2004 Yukon XL K2500 LBZ

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BigDogYJ

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!!! CAUTION -- Picture heavy post !!!

So I've been living on the diesel forums for the last 15 years or so and figured its time to get back into the camping/overlanding/offroad forums again. It's been a few years but I have been known to do some serious rock crawling on trails such as the Rubicon, Dusy-Ershim, Slickrock, Fordyce, KOH, etc with my old Jeep. Life gets busy and found myself less and less apt to go beat up my rig on those trails. Fast forward a few more years and now I'm married (no kiddos yet) and have a dog that loves road trips. Since we still love to go camping, I've decided to start making our favorite road trip vehicle more capable for the dirt/fire roads and overlanding trips. This thread will serve as a record of projects and upgrades I've made to our 2004 Yukon XL K2500 with a 2006 LBZ Duramax conversion.


We started with a bone stock 2004 Yukon XL K2500 with 181k miles on the 8.1L V8. Picked it up in Colorado and drove it back to California. This thing was pretty clean for its age and mileage. The PO took very good care of it.
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I rebuilt the front end with new Cognito UCA's with the intent to level it in the near future. All new bushings and wheel bearings up front were replaced with factory ACdelco components. All steering joints and hard parts were replaced with Rare Parts tie rod ends and idler/pitman arms as well as a Cognito Pitman/Idler support kit. Put a few more miles on it and it was time to hit the road.
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Took it on a couple 2-3k mile road trips with the wife and dog and after netting 11.2MPG it was time to do something serious if this was going to be our long term road trip rig...
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I did some research and came back across a guy that did duramax conversions on NBS suburban's. I originally heard about him nearly 10 years ago, while I thought it was cool -- it wasn't a necessity. So now 10 years later I no longer need a 1 ton dually diesel for towing/hauling and get far better use out of the suburban than a pickup but need need better MPG and would LOVE the power and torque of a diesel. Since the acquisition cost of the suburban (Yukon xl) was relatively cheap (compared to a new rig) and I currently owned a 2006 Chevy 3500 Duramax which was in great shape (I just never drove it), it was determined that I'd pull the powertrain from the 3500 and put it in the suburban and then sell of the rest of the truck and the 8.1L powertrain. A few talks with Eric @ Duraburb and we had a plan hashed out and a scheduled start date.

Prior to doing the conversion I did a few prep things (dynamat and insulation -- since the diesel engine would be noisier) as well as some cleaning in the cargo area and tinted windows, etc.
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Then it was time to hit the road and bring both my Chevy 3500 and the Suburban out to Apopka, FL. We of course has to stop by the Duck Commander warehouse (unfortunately we got there too early and they hadn't opened up yet)...
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We dropped off both trucks and flew home while Eric and crew got to work....
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A couple months later and we headed back to Florida. LBZ is in place and it's ready to roll.
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The wife and I made the trek north to Niagara Falls with several stops along the way to visit with family... And eventually back home (5003 miles on its maiden voyage from FL to CA).
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End of Chapter 1....
 
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BigDogYJ

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So now we've had the rig back for about a year and we've made a few more trips (Albuquerque, Yellowstone, Colorado) and then some jack wad decides to entertain him/her self by smashing a window with a rock (so juvenile) and make a mess of the interior:worried: and steal my owners manual and an expired national park pass:laughing:, LAME!

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So I have good insurance and they end up paying us a pretty decent amount to take care of everything. And we had some $$ left over to put towards a few upgrades....
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Shortly after I found a set of Hummer H2 wheels so I found a decent 285/70R17 tire to match....
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Along the way we got a set of used AMP research steps which made the wife happy and now we are ready to get back out on the road.
We've done a few smaller trips in California, but next month we'll be headed back to Albuquerque and back thru Nevada and back home. There won't be much camping on that trip but I'll try and get a thread going to document that one.

Any questions, feel free to ask. I'll continue to keep this thread updated as things change.
 
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I figured I'd share my list of all part numbers I've acquired over the years that pertain to my particular vehicle. Might come in handy for someone else as these trucks share a lot of common parts across the GMT-800 platform.
If you have any questions, I'll do my best to help/answer...


