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CAFCNA Discussion => Chevrolet Avalanche Zone 2007 - 2013 => Topic started by: blu_fuz on April 4, 2012, 20:21:10 PM

Title: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 4, 2012, 20:21:10 PM
Finally my registration went through!


Thanks for having me everyone. It feels good to officially be part of the family  :wave:.


Just picked up a 2007 Bermuda Blue 6.0L LTZ smooth body Avalanche off ebay!  :cool:



This is really an amazing truck that no one I know owns! I wish I knew sooner how great these were. The GMT900 platform is really my favorite and to get the color I wanted and all the added upgrades that the original buyer ordered really makes this the perfect truck!


Thanks for having me, and check it out!


For a truck that cost nearly $50,000 5 years ago, I got a fantastic deal on ebay (first vehicle bought on ebay) . I was high bidder #3 and they sent me the 2nd chance offer :thumbsup:.

6.0L V8
4x4
Super duty trans with cooler
Navigation
Rear backup camera
Park assist
Power steps

and the list goes on, and on, and on! The owner ordered this truck new and had $13,000 in upgrades alone!


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/KGrHqZHJFQE88fBbsi0BPZ0Rhd60_3.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/KGrHqVHJEE88YlI4ZPBPZ0fs4Q1g60_3.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Beilwing on April 4, 2012, 21:05:44 PM
They are awesome trucks. I just got mine tooo and am happier than a pig in sh...   err poop. Grats on your pick up.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: ohiobellboy on April 5, 2012, 02:57:05 AM
Very nice. Someone even painted the sail panels or added a body matched slick kit over it also.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: avz66 on April 5, 2012, 05:08:40 AM
you got a nice AV  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 5, 2012, 06:35:09 AM
Very nice. Someone even painted the sail panels or added a body matched slick kit over it also.


The original owner is like 55-60 yrs old and I'm wondering if the dealer talked him into having the smooth plastics done..... He did own a '03, '04, and a '05 in the past. Maybe he just got tired of the black plastic look. I'm thankful he did it because I would have wanted it done too  :D.


Is having the Bermuda Blue '07 and a 6.0L a rare-ish combo? Was the '07 the last year of bermuda blue?



I just took it to the Chevrolet dealership this morning for them to fix the broken exhaust manifold bolts on the passenger side but other than that, it has been great this entire week. Had the XM for a day, loved it, and it was shut off...... Got it back on yesterday because it really is a nice feature to have.




Any ideas what else I should keep an eye on because of the mileage? 130k, but runs fantastic.


Thanks everyone.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 5, 2012, 09:27:56 AM
Just got a call from the dealership and it's great news!!! They were able to extract the two broken exhaust manifold bolts and my total with a oil change, rear diff fluid change, and a "once over" on the suspension, steering, and brakes comes to about $550.


I'm happy with that.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wheelmans on April 5, 2012, 10:30:21 AM
Congratz on your purchase.  It looks like it is really clean and in excellent shape. 

I have heard about the exhaust manifold bolts snapping on some of the 07's.  I have a friend that had this occur, he just tack welded a nut to the broken bolt still in the head from inside the threading of the nut, used some penetrating oil, and then wrenched it out.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Wazbro on April 5, 2012, 11:56:32 AM
Welcome, nice truck and yes '07 was the last year of bermuda blue.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Streets on April 5, 2012, 18:15:51 PM
Yes they are fantastic!
You have a beautiful truck.You will love the ride!
Enjoy!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: highflyinbean on April 5, 2012, 18:44:39 PM
Yep, you got a rare truck, and a great one! That color with the 6.0 and 4.10s is pretty sweet.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 6, 2012, 06:18:39 AM
Very cool  :cool:.


I will try to get on my amber DRLs so you guys know it's me trucking around  :thumbsup:.


I am really in love with this thing. It feels like I stole the truck and it really isn't mine yet!  :o :4:.



Good to see a good support system here too for this platform. Thanks for all the kind words!  :wave:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Tpicks55 on April 6, 2012, 08:48:49 AM
Very nice looking AV.  I love the blue.  :thumbsup: Those white seats might be fun to keep clean but they look sharp too.  I added a Volant cool air intake on my 07 and picked up 2mpg.  Mine is one of the 07's that use oil.  I add a quart every 1400 miles.  (common on 07's)  I have just turned 115,000.  I love this truck.  Have fun with it you'll enjoy it. 
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 6, 2012, 09:30:32 AM
The leather is really easy to keep clean and the color isn't quite white. All pictures make it look white but it is a tone of gray.....


I'll keep an eye on my oil level too, thanks for the TIP!

My truck was like a 6/2006 build I think so it would probably have that problem with the oil like you are talking about.


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Smoke244 on April 6, 2012, 11:47:16 AM
Yes, watch the oil.  I am not sure the 6.0 has same issue but a good idea to watch.  Looks like you picked up a sharp truck.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 10, 2012, 08:32:22 AM
Thank you.  :D



I wish I could make it my daily driver but I want to keep it this nice for as long as I can. The MPGs are good enough to drive it all the time. I love it  :thumbsup:.


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Trux on April 13, 2012, 17:07:46 PM
That is a gorgeous Avy!! Congrats!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Goodwrench/02 on April 13, 2012, 20:13:54 PM
Sweet ride blu_fuz. Since GM announced the end of production for the Avalanche, you now have a classic.

 :welcome:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 30, 2012, 09:51:56 AM
Put new front pads and rotors on last weekend. Said my fairwell to my '04 Silverado.

Out with the old and in with the new!

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/4-12-12002.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/4-12-12003.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 07AVSS on April 30, 2012, 16:52:33 PM
Very Nice Sir.. Mine is white but has the same interior.. I bought mine in May of 07 with 3.2 miles on it..  176,000 now and she drives like the day I brought her home.. Best DD vehicle I have ever owned..  Most useful, comfortable etc etc..  New alternator at 138 K I believe. The rest is maintenance stuff only.. I have always used Mobil 1 since the first change.. I add about 1/2 qt at 3,000 and change it every 6,000 so even with my miles I dont have big oil use issues..  Still on the first set of replacement brake pads..  You will love the truck more the longer you have her !!  :welcome:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on May 1, 2012, 14:03:07 PM
176k on yours, that's great!  :thumbsup:


I hope to take mine to 300K.



Thanks for the kind words ;)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: mikes2nd on May 9, 2012, 11:25:30 AM
these trucks rock, got my 2007 Metallic Orange(only 2007 also) two years ago(up to 55k miles).

My friends hate their trucks now with their bouncy full frames :)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Wazbro on May 9, 2012, 15:43:52 PM
these trucks rock, got my 2007 Metallic Orange(only 2007 also) two years ago(up to 55k miles).

My friends hate their trucks now with their bouncy full frames :)

You know the AV has a full frame also.
The body and bed being one piece help the ride a lot, also the coil spring suspension.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: mikes2nd on May 10, 2012, 08:46:43 AM
yeah but the nice thing about the AV is it doesnt have that full frame truck bounce.

It feels like an SUV.

don't have this happening either

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjTbiYo3x0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKMQjm7i2Jw
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: coolkc on May 12, 2012, 15:18:31 PM
Exact same options on my 08 and i love mine
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on May 14, 2012, 14:44:23 PM
Cool vids with those trucks. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: jkuhlman24 on June 27, 2012, 19:51:55 PM
Sorry im posting late, but the tires in your pictures look awesome.. Looks like they have some meat on them. What kind are they if you don't mind...
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 6, 2012, 06:38:08 AM
What's funny is that I have had more compliments on the tires than any other vehicle I have ever owned! LOL


I don't know what it is about these but they really add to the appearance of the truck and give it a different looking stance. I will really consider the same ones when these finally wear out....

I do have to say that the sidewall does seem a bit weak for hauling heavy stuff. Honestly they did alright when I had my 29' camper hooked up with a hitch kit, without the hitch kit it was a bit scary and I'm not sure how much the tire actually effected that. They also don't hold air pressure constant enough to keep the TPMS from letting you know everytime you take the truck out. You are constantly hitting the button to clear the message about the tire pressure.


The tires are:
275/55/R20
Hankook Dynapro ATM


Awesome reviews too:
http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/tires/hankook/product/submitProductSize.do?pc=10829&tmn=DynaPro+ATM+RF10&typ=Truck%2FSUV
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: felixgun on July 16, 2012, 04:30:58 AM
I'm jelly! I want color matched sail panels and a 6.0L!!! The 5.3L in these vehicles are so weak :(
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 25, 2013, 11:23:19 AM
I haven't updated this thread in awhile, but a lot has been going on!


Still love this truck  :A:. Sure it has it's quirks, but probably one of my happiest purchases. I'm at about 144,000 miles.


A lot has been done since day one:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front ACDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts replaced
-new passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-2 new parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new ACDelco iridium spark plugs
-new starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor (need to install)
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks (need to install)
-new gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness (need to install)
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management (waiting for)


After I get the new rear suspension in I might raise the front 2" to level it out. We'll see when I get to that point.


Here are more recent pictures from a 2012 car show in my town:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0728120954.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0728120959.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: silent bob on March 26, 2013, 10:27:13 AM
Nice truck!

I agree, I just got mine recently and had no idea how awesome they are.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 27, 2013, 07:33:25 AM
^ thanks BOB!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: CariocaAvy on April 14, 2013, 11:41:18 AM
Nice looking Avy!  Mine's an '07 too and I love the thing.  I also had my sail panels painted to match, and to me it gives the truck a much cleaner look.  Glad you're enjoying it!   :B:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 29, 2013, 14:49:37 PM
-new Arnott rear shock compressor (need to install)
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks (need to install)
-new gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management (waiting for)



I got around to installing the Arnott rear suspension parts this weekend. Sooooo awesome to have this system working like it should. Pretty easy install, took me about 3 hours with the evap system update parts I did while I was under there.


The install on the tank evap parts was to clear the P0449 check engine code: http://chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php?topic=128834.0

I got the parts from Amazon :
-ACDelco 19257603 Evaporative Emission Canister Valve Solenoid Jumper Wiring Harness Assembly for $16.29.
 
and

-ACDelco 20995472 Evaporative Emission Canister Ventilator Assembly for $40.95.



The Predator tuner was a snap to work with. I shut off the fuel management system and loaded the "increased MPG" tune and my truck is easily gettin another 1.5 MPGs! Very very happy with that. Now I don't feel the truck switch over to 4cyl, smooth as silk.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: oldude on May 14, 2013, 22:20:02 PM
 :welcome: that blu is sweet an i just got mine in febuary an i luvs her so much an like u said the gas milage is great. Enjoy her cuz i'm gonna enjoy my baby  :B:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: AVYLTZTN08 on May 21, 2013, 06:01:31 AM
the color is awesome..still one of my favorites.. :A:

nice to know at 130,000 miles..the 6.0 still plenty strong!!

since I bought my 5 speed cavalier, my truck doesn't leave the garage much..@ 58,000 miles, I hope to have her for a long time..

CONGRATS!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 17, 2013, 14:15:05 PM
My p0430 code keeps coming back after 2-300 miles or so  :thumbdown:

It's the bank 2 catalyst below threshold. The exhaust manifold bolts were replaced on that side over a year ago and a new lower o2 sensor was installed when I replaced the evap canister/harness a couple months ago.


Now what? I keep clearing the code with my tuner, but there are no other problems that would lead me to believe there is something wrong with the CAT on that side.... ???

I just don't want to be dealing with this problem during the winter and having the check engine light disable my remote start. That's annoying.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: djavalanche on June 17, 2013, 19:32:29 PM
so how much u get it for? whats the mileage?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 18, 2013, 06:28:56 AM
I got it for $15,800 and it had 132,000 miles on it. New trans, new tires, black plastic smoothed and painted body color, not a scratch on it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: domenic on June 18, 2013, 08:30:38 AM
I have a burgundy 2007, and recently the transmission blew up on me for no apparent reason, the fluid level was good, and there were no leaks, any one else had this problem? and i am also hearing lots of sqeaks and noises coming from my front struts, i got an estimate to replace the front struts for $1500.00, ( apparently they are electronic) and adjust the ride and level electronically. The truck has 140,000 kilometeres on it. I had a 2002 before this one, and the struts lasted over 250,000 km. on that one. any one had similar problems. The truck is still my favorite, why is it being discontinued, i will really miss the midgate feature.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 18, 2013, 08:40:06 AM
^ I'm not sure why your trans went out and I have no idea why the one in my truck was replaced either..... I'm just glad it was done before I got it.

You can replace your clunky front autoride shocks for waaaaaay cheaper than $1500. Read here:
http://chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,131766.0.html


I replaced my front autoride shocks with new OEM units off Amazon for less than $350. I also replaced the rear autoride shocks and compressor with Arnott brand for about $550 and Arnott will buy your old blown out rear shocks for $25 each so don't throw them away!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Brother Blues on June 19, 2013, 07:14:20 AM
Beautiful color...
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Post by: blu_fuz on July 19, 2013, 11:09:00 AM
^thanks ;)


Recently had my drivers front caliper dragging pretty bad. Gets the front wheel so hot you can't touch it. It ended up trashing my wheel bearing too on my way from Wisconsin to Indiana last weekend towing my car/trailer.

While in Indiana I swapped out the drivers front caliper bracket, slide pins, and wheel bearing.

Now not even a week later my passenger front caliper is sticking  :thumbdown:. I got all the parts ready at the parts store and will fix it before it trashes the bearing.


Right about 147,000 miles now. I still love it  :A:  :E: :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: tinbad on August 17, 2013, 13:28:51 PM
Nice truck! and a belated, congratz! Love those body colored plastics, just add a Black Diamond emblem on the side and everybody thinks you've got a '13  :cool:

Funny note, I just joined the forum but got my 07 LT on exactly the same day as you got/posted yours (April 4 2012?) Anyways, enjoy your truck!  :B:

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: RevRichmond on August 27, 2013, 10:58:32 AM
Bout to get an '08 Black LTZ shipped to me... my only hesitation was should I get black (with the chrome handles and rv mirror covers - just tooo classy) or get that color. That blue looks simply amazing.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 27, 2013, 12:45:15 PM
Black is very sexay and a good choice  :thumbsup:.


It's hard not to love Bermuda Blue on these trucks. So much surface area to show off the color change  :A: :cool:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 29, 2013, 11:31:18 AM
I'm still having front caliper issues. Looks like the new caliper brackets, slide pins, boots, and lube isn't doing the trick.

I ordered 2 new front ACdelco unloaded calipers, both front flexible brake hoses, and new pads under warranty through Oreilys. Hopefully they are all here for the weekend and I can swap these out and be done.

Frustrating to see my instant MPGs on a flat road drop 3mpgs because the calipers are dragging  :E: :beating:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: pmclaughlin on August 30, 2013, 04:11:14 AM
 :welcome:  Awesome truck
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 3, 2013, 07:08:46 AM
^ thanks  :D


Replaced both front calipers with AcDelco's and new flexible brake lines from GM. Oriley's warrantied the brake pads.

Oh does it feel great to have nice new brakes again.


Now I don't need to worry about burning up my braking system.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on September 3, 2013, 08:48:37 AM
^ thanks  :D


Replaced both front calipers with AcDelco's and new flexible brake lines from GM. Oriley's warrantied the brake pads.

Oh does it feel great to have nice new brakes again.


Now I don't need to worry about burning up my braking system.  :thumbsup:
Thats next on my list as well, did the rears last month just waiting for the fronts to wear out more before I replace them.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Goodwrench/02 on September 3, 2013, 18:07:20 PM


Replaced front rotors and pads on my 07 with this kit from Brakemotive. Very high quality brakes! Stops straight with no dust, barely worn after 20,000 miles. And, they don't get rusty, even in Pittsburgh.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-KIT-PERFORMANCE-DRILLED-AND-SLOTTED-BRAKE-ROTORS-CERAMIC-PADS-M020528-/400429372433?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item5d3b735411&vxp=mtr
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on September 3, 2013, 18:24:31 PM
I do the Delco rotors and raybestos pads, get the pads replaced every year for free under warranty.
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Post by: Hanz Groober on September 20, 2013, 19:52:56 PM
Dig it man!!!!!!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: blu_fuz on September 23, 2013, 07:26:27 AM
Thanks HANZ!!!


I just finished my sub install this weekend  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 24, 2013, 11:00:59 AM
Add a couple things to the list:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front AcDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts replaced
-new passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-2 new AcDelco parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new AcDelco iridium spark plugs
-new AcDelco starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks
-new AcDelco gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management
-new Precision drivers front wheel bearing
-new AcDelco front flexible brake lines
-new AcDelco front calipers
-warranteed the front brake pads for new ones
-Kicker 500.1 Amp
-2 Kicker C10 10" subs
-hifisoundconnection dual 10" down-fire sub box under rear seat
-new GM full chrome billet OEM front grill with bowtie


Here is a couple pics of the system:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/DSC_0095_zps632008fc.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/DSC_0094_zps09164dc3.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Hanz Groober on September 24, 2013, 13:03:54 PM
Man, your not wasting any time!!! Your like "Got new to me Avy..... Love it..... And now its on like Donkey Kong!" And you've done a TON of stuff in the span of about a week!!! Dig the enthusiasm!!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 24, 2013, 14:42:24 PM
Actually, I have had my truck for about a year and a half now. I just update my original thread with new stuff  :thumbsup:. It's a good way to keep a tabs of what I did and when  :cool:.

