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Tow Rig?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by MAXTacoma, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Jan 13, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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    MAXTacoma

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    Does anyone know anything about the Suburban/Yukon 2500 6.0/8.1 Liter. I'm thinking of getting one w/ about 100k on it. Any problems/MPG? Suggestions?
     
  2. Jan 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    Anyone, I thought someone might have some insight.
     
  3. Jan 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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    My boss has a 1500 Yukon Denali 6.0. Its an awesome vehicle, but being a Denali it is all wheel drive. It has the air ride leveling kit which towes awesome.
    He has 175k on it, and has replaced the front diff twice, eats front brakes and tires, and now the air ride is bad, but you can retro standard shocks to it.
    Hope that helps.
     
  4. Jan 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    What year rig?
     
  5. Jan 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    My Bro just picked up a 98 Dually 3500 with the big block, has about 100K miles on it. Going to be pulling a 24' enclosed race car trailer with it.

    The 3500's are just the 2500's with dually extentions and higher load rated tires. Same exact truck, but with better tires (and 2 extra).

    If you can, find a pickup, because the Suburban/yukon lineups are pig heavy, fuel thirsty units, especially with the BBC.
     
  6. Jan 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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    I have found a few of them 2000 thru 2002. One has about 130k, 150k, and 100k. A friend of the family has the Escalade w/ the 6.0. Its a strong puller but mechanically its been a problem since day one. I am just wondering if thats what these will be.
     
  7. Jan 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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  8. Jan 14, 2011 at 5:09 AM
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    I have been using my Tacoma for the last 2 years, but I bought a bigger boat last year and its about 6k loaded. It gets the job done but struggle a bit, and this year I have a bunch of lake trips planned that are between 4-10 hours away.
     
  9. Jan 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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  10. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:02 PM
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    Its not a Yukon but my company van (Savana 1 ton lwb) has the 6.0 with 150k miles. The fan clutch was replaced around 143k but no other problems. It pulls 8-10k lbs. pretty easy. Its not a gas sipper.
     
  11. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    What kind of MPG does it get?
     
  12. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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    If you need strictly tow rig, look for Diesel. The 5.9 Cummins is an amazing engine and will get around 18mpg towing 8000lbs or so through mountains. Gas will be slow off the line and will get about 8mpg...lol
     
  13. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:31 PM
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    I change oil part time at a Valvoline place here and just about every gas motor Chevy (truck, suv, whatever) that comes in has a leak somewhere (oil, trans, rear/front diff). Usually the T-case leaks in everyone. But on the other than that ive heard the 6.0 gas motors pull pretty good.
     
  15. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:44 PM
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    Thanks, that is something that I will def, check out when I find one.
     
  16. Jan 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM
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    Well this would probably be my DD, not just a tow rig. I have a few friends/family that have diesels and they are great pullers, but the people i know have put some money into maintaining them. Therefore I'll just stick with gas.
     
  18. Jan 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM
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    Yes, they pull quite well. plenty of turbo kits out there and aftermarket chips for extra fun and better mileage if needed.

    Edge products makes a excellent tuner panel for mileage and towing adjustment if needed. Seen/felt these in action on several different towing vehicles, both gas and diesel.
    http://www.edgeproducts.com/index.php

    Diesel prices are flying up and down constantly, I would stick with gas also.
     
  19. Jan 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    those things suck gas plus i tow the hell out of them there always breaking down.
     
  20. Jan 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM
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    keep an eye on the brakes. blower motor resister will need replaced if it hasnt been already. rear wheel bearings are sometimes an issue. GM must've used shitty bulbs in that series...always burning out. Engine and trans. seem to be bulletproof aside from a few weird CELs.

    we use GM for our fleet/delivery vehicles at work...these are some of the issues i can remember from our trucks of those years.

    my boss's wife has a 2002 Denali she's driven since '03 that suprisingly hasn't needed much work at all except for a brake upgrade. GM brakes are trash.
     
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