Parts List:

AC Delco Part Numbers
Part #: Description:
1573952 Blend Door Actuator; Left; A/C FRT Auto (CJ2)
1572956 HVAC Control Panel Front (CJ2)
1572971 HVAC Temp Mode Valve Actuator
1572972 HVAC Temp Valvue Actuator
1572953 HVAC Panel Mode, door Actuator
1581646 HVAC Blower Motor with wheel, Front (CJ2)
1581773 HVAC Blower Motor Resister, Front or Rear
15832319 HVAC Rear Control Module
2133826 Engine Camshaft Position Sensor
10367690 Factory Replacement BCM
12T55D 180F Coolant Thermostat with Gasket
743G OE Spark Plug Wires
8006 Spark Plug wire heat shield, ea
41-983 Platinum spark Plug, ea
AF10043 Delphi Mass Air Flow Sensor
CRK44-OE OE Crankshaft Position Sensor
580465 ACDelco OE Front shock Autoride
580460 ACDelco OE Rear shock Autoride
2142017 EGR Valve ACDelco OE, incl gasket
2131162 O2 Sensor, Down L
2131161 O2 Sensor, Down R, Up R, Up L
26089140 Steering Column Cover Kit (Top/Bottom)
RC98 15PSI Radiator Surge Tank Cap
21997127 Key FOB Remote
15136883 TPMS Sensor
19244683 Rear Windshield Washer Pump
15761496 Wiper Arm, Right
15761467 Wiper Arm, Left
15218077 Denali Projector Headlight Housing, Driver
15218078 Denali Projector Headlight Housing, Passenger
12575049 Accessory Belt Routing Label, Underhood
10388864 A/C Refrigerant Warning Label, Underhood
19301980 Rear Passenger Window Regulator without motor
FW338 Front Wheel Hub and Bearing Assembly with Speed sensor and studs
1573594 RSA and HVAC Control Panel for Rear Seats
D6378D Rear Wiper/Washer, Front Fog Light switch
15763226 GT230 Diesel Fuel filler cap with tether
15835666 Front Control Arm Bump stop
15195017 Wire Harness, Front Right Door
10398017 Wire Harness, Front Left Door
97361353 Bosch Diesel Fuel Rail, Left
97361352 Bosch Diesel Fuel Rail, Right
97361355 Bosch Fuel Injector, LBZ, NEW
15926026 Rear Hatch Door Latch, LEFT
15113135 Transmission Mount, Allison



Aftermarket Part Numbers:
Part #: Manufacturer: Description:
GF111 Hastings Fuel Filter
KG2089 Fairchild Window wiper kit, front D/P
KG2091 Fairchild Window wiper kit, rear D/P
G3085 Fairchild Door weatherstripping on body Front, need 2
G3094 Fairchild Door weatherstripping on body Rear, need 2


Moog Suspension Parts:
Part #: Description:
K150383 Leaf Spring Shackle
CK620053 Front Upper Control Arm w/BJ (2 Deg offset + Metal Gusher bearing)
K6654HD Pitman Arm (HD High Strength Stud)
K6535HD Idler Arm (HD High Strength Stud)
K6658 Lower Control Arm Bushings (rubber)
K201426 Control Arm Bump Stops
K6693 Lower Control Arm Ball Joint (oversized Stud)


Receiver Hitch Platform:
15324 Curt Class 5 Xtra Duty Hitch 17,000lb
58000 Curt Easy Mount Electrical Bracket


Body Mount Cushions:
Dorman 924-130 Radiator mount
Dorman 924-135 body position 1
Dorman 924-134 body position 2 (though part 924-135 will likely work here as well)
Dorman 924-135 Body position 3
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GM 25994881 Mount cushion (upper)
GM 25791032 Lower cushion
GM 15854745 Lower retainer/washer
GM 11562587 Mount bolt
--> ACDelco has discontinued the replacement body mount cushions for the GMT-800 trucks. They had different part numbers for different positions along the frame. It seems that Dorman has determined that a single part number is sufficient to replace all body mount cushions as the new part will most likely be better than the worn/deteriorated part its replacing. I have not confirmed this yet. <--
 
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