I like this truck so much I want it to be as "like new" as possible and keep up on the repairs. I hope to keep this for 10 years. It has so much great stuff already, what could I ever "upgrade" to? :A:
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Post by: blu_fuz on October 22, 2013, 14:11:47 PM
Just ordered my sail panel red LEDs. Looking forward to this mod  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Stackrat on October 22, 2013, 14:52:09 PM
How did you make out fixing the power step?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 23, 2013, 06:25:26 AM
Well, it's not fixed right now  :beating:. Turned them off and bungee-eeeed the step in the up position.

I havn't had the time to take it off and see what the problem is  :thumbdown:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 23, 2013, 06:32:19 AM
Also, here is an updated pic with the new billet grill. Looks a little like braces, but it's shiney and for the price I got it for I have to be happy  :thumbsup:.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1004130718_zps10550170.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Hanz Groober on October 23, 2013, 08:22:29 AM
Lookin' good!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on October 23, 2013, 11:36:06 AM
you will love the sail panel led's .... i took a couple extra steps and mine work with running lights brake lights and turn signals  :thumbsup:  :A:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 23, 2013, 12:14:17 PM
you will love the sail panel led's .... i took a couple extra steps and mine work with running lights brake lights and turn signals  :thumbsup:  :A:


^ that's the plan right now. I have the parts list for the diodes and resistors to make it happen  :cool: :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on October 23, 2013, 12:53:59 PM
yea I'm ocd i wouldn't be able to just have them brake or running  :laugh:
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Post by: blu_fuz on October 29, 2013, 06:25:56 AM
Me too, I have to atleast try to make the LEDs do all the functions.


My bulbs showed up, but not sure if I can get to them just yet. I really need to fix my power step before messing with the LED sail mods.
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Post by: Blackcomb on October 29, 2013, 07:27:14 AM
Grill has a nice clean look to it Fuz, looking good.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 4, 2013, 07:44:45 AM
Thank you.


The grill is growing on me a bit. I do like that no one around here has this setup, makes it more unique.



Sunday I managed to fix my passenger side power step. Can finally take the bungee cord off that was holding it up  :laugh: :beating:. Luckily it was a cheap-ish simple fix. Took about a hour to remove the complete step, repair, and hang again.




Saturday I made a craigslist run to pickup a Snugtop. Couldn't be happier and can't wait to mount it!  :A:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1102130945_zpsc6031289.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Hanz Groober on November 4, 2013, 14:20:10 PM
^  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 7, 2013, 09:23:37 AM
Waiting for my hardware kit, keys, and paint before I mount the Snugtop. Very excited to see how it looks!


Last night I had a local mobil tint guy stop over and put 35% on my front windows for $50 as part of his Fall Special  :thumbsup:


Probably could have gone darker, but driving at night I don't like much darker than 35%.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 8, 2013, 12:09:11 PM
During tint process:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1106131924_zps4358adcb.jpg)



Tinted and sail windows  :cool: :

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1108131207_zpsf60d0e23.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Hanz Groober on November 10, 2013, 14:05:19 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 11, 2013, 07:10:57 AM
:D

:D


 :cool:



Got a better pic of the tint and grill because we finally had a sunny day! Also, built my SnugTop hoist in the garage on sunday  :cool:.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131047_zpsa75e79e8.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131117_zpsf89ef909.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131046_zpsb05a6370.jpg)




Hoist:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131457_zps129f4e91.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131628_zps5bd35dc4.jpg)


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on November 11, 2013, 08:40:29 AM
 :laugh: :laugh: nice plates on the flex
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 11, 2013, 09:05:40 AM
:laugh: :laugh: nice plates on the flex


Thanks man  :thumbsup:. I couldn't resist getting those plates as a gift for my wife at christmas last year. She refuses to drive a mini van, and hates when people call the Flex a mini van. It's so appropriate to have those words on the plate  :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on November 11, 2013, 09:33:51 AM
i wonder if using a pulley to where it goes to the wall instead of an eye bolt will help with the weight distribution so you arent bending the eye bolt  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 11, 2013, 09:48:31 AM
That's what I wanted to do, but I have 4 ropes going through that eyelit, then get tied up to 1 rope just below the eyelit about 1' down from the ceiling that gets wound in the winch......
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: enoniam on November 12, 2013, 06:00:50 AM
I'm curious as to what's in the foreground of the hoist pics and what it's going to be put into!   :thumbsup:

:D

:D


 :cool:



Got a better pic of the tint and grill because we finally had a sunny day! Also, built my SnugTop hoist in the garage on sunday  :cool:.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131047_zpsa75e79e8.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131117_zpsf89ef909.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131046_zpsb05a6370.jpg)




Hoist:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131457_zps129f4e91.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1110131628_zps5bd35dc4.jpg)



Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 12, 2013, 06:43:16 AM
I'm curious as to what's in the foreground of the hoist pics and what it's going to be put into!   :thumbsup:



:D


I am building and powder coating a 2005 Taurus 3.0L V6 to be put into a 1999 SVT Ford Contour to replace it's worn out 2.5L V6  :cool:.

We decided on Ferarri Red Wrinkle valve covers, gloss black upper intake, and chrome powder coated timing cover, oil pan, engine mounts, throttle body, coolant cross over tube, and some other misc pieces ;).
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 27, 2013, 11:24:43 AM
I eventually got all the hardware, keys, new lock, new latch, and everything for the snugtop.

Cut down the fiberglass lip on the rear glass so it fits my '07.

It's sitting in the paint booth waiting for prep. Topper will be bermuda blue but we are going to paint the top bars flat black. The silver bars are just a bit too bright up there all by themselves  ::).
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: rick119 on December 1, 2013, 15:56:59 PM
Beautiful ride you have there   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on December 18, 2013, 12:16:47 PM
Thanks Rick  :thumbsup:


SnugTop is painted and should be plopped onto the truck Friday I hope, fingers crossed. :B:


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1218131031_zps622c8f86.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on December 19, 2013, 05:50:51 AM
it does look nicer with the black bars
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on December 23, 2013, 08:18:45 AM
Got the topper put on just in time for the 6-8" of snow we got here over the weekend. Also was able to put it to good use tailgating before the Packers game on sunday  :cool: :thumbsup:. Very happy with the setup.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1220131218_zpscb355ba6.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1222131302b_zps560a141d.jpg)
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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on December 24, 2013, 03:03:38 AM
Looking good, blu_fuz!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on December 27, 2013, 07:30:09 AM
Here is a couple shots from camping this summer for Halloween. A lot of people were oogling over the AV as they drove/walked past. I should have been handing out towels for people to wipe their drool with  :laugh:



That was the week the passenger side power step broke too, doh! All fixed now.



(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/DSC_0067_zpsf78153b7.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/DSC_0069_zps19edc109.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 28, 2014, 13:27:08 PM
Arnott rear suspension compressor is failing and I was able to get Arnott to agree on sending me a replacement. I am past the 1yr compressor warranty (1yr 1mo) but they are really helping me out.

I will be relocating the new compressor to the saddlebag storage bin on the drivers side to help keep it out of the elements. GM's design of the compressor original location seems silly and more of an afterthought.




After fixing the corroded/broke wire connections and re-installing the compressor, this is what it was doing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEl25ibWiTU


The truck's autoride level sensor is working because every time I turn the key to the "on" position it would kick the compressor on. It just wouldn't pump enough to actually fill the bag. No leaks in the air lines or the shock bags. It eventually filled the bags after turning the key 6x or so.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 6, 2014, 10:52:13 AM
New compressor should be here today. I think I have all I need to relocated it into the saddle bag tonight.


Wish me luck!



I will post up installed pics tomorrow if it all works out well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on February 6, 2014, 12:33:23 PM
awesome man!!!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: RevRichmond on February 6, 2014, 12:50:18 PM
New compressor should be here today. I think I have all I need to relocated it into the saddle bag tonight.


Wish me luck!



I will post up installed pics tomorrow if it all works out well  :thumbsup:


Hey.... GOOD LUCK  :abuelito:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 6, 2014, 13:25:09 PM
When it is done I will fab up a relocation kit (air line, fittings, bracket, hardware, harness extension, etc.) for people with the compressor that want it to last longer than 1 year  :beating: :laugh:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 7, 2014, 07:06:18 AM
Compressor showed up but they didn't send me my drier back!!!!!   :E:  :beating:  :thumbdown:



All I was able to do is install my new '08 wiper arms and blades.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on February 7, 2014, 08:59:12 AM
some companies annoy me. I know it was fedex's fault but I had a guy that, through me, ordered a light bar from PuddleStompin and some mounts from socal supertrucks. Not granted the bar isnt in yet, but the package with the mounts got lost, how does that happen. Where do they end up? with a hobo or something? so I in my agitated state wrote a strongly worded email lol hahaha to socal supertrucks and because of my anger they 2 day shipped another set of mounts. still annoying as hell
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 7, 2014, 09:29:54 AM
Yeah, I don't understand how someone was holding my old compressor with the drier mounted to it in one hand, and had a new compressor without the drier mounted in the other hand and said "looks exactly like what they need" and mailed it to me.


It's costing me more time and them more money to ship that part.


They did include another new drier rebuild kit that maybe I will use in a few years to freshen up the system.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 11, 2014, 09:19:39 AM
I got the drier canister last night and was able to finish the relocation over the weekend. Check my thread:

http://chevyavalanchefanclub.com/cafcna/index.php/topic,142537.0.html
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 13, 2014, 06:40:47 AM
I still have some kind of rear suspension problem that's really pissing me off  :E:. I don't know if it is something with the truck, sensors, or the Arnott system.


Sometimes the compressor runs for 5 seconds, other times it doesn't run and I get a service suspension light. If it does turn on, the air bags get full and then empty right away  :9:.

I've spent hours bench testing the compressor, testing connections, checking continuity of my harness extension to make sure I didn't mix the colors up, and all of that stuff is checking out good. It almost seems as if the valve that closes the air system after it is filled, it isn't closing causing the air to leak back through the system and out the intake valve of the compressor and other times it seems I'm getting no power at all to the compressor and it does nothing.


The Arnott autoride shocks are clunky as hell when there is no air in them so I'm getting more aggravated with this poop every day. I usually fix everything I can myself but I've had it with this system. It keeps kicking me in the balls.


Oh and while testing the system last night for about 45 minutes, the battery on the truck died. Totally gone, done, dookie, caput, nada. Just another kick in the junk.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: BlackBeautyLTZ on February 16, 2014, 11:45:00 AM
Yep, you got a rare truck, and a great one! That color with the 6.0 and 4.10s is pretty sweet.

I envy your 4.10.  Chev doesn't offer that anymore.  My husbands Silverado has that and he hauls a## when he takes off.   My granny 3.42 just kind of crawls over the line, but with the 6 speed tranny it is awesome on the highway and most of my driving is on the highway so I don't mind so terribly much.

And 6.0 as well.  It must be so fast.  When my warranty runs out I'm chipping mine!

So, enjoy your new truck.  It's a beaut!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 6, 2014, 08:05:33 AM
Thanks blackbeaut!


I only drove one other Avalanche that was a base model LS 2007 5.3L before buying my '07 6L and I'm glad to have found the 6L truck. Feels much stronger, peppier, and quicker to respond.

I really want to drive a 6 speed AV to know what that is like too, I don't feel like I need to upgrade from my '07 yet but you never know what the future holds. I probably wouldn't get anything with the 5.3L so maybe it would have to be a Cadillac EXT next  :A:.



As of right now I am only $100 short of saving money for these 24" Texas Edition chrome replica wheels. They will be my new summer setup with some 305/35/24 tires:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/00T0T_3R03TkbiU74_600x450_zps7eaecdb6.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on March 6, 2014, 08:48:51 AM
Your truck NEEDS those wheels!

I can't wait to see them.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Roody650iAvy on March 6, 2014, 13:19:39 PM
Very nice setup.  Have them coated black chrome  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 6, 2014, 14:30:35 PM
Westin floor mats, fantastic for the price on Amazon! 1/2 the cost of Weathertech! $48 shipped for the fronts  :thumbsup:.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0224141214_zpsa9803247.jpg)



Also, first time on the lake with it for an ice fishing benefit. I just went to eat, drink beer, and buy raffle tickets  :4:.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0222141159a_zps1ffe0d4c.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Roody650iAvy on March 6, 2014, 18:29:39 PM
I just went to eat, drink beer, and buy raffle tickets  :4:.

Triple win!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 10, 2014, 10:55:44 AM
Add a couple things to the list:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front AcDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts replaced
-new passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-2 new AcDelco parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new AcDelco iridium spark plugs
-new AcDelco starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks
-new AcDelco gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management
-new Precision drivers front wheel bearing
-new AcDelco front flexible brake lines
-new AcDelco front calipers
-warranty front brake pads for new ones
-Kicker 500.1 Amp
-2 Kicker C10 10" subs
-hifisoundconnection dual 10" down-fire sub box under rear seat
-new GM full chrome billet OEM front grill with bowtie
-new passenger step aluminum wedge, bolt, and clean/lube job
-35% tint front windows
-SnugTop topper with new paint/parts
-re-located rear shock compressor into drivers side saddle bag storage bin
-warranty another new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new 2008 Avalanche updated wiper arms and blades
-new GM updated design chrome interior front door pull handles
-Westin black front laser fit floor mats
-24" Chrome Texas Edition replica wheels
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 17, 2014, 08:10:39 AM
Arrived today  :o


24" Texas Edition chrome replica wheels.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1236892_10153884722845394_1327577341_n_zps03d614af.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1146619_10153884725300394_1469285020_n_zps45476bbc.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Roody650iAvy on March 18, 2014, 05:47:46 AM
Dem sexy!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: RevRichmond on March 18, 2014, 06:37:34 AM
Jealous!! Man, mine are peeling  :'( Congrats, bro. Hope ya got a good deal.

Arrived today  :o


24" Texas Edition chrome replica wheels.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/1236892_10153884722845394_1327577341_n_zps03d614af.jpg)
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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 18, 2014, 06:57:02 AM
I didn't really get a good deal, I had to pay full price. I usually buy used stuff because I'm ok with saving some $$.


Glad you guys like them. I might have tires in a month or so, hopefully  ::) :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 25, 2014, 14:10:00 PM
Add a couple things to the list:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front AcDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts replaced
-new passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-2 new AcDelco parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new AcDelco iridium spark plugs
-new AcDelco starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks
-new AcDelco gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management
-new Precision drivers front wheel bearing
-new AcDelco front flexible brake lines
-new AcDelco front calipers
-warranty front brake pads for new ones
-Kicker 500.1 Amp
-2 Kicker C10 10" subs
-hifisoundconnection dual 10" down-fire sub box under rear seat
-new GM full chrome billet OEM front grill with bowtie
-new passenger step aluminum wedge, bolt, and clean/lube job
-35% tint front windows
-SnugTop topper with new paint/parts (sold)
-re-located rear shock compressor into drivers side saddle bag storage bin
-warranty another new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new 2008 Avalanche updated wiper arms and blades
-new GM updated design chrome interior front door pull handles
-Westin black front laser fit floor mats
-24" Chrome Texas Edition replica wheels
-(4) new AcDelco 13586335 tire pressure sensors
-used McGaughys 2/3 lowering kit (30008)
-new Nankang SP-7 305/35/24 tires
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: enoniam on March 26, 2014, 05:41:30 AM
-new 99-2011 JBA shorty headers with Stage 8 locking bolts

Save your money on the Stage 8 bolts until you know you have a problem with header bolts.

I'm not knocking the Stage 8 bolts as I just put some on my diff cover.  But I haven't heard of anyone having a problem with header bolts on these engines.  I haven't had a problem on either my truck or my son's truck.  His doesn't have shorties but I've been running JBA shorties on my truck for about 8 years and 200,000 miles.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 26, 2014, 06:26:46 AM
So I should just use the JBA header bolts they supply? My stock manifold bolts are no good, that's why I'm going to install headers while I'm in there replacing the broken manifold bolts.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: enoniam on March 26, 2014, 06:40:19 AM
It's been about 8 years - I don't recall if new bolts came with my JBA shorties but if they did I'm sure I used them.

