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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #200 on: June 30, 2015, 06:17:38 AM »

That's for my Ford Contour  :thumbsup:. Truck gets garage time too.  :cool:

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #201 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.







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.






Spectre intake is here too:

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #202 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.

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #203 on: July 29, 2015, 06:37:54 AM »

New steering wheel and K&N intake made it.




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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #204 on: August 3, 2015, 07:28:15 AM »

Stock:





Used K&N kit:




Cleaned up my engine cover too  :cool:


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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #205 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.








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!



Got my hood decals installed too.






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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #206 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.

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #207 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.




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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #208 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.
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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #209 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:

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #210 on: August 20, 2015, 08:05:38 AM »

I met him before you are absolutely right.
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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #211 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)

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #212 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!




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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #213 on: August 21, 2015, 18:55:39 PM »

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #214 on: August 21, 2015, 21:02:37 PM »

I'll be, you are still around. :wave:
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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #215 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
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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #216 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
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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #217 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.


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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #218 on: September 16, 2015, 06:09:40 AM »

Blu,

  How hard was the steering wheel removal and install?

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« Reply #219 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.

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« Reply #220 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.

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« Reply #221 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.

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #222 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.








Here is a before picture of the rust patch on the drivers side rear between the door and the wheel. It's nasty:

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Re: 2007 Avalanche owner! These things are fantastic!
« Reply #223 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.
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« Reply #224 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!
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