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My Introduction to the Chevy Avalanche.

LameSuburbanDad

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What model did you go with? And why that over a plug-in module like the Range unit?

Here's a p.s. to my personal usage; I don't mind to plug and unplug the unit when I want to, that option is actually a draw for me.

As a contractor I'm forever on surface roads and in traffic. The ability to keep the truck in V-8 mode is highly desirable for me in these conditions.

When work is done for the day, or on any other highway driving etc. The unit will remain unplugged and the engine allowed to function as normal. (Since I've not enhanced the performance in any way, I saw no need to "permanently" alter the factory system. Exhaust/intake/tune etc.)

(Open to thoughts/opinions here. This is my Introduction to the avalanche.)

I get that there may be an issue that pops up, if it does I will rely on Range to Flash the unit and return it. Should that fail, I have no problem upgrading to a hand held programmer.

The increase in functionality has its own draw. The price was, at the time undesirable given that most of the features would go unused.
 

LameSuburbanDad

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UPDATE:

The truck has been in and out of different specialist shops for the last month, since the day I picked it up matter-of-fact.

It just spent the last 7 days at the detail shop. Full interior/exterior/engine bay, de-badge, chip fix, paint remediation. The whole work-up.

I picked it up yesterday morning at 8:30a.m. At 9:00a.m. it was dropped off for window tinting and I went to work. At 4:30 I got it back again and immediately drove it to the next shop to be lowered...that was 5:00p.m.

Right now it's being dropped 2"/4" via Belltech 753 kit. Since it's already apart I figured I might as well go ahead and have them install new CV shafts, hub bearings, struts, and shocks too. Now was also the right time to go ahead and have both Z-71 skid plates added and the front door locks actuators changed. One labor charge at that point, am I right?? Lol. They say it will be all done and out of alignment by end of day tomorrow. I can't wait to see it finished up.

Over the weekend I'll install a new set of black seat covers to help preserve the newly conditioned cloth, hang the bugflector, hook up some USB outlets. And several other small, non-invasive projects. Headlight bulbs, wiper blades, maybe mud flaps. Etc

The next few weeks will show an arrival of parts for a small on-board air system. 1 Gallon....for a set of air horns, easy tire inflation is a huge bonus too. An LED brake strip with Reverse light for under the tailgate. And more little things to make road trips easier, safer, more comfortable and so-on.

My list of changes/mods/upgrades is very near completion at that point. Future items consist of a hidden light bar behind the grill, tailgate relief kit, dynamat in some key areas, custom touring exhaust, better door speakers (no amp) with tubs behind them so the vast hole in the doors doesn't eat up my sound. And whereas I hate to do it, I MIGHT change the stock head unit to something that will allow a reverse camera to be utilized. Such a useful and handy item.

All input and comments are encouraged. Pics will be posted of the truck when it's done. But here's a couple teasers.20201014_195630.jpg20201014_195755.jpgSexy sexy.
 
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LameSuburbanDad

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I know this is way off-topic, but I see no reason to begin multiple threads.

I've seen a lot of mods for the saddle bag lids. Mostly the maglight and fire extinguisher mods....

This led me to find that the clips people were using are a little hard to come by. I think I have a solution.

Black velcro.

Just take a couple strips, one "hook" side, one "loop" side. And lay them out in a way that when made into a loop will close onto itself in such as way as to latch properly.... the overlap is where you can place your screw, rivet, etc into the underside of the lid for the saddle bag. Put your light in there and wrap the velcro around it. Thus securing it in place. And remaining very easy to get to. (So to make two loops, one for each end of the light, you'd need 4 strips.)

It also occurred to me that the maglight mod might also fit fine on our front A-pillars. Face the light toward the roof to keep it from sliding out, connect your velcro, and strap in....

At that rate, who says it has to be a light? You can hold almost anything with a little velcro.

Just one of those Saturday morning thoughts over coffee.
 
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