Otherwise I'd replace the stock with some new grade 8 bolts.  The Stage 8s are about $5 each - I'm sure some grade 8s would be a lot less.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 2, 2014, 06:44:40 AM
JBA's are here  :thumbsup:. Seller doesn't know how to pack for shipment so the headers got a little banged up and the manifold gaskets look like crumpled up soda cans  :thumbdown:. They did come with grade 8.8 head bolts/hardware. I believe these are just the silver ceramic coated stainless version and I might try to spray a high temp bake on silver coating.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0401140724a_zps55789159.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0401140724_zpsa58913bc.jpg)


 :E:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0401140725_zpsb36889f3.jpg)




Lowering kit also came. Much better packing job from this guy!  :thumbsup:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/0401140725a_zpsc77e95be.jpg)

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on April 2, 2014, 07:02:40 AM
Cant wait to see this go on!!! However, youre lying now, you said that youre lowering drop kit is on in your bio at the bottom of the post. DONT LIE TO ME BOY!!!!!  :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 2, 2014, 08:21:42 AM
Cant wait to see this go on!!! However, youre lying now, you said that youre lowering drop kit is on in your bio at the bottom of the post. DONT LIE TO ME BOY!!!!!  :laugh:


^ hahahahahahahaha - I couldn't wait to change my signature  :laugh: - sorry for misleading!  :4:


Soon!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on April 2, 2014, 08:52:52 AM
All good brotha!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 3, 2014, 11:30:50 AM
24" tires are ordered and shipped today  :cool:.


Holy moly this will be crazy having these wheels on. Could happen very soon!



On a side note, these JBA headers are for 99-02 6.0L trucks...... not for mine. Damn.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 8, 2014, 07:01:12 AM
Tires arrive Thursday but I can't get them mounted until next week  :9:.

Nankang SP-7 305/35/24
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Opened up my drop kit parts to make sure it is all here.

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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 10, 2014, 10:32:16 AM
2 tires showed up  ::) - Somehow the other 2 got split up from the shipment  :beating:. I have mount/balance appointment on Monday. Only place in town that can mount 24" tires is booked up until then. Getting excited now!

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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on April 10, 2014, 10:38:41 AM
AWESOME MAN CANT WAIT TO SEE!!!!!! your AV is gonna look SLICK man
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Post by: Bruizza on April 10, 2014, 14:25:56 PM
Very nice Blu Fuz!!!  I ordered the Belltech 753SP kit and have an appointment to get it installed on the 18th.  Also having my 26s put back on that day.  I think we are past the point of severe snow storms here in Denver.  Can't wait to see how yours looks with the drop and rims!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 14, 2014, 08:12:37 AM
Bruizza, dang 26's!!!! I can't roll that hard with my truck. The local shop here said they wanted $7-800 to install my 2/3 drop, I told them they are nuts! I'll put it in myself and drive it in for alignment.


I took the wheels/tires in for mount and balancing:

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Post by: 09chevyavy on April 14, 2014, 08:49:49 AM
And then youre installing the kit today right? hahahah Im sorry I just want to see this thing hahaha
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 14, 2014, 09:09:57 AM
I wish I could put it on. So much family stuff going on I can't.


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on April 14, 2014, 12:41:15 PM
I am still on the fence about lowering the rear of mine, I love the look, but dont want any sacrifice of ride.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 14, 2014, 12:48:52 PM
I will give you a 100% honest evaluation of the ride quality from changing the rear spring. I'm a little worried about what/if any change there will be. Hopefully the autoride bags are really softening up the suspension to keep it a smooth ride.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Bruizza on April 14, 2014, 14:08:33 PM
$700-800 is INSANE!!!  I had one dealership quote me $400-500 with an alignment (through a friend that works in their service dept.  I then called up my buddy who we (family) has bought our last 8 cars from including the avalanche and he talked to his service guy and they are doing my install for $200-250 with an alignment.  Granted that is a hook up price since he is the GM of the dealership but still the place I have never done before said $400-500. 
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 14, 2014, 15:22:49 PM
From what I have heard lowering will give you a much more comfortable body roll when cornering  :B:
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Post by: Cat Dancer on April 14, 2014, 17:39:25 PM
Please; Everyone put on your fun glasses for this reply:

From what I have discerned lately and from meeting many of our wonderful members, contributors, and being in the later in life category too,  more than a few of our brethren could benefit from using our abdominal muscles while turning sharply. I suspect our Avalanches are possibly near too close to the late 90's Sedan de Ville touring comfort and we may be losing our evolutionary DNA to tolerate a ride as it is supposed to feel like.

Remember when we all liked a Stiff Ride and thought it was supposed to be that way?  :o
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on April 15, 2014, 03:18:03 AM
Please; Everyone put on your fun glasses for this reply:

From what I have discerned lately and from meeting many of our wonderful members, contributors, and being in the later in life category too,  more than a few of our brethren could benefit from using our abdominal muscles while turning sharply. I suspect our Avalanches are possibly near too close to the late 90's Sedan de Ville touring comfort and we may be losing our evolutionary DNA to tolerate a ride as it is supposed to feel like.

Remember when we all liked a Stiff Ride and thought it was supposed to be that way?  :o

While this comment certainly has it's merits, I find myself perfectly content cruising in the left lane, five clicks under the speed limit, left turn signal flashing, all the while not spilling a drop of my large, filled to the brim coffee I have placed on top of my dash.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on April 15, 2014, 06:20:32 AM
I agree, thats just not what the avalanche is made for. It wasnt made to be a track car. Thats why it was put on the suburban chassis and frame- for the smooth ride.

If I wanted a track car I would go out and buy and then build a mazda miata mx-5 for a true track car and then haul that sucker on a trailer pulled by my avalanche
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 15, 2014, 07:22:23 AM
I'm trying to keep the truck as useful as I can as a "truck" but add a little flare to make it different. The stiffer ride isn't a real big concern, but it would be nice to eliminate the center of gravity a bit and bring the body roll down too. Again, I'm not making a low rider, 5/7 drop, notched frame, etc.... I just don't want to raise the truck UP, when that style of truck is everywhere here and no one gos off road with lifted trucks.

Either way, all the mods are reversible and maybe with age I will go back to a stock setup. You only live once, so I'm ready and willing to try it!  :thumbsup: :cool: :A:



I was going to mount the wheels, but we just got snow again yesterday and it is only 30* again  :E:. Tired of this wintery bull crap  :9:.


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On our last warm and sunny day, I popped the rear window out to be thanked with this lovely crack  :E: :beating:. Damn it. This brutal winter just took its toll on that plastic. Truck has almost 150k miles and it was OK until now. Oh well.

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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Bruizza on April 15, 2014, 08:19:59 AM
I agree, thats just not what the avalanche is made for. It wasnt made to be a track car. Thats why it was put on the suburban chassis and frame- for the smooth ride.

If I wanted a track car I would go out and buy and then build a mazda miata mx-5 for a true track car and then haul that sucker on a trailer pulled by my avalanche

I will tow my boat thousands of miles this summer with my avalanche lowered and with 26" rims.  Because my truck will be lowered and on big rims that means it won't be used like a truck???  I will haul all kinds of stuff for the yard we will be putting in our new house the whole time it will be lowered and on 26s.  Does this make it less of a truck???  When I haul all kinds of furniture to the new house in my lowered avalanche on 26s will that somehow make it less of a truck because it isn't stock height?  Does somehow jacking it up 10" and putting 38" tires on it make it more of a truck?  If I take my truck off the pavement (which I will many times this summer while at the lake) does it make it less of a truck because it is lowered and on 26s?  Since the avalanche is the "most versatile" vehicle ever made does that mean me/anyone customizing it how they want it makes it less of a truck?  Is a 2wd truck less of a truck than a 4wd? 
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on April 15, 2014, 08:35:03 AM
I will tow my boat thousands of miles this summer with my avalanche lowered and with 26" rims.  Because my truck will be lowered and on big rims that means it won't be used like a truck???  I will haul all kinds of stuff for the yard we will be putting in our new house the whole time it will be lowered and on 26s.  Does this make it less of a truck???  When I haul all kinds of furniture to the new house in my lowered avalanche on 26s will that somehow make it less of a truck because it isn't stock height?  Does somehow jacking it up 10" and putting 38" tires on it make it more of a truck?  If I take my truck off the pavement (which I will many times this summer while at the lake) does it make it less of a truck because it is lowered and on 26s?  Since the avalanche is the "most versatile" vehicle ever made does that mean me/anyone customizing it how they want it makes it less of a truck?  Is a 2wd truck less of a truck than a 4wd? 

I never said that. I am just talking about the rough ride and tight suspension. Its still just as much of a truck. Personally I am not a lowered guy. I just dont like it. To me it is unpractical. I want to be able to take my AV off the pavement and get where I need to go. It doesnt make it less of a truck to lower it. I just feel its unpratical.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 15, 2014, 08:48:38 AM
I think anything other than stock ride height is unpractical  :laugh:.


We all desire different things. There pro's and con's to going lowered OR lifted.



This debate will go on until the end of man kind!  :4:



Lowered or lifted, I like to see mods done and each owners personal touch.  :A: :B:



Bruizza & 09chevyavy, I think we need to take 1 AV with a mild drop and 1 AV with a mild lift and put them through the same tests. Off road, on road, towing, etc and see what the outcome is.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on April 15, 2014, 10:32:20 AM
Hey Fuz, I think were on the same page with the truck and I am looking forward to your input on yours when its done. I am in the thought of the 2.5 lower in the back to level the ride out (mainly for looks) and take away some body roll when cornering. When my brother and I lowered his first Tahoe it did add a slight feel of a lighter steering wheel, so I would imagine the AV would feel similar. My main concern is the smooth highway feel and ability to soak up the bumps in the road, I dont want a rattling interior because the back stiffened up to much because of the lower, lol
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on April 15, 2014, 10:36:17 AM
I think anything other than stock ride height is unpractical  :laugh:.


We all desire different things. There pro's and con's to going lowered OR lifted.



This debate will go on until the end of man kind!  :4:



Lowered or lifted, I like to see mods done and each owners personal touch.  :A: :B:



Bruizza & 09chevyavy, I think we need to take 1 AV with a mild drop and 1 AV with a mild lift and put them through the same tests. Off road, on road, towing, etc and see what the outcome is.

I agree with you there. It would be a neat test to be a part of. It also depends on which mods have been done. Like even though I want to eventually go bigger I still want to get much bigger sway bars and maybe have some custom made so that I can keep the body roll down as much as I can
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 21, 2014, 06:20:31 AM
Mounted them up on Saturday. Looks a little strange with the truck at stock ride height. Can't wait to see it lowered.


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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 23, 2014, 07:59:30 AM
I had one of the inner lip clamp-on wheel weights fling off on my way to work on Monday  :E: so the shop is picking it up on Thursday do try again.  :9:


The ride is noticeably more rough from the low profile tires. There is some tracking (pulling with road ruts) that wasn't there before because of the tire stiffness and 10" tire width. With the autoride suspension, the ride is still softer than a normal crew cab truck, so no complaints.





Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on April 23, 2014, 15:14:50 PM
That with will ride the ruts that's for sure, I had 14.5" wide on my last truck and those baby's would walk the ruts at stop signs pretty bad.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 20, 2014, 06:51:22 AM
Built my TPMS canister last night  :thumbsup:.


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The right tube is to program new sensors one at a time for each corner. The left tube is for the pre programmed sensors to seal tight, pressurize, and leave in the truck so the computer reads the 4 sensors pressure. No more tire pressure light  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MLM on June 20, 2014, 07:23:18 AM
Built my TPMS canister last night  :thumbsup:.

The right tube is to program new sensors one at a time for each corner. The left tube is for the pre programmed sensors to seal tight, pressurize, and leave in the truck so the computer reads the 4 sensors pressure. No more tire pressure light  :4:

So two questions 1) I've heard the PVC canisters can explode and 2) don't the sensors go to sleep if they are not spinning?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 20, 2014, 07:34:33 AM
Not sure how the canister can be compromised enough to explode, but I'm sure it happens. My canister it tucked away in the deep area of the saddle bag. Nothing will hit it, probably the safest spot for it.

There is a video on youtube where someone is testing the strength of a pressurized PVC canister and it is almost impossible to make it explode.

see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVO4_hUvFsc




No, the sensors do not need to be spinning to transmit the pressure.

There is a transmitted frequency between the BCM and the sensors. Kind of like walkie talkies where it is in 'sleep mode' until the signal is sent. The sensor batteries are pro rated for 5-7 years.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on June 23, 2014, 05:36:46 AM
Did you get it lowered yet Fuz, and if so hows the ride now?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: AVinSbyCt on June 23, 2014, 05:54:28 AM
Why the canister? Are the sensors not connecting to the computer? I had the same problem with my new wheels. It finally worked when we flashed them before sealing the bead. It seems the thicker rim was blocking the signal from the handheld. It's all good now. I agree that warning on the dash will drive you nuts!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 23, 2014, 06:48:56 AM
No, I didn't lower it yet because I wanted to figure out why I am still having autoride issues.


The canister is so I can leave the sensors in the PVC reading that pressure. Then I can swap wheels or rotate them any time and not worry about what sensors are in which wheels or if it is reading correctly. I've never needed a TPMS before, so why start now. Cars are getting smarter so drivers are getting dumber.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 26, 2014, 06:10:05 AM
2) don't the sensors go to sleep if they are not spinning?


This is kind of funny...... I didn't read anywhere that the sensors need to be spinning to transmit to the computer, and everything has been fine for the last 4+ days.


I went on a road trip yesterday and my tire pressure light came on  :E:. I thought 'no freakin way I lost pressure in the canister'. I pushed the button for tire pressure info and there were just -- lines instead of it reading 0/1psi.

Great, the canister didn't leak but I lost signal to the sensors  :beating:. I got out of the truck and shook the canister and the sensors started reading again, but for only about 15 minutes until each one started to drop signal again.


This sucks.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 16, 2014, 13:41:20 PM
Finally a quick pic that is good enough so I can change my avatar  :thumbsup:.


I have been wanting to install my 2/3 drop but other repairs keep coming up that I need to focus on. Right now is a clanking rear suspension over bumps. Can't figure out what is causing it :mad:.

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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Bruizza on July 16, 2014, 15:01:54 PM
Dang Blu Fuz I figured you had it dropped by now.  Hopefully you can get it done soon!
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Post by: Blackcomb on July 16, 2014, 15:23:48 PM
Do the drop, you'll more than likely find the clanker when you take off the suspension components.
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Post by: wyotonka on September 22, 2014, 10:52:03 AM
hey, thought of your avy the  other day... I'm pretty sure the truck I was loading was Bermuda blue
(http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii587/jit_majors2003/95669794-A373-4164-A13A-053A89A7F0D3_zpsxeyjr7de.jpg) (http://s1261.photobucket.com/user/jit_majors2003/media/95669794-A373-4164-A13A-053A89A7F0D3_zpsxeyjr7de.jpg.html)
(http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii587/jit_majors2003/B84A5A08-A814-4322-B151-79FBF61B3D49_zpsxfglcx0m.jpg) (http://s1261.photobucket.com/user/jit_majors2003/media/B84A5A08-A814-4322-B151-79FBF61B3D49_zpsxfglcx0m.jpg.html)
he said they have 2 this color and both are fairly new
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 23, 2014, 11:07:46 AM
Hahaha, excellent. That looks pretty close.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on October 9, 2014, 16:52:02 PM
Where did you get the billet grill?  I'm a fan.  I don't usually like the aftermarkets grills, mostly because I think the stock is pretty nice already.  But this one makes me keep coming back to this thread ;)
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Post by: Xlr8n on October 10, 2014, 11:18:24 AM
Hey Blu- Did 'ya get the rig lowered yet? 
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Post by: blu_fuz on October 13, 2014, 06:55:04 AM
Where did you get the billet grill?  I'm a fan.  I don't usually like the aftermarkets grills, mostly because I think the stock is pretty nice already.  But this one makes me keep coming back to this thread ;)

Here is the grill part number:
19258217


I havn't lowered the truck yet. I wanted to get through the camping season. I will be doing more work to it first so I probably wont get to it this summer.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 5, 2014, 08:50:27 AM
Swapped back over to my stock wheels for winter and spotted a broken front sway bar endlink  :E:.


At least I can get that clunking in the front fixed easily, but still nothing obvious for the clanking in the rear suspension somewhere. Oh well.

I bought new front and rear sway bar endlinks:
-Front ACDELCO PRO 45G0002
-Rear Mevotech MK6700


I was going to go with stock parts, but these other sway bar endlinks will go great with the upgraded Eibach 38106.32 sway bar kit I plan on getting in the future  :cool:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 13, 2014, 06:58:58 AM
Changing out the sway bar endlinks helped with the clunk in the front, still have a clank in the rear. Oh well.

Really nice parts for about $50 total and install was easy. Truck on the ground, hand tools, and about 1 hour total for all 4 corners.

 :thumbsup:


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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on January 6, 2015, 08:36:53 AM
Have you lowered it yet?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 7, 2015, 14:56:04 PM
No, I didn't..... I might just sell the kit to be honest.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on January 7, 2015, 17:51:48 PM
noooooo you cant!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 8, 2015, 06:53:20 AM
Its a tough choice. The truck rides really good the way it is, sits with a small rake unloaded and sits almost perfect level when the camper is hooked up.

