Why are there so few Silverado overland rigs?

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Passing this along. One of several reasons there are so few of these IFS overland rigs is the front CVs are a weak link. Below is a cut sheet from NAPA, which now carries the CV shafts Trakmotive used to offer (briefly). I'm running a pair now in my 2001 Tahoe, and have one less thing to worry about.

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Other weak links have also been addressed, such as ditching the front torsion bars for Atomic Fabrication coil overs, replacing the front plastic brush guard with a thick diamond plate skid (fabricated), moog heavy duty rear springs and full auto ride delete, and so on.
Still to address- serpentine does not like water of any kind, or the belt squeal from the water pump immediately starts, the horns need to be relocated as water takes them out as well, and dust constantly clogs the air injection system inlet and evap purge valve.
My opinion is GM is catering to the money, which is high optioned driveway queen 4x4s. To make these rigs work day after day in harsh environments it takes work....
Keep in mind GM is not the only one to cater to "high optioned driveway queen 4x4s". Ram, Ford, Toyota, Nissan are all doing it. Because that is where the money is. Offroaders are very very small percentage of the buy public. They all make a lot more money selling high optioned soccer mom SUVs than anything we would really want. Its all about the money.
As a side note, I just saw that the 2021 Cadillac Escalade with the right options is now just over $100,000!!!!! That will never go off road. CRAZY
 
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There is no perfect vehicle. I love in Colorado. There are absolutely switchback trails I'll never be able to do. Yes it sucks, but I have to weigh other factors. Towing, I overland with a pop up camper. I dont want to go 35 mph up the mountain. In my diesel I can blast up to 12,000 feet like nothing. Gear, I have a picky wife and dog. I bring a decent amount of gear for 2 or 3 week overlanding trips. Try jamming all that in a Jeep. Payload/leaf springs. I love not having to worry about payload. I occasionally have to haul an elk back to Denver. Again, try getting an elk out inside a JK. Not happening. When I go solo I sometimes sleep on the back of the truck, nice having that option. Not saying GM is perfect but my wife has a Jeep WJ and it has had nothing but problems. Even most Jeep mechanics tell us Chrysler vehicles are crap.
 

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There is no perfect vehicle. I love in Colorado. There are absolutely switchback trails I'll never be able to do. Yes it sucks, but I have to weigh other factors. Towing, I overland with a pop up camper. I dont want to go 35 mph up the mountain. In my diesel I can blast up to 12,000 feet like nothing. Gear, I have a picky wife and dog. I bring a decent amount of gear for 2 or 3 week overlanding trips. Try jamming all that in a Jeep. Payload/leaf springs. I love not having to worry about payload. I occasionally have to haul an elk back to Denver. Again, try getting an elk out inside a JK. Not happening. When I go solo I sometimes sleep on the back of the truck, nice having that option. Not saying GM is perfect but my wife has a Jeep WJ and it has had nothing but problems. Even most Jeep mechanics tell us Chrysler vehicles are crap.
I know that many on this forum have a love affair with the Jeep JK/JKU and with the latest 4Runners. I travel every week for work and I get to rent all kinds of vehicles. I have rented several Jeeps or the JK/JKU variety and I hate them. You could not give me one. Last week I rented a 2021 4Runner. While it was OK I found that it was just too small for me. No room in the foot box for my feet. I kept hitting the gas ad the brakes at the same time. The rear deck it too high, power was just OK, not impressive, the list goes on.
Yes, no vehicle is perfect and I think it is important for anyone looking at a new rig to not be swayed by what is popular, but to drive and really look at everything that could work. With new vehicle in the $40K+ range, it is a very expensive mistake, or you are just stuck with a rig that is wrong for you because you can't afford to trade it or sell it.
I love my 2008 Suburban 2500, but it is not the right truck for everyone, it is the right truck for me n my needs.
One thing I love about all full sized rigs is that they are very capable stock. You don't need to upgrade anything to carry a fair amount of weight. The normally come with larger tires stock, heavy frames, etc. They are never perfect, but nothing is.
 

