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TahoePPV

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Just bought new spark plugs and spark plug wires for my 2014 GMC Sierra Z71, and installed them myself. It amazes me the sheer size of the hood of my truck, and yet how little space there is in the engine bay.

Next up:
- PowerStop Z36 truck n tow drilled and slotted brake rotors and pads
- Isolator relay and battery cables for second battery (for exterior camp lighting and comms)
- If funds permit, a set of 33 inch AT tires to fit my 7 spoke GM steel wheels

...and so on...
How about that number 8!
 
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M Rose

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bought some new radios... @Mrprotaganist let me borrow one of his a couple weeks ago and i figured it would be good to have some of my own. i didn't realize CB radio was dead so I went with GMRS and then had to get a FCC license to use them. i'd kinda like to start an underground subversive broadcasting station in my attic now...:grinning:

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Keep it on low power and on the GMRS channels and you will be fine... to use the radios to their full potential you will need to get your technician license.
 
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TahoePPV

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Yeah, both of those rearward ones were tough. Passenger side was a little easier or I got lucky. I used a small step ladder and went in from the top instead of jacking it up and going through the wheel wells.
This was number 8 from thecopcar. The heat shield on the AC bit me.

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Roots66

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Yeah, both of those rearward ones were tough. Passenger side was a little easier or I got lucky. I used a small step ladder and went in from the top instead of jacking it up and going through the wheel wells.
Benefits of an inline engine is the plugs are easily accessible. Plus, with only 5 cylinders, I get an extra plug with every set of six. :tonguewink:
 
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Lanlubber

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none - BREAKER BREAKER HAND HELD CB AND WALKIE TALKIE
1) Your wife will drive a Hummer
2) Your wife will help you clear timber
3) Your wife is complicit in buying a winch (for Valentine's Day, no less.

What a keeper! You'll have to do more than just make her breakfast for Valentine's Day. $$$
Yeah, I'm jealous too.
 

grubworm

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Keep it on low power and on the GMRS channels and you will be fine... to use the radios to their full potential you will need to get your technician license.
yeah, i saw that and i applied for and got my callsign.
WRMA515

its sad. back in the 80s i was a submarine radioman with my specialty being satellite comms. i went to all kinds of schools for antennas, tuning antennas, repairing HF, UHF tramsceivers, you name it. i have absolutely forgotten everything. all those classes on radio wave propagation and i am having to read instructions just to turn the thing on now. i know i dont need to know anything for GMRS, but i thought HAM might be cool.
 

ThundahBeagle

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This was number 8 from thecopcar. The heat shield on the AC bit me.

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Yes, sir. I had blood there and on the back of my hand by the time it was all over. By the steering column rear turned out to be worse than the passenger rear for me, but they both sucked.

Unreal how you have to remove the oil fill cap and dipstick, and the PCV connection, so you can remove a BS plastic cover, so you can see and reach the components you need to change. My GMT400 big Blazer required none of that. It's one thing to remove things of consequence because they are on top of other things of consequence, but it was literally just a plastic cover that dresses the engine up.

Then the bleeding began. I wanted to do the hard ones first so I could zip through the finish easy
 

ThundahBeagle

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Benefits of an inline engine is the plugs are easily accessible. Plus, with only 5 cylinders, I get an extra plug with every set of six. :tonguewink:
Yes sir. Different ballgame when I change the plugs on my '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0 liter. Working on that is about as simple as it gets
 
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RoarinRow

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Just bought new spark plugs and spark plug wires for my 2014 GMC Sierra Z71, and installed them myself. It amazes me the sheer size of the hood of my truck, and yet how little space there is in the engine bay.

Next up:
- PowerStop Z36 truck n tow drilled and slotted brake rotors and pads
- Isolator relay and battery cables for second battery (for exterior camp lighting and comms)
- If funds permit, a set of 33 inch AT tires to fit my 7 spoke GM steel wheels

...and so on...
I ordered those PowerStop Z36 rotors and pad kit from Amazon. When you check out it recommends a shop to have the kit delivered to and installed. Worked for me. Good brakes.
 

TahoePPV

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Benefits of an inline engine is the plugs are easily accessible. Plus, with only 5 cylinders, I get an extra plug with every set of six. :tonguewink:
How often are you going to change them?

mine were original with 190k on them.
 

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1) Your wife will drive a Hummer
2) Your wife will help you clear timber
3) Your wife is complicit in buying a winch (for Valentine's Day, no less.

What a keeper! You'll have to do more than just make her breakfast for Valentine's Day. $$$
You are 100 % correct .... No idea how I pulled that one off
 

ThundahBeagle

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I ordered those PowerStop Z36 rotors and pad kit from Amazon. When you check out it recommends a shop to have the kit delivered to and installed. Worked for me. Good brakes.
Eh, I busted my knuckles on the rear spark plugs, may as well handle the brakes as well.

Good to know they are good brakes. I've never used them before
 
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ThundahBeagle

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How often are you going to change them?

mine were original with 190k on them.
I beleive mine were original to 100,000. I'll change them again at 200, I think. I downloaded the GM schedule. Funny thing about that is it doesnt always match up against what the dealer is telling me
 
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TahoePPV

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Brakes are easy. I just changed the front hubs on thecopcar last week. The pads and rotors were great. Only took me two hours to do both sides.
 

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ThundahBeagle

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Brakes are easy. I just changed the front hubs on thecopcar last week. The pads and rotors were great. Only took me two hours to do both sides.
Did the front hubs on my old 99 Grand Cherokee. Three pound hammer came in handy. Part of me wants to do them on the 14 Sierra now, before they even more difficult to remove. But if I did everything I was thinking, I'd be broke. I'll play it by ear and see what they look like when I'm there swapping rotors and pads
 
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A fishing license, an annual Park pass and some gas. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that the ”things” just facilitate the adventure, experiences and ultimately, treasured memories.
Just sayin'
 
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M Rose

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Yes, sir. I had blood there and on the back of my hand by the time it was all over. By the steering column rear turned out to be worse than the passenger rear for me, but they both sucked.

Unreal how you have to remove the oil fill cap and dipstick, and the PCV connection, so you can remove a BS plastic cover, so you can see and reach the components you need to change. My GMT400 big Blazer required none of that. It's one thing to remove things of consequence because they are on top of other things of consequence, but it was literally just a plastic cover that dresses the engine up.

Then the bleeding began. I wanted to do the hard ones first so I could zip through the finish easy
It’s not hard to get your Technician/General class licenses. And yes Ham is a lot of fun... I really enjoy playing on the bands late at night making LSSB DX contacts on lower HF bands.