If I lower it I have to worry about:
-new ride quality of the rear springs
-how level it is unloaded (I want a small rake)
-will it have reverse rake after I hook up my camper
-I will have to buy a different WD hitch because our current one will be too low
-re-align the truck
-worry about new spots where the tires might rub
-what will the tire wear be on my expensive 24" wheels


You see how it all compounds CO$T for me by simply adding a 2/3 drop? It could cost me a lot. $350 for new WD hitch, $75 truck alignment, $150 per tire if they camber wear out, etc.....
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Post by: 09chevyavy on January 8, 2015, 08:08:57 AM
Oh trust me man. I get it. I have the same problems with my new 35x14.50R17 super swamper iroks with only a 3.5" lift kit on the front.
I built a front bumper so I was good for clearance there.
They ride a little rougher but not too bad.
Tire whirr which I love.
Worse gas mileage which I dont love- 17 mpg at 70 to now 14.
Rubbed a ton on the back of the fender well and had to grind and cut and massage that to work just sitting there, not even going off road.
Getting it realigned today.

Luckily because super swampers are a local company and I bought straight from the company they offer free mount and balance, free rotation for life as well as free flat fix for life. I also know the owners daughter as she is my best friends girlfriend. So I got a deal on them and saved $600 on just the tires haha.

But yeah man I feel your pain.
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Post by: Blackcomb on January 8, 2015, 13:55:22 PM
Yea Fuz, after lowering mine I did bottom on a couple of rolling dips in the highway at highway speed fully loaded for a camping trip. I really like the way it handles and looks when unloaded, but am considering going back to stock ride height.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 9, 2015, 06:45:58 AM
It is a tough call to make because I like the look of a slightly lower truck.


Maybe if I sell the McGaughy's kit, I should buy the Eibach sway bar kit for some more driving and towing stability, yeah?


http://www.ebay.com/itm/361095974342?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on January 9, 2015, 07:05:05 AM
I say go for it. I want to get a set as well to help control the body off road
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Post by: Bruizza on January 9, 2015, 08:22:04 AM
Blu Fuz I think you might be worrying a bit too much about lowering it.  Mine is at 2/3 and I tow our 22' wakeboarding boat all the time like that on 26s.

 Didn't need a new hitch but I did flip my 2" drop to a 2" rise.  Didn't cost anyting.  Just needed a BIG AZZ wrench. 

Haven't had any wear issues on my tires.  I know I looked when I took them off for the winter.  Alignment will have to be done but that isn't a big deal. 

It does rub but that has just caused a little bit of damage to my fender liners.  Not too worried about those.

It will still have the slight rake.

It won't have reverse rake when you tow.  Mine doesn't.  I have a picture of mine towing a 23' boat that weighs 5400lbs dry and it still isn't sitting with a reverse rake.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10295809_10202858096473524_5670977560344235397_n.jpg?oh=8f850df5197c478e05bbb2624f3bdf3f&oe=5529948F&__gda__=1433152059_3cb14a89678c9624a6f2486851cdf184)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 9, 2015, 08:34:51 AM


 Didn't need a new hitch but I did flip my 2" drop to a 2" rise.  Didn't cost anyting.  Just needed a BIG AZZ wrench. 




My hitch doesn't flip/adjust and has the torsen bars and anti-sway bar that attach to it so if I lower the truck, the hitch will go lower, the front of the camper will go lower. That cost will have to be figured in because I can't modify the setup to work after lowering the truck.


My hitch doesn't have any pins to set the height of the ball, as shown below:
(http://cheely.com/reese_hitch.jpg)


I would have to buy a complete WD hitch that the ball can be moved up/down with matching torsen bars, as shown below:
(http://www.titantalk.com/forums/attachments/titan-towing-hauling/58155d1205555281-eaz-lift-weight-distribution-hitch-eaz-lift2.jpg)



I know the truck looks a little 'donk' at stock ride height and 24's but man does it sit level with the camper and the trailer is nice and level looking too. Hard to mess with a good thing:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/post-83-0-98467800-1404852948_zps10c3aea3.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Bruizza on January 9, 2015, 10:32:07 AM
Do you still have your air ride suspension? 
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 12, 2015, 08:52:04 AM
Yes.

And I still have the firestone coil-rite spring bags I wanted to install at the same time as the McGaughys kit..
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on January 12, 2015, 09:42:43 AM
I don't think it looks "donk".
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 12, 2015, 11:59:57 AM
Thanks Johnnie.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on January 12, 2015, 19:28:53 PM
I think when I do the SAS swap and go with the full coil springs all around I am gonna get the helper air bags as well to level it out
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 22, 2015, 10:49:46 AM
My McGaughy's kit sold on ebay this morning. Could use the cash for our kitchen remodel, so I am ok with it. Maybe someday I will commit to dropping this hog down a few inches  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on January 22, 2015, 15:03:07 PM
Gotcha. Well congrats bud!!
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Post by: Orange_AV_in_SA on February 13, 2015, 13:56:58 PM
Beautiful truck! I wish mine came with those wheels!  :E:
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Post by: blu_fuz on February 18, 2015, 07:00:37 AM
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it.  :thumbsup: :cool:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 17, 2015, 06:27:21 AM
Pretty slow in here!


Small update for everyone. The previous owners re-paint job on this truck is starting to show its flaws. There are spots where there is moisture behind the paint and it is either bubbling or in one spot big chunks of paint are peeling off. After the truck is paid off (end of the summer), the saving will begin to have it stripped, painted properly, and have all the door/window seals replaced. All in time.


But, until then I was able to score the oem BILLET grill by Lacks off epay. My brother bought my other billet grill. Just popped it in last night.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3916_zpslufn1jct.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3917_zpsr1hiquoy.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3918_zps8kiocnnn.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3919_zpssjckf4vy.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3920_zpsgs46tb7v.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3921_zps5yfc7gsa.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on March 17, 2015, 06:31:26 AM
looks awesome man!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 18, 2015, 09:44:06 AM
Thanks.

Stock:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/10-3-2013002_zps83eb7fa5.jpg)

GM 19258217 grill:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/10-3-2013004_zpsf7df2433.jpg)

GM 17803404 grill:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3921_zps5yfc7gsa.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 05snopro440 on March 18, 2015, 10:29:03 AM
Looks great! I think I still like my chrome egg-crate stocker best, but it's hard to tell.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on March 18, 2015, 10:36:29 AM
Looks good man
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Post by: Blackcomb on March 18, 2015, 17:42:54 PM
You should color match the bow tie Fuz, love the grill, looks great.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on March 18, 2015, 20:11:49 PM
x 2 on the bowtie match
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 19, 2015, 07:34:57 AM
I actually don't mind the gold bowtie. It matches the rear and the center caps of the wheels.


I probably will at some point just to try it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 05snopro440 on March 23, 2015, 08:18:12 AM
I actually don't mind the gold bowtie. It matches the rear and the center caps of the wheels.


I probably will at some point just to try it.

I like the gold bowtie as well.

I always have color matched mine before, but on my Gold 08 I'm going to leave the bowtie alone, it looks good.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 28, 2015, 06:37:43 AM
Started to accumulate parts for my complete suspension overhaul (besides the shocks/springs). Going with all OEM/AC Delco, just hunting and waiting for the right deals.
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_43871_zpsdwjpezcz.jpg)



LED license plate bulbs installed:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_44191_zpsvduma5nt.jpg)


And a corner shot to show the grill and more of the truck:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_41991_zpsdsy4hsab.jpg)


Sitting in the garage with one of my many ghettoblaster boomboxes blasting:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_44361_zpsvkh9oh60.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 29, 2015, 07:36:35 AM
Finally did my 2 piece vinyl center caps for my 24's.

I cut a black circle, layed that first. Used a hairdryer to keep it smooth and get the air out from under the vinyl.

Then I bought a set of metal looking bowtie vinyl from Neuvo Wheel. Stuck them over the black.


I think it turned out pretty good and still has the OEM look that I was going for.

Before left, after right:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_46741_zps3mfupez5.jpg)


Set done:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_46751_zps2bvase53.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: enoniam on April 29, 2015, 07:39:44 AM
Those look really nice!  I need to do that to the center caps on my stock wheels that function as my winter "beaters".
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 29, 2015, 22:29:06 PM
Looks great  :thumbsup: have been wanting to do this to my xd's, I just haven't found one of those round tuits yet haha
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on May 19, 2015, 12:06:02 PM
I'm going to be going back to OEM rear air shocks and taking out my Arnotts just for the heck of it.


I prefer OEM in this case simply because of the design difference but went with Arnott because of price initially.


Scored 2 'damaged box' AcDelco 580-451 rear autoride shocks on Amazon for $144 each marked down from their $208 normal price each.


Also, just took our new camper out on our first trip. Took a pic as I was getting it lined up on site.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_4974_zps11jgjb8w.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on May 28, 2015, 14:48:11 PM
AcDelco shocks came today. Original boxes too. Never installed.  :cool: Great f'n deal, I can't wait to try them!


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_52351_zps30ciirqe.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: comingfromthedarkside on May 31, 2015, 15:26:03 PM
Ok , painted the bow ties satin black, a few more posts and I will show the pictures
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 8, 2015, 07:39:24 AM
I never added to my list that I re-installed the heated washer fluid option to my truck. It was recalled out before I got it. Great feature when you need it!

- AlphaTherm AT-37GM heated washer fluid
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 11, 2015, 06:43:58 AM
I'm very happy with the vinyl I put on the center caps. Really finishes them off and gives it the OEM look I was going for:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5397_zpsa8gext69.jpg)



Also, removed the Arnott shocks got my AcDelco autoride shocks installed. Can't wait to load them up and see how they handle  :thumbsup:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5613_zps2ckvmhmj.jpg)


Got some group pictures with my AV, uncles EXT, and my brothers AV.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5526_zps95yuwnpd.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 16, 2015, 08:18:09 AM
My OEM part collecting is going pretty good for the steering/suspension overhaul. I'm only trying to find OEM parts and searching every day for the newest deal, if any. Slowly but surely.


Also been looking for 09-14 GM door moldings with the chrome strip along the top to replace my '07 moldings that are peeling off. So far I have drivers side front and rear moldings for about 25% of new cost  :4:.


Lots more to find, some parts I might just pay full price for to finish the search.  :thumbsup:


Updated list for truck below.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 16, 2015, 08:31:41 AM
Add a couple things to the list:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front AcDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts replaced
-new passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-(2) new AcDelco parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new AlphaTherm AT-37GM heated washer fluid recontented
-new rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new AcDelco iridium spark plugs
-new AcDelco starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks (removed and sold)
-new AcDelco gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management
-new Precision drivers front wheel bearing
-new AcDelco front flexible brake lines
-new AcDelco front calipers
-warranty front brake pads for new ones
-Kicker 500.1 Amp
-2 Kicker C10 10" subs
-hifisoundconnection dual 10" down-fire sub box under rear seat
-new GM 19258217 chrome billet front grill with bowtie (sold)
-new passenger step aluminum wedge, bolt, and clean/lube job
-35% tint front windows
-SnugTop topper with new paint/parts (sold)
-re-located rear shock compressor into drivers side saddle bag storage bin
-warranty another new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new 2008 Avalanche updated wiper arms and blades
-new GM updated design chrome interior front door pull handles
-new Westin black front laser fit floor mats
-new 24" Chrome Texas Edition replica wheels w/vinyl center cap overlays
-(4) new AcDelco 13586335 tire pressure sensors
-used McGaughys 2/3 lowering kit (30008) (sold)
-new Nankang SP-7 305/35/24 tires
-new front ACDELCO PRO 45G0002 sway bar endlinks
-new rear Mevotech MK6700 sway bar endlinks
-new GM 17803404 chrome billet front grill with bowtie
-new LED rear license plate bulbs
-new AcDelco 580-451 rear autoride shocks (removed Arnott and installed AcDelco)
-OEM take off front upper control arms with BJs (not installed)
-new GM front sway bar bushings (not installed)
-new GM rear sway bar bushings (not installed)
-(1) GM front tie rod end (not installed)
-drivers side front and rear 09-14 door molding w/chrome (not installed)
-new Spectre 9918 intake
-new Dorman 924-367 interior door pull handle cable
-new AcDelco 171-0999 brake pads
-new AcDelco 18A2332 rear brake rotors

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on June 16, 2015, 14:30:17 PM
Those center caps look great.

Did you ever do the upper and lower control arms?  My ball joints are shot and I'm about the tackle the project. 
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 17, 2015, 06:51:44 AM
I'm still collecting parts for a 1-time overhaul and alignment. The truck still rides nice, just staying ahead of the game so I have all the parts here when I am ready.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on June 17, 2015, 07:57:22 AM
I'm starting to do the same Fuz, my brother found some nice solid control arms with urethane bushings that I will be buying next.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 22, 2015, 07:52:36 AM
Interior pull handle cable snapped on Friday morning. Dealer will only sell the cable with the latch assembly for about $160  :thumbdown:. You can find the cable and assembly on epay for about $115. You simply can't buy just the OEM cable from the dealer, it just clips in so this is just a way for them to rob you. Luckily I found a Dorman cable that actually works and Autozone was able to get it to me that afternoon so I could install it Friday night. It was about $49 at autozone, but I needed it right away and couldn't wait but they are on ebay for $30 shipped I will be buying a spare to keep with the truck.

Dorman 924-367


Also installed the replacement chrome interior handle I have had sitting here for a couple years waiting to go in to get rid of the original one with peeling chrome.  :thumbsup:


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5816_zpsxjpv1l4u.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5811_zpsfl5hjxwd.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5815_zpsezcbfvdj.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5814_zpsboor6qtm.jpg)



And while on our way to drop off the camper, the rear brakes started grinding, WTF poop just doesn't end with this truck. :E: :thumbdown: :beating: :( :needhug:


Original GM parts would have cost $452 for 2 rotors and a set of pads. $184 pads, $134 each rotor.

I found GM pads on Amazon for $75 and a decent set of AcDelco rotors on Amazon for $32 each (damaged box). Free shipping + tax out the door was only $148.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: RevRichmond on June 27, 2015, 06:21:06 AM

Sitting in the garage with one of my many ghettoblaster boomboxes blasting:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_44361_zpsvkh9oh60.jpg)
Sitting under FORD flags!?!?!?!?! WHAAAAAT????? :beating: :banhim:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on June 27, 2015, 08:23:04 AM
I often wear my ford hoodie while driving my Chevy.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 30, 2015, 06:17:38 AM
That's for my Ford Contour  :thumbsup:. Truck gets garage time too.  :cool:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 30, 2015, 07:29:17 AM
Rear brakes started grinding in the first hour of our 3 hour drive to drop our camper off at Country Fest. Got there and limped the truck back home.


Bought OEM rotors and pads off Amazon (f#*%$!ing love that place!). The rear rotors again were 'open box' items for only $31 each shipped. The pads were $76.


One of the pads had ripped clean off the backing plate, that's why the brakes were grinding. The rotors were original, so it was time to just get them out of there. The caliper slide pins were bone dry, no lube at all. The metal clips for the brake pads were rusted to swiss cheese and had chunks missing.


Lubed the slide pins, new metal clips, new pads, new rotors, install went smooth and everything is working great.

The greatest part of this is I have been chasing a loud clanking noise over bumps in the back end of my truck for about a year. Believe it or not, hopefully not a coincidence, but the clanking is GONE!  :o I suspect that the because the brake pad caliper clips were so rotten and not doing anything that the brake pads were moving around in the caliper causing the metal-on-metal clank.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5967_zpsgxaov4zx.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5969_zps5ud5klpi.jpg)



Some of my '09+ exterior door ding guards came in too, lucky for me they are bigger than the original '07 guards so they will cover the paint transition when the previous owner painted the truck with the original guards on. They need to be painted Bermuda blue.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5901_zpsddkiijqm.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5907_zpsdsif3ae9.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5908_zpsy4y7iuey.jpg)


Spectre intake is here too:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5899_zps7abh2uiy.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 13, 2015, 07:24:09 AM
Got my stock intake out to reveal that I bought the wrong Spectre kit for my truck  :thumbdown:  :beating:  :E:  :9:

Damn it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 29, 2015, 06:37:54 AM
New steering wheel and K&N intake made it.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_67351_zpskf1ybvkw.jpg)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_65891_zps1k86oldz.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 3, 2015, 07:28:15 AM
Stock:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6359_zpsxuuydkzj.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6358_zps6rhk1yfd.jpg)


Used K&N kit:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6802_zpswiocijik.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6803_zpsbho5c8kv.jpg)


Cleaned up my engine cover too  :cool:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6362_zpsvbt7ojn4.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6363_zps0zolk4ad.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 20, 2015, 06:33:42 AM
Huge props to krazycarguy for extracting and replacing my drivers side exhaust manifold bolts.  :thumbsup: :A: :B: Thanks a ton, I'm a happy camper now, no more exhaust tic. 4 came out that still had heads, 5th one the shaft was sticking out enough to wrench out, and the 6th one had to have a nut welded because the bolt shaft was below the surface.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7191_zpsbaiew33o.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7192_zpsk2gk4x5t.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7199_zps3ydgvjgi.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7196_zpsjcikb7eo.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7200_zpstw1nh2kf.jpg)


Installed my new steering wheel last week, I've never had a new steering wheel. A place that no one has touched before. My hands only. No one elses snot rockets and grubby paws have touched. Feels great!
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7204_zpspewkoetp.jpg)


Got my hood decals installed too.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6911_zpss9kfn4pc.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6903_zps8rma2kct.jpg)


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on August 20, 2015, 07:24:07 AM
I've always liked this truck.

