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    Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    Just wondering what guys do for common upgrades/mods? I'm huge into personalizing my vehicles and enjoy the process. However, my last GM product was a 1971 Chevy C-10 longbed...in 1999. You can imagine that I'm out of the loop. That thing was fun with 383 stroker, transmission mods, stall converter...etc.

    So what do most guys do to add some personalization, correct a oversight by GM/Cadillac, or just fix a problem that plagues these SUV's? I'm hoping this isn't a "dead" segment.

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    A lot of the upgrades and add ons for the Chevys will work with the escalade

    Everything should bolt up no problem

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    I was relatively certain of that. But is there anything that most guys/gals do en masse?

    I'm going to do some heavy motor/tuning research and some exhaust improvement. And that's a more personalized action based on desired end results.

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    Common issues or preventative steps...
    Power steering pump failure, front diffetential failure and air suspension compressor failure. I don't think there is much you can do to avoid them but they seem to be common issues with these vehicles. Mine already had the steering pump replaced at 75K and so far I am ok on the other two issues (fingers crossed).

    A buddy of mine is a former GM Master Mechanic (I usually can't bribe him to work on my truck though). He advised to change out the power steering, front and rear diff fluids often as cheap insurance. The dealer also recommends a brake fluid flush every 24 months and a coolant flush every 48 months. So far I have had pretty good luck with longevity on all my vehicles.

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    Oh yeah, mods. The Cadillac Man recommended Kensun HID kits. I added one to my fog lights and WOW! I have had a friend drive my truck behind me and oncoming. There is no blinding glare to annoy other drivers. I also added a Bluetooth iPod adapter and had best buy put in a remote start. I installed a Masterlock bed lock in place of one of the bed tie down hooks and also added a bed mounted cargo lamp switch. Changed out most of my lighting to LED also. Full time DRL, and Fogs on with high beam mods also done.

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    Black bear performance tune plus a decent exhaust and intake will definitely add some seat HP. The LQ9 can take alot of bolt on modifications from the LS if you want to go overboard (heads, cams, headers) The 4l85E can also be overbuilt similar to what is done w/ corvettes. None of this is very cheap

    The 2005 had alot of the basic problems fixed. Also the 2WD doesn't have as many drivetrain issues as the 4WD. If you really want to personalize it, you can ditch the autoride, convert to passive shocks, drop it 3" front 6" rears with a kit you can buy on another forum and slap some aftermarket wheels on it. I really like the way they look lowered and it makes alot of sense on the 2WD.

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    That's the sort of things I'm after. Does this forum have a similar thread with this stuff already listed?

    Performance wise I'm thinking moderate cam with some lope, intake, long tubes and free flow exhaust with tuning. I'm not after much internal work beside a cam and maybe rockers

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    tahoeyukonforum.com has a lot of great threads on performance and drivetrain modification. The site doesn't focus necessarily on the 6.0 and Escalade but most of the information is applicable since it's the same drivetrain as a Yukon Denali. Here is a link to their performance forum, just read through the sticky's for starters; http://www.tahoeyukonforum.com/forum...splay.php?f=25

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    I'll check them out when I get home

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    Re: Common Upgrades - Cheap Mods - Preventative Steps

    with the diff and power steering a simple cure is to add moly to them. buddy has a 03 escalade with 427,000 mile with original engine, diff, ps unit he had since day one he run moly in the engine,ps unit, front diff, and amsoil in rear diff. (cant use moly in the rear because its to slick for the locker) the product in liqu moly mos2. http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/moly-basics/ as for the air compressor guess we sol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigirb2002
    with the diff and power steering a simple cure is to add moly to them. buddy has a 03 escalade with 427,000 mile with original engine, diff, ps unit he had since day one he run moly in the engine,ps unit, front diff, and amsoil in rear diff. (cant use moly in the rear because its to slick for the locker) the product in liqu moly mos2. http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/moly-basics/ as for the air compressor guess we sol
    The air compressor has a oil point just have to remove it from the truck to get to it

    Its on the top of the compressor body

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