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  3. Adjusted

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    Well, down to one truck. K5 is gone sadly, but Ill get something else fun some day.

    Havent done much to the Tahoe except for swap a Z71 valence and fogs onto it and keep it clean during shelter-at-home. Its formed a pretty gnarly lifter tap, so I need to tear into it before one completely shreds. Planning to hop up the top end similar to the Sierra, heres what I've got in mind for later this year:

    BTR Stage II cam - 212/218 112LSA
    243 heads w/ beehive springs, grind and a very small shave (like .010), hardened rods and valves
    LS7 lifters
    Local dyno tune

    Once thats all complete I'll start digging around for a 4L80E and throw larger stall converter in it, with a trans cooler. Then research who makes a set of headers that fit 4x4 decently, matched piping and long muffler, and put some 05-07 factory e-fans on it.

    Could just make the Tahoe my next project...lower it, add a Whipple, full colormatch...hmm
     

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  4. dszx13

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    I have speed engineering 1” 7/8 on my Yukon. Mines 2wd but I installed a set on a nbc cc z71 and have to massage the trans crossmember for the y pipe. Aside from that


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  5. Adjusted

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    Yeah back in the day we used to throw CalSpeeds on 2wd no problem, wish I could see exactly how much massaging a set of 1 3/4 would take because i'd hate to have to do that. I wouldnt install until after I step up to the 4L80 so that I could maybe have the crossmember cleared for it. I thought on NBS the driveshaft was the issue?
     
  6. dszx13

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    No issues on driver side. Cleared just fine. I think the truck had a bad motor mount possibly. It wasn’t much. Where the 2 pipes meet on the y was where. I have all the room in the world there. The only real difference in the 2wd vs 4wd crossmember is the 4wd has a step up where the trans mount is. The 2wd is just straight across


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  7. Adjusted

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    Started ordering some parts for some colormatching and the top end rebuild/cam. Starting to get excited for some more power in the low-mid range, this thing is such a dog compared to my old Sierra. Plus I don't feel real confident stepping into it with the failing lifter. OEM e-fan swap needs to happen soon too once funds allow, I get 11.5 - 12mpg in city only driving.

    I'm missing TX bad right about now, tuners here in the PNW charge $600-750 for a damn HPTuners basic dyno tune, and a $100+ hourly rate for retunes. Pretty shocking. In TX theres a guy on every corner with a laptop that can do an hour long street tune for $250 and free retunes whenever they have time. Id go with a BB tune, but want someone local since I plan on gradually adding performance to this thing. With the 243 heads needing a resurface, helicoil, pressure check, seals, etc this project is getting spendy quick. Guess I'll just have to keep this thing for awhile :)
     
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  8. gmc00z

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    you were in the DFW area no? Anyone you know local that does ferd's?
     
  9. Adjusted

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    Yeah I was. Not sure about Fords but the guy I used was Dirty 30 - his name is Jesse - he was around some local forums and FB pages back in the day and did a good job for me. Blome_racing from here introduced me. Not sure if he's still tuning though.
     

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