Looking good!

Weren't you looking for some replacement door side trim?

I think it would look good without the door side trim at all.

Keep tweaking, it's working.

 :thumbsup:

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 20, 2015, 07:37:19 AM
^ Thanks.

I do have 3 of the door trims. Trying to snag them at a decent price one at a time. Getting there!


I know the truck would look good with no door guards, but they didn't remove the door guards when it was repainted before I bought it. The paint transition will be left on the door if I remove the guards.


The stock moldings are peeling off and the '07 style are junk. I'm just trying to replace them with a style I like and it works out that the '09+ door trim is wider and it will cover the paint transitions until I can have the truck repainted in 5 years or so.




Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on August 20, 2015, 07:58:01 AM
Huge props to krazycarguy for extracting and replacing my drivers side exhaust manifold bolts.  :thumbsup: :A: :B: Thanks a ton, I'm a happy camper now, no more exhaust tic. 4 came out that still had heads, 5th one the shaft was sticking out enough to wrench out, and the 6th one had to have a nut welded because the bolt shaft was below the surface.

:thumbsup:  I wish he was closer to me.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 20, 2015, 08:02:58 AM
Real nice dude. We met up a few months ago for a deal and he offered the help then. The time just came to make it happen and he took his personal time to help me out. Standup guy, owns an AV, and certified mechanic, can't beat that!  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on August 20, 2015, 08:05:38 AM
I met him before you are absolutely right.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 20, 2015, 08:08:46 AM
The list:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front AcDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts, gaskets replaced
-new GM passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-(2) new AcDelco parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new AlphaTherm AT-37GM heated washer fluid recontented
-new GM rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new GM rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new AcDelco iridium spark plugs
-new AcDelco starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks (removed and sold)
-new AcDelco gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management
-new Precision drivers front wheel bearing
-new AcDelco front flexible brake lines
-new AcDelco front calipers
-warranty front brake pads for new ones
-Kicker 500.1 Amp
-2 Kicker C10 10" subs
-hifisoundconnection dual 10" down-fire sub box under rear seat
-new GM 19258217 chrome billet front grill with bowtie (sold)
-new GM passenger step aluminum wedge, bolt, and clean/lube job
-35% tint front windows
-SnugTop topper with new paint/parts (sold)
-re-located rear shock compressor into drivers side saddle bag storage bin
-warranty another new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new GM updated autoride compressor dryer/sensor 22964558
-new GM 2008 Avalanche updated wiper arms and blades
-new GM updated design chrome interior front door pull handles
-new Westin black front laser fit floor mats
-new 24" Chrome Texas Edition replica wheels w/vinyl center cap overlays
-(4) new AcDelco 13586335 tire pressure sensors
-used McGaughys 2/3 lowering kit (30008) (sold)
-new Nankang SP-7 305/35/24 tires
-new front ACDELCO PRO 45G0002 sway bar endlinks
-new rear Mevotech MK6700 sway bar endlinks
-new GM 17803404 chrome billet front grill with bowtie
-new LED rear license plate bulbs
-new AcDelco 580-451 rear autoride shocks (removed Arnott and installed AcDelco)
-OEM GM take off front upper control arms with BJs (not installed)
-new GM front sway bar bushings (not installed)
-new GM rear sway bar bushings (not installed)
-(1) GM front tie rod end (not installed)
-new GM drivers side front and used GM drivers side rear 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950343, 15950533 (not installed)
-used K&N 77-3058KP intake
-new Dorman 924-367 interior door pull handle cable
-new AcDelco 171-0999 brake pads
-new AcDelco 18A2332 rear brake rotors
-new GM passenger side front 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950342 (not installed)
-new GM 15917932 dark titanium steering wheel
-drivers side rear 1/4 patch panel for future rust repair/paint
-Vortec 6.0L vinyl hood decals
-drivers side exhaust manifold bolts, gaskets, coolant temp sensor replaced (thanks krazycarguy!)
-new GM passenger side rear 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950534 (not installed)

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 20, 2015, 10:54:31 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot I tarped and filled up the truck with water for a work party for the kids to enjoy at the park. Was about 90* that day and they couldn't be in the bounce house the entire time.


They had a blast!


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7101_zpsjxnuqbie.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7106_zps1jgxzmm1.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7116_zpsnj0d3x9x.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: krazycarguy on August 21, 2015, 18:55:39 PM
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on August 21, 2015, 21:02:37 PM
I'll be, you are still around. :wave:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: krazycarguy on August 22, 2015, 12:18:39 PM
I'll be you are still around. :wave:

so many other hobbies. lol Im still lurking around tho. lol
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: beyer1983 on August 24, 2015, 10:02:51 AM
really amazing job youve done with this vehicle... i loved watching your transition with this and its given me some ideas on mine  :D
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 15, 2015, 07:40:12 AM
Thanks Beyer!


I want to keep it for a long time, so the mods I want to do need to be for the long haul. Trying to keep it classy, mild mod, but on the edge of awesome.


 :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: tjxray99 on September 16, 2015, 06:09:40 AM
Blu,

  How hard was the steering wheel removal and install?

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 16, 2015, 06:58:04 AM
Very easy. A couple torx screws, steering column nut, electrical clips. There are some youtube vids on it as well.

So glad I changed my steering wheel.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: tjxray99 on September 16, 2015, 07:14:26 AM
Very easy. A couple torx screws, steering column nut, electrical clips. There are some youtube vids on it as well.

So glad I changed my steering wheel.


Thank you,   I'll check out some videos. I'm wondering if a heated steering wheel would work from the escalade or Denali not sure if the wiring would be there or not though?  Mine has some scrapes on the top of it and just annoys me terribly. So it's getting changed with something.

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 24, 2015, 06:18:58 AM
Yes, you can add the heated steering wheel to the 2007 Avalanche from the newer ones.

The steering wheels cost about $300 and you need the clock spring and function buttons on the left of the wheel.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 24, 2015, 09:07:04 AM
For now I traced out my drivers side patch panel so I can make just a surface plate to cover the rust hole for now. It will be painted Bermuda Blue before being installed. I can't stand the rust spot and I'm not financially ready to have my truck cut, patch panels installed, and repainted. It will look pretty good from 4 feet away, where the rust hole can be spotted a parking lot away, eeeeek.


Also, I was lucky to find 3 brand new and 1 used 2009+ door ding guard with chrome strip to replace the crappy 2007-2008 door guards that are curling up and peeling off the truck. They are getting prepped and painted Bermuda Blue with the patch plates.


I am pretty excited to see the new style door guards on. Trying not to put too much chrome on this truck to make it tacky, but these are by far the best looking guards for our trucks.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7889_zpskllmyoll.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7888_zpsai8arxvw.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7883_zpss34rkjjs.jpg)



Here is a before picture of the rust patch on the drivers side rear between the door and the wheel. It's nasty:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6897_zpsywzccxuc.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on September 24, 2015, 09:56:12 AM
You going to spray some rust inhibitor on it to slow it down before you cover it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 24, 2015, 10:46:03 AM
You going to spray some rust inhibitor on it to slow it down before you cover it.


I should do a lot of things...... It will only be covered for a couple years, so hopefully I can keep it covered long enough before it consumes the truck!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: tjxray99 on September 24, 2015, 20:25:13 PM
check out por-15.com   it is great for rust and if your covering it up anyhow i'd do that before hand just to slow it as much as possible
 i linked the super starter kit and its only 22 bucks


http://www.por15.com/SUPER-STARTER-KIT--Black_p_11.html   
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on September 24, 2015, 23:25:39 PM
tjxray99  X2  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on September 25, 2015, 05:48:04 AM
Hey Fuz, if your down around Chicago in the near future Eastwood has a shop in Alsip on Cicero AV. It's just off 294 south side of Chicago. They carry real good products including POR15.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 25, 2015, 06:35:44 AM
Thanks for the tips guys. Ebay has the POR 15 kit too and since I'm already setup on there I will buy that to try.


Just looking to buy a little more time before I need to strip the truck down and get it done properly. Wife, house(s), 2 kids, 3 vehicles, working full time, and other hobbies it is hard to put some more money into this right now.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 30, 2015, 07:02:27 AM
We took some black out of the paint mix and sprayed a white base coat on the parts to lighten/brighten the finish. Last time we sprayed this color for my snugtop it came out just a tad dark. Close is close enough for me right now.


Color:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7962_zpsitqweqkg.jpg)

Clear:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7965_zps3j0qwvcw.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on September 30, 2015, 09:24:46 AM
We took some black out of the paint mix and sprayed a white base coat on the parts to lighten/brighten the finish. Last time we sprayed this color for my snugtop it came out just a tad dark. Close is close enough for me right now.


Color:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7962_zpsitqweqkg.jpg)

Clear:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7965_zps3j0qwvcw.jpg)

Those came out so good!!! Excited to see them on the truck, its going to give it a whole new look  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on September 30, 2015, 09:30:36 AM
Should look pretty great
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 30, 2015, 09:51:25 AM
I'm pretty excited about it too. I have not seen another 2007 Bermuda blue avalanche with this style of door trim because it wasn't offered then.


It will look way better than the faded and peeling door guards.

The best part is it will have the look of a 2009+ because of the style of door guard. Adds just a little bit of chrome.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 09chevyavy on September 30, 2015, 09:57:44 AM
Was 2007 the only year that bermuda blue was offered?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on September 30, 2015, 13:54:45 PM
Was 2007 the only year that bermuda blue was offered?

I (THINK) it was available in 05,06,07,... Those are the three years I am sure of
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 30, 2015, 14:06:34 PM
^ correct 2005, 2006, and only one year on the new body style for 2007.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on October 5, 2015, 12:21:08 PM
Are they on yet??? You're killing me with suspense  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 5, 2015, 12:32:39 PM
It's killing me too!  :laugh:


I just thought today that my truck is 100% daily driver in the winter, I'm probably not going to install these until spring!  :E: :9: :thumbdown: :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on October 7, 2015, 13:46:39 PM
It's killing me too!  :laugh:


I just thought today that my truck is 100% daily driver in the winter, I'm probably not going to install these until spring!  :E: :9: :thumbdown: :laugh:

Oh come on! Do it before it gets cold! LOL I don't think we can wait to see until spring  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: tjxray99 on October 7, 2015, 15:36:13 PM
 :help:  :beating: I cannot wait till spring   :E: :E: :E: :o :o
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: oih82w8 on October 23, 2015, 09:09:20 AM



Cleaned up my engine cover too  :cool:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6362_zpsvbt7ojn4.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6363_zps0zolk4ad.jpg)

The painted engine cover is tight!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: oih82w8 on October 23, 2015, 09:59:31 AM

Installed my new steering wheel last week, I've never had a new steering wheel. A place that no one has touched before. My hands only. No one elses snot rockets and grubby paws have touched. Feels great!
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_7204_zpspewkoetp.jpg)


My "new to me" 08 LT has some gnarly wear spots on the steering wheel.  Was it hard to replace it?  Kinda leery about working around the air bag.   What did it cost for the new wheel?  New radio & cruise control switches as well?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 24, 2015, 18:37:45 PM
Very easy to replace. Unhook + side of battery gor a few minutes. Follow youtube videos. Couple push locks for the airbag, wire connectors, steering wheel nut, and reverse order. Makes you feel good holding a new steering wheel.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 16, 2015, 12:31:02 PM
Scored some LED smoked tails on epay. I wasn't looking for any really because I wanted maybe an EXT set eventually but I know those aren't LED.


I took a chance, they were cheap enough to try. I think the brand is Philips and I really didn't want them to look too 'cholo' if you know what I mean. Aftermarket tails can really ruin the look of your ride.


I'm happy to say that they look pretty damn nice and pleasantly surprised!  :thumbsup: I think I would still rather have tail lights with a red lens cover, not clear but these will do for now.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8556_zpsqydmcqzh.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8555_zps8yxsay3u.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8560_zps43coly9j.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8591_zpsb50fs0fh.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8553_zpsiiahwwem.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8590_zpsvgpcw9sv.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_8564_zpsopwluxsz.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on November 16, 2015, 13:47:13 PM
I had clear lenses before I smoked them, I found it doesn't take as much to make a clear lens look black over a red one so you don't lose as much output.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on February 19, 2016, 11:55:15 AM
My list of suspension/steering OEM parts I am looking for is getting shorter and shorter!  :A:

I have been on the hunt for marked down (50%-75%) OEM parts for over a year. All the expensive parts are bought and a few 20-$30 parts left I might just buckle down and buy so I have them all.


The rust hole is getting bigger and the door guard on the passenger front door has peeled back about 4". I can't wait for spring to get working on it again for these cosmetic issues.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on February 19, 2016, 14:50:00 PM
Hey Fuz, I replaced the rear control arms with a more solid box tube style and put a bigger solid sway bar, the difference is incredible.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 1, 2016, 09:36:00 AM
I will eventually upgrade the sway bars but will stick with OEM on the other parts only because I know they are built for 100k+ miles. Thanks for the info  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Monkeyman on March 7, 2016, 14:20:54 PM
Looks great as always. Your always taking it to the next level with your tasteful mods.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on March 11, 2016, 12:22:39 PM
Still waiting to see those LTZ moldings installed  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 11, 2016, 12:37:33 PM
Funny you should say something.... they are being put on this Tuesday!!!!!! I can't wait. The passenger stock molding is peeled back about 4" now EEEEEKKKKKK!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 14, 2016, 06:45:21 AM
I went to a body shop on Saturday morning to get a quote on getting the 1/4 panel, rocker, and fender rust cut out and fixed...... $1200-1500  :thumbsup: :cool:

Looks like I will be getting my truck fixed on the 21st of this month. Damn I am excited.

Tomorrow the new door guards are going on. Excellent. :D
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on March 14, 2016, 07:42:23 AM
Great news
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on March 14, 2016, 12:45:51 PM
Outstanding!

 :thumbsup:

Pics when it's finished, please.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on March 14, 2016, 19:03:16 PM
I went to a body shop on Saturday morning to get a quote on getting the 1/4 panel, rocker, and fender rust cut out and fixed...... $1200-1500  :thumbsup: :cool:

Looks like I will be getting my truck fixed on the 21st of this month. Damn I am excited.

Tomorrow the new door guards are going on. Excellent. :D

Ouch, on an 07???

Any pics of the rust in question?

I was plagued with rotten rockers on my 02, but I have yet to see an 07+ with significant rust yet  :(

Also, I can't wait to see the moldings  :D
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 15, 2016, 06:27:46 AM
You guys aren't going to believe this...... I didn't notice this major issue.

The seller on ebay that sold me the GM passenger side front 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950342 sent me the correct lower half of the molding, but it came with the chrome upper piece from the drivers side front door  :E: :E: :E: :E: :E: :E:

f#*%$! my life - I never noticed it was wrong after having these for months. :thumbdown:

The dealer can't sell just the upper chrome part, they sell the whole molding for $250  :beating: :9: :o

 :9: :9: :9: :9: :9:

now I can't get the moldings put on until I get the right chrome piece. :'(
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on March 15, 2016, 07:37:30 AM
DOH!!  :E:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 15, 2016, 07:40:00 AM
They are still going to take my truck in, remove all of the moldings and install the 3 complete sets I have. I'll just have to stick on the 4th one when I get the chrome strip.....


Cheapest I can find the passenger front door molding kit is $160  :E: :E: :E:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 16, 2016, 07:24:09 AM
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2106_zpsioanaq2x.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2105_zpshrj4gna3.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2102_zps9ctnb7nj.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2104_zpsenzdl9t3.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2101_zpszix3xvcy.jpg)





Before:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2100_zpss51ea6jk.jpg)



After:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2107_zpscstlyjdo.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2108_zps29et5f1p.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2110_zpsacengirr.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2109_zpswm1bant7.jpg)



I'm really a fan of the all blue original moldings so it will take some time to get use to the chrome strip down the side of the truck. I could always put black vinyl on the chrome strip, but for now I am very happy with how they layed out, that they cover the existing paint lines where the old moldings were, and they make the truck look a few years newer. My smoked tails will probably be sold and I will go to the red lens version of that tail light or back to OEM because the different shades of chrome clash.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on March 16, 2016, 07:49:36 AM
Wow! those really change the overall look, for sure!

