: New toy to tow the V around in style



Junior1
09-02-11, 06:33 PM
As planned, since the V is going to be a dedicated track car, I had to swap my SRT8 Jeep for a new 2011 Sierra Denali AWD so I can tow it in style...

Crew Cab, Short Bed 6.2 liter AWD loaded with everything: Touchscreen NAV, Rear Entertainment, Backup camera system, Sunroof, Heated/Cooled seats, Power Rear Sliding window, Heated steering wheel

Got it Wednesday, already debadged it, tinted windows and installed K&N filter

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odla
09-02-11, 06:47 PM
very cool!

Houdini
09-02-11, 07:17 PM
Great choice.

thebigjimsho
09-03-11, 01:47 AM
Excellent!

cam3439
09-03-11, 03:06 AM
nice

wcryan
09-03-11, 04:28 AM
wonder which one get's better gas mileage

mberisha
09-03-11, 04:34 AM
Congrats.....now "MURDER IT OUT!"....

Junior1
09-03-11, 12:00 PM
wonder which one get's better gas mileage

I don't think you can do worse than my SRT in that sense. So anything would be an upgrade to me

rangerrob
09-03-11, 12:03 PM
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Junior, I've got the same truck just a few years older... was the k&n worth the $? And my V gets about+4 mpg over my denali, lol

Junior1
09-03-11, 01:29 PM
Junior, I've got the same truck just a few years older... was the k&n worth the $? And my V gets about+4 mpg over my denali, lol

I just did the K&N drop in. I have them in everything I own as well as a tune. (which is next on the list along with tonneau cover)
Its probably good for a few extra hp (5-8). I usually go that route instead of a full CAI.

1madstsv
09-03-11, 02:34 PM
Should have got the 6.6l durmax I get 20mpg towing my c5 and run high 12s can't beat that. But it's still a nice truck.

Junior1
09-03-11, 02:41 PM
Should have got the 6.6l durmax I get 20mpg towing my c5 and run high 12s can't beat that. But it's still a nice truck.
Maybe after this one, Denali 2500HD with Duramax/Allison is the way to go, but its another 8-10k. Too much truck for my needs right now...

1madstsv
09-03-11, 03:58 PM
Yea I looked at a2011 a week a go with 2,000 on the clock they wanted 58,000 for it yet. My truck only has 65,000 miles and it's a ltz so not worth $35,000 more after trade for cooled seats and a back up cam. But I do love a diesel. Any way nice truck.

StealthV
09-05-11, 12:21 AM
Good choice. Your Denali's four year older brother and the young hotshot. :thumbsup:

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mberisha
09-05-11, 05:50 AM
Nice sleds!

Junior1
09-06-11, 12:47 PM
what tonneau covers did you guys go with to cover up the bed ?

Albertan
09-06-11, 04:12 PM
Last winter, I factory ordered a new 2011 GMC Sierra 1/2 ton 4x4 with the heavy duty towing package. It came with 6.2 litre and 6 speed.
For holidays this year I drove it to Houston, bought a E36 BMW, loaded that to a U haul auto haul trailer, towed it to Florida and then home to Calgary.
It towed like nothing behind it. I got up to 85 mph a couple of times still no problem. I got anywhere from 13 mpg to about 14.5 mpg.
Truck only cost me $35000. since I only got 3 options on the SLE.
With the full time FWD, your mileage will suffer, but it is a nice truck. You will enjoy it.

rand49er
09-06-11, 11:43 PM
Nice sleds!Yeah. Probably got maggies on them, too.

thebigjimsho
09-07-11, 12:28 AM
Yeah. Probably got maggies on them, too.Nah, Rob has them all. Not installed, of course...

rangerrob
09-07-11, 11:18 AM
what tonneau covers did you guys go with to cover up the bed ?

No tonneau cover yet, debated on a tri-folding one, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I dont' know what I'm waiting for, oh ya, my V to sell... ha. It'd get me an extra 1-2mpg once installed...

1madstsv
09-07-11, 12:36 PM
I also do not have a tonneau cover. I did on my s10 and went from 14 to 16.5mpg so they do help. My diesel gets 19 city and 25 highway at 75+ and 16-18 towing 6000lbs so what's 1-2 mpg. And with 500rwhp and 789tq mpg were not top on my list it just happens to get better fuel mileage. I have a 8ft bed with a work box so I would need a custom fit cover just not worth it with my truck.

Junior1
09-07-11, 03:02 PM
Still undecided here with the either a hard trifold from extang or full hard tonneau from snuglid....

1madstsv
09-07-11, 03:32 PM
Have you seen the ones that look like a gurage door and roal up in to a small box at the front of the bed? Try can be locked and are very strong but take up very little room when not covering the bed.

Junior1
09-07-11, 05:16 PM
Have you seen the ones that look like a gurage door and roal up in to a small box at the front of the bed? Try can be locked and are very strong but take up very little room when not covering the bed.

They're nice but I want something over the rail to cover the stake holes...I got it narrowed down to either Snuglid, Gaylord, or the GM Accessories one

StealthV
09-10-11, 10:52 AM
About ten years ago, I bought a new pickup and put an ARE hard fiberglass cover on it. The big downside was not easily being able haul things taller then the bedsides such as a sofa or ATV. The Access Cover (http://www.agricover.com/index.php/products/category/C9/)has been on the Denali for four years and I've had the same brand cover on the previous two machines for a total brand ownership experience of 8+ years. To seal off the stake pockets, I bought the GM stainless retractable tiedown points (http://paceperformance.com/i-5134433-12498613-gm-retractable-stainless-steel-stake-pocket-hook-set-of-4-1999-2006-chevy-silverado-gmc-sierra-fleetside-only.html).

The AWD is about a 1 mpg penalty - Never being able to spin a tire in dry, wet or snow (at least stock :D) is worth it. Classic AWD beauty of mash the pedal and it just goes.

Another advantage of the AWD 6.2L powertrain is the fun of pissing off the big modded diesels from zero to 80 mph. Physics doesn't ignore weight for oil burners.

With 71,000 miles on the Denali, it's about time for a new one -- Went to the dealership last weekend to kick tires and am considering ordering a GMC 2500 extended cab, 6.5' box with 6.0/6L90E combo and bolting on a TVS2300. The big decision is black, red or silver?

rangerrob
09-10-11, 06:45 PM
...With 71,000 miles on the Denali, it's about time for a new one -- Went to the dealership last weekend to kick tires and am considering ordering a GMC 2500 extended cab, 6.5' box with 6.0/6L90E combo and bolting on a TVS2300. The big decision is black, red or silver?

71k miles, you're just breaking it in! it'll last 4 times that easy even if you beat on it... but if i must vote, i vote Silver! more manageable than black for sure!!!!!

Junior1
09-11-11, 05:27 PM
The AWD is about a 1 mpg penalty - Never being able to spin a tire in dry, wet or snow (at least stock :D) is worth it. Classic AWD beauty of mash the pedal and it just goes.

Another advantage of the AWD 6.2L powertrain is the fun of pissing off the big modded diesels from zero to 80 mph. Physics doesn't ignore weight for oil burners.

With 71,000 miles on the Denali, it's about time for a new one -- Went to the dealership last weekend to kick tires and am considering ordering a GMC 2500 extended cab, 6.5' box with 6.0/6L90E combo and bolting on a TVS2300. The big decision is black, red or silver?

You do your own tune on it ?