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New to me tow rig ........

Postby bugdewde » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:16 pm

Well, I've gone from this Super-Dooper tow rig......
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To this:
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1999 Chevy Suburban K1500 ... yes, I said 1500 (looks like a 2500)
4x4
8-lug
14-bolt 9.5" semi-floater rear (not the 10.5" full-floater of the 2500)
3.42 gears
Much-hated and misunderstood 6.5L Turbo Diesel (just my style..... for example: My favorite step-child engines.... Vega 2300, Buick 215, Pontiac 301)
4L80e

Seems the 1500 that got a torque-laden 6.5L TD, got some of the required 2500 goodies... but still kept the softer 1500 springs.

200+ mile trip home towing the Miata on a rented u-haul trailer (total about 4400 lbs) got 15.6 mpg at about 70-80 mph through the Kentucky mountains.
As you old regulars may recall..... I'm 51 years old and have never owned a truck. Many Jeeps, but never a real truck with a bed. Never felt the need. My trailers handled everything.... decently.
But let me tell you, EVERYONE needs a Suburban!!!!! Wow! What a difference!

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Re: New to me tow rig ........

Postby Monza Harry » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:46 am

Dwight I leased a '99 Suburban and I am JEALOUS! You have an oddity as far as I can tell, the 1500 was offered with only the 5.7L, 8 lug and Diesel were exclusive to the 2500 only. I searched this out online [both Canadian and American sites] before I went to the dealers looking for the price of my dream. I have aquired 5 'Burb's overall and yes everyone should have one! Sweet Looking Ride there Dwight, Congrat's! Harry
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Re: New to me tow rig ........

Postby spencerforhire » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:39 am

Man, that thing is tall; I have a 1994 2wd 'Burb, and it's a foot lower. I've never seen a 1500 truck with 8-bolt wheels, but I'm not going to argue about if it's a 1500 or 2500; GM has done some strange things. My brother has what he calls a "unicorn" 1994 Silverado 5.7 gas 2500 2wd, but with 6-bolt wheels. It sits up like a 4wd, and has an odd mix of running gear. Every time he goes to the parts store for anything like suspension or brake parts, he has to give them the VIN and then wait for parts that aren't in stock. It also has the narrow track width of a normal, 5-bolt 2wd truck; I tried to give him a spare set of 16's from my 2003 Silverado, and they not only scraped on the front control arms, they looked really stupid pulled way inside the fenders.
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Re: New to me tow rig ........

Postby BadBowtie » Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:28 pm

Sweet rig, but i cant stop looking at that TJ Unlimited Rubicon. Thats a hard to find Jeep where I'm at, definitely not good for towing though.
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Re: New to me tow rig ........

Postby bugdewde » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:46 pm

'05 Unlimited Rubicon was bought brand new..... all my cars at the time "died" and I decided to get me a vehicle I didnt have to work on. 120k of the hardest miles a vehicle shouldn't be allow to experience. One of the best vehicles I've ever owned.

Harry,
The 'Burb is definitely a 1500, per the V.I.N. ........ AND.... the original window sticker. A 1500 ordered with the 6.5 turbo motor got some beefier items due to the torque output of the diesel (410). Even more torque than the big block 454.
However, I've read that the 6.5L turbo diesel was de-tuned a bit if ordered in a 1500. .... due to a less beefy 14-bolt rear.
Some big goodies for the diesel in a 1500.
Big brakes
4L80e
14-bolt rear .... but not the 2500 14-bolt. 1500 got the 9.5" semi-floater rear versus the 2500's 10.5" full-floater 14-bolt.
Of course, 8-lugs
.... not much for beef..... but the smaller 14-bolt rear got 3.42 gears instead of the 2500's 3.73 or 4.10. Since the turbo diesel was designed as a higher fuel mileage alternative to the 350, it got taller gears if ordered in a 1500....
fuel mileage took priority over towing with this particular package.


Haven't figured out the spring rates, but the front seems stiff..... (heavy engine).... and the rear seems pretty soft.... squats a little bit with a load.
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Re: New to me tow rig ........

Postby Sunula66 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:05 pm

Very nice !!..and my colors !!...definitely the vehicle for towing and when a large truck or bus goes past, you're not white knuckles anymore...been there, done that..and the smell of POO isn't around anymore when you need to panic stop lmao !! :shock: 8)
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Re: New to me tow rig ........

Postby sirrick4 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:17 am

Notice anything about this one. Yep........ it's a Holden Suburban. A bit of badge engineering for you.
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