I really like the chrome strip, as it breaks up the side of the truck paint wise.

I really hate to hear about the molding issue... I hope you find a solution soon  :thumbdown: and its cheaper for you

Also, I was poking around on Fleabay the other day and ran across a set of taillights for sale. They were attached to an Avy very similar to yours  :4:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 16, 2016, 08:05:54 AM
Thanks, and yes, you did find my tails for sale on epay  :cool:


I have LKQ hunting down the molding for me. They thought they had one at my nearest location but after I saw the picture it was the bubbled out version of the molding with chrome strip. Close, but that chrome strip doesn't fit these moldings. They should be able to find something.

The body shop said they can make my chrome strip fit and wouldn't be that noticeable, which might happen if I can't find a decent price for a correct one.


Oh, here is some of the rust  :E:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6898_zpsdc9lzbny.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6897_zpsywzccxuc.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6896_zpsmqrjhaib.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on March 16, 2016, 08:08:54 AM
Thanks, and yes, you did find my tails for sale on epay  :cool:


I have LKQ hunting down the molding for me. They thought they had one at my nearest location but after I saw the picture it was the bubbled out version of the molding with chrome strip. Close, but that chrome strip doesn't fit these moldings. They should be able to find something.

The body shop said they can make my chrome strip fit and wouldn't be that noticeable, which might happen if I can't find a decent price for a correct one.


Oh, here is some of the rust  :E:

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6898_zpsdc9lzbny.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6897_zpsywzccxuc.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6896_zpsmqrjhaib.jpg)

Oh my  :( I hate to see that. My 02 was eat up with rust when we traded it.

I have noticed a lot of the 07+ trucks chipping along the edges of the fenders in that spot....

I actually looked at an 09 LTZ last week, and the fenders on both sides had rust bubbles on the front fenders but it hadn't flaked off yet.

I am sure you are ecstatic to get it fixed  :thumbsup:

The truck still looks GREAT overall!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 16, 2016, 12:09:48 PM
It was so nice of the body guy to tear my old moldings off the truck and destroy 2 out of the 4 original ones instead of using some line to cut away the molding tape. Are people that f#*%$!ing stupid that they think there is no value in a used part? Just because I don't want them anymore doesn't mean it's garbage. There might be a guy out there looking for 1 molding because his flew off and is willing to spend $20 for one no matter the color.

 :beating:

Some people are such inconsiderate f#*%$!ers. I was going to put the group of 4 used moldings on ebay for $50 to re-coop some of the $90 install cost of my new ones. So much for that.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on March 16, 2016, 18:26:18 PM
It was so nice of the body guy to tear my old moldings off the truck and destroy 2 out of the 4 original ones instead of using some line to cut away the molding tape. Are people that f#*%$!ing stupid that they think there is no value in a used part? Just because I don't want them anymore doesn't mean it's garbage. There might be a guy out there looking for 1 molding because his flew off and is willing to spend $20 for one no matter the color.

 :beating:

Some people are such inconsiderate f#*%$!ers. I was going to put the group of 4 used moldings on ebay for $50 to re-coop some of the $90 install cost of my new ones. So much for that.

Oh no.... Is it the same shop that did your snug top? You would think they would take a little more consideration..

There is most usually always value in a used part...  :E:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 17, 2016, 06:13:54 AM
I had the snugtop and door moldings painted at work.

A body shop down the street took off my old moldings and installed the new ones. I don't have the time at home to do it and they don't allow our vehicles in the shop at my work. We just happen to have a paint booth so they can spray things for me if I need it.



The body shop that did the moldings is not the shop that will be doing my rust repair either, he won't touch rust.


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 17, 2016, 09:54:11 AM
LKQ can't find me one. 2 local scrap yards have nothing. Car-part.com is almost useless with no pictures/prices. I did find a craigslist ad for www.kosiski.com that has a Silverado they are parting out that looks to have a good molding. They told me $60 + $20 shipping.......

Is that worth $80?! I don't know, if I want to spend at kind of coin when my truck needs the money elsewhere......
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 21, 2016, 08:18:59 AM
Wasn't the correct molding at kosiski. I decided to just have them install the molding with the wrong chrome piece that I already had. A normal person can't tell it isn't a perfect match, but it's better than nothing and I'm happy with it. It isn't that bad.


I also canceled the rust repair. I couldn't justify making the truck pretty again right now until I get this suspension overhaul finished and some tires and new parts for my wife's Ford Flex.


I also sold the smoked LED tail lights on ebay, the smoked lens just didn't flow with any of the chrome on the truck. Back to OEM for now but I will eventually get the red lens LED tails just like the smoked ones.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on March 28, 2016, 08:58:52 AM
After years of searching for the best deals I can find on OEM suspension parts, the results are in! I'm finally done looking and can get started on replacing  :cool:.


Rear autoride shocks:
Everyday online price per pair $546 shipped.
I paid $288 shipped  :thumbsup:

Front autoride shocks:
Everyday online price per pair $476 shipped.
I paid $335 shipped  :thumbsup:



Now the big list:
(2) tie rod ends
(2) front sway bar bushings
(2) rear sway bar bushings
Upper left + right front control arms w/ ball joints
Lower left + right front control arms w/ ball joints (aluminum)
(1) rear track bars
(2) rear upper control arms
(2) rear lower control arms
(front and rear sway bar endlinks already bought/installed not included on this list)


Everyday online price $915 shipped.
I paid $590 shipped  :thumbsup:.


I saved around $725 over the last couple years searching for all these parts on Amazon and eBay. They are all brand new OEM and the shocks are AcDelco OEM replacements.

Now, to get all the parts installed  :4:.


Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on April 6, 2016, 10:39:51 AM
Sounds like you have what you need!

I bet it will ride like a brand new truck when you get it all switched over!!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 21, 2016, 08:57:24 AM
I paid a good friend of mine with a lift to install all of the parts for me while I was on vacation last week.


What a difference these new parts make vs the old worn ones.  :thumbsup:


182,000 miles and after seeing the used parts, the previous owner must have had MOOG lower front ball joints installed and had 1 upper front control arm/bj replaced. The moogs were junk, 1 siezed up and one really loose. The aftermarket upper arm/bj was also really loose.


One thing I noticed right away is that my truck will no longer cycle the autoride compressor on the first start up of the day (or even the mid day start up). Could be possible that the new rear suspension bushings hold the truck better at the ride height it was intended for.


Here are the new parts on their way to be installed (I ordered 1 too many rear track bars, woops) .

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2495_zpsdrh4kefk.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2496_zps2ccslzgy.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2497_zpssugvigbg.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2498_zpsrjxicsnz.jpg)



Also, just a few days before the suspension overhaul, my oil pressure gauge has been swinging all over the place  :E:. I ordered a new pressure sensor and screen. I will dive into that repair soon.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2500_zpskpl7ykkd.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2499_zpsasm5gmpm.jpg)



I sold my LED tail lights and dug out all the BS that collects in this massive pocket behind the tails. Holy cripes that was deep mud, dirt, rocks. It goes so far towards the rear wheel well from the tail light you really can't reach it all to clean it out. Clogged the poop out of my shop vac but its the only way to clean it out......

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2129_zpsxidb1qfo.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2131_zpso7nwahvd.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2130_zpsbmjateqj.jpg)


I sold a few things around the house and got some more funds together to have the body work/rust done. Went to a more reputable shop yesterday for an estimate, just waiting to hear back from them. If the price is right, the work should be finished early June. Very excited.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 21, 2016, 09:23:59 AM
I have seen this a lot on the second gens on here... I'd be awfully tempted to knock like a 1" hole in the bottom of that corner for drainage purposes.
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_2131_zpso7nwahvd.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 21, 2016, 09:42:56 AM
^ I totally agree. There is no reason for that giant cup to be there.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 21, 2016, 10:34:59 AM
^ I totally agree. There is no reason for that giant cup to be there.
It makes me wonder if the same problem isn't present in front of the rear tire causing you this problem  :thumbdown:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6897_zpsywzccxuc.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 26, 2016, 14:25:28 PM
First glance of the truck with the new door moldings and the 24's mounted. I think it works just fine.


New suspension parts are in, alignment is done, she's ready to rock for the summer.  :4:


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/4-23-2016_zpskqqgjcua.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 26, 2016, 16:19:46 PM
It looks good  :thumbsup: I do think it needs a small touch of chrome somewhere at the top, I don't know what though, I feel like the mirrors would be too much and vent visors would be too much... Hmmm It really does look great though
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on April 27, 2016, 03:37:05 AM
It looks good  :thumbsup: I do think it needs a small touch of chrome somewhere at the top, I don't know what though, I feel like the mirrors would be too much and vent visors would be too much... Hmmm It really does look great though

I agree.

The truck looks really good.

Maybe an Escalade roof rack with body colored end caps would complete the chroming?

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 27, 2016, 06:31:02 AM
I agree.

The truck looks really good.

Maybe an Escalade roof rack with body colored end caps would complete the chroming?


I think that would tie it all in and it would look pretty sharp :cool:  :B:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 27, 2016, 13:40:47 PM
^ I think you guys are right on. One more little tidbit of chrome near the roof but not gaudy. Chrome mirror caps not high enough and chrome vent visors would be too big and curvy. Straight line chrome and the EXT roof rack might just be the ticket.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EMSDC on April 27, 2016, 16:18:01 PM
Chrome window sills would add the top line! Looks great! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Blackcomb on May 5, 2016, 15:03:39 PM
How about a chrome trim stripe along the edge of the sails between the paintwork and the sail?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on May 17, 2016, 08:30:13 AM
Things are still trucking along.

Truck has appointment June 13th for the rust to be fixed on all 4 corners and rear wheel wells  :thumbsup:.


I put my stainless GM sills on, they really look good and are thick/good quality parts.

Before:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3260_zpszkdv37zx.jpg)

After:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3261_zpsaxfomhg4.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3270_zpsyagspho7.jpg)


Scored a set of EXT tails for only $25 off craigslist. What a hell of a deal.
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3279_zpsjhsywkem.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_3403_zpswqd33otj.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on May 17, 2016, 08:44:14 AM
You found the tails, now go get the roof rails!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on May 18, 2016, 14:47:46 PM
Those sills looks great.  Where did you buy them?  I wasn't aware that was even something you could buy.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on May 19, 2016, 07:02:55 AM
They are GM parts, got my set off ebay. They sell the upper sill and lower sill sets:

Upper:
17802520

Lower:
17802415



Here is a full set of upper and lower together:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-2013-AVALANCHE-Door-Sill-Plates-Brushed-Stainless-Steel-Front-Rear-Set-/191620874083?hash=item2c9d7e7f63:g:h9kAAOSwu4BVlx6h&vxp=mtr
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 14, 2016, 06:20:11 AM
She is at the body shop  :o
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: grgyle99 on June 18, 2016, 13:18:28 PM
Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 20, 2016, 13:15:55 PM
Me too. I'll be getting the truck back hopefully Friday, the same day we leave for our camping weekend. Need it to haul the camper!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 7, 2016, 08:28:27 AM
Still at the body shop  :E: :9: :thumbdown:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on July 7, 2016, 09:12:53 AM
Still at the body shop  :E: :9: :thumbdown:
well that's no good....  :thumbdown:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 13, 2016, 09:13:03 AM
Yeah, I'm not too happy about it. I gave them 2 weeks between scheduled camping trips. Well, this will now be the 3rd camping trip we can't haul the camper with my truck. I know he was dragging his feet on the repairs and he couldn't paint this week because it's too humid. He was sand blasting the rear quarter behind the rear wheels and is finding rust/rot there too. I'm glad it is getting done right knowing he isn't painting when the humidity is high, he is cutting out the bad and replacing with new sections.

It is turning out to be a long drawn out project planned for 2 weeks, now gone for at least 5 weeks.

 ::)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on July 13, 2016, 13:53:13 PM
Yeah, I'm not too happy about it. I gave them 2 weeks between scheduled camping trips. Well, this will now be the 3rd camping trip we can't haul the camper with my truck. I know he was dragging his feet on the repairs and he couldn't paint this week because it's too humid. He was sand blasting the rear quarter behind the rear wheels and is finding rust/rot there too. I'm glad it is getting done right knowing he isn't painting when the humidity is high, he is cutting out the bad and replacing with new sections.

It is turning out to be a long drawn out project planned for 2 weeks, now gone for at least 5 weeks.

 ::)
I removed a pc of my cladding the other day right in front of the rear wheel, I have a little rust there so we are going to give it a ton of tlc (rhino lining everything behind the cladding)  towards the end of this summer. Once I get the wheel well liners out it is going to determine how in depth it is going to be. I have been toying with using it in several places to keep tree branches and camping trips from being a worry.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on July 20, 2016, 08:32:07 AM
The list:
-new front pads and rotors
-new rear pads
-new front AcDelco autoride shocks
-replaced passenger fog light housing and bulb
-new GM steering wheel spokes
-passenger exhaust manifold bolts, gaskets replaced
-new GM passenger rear oxygen sensor
-new GM front and rear mud flaps
-moved the power steps back to fit front mud flaps
-changed rear diff fluid
-(2) new AcDelco parking sensors
-alignment/tire rotation
-new AlphaTherm AT-37GM heated washer fluid recontented
-new GM rear bumper reinforcement (tow damage)
-new GM rear bumper cover (tow damage)
-new Magnecor 8.5mm red spark plug wires
-new AcDelco iridium spark plugs
-new AcDelco starter
-new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new Arnott rear autoride air shocks (removed and sold)
-new AcDelco gas tank EVAP canister with updated wire harness
-new rear Firestone Coil-Rite Kit (need to install)
-predator tuner to turn off the 4/8 cyl fuel management
-new Precision drivers front wheel bearing
-new AcDelco front flexible brake lines
-new AcDelco front calipers
-warranty front brake pads for new ones
-Kicker 500.1 Amp
-2 Kicker C10 10" subs
-hifisoundconnection dual 10" down-fire sub box under rear seat
-new GM 19258217 chrome billet front grill with bowtie (sold)
-new GM passenger step aluminum wedge, bolt, and clean/lube job
-35% tint front windows
-SnugTop topper with new paint/parts (sold)
-re-located rear shock compressor into drivers side saddle bag storage bin
-warranty another new Arnott rear shock compressor
-new GM updated autoride compressor dryer/sensor 22964558
-new GM 2008 Avalanche updated wiper arms and blades
-new GM updated design chrome interior front door pull handles
-new Westin black front laser fit floor mats
-new 24" Chrome Texas Edition replica wheels w/vinyl center cap overlays
-(4) new AcDelco 13586335 tire pressure sensors
-used McGaughys 2/3 lowering kit (30008) (sold)
-new Nankang SP-7 305/35/24 tires
-new front ACDELCO PRO 45G0002 sway bar endlinks
-new rear Mevotech MK6700 sway bar endlinks
-new GM 17803404 chrome billet front grill with bowtie
-new LED rear license plate bulbs
-new AcDelco 580-451 rear autoride shocks (removed Arnott and installed AcDelco)
-OEM GM take off front upper control arms with BJs  25812725 & 25812726
-new GM front lower control arms with BJs 25997510 & 25997509
-new GM front sway bar bushings 15124516
-new GM rear sway bar bushings 14071381
-new GM front tie rod ends 15254061
-new GM rear track bar 22863710
-new GM rear lower control arms 22868629
-new GM rear upper control arms 15767252
-new Chevy stainless door sill plates 17802520
-used K&N 77-3058KP intake
-new Dorman 924-367 interior door pull handle cable
-new AcDelco 171-0999 brake pads
-new AcDelco 18A2332 rear brake rotors
-new GM 15917932 dark titanium steering wheel
-Vortec 6.0L vinyl hood decals
-new drivers side exhaust manifold bolts, gaskets, coolant temp sensor replaced (thanks krazycarguy!)
-new GM passenger side rear 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950534
-new GM passenger side front 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950342
-new GM drivers side front and used GM drivers side rear 09-14 door molding w/chrome 15950343, 15950533
-used Cadillac EXT tail lights
-new AcDelco brake light/cruise switch D1539J
-driver/passenger side rear 1/4 patch panels (in front and behind rear tire raybuck.com)
-driver/passenger side rear wheel well arches
-new Draw Tite 41930 hitch
-new Hopkins 40955 trailer harness socket bumper mounted
-new GM oil pressure sensor and filter
-2015 GM navigation upgrade disc
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 11, 2016, 07:34:45 AM
I'm really f#*%$!ing pissed, sad, aggravated, and ready to freak out.


Finally got into the body shop where my truck is to see literally one half of one day's worth of body work done IN TWO f#*%$!ING MONTHS!


