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Old 03-20-2017, 06:41 AM   #1
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project tow pig

since all the cool kids have a build thread i might as well throw in my new rig.

2005 yukon xl denali. the new family hauler and tow rig.

so far i have done some little mods and repairs.



so far i upgraded the headlight bulbs to LED and they are still terrible. Im going to ditch the denali housings for standard GMC housings.

changed the oil
serviced the trans and transfercase

this was the first real mod i did. Truck had factory e-fans so i figured why not.

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Yesterday i worked on getting this a squared away. I knew the bags were blown when i bought the truck, but i wanted it working for a riding trip this coming weekend. So i had to replace the shocks and the compressor to make it all work again. Ass of the truck raised up quite a bit. When the shocks were bad it was almost level. Plus now i should get little to no squat with a trailer hooked up.



Next item on the list is to fix the leaky trans cooler line and put a larger external cooler in. The lines are weeping where it transitions from metal to rubber then back to metal. The one line goes from the radiator to the external cooler, i bet i can just replace that line, the other thats leaking a bit goes from the radiator to the trans.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:01 AM   #2
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Nice truck. I really liked the '03 Yukon I had. So much space inside. Helluva road trip vehicle too. Nice ride, plenty of power, plenty of creature comforts. Towed decently as well.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:21 AM   #3
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Hell yea man! I saw the shocks on FB and didn't realize what they were out of / didn't realize they were factory bags.

You can replace the cooler line w/ rubber hose if you want to, just flare the ends, there is some pressure in them. Just cut the collars like the oil cooler lines. My wife's 03 tahoe (the burgundy one.. wait.. all my **** is red so far..) was leaking at the same point.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:35 AM   #4
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Nice truck. I really liked the '03 Yukon I had. So much space inside. Helluva road trip vehicle too. Nice ride, plenty of power, plenty of creature comforts. Towed decently as well.
The 6.0 does seem to have some power. We will see how it tows on thursday night!

We are actually sleeping in it this weekend instead of putting up a tent.
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Hell yea man! I saw the shocks on FB and didn't realize what they were out of / didn't realize they were factory bags.

You can replace the cooler line w/ rubber hose if you want to, just flare the ends, there is some pressure in them. Just cut the collars like the oil cooler lines. My wife's 03 tahoe (the burgundy one.. wait.. all my **** is red so far..) was leaking at the same point.
The one from the radiator to the cooler i may just replace. Then do exactly as you said on the other line. Seems to be a common issue. All the trucks i looked at were wet there.
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truck did great towing the SXS to oklahoma. it was about 5hours each way. 11mpg average fully loaded.

brakes need some work. previous owner had all new pads and rotors installed but i bet he used the cheapest autozone junk to sell it.

been looking into the gmt900 front brake upgrade and some decent pads for the rear.
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had to replace both from hub assemblies. The previous owner (small dealership) had to replace both hubs to get it to pass safety inspection. well he used the cheapest part possible. 5k miles later and one is bad.

Two new timken units ordered and the drivers side which had all the slop is now replaced. the pass side will be finished up tonight.
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Pull the ABS sensor and keep it on a shelf, I've had them go out for no reason (prob cheap chinese sh!t). I also grab the studs. Still trying to figure out what to do w/ the leftover hubs besides scrap.
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Still trying to figure out what to do w/ the leftover hubs besides scrap.
I've made 2 wheel tables from old hubs.
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