2001 GMC 2500HD 4x4 daily work pig

Discussion in 'Under Construction' started by GMC4x4, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. GMC4x4

    GMC4x4 Well-Known Member

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    Names Josh, live in central Arkansas. This is my daily work truck that tow daily with and like to use it for fun after work. Its a 2001 2500HD Crew Cab 4x4 with the 6.0L and 4L80e. I'm planning to make it a versatile/exploration type rig with reliability and strength in mind.

    Here are pics from the day I bought it and brought it home. Also in the pics is my 88 C1500 which I may make a build thread on later.
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    List of Possible Future exterior mods
    Bilstien 5100 shocks
    Small lift (maybe 4")
    Roof rack with some build in LED pods
    Road Armor bumper with brushgaurd and LED lighting
    Retrofit some headlights and replace tailights
    possibly chrome door handles and billet grill

    possible future Performance mods
    Custom tune from GPI
    Magnaflow mufflers
    long tube headers
    cam
    cold air intake

    Should I get carried away and have to buy yet another daily to replace this, I would really like to do a rebuild on the 6.0L and do a power adder. Havent decided on a pair of small snails or a SC, but i have at least 5 yrs to decide.
     
  2. GMC4x4

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    Here it is doing what i bought it to do.
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    Replaced crusty daytime lights with some new TYC's and LED bulbs.
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    Replaced some interior lights with LEDs as well
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  3. GMC4x4

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    Then I got some new wheels and tires since the tires that were on it were bald and dangerous in the rain pulling a trailer.

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    Vision 17x8 18mm offset with Gladiator QR900 MT 8 Plys in 33x12.5x17
     
  4. GMC4x4

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    Today I replaced the leaky radiator with a new lifetime warranty one from Oriellys. While I was at it I went ahead and installed a the biggest transmission cooler they had. It was a Hayden and it fit pretty good in the stock location using the stock mounting holes and nothing to cut, not even the factory lines. Here are pics from the install. If anyone wants more details feel free to ask.

    Pulled front end apart which as we all know is pretty easy. Notice the puny factory Transmission cooler mounted in the front middle.
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    Old radiator out
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    New vs Old. I was impressed to see that this radiator came with all new fittings, retainers, hose clamps, and mount bushings.

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    Old Transmission cooler removed.
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    New one mounted to factory holes using zip ties pulled really tight.
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    I used some spare rubber hose on the bottom for a little protection and makes it a nice snug fit between the original brace and the condenser.
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    Here is the cooler all done. The hose that came with it said it was 3" bend minimum so I went this route with loops because the factory trans cooler hard lines are at a higher point than the new coolers outlets, but the line up almost perfect. Later when im back in there adding a small electric fan I will cut the hard lines shorter and reflare. Then I will plump it to the cooler with a couple 3" peices of hose to eliminate the loops.
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  6. squeaky3

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    How much did that trans cooler run you?

    Any noticeable temp difference? I had mine over 200 the other day with my heavy 37s and towing a trailer with a mower on it. Wasnt too happy with how hot it was getting
     
  7. GMC4x4

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    Cost me about $50. So far I haven't pulled a load but with no load I noticed a 30 deg drop
     
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    Thats pretty impressive even without a load. I got one from a buddy but its more of a horizontal one, so I havent decided how to run the lines for it.
     
  9. GMC4x4

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    I have the original factory cooler in good shape if anyone is interested.
     
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    I've always thought that my stereo sounded really good for being factory. Today I found out its not factory. At some point someone swapped out all the speakers for Memphis audio components. SWEEEET!!