 :beating: :E: :9: :needhug:


I have no words right now...... He ground down a few spots on the passenger side, loosened the front bumper, removed tail lights, ground down a few spots on the drivers side, and patched only the rust spot in front of the drivers side rear wheel.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5355_zpslpezoymt.jpg)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5356_zpszbxybrdg.jpg)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5356_zpszbxybrdg.jpg)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5358_zpsf34zu1ik.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 11, 2016, 08:10:57 AM
Omg.... It doesn't look like he's being very careful with the bumper etc either.  :beating:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on August 11, 2016, 11:44:09 AM
Oiy!  Good luck.  I've run into similar problems with the shop I've been using, though not for much longer, for our rides.  Bumblebee was in there from early March until  the beginning of June when I reminded them the warranty was about to expire AND I needed it for our cross country camping trip.  Then our Zuk died a couple days after we picked up Bumblebee.  We didn't get that back until the weekend before last.  Finding a reputable shop, who charges a reasonable amount in a timely fashion is like trying to track down a unicorn.  I haven't had our whole fleet operational for five months.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 11, 2016, 12:08:44 PM
Oiy!  Good luck.  I've run into similar problems with the shop I've been using, though not for much longer, for our rides.  Bumblebee was in there from early March until  the beginning of June when I reminded them the warranty was about to expire AND I needed it for our cross country camping trip.  Then our Zuk died a couple days after we picked up Bumblebee.  We didn't get that back until the weekend before last.  Finding a reputable shop, who charges a reasonable amount in a timely fashion is like trying to track down a unicorn.  I haven't had our whole fleet operational for five months.
I have found it's more likely that I can do it myself than find someone I can trust with my truck  :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 11, 2016, 13:19:23 PM
I should have done the repairs myself and hired out the finish body work and painting.


I gave him the 2 week deadline because we had a camping trip planned,

Blew right through that one and I had to borrow someone's truck.


Promised me next week before my next camping trip,

blew right through that one and I had to borrow a truck again......


Promised me in just over a week before another camping trip I would have it,

blew through that deadline and I borrowed someones truck again!


Missed the monster truck rally with the truck, missed mine and my sons birthdays with the truck, missed my daughters birthday with the truck.

Now next weekend we will miss using our truck AGAIN for the 4th camping trip. I demanded he rent a truck for me for that weekend at a cost to him of $300 and gave him another deadline of August 29th and I am removing the truck from his shop and taking it to another.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 11, 2016, 16:40:53 PM
I should have done the repairs myself and hired out the finish body work and painting.


I gave him the 2 week deadline because we had a camping trip planned,

Blew right through that one and I had to borrow someone's truck.


Promised me next week before my next camping trip,

blew right through that one and I had to borrow a truck again......


Promised me in just over a week before another camping trip I would have it,

blew through that deadline and I borrowed someones truck again!


Missed the monster truck rally with the truck, missed mine and my sons birthdays with the truck, missed my daughters birthday with the truck.

Now next weekend we will miss using our truck AGAIN for the 4th camping trip. I demanded he rent a truck for me for that weekend at a cost to him of $300 and gave him another deadline of August 29th and I am removing the truck from his shop and taking it to another.
the last part of that sounds like a good idea...
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 18, 2016, 06:13:48 AM
Last Friday I decided that he can't have the truck anymore due to lack of progress..... I called about 3pm Friday and said we will pick the truck up so put the parts in the back end and have it ready for me by 7pm. It was pouring rain out so we said to just have it outside Saturday morning. He said there isn't any charge for the work he had done and if we had to take the truck, that's just the way it is and he was sorry for all the delays and stress.

At about 5pm on Friday one of my quotes came in from another local body shop that would take on the project and finish. Their quote was $6k and can't get the truck in for 3 weeks!!!!!!!!! :E: f#*%$!, f#*%$!, f#*%$!.... The body shop it is at is charging $3k.


If I took the truck home, it would just sit a few weeks anyway waiting for the next body shop to start. I can't afford a $6k cosmetic repair so despite my better judgement I called the guy with the truck at 5:15 Friday and told him this is his last shot, no dicking around, no delays, cancel all your other jobs, I have cash in hand as soon as you hand me the keys, FINISH the truck!

It could be done this weekend, but after August 28th, no matter where the progress is, I'm taking the truck back unless it is already in primer/paint.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 18, 2016, 07:16:54 AM
ugh... sounds like a pain in the a.. hopefully he gets the ball rolling this time. I would be going crazy!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on August 18, 2016, 10:16:58 AM
It almost sounds like the guy realized he severely underbid the job and is hoping you do exaclty what you planned last Friday so he can walk away and cut his losses.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 18, 2016, 11:36:20 AM
I think his price was right on at $3k for patching/repair. The $6k quote included the 2 full bed sides to be replace and each side is $800 for the panel. That's $1600 on top of the $4400 in labor/paint/body work for the rest of the project. $6k is WAY too high when I can almost buy another Avalanche with high miles for $8k.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 18, 2016, 12:06:07 PM
To make myself feel better, I just bought a Caddy EXT roof rack off ebay for a truck I don't even have  :E: :beating:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 18, 2016, 12:25:01 PM
To make myself feel better, I just bought a Caddy EXT roof rack off ebay for a truck I don't even have  :E: :beating:
Well it'll look good when you get it back  :cool:
I know with mine currently out of commission I have a hard time doing cosmetic mods til it's fixed  :'(
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on August 18, 2016, 17:53:52 PM
To make myself feel better, I just bought a Caddy EXT roof rack off ebay for a truck I don't even have  :E: :beating:

Glad to hear about the roof rack!

Your truck NEEDS that.

Maybe if it arrives soon enough, you can have your guy shoot the end caps while he is painting the rest of the truck.

Sounds like he won't be ready to paint the truck before next spring, anyway.

  :E:

Man, if you lived closer to me, my guy could have had that truck done from start to finish in less than a month.

Not sure of the cost, but the quality would be top notch, without a doubt.

Maybe it's time for a little road trip.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 25, 2016, 14:04:26 PM
Had a few more estimates come in today. $7500, $8500, and $9000 with full bed side replacements.....   :E: :E: :E: :E:

To celebrate I purchased the door speakers and optic headlights I have been drooling over, yay for me.  :9:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 25, 2016, 14:31:20 PM
Had a few more estimates come in today. $7500, $8500, and $9000 with full bed side replacements.....   :E: :E: :E: :E:

To celebrate I purchased the door speakers and optic headlights I have been drooling over, yay for me.  :9:
Is he at least making progress now?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on August 25, 2016, 18:03:00 PM
Sounds like you need a road trip to AR and use EXT4ME's guy.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on August 25, 2016, 18:15:05 PM
Sounds like you need a road trip to AZ and use EXT4ME's guy.

Try AR if you are coming to visit me.

They have the dry heat in AZ.

We got the humidity here.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on August 26, 2016, 03:31:00 AM
Try AR if you are coming to visit me.

They have the dry heat in AZ.

We got the humidity here.

 :thumbsup:
DOH!  Need better glasses.   :beating:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 26, 2016, 08:15:35 AM
I couldn't even tell you if there is progress. I haven't been back since those pictures.  I called him yesterday and said, " this project seems like more work than you or I thought it would be, is it ok if I head over this weekend and help? Sand, grind, weld, cut, whatever?"  He said, yes absolutely . I am heading there Saturday morning to help knock this out. I can't afford 9k, 8k, poop even 6k is out of the question so I have to make this work where the truck is at.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 26, 2016, 08:53:04 AM
I couldn't even tell you if there is progress. I haven't been back since those pictures.  I called him yesterday and said, " this project seems like more work than you or I thought it would be, is it ok if I head over this weekend and help? Sand, grind, weld, cut, whatever?"  He said, yes absolutely . I am heading there Saturday morning to help knock this out. I can't afford 9k, 8k, poop even 6k is out of the question so I have to make this work where the truck is at.
I know your pain as far as rust goes, I pulled off a pc of cladding the other day   :9:
(http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii587/jit_majors2003/7DF8B52A-DE93-472B-A125-0066830ED00E_zpsok72ukas.jpg) (http://s1261.photobucket.com/user/jit_majors2003/media/7DF8B52A-DE93-472B-A125-0066830ED00E_zpsok72ukas.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: enoniam on August 26, 2016, 10:00:10 AM
I couldn't even tell you if there is progress. I haven't been back since those pictures.  I called him yesterday and said, " this project seems like more work than you or I thought it would be, is it ok if I head over this weekend and help? Sand, grind, weld, cut, whatever?"  He said, yes absolutely . I am heading there Saturday morning to help knock this out. I can't afford 9k, 8k, poop even 6k is out of the question so I have to make this work where the truck is at.

Your story sounds somewhat like a gal's on the corvette forum.  She's had her vette at a shop for 6 months and there's still a lot of work left to be done.  She's got a date in her local small claims court to just be able to get her car back, even though the work that was paid for isn't done...
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 26, 2016, 11:51:38 AM
Tonka, yeah man you have the same thing going on with your AV. Why do we have to love these dang trucks so much??? If she was just a rusty Silverado, it would have been gone already but this is my baby. Everything is EXACTLY how I want it and fixed for the long haul, this is the last bit. I can get through this. :laugh: :9:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 26, 2016, 12:49:37 PM
Tonka, yeah man you have the same thing going on with your AV. Why do we have to love these dang trucks so much??? If she was just a rusty Silverado, it would have been gone already but this is my baby. Everything is EXACTLY how I want it and fixed for the long haul, this is the last bit. I can get through this. :laugh: :9:
Now I know I'm not the only one thinking that way lol
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on August 27, 2016, 14:56:59 PM
I know your pain as far as rust goes, I pulled off a pc of cladding the other day   :9:
(http://i1261.photobucket.com/albums/ii587/jit_majors2003/7DF8B52A-DE93-472B-A125-0066830ED00E_zpsok72ukas.jpg) (http://s1261.photobucket.com/user/jit_majors2003/media/7DF8B52A-DE93-472B-A125-0066830ED00E_zpsok72ukas.jpg.html)

Raybuck actually sells those exact pieces for the cladded trucks now! And since its behind the cladding, you don't have to be too neat with the repair. And the panels are relatively inexpensive!

The sell rockers, corners, and wheel flares for the cladded trucks. When I looked into getting our rusty 02 fixed 4 years ago, they wanted to replace the whole bedside on both sides because they couldn't get replacement panels.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 29, 2016, 06:43:55 AM
Here are the goodies to add when I get the truck back.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/EXT%20rack_zpsdqov2wiu.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/hl%201_zpsc1vsnghu.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/hl%202_zpsznrbyrmo.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on August 29, 2016, 06:50:24 AM
The shop owner let me come in and help him this weekend! Believe it or not, there is some progress. All of the metal work is done on the passenger side. Drivers side just needs the wheel arch welded in. Now some filler, coating inside behind the panels, sanding, and so on. The 99-06 Suburban patch panels are the best fit behind the rear wheels with some pie cuts and a little work. Rabuck sells a patch panel for the AV in front of the rear wheel.


An important tip for all you AV owners, get your tail lights out and clean the dirt/rocks out that pile up behind the rear rocker area. Mine were cleaned out the best I could before but it really was too late. There was a 2-3" brick that fell out of that area when the panel was cut out. Horrible GM design to allow those drain slots to plug up so easily and the open gap where the tail light wire feeds that should be closed up and have a grommet.  :E:


Any who, this is where she sits now. I took the 24's off so he wouldn't have to worry about f'king them up with sparks, bondo, etc.....

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5607_zps5eqi7bez.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5616_zpsdrek6kbk.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5611_zps7b7u8wgj.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5617_zps5o5r7wyb.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 29, 2016, 06:58:08 AM
Raybuck actually sells those exact pieces for the cladded trucks now! And since its behind the cladding, you don't have to be too neat with the repair. And the panels are relatively inexpensive!

The sell rockers, corners, and wheel flares for the cladded trucks. When I looked into getting our rusty 02 fixed 4 years ago, they wanted to replace the whole bedside on both sides because they couldn't get replacement panels.
I saw that the other day, and not bad at around $45 I would like to rhino line it all behind the cladding anyways. sorry to kinda thread jack here, but do you know a good place for the factory color paint? I have some chips that need repair too.  :thumbdown:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on August 29, 2016, 18:21:24 PM
Progress.  Looking good man.   :thumbsup:

Hey Tonka, I think you and I ought to split a can of paint.  These yellow trucks seem to attract chips.   ::)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on August 30, 2016, 08:18:28 AM
Progress.  Looking good man.   :thumbsup:

Hey Tonka, I think you and I ought to split a can of paint.  These yellow trucks seem to attract chips.   ::)
I actually read on a Silverado forum that GM's 03 yellow had problems at the factory and some vehicles even needed repainted.  :needhug:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on August 30, 2016, 19:13:15 PM
I saw that the other day, and not bad at around $45 I would like to rhino line it all behind the cladding anyways. sorry to kinda thread jack here, but do you know a good place for the factory color paint? I have some chips that need repair too.  :thumbdown:

If you don't mind spending a little $$$ for quality, www.drcolorchip.com has a great product.

I have seen their product work, and I am super impressed.

I won a gift set from them at Nats and it came in last week. White Diamond Tricoat. I am going to try it this weekend for myself and see where it gets me.

I was going to last weekend but it rained the whole freaking time  :E:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on August 30, 2016, 19:19:40 PM
I actually read on a Silverado forum that GM's 03 yellow had problems at the factory and some vehicles even needed repainted.  :needhug:
Yeah, when I had my door looked at, which I still haven't fixed, the guy at the auto shop mentioned something about the yellow just chips and flakes so easily.  I forget the reason why but it was an issue.

If you don't mind spending a little $$$ for quality, www.drcolorchip.com has a great product.

I have seen their product work, and I am super impressed.

I won a gift set from them at Nats and it came in last week. White Diamond Tricoat. I am going to try it this weekend for myself and see where it gets me.

I was going to last weekend but it rained the whole freaking time  :E:
If that's the brand I've seen at some of the parts stores, and I think it might be, they don't cover the GM yellow we have.   :thumbdown:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 1, 2016, 11:49:26 AM
Went to the shop today to drop off my EXT roof rack end caps to be painted, and figures my f#*%$!ing truck hasn't been touched since I was there Saturday. 

:beating:


I'm loosing my mind here.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5618_zpsdtenok34.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5619_zps4ibyev55.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on September 1, 2016, 14:18:31 PM
Would appear you are his only (non-paid) employee that gives a damn.

 :E:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: av-summit on September 4, 2016, 10:20:44 AM
Where did you source those headlights from?
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on September 4, 2016, 18:44:13 PM
Is he just leaving it sitting outside like that??? 
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 6, 2016, 07:45:44 AM
He has been rolling it in and out every day, it hasn't sat out that I know of.


 ::) :9: :'( :help: :needhug: :thumbdown:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 12, 2016, 12:46:51 PM
Been calling every other day the past week and he is to the point that he said he should be spraying color tomorrow.

Fingers crossed, I'm f#*%$!ing ready!!!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on September 12, 2016, 13:55:22 PM
On the bright side, you are a little ahead on your mileage by now.

 :E:

Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 12, 2016, 14:05:35 PM
Hahaha, true on the mileage. I actually only take the AV out in summer when we need it or want a different vehicle to drive than my summer car. The AV was my winter ride, but now I am thinking about getting another AV to beat on in winter LOLOOLOL my wife isn't happy!!!!

 :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on September 12, 2016, 16:59:12 PM
Hahaha, true on the mileage. I actually only take the AV out in summer when we need it or want a different vehicle to drive than my summer car. The AV was my winter ride, but now I am thinking about getting another AV to beat on in winter LOLOOLOL my wife isn't happy!!!!

 :laugh:
We are selling my Kia, I do believe it's getting replaced down the road with another Avy
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 13, 2016, 09:22:48 AM
I did end up buying another AV last night.

2007 Black
LTZ
5.3L
215,000 miles
Autoride (blown bags and bad compressor)
Heated titanium leather
DVD/Nav BOSE with headliner DVD unit
4wd
20" LTZ polished alloys
Sunroof
Newer tires
New brakes
New fuel pump
New fuel tank

It has 5/6cyl misfires. Dents on just about every panel. Dirty inside/out. Surface rust on most panels. Tailgate doesn't open. KBB for fair condition is almost $8,000, I picked it up for a FRACTION of that! My wife actually isn't even mad!!!!

 :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on September 13, 2016, 09:30:04 AM
SAAAA-WEEEEETTT!!!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on September 13, 2016, 09:45:00 AM
Better be careful, you're starting down the slippery slope to become like Alaska_Av.   :B: :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 13, 2016, 09:52:44 AM
Here is the winter beater  :4:

The interior will clean up nice. I will practice my own bondo and paint on the outside if I ever really want to. For now, it runs, shifts, drives, and is a hell of a rig to tool around in winter to save my Bermuda Blue AV from the salt/sand/snow. I'm so happy right now!!!