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Was once a hard core GM fan. Both trucks and cars. After swinging wrenches for many years and seeing all makes/models I found more and more that the GM products are just lacking basic reliability. All makes have they're own issues. The manufactures will fix many of the things that pop up as time goes by but GM just seems to ignore these complaints. They will eventually change the model and leave the owners of the previous models stranded with their issues. I have a long list of complaints with GM and it products and won't go into it here but I will say that it will take a major shift in business practices before GM is a consideration for me again.
I know where your coming from but im still with GM even tho I do try others but I always comeback to GM
 
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. Not saying GM is perfect but my wife has a Jeep WJ and it has had nothing but problems. Even most Jeep mechanics tell us Chrysler vehicles are crap.[/QUOTE]

yes I work on my WJ more than The Tahoe, and the Tahoe engine already has more miles on it than I expect out of the Jeep's 4.7. But the Tahoe is pre 2008, pre variable valve timing, pre cylinder deactivation. Now any of the three is a red flag for me on anything GM.
 
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Love my 02 2500hd. It just needs a little TLC now and then because she has started to show her age. I can't see myself going with a midsize unless it was a net new rig and not a trade in for my full size. At this point all the modifications I've done to her are worth more than the rig itself. The price of my lift kit, wheels, and tires alone are worth more than the truck lol. Turning radius sucks big time, but I didn't outfit her to be an overland rig at first anyway, was just using what I already had.
 

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Love my 02 2500hd. It just needs a little TLC now and then because she has started to show her age. I can't see myself going with a midsize unless it was a net new rig and not a trade in for my full size. At this point all the modifications I've done to her are worth more than the rig itself. The price of my lift kit, wheels, and tires alone are worth more than the truck lol. Turning radius sucks big time, but I didn't outfit her to be an overland rig at first anyway, was just using what I already had.
I have a 03 gmc duramax and i take everywhere she fits lol.. just gotta be mindful of the muds pits, the duramax is nose heavy and likes to sink lol... other then that, no issues at all.. will upgrade to lockers one day but as of now im happy
 

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Passing this along. One of several reasons there are so few of these IFS overland rigs is the front CVs are a weak link. Below is a cut sheet from NAPA, which now carries the CV shafts Trakmotive used to offer (briefly). I'm running a pair now in my 2001 Tahoe, and have one less thing to worry about.

View attachment 195727

Other weak links have also been addressed, such as ditching the front torsion bars for Atomic Fabrication coil overs, replacing the front plastic brush guard with a thick diamond plate skid (fabricated), moog heavy duty rear springs and full auto ride delete, and so on.
Still to address- serpentine does not like water of any kind, or the belt squeal from the water pump immediately starts, the horns need to be relocated as water takes them out as well, and dust constantly clogs the air injection system inlet and evap purge valve.
My opinion is GM is catering to the money, which is high optioned driveway queen 4x4s. To make these rigs work day after day in harsh environments it takes work....
I installed a full cognito suspension on my dmax and have perfect cv angles at full lift, and I’ve had zero issues with the ifs suspension... but I don’t treat it like a rock crawler either lol
 

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I installed a full cognito suspension on my dmax and have perfect cv angles at full lift, and I’ve had zero issues with the ifs suspension... but I don’t treat it like a rock crawler either lol
True, you kinda have to pick and choose the type of trails to take.
 
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There is no perfect vehicle. I love in Colorado. There are absolutely switchback trails I'll never be able to do. Yes it sucks, but I have to weigh other factors. Towing, I overland with a pop up camper. I dont want to go 35 mph up the mountain. In my diesel I can blast up to 12,000 feet like nothing. Gear, I have a picky wife and dog. I bring a decent amount of gear for 2 or 3 week overlanding trips. Try jamming all that in a Jeep. Payload/leaf springs. I love not having to worry about payload. I occasionally have to haul an elk back to Denver. Again, try getting an elk out inside a JK. Not happening. When I go solo I sometimes sleep on the back of the truck, nice having that option. Not saying GM is perfect but my wife has a Jeep WJ and it has had nothing but problems. Even most Jeep mechanics tell us Chrysler vehicles are crap.
Yep. I have a GMC truck and an old WJ. That WJ has taken a lot of my blood, sweat and tears. But can carry a whole lot less than my Sierra, and is a lot less comfortable, too.
 
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When i was driving crew cabs and longboxes for wildland firefighting. And came to a switchback I couldn’t turn the truck around to get up. Id usually just back up hill to the next switchback then drive forward up the section after that. Reverse cameras these days make it even easier.
 
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Got the new rubber mounted, ARB awning acquired, Winch mount ordered and roof rack ready to be installed.... Need to do some minor trimming on the plastic bits but the tires fit just fine.
 

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