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5894_zpsrlgztn6q.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5911_zpsnaktzes8.png)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5901_zpsdhdhyesk.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5913_zpssik5fwor.png)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on September 13, 2016, 10:23:38 AM
I'd drive it.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Cat Dancer on September 13, 2016, 12:35:53 PM
It has been a hoot to follow Alaska AV's adventures over the years. I originally considered he was possibly having Obsessive Avalanche Compulsion issues or just had too much time on his hands during those long nights in the winter and very short nights in the summer.

I am now coming to believe he has been on to something many of us may have been missing. He has been collecting parts and gaining intense knowledge to keep his collection going on for any years to come. I'm sure NAPA & Rock Auto not not just around the corner from him.

Now with this discussion over the horror for having the endured experience that the Blu_Fuz AV has succumbed to the aspects of advancing years and such a terrible episode of Avalanche withdrawals. I was caught off guard yesterday when he mentioned getting another Avalanche to use as a Winter Beater. What a concept. :D  I do rent many vehicles during the course of a year and thankfully I don't have to actually drive them. It just isn't the same if you're not in your Avalanche.

I can't wait to hear and see the next round of discussions regarding the Winter Beater. I have a feeling this will fun for many of us. YMMV  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on September 13, 2016, 13:51:00 PM
Well this was a plot twist I wasn't expecting!!

Good show.  Just the back up parts alone are worth the investment.  Hell, just those wheels alone are worth a grand.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 13, 2016, 13:57:56 PM
Thanks guys  :thumbsup:


I never would have thought I would snag a beater 2007 already. You are right, the 'disposable' parts alone are worth what I paid.

I will probably sell these items to re-coop the cost:
-bed panels $100ea ($300)
-wheels/tires ($800) I have a spare set of 20's
 and maybe a few more things, who knows.

This is exciting and I'm glad to see I have a crowd to cheer me on!  :cool:



Some other good news, my Bermuda blue AV is in paint TODAY!!!! Can't believe it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Cat Dancer on September 13, 2016, 17:53:02 PM
You didn't get they call yesterday that it was ready to pick up?  :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 15, 2016, 08:40:45 AM
Actually I did get the call that it was finished!  :thumbsup:


He also said he didn't want to put the truck back together with the paint being soft and wanted to give it more time to cure. I was on the road all day yesterday until 11pm and I have to work until 5pm today, so I gave him another day to get it all finished up. Pickup today, can't wait!!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EXT4ME on September 15, 2016, 10:26:08 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: AVinSbyCt on September 15, 2016, 10:40:52 AM
Woooo!!!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 15, 2016, 11:12:20 AM
Another delay hahahahahah  :laugh: :E:

He said he can't buff the clear until tomorrow morning. When will the pain and suffering end?!?!??!!?


 :9:


Oh well. I did get to see it in the booth. Body work looks good. Has all the right curves in all the right places. Color might be a little darker, but this is a hard color to match and the whole truck had been painted before and was lighter than the OEM color.

Can't wait to see it in the daylight.


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5998_zps1odt7rpa.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_5999_zpsjvxy7tyl.jpg)


I see yo sexy ass!
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6001_zpscnk6gebq.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 16, 2016, 11:20:46 AM
 :B:



Its here  :thumbsup:



(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6003_zpstj8sqnr0.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6005_zpsbk4e0raz.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on September 16, 2016, 11:30:47 AM
Cool.  Looks great.   :thumbsup:  Now go have fun.   :B: :drive:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 19, 2016, 13:46:23 PM
I did have fun! Detailed the interior, put the new headlights in, and loaded the 2015 GM nav disc  :thumbsup:. EXT roof rack end caps were painted too  :cool:



Beautiful job on the metal work and paint!!!!


(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6009_zps1bxpflwl.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6013_zps3tk7o8uh.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6014_zpsa88hjjfa.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6010_zpsizdy1jwf.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6015_zps2eptp9tq.jpg)
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6019_zpsu4uvmyjr.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: JohnnieMo on September 20, 2016, 09:36:24 AM
Tell us more about those headlights.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 20, 2016, 12:45:28 PM
Black housing, clear lens, DT MOTO optic headlights on epay:


plug and play

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blk-2007-2014-Chevy-Suburban-Tahoe-Avalanche-OPTIC-DRL-LED-Projector-Headlights-/131941650082?fits=Model%3AAvalanche&hash=item1eb855cea2:g:zpQAAOSwmfhX3K31&vxp=mtr

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EMSDC on September 21, 2016, 07:26:26 AM
The headlights are awesome :thumbsup: Were they difficult to install?? I have a black 2011!
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 21, 2016, 14:25:37 PM
No different than installing a stock headlight. Swap your headlight harness and DRL/blinker bulbs over to the new headlight. Plug in and TEST to make sure all lights are working properly. Then mount the light.


I liked these because they mimick a blacked out stock light with a twist. It has the sideways horse shoe optic/LED bulb line like newer vehicles but without being gaudy ricer and over the top with unnecessary features.

The new low beam lens is like a projector housing and has a little bit of a cutoff line now but uses a halogen H7 bulb with no clearance behind it to add a LED bulb with fan or braided fanless LED bulb. I don't like standard 'yellow-ish' stock bulbs but these do have similar to stock light output.

Not sure how to aim them though.....
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: EMSDC on September 22, 2016, 10:29:53 AM
Thanks for the update, I got the impression they came with the low beam LED bulb by the way the housing looks. Keep me posted on the Do the tubes light with your DRLs?   
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on September 28, 2016, 06:16:02 AM
The tubes light with the parking lamp, so anytime the fogs are on, or low beams are on. Didn't look to see if they were on with the highs.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: archaicguy on September 28, 2016, 10:28:01 AM
Looks great!!! I want to get my Bermuda Blue 07 repainted too so bad...... The previous owner must have lived down a long gravel road and done 60 down it every day.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 3, 2016, 08:13:51 AM
Mine was living in a gravel city before I bought it too. Beats these truck panels up bad.




Moving forward and loving driving my AV again!


Then, I see a puddle under the truck after parking for about 1hr.... the power steering pump/res has rusted through.  :beating: Son of a b.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 6, 2016, 06:46:26 AM
Part came in yesterday and based off all the youtube vids and info online, this will be a quick 1hr job..... boy was I wrong  :thumbdown:.


None of the info online is for 4wd trucks. You may ask, 'what does that matter'? Well, let me tell you.


When you need to loosen the high pressure line off the back of the PS pump, you crawl under the truck and look up to see the fitting and easily reach up with your 5/8" box wrench. BUT, that only works if you have a 2wd, the entire front 4wd drivetrain BLOCKS this fitting and any access to it from under the truck  :E:.


There is no room to get on the fitting from up top with the steering shaft in the way ::). Fun.


Took me 3 hours. Almost 2 of the hours was just accessing, loosening, and re-attaching the high pressure line on the back of the PS pump. Hopefully I got the nut tight enough to stay tight and not leak.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Goodwrench/02 on October 6, 2016, 14:38:26 PM
Blu, I installed the same headlights. When I pulled the originals, a couple horseshoe spacers fell out from each side, and I have no idea from under which fastener they fell. I notice my driver's light was low aimed, so I put a spacer under on of the bottom fasteners, and that corrected a little, but not quite enough. The passenger light seems to be aimed OK.

Several folks complimented the new lamps.   
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 6, 2016, 14:47:45 PM
I did use a few washers to get mine close to lining up and it helped not to blind people.


Same reactions here, people LOVE the look of these lights. 100% makes it look like a newer ride than it is.  :thumbsup:. Take any other 10yr old truck and see how new those look.  :P
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 10, 2016, 07:08:12 AM
Took ol blue to Ledge Park for a hike this weekend. It is pretty.


 :A:
 :B:

New PS pump:
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(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6558_zpsmr1agy8k.jpg)

Headlight cutoff line, not bad. Haven't tried to line them up at all.
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6565_zpsn1g6gwe2.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 13, 2016, 07:45:15 AM
Service stabilitrack and traction control lights are flashing now. Gawd damn it, when will the bleeding stop?!?!!?


Ordered a new throttle body today, hopefully that's the issue.


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Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Calicak89 on October 13, 2016, 11:21:39 AM
Took ol blue to Ledge Park for a hike this weekend. It is pretty.


 :A:
 :B:

New PS pump:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/IMG_6508_zpstbsqxy9n.jpg)


How much of a PIA was the steering pump replacement?, It's really in a precarious position now as I'm at 133kmi on my 08 and have flushed the fluid twice, at 65k and 115k, but used to turn steel 22's, then aluminum 24's and have been on aluminum 26x10.5's for nearly 5 years now and it's starting to whine a little bit, not the whine at full lock, which I always back off of it I hit it, but I noticed it the other day when my wife moved it around in the driveway it was struggling as she was turning on dry pavement while stationary (another thing I try to avoid). Thinking it might be time for a replacement. Or at least look into what's involved in replacing it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 13, 2016, 11:34:06 AM
If yours is 2wd, no problem. There are some youtube vids on replacing them on a 5.3L.


If it is 4wd, forget about reaching the 5/8" fitting for the high pressure line on the bottom/rear of the pump/tank assembly.


The 4wd system for the front is directly below where the youtube videos show you to reach up to loosen the fitting. If you have 4wd you can only work from the top of the truck. Your best bet is to get a 5/8 open box wrench that you can put a 30* bend into 1/2 way along the wrench length. OR if you are feeling froggy, unhook the steering linkage for the steering wheel to get it out of the way of the swing of the wrench from up top.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Calicak89 on October 13, 2016, 13:26:48 PM
If yours is 2wd, no problem. There are some youtube vids on replacing them on a 5.3L.


If it is 4wd, forget about reaching the 5/8" fitting for the high pressure line on the bottom/rear of the pump/tank assembly.


The 4wd system for the front is directly below where the youtube videos show you to reach up to loosen the fitting. If you have 4wd you can only work from the top of the truck. Your best bet is to get a 5/8 open box wrench that you can put a 30* bend into 1/2 way along the wrench length. OR if you are feeling froggy, unhook the steering linkage for the steering wheel to get it out of the way of the swing of the wrench from up top.

That's exactly my concern and what I was trying to avoid
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Red Baron on October 13, 2016, 16:04:54 PM
Howdy and Welcome, You sure have a Clean Ride and I know that you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 18, 2016, 13:08:15 PM
Cleared the code for the traction/stabilitrac light. Was off for about 1/2hr. Cleared it again. Off for about 45 minutes. Cleared it again, good since sunday....  :E:


Hopefully an oil change and new throttle body clear this up for good.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on October 18, 2016, 15:51:09 PM
What was the code.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on October 19, 2016, 08:13:07 AM
Intake camshaft sensor:
p0011


Mass or Volume air:
p0102


Cats need to be replaced:
p0430

Oil pressure sensor isn't working:
p0521
p0523


Torque management?
p2544



 :E:

 :laugh:

 :needhug:

 :E:


 :9:

 :o

 :thumbdown:


Finally installed my new brake switch so I could pull my stock one out and install that in the black AV beater.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on November 7, 2016, 10:46:57 AM
Codes have been off for about 10 days and popped back up today.

I went in for an oil change, maybe the oil is just done. It was over by 5 months but not mileage.


P0011 Intake Camshaft position sensor seems to be the code that is setting off the stabilitrack/traction control.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on January 4, 2017, 07:19:07 AM
I sold the black avalanche to get some more fluid cash in the bank because we are looking at buying a new house. Made enough profit to put in the bank and still had plenty left to buy a 2003 Ford Escape for $1k to tool around in winter with.

For now the AV and my car sit for winter  :B:.

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f253/blu_fuz/CAR%20STUFF/TRUCK/Winter_zpsjucjisjl.jpg)
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 6, 2017, 14:08:57 PM
Back out for the summer and of course something is f'd up!


Drivers front caliper is sticking and heating up the brakes. Great, happy new year!  :beating:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on April 7, 2017, 07:14:12 AM
Back out for the summer and of course something is f'd up!


Drivers front caliper is sticking and heating up the brakes. Great, happy new year!  :beating:

GM and their calipers... We've had issues out of the back left on the '13 since we bought it... It has been replaced twice
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on April 7, 2017, 16:03:39 PM
Back out for the summer and of course something is f'd up!


Drivers front caliper is sticking and heating up the brakes. Great, happy new year!  :beating:
That's one of the downsides to letting cars sit for a period of time.   It may not seem long, but it's long enough for moisture to do it's thing and cause things to sieze.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 7, 2017, 18:36:41 PM
Back out for the summer and of course something is f'd up!


Drivers front caliper is sticking and heating up the brakes. Great, happy new year!  :beating:
those brakes have been a pain for you since day 1  :beating:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 10, 2017, 09:45:32 AM
I'm getting a racket sound with a some clanking in that corner too now. It almost feels wheel bearing related too. The truck kind of wanders a bit more than usual. I will have to get it up in the air and see wtf is going on. Not something I want to be dealing with while we are in the middle of packing up the house to move.  :E:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: wyotonka on April 11, 2017, 20:58:23 PM
I'm getting a racket sound with a some clanking in that corner too now. It almost feels wheel bearing related too. The truck kind of wanders a bit more than usual. I will have to get it up in the air and see wtf is going on. Not something I want to be dealing with while we are in the middle of packing up the house to move.  :E:
well a failing bearing would heat the brakes
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 12, 2017, 09:28:46 AM
Took the front brake apart last night. The rotor is pretty crusty and the rotor vents are pretty plugged up. Chunks of rust scales are falling off it. Caliper is OK. I chipped the caliper brackets clean where the brake clips go. Greased the slide pins. Cleaned off the brake clips and put it back together. Front pads have a little better than 1/2 life remaining. Based on what I see, I could use rotors and pads sooner than later.

Wheel bearing had no play and isn't making any alarming noise when I spin it......

The clacking noise is for sure from the rear drivers side now that I hung my head out the window while driving and one pad looks like it isn't sitting flat against the outside face of the caliper body. I will open that up tonight and clean/inspect it.


Hopefully just cleaning and resetting the parts will help.

EDIT: just drove around a bit on lunch with my head hanging out the window and the clacking noise is front and rear. I swear it sounded clacky, a little squeaky sometimes, and maybe like plastic. I popped off my Factory Reproduction 24's center caps off, noise is gone! WTF ahahahahaha. poopty aftermarket parts are just here to bring me down and my insanity up!


I still don't know why the steering wanders so much. The dealer will check the alignment on Tuesday and hopefully we find something and get it taken care of asap.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: MS03 2500 on April 15, 2017, 14:21:10 PM
Have you ever had to change the rack and pinion, they do wear out.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on April 17, 2017, 09:04:15 AM
It hasn't been changed but also hasn't come up in any inspection that it could be bad. We will see tomorrow what they say. I will mention it to them to make sure and check it.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: Calicak89 on April 18, 2017, 08:04:57 AM

EDIT: just drove around a bit on lunch with my head hanging out the window and the clacking noise is front and rear. I swear it sounded clacky, a little squeaky sometimes, and maybe like plastic. I popped off my Factory Reproduction 24's center caps off, noise is gone! WTF ahahahahaha. poopty aftermarket parts are just here to bring me down and my insanity up!


It's not just aftermarket, I have the same issue w/ one of my factory 20s during the winter. It drove me crazy for weeks before I figured it out. Now I put 2 small balls of that yellow Command brand poster adhesive putty stuff on the back of the center cap when I put them on in the fall to keep it from going "click,clack" all winter. it's worked for the past two years
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on April 18, 2017, 08:18:06 AM
It's not just aftermarket, I have the same issue w/ one of my factory 20s during the winter. It drove me crazy for weeks before I figured it out. Now I put 2 small balls of that yellow Command brand poster adhesive putty stuff on the back of the center cap when I put them on in the fall to keep it from going "click,clack" all winter. it's worked for the past two years

I never thought of that.

Those escalade 22's are known for clacky center caps. The guys on the tahoe forum usually use clear silicone to keep them quiet.
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: 4x4dreamer on April 18, 2017, 08:18:48 AM
Also, as I was replying to your comment, I just remember that I never called you back...

Feel free to  :beating:

Text incoming
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: oih82w8 on September 26, 2017, 12:10:11 PM
This is a seriously long time (five months) for a front end check.  :P
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 17, 2019, 06:26:47 AM
She rolled 200k last week, so I gave her a nice deep hand scrub. :o
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: frito on June 17, 2019, 06:52:27 AM
Man, haven't seen you around here for a while.  Glad to see you posting again.  It's looking good!  :thumbsup:

See you still have the Flex too.  Since the kids are grown, the wife wanted to downsize so we traded ours in on the baby version - a Kia Soul.   :laugh:
Title: Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
Post by: blu_fuz on June 17, 2019, 09:29:54 AM
Yeah I don't stop in too often anymore. Truck is still kicking, no major work since the body was fixed and I put the 22" wheels on.

Our Flex is turning into a rust bucket. Still runs ok and has about 230,000 miles. I had it listed for sale a few weeks ago for $4k. It is my winter beater now. Wife upgraded to a 2011 Kia Optima for her DD with brand new engine and turbo